Who: Chris Pelzar, CEO at Fairlight USA
- 2001-2002, president Euphonix
- 2000-2001, executive VP sales & marketing AMS Neve
- 1997-2000, VP Euphonix
- 1991-1997, VP AMS Neve
- 1989-1991, acting president WaveFrame
- 1980-1989, independent manufacturers representative and shareholder in LaSalle Music & Pro Audio
Main Responsibilities: Entire operations P&L in the U.S., Canada and South America; setting the direction this organization chooses to go now and in the future.
If I could do anything else as a profession, it would be: Head Coach of the world champion New England Patriots. I have been a season ticket holder for almost 10 years, and my colleagues call me “Coach.”
The most important lesson I've learned since being in this field is: People are your business' life blood. I feel that if you get enough truly talented people together who are motivated by a single goal, you cannot fail. I always seek people that are self-assured and self-motivated. You cannot teach someone those attributes. I have been lucky to have worked with several people who fit that description in my career, and I am very fortunate to work with two of them, Mike Mueller and Brad Eisenhaure, at Fairlight right now.
My biggest accomplishment in this field was: Being at the forefront of large-format digital consoles in music, post and broadcast. I was involved in some of the very “firsts” in this industry category, including the first use of an all-digital console in a live television show at TNN and the first all-24-bit digital recording and digitally mixed album projects at Right Track Recording.
Currently in my CD player are: Van Halen 5150, Aerosmith Pump, Dave Matthews, Steely Dan Greatest Hits.
When I'm not in the office, I enjoy…Skiing at Vail/Beaver Creek Colorado. I have been going there for many years and I love it more each time. I love traveling to Europe, Florida and the Caribbean, and I have just returned from my first trip to Australia and am looking forward to going back after 10 years to South America this year.
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