Board

Kirk Imamura, President / Director

Kirk Imamura

Kirk Imamura has over 18 years experience in the consumer electronics industry working for Sony Corporation. Kirk has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from San Diego State University. He has engineering and management experience in equipment design, software development, large scale manufacturing operations, product development and strategic & business planning. Since leaving Sony, Kirk has spent 13 years in the music industry successfully running and guiding the operations of Avatar Studios in New York as President. During his tenure, the studio has been awarded five TEC Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement. Kirk’s well-rounded management experience, people skills, technical background and marketing abilities are well-suited for leading a business to the next level.

Jessica Dally, Treasurer / Director

Jessica Dally

Jessica graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Music, emphasis in Recording Arts and Music Business and a minor in Theater, Film and TV production. Jessica has over 8 years of live sound engineering experience mixing local variety shows, worship services, and theater productions. In June 2008, she traveled to London, UK as an intern at Music4. In the past year, she has worked as a sound editor and re-recording mixer for several student and short films and is scheduled to begin work on her first feature in May. Jessica’s involvement in the audio industry includes volunteering with SPARS, Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors.

Jessica was selected as a SPARS travel grant recipient for the 2009 AES convention held in New York. Recipients helped staff the SPARS booth on the exhibit floor, sat in on the board member meeting, assisted at the Friday evening reception and the TEC awards on Saturday. Jessica continued to help with SPARS, manning the booth at the NAMM show in early 2010 to provide information to visitors about SPARS services and benefits. Later that year, Jessica served as the intern coordinator for AES in San Francisco, coordinating intern schedules to provide booth coverage and organizing SPARS interns at the Friday evening mixer with other professional audio organizations. Jessica continued as an intern coordinator for SPARS¹s H.O.T. Zone sessions and TEC awards at the NAMM show earlier this year.

Sherri Tantleff, Director

Sherri Tantleff

Sherri Tantleff has been passionate about the audio industry for over 25 years. She was Studio Manager/VP of Operations at Manhattan’s audio post facility, Sync Sound for 16 years. Currently, she is Industry Outreach Manager for Full Sail University. There she’s a national liaison to the audio and entertainment business industries bringing professionals together to address issues regarding curriculum, employment and technology. She attends many industry conferences and events including AES, NAB, Grammy Week and NAMM. Sherri is a member of the Recording Academy, ASCAP, and has a Bachelors of Music Business degree from the University of Miami.

Kevin Becka, Director

Kevin Becka

Kevin Becka has been in the audio industry for over 20 years, starting as a recording engineer with credits ranging from Kenny G, George Benson, Quincy Jones and more. He’s also been the editor of Pro Audio Review, Audio Media USA and is currently the technical editor of Mix magazine where he edits and writes product reviews and features. He is the Director of Education at the Conservatory of Recording Arts in Arizona, a member of AES, SPARS, a voting member of NARAS and an ASCAP writer.

Trevor Fletcher, Director

Trevor Fletcher

An industry veteran for over two decades, Fletcher has worked in numerous capacities for Miami’s Criteria Recording Studios. After the purchase of the facility by New York’s Hit Factory in 1999, he was appointed GM/VP of newly formed Hit Factory Criteria. Fletcher is a former two-term president of The Recording Academy (NARAS) Florida Chapter, and currently serves on the National Board of Trustees. In addition to volunteering on local & national academy committees, events and the TEC Awards nominating body, Fletcher has credits as engineer or production coordinator for artists as diverse as 2 Live Crew, Julio Iglesias, Al Di Meola, Missy Elliott, and Gloria Estefan. Fletcher continues to expand the national and international reputation of the studio and the Miami recording community.

Dave Hampton, Director

Dave Hampton

Dave Hampton is a 30+ year veteran of the audio recording industry. His company MATK Corp is trusted and called on to create and provide custom solutions for various artists and companies. He has served as Technical director for Herbie Hancock’s Hancock Music in Los Angeles, and Prince’s Paisley Park Studio in MN. In addition to engineering, Dave still consults with manufacturers on new technology, lecturers on survival in the industry, and mentors new recording professionals. His latest book, The Business of Audio Engineering is mandatory text for several audio programs around the country.

Other clients: Marcus Miller, George Duke, Justin Timberlake, Maxwell, Lady Gaga, and Babyface.

