PAMA Holds Inaugural Meeting

Jun 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Eighteen senior professional audio industry executives gathered in Orlando, Fla. on June 5 for the inaugural meeting of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA). Among the highlights of the meeting were the nomination of the organization1s first board of directors and the launch of its opening initiatives to develop industry-based sales and marketing intelligence.

According to PAMA executive director Paul Gallo. "This gathering of charter PAMA members marks the first time that a group of senior executives in our industry have gathered for a formal meeting to constructively discuss growing their businesses and the industry as a whole."

The first board of directors includes Davis Merrey, Altec Lansing; Jack Kelly, Group One; Mark Terry, Harman Pro Group; John Carey, Klotz Digital; Mike McGinn, Shure; Mathias von Heydekampf, Telex; and Steve Garth, Steinberg North America. The membership also established a task force comprised of PAMA microphone manufacturer members to develop, through a third-party research firm, a sales tracking program for the microphone marketplace. Finally, the membership created a Board-member task force to develop the official by-laws and charter for the organization. The next full-membership meeting will take place prior to the 115th AES Convention in New York City in October.

Companies interested in learning more about PAMA and its mission can contact Paul Gallo at 212/696.1799 or by e-mail at

In other news, Gallo was appointed managing director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS). According to the organization, Gallo's appointment is the beginning of a re-engineering of the organization designed to ensure its ability to deliver practical, relevant business information on studio ownership, management and operations.  Gallo will be joining Larry Lipman, who will continue as executive director.

"The board is unanimous that Paul and Larry will provide an ideal blend of member relations expertise, industry knowledge and executive management," said David Amlen, SPARS president. "Also, as part of our re-engineering effort, we plan to add regional coordinators in areas of the country where our concentration of members is highest. SPARS will continue to focus its energies on providing solid business information to its membership: a group of skilled entrepreneurs who all share a common passion and a special camaraderie."

"No one would deny that the music recording industry, like many other industries, has seen dramatic change in the last few years," said Gallo. "We are in a transitional period in which, driven by changing client desires and equipment needs, existing business models must be altered. There will be a successful commercial recording business in the future, and it will be SPARS members who will lead the industry as it reinvents itself.  Music recording is an art form captured within the finest facilities operated by the most talented and skillful professionals. Redefining this new value proposition while drawing from the strengths of today's many successful studio operators is the challenge I will assume at SPARS and is an opportunity I welcome."

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