Professional Sound - February 2018 - Page 14

SIGNALS New Ownership at Westbury National Show Systems QSC Celebrating 50 th Anniversary in 2018 Founded in 1968, QSC is celebrating its 50 th anniversary in 2018. The company known today as QSC was born as Quilter Sound Things in a small industrial building in Costa Mesa, CA by Pat Quilter, Barry Andrews, and John Andrews. The original focus for QSC was hand-built guitar amplifiers but it later transformed and evolved to become a leading brand in power amplifiers. “Our early vision was to take over the world with high-powered, giant guitar amps, but we missed that boat and refocused our efforts on power amps,” says Quilter. “Since the beginning, QSC has always fo- cused on staying close to our customers, which is the foundation for the compa- ny’s success.” “Our story is one of constant innova- tion and forward transformation, always with the passion to serve our customers’ needs,” says Barry Andrews. “When we de- cided to enter the loudspeaker category, for example, we listened carefully to our customer feedback to develop the ac- claimed K Series – establishing an entirely new standard in powered loudspeak- ers, and rapidly elevating our brand to number one in the category. Our passion to serve our customers is the mission in every aspect of our business.” An early pioneer in networked digital audio systems, QSC was the first licensee of CobraNet in 1996. CobraNet, the first commercially successful implementation of audio over Ethernet, enabled QSC to develop industry-first digital audio signal processing and networking solutions that brought new capabilities to large-scale commercial sound reinforcement appli- cations. Today’s Q-Sys integrated audio, video, and control platform, installed in venues around the world, is the result of those early innovations. QSC’s 50 th anniversary will be cele- brated with a number of events, activities, and product introductions throughout the year around the globe. For more information, contact QSC: 714-754-6175, www.qsc.com. Radial Sold to Ultimate Support Systems CEO as Peter Janis Retires Radial Engineering, the Canadian manufacturer of direct boxes and audio solutions, has been acquired by Mike Belitz, president and CEO of Ultimate Support Systems. With this acquisition, Radi- al Founder Peter Janis announced his retirement after 42 years in the industry while also naming Belitz as CEO of the company. Established in 1991, Radial Engineering evolved into a lead- ing name in direct boxes and audio solutions. Its brand family PETER JANIS and distribution network has grown to include Primacoustic, Tonebone, Reamp, Hafler, Dynaco, Iso-Max, and Jensen Transformers. Ultimate Support and Radial Engineering say they will enjoy shared strategic and logistical advantages under the leadership of Belitz, resulting in wider availability to retailers, distributors, and users around the world. In an email to friends and colleagues, Janis said, “After almost 42 years in the business and my turning 60 this year, I have finally made the decision to retire! It has been an amazing journey, but it is time. I want to make sure I enjoy retirement while I still can. As you all know, I love to travel and have many places still to visit on my