High performance speaker manufacturer NEAR has appointed industry veteran Hank Finke director of sales.
The newly created position requires Finke to supervise a national network of rep firms, as well as working directly with integrators. With over 25-years of experience in the consumer electronics business, Finke has held senior sales positions with numerous audio brands, including Genelec, ReQest, and the Harman Specialty Group where he was VP of sales. Over the years, he has developed deep experience and involvement with CEDIA and the custom integration channel.
“Audio is more than a career for Hank; he has been a music and audio devotee since his teens. His passion, his depth of knowledge and his close relationships throughout the CE industry will aid him in making an immediate impact for NEAR,” said Bill Kieltyka, founder and GM.
NEAR manufactures outdoor loudspeakers for residential and commercial use. As founder of New England Audio Resource, Kieltyka developed the NEAR product line, which is carried on today as a division of Bogen Communications. After Bogen Communications purchased the brand in 1997, the NEAR product line went into hiatus for redesign and retooling. The all-new NEAR under-eave and in-ground models with exclusive patented technologies start shipping to distributors and dealers early next month.