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Press Release
December 08 2011
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Hires 20 New Employees

- Music Technology Retailer Adds 10 to Sales Force -

Fort Wayne, IN, December 7, 2011 - Sweetwater, the third largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the U.S., recently hired 20 new employees. The music company expanded its sales force with 10 new Sales Engineers, all but 8 coming from outside Indiana. The new hires bring total Sweetwater employment to 470.

Sales Engineer Phil Schwan grew up in England. He moved to the states to attend Greenville College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business. He is also a freelance composer.

Sales Engineer Nick LaMendola comes from Grand Island New York. He graduated from Duquesne University this year with a Bachelor Degree in Music Technology.

Sales Engineer Brent Leuthold is from Lake in the Hills, Illinois. He recently graduated from Ohio University with a degree in audio music production.

Sales Engineer Jared Kalish is from Suffern, New York. He graduated from SUNY College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry. He interned for a management company for the pop band Duran Duran.

Sales Engineer Matt McKible is from Bow, New Hampshire, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University. He has worked for Indiana Public Radio as a producer/engineer.

Sales Engineer Robert Johnson is from Arlington Texas. He received his certificate in audio engineering from the Conservatory of Recording Arts.

Sales Engineer PJ Noxon moved to Fort Wayne from Honolulu, Hawaii. He has a music education degree from Indiana University. He has taught at several universities both in the states and overseas.

Sales Engineer Chris Anderson is from Milledgeville, Ohio. He received a degree in music production and technology from Berklee College of Music.

Sales Engineer Chris Ishak moved to Fort Wayne from New York. He is a vocalist and performed at Carnegie Hall and on Broadway during a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Sales Engineer Jason Baldwin grew up in Indiana. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Valparaiso University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. After graduation he worked for a sound design company that does work for PBS.

Support Technician Michael Quilling is from Kiel, WI. He has an Associates Degree in Recording Engineering from Madison Media Institute.

Assistant Service Coordinator Vanessa Montalvo-Clark has returned to the Sweetwater service department after working for DeVry University in Chicago for two years.

Guitar Technician Thom Grant is an outstanding guitarist and has been an instructor at Sweetwater's Academy of Music.

PC Repair and Install Technician Seth Mynhier is currently attending IPFW, majoring in computer technology.

Web Designer Chad Foust has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music from Great Lakes Christian College. He most recently worked at Southpoint Community Christian Church as their Creative Arts Minister.

Graphic Designer Chad Murphy has a Bachelors degree from IUPUI in Commercial Art/Fine Art. He worked at Fort Wayne Newspapers as an Art Director for 19 years.

Web Programmer Dan Lehman is from Bloomington, Illinois, and holds a degree in information systems from Illinois State University. Most recently he worked for Go Daddy in Phoenix.

Web Programmer Josh Gustin is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems. He has worked as an IT specialist since 1999 at Encore Music/Folkcraft in Woodburn, Indiana.

Accounting Assistant Megan Crook is attending the International Business College.

Receptionist Bethany Ames has worked for the New Haven Pet Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant and receptionist for the past five years.

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