CMI Audio’s New Team – Breadth, Depth, and Coverage
CMI Audio’s pro team has expanded dramatically, enhancing their ability to service the Australian pro audio community and their brands, including Adamson, Fohhn, and the Harman stable. New appointments include dedicated staff in Sydney and on the Gold Coast, and an industry veteran with international experience heading up the team.
Pro Audio Technical Sales Manager Andrew Rawlinson has joined the team to cover NSW and the ACT. Based in Sydney, his industry experience includes running his own business as a web developer and demo producer, building a studio in his house, running his own PA hire company, graduating from the Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Music Production), and working as Encore Event Technologies (ex Staging Connections) ANZPAC Purchasing Officer.
Queensland and the Northern Territory will now be serviced by well-known audio pro Brian Vayler, based on the Gold Coast. Brian was the inaugural National Sales Manager of Yamaha’s then newly formed Commercial Audio Division, before working at Planetshakers Church as their production manager, which involved a great deal of Australian and international touring. He then went on to join wholesaler National Audio Systems as a technical sales specialist, before heading to Singapore to work for d&b audiotechnik. Brian will be delivering product training, design assistance, and technical support to the entirety of his territory.
Leading the audio team and acting as Consultant Liaison is Richard Hulston. Richard comes to CMI with a solid 40 years’ experience under his belt, and a history covering most roles in the world of audio. After many years of Australian and international touring, Richard moved into installation and integration, with notable achievements including his work on 2004’s largest Harman sound system installation globally at Qatar’s Khalifa Stadium, the setting for the Asian Games in 2006. He followed this up with two years as Meyer Sound’s Middle East Sales Manager.
Richard has worked with respected international engineering consultants Hewshott in South East Asia, and boutique AV and ICT consultants CHW Consulting in Melbourne. He has handled international sales for Australian Monitor, worked with major audio manufacturers including Clair, and for wholesalers in Australia including Madison Technologies and National Audio Systems. His breadth of experience in the different parts of the audio supply chain means he has a unique perspective on both client’s needs and the manufacturer’s capabilities.
Richard, Brian and Andrew join the existing team of Retail Audio Products Specialist Andy Lloyd-Russell, Pro Audio Sales Manager Garry Farmer, Pro Audio Products Specialist Lee Stevens and Pro Audio Products Manager Mark Wayte, all under the auspices of Director of Audio and CEO Peter Trojkovic.
“These new appointments ensure that our entire market will get the professional support they need and deserve,” says Peter Trojkovic. “With our recent expansion to include the Harman Professional audio range, and the depth of our existing offering and staff experience, there is no job in the professional audio world we can’t cover.”