Martin Professional, Inc. has hired industry veteran Paul J. (PJ) Turpin as new national manager for the company’s Show segment. Turpin will also be involved in the Television and Theatre segments.

Turpin brings with him substantial industry experience, as well as a wealth of lighting knowledge and industry connections. He comes to Martin from Clay Paky America, where he served as CEO since 2003.

“I am very pleased to be a part of the Martin US team,” PJ commented. “I am intrigued at the challenges and opportunities the position presents and look forward to working with Brian and his team to realize the potential of these key markets.

“Also, it is nice to be with a company that is as sound and stable as Martin and with such a breadth and depth of product line. My past experience has been invaluable, and I am confident that my knowledge of the industry will be a benefit to the company.”

Brian Friborg, Martin US president, stated, “We are very pleased to have PJ on board. With his extensive knowledge base and broad background in this industry, he will be a valuable addition to our sales team. PJ will be a driving force in maintaining our leading role in live productions and will oversee our continued expansion into the television and theatre lighting markets.”

Prior to working at Clay Paky, Turpin nworked for Vari-Lite as a regional sales manager. He started his career in the entertainment technology industry in the early 1990s, working for Olsen Lighting in Hollywood and then AC Lighting (later ACT Lighting) as national sales manager.

Turpin, whose position takes immediate effect, will be working out of Martin’s West Coast office in Simi Valley, California.