Frederick Jared Ampel, a long-time AV industry vet participating in the pro, commercial, and residential segments, died August 28, 2022 from diabetes and kidney complications. He was 75 years old and enjoyed a 50-year career in AV – a career in which he was still active until his death. While well-known in certain industry circles, Ampel was not a household name and he’d likely not have wanted it any other way.
Sound United VP James Krakowski Announces Departure As Well
On April 11, 2022, Masimo Corp. appointed Kevin Duffy – then CEO of Sound United – President of the Consumer Division of Masimo Corp. as part of its $1 billion acquisition of Viper Holdings Corp., Sound United’s parent company. Duffy was offered a fairly rich package, with salary and certain other benefits and perks that could be worth millions of dollars, in some cases after a vesting period.
Then, just ninety days later, the company filed paperwork with the SEC saying that it had terminated Duffy “without cause.”
See more on Duffy’s exit from Sound United and Masimo[Read more…] about Big Changes Hit Sound United as Terminated President Duffy Exits Today
Several Krell-related sources, such as dealers and others, reached out to me on Monday to share the surprising news they had just received in that morning’s email – top Krell executive Walter Schofield has left the company. Other than that basic fact, dealers didn’t know much more as the terse communication from Krell contained very little information. Speculation is running rampant…
See more on what I’ve learned about developments at Krell[Read more…] about Turmoil Returns to Krell; COO Walter Schofield is Out Without Explanation
This month, the United Nations released its report on the latest global population trends and it delivered quite a few surprises…and even a bit of a shock. The data shows that major population shifts are coming…and coming soon. First, in a bit of a surprise, we learn that by November 15 of this year, the world population will total 8 billion people. The U.N. says that, in the world we hope to build, that population number will represent “8 billion opportunities to lead dignified and fulfilled lives.” But it also represents 8 billion reasons to remember “our shared responsibility to care for our planet.”
And, in a bit of a shock, we learn that by next year, China will be replaced as the most populous nation in the world by India, whose rate of population growth supersedes China’s. Surprised?
Learn more on the population shifts around the globe[Read more…] about Massive Population Shifts Coming; India to Overtake China in 2023
CEDIA announced yesterday its keynote speaker for the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2022 show who appears to offer an interesting departure from past more directly technical keynote presentations. This year’s presenter is Greg Durkin, a marketing and data guy who comes from an entertainment industry marketing background and appears to have expertise in content curation and data analysis.
See more on this unique keynote presenter[Read more…] about CEDIA Expo 2022 Keynote Presentation Offers an Intriguing Departure
Nobuyuki Idei, former chairman and group CEO of Sony Group, has died at the age of 84. The cause of death was attributed to liver failure. His passing was announced by the company on Tuesday. Idei leaves a bit of a mixed legacy, contributing greatly during the company’s formative years but leaving during a challenging time. He is a significant part of the history of the technology industry.
Learn more about former Sony head Idei and his leadership[Read more…] about Former Sony Chairman Nobuyuki Idei Dies at 84
Franklin Karp, a seasoned industry executive who has fought and won many market battles during his career has launched a full-service consulting company called, logically enough, Franklin Karp & Co. That’s right, you can gain access to his smart missiles and other superior intellectual weaponry to help you win your market battles too.
Learn more about Franklin Karp & Co.[Read more…] about Seasoned Vet Who’s Fought & Won Many Market Battles Launches Consulting Biz
In the summer of 2019, just months before the onset of COVID-19, Crestron Electronics, Inc. (Crestron) invited me to tour several of their facilities, including the lab at the heart of almost everything they do…the Research Center. It was beyond impressive, and I’ve been in some really impressive labs in my career. At the time, I said it was “like Disneyland for geeks.” That includes geeks like me!
Now, in honor of the company’s founder, Crestron has renamed the facility the George Feldstein Technology Center. This is a fitting tribute to the man who spent his days there constantly tinkering with new products, product concepts, and technology.
See more on this Crestron announcement[Read more…] about Crestron Research Center is Renamed in Honor of Founder George Feldstein
High-end audio maker Perlisten Audio announced today that it has appointed Erik Wiederholtz as its Chief Technical Officer (CTO). The appointment was announced by Perlisten CEO Dan Roemer.
Learn more about Perlisten and Wiederholtz[Read more…] about Perlisten Audio Appoints Erik Wiederholtz as Chief Technical Officer
AAMP Global, a leading global manufacturer of a wide array of technology products for the personal and commercial vehicle markets, announced today the strategic acquisition of AudioControl – the well-known specialty manufacturer of electronics products for the automotive, residential, and commercial audio channels. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but AAMP says that AudioControl’s Seattle, WA-based operations and team will continue to operate as an independent facility under the AAMP Global umbrella.
I spoke with top executives of both companies to learn more about what drew the parties together and just what is meant by a “strategic” acquisition.