SPARS holds new Board of Director elections for 2011

Eric Johnson, President of the SPARS Board of Directors, recently announced elections forEric W. Johnson new Directors of the 32 year old recording association. Johnson was quoted as saying, “This election is of particular importance as the stars are aligning for SPARS to  play an even more pivotal role in the future of the recording industry. We’ve recently launched our state of the art website, which through syndication (RSS), is generating industry related content and news. In addition, we are connecting in a more meaningful way to regional recording centers like New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago with more to come over the course of 2011. Last year we began a greater emphasis on education and networking through our SPARS Sessions and hope this year provides us with even more opportunities to hold meaningful sessions in markets large and small across the country.”

Johnson went on to say, “We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer such a talented group of nominees to fill the open positions on the board.” The Board of Directors is made up of 12 representatives from the recording industry, each serving a term of three years and representing the three voting membership categories, Active, Individual and Education.  This year, the elections are for nine board seats. The nominated candidates and information about them is listed below. Voting is by SPARS members and ends April 19, 2011, when results will be announced.

If you are a SPARS member and did not receive a voting ballot via email or have any questions, please call the SPARS national office at 800.771.7727 or email our Executive Director, Paul Christensen, at [email protected].

SPARS Board of Director Nominees 2011


Kevin Clock

Kevin’s studio was established in 1977, and Kevin has been there every step of the way. Colorado Sound has hosted many national artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, D’angelo, ‘NSYNC, Ginger Baker, eminem, Styx, Steve Miller, Method Man, Redman, The Fugees, Wide Spread Panic as well as thousands of local and regional artists and bands. Kevin and Colorado’s remote recording truck have also had the pleasure of engineering many live performances for recordings and broadcasts all over the U.S.. Among these are Stevie Ray Vaughn live at Red Rocks, several MTV, VH1 and KBCO broadcasts of artists including YES, Collective Soul, Natalie Cole, INXS, Norah Jones and Spearhead. He also recorded and mixed a three-year concert series of Reggae on the Rocks, (Red Rocks).

Kevin’s passion for music began very old school with recording on a 2-track analog TEAC 1/4″ machine and playing drums in his bedroom on an old Ludwig set. With an Electrical Engineering Degree and too many hours in the studio, he lives his dream of balancing music, electronics and artists.

To date, Kevin has hundreds of projects under his belt as engineer and/or producer. He engineered two Grammy-nominated albums and was awarded a Platinum CD for D’angelo’s Voodoo CD. Awarded a Grammy (for best vocal performance) and a Gold Record for work on Gladys Knight’s “All Our Love” album. He received an Emmy Award for Audio Engineering and he won an ITVA (International Television & Video Association) award for Best Original Music Production.


Justin Davis

Justin Davis is an audio engineer and studio systems support at Rocky Mountain Recorders in Denver, Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver and holds a Bachelor of Science in the Arts with an emphasis in Music Recording and was one of the first AES Student Delegate Assembly Chairs for North and South America.

With nearly half his life dedicated to audio and media Justin has recorded, mixed, mastered, designed and “tweaked” everything from your friends band to feature films in surround sound. He has always been one to share his passion of audio with others and would like to do the same for SPARS.


Trevor Fletcher

An industry veteran of 28 years, 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 general manager and vice president of newly formed Hit Factory Criteria. 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.

In addition to his current service on the board of directors of S.P.A.R.S., Fletcher has extensive volunteer leadership within the Recording Academy both on a national & local level. A Florida Chapter Governor for the past decade, he has served consecutive terms as President and 1st Vice President of the Florida Chapter, as well as consecutive terms as national trustee. Fletcher also serves on the Latin Academy’s Presidents Advisory Council and is a member of the Florida Governor’s Film and Entertainment Task Force.


Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips, Studio Manager at Blackbird Studio 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 Scott quickly proved himself to be management material landing the position of Studio Coordinator after just 5 months. 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 what was at the time, the largest recording complex in the Southeast.

In 2005 Scott was recruited by John McBride to manage Blackbird Studio, which is owned by McBride and his multi-platinum recording artist wife Martina. Blackbird is an 8 studio complex where vintage recording meets modern recording. Being involved with Nashville’s newest and most state of the art recording facility has proven to be an exciting opportunity and Scott looks forward to a great future at the amazingly creative recording complex. Scott is a member of SPARS (Society of Professional Audio Recording Services), AES (Audio Engineering Society) and recently served on the board of NAPRS (Nashville Association of Professional Recording Services).

In his spare time he enjoys golf, basketball, Titans football, and spending time with his family.  Scott and his wife Chris are have a 5 year old son named William, and had their second boy, Charlie in early 2011.


Mark Rubel

Since 1980, Mark Rubel has made about 1,000 recordings at his Pogo Studio in the center of The Center of the Universe (Champaign IL), where he has recorded Hum, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, Adrian Belew, Melanie, Luther Allison, Henry Butler and many others, including work for RCA, Capitol, Warner, Jive/Zomba, etc. Mark belongs to SPARS, AES, NARAS, ASCAP, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator’s Association (MEIEA), Chicago’s Engineering and Recording Society (EARS), and many other acronyms. He is a member of the Grammy® Producers Committee, the NARAS Producers and Engineers Wing and Education Committees.

