Industry News

Following in his father's footsteps, Erik Papp has been named as Summit Audio's (Watsonville, CA) president Shure Inc. (Evanston, IL) has hired three

Following in his father's footsteps, Erik Papp has been named as Summit Audio's (Watsonville, CA) president… Shure Inc. (Evanston, IL) has hired three category directors: Rick Frank for microphone products, Scott Sullivan for personal monitor and phonograph products, and Bob Rieder for audio processing products…Recording/mixing engineer Steve Hardy has been added to SOS Management's (New York City) talent roster…Veteran mixers Glenn Navia, Henri Perotti and Bill Smith, as well as music director Andrew Knox, have joined New York City-based HSR Studios. For these new hires, company founder and CEO Howard Schwartz has rebuilt four of his 15 audio-for video suites …Howling Music, a producer of original music for television commercials, has brought Academy Award-winning (U-571) sound designer Jon Johnson onboard as chief sound designer…Richard Ngo-Tran joins JBL Professional (Northridge, CA) in the music industry product manager position…Based out of L.A., Denny McLane has teamed up with Nashville-based BSS Audio USA as the company's regional sales manager…Working out of Santa Barbara, CA, Kurt Metzler is Sennheiser's (Old Lyme, CT) Western regional distributed brands market development manager…New distributor news: Audient (Herriard, Hampshire, UK) appointed ATI Group Distribution (Jessup, MD), the newly formed distribution division of the ATI Group, to handle U.S. sales and marketing responsibilities for Audient's mixing consoles, surround sound processors and graphic EQs; Network Pro Marketing (Los Angeles) is the exclusive North American distributor for Formula Sound (UK). The U.S. authorized service center is located in Las Vegas…Britt Strickland joins Griffin Public Relations & Marketing (New York City) as account executive, where he will work with Griffin clients in the wireless, semiconductor and professional audio industries…Digigram (Montbonnot, France) hired Frank Seidel as communications manager…Digidesign (Daly City, CA) has retained the services of Chandra Lynn, new artist and press relations consultant…Get out those address books: Rocket Network (San Francisco) opened a permanent UK office and demo facility at: Unit 202 Canalot Studios, 222 Kensal Rd., London W10 5BN; Crest Audio's (Fair Lawn, NJ) new address is: 16-00 Pollitt Dr., Fair Lawn, NJ 07410; 201/909-8700; fax 201/909-8744; and SurgeX (Pipersville, PA) relocated to 6131-B Kellers Church Rd., Pipersville, PA 18947; 215/766-1240; fax 215/766-9202.