MA Lighting has appointed Daniel F. Ridano as technical manager. His responsibilities include answering technical questions, and he will support customers regarding upcoming projects. He will also organize special workshops for grandMA consoles, grandMA video, MA digital dimmers, and other products. (www.malighting.de)

Scharff Weisberg has named Lars Pedersen director of technology. In the newly created position, Pedersen will interface with clients and lead the company's technical specialists. For the past 12 years, he has led Scharff Weisberg's show-control division. (www.swinyc.com)

Martin Professional A/S has hired Thomas Gosvig as after sales and service manager. He will be based at Martin headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. Thomas will be responsible for the corporate service department, including development and implementation of after-market strategy, optimization of service business processes, service product life cycles including quality assurance, and customer satisfaction as related to the after sales business area. Martin has also named Nanna Mazanti Friborg to the position of competence development manager. She previously worked within Martin in sales coordination and project management. Her new responsibilities will encompass service sales tools, analysis and surveys, services communication as well as Martin's education program, Academedia. (www.martin.com)

Lighthouse Technologies has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Sony Electronics Inc. to utilize Sony's resources to provide national on-site service programs to Lighthouse's LED large screen video customers in North America. Sony will staff and maintain a field service organization with emergency spare parts, priority hardware exchange programs, field engineers, and overnight shipping, and Lighthouse Technology's service and parts center, located in Irvine, CA, will provide material and technical support to Sony's service organization. (www.lighthouse-tech.com; www.sony.com)

Phil Gilbert has left LD Systems to work as a freelance lighting programmer and designer based out of Chicago. He can be contacted by phone at 512-659-8500 or at philjr@gilbert.com. (www.philgilbert.net)

Kinetic Lighting, Inc. has hired Jennifer Dallas as a production assistant and Tim Price to head the repair department. Dallas' responsibilities will include crewing production jobs, arranging trucking, and assisting production manager David Jacobi and vice president of production James Schipper. In addition to maintenance work, Price will supervise prepping rental equipment and fulfilling production orders. (www.kineticlighting.com)

XS Lighting & Sound has announced the expansion of its warehouse and administrative offices beyond its Syosset, NY, location to include two additional facilities: one at 31-B Eads Street, West Babylon, NY; and another at 714 Zachary Taylor Highway Flint Hill, VA. (www.XSck.com)

Marlyn Productions, Inc. has opened an office in Las Vegas to meet the growing needs of its clients. Stephanie Lanier will head the office and establish a technical team on the West Coast. The new address is: 10300 W. Charleston Blvd. #13-104, Las Vegas, NV 89135. (www.marlynproductions.com)

Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design has hired three new designers. Heather M. Lion, a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University in architectural engineering, joins the New York office. Darcie A. O'Connor and Jason Groob join the Los Angeles office. O'Connor has a BS in architectural engineering/illumination engineering and an MS in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Groob, formerly an intern with HLB, also received his BS in architectural engineering/illumination engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder. (www.HLBlighting.com)

Northern Sound & Light (NSL) has added Christopher Cleary to its sales staff. Cleary joined NSL from Hollowood Music and Sound of Pittsburgh, PA, where he served on the retail sales team. The company also celebrated 15 years of service in August. (www.northernsound.net)

Color Kinetics Incorporated has joined the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA), a partner with the US Department of Energy to accelerate the advancement of solid-state lighting as an important energy-conserving technology. The NGLIA is administered by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), of which Color Kinetics is also a member. The organization works in conjunction with the Department of Energy's Solid-State Lighting Program to support research and development and to lobby on behalf of solid-state lighting issues, including increased funding. (www.colorkinetics.com)

4Wall has added VARI*LITE products to its rental and sales product lines. All 4Wall locations — Las Vegas, New York, and Phoenix — will carry VARI*LITE products for sale and will be certified repair centers in the near future. (www.4wall.com)

Bill Conner, ASTC has formed his own theatre consulting firm, Bill Conner Associates LLC, based in Oak Park, IL. Conner, a professional theatre consultant since 1982, specializes in comprehensive systems planning and facility design services for assembly and performing arts programs. (bill@bcaworld.com)

Automation designers and engineers Kinesys have added Martin Honeywill as senior design engineer, who joins founders Dave Weatherhead and Andy Cave at the South London headquarters. Honeywill has worked with Unusual Rigging for the last 12 years. (www.kinesys.co.uk)

Q1 Production Technologies has appointed Laurence A. (Larry) Darling as vice president, sales, overseeing sales at both Q1's Vancouver and Winnipeg operations. His prior experience includes positions as production manager at the Plaza of Nations, sales at Christie Lites, and Western Region dealer manager at Rosco Labs. (www.q1pt.com)

Techni-Lux, Inc. is now distributing Stagemaker Compact concert and theatrical chain motor hoists — manufactured by R&M Materials Handling, Inc. — throughout the US. (www.techni-lux.com; www.rmhoist.com)