Archive for June 4th, 2013

GC Pro Appoints Marcin Nowak to the Position of Technical Services Manager, Western Region

— Promotion of longtime GC Pro employee reflects the division’s ongoing growth —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, May 29, 2013 — Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, announces the appointment of Marcin Nowak to the position of GC Pro Technical Services Manager, Western Region. In his new position, Nowak will be assisting the GC Pro staff and its affiliate network on the design of advanced installations projects. The announcement was made by GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and reflects the division’s ongoing success and expansion.

Nowak is certified on Apple computers and has been training on a variety of high-end products from manufacturers such as Avid, Ocean Way, RedNet, Raven and Penteo. In the near future, he will be attending advanced training with many vendors in an effort to better support GC Pro’s clients.

Plushner stated, “In his previous position as a GC Pro Technical Services team member, Marcin has done outstanding work for the past two years. In 2012, his skills and services assisted clients and helped us earn new business. Marcin is also chief engineer of GC Pro’s Hollywood recording demo facility – he will continue to be an asset to GC Pro, and we wish him congratulations on his new position.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

Auralex® Announces New Leadership Team

— With Mark Henderson as CEO, David Brune as Director of Sales and Andy Symons as Director of Operations, Auralex® is poised for its next phase of growth —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MAY 29, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, has announced several recent additions to its leadership team. The announcement was made by Auralex Founder and President Eric Smith and underscores Auralex’s ongoing global expansion.

First, Mark Henderson has been appointed CEO. Prior to joining Auralex Acoustics, Henderson had a successful global career with Dow AgroSciences, and also functioned as Executive Director of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, traveling abroad to grow both organizations’ market share. Along the way, Henderson acquired experience with Six Sigma and other process and organizational re-engineering job assignments. Henderson received both his MBA and Bachelor degrees from Kansas State University.

Next, Dave Brune has been appointed Director of Sales. Brune brings over two decades of sales management and business development experience with leading global manufacturers including Sony DADC, Maxell Professional Media, Thomson Consumer Electronics, and Ampex Recording Media Corporation. Dave is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in telecommunications.

Third, Andy Symons has been appointed Director of Operations. Symons brings with him 20 years of experience in operations and management as well as over 30 years of experience in the professional audio and music industries. With a degree in Telecommunications from Butler University, he began his career as a staff engineer (and later Chief Engineer and Vice President) at TRC Recording Studios. He later joined World Media Group as mastering engineer, then Plant Manager and VP of Operations. Starting in 2001, he served as studio manager and marketing director for The Lodge Recording Studios. In the spring of 2011 he decided to return to college to earn an associate degree in IT/Networking, which he completed in late 2012.

“I have known Andy and Dave for several decades, and I can attest to their status as experts in the audio industry, as well as being great friends,” stated Eric Smith. “We are excited to be working with them moving forward. On the same hand, Mark is an experienced business and management professional, and he and I have become close allies since before his appointment. With these three new personnel on our team, we are poised for unprecedented global growth in the coming months and years.”

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: Auralex® Acoustics Director of Operations Andy Symons, CEO Mark Henderson, and Director of Sales David Brune.

GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN BELLINGHAM, WA

— 248th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (June 3, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 30, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Bellingham, Washington, located at 3960 Meridian St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. The Bellingham store (Guitar Center’s 248th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Bellingham Store Manager Kelly Sites stated, “I’m very excited to be a part of the new Bellingham store. I grew up making music in the Northeast and it’s so rewarding to help my friends, neighbors and colleagues continue to do the same. Helping get the perfect instrument in the hands of just the right customer, while also helping our customers learn or hone their craft at the awesome new Guitar Center Studios, is what makes this job so special for myself and the staff every single day.” Sites is GC certified in guitars, accessories, pro audio, drums and keyboards, and has been with the company for six years.

Guitar Center Bellingham: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Bellingham music scene, Guitar Center Bellingham also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Bellingham residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Bellingham brings an unprecedented selection of products to Bellingham, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Bellingham includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Bellingham: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Bellingham customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Bellingham will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Bellingham store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Bellingham residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Bellingham Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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