LAS VEGAS, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Francois Menard and Denis Lefrancois, Montreal-based Co-Presidents of Solotech, today announced the purchase of privately-held Audio Analysts of Colorado Springs for an undisclosed sum.
Solotech established a major facility in Las Vegas three years ago to reinforce their presence in the U.S. market. The company is one of the world's largest providers of show and touring equipment, delivering a fully integrated experience to its entertainment clients. Said recently-named Executive Vice President of International Business Development, Francois Leroux, who heads up the Las Vegas operation of Solotech USA: "I realized as soon as I joined the company that although Solotech has an immense depth of experience and a high quality offering to the touring business, we needed to grow our international offering to gain market share."
The Audio Analysts professionals and equipment will relocate to Las Vegas as part of the Solotech Group. "This move will bring together under one roof the very best in audio in addition to video and lighting technologies and expertise," said Leroux.
Audio Analysts President Bert Pare said that clients have increasingly been asking for a more complete offering than his company has been able to supply. "Of course they demand state-of-the-art sound, but a top quality one-stop shop to meet all their needs holds a definite appeal," he said. "With what Solotech has to offer, and the special relationship we have enjoyed with them for 35 years, it's a perfect match."
With this acquisition and consolidation in Las Vegas, Solotech is now ideally positioned to cater for touring clients throughout the United States, while continuing to serve the southwestern and Las Vegas entertainment and conventions markets.
Previously Vice President, Creative Entertainment at Disneyland Paris and Disney World in Florida, Leroux said his biggest challenge as a client was managing a variety of specialist suppliers for any given event. "What drew me to Solotech was their capacity for integrating all of the required technologies and support services," he said. "They do this all over the world for top name entertainers, so being able to deliver this comprehensive offering to clients was a real appeal for me."
Mr. Francois Leroux
Executive Vice President, International Business Development
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Telephone: 1 702 614-8882
Toll-free: 1 877 514-SOLO (7656)
ABOUT FRANCOIS LEROUX
Mr. Leroux was recently appointed Executive Vice President, International Business Development for Solotech and is based in Las Vegas. He spent the past eight years as Vice President, Creative Entertainment Segment, for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland Paris and Disney World in Florida. During his tenure at Disney he led strategic and creative development for Live Entertainment, as well as production and operation activities. Prior to Disney, he worked for major entertainment companies like Endemol Europe and the Cirque du Soleil.
ABOUT AUDIO ANALYSTS
Audio Analysts, a U.S.-based based company since 1981, has been supplying technical expertise in sound, along with the full range of quality audio brands demanded by show and touring clients, for 32 years. Name stars like Bruce Springsteen, Avril Lavigne, Blue Man Group, Linkin Park and Norah Jones have entrusted their sound requirements to Audio Analysts. President and founder Bert Pare, along with the company's audio experts and their full range of high-tech sound equipment, will move to the Las Vegas facility of Solotech.
Founded in Montreal, Canada in 1977, Solotech operates on an international level as one of the world's largest providers of turnkey sound, video, lighting and rigging systems. Professional staff and crew around the globe, leading edge technology and the best in touring equipment and service are their hallmark. The complete technical needs for the most complex and prestigious of international shows have been managed by Solotech, for name stars like Cher, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Buble, the Cirque du Soleil, Britney Spears, Andre Rieu and many others. They have also managed the technical side of Olympic events, and constructed permanent showroom installations in some of the world's entertainment hot spots like Dubai, Macau and Las Vegas.