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Norm Steinke promoted to Meridian sales VP from national sales manager …Bob Goedken, ex-Viewpoint Consulting Group, appointed Yamaha national sales manager for mass and new retail channels … Niles Audio hires three staffers. Two new product managers are Jim Novak, formerly of United Audio, and Keith Kennedy, previously with Florida Home Entertainment and Design. Michael Smedegarrd, ex-Harman Europe, named Niles technology and engineering director …Gregory McManus, ex-sales VP/general manager for Whirlpool North America, has assumed additional responsibility for the company's customer care operations and Thomas Welke has been named VP/general manager for customer and appliance care. Sam Abdelnour, ex-field sales manager, named VP/U.S. sales, a new position. Thomas Halford succeeds Abdelnour, who adds field sales to his current contract channel responsibilities …Bob Borchardt, former chairman of Recoton, is doing consulting work in consumer electronics. For more information contact him at (407)257-2643.


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