Robe Appoints John Bilyk as Canadian Sales Manager

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

Robe North America hs announced the appointment of John Bilyk as its Canadian sales manager, effective immediately.

Most recently, Bilyk spent 15 years as the Canadian sales manager for Dallas, TX-based Vari-Lite.

Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl says, “I’ve had the pleasure of both knowing and working with John most of my professional career. He has a deep and extensive knowledge of the Canadian market and outstanding rapport with the principal lighting designers, rental companies, and system integrators. We expect John to make an instant impact on our business in Canada.”

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Barco Announces Jan De Witte as CEO-Designate

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco has announced that CEO Eric Van Zele plans to retire later this year. In anticipation of Van Zele’s retirement, the board appointed Jan De Witte, a former corporate officer of the General Electric Company, as CEO-designate. Jan De Witte will join Barco’s Core Leadership Team in June 2016 to effectively take over as CEO as of Oct. 1, 2016. Van Zele will continue to serve on the board of directors to ensure continuity of leadership and strategic focus for the company.

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Solotech Opens Nashville Office

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Solotech Nashville's Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Solotech Nashville’s Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Pursuing its expansion plan in North America, Solotech announced the opening of a new office in Nashville, TN. Led by Paul Owen, the office will develop new business opportunities in international touring and special events.

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Solotech Appoints Rob Poretti as Director of Integration Sales for Toronto Office

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

news_mar_2016_Rob_Poretti_nominationSolotech has named Rob Poretti as the new director of sales for the Integration Division at the Toronto office. Poretti joins the company with 30-plus years of experience in the broadcast, production, and post-production industries, and he will lead the Toronto sales team with the primary goal of expanding Solotech’s presence in the GTA market.

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Christie Appoints Former BlackBerry Exec

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Gary Klassen

Gary Klassen

Christie has announced that Gary Klassen has joined Christie as the director of solutions software. Klassen will focus on growing a development team to expand Christie’s software capabilities, which will enable the creation of shared experiences such as large-scale projection mapping projects. He will be based in Kitchener, ON.

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Gaetan Fournier Joined Intellimix/AVL as Service Department Manager

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Gaetan Fournier

Gaetan Fournier

Gaetan Fournier has joined Intellimix/AVL Media Group as service department manager.

Fournier has more than 15 years experience in the pro market service field. The company says Fournier’s experience in customer service and insight of the needs for the pro market support is a welcomed addition to its team and that its customers will benefit from his expertise.

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Marc Beaudry Joins Niscon as Project Sales Manager

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Marc Beaudry 2Niscon Inc., a division of Show Distribution Corp. that specializes in the design, engineering, and implementation of motion control systems for the entertainment industry, has welcomed Marc Beaudry to its to its project management and sales department. Beaudry has 30-plus years’ experience as a manager in the planning and delivery of technically complex and large-scale live entertainment in both touring and permanent facilities.

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Richard LaBerge Joins Calibre as VP of International Sales

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

8 Richard LaBergeMontreal-based Richard LaBerge has joined Calibre, the British manufacturer of audio and video scaling and switching technology, as vice president of international sales.

LaBerge has more than 20 years’ experience in business management, leadership, and product development globally. He co-founded Sensio Technologies Inc., where as VP he spearheaded the company’s success in licensing, business development and delivery of technologies to market. Prior to this, LaBerge developed commercial marketing and lending at Desjardins. He started his career in computer programming.

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Theatrixx Names BJ Ruthven as Alberta Sales Rep

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
BJ Ruthven

BJ Ruthven

Jacques Tessier, president of Theatrixx Technologies Ltd., has announced the appointment of  BJ Ruthven as the company’s new Alberta sales representative. Theatrixx Technologies, based in Montreal, has been manufacturing and distributing high LED display, video, lighting, audio and electrical distribution products for the performing arts, touring, and technical production industries since 1999.

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William F. White Announces Creation of Whites Camera

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Paul Bronfman, chairman and CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International (Whites), has announced the launch of Whites Camera. It’s a new department at Whites Toronto dedicated to providing professional camera rental and related technical services.

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