Paul Rice was appointed vice president of sales at Mackie Designs (Woodinville, WA). Rice, a professional composer, has held positions at Sam Ash, Digidesign and Apogee...Nashville-based Harman Pro North America named Ken DeBelius director of operations for Soundcraft, Spirit and Amek, and Barry Sanders was appointed sales administrator for Soundcraft. Prior to his appointment, DeBelius served for three years as Soundcraft's market development manager; before joining Soundcraft, Sanders managed the Nashville office of Dreamhire...Lexicon (Bedford, MA) news: Doug Marhoffer was brought onboard as Western regional sales manager; Ray Maxwell was promoted to the dual position of Eastern regional sales manager and director of sales for Lexicon professional products in Canada; and Steve Frankel and Scott Loiselle both joined Lexicon sales, professional products, North America. Lexicon also announced the appointment of Online Marketing as the new rep firm for the Midwest region...Studer AG of Regensdorf, Switzerland, announced that a new distribution company, Studer North America, was formed from a merger of Studer USA, Nashville, and Studer Canada Ltd. John Carey, president of Studar USA, was named president of the new company. Prodromos Constantinou, previously president of Studer Canada, was appointed senior V.P. Studer North America V.P. Michael Tapes was promoted to senior digital product manager, and Gerard Fiocca was appointed technical product specialist...Andy Butler was elected 21st president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Butler is director of engineering of public broadcasting service in Alexandria, VA. He most recently served the SBE as treasurer and twice served on the board of directors...Geoff Calver was appointed sales and marketing director at Nashville-based SADiE (Studio Audio & Video Ltd). Calver previously worked for Sony. The company recently moved to a larger facility at 2218 Metro Center Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228, and opened a West Coast sales office at 3700 Foothill Blvd., suite 223, La Crescenta, CA 91214 (contact Jeff White at 818/352-9201)...Merging Technologies (Northbrook, IL) announced a strategic alliance with Sonorus Inc. for development of high-quality digital audio products...Waves Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) announced a reorganization that includes the centralization of sales and marketing in the U.S. office in Knoxville, TN. Orly Nesher was named chief operating officer at the Tel Aviv headquarters; Chad Bloch was named marketing communications manager at the U.S. office...360 Systems (Westlake Village, CA) appointed Brian James as Western sales manager. James previously served as GM and product specialist at Coffey Sound...Metric Halo Laboratories moved to new offices in a larger facility. The new address is M/S 601 Building 8, Castle Point Campus, Castle Point, NY 12511-0601; 914/831-8600; fax: 914/831-4827...Paul Erbach was tapped as vice president and chief information officer at Shure Incorporated (Evanston, IL). Erbach will be responsible for Shure's corporate SAP system, all desktop computing and the development of the company's global computer network. Also at Shure, Bob Rieder was named manager of audio processing products...Stow, Ohio-based Audio-Technica announced the appointment of Paul V. Hugo as vice president of marketing. Hugo recently served as VP/GM at Sennheiser...BGW Systems (Hawthorne, CA) announced that Steve Cullison joined the company as chief engineer of the Audio/Amplifier division...Eric Shea was named national sales and marketing manager for Johnson Amplification (Sandy, UT).