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CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF NEW ADVANCED DISPLAY SOLUTIONS TEAM-New combined team and sales appointments solidify future leadership-
Cypress, California - (December 5, 2001) - Mr. Jack Kline, President and COO of Christie Digital Systems U.S.A. is pleased to announce the appointment of the following sales executives: Ms. Janné Mummert, North American Director of Sales and Channel Development for Advanced Display Solutions (ADS); Mr. Peter Taylor, Eastern U.S. Senior Regional Sales Manager; Mr. Max Kopsho, Manager of North America, Consultant Business Development and Partner Training; Mr. Rex Balz, North Central U.S. Territory Sales Manager; Mr. John Gargus, Northeast U.S. Territory Sales Manager; and Mr. Ron Jennings, Territory Sales Manager for the Pacific North West.
"The new ADS team at Christie Digital was created to combine efforts of the existing Rental Staging and Fixed Installs teams and address the needs of two sophisticated and similar markets. This team's expertise will help to further solidify Christie's lead as the preferred high performance projection solutions supplier," says Kline.
Ms. Mummert is responsible for the continued sales success of Christie's Vivid, Vista, Roadie, Roadster and the new RoadRunner lines as well as developing channel strategies to keep Christie's value added channel healthy and profitable. As previous Director of Channel Programs and Marketing for Infocus/Proxima, Ms. Mummert brings to Christie solid knowledge and experience in the portable and fixed projector market. Ms. Mummert also helped drive marketing and programs for both Extron Electronics and Crestron Electronics and is active in such AV industry organizations as the ICIA and NSCA. Ms. Mummert can be reached at the Cypress office by calling (714) 503-3335.
Mr. Taylor is responsible for sales within the ADS group for the Eastern U.S. territory and Canada. Formerly with Infocus/Proxima, Mr. Taylor was Sales Manager in the eastern region and was awarded the North American "All Star" for top sales performance in 2000. Mr. Taylor initiated the Systems Integration and Rental Staging group at InFocus and brings a wealth of experience to the ADS team. Mr. Taylor can be reached by calling his office in Atlanta at (770) 754-3041.
Mr. Kopsho is responsible for development and execution of the Christie Consultant Program, making Christie Advanced Display products the number one choice for AV industry influencers. He is also responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive program to educate and certify partners including curriculum development of products, applications, enabling technologies, system design and sales. Mr. Kopsho's experiences at Infocus/Proxima include managing the company's training/certification programs and leading the technical applications for its Polycom line of videoconferencing equipment. Mr. Kopsho is an active member of the ICIA as a professional trainer and is well respected throughout the AV industry. To reach Mr. Kopsho contact his office in San Diego at (760) 599-9810.
Responsible for the North Central territory, Mr. Balz brings more than ten years industry experience to Christie's ADS customers - nine years of which were with Ampro as the Midwest Regional Sales Manager and one year at Clarity Visual Systems as the Midwest Central Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Balz is located in Chicago - to contact him call (847) 475-5940.
Expanding business in the Northeast is Mr. Gargus' new role at Christie. Mr. Gargus joins Christie from JVC Professional where he was responsible for sales of video and projector products. A top performer, Mr. Gargus brings a wealth of account management, sales and relationship experience to the team. Mr. Gargus can be reached at his office in Pennsylvania at (610) 873-6565.
Mr. Jennings is responsible for the sales and business development of ADS products in the Pacific Northwest and will continue to develop existing and new channels of distribution and sales. Mr. Jennings has six years of AV industry experience including previous positions with InFocus as Territory Account Manager, where he managed both direct dealer and channel sales and key corporate/global accounts; Regional Sales Director/Sales Manager at Hayward-based Projection Systems; and Account Manager, Education Sales at Apple Computer. Contact Mr. Jennings in his San Francisco office at 800-789-3935.
The complete ADS team includes veterans Mr. Mark Ouwerkerk, who moves to the position of Southeast Territory Sales Manager; and Mr. Jay Hitz as the Southwest Territory Sales Manager.
Mr. Taylor and Mr. Kopsho report directly to Ms. Mummert. Mr. Gargus and Mr. Ouwerkerk report directly to Mr. Taylor. Mr. Balz, Mr. Jennings and Mr. Hitz report to Ms. Mummert pending the hire of a new Regional Sales Manager for the Western Territory.
About Christie Digital Systems, Inc.
Christie Digital Systems, Inc. is a world leader in high-performance projection solutions for cinema, control rooms, rental staging, 3-D, immersive environments, meeting rooms, conference rooms and fixed installation environments. Christie Digital Systems has over seven decades of expertise in providing film projection technology to the cinema industry and more than 25,000 large screen projection solutions installed worldwide. They are the first DLP Cinema™ licensee to play a leading role in the development of digital cinema projection. Christie Digital is an Academy Award recipient for its gearless projectors and has received numerous industry-specific awards for the world's first DLP Cinema projector and the Roadie, the world's first purpose-built rental staging projector. Christie Digital Systems is a jointly-owned subsidiary of Ushio America, Inc. and Ushio, Inc. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.christiedigital.com.
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