Dave Lewty, a live sound expert with an extensive background in touring and installed sound, has been appointed to the newly created position of applications specialist at Allen&Heath USA, a newly established organization that set up by NAPA to provide US distribution for the British audio mixing console manufacturer.

Lewty joins Allen&Heath USA after two years with BGW. Prior to that, he was responsible for the initial introduction of the InnovaSON digital mixing console in the United States.

Lewty, who started in the industry as a touring live sound engineer and musician in Europe, was transferred to the US from Manchester, England in 1992 by AMEK, the British console maker. Initially establishing an East Coast sales office for AMEK US Operations, he relocated to the company's Los Angeles headquarters a year later. There, Lewty served as live sound sales manager, working to introduce AMEK's innovative Recall and 501 by Langley automated performance sound consoles. He left AMEK in the late 90s as national sales manager.

"I am pleased to welcome Dave to our staff here at our new headquarters," says NAPA president Lynn Martin. "Dave has an encyclopedic knowledge of the live sound industry and our customers can be assured that they are in the very best of hands when they call here for support."

"I am thrilled to be working for one of the UK's largest live sound mixing console manufacturer," says Lewty. "After 30 years in business, Allen & Heath is a very well established presence in the touring sound, installation, house of worship and club markets in the US and I look forward to helping them further expand their already sizeable customer base here."