|June 22 2005|
|For Immediate Release|
|Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Director of Program Development, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030|
|Sweetwater Sales Force Expands|
| Sweetwater, the Fort Wayne, Indiana audio and musical instrument retailer, has added seven new Sales Engineers to its staff.
Stacy Borden is a Fort Wayne native who holds a B.A. in Music Engineering from Ball State University. An accomplished classical guitar player and composer, Borden said, "I'm excited to begin work at Sweetwater. Being able to work at a world-class music dealer right here in my hometown is a rare opportunity."
Nate Edwards moved to Fort Wayne from Waukesha, Wisconsin and is a graduate of McNally Smith College, an international music and recording school. "I look forward to being able to connect musicians to the equipment they need," Edwards said.
Tim Henderson relocated to Fort Wayne from Portland, Oregon, where he owned a recording studio and taught music technology at Portland Bible College. He chose Sweetwater because, "Helping people make the right decisions when they purchase instruments and studio gear is what I do best."
Trip Irish, from York, Pennsylvania, attended the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts and the American School of Luthiery. His comment about working for Sweetwater was, "I now work for the greatest toy store on earth!" Irish is also an Apple-certified computer technician and composes and records his own music.
Chris Koehler is from Houston, Texas, where he was the band and orchestra department supervisor for a large retail music store. Koehler is a certified sound engineer and describes himself as, "A self-proclaimed band geek."
Nathan Roemer, from Erie, Pennsylvania, received a B.A. in Audio and Radio from Emerson College in Boston. Before joining Sweetwater he served as Director of Technical Ministries at Grace Baptist Church in Erie. Roemer said, "As a musician, audio technician, and small business owner, I've experienced many of the situations and problems encountered by Sweetwater customers. I appreciate having the opportunity to help solve those problems for others."
Sean Wooldridge is a graduate of the Music Production and Engineering program at Boston's Berklee College of Music. A Fort Wayne native, Wooldridge worked as a recording engineer in Nashville prior to returning here to work at Sweetwater.
"Our sales have continued to increase through 2004 and now in 2005," said Sweetwater founder and President Chuck Surack. "We'll keep adding more Sales Engineers to reach our expanding customer base." The influx of new customers of the audio and musical instrument retailer has more than doubled since 2002.
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