Allen Sides, founder of Ocean Way Audio, announces the appointment of industry veteran Rick Plushner as president, adding expertise to the company’s management level with his experience in the professional audio industry.
In his new position, Plushner will be responsible for guiding the direction of Ocean Way Audio while capitalizing on his unique skill set of product development, merchandising, vendor relations, distribution, supply management and direct marketing.
Prior to joining Ocean Way Audio, Plushner held executive positions with several pro audio operations including Guitar Center’s professional division GC Pro (vice president), where he established the brand as a nationwide leading professional audio dealer; Solid State Logic (president), where he diversified the company’s operations into the post-production and broadcast markets while establishing a dealer channel for outboard equipment; Euphonix (vp of sales), where he facilitated significant sales growth to support a successful NASDAQ IPO; and AMS/Neve (general manager), where he helped bring to market a wide range of digital and analog recording and mixing consoles.
This move is part of the ongoing series of strategic decisions by Ocean Way Audio. “We are thrilled to have Rick on our team,” says Sides. “He brings an enormous amount of experience with him that will greatly benefit Ocean Way Audio and its clients worldwide.”
“I’m excited to take on this new position and look forward to working with Allen Sides, Ernie Woody and Bruce Marien.” Plushner states, “We’ll expand the ‘No Limit’ studio monitor product line, push further into the ultra-high end of the audiophile market, launch a line of professional outboard audio equipment and offer unparalleled acoustical designs with full studio integration. To accomplish the latter, Ocean Way Audio will now offer the services of Malvicino Design Group, who boasts over 300 professional studio design projects world-wide, in addition to the iconic, acclaimed expertise of Allen Sides. The company boasts a team of acclaimed, industry-reading principals and services, and I am glad to be on board for this next phase of growth for Ocean Way Audio.”