February 2018

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February 2018

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In Memoriam: Ken Vannice

By: Randy Earle for the Fellows of USITT.

Ken Vannice, Fellow of the Institute, passed away in hospital, Portland, Oregon on Jan. 15 at the age of 74. He was fighting several health challenges which were difficult to overcome. Professionally, Ken was a recognized leader in the lighting industry with past engineering work which contributed to development of the technology we depend on today. His advocacy of National Electrical Code improvements to reflect the needs of the lighting industry, insistence on entertainment technician training certification and work with the technical standards program all reflected a lifetime passion on his part. Ken was a good friend to all, never hesitated to help others with problems, kind and supportive with a full life outside his profession. Trains and square dancing filled what spare time he had in a full and busy life. He is missed by all of us.

Look for the full obituary in the March issue of Sightlines.

Costume Call for DAA

The Costume Design & Technology Commission is asking you to nominate candidates you feel deserve recognition in the field of Costume Design & Technology for the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAA). Send a letter of nomination to jkenyonusitt@aol.com (Jenny Kenyon) by March 7, 2018. The nominations must be individuals, not companies or groups of people. "The ability to recognize excellence in the field is one of the great honors the commission has, and we are thankful to have such a wealth of talented individuals in our industry to choose from and share this honor,” said Costume Design & Technology Commissioner, Jenny Kenyon. “We look forward to hearing from you.”


German Light Products Welcomes New Business Development Manager

California based GLP US Inc. announced the appointment of industry veteran Lewis Long as their new Business Development Manager. Well known, and highly respected, Lewis joins GLP after a long and successful tenure with Martin Professional’s US division during which he fulfilled multiple roles. Serving as Business Development Manager, Lewis will be working across GLP’s full market areas, generating new business growth and solidifying the company’s existing activities.

ESTA Announces Transition to the Next Generation of Staff Leadership

ESTA announced that it has named Erin Grabe to succeed Executive Director Lori Rubinstein in what is expected to be a year-long transition. Erin is currently ESTA’s Assistant Technical Standards Manager and part of the transition involves replacing her in that role.

Meyer Sound Appoints Chris D’bais to Business Development for Oceania and Southeast Asia

Meyer Sound has announced the appointment of Chris D’bais to the newly created position of Business Development, Oceania and Southeast Asia. D’bais will be based in Brisbane, Australia and will serve as a direct factory representative for Meyer Sound across Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands) mainland and maritime Southeast Asia, as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong. D’bais will represent Meyer Sound by building direct relationships with architects, consultants, sound designers, AV integrators and end-users across the full range of professional and commercial sound applications.