John Sexton, Director of North American Sales
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Why OKC? I am a native Oklahoman!
Industry Experience: I answered a newspaper ad in 1983 when Altec Lansing relocated from Southern California to Oklahoma and went to work as the Customer Services Manager. A year later, I was asked if I wanted to do International Sales. After a nanosecond pause I said, “Wait…you want to pay me to travel all over the world and sell great products?” and embarked on a great International sales career that lasted until the Telex & EVI reorganization, then worked as a Manufacturer’s Rep in the Southwest for three years. In 2001, I was given the opportunity to re-launch the Altec Lansing brand in the pro audio market, which we ran profitably for seven years. After gracefully exiting Altec I joined Ashly Audio – It’s been a great ride!
Hobbies: University of Oklahoma Sooners college football, Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, and music! (Any early Beatles, jazz vocals by Steve Tyrell, Lifehouse...)
Michael Updaw, US Eastern Regional Sales
Location: Webster, New York
Why Webster? It's “Where life is worth living”
Industry Experience: Chock full of life’s little lessons. I have been with Ashly long enough to remember when digital was simply a reference to your watch.
Hobbies: Clearing my cluttered brain while riding my beloved Sportster or a friendly game of golf. Now, if only I could figure out a way to carry my clubs on the Harley!
Road Dawg Story: I once had to wrestle John Waite until I could prove to him that my suitcase wasn’t his ( Turns out we both caught the sale at T.J. Max). My skivvies sealed the deal.
Todd Smith, US Western Regional Sales
Location: Denver, Colorado
Why Colorado? Hiking, Biking and Skiing in the clouds baby!
Industry Experience: Spent the last 17 years trying to find ways to play my music louder. It seemed like working for a premier audio company could help with that. It didn’t get any louder at my last job with Peavey Electronics or my 5 years at Ultimate Support Systems (although I did get a very nice pair of speaker stands). It’s time to get serious about sound… all 12,000 WATTS of it… I joined Ashly Audio in December 2009 to take over the West.
Road Dawg Story: Canadian Skinny Jeans and Sneakers, what a hoot!