AUDIO ENGINEERING SOCIETY LOS ANGELES SECTION ELECTION
Biographies of Candidates
Chair — Brian Seagravestarted 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 Expression 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”.
Vice Chair — Kevin Salgerhas over 10 years’ 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 seeking full-time opportunities in media production and engineering, and in the meantime, is freelancing and pursuing a technical writing certification from Cal State Long Beach to add to his Cal Poly Pomona Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.
Treasurer — Richard Wollrichfor the past twelve years has served successfully as Treasurer for the 1,000-plus membership AES Los Angeles section. As the current AES-Los Angeles Section Treasurer, Richard has freely given of his time to remain abreast of local developments, and has successfully overseen the financial affairs of its ever-changing activities. He has developed the AES-LA website to its current look and feel and has helped to develop the AES-LA company and individual supporter program and is working to support the student sections within the Los Angeles sections geographic area. 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 Pictures Entertainment. In his last position, he was responsible for authoring many 5.1-channel soundtracks in multiple languages for feature-film DVD and Blu-ray Disc release.
Secretary — John Svetlikis 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.