JBL Professional Invests in Tour Sound with New Appointments
“Paul Bauman has driven the development and widespread growth of adoption of VTX line arrays across the globe since the product’s introduction in January 2012, while also growing JBL’s VERTEC® customer base,” said Brian Divine, Director of Marketing, JBL Professional. “Now, with the appointments of Eric Friedlander and George Georgallis, Paul has a team in place that is equipped to continue pushing the technological envelope with new loudspeaker technologies while providing world-class support for our valued tour sound customers.”
Paul Bauman has been a key member of the JBL Professional team for the past seven years, having spent the past two as Senior Manager, Tour Sound. Bauman has also held the positions of Director, Tour Sound Product and Application Engineering, and Senior Manager, Product Development, Tour Sound. Bauman has more than 29 years of professional audio and global touring industry experience, including key positions at L-ACOUSTICS, Maryland Sound International and Adamson Systems Engineering. Bauman’s background comprises loudspeaker and sound reinforcement system design, live sound system engineering and mixing, as well as studio mixing, engineering and producing (including radio broadcast).
“The adoption of VTX and VERTEC by the world’s most prestigious tour sound companies for the world’s most accomplished artists speaks to JBL Professional’s commitment to innovation, coupled with dedicated on-the-ground support,” Bauman said. “Working with Eric and George, we will continue to work closely with our customers to provide leading-edge technology and maintain close relationships every step of the way.”
Eric Friedlander joins JBL Professional from Crown Audio, where he served as Business Developer, Tour Sound, for more than three years. He was responsible for supporting sales in the tour sound market and working closely with the customer base to provide tailored solutions to meet each customer’s specific needs. In his new position, Friedlander will participate in product development of JBL Professional’s high-end live sound loudspeaker products and support of JBL’s market-leading VTX and VERTEC® line array loudspeakers, reporting to Bauman.
“I’m thrilled to join such a strong team of professionals to help in the development of JBL’s world-class tour sound loudspeakers,” Friedlander said. “In particular, I am eager to build on the overwhelming success of VTX with more groundbreaking products in the future!”
As Technical Support Lead, Tour Sound, George Georgallis will provide technical, product, design and installation assistance for JBL’s tour sound customers in the use of VTX and VERTEC line arrays with particular emphasis placed on customer training. Previously, Georgallis was an applications engineer and senior applications specialist for Electro-Voice and was responsible for managing the design and installation of large-scale sound systems, working with end-users, contractors and consultants. He grew up in the professional audio industry, as his father owned a pro audio distribution business in Cyprus, where Georgallis began working at an early age. Before moving to the United States, he was a front of house engineer and performed system engineering for a variety of tours and shows in Europe and the Middle East.
“Between its VTX and VERTEC product lines, JBL Professional offers the broadest and highest-performing tour sound loudspeakers on the market,” Georgallis said. “I’m looking forward to working with customers in the field to ensure that our world-class technology is backed with dedicated and prompt support.”
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.