Having taught audio at the college level to more than 4,000 students since 1985, Mr. Rubel now serves as Audio Director for Eastern Illinois University’s $65 million Doudna Fine Arts Center, where he is lucky enough to teach Audio and Recording Technology, the History of Rock, and works on developing new audio and music business curricula.

Mark travels about doing panels and workshops, including a 2010 AES panel with Al Schmitt, Ed Cherney and Elliot Scheiner. He has been featured in various books and magazines, interviewed Les Paul, Terry Manning and others for Tape Op Magazine, and acts as a consultant, beta tester and audio expert witness, mainly in the area of copyright.

Mark’s thrash oldies band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets is now in their 31st year. He plays many instruments badly and sings worse, and is ridiculously happy cultivating songs, students and cats, along with his beloved and saintly wife Nancy.


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

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 onboard 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.


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.

Jessica is continuing her education while she juggles full time work and freelance audio opportunities in the Los Angeles area. She understands the importance of continued learning and hands on training for seasoned as well as entry-level professionals. Educational institutions provide eager students and graduates who will soon be creating the path for advancement in this industry, which is why Jessica wants to help expand student and educational memberships. She hopes to achieve this by collaborating with SPARS members to create a student forum, much like sound cloud, where members can upload, review, and comment on student projects, or submit demo tracks for students to use for practice mixes. Jessica would also like to discuss the development of an internship program for student and recent graduates. Students are the future of this organization and by helping their development, these members will help strengthen the benefits SPARS can offer.


Dave Hampton

Dave Hampton began his professional career while still in college as an engineer / producer for a radio syndication company. While in his senior year he got offered a tech position at Oberheim Electronics. This job would have him working with some the industries most influential instrument designers, at a time when technology was changing the way music would be made. While at Oberheim he spent days building and testing synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines. At night after work he did session after session as assistant, engineer, programmer, and technician. After 5 years Dave left and formed his own company. Since leaving work and going independent Dave has never looked back.

Today thru his company MATK Corp. he provides service and creates unique solutions for various artists and productions. Hampton is trusted and called on by some the entertainment industry’s brightest stars. In his role as technical consultant, Dave has been pivotal in supporting the production, and engineering of projects for many artists across all genres of music and entertainment. His client list includes: Lady Gaga, Prince, Herbie Hancock, M.I.A., Maxwell, Justin Timberlake, Babyface, Marcus Miller, RZA, and Rafael Saadiq.

In addition to engineering, consulting, writing, collegiate lectures and appearances, Dave also sits on the Advisory Council of the Producers and Engineers Wing of NARAS (The Grammy Organization), and serves on the advisory board of several colleges and universities across the country.

He is currently working on his fourth book. The latest book release, The Business of Audio Engineering is now available in stores and online and is mandatory text for several audio programs around the country.


Ron Lagerlof

Ron’s distinguished career in audio, television and film spans over thirty-five years.  His expertise in audio mixing and knowledge of technical systems has led him to some of the most known and respected names in the industry.  In addition, his management experience at companies such as Motown and Lucasfilm has given him the ability to build Visioneering Design to the formidable company it has become.

Ron has the unique ability to combine his talents as a mixer, engineer and manager into providing Visioneering’s clients with a full service facility that can relate to the needs of the creative and technical personnel, as well as management.

From auspicious beginnings at Chicago’s Universal Studios in 1975, his career as a recording engineer has seen him behind the mixing console in such places as Muscle Shoals, Nashville, Dallas and Los Angeles, with such artists as Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Jr. and John Prine, ultimately leading to a position as Studio Manager for Motown Records/Hitsville Studios, where he continued to work on projects with such luminaries as The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.   Ron quickly moved on to become operations manager at Lucasfilm Skywalker Sound in Marin County, where he managed the daily operations of the post-production sound department during the editing and mixing of such films as Terminator 2, Backdraft, Godfather III, and many others.

Upon returning to Los Angeles in 1992, he founded Visioneering Design with the vision of providing a complete consulting, design and integration company to serve the professional audio community and individual producers, directors and artists.  Now in its twentieth year, Visioneering has since completed private facilities for directors James Cameron (for Titanic and most recently, Avatar), and Andrew Davis (The Fugitive); music recording studios for The Dave Matthews Band and The Record Plant; and the technical systems design for relocation of ILM and other Lucasfilm companies to the Presidio of San Francisco. He is currently designing a post-production facility for DreamWorks, and a private screening room for its founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Ron is a Master Scuba Diver and award winning underwater photographer, traveling worldwide to promote awareness of the ecology of our planet, oceans and marine life.


Shaun Wall

My audio career began when an engineer at an open mic night had reached his limit and asked if I wanted to take over doing sound.  This unexpected event started a two-year journey of learning about the audio world by the seat of my pants.  I decided to return to college, finish a degree, and I wholeheartedly jumped into an audio education at Webster University.  A few weeks later, I added cultural anthropology as a second major.

Through the study of culture, community, and my personal experiences of how music can bind people together, I embarked on a mission to foster a deeper sense of community among audio engineers.  While at Webster, I helped create and bring into existence AES’s first-ever student convention: the Central Region Audio Student Summit–which is now in its fifth year running.  My involvement branched out into all areas of the event including sponsorship acquisition, organizing the panel/workshop schedules, contacting and securing guest speakers/panelists, taking care of any day-of-event needs, and directly interfacing with the guests and attendees to improve the convention’s effectiveness in providing desired information at a quality level.  These skill sets built a foundation for the position I currently occupy.

At this time, I’m blessed to be touring as an FOH engineer for a wonderful band and am in the process of becoming their tour manager as well.  Witnessing the growth of communities through the focal point of music leaves one speechless.  As audio engineers, we are capable of facilitating such communities by plying our trade with the utmost excellence and sharing our knowledge with the next generation.  Being a catalyst for the creation of community causes my very heartbeat.

If voted onto the Board of Directors for SPARS, I would be able to share and shape this energy through the direction and insight of those with more experience and perspective.  I can think of nothing that would thrill me more.


Kevin Becka

Kevin is the incumbent Treasurer of SPARS hoping to return for his second 3-year term. He is the technical editor of Mix Magazine and is the director of education at the Conservatory of Recording Arts in Arizona. Kevin has served as editor of Audio Media and Pro Audio Review magazines and is a member of ASCAP, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and a voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).


Gary Gottlieb

Longtime music business professional Gary Gottlieb refers to himself as a music generalist. A professional musician since age 13, he worked in radio on and off for 25 years, and was a music critic for 9 years. As a recording engineer, live recordist and music producer in New York, Gottlieb’s long and distinguished career includes work with numerous Grammy Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees in a variety of venues. His credits as a sound designer include off-off-Broadway productions, along with community and college theatre productions throughout New England. Along with his history as a music critic and entertainment writer for the Deerfield Valley News in West Dover, Vermont, and a disc jockey for WEQX, a major modern rock station in Manchester, Vermont, Gottlieb owned and operated a mobile DJ service and was a Venue Director for numerous X Games and Winter X Games for ESPN.

In 2002 he accepted a position as Professor of Audio Production at Webster University in St. Louis, and is now Chair of the Department of Audio Aesthetics & Technology.

In 2007 Thomson Publishing released Gottlieb’s Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond, the definitive introductory textbook in audio. In 2008 Thomson/Cengage published his second book, Recording On The Go, in 2009 Gottlieb’s most popular book How Does it Sound Now was published. How Does it Sound Now? went on to win the 2010 Association for Recorded Sound Collections’ Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research for the “BEST RESEARCH in GENERAL HISTORY OF RECORDED SOUND”.

Gottlieb, a member of AES, SPARS, APRS, ARSC and the P&E wing of NARAS, also tours as a guest speaker, and has given presentations or moderated panels in New York, San Francisco, Texas, Missouri, Boston, London, Munich and Paris, and has upcoming presentations in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Geneva.


William Moylan

William Moylan is professor and program coordinator of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he established the program in 1983 and has been directed it since. He has been involved with SPARS since 1985 (when UMass Lowell became of member of SPARS).  He served on the SPARS Educational Committee from approximately 1990 to 2004, and was involved with a number of SPARS initiatives including the “SPARS Test,” internships, and industry employee position profiles. He is author of Understanding and Crafting the Mix: the Art of Recording (Focal Press; 2nd edition, 2009).


Rik Stirling

My desire to seek a board member position with SPARS is rooted in a continuous effort to maintain the artform that lead me into the industry.  Given that I see 18-20+ something (age) students with a heart to stand on our shoulders instead of walk in our footsteps, I am moved by facilitating their growth and purposing to pass on the artform.  I would guess that we would agree that we’re in dire risk of loosing  much legacy, and as an educator and producer I desire to reconcile the technology, creative heart, and FURTHERING the artform as an educator with industry demands. Please consider this statement as you submit your vote.

CREATIVE BACKGROUND – A complete understanding of the symbiotic and technical relationship between computers, analog footprints, and the creative process of audio production and music theory.

SOLID EDUCATIONAL/TECHNICAL FOUNDATION – A thorough understanding of the music/post production process from concept through completion.

Member – Society of Professional Audio Recording Services for 13+ years.
ASCAP writer/member – 5 time songwriting award winner.
Produced and Composed International Film Scores and Artists
*Licensed MnSCU Instructor for Audio Recording.
*BA – St. Olaf College in Electronic Communications plus graduate studies in curriculum.
*Studied Percussion w/Jeffrey Dire – Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
*Elected President-Hennepin Technical College Shared Governance Council. The Council was established to make recommendations to the College on the following topic areas: Personnel, Student Affairs, Facilities, Fiscal Matters and General Matters of HTC, which is a 2-year technical college with app 6,000 FTE and an annual budget of over 40M.
*Elected Media Communications Department Chair/Team Leader at HTC
*Audio Production Program Director/Senior Instructor


Sherri Tantleff

Sherri Tantleff, incumbent Secretary of SPARS, 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 entertainment industry 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 and has a Bachelors of Music Business degree from the University of Miami.

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