Who: Courtney Spencer
What: owner, Praxis Marketing
Main Responsibilities: provide marketing and sales guidance to companies
- 1990-2001 — VP, U.S. pro audio business unit (Sony)
- 1988-1990 — VP of sales (WaveFrame)
- Late '60s-Late '70s, VP/general manager (Martin Audio/Video)
- First 15 years of his career in the studio, mostly as a producer and engineer in radio and commercial production
What I hope to achieve in this field: If I can help a couple of those companies find the right sales channel and marketing visibility, I will feel that I'm off to a good start.
If I could do any other profession, it would be: creative writing and advertising.
My best moment since working in pro audio was: launching the DMX-R100 at Sony. The R100 was a great example of factory people working closely with the American and European pro audio marketing groups to identify and address an industry need in a creative way.
The first concert I saw was: Mothers of Invention at a club in Greenwich Village. They spent the first half-hour clowning around, doing stuff like pulling dolls apart and spitting beer at each other, before they played any music.
Currently in my CD changer are: Lots of contemporary jazz including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Bob James, and a mix of pop and rock stuff including James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler and The Eagles.
The last great book I read was:The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It's a great account of the Battle of Gettysburg, and in a broader sense, the Civil War.
I enjoy.…when I'm not in the office: Playing sports, especially baseball, with my 11-year-old son, tinkering with computers and my home theater system, reading and listening to music. I really like golf, but I plan to take a few more lessons before I inflict my game on my golf-playing friends again.
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