Meet The Sales Team

John Sexton, Director of North American Sales

John Sexton

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...)

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Michael Updaw, US Eastern Regional SalesMichael Updaw

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: Trying to steer a family ship of (1) male and (7) females. The dog freaks every time I leave.

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.

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Todd Smith, US Western Regional SalesTodd Smith


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!

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