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MISSION STATEMENT
The Audio Engineering Society's Los Angeles Section endeavors to promote the increase and dissemination of educational, and scientific knowledge in audio engineering and the promotion and advancement of this science and its allied arts in both theoretical and practical applications. The Audio Engineering Society's Los Angeles Section also endeavors to promote the stimulation of interest in audio engineering, the encouragement of the interchange and intercourse of ideas, and the promotion and maintenance of high professional standards among its members and the audio community at large.


OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHAIR:
John Svetlik
Term: June 2016 - May 2017
John Svetlik is a Digital Media Service Engineer at Modern VideoFilm in Burbank. For the past two years, he has worked on the internet transmissions infrastructure at the facility, focusing on Linux, networking, automation, and fast transmission of files worldwide using various UDP-based protocols.  Prior to Modern John spent four years at Deluxe Digital Studios, where he provided engineering support to the DVD and Blu-ray encoding departments, the Digital Distribution Group, Audio Subtitling and Localization, and Creative Services.  Previously, he worked at four audio-video value-added-resellers where he provided customer engineering support, sales engineering and outside sales throughout Southern California, including at the largest Avid dealer in the world. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from UC San Diego, and has earned a number of technical certifications throughout the course of his career.

VICE-CHAIR:
Brian Seagrave
Term: June 2016 - May 2017
Brian Seagrave started cutting radio commercials when he was just a kid at age 15.  While growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, he also did local live sound work with acts including Dave Grohl, The Doobie Brothers, Tori Amos, and Vertical Horizon to name a few.In 2003, he graduated from Ex’pression College for Digital Media and relocated to Los Angeles where he learned score mixing as an intern at Signet Sound and TV Promo mixing as an assistant audio engineer at Pacific Soundwaves.  His next gig, at North Hollywood Sound, saw him move into the lead audio engineer’s chair.  While at NHS, Brian recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered several years of airline talk shows, and helped the facility expand their studio services to include feature mixing, television shows, radio commercials, and video game VO. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy in Spoken Word (Comedy) for the book-on-tape, “New Rules with Bill Maher”.
TREASURER:
Richard Wollrich
Term: June 2016 - May 2017
Richard Wollrich has served successfully as Treasurer for the AES Los Angeles Section’s 1,000+ membership, for the past 13 years. Richard has freely given of his time to successfully oversee the financial affairs of its ever-expanding activities. He developed the AES-LA website to its current look and feel, serves as its current webmaster, and is the Section’s Newsletter Editor. To reach a wider audience, he is currently helping to develop the bilingual Spanish section for the website and newsletter, and is helping to develop individual and company-supported programs. With more than 50 years of experience within the Hollywood Entertainment Community, Richard has worked in various capacities at all the major motion-picture studios, including Chief of Projection Engineering at 20th Century Fox and as a post-production Sound Mixer with Sony Picture Entertainment Studio in Culver City, California.

SECRETARY:
Kevin Salger
Term: June 2016 - May 2017
Kevin Salger has over 10 year's experience in theatrical and concert live audio reinforcement, mixing and recording operas, musicals, plays, jazz and rock concerts, poetry readings, lectures, graduations, music and dance recitals, and a couple of game shows.  At the PBS TV station in Charlotte, NC, Kevin helped keep the station on the air as a broadcast engineer, repairing and maintaining video tape recorders, video cameras, control room switchers, audio mixing boards, and more.  He was later the station's audio engineer, mixing, recording, and editing over 240 productions.  He holds two Society of Broadcast Engineers certifications (Broadcast Technician and Audio Engineer), largely due to his TV work.  Now back in the Los Angeles area, Kevin is pursuing a technical writing certification from Cal State Long Beach to add to his Cal Poly Pomona Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
COMMITTEE:
Joe Schwartz
Term: June 2016 - May 2018
Joe Schwartz studied music and played several instruments in high school. He went on to study Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in 1986. Since then, he has worked in diverse settings and capacities. He started as an assistant engineer at various recording studios in New York and Los Angeles. From 1990 to 1996, Joe worked in film and television sound editing at Sony Pictures and independent companies. His ADR and dialog editing garnered two MPSE Golden Reel Award nominations, in 1993 and 1994. Joe was hired to his current position at California State University, Northridge in 2008, providing post-production support for facilities and student films. Joe holds Avid and Apple certifications, and is a member of AES, SMPTE, the Recording Academy, the Mo on Picture Editors Guild, and the Digital Cinema Society. He has served on the AES-LA Executive Committee since 2010.

COMMITTEE:
Greg Riggs
Term: June 2016 - May 2018
Greg Riggs has been active in professional audio and the AES for over 20 years, and served on the AES-LA Executive Committee as a committee member, Vice-Chair, and Chairman.  A self-professed "knob-twiddling number cruncher", Greg's Professional experience in Strategy, Product Management, and Product Development greatly benefit from his experience in live sound system operation and design.   Career highlights include 7 years with the Private brands group at Guitar Center, Inc., and 9 years in Product Management at Shure Incorporated. Greg has a passion for helping people gain the knowledge, training, and networking to reach their audio goals.

COMMITTEE:
Frank Schnyder
Term: June 2016 - May 2018
Frank Schnyder has never really broken into the industry because it sounds illegal, but in 2005 he spent his life savings to get an audio engineering certification from L.A. Recording School. Shortly after that he got a job for three years doing live sound at the Pig & Whistle every weekend and has even worked with the likes of Spencer Davis, The Rutles and other people who are believed to be British. He toils in obscurity on his own compositions and records friends once in a while in lieu of paying back money he owes them. He plays drums in a band which has still not chosen a name after 1 and 1/2 years. 

COMMITTEE:
Peter Doell
Term: June 2016 - May 2018
Peter Doell garnered a B.A. in Electronic Music Composition at SUNY Albany, studying there with icons like John Cage. Pursuing parallel paths in both music and engineering, he moved to Boston - working in studios, small clubs, and Symphony Hall with the Pops. Seeking more opportunity, he relocated to Los Angeles where the recording bug started to metastasize. Initially hired as a technician, but quickly recognized as a talented recording engineer at Wally Heider’s, Sunset Sound, then Capitol Studios 1983-1999. Drawn to feature-film scoring at Sony Pictures Entertainment for four years, he ultimately returned to the music world, at Universal Mastering Studios for 12 years, and now with After Master Audio Labs as Senior Mastering Engineer. Pete is also the host of IPTV show “Inside The Star Chamber” where he gets to interview the folks ‘behind the glass curtain’. Past AES Mastering Panel Member, NARAS P & E Wing Member.
COMMITTEE:
Gary Epstein
Term: June 2015 - May 2017
Gary Epstein has been employed by Dolby Laboratories for 17 years. He is the Product Marketing Manager for the Dolby Media Producer line of software products, responsible for preparing and encoding cinema content into Dolby Atmos for Blu-ray discs and file based delivery to the home. His past responsibilities at Dolby were as a Senior Product Support Engineer, assisting broadcasters & production engineers/mixers in the proper use of Dolby broadcast technologies.   He has been involved in the audio industry as an engineer and consultant for live concerts, studio recording and mixing, broadcast television, and post production for over 35 years. His past Dolby responsibilities involved hi-profile television productions such as The Grammy Awards, The Academy Awards, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, as well as the first Rose Parade broadcasts in surround sound.

COMMITTEE:
Mel Lambert
Term: June 2015 - May 2017
Mel Lambert is a life member of the Audio Engineering Society, with more that more than 30 years of service. He coordinated special events during the 113th AES Convention in Los Angeles, and on several previous occasions served on the Los Angeles Section’s executive committee, most recently as vice-chairman. He remains committed to the vitality and openness of the Society, and to the aims and aspirations of its 14,000+ members.  Currently a marketing counsel, journalist and copywriter, he has a wide range of experience with all aspects of professional and consumer audio, in addition to business-to-business sales and marketing operations, including use of print and internet media to promote operations to targeted customers via editorial and advertising platforms.

COMMITTEE:
Luke Huapaya
Term: June 2015 - May 2017
Luke Huapaya is a Broadcast Engineer with 17 years of experience in public radio at the local member station as well as at the national network level. Luke spent 7 years at KKJZ 88.1FM Long Beach where he served many roles at the local member station. From IT administrator to audio production and RF engineering, Luke spent many years engineering broadcast studios while completing his BS Electrical Engineering at CSU Long Beach. After completing his BSEE with a specialization in DSP, Luke was hired by National Public Radio (NPR) as the Electronics Engineer for their Culver City broadcast studios where he has been working for the past 10 years. Recently, Luke revived his interests in audio DSP and has been studying C/C++ through UC San Diego with the hopes of becoming a proficient C++ audio developer in signal processing.

COMMITTEE:
Tom Levno
Term: June 2015 - May 2017
Tom Levno is a Senior Consultant for National TeleConsultants, providing broadcast audio systems design, as well as infrastructure planning.  He has served at NTC for 22 years.  Tom draws on his experience mixing for concerts, live theater, radio and television; designing systems of presentation technology and space planning for television facilities, theaters, sports facilities, and more. Tom’s engineering training was attained by apprentice work, team service and seminars. He studied Journalism at the University of Montana where he got his first taste of mixing live.  Projects of note include: two four 54° Media City in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland in LA; ESPN Digital Center in Bristol, CT; Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA; Mile High Stadium in Denver; Bob Hope Cultural Center in Palm Desert, CA; Tunnel Club in NY, NY.  Prior to joining NTC, he worked for Smith Fause Associates in Culver City and Acromedia in LA, and various freelance ventures.
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