Scott Phillips, Director

Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips, Studio Manager at Blackbird Studios, was born and raised in Jacksonville , FL. In 1996, after graduating from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in Orlando , Scott moved to Nashville and began building his career in the recording industry. Starting as an intern at Masterfonics, he quickly proved himself to be management material, landing the position of Studio Coordinator after just five months. A promotion to Studio Manager soon followed and with the merger of Masterfonics and Emerald Sound Studios in 1999, Scott once again found himself at the helm, eventually becoming Vice President of the Studio Division of the largest recording complex in the Southeast. In 2005, Scott was recruited by John McBride to manage Blackbird Studios, which is owned by McBride and his multi-platinum recording artist wife Martina. Being involved with Nashville ‘s newest state of the art recording facility has proven to be an exciting opportunity and he looks forward to an incredible future at the creatively inspired recording complex. Scott is a member of Leadership Music’s Class of 2006, NAPRS (Nashville Association of Professional Recording Services), AES (Audio Engineering Society) and serves on the board of SPARS (The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services). In his spare time he enjoys golf, basketball, Titans football, and spending time with his family.

Mark Rubel, Director

Mark Rubel

Mark Rubel has made about a thousand recordings at his Champaign IL Pogo Studio: Hum, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, Adrian Belew, Melanie, Luther Allison, Henry Butler; RCA, Capitol, Warner, Jive/Zomba, etc. Mark belongs to SPARS, AES, NARAS, ASCAP, MEIEA, EARS, and other acronyms. Having taught Audio Technology to thousands of students, he is Audio Director for Eastern Illinois University’s $65 million Doudna Arts Center.

Mark interviewed Les Paul, Terry Manning and others for Tape Op Magazine, and acts as panelist, consultant, beta tester and expert witness. He plays many instruments badly and sings worse, and is ridiculously happy cultivating songs, students and cats with his saintly wife Nancy.

Rick Senechal, Director

Rick Senechal

Rick Senechal currently leads the audio group at Microsoft Studios. MS Studios is a full service production facility located in Redmond Washington. They offer services ranging from broadcast, post, music, brand music and music supervision, UI design and general audio production. Our work is played in every global market with an up countable number of plays.

Starting as a drummer and then transitioned into audio production, in these early years he ran the recording program at Fairhaven Studios on the Western Washington University. During that time he created curriculum for four university level audio classes.

He has a heart for music production and creating educational opportunities aimed at increasing the skill level of the local audio community thus drawing more production to the Northwest.

Candace Stewart, Director

Candace Stewart

Candace Stewart is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in Recording Studio management. She has managed such facilities as Take One Recording, Red Zone, Soundcastle Studios, and Firehouse Studios.

Prior to coming on board at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, Candace managed Cello Studios which was located in the same building, and was converted into EastWest Studios by design superstar Philippe STARCK.

She has worked with artists in all genres of music from the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg to film composers, Jerry Goldsmith and Paul Williams.

In her tenure as a manager she has seen many technological changes in the industry but her commitment remains the same: to facilitate artists and all those who create music in any way possible.

Zoe Thrall, Director

Zoe Thrall

Zoe Thrall is the Director of the Studio at the Palms, located at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.  Her 30 years in the industry started at the legendary Power Station studios in New York City where she was an assistant engineer working with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and many others.  It was at Power Station studios where she met producer/musician Little Steven Van Zandt, whom she subsequently worked with for 11 years as engineer, touring musician, and eventually in artist management.

In 1992 she returned to Power Station studios as Studio Manager and oversaw the transition between ownership to Avatar Studios where she was President.   She later joined Hit Factory studios as General Manager and in 2005 moved to Las Vegas to manage the Studio at the Palms.  In addition to her directorship in SPARS, she is a voting member of NARAS and sits on the advisory board of the Producers and Engineers Wing. She has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society for 34 years, and is a two-time chair of the AES Convention in New York City.

Paul Christensen, Ex Officio

Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen is the new Executive Director of SPARS. He was recruited to head a new program to expand the SPARS mission to better serve members of the recording community, facility owners, producers and engineers. SPARS new slogan is Mentoring the next Generation. SPARS is the 34 year old non profit association representing professionals in the Recording Industry. The organization is dedicated to preserving the craft of professional recording by providing mentoring, education, networking and community to its members and the industry as a whole. As part of its mission SPARS has launched the Ask SPARS Speed Mentoring Program.

Mr. Christensen served as a Director of SPARS from 1989 to 2000 in various capacities, including Chairman of the Board from 1997-1999, SPARS 20th Anniversary. He is President of Omega Productions, a 40 year old award winning Entertainment Production Company specializing in live concert DVD, HD and CD recordings.