F. Davis Merrey, Jr. will retire as president of Altec Lansing's Professional Division. The 2007 NSCA Expo will be the final industry event he attends on behalf of the business he helped establish five years ago. Dave began his professional audio career in 1976 as the Plant Manager of Electro-Voice's microphone manufacturing plant in Sevierville, TN. He later served as General Manager of Tapco and then as Vice President of Operations at Electro-Voice.
In 1985, Gulton Industries (the owners of EV) purchased the assets of Altec Corporation. Dave was appointed President of the company. Under his leadership, the company's product line was updated and repositioned as one of the premiere brand names in the pro audio industry. With the 1986 purchase of Gulton by Mark IV Industries, Merrey was a leader on the management team that established the multi-brand Mark IV Audio Group. Dave's responsibilities at Mark IV included VP of Engineering and Managing Director of Klark-Teknik & Midas in the UK. He retired in 2001 (but not for long).
Dave's long-term relationship with Ed Anchel, majority owner of Altec Lansing Technologies, led to the establishment of Altec Lansing's Professional Division in February, 2002. His vision for the potential of digital audio transmission over Cat5 system architecture drove the company's development of the new CommStar Cat5 Digital audio technology.
Altec Lansing Technologies has appointed Stan Shields to the position of Vice president and general manager of the Professional division. John Sexton remains with the company as VP of sales.