"For those who grew up in the industry, John Meyer is a true icon, not just in audio but also for those who work in different aspects of live entertainment," says Matthew Griffiths, CEO and director of events for PLASA. "My background happens to be in theatre, and we've been looking up to John Meyer and Meyer Sound technology for many years.
"The Gottelier Award is named in honor of Tony Gottelier, who was a well-respected industry innovator and writer, and he would be very pleased to see this year's award given to John Meyer," continues Griffiths.
John Meyer's career in professional audio spans over 40 years but the majority of his technological achievements and advances have taken place since founding Meyer Sound in 1979 with his wife Helen Meyer. In receiving the award, Meyer acknowledged the importance of collaboration and credited his team for their contributions.
"It's like a play, where everybody has to do their part," said Meyer. "I'd like to thank my wife, Helen, who has played a tremendous role in the success of the business, and all the people who support the products that we make. It's a huge team effort, and I gratefully accept this award on behalf of everybody at Meyer Sound."
John Meyer launched his career in professional audio in the 1960s by developing custom loudspeaker systems used by the rock luminaries of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Steve Miller Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the Grateful Dead. After embarking on extensive research into audio transducer linearity at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland, he and Helen Meyer returned to the Bay Area in 1979 to establish Meyer Sound. Over the following decades, John Meyer has led an engineering team that has set new benchmarks for performance and reliability and revolutionized sound reinforcement. He was made a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society in 1985, and was awarded the AES Silver Medal in 2007.