Canadian Music Trade - October/ November 2017 - Page 11

(L-R) RELOOP’S GERALD BARBYER, ROBERT LAUTERWEIN & THOMAS HESELHAUS HAL LEONARD’S BRAD SMITH Hal Leonard Now Distributing Walrus Audio Pedals in U.S. & Canada Oklahoma City, OK’s Walrus Audio has appointed Hal Leonard as its distributor of guitar pedals and accessories in the U.S. and Canada. The announcement came from Colt Westbrook, president of Walrus Audio, and Brad Smith, VP of MI products with Hal Leonard. “We knew we had to either hire an internal sales team and acquire more warehouse space, or partner up with a like-minded group that understands our product and is great in executing the dealer service portion of the business,” says Westbrook. “We are excited to start our new phase with Hal Leonard.” “We’ve been looking for this type of product line and now is the right time,” adds Smith at Hal Leonard. “Walrus now has the platform to concentrate on making more products as Hal Leonard handles the sales, marketing, and distribution to our dealer network.” For more information, contact Hal Leonard: 414-774-3630,, Reloop Appoints New Co-CEOs Robert Lauterwein, founder of Germany-based DJ brand Reloop, has an- nounced the appointment of Gerald Barbyer and Thomas Heselhaus as new co-CEOs of the company. Barbyer come into the new role having served as Reloop’s head of product development and research. In addition, Barbyer will also take over the global brand marketing from Ute Lauterwein. “I am extremely thrilled to be given this new role and look forward to leading the company and creating together with our fantastic team and partners awesome gear and shaping the future of DJing for our customers,” he says. Heselhaus previously led Reloop’s purchasing, B2C, web, and IT depart- ments. “I am deeply thankful and feel elated to be engaged in pushing our growth strategy together with our excellent team and continuing to make our mark with exciting solutions for DJs across the globe,” he says. For more information, contact Reloop:, CANADIAN MUSIC TRADE 11