Industry Notes

Summit Audio Inc. (Soquel, CA), a leading manufacturer of vacuum tube-based audio equipment, celebrated its 20th anniversary in January. Founder Mike

Summit Audio Inc. (Soquel, CA), a leading manufacturer of vacuum tube-based audio equipment, celebrated its 20th anniversary in January. Founder Mike Papp started the company in his garage and began full-scale production of the TLA-100A tube leveling amp in 1985. The company relocated ten years ago and recently expanded its manufacturing facility...Laura Walter joined South San Francisco-based TOA Electronics Inc. as marketing communications coordinator...Christine Marra was appointed technical coordinator at Solid State Logic's (Oxford, UK) East Coast location. John Herman, SSL's digital and analog product specialist, will assist in specifying consoles. Joshua Coleman, SSL's service engineer, will assist clients in installing and maintaining digital audio systems. On the West Coast, Michael Freas was named SSL inventory controller/service engineer...Jane Wilke was named general manager of international sales and development at Evanston, IL-based Shure Brothers. Wilke, a 25-year veteran at Shure, will direct the activities of the company's newly created international market development department. Industry veteran Greg Augspurger joined Shure as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He will oversee and guide Shure's engineering, manufacturing and quality control efforts, as well as the development of the company's software programs and customer service operations. David Doll joined Shure as chief financial officer. He previously served as CFO and VP of finance at Teccor Electronics...MARS, Music and Recording Stores, formed an education partnership with Full Sail Real World Education (Orlando, FL). MARS Superstores will offer specially designed courses taught by teachers from Full Sail. Topics include recording engineering, interactive media, MIDI and computer music technology...Burlington A/V Recording Media (Oceanside, NY) announced that Jan Alan Schwartz will relocate to the West Coast to oversee existing accounts...Santa Monica, Calif.-based Alesis announced that Peter Chaikin joined the company as director of marketing. Chaikin, a 25-year industry veteran, came to Alesis from Yamaha Corporation of America, where he served as product manager of professional audio products...Mari Berman was named marketing communications coordinator at Otari Corporation (Canoga Park, CA)...Telex Communications Inc. (Minneapolis) announced the appointment of Willy Dahlskog as broadcast sales manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East...Dieter Horn was appointed regional sales director at Quantegy Europa B.V. (Nijmegaen, the Netherlands). Horn assumed responsibility for Quantegy branded products in Germany and Austria...Quested Monitoring Systems (London, UK) appointed a new U.S. distributor. The Madison, WI-based agency, Q. USA Inc., will be headed by Brian Anderson, formerly the Quested product sales manager at Audio Independence...Rorke Data Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) opened a West Coast office at 553 N. Pacific Coast Highway #447, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; phone 310/378-4459; e-mail: The new office will be managed by Andre Pegus...Ron Marin, the new public relations manager at Scelba, Scelba, DeTitta & Wolfson (Montville, NJ), represents the Maxell Corporation's Professional Media Products Group. He can be reached at (Berkshire, UK) announced the formation of Novation USA, which will function as the company's U.S. distributor. Margaret Kelly was tapped to head the new company...DPA Microphones (Kitchner, Ontario) appointed Lyd Systemer as its distributor in Norway...Boston-based Rosati Acoustics + Multimedia announced exclusive dealership for Studer pro audio equipment in New England.