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Press Release
August 30 2007
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Makes Strategic Staffing Additions
- Leading music technology retailer strengthens sales and purchasing management -

Fort Wayne, IN, August 30, 2007 - Sweetwater, the fourth-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, according to Music Trades magazine, has made two strategic appointments in its sales and purchasing departments. Music industry veteran and longtime Sweetwater employee David Klausner has been promoted from Sales Engineer to Sales Manager, and Ohio native Mike Brinker has been hired as Senior Product Manager/Buyer to further strengthen Sweetwater's purchasing department.

Dave Klausner hails originally from New York City. Since receiving a BS in Biology from Cornell University, he has spent 25 years working in the music industry. His passion for recording led him to open a commercial facility, Magic Carpet Studio, in the early '90s. He later worked in some of the major studios in New York and Philadelphia, and has played with or worked on recordings with artists as diverse as John Popper, Sonny Landreth, Bernie Worrell, Shania Twain, and Vernon Reid. For the last nine years, he has worked at Sweetwater Sound as a Sales Engineer, where he sold and helped configure systems for artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Adrian Belew, and John Tesh, and for organizations such as the US Army, Showtime Networks, and Lucent Technologies.

Regarding his new job, Klausner said, "I am truly excited to put my passions for customer service and audio technology into use in my new position. I hope to do whatever I can to help Sweetwater maintain its phenomenal growth, while maintaining the untouchable level of service that has gotten us where we are."

Mike Brinker is originally from Ohio and has a degree in Commercial Music from Capital University and from The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. For the last 12 years he was the Pro Audio Manager for Woodwind & Brasswind, and was previously a manufacturer's representative for Starin Marketing and Sound Marketing, representing numerous lines, including Auralex, Allen & Heath, JVC, Sony, and many others.

Brinker remarked, "I was very familiar with Sweetwater because of my work as a manufacturer's representative. I had a great deal of respect for the company's philosophy and accomplishments, and I feel fortunate to be selected by Sweetwater for this new position. The part I did not expect was the great people that make up the Sweetwater team. The support here is unmatched by anything I have ever experienced!"

Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack said, "Sweetwater has been aggressively adding employees, particularly in the sales department. We promoted David to provide greater mentoring and oversight for new sales engineers. I'm also delighted to bring a talented professional like Mike Brinker to Fort Wayne."

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