Tom Oakes has joined Orbital Sound's growing installation division as technical sales and support engineer.
The company says it is continuing to receive high demand for its installation services – encompassing design and consultancy, as well as ongoing technical support and education – hence the new appointment.
Its recent major projects include large-scale d&b audiotechnik installations in various houses of worship and theatres, as well as the system design and installation of Clear-Com solutions at the Royal Albert Hall and Welsh National Opera.
“Installations have always formed a key part of our workload, with our track record involving just about every size and type of project," said Orbital sales director Tom Byrne. "We love challenges – from listed buildings to mega systems for new clubs, and tailored solutions for multi-purpose venues, shopping centres, schools and colleges. We have even tackled nuclear power stations and top-end cruise ships.
“Tom Oakes’ joining our team is a direct response to the growing demand for these services. For example, as a long-established UK sales and installation partner for d&b audiotechnik, installations based around their product lines form an important part of our work. We apply our in-depth product knowledge to ensure a great-sounding installation that matches the design brief and budget. Our close working partnership with d&b also means that we have our fingers directly on the product pulse, and can provide excellent ongoing support and influence system evolution.
"The same applies to Clear-Com – putting our long-standing communications system skills into play to troubleshoot and solve complex problems for organisations such as the Royal Albert Hall and Welsh National Opera. We have worked with many of our installation clients for years, offering long-term advice and assistance to upgrade or extend the original specification – reinforcing the importance of getting the initial brief spot on and helping them to realise a tangible return on investment."
Oakes originally joined the firm in 2008 as part of its technical support department, and over the past five years has been heavily involved in many of its high-profile installations. While he will continue to handle company-wide technical support duties, Oakes' will now focus primarily on technical installations, specialising in high-end communications and loudspeaker systems. He will also work alongside Orbital’s dedicated sales team to identify and develop new market opportunities.
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