SPARS Executive Director Paul Christensen
Leslie Ann Jones, president of the board of directors of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS), recently announced the appointment of Paul A. Christensen (pictured) as Executive Director of the association.
SPARS is a non-profit trade organization representing professionals in the recording industry. The 30-year-old organization is dedicated to providing networking, education and community to its members and the industry as a whole.
"The recording and audio industries are more diversified and decentralized than ever," Christensen says. "The recording process is less and less about the cost of gear and more and more about creating music and other rich media. It’s more about people and skill than at any other time in history."
SPARS recruited Christensen to head a new program to expand its mission to better serve members of the recording community, facility owners, producers and engineers. From 1989 through 2000, Christensen served as a director of SPARS in various capacities, including president from 1997-1999, SPARS' 20th anniversary. Christensen is president of Omega Productions, an award winning entertainment production company for 36 years that specializes in live concert DVD, HD and CD recordings.
In addition, SPARS' has updated and expanded its Website to encourage networking, community and education, as well as freelance opportunities. Future plans call for live and on-demand Webinars on pertinent subjects provided by industry leaders, as well as various Web 2.0 initiatives.
"The leadership of SPARS recognizes the importance of the Web," Christensen concludes. "The initiatives we have begun through our new Website are the beginnings of what we hope will become a strategic portal for networking, education and community. The design of SPARS’ new site must enhance the ability of our members to connect, exchange information and grow technically while providing the knowledge needed to construct successful business models in every facet of recording. We must create a sense of community between our members and those they serve as well as the public."
For more information, visit www.spars.com.