David Kimm led a professional career that spanned two decades. He began by working at Morgan Sound in Lynnwood, Wash., in the early 1980s, where he learned sound system design and general audio and recording technology.
He worked at JBL Professional in the mid-’80s as director of sales for Soundcraft U.S., where he led distribution and product management efforts. As director of recording and broadcast markets at JBL, his efforts resulted in the launch of JBL’s award-winning LSR studio monitor series. During this time, Kimm received his MBA from Pepperdine University. In 2000, David left JBL to become president of Apogee Electronics. His most recent career move was back to Pepperdine University as a faculty member in the MBA program. He truly enjoyed teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.
Friends and colleagues remember Kimm’s prodigious grasp of the complexities of every subject to which he turned his attention. He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of products, market data and technical details. Just for fun, he studied lighter topics such as logic and mathematics, all the time coupling his voracious appetite for knowledge with an uncanny talent for critical thinking and vision. He was truly brilliant.
Kimm was universally admired, loved and respected. His many friends and colleagues remember him as a kind soul, possessed of a cheerful determination and an intellect that was unmatched. He will be dearly missed by all of his friends and family.
David, wherever you land, I hope there’s a well-stocked library close at hand. Sail on, my friend.