Bryan Matthews is the new public relations manager for Vari-Lite, Entertainment Technology, and Lightolier Controls. Matthews will take over the position as the primary contact for the media and general public encompassing all three brands from their Dallas headquarters. (www.vari-lite.com)

Martin Professional A/S announced the hiring of a new president and CEO, Christian Engsted. Endsted takes over from Kristian Kolding who resigned at the end of 2004. In other Martin news, Martin US has hired John Dunn as its regional market manager, Total Club for the West Coast region. His responsibilities include working with dealers, owners, and managers in the Total Club segment of clubs, bars, and lounges (Martin lighting, Mach sound, Jem smoke). (www.martinpro.com)

Creative Technology, an international audio visual staging solutions provider, opened a Las Vegas office. The 15,000 sq. ft. facility contains a brand new inventory of audio visual equipment, including the latest in high-resolution 1400×1050 DLP projection, high-resolution switching systems, multi-camera production packages, LED displays, and concert quality audio systems. (www.ctinternational.com)

Robe UK is restructuring. Ian W. Brown became sales director, and his colleague, Bill Jones, became sales manager. Both will continue heading up the sales department, looking after current clients, seeking new business, and continuing their proactive sales strategy. Robe UK is also looking to hire two sales representatives. One will be based on the road to assist Brown and Jones in the UK. The other will be based at Robe's Northampton HQ. The Northampton HQ added two new members to its team: John Linnell as MD and Bill Baker as business development manager. (www.robe.cz)

L-Acoustics US announced the appointment of Dan Palmer as sales manager. Palmer will assist Paul Freudenberg, vice president of sales and marketing, in directing L-Acoustics' US rep network as well as liaising with consultants, contractors, sound reinforcement companies, and other customers with technical sales issues. (www.l-acoustics-us.com)

Selecon has announced that Rainer Weggen, formerly European sales manager for DHA Lighting, has joined its European sales team. Rainer takes on a new position within Selecon of market manager for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. (www.seleconlight.com)

The Magnum Companies Ltd. appointed Shelby Wilson as salesperson, responsible for expendable and boxed goods sales and the development of new retail business. (www.magnumco.com)

Out Board has appointed Jolly Pro Audio as exclusive Hong Kong and China distributor for its TiMax Audio Imaging delay matrix and showcontrol processor. (www.jollyproaudio.com.hk, www.outboard.co.uk)

Visual Terrain expanded its corporate and live events design team with the addition of senior designer Edward S. Marks. (www.visualterrain.net)

LED Screen Hire Ireland Ltd. was recently established in Dublin and is headed by Hamlet Sweeney. The company's parent organization, LED Screen Hire UK, added project managers Nick Pask and Dion Strydom to its Alton, Hampshire office.

Michael Lindauer, an associate consultant with Nautilus Entertainment Design (NED), has been promoted to vice president. (www.n-e-d.com)

Lighthouse Technologies has announced two new additions: Tony Turiello as vice president of sales, marketing, and operations for the Americas and Jaye Playter as central regional sales manager based in Indiana. (www.lighthouse-tech.com)

Stage Tech has moved to a new location just northeast of Indianapolis at 299 Business Park Drive Fortville, IN 46040. (www.stagetechinc.com)

Direct connectivity with ESP Vision software with some new exclusive features is now available for Wholehog® 3 console owners. A new partnership between ESP Vision of Las Vegas and High End Systems of Austin, TX is allowing Wholehog 3 owners to make use of this visualization technology. (www.esp-vision.com, www.highend.com)

Nemetschek North America announced that it has appointed Sean Flaherty as its new chief executive officer. Flaherty, formerly senior vice president and chief technology officer, succeeds company founder, Richard Diehl, who is retiring after 20 years in his role as CEO. (www.nemetschek.net)

Barco announced that effective immediately, Steve Scorse will assume duties as vice president of sales and customer service in North America. (www.barco.com)

MC2 Audio has appointed eas Vertireb as a new international distributor. Based in Emsdetten, Germany, eas joins a number of new distributors worldwide MC2 has appointed to ensure a consistent level of expertise is available to its global customer base. (www.mc2-audio.co.uk)

The 2005/2006 Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Membership Directory is now available. To receive a free copy, email info@esta.org or call 212-244-1505 with your address and desired quantity. The Seminars and Training committee of the ESTA Foundation is also presenting a full-day Rigging Fundamentals Workshop with rigging expert Jay O. Glerum on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at the ETS-LDI show in Orlando, FL. To register, download the form at www.esta.org or contact Greer Morrison at the ESTA Foundation: gmorrison@esta.org or 212-244-1505.