Oct 17, 2009
Today, Ralph Lockhart, president of Biamp Systems, announced his retirement from the company effective January 31, 2010. The Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Steve Metzger to executive vice president and chief operating officer, with the intention that he assumes the role of president upon Lockhart's retirement.
Lockhart joined Biamp in 1984 to run its sales and marketing division, and in 1985 he became its president. Under Lockhart's leadership, Biamp has grown from a small operation building mixing consoles, equalizers and PA's, to a company with more than 160 employees worldwide that provides high-quality and innovative audio electronics.
"During my 25-year tenure, I am proud of Biamp's industry-leading reputation for providing quality and reliable products, our superior customer service, and the fact that we've been able to deliver relevant and innovative technology to the AV industry. These are all key factors that have contributed to our success," said Lockhart. "I'm very pleased the board has named Steve as my successor. Steve is a born leader with the right combination of technology expertise and management experience. With his strategic vision, I'm confident he'll continue to build upon the success of this company."
Metzger joined Biamp in 2000. For the past two years, Metzger served as Biamp's vice president of business development where he was responsible for researching emerging technologies, leveraging contacts and relationships to develop new business opportunities, and considering broad, long-term opportunities that would contribute to the overall growth of Biamp. Prior to his role as vice president, Metzger held a business development manager position and served as Biamp's Southeast regional manager.
"Ralph and the board have provided me with a tremendous opportunity to lead a strong and skilled organization and an exceptional management team," said Metzger. "I can't imagine where I would rather be than here, working with this talented team."
About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each one with a commitment to exceptional customer service.
Biamp is dedicated to creating products that drive the evolution of communication through sight and sound. The award-winning Biamp product suite includes: Tesira® media system for digital audio and video networking, Devio® collaboration tool for modern workplaces, Audia® digital audio platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, and Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, huddle rooms, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses and multi-building facilities.
Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, New York. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.