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Inside Track: Bose director Martin Bodley speaks!

Director and global head of Bose Work for Bose Professional, talks starting out in AV, golfing, skiing and boating, and walking on his hands!

Where do you hail from and where are you based now?
I was born in Cleveland OH, but I’ve lived my adult life in Massachusetts, just outside Boston, where I am currently based.

How did you get started in the industry?
I took a job in product development at GNNetcom (Jabra) after ten years in the defence industry with Raytheon. At GNN I was involved in developing and bringing to market the world’s first Bluetooth accessory product. It was a very exciting time and that was my start in the commercial wireless and communications technology business.

What advice can you give someone starting out?
You should care about what you’re doing like it was your personal business. Whatever