John Meyer (pictured) has been named as the winner of the 2012 Gottelier Award at this year's PLASA Awards.
He is one of the pioneers of the modern sound reinforcement industry, beginning his career in 1967 by building a customised system for the Steve Miller Band before developing loudspeaker systems for the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Grateful Dead. Since founding Meyer Sound Laboratories in 1979 with his wife Helen, Meyer has continued to research, experiment and develop sound technology ever since - building Meyer Sound into an iconic brand and a consistent world leader in the pro audio market.
This award is named in honour of the late Tony Gottelier who was one of the industry's most renowned designers, innovators and commentators. It aims to recognise an individual or team judged to have made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of the equipment and tools that enable entertainment technology practitioners to push the boundaries of event production, presentation and installation. It is voted for by industry professionals and seeks to recognise and celebrate the 'People behind the Products' that make the entertainment and installation industry such a dynamic and vibrant profession. Meanwhile, The PLASA Award for Innovation, Gold Award, sponsored by AED Rent, was won by Cast Software for BlackTrax, a revolutionary system for accurately tracking people and objects in real-time. Other innovation award winners included Harman for the JBL VTX V25, Martin Professional for the Mac Viper Profile and Robe for the Robin DLF Wash.
Next up was the PLASA Sustainability Award and this year's winner was ETC for the Source Four LED. All the nominated products will remain on display in the Innovation Gallery at the centre of the Show floor for the remainder of the show.