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Press Release
February 23 2011
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Hires 19 New Employees
Music Technology Retailer Adds 10 To Sales Staff -

Fort Wayne, IN. February 18, 2011 - Sweetwater, one of the leading music instrument and pro audio retailers in the world, recently hired 19 new employees. Ten are new sales engineers and nine are from out of state.

Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack said, "Here at Sweetwater, we continue to hire talented people dedicated to music and music making, who will allow us to continue to expand the quality of our customer service through every aspect of our operation."

Sales Engineer Tharon Jones comes from New Knoxville, Ohio, where he has had his own recording studio for many years. He has also owned his own computer business and holds an associate's degree from ITT in electronics engineering.

Sales Engineer Dustin Keesbury grew up in Edgerton, Ohio, but has lived in the Fort Wayne area for several years. He comes to Sweetwater from the local Guitar Center, where he was an assistant manager.

Sales Engineer Tyler Moore is from Paulding, Ohio, but has lived in Fort Wayne for some time. He attended the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, where he received a certificate in sound engineering.

Sales Engineer Andrew Plassman is a Fort Wayne native who received an associate's degree in music production from Hocking Community College in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Sales Engineer Ryan Wiltermood is from Stevensville, Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Andrews University and was an intern for Grammy-winning engineer Dave Carlock.

Sales Engineer Mark Maxwell is a Fort Wayne native who made a living as a top-notch professional saxophone player. He has recorded and produced a dozen of his own albums.

Sales Engineer Paul Baker is from Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He has worked as a landscaper and an arborist and is mostly self-taught in music technology.

Sales Engineer Jen Foster studied audio engineering at The Conservatory for Recording Arts and Sciences and has worked as a sound engineer and program planner for The National Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC.

Sales Engineer Paul Bates is from Sacramento, California, has a certificate in recording sciences from Pinnacle College, and is both a drummer and a freelance recording engineer.

Sales Engineer Ryan Holquist is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, but has spent the past three years in Miami as a product and web manager for Sonic Reality. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Rowan University.

Ebay Manager Mark Hoffman is from Dublin, Ohio. He worked for a number of years with AOL and as a social media consultant for a music industry representative.

Audio Engineeer Dan Ankney has joined the Sweetwater Productions recording studios team. He received his liberal arts bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan, then attended The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe.

Zach Ridgway has joined the service department as an assistant to the service manager. He received an associate's degree in audio production from IPR.

Adam Hawthorne has joined the Down Beat Diner staff. He is currently a senior at IPFW, majoring in OLS, with a minor in history.

Sara Vetter has joined the Down Beat Diner staff. For 27 years she was an owner of Configurations Incorporated, doing graphic design work.

Morgan Randol has joined the reception department part time. Morgan is currently attending Ivy Tech for Criminal Justice and has worked for H2 Transportation and Jones Abstract & Title Company.

Accountant Earlita Keaton is from New Castle, Indiana, and has worked in various accounting positions for the past 14 years. She most recently worked for Sallie Mae as a collections specialist.

Shipping Specialist Todd York worked for Home Reserve as a machine specialist.

Shipping Specialist Chris Huttsell attended Purdue University for computer engineering and then transferred to Ivy Tech for general studies.

In addition to the new hires, two employees were promoted. Greg Reszel has moved to full-time status as a guitar technician in Sweetwater's service department, and Nick DeMond has been promoted to the verification department, from his former position in shipping.
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