Biamp Systems Mourns the Loss of an Icon

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May 10, 2013

Biamp Systems Mourns the Loss of an Icon

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, announced that their former President and CEO, Ralph Lockhart, passed away at his home in Maui on Thursday, May 2. He was the president of Biamp for 24 years before retiring in 2010.

Ralph led the company through its transition as a manufacturer of analog live sound products to its current state as an advanced manufacturer of DSP-based audio products. He is remembered for his keen wit, sharp business sense, big personality, good humor, and as a collector of volumes of useless information. His storytelling abilities were renowned, and his folksy demeanor was humble and genuine owing back to his Midwestern roots.

Ralph's legacy is rooted in the hearts of those people he met. He believed that the true value of a business was in its people, not its things. He was a student of, and a developer of people.

No funeral or memorial services will be held for Ralph. His wife JB will ensure that his ashes are scattered in all of his favorite places around the world. Donations may be made to Hospice Maui, an organization that both Ralph and JB were grateful to. Their contact information is:

Hospice Maui
400 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, Maui. HI 96793
+1 808.244.5555

Everyone in the Biamp community is saddened by Ralph's passing, but we also celebrate the extraordinary life he lived.

About Biamp

Biamp Systems, LLC 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. 

Recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Global Installed Audio Conferencing Enabling Technology Leadership Award, 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, Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system, Cambridge® sound masking solutions, and loudspeakers for installed sound applications from Community Loudspeakers® and Apart Audio®. 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, open floor environments, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, retail, hospitality, military and government, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional offices around the globe. For more information on Biamp, please visit

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