With the return of former owner Scott Miller, AMX announces major management changes. The restructuring closely follows June’s announcement of the company’s name change from Panja back to the original AMX.
Jean Nelson has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer. She succeeds Paul Fletcher, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Nelson will be responsible for all aspects of AMX’s financial organization, including accounting, financial planning, investor relations, credit, and collections. She has more than 17 years of experience in the electronic and technology industries. She was formerly at Brink’s Home Security, where she served as vice president and controller. Prior to that, she served as vice president and treasurer for Sensormatic Electronics Corporation.
Steve Byars has been appointed vice president of administration. In his new position, Byars will oversee AMX's human resources department and related administrative initiatives. Byars has previous experience leading the HR and administrative functions for Hollywood Casino Corporation and senior level experience with Fidelity Investments, Trammell Crow Company, Amdahl Computer Corporation, and Texas Instruments.
Carl Evans has been selected to serve as vice president of operations. Evans brings 20-plus years of high-tech manufacturing experience to AMX. He is responsible for all manufacturing operations including planning, supply chain management, product quality and reliability, and production. Since 1998, Evans has served as vice president of operations and service for Samsung Telecommunications. He also has held senior management positions at Siemens, Network Access Corporation, Intellicall, and Northern Telecom.
Michael Olinger has been appointed vice president of sales. He will utilize his distributor and dealer experience to lead both the domestic and international sales team. Olinger joined AMX in 1994 as vice president of international sales and has been responsible for leading the international sales teams and global offices to record sales growth. In 1998, Olinger established AMX's World Partner Network to provide AMX's international distributors and dealers improved communications and support. Prior to joining AMX, he had a 20-year career in international sales and management.
R. Randal Riebe has been appointed vice president of strategic planning. In this new role, Riebe will utilize his broad industry knowledge and perspective to best position AMX in the industry. He joined AMX in 1997 as director of the videoconferencing and OEM sales divisions. Since then, he has served in various capacities, including national sales manager, vice president of sales, and vice president and general manager. Prior to joining AMX, Riebe held executive positions in the professional audio, video, and telecommunications industries.
Lynnette Gracey has been promoted to director of international sales. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of AMX's International Team and the overall management of the World Partner Network. Gracey's career in the international audio and visual technology industry began in 1992. Since joining AMX in 1998, Gracey has served in several key capacities, most recently as manager, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Brian Hertia has been promoted to director of P3, AMX's Protocol Partner Program. In his new role, Hertia will oversee the operations of the technical research and protocol development efforts for the company. Prior to joining AMX, Hertia spent four years as manager of dealer development for residential systems with Lutron.
Jim Hogan, director of supply chain management, joins AMX, with 20 years of manufacturing management experience. Most recently, Hogan was responsible for procurement and materials management at FSI International. Previously, Hogan was responsible for engineering and managed manufacturing efforts for Applied Materials, Carrier Corporation, and Trane.
Michael Peveler has been promoted to director of training. He has experience in training for the technology market and has conducted numerous training seminars worldwide. Peveler played a key role in the development of AMX University, an award-winning, technology-training venue. He has increased the company's dealer training efforts by developing specialized, hands-on courses.
Mike Ramoz has been promoted to director of sales support. Ramoz is responsible for streamlining the sales support teams and overall customer service for AMX's dealer network. Ramoz began his career in the audio and video industry in 1988 with York Controls, which merged with AMX in 1991.
Anna Stamatelatos has been promoted to director of corporate communications. She is responsible for streamlining the company's communication efforts within all key areas of operations-- marketing, training, sales, and engineering. Since joining AMX in 1996, Stamatelatos has served in several key capacities, most recently as director of marketing. She has had key roles in the development of AMX, including establishment of the West Coast sales support office in Costa Mesa, California, and direction of an award-winning corporate marketing team at the company's headquarters in Richardson, Texas.
Tim Schaeffer joins AMX as general manager of the West Coast office. Since 1996, Schaeffer has served as vice president of Otari Corporation of America, a manufacturer of professional recording equipment. For 15 years prior to joining Otari, Schaeffer was owner and president of The New West Group, which operated a Manufacturer's Representative firm, a studio equipment rental company, and a distribution company, all in the professional audio fields.
Van Vlasselaer has also joined AMX as business development manager, Europe. He will be based out of AMX's Brussels, Belgium office, where he will be responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives. Vlasselaer brings more than 17 years of high tech sales and management experience to AMX. He was previously the international sales manager of Crestron International, where he was directly responsible for implementing a sales strategy within newly established satellite offices in Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing sales within Italy, Spain, Portugal, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.