Harman forms Global Live Sound and Rental Systems group
WORLD: Harman Professional has announced the formation of a new global group to support live sound and rental professionals with advanced programs, including technology, systems, training and support. Led by Brian Pickowitz who assumes the role of associate director, the Global Live Sound and Rental Systems group also includes Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Perreux as the application engineer for EMEA and Asia.
‘The formation of a new Global Live Sound and Rental Systems group within Harman Professional will serve our customers well and I am pleased and encouraged to have a professional of Brian Pickowitz’s expertise and experience to lead the group,’ commented executive vice president of sales, Scott Robbins. ‘Brian understands his market, his technologies and his clients’ needs and makes it his business to ensure their productions meet their highest expectations. Brian has demonstrated his capacity as a client-partner and I am confident that he will make a significant contribution to our success and the success of our clients around the world’.
According to Mr Pickowitz, the group is extending the depth of partnership to which Harman Professional engages its customers in this community. ‘We recognise that partnership extends beyond a transaction and requires a considerable commitment before, during and after the sale. Our strengthened commitment to training and support will ensure that customers in the live sound and rental communities extract optimal return from their investment in our platform.
‘If we can provide customers with greater consistency in terms of system performance and setup efficiency, then we’ll help improve their businesses and therein lies the goal of this new group.’
Having joined Crown Audio as an electrical design engineer in 2004, Mr Pickowitz has since been heavily involved in the development of Crown Audio’s tour sound business, assuming the marketing leadership of that sector in 2010. He has played a key role in the design and implementation of business-critical live sound products, including the I-Tech HD, Vrack and Macro Tech I Series.
Mr Perreux has amassed more than 30 years’ experience supporting worldwide tour sound productions and working closely with FOH and monitor engineers. Having served as sound system engineer, crew chief and product trainer for Clair Global and Clair Brothers, Mr Perreux has worked closely with Clair/ShowCo, SSE Audio Group, Agora, Westfalen Sound and Eighth Day Sound together with bands and artists such as Beyoncé, Muse, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Leonard Cohen, Gloria Estefan, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Elton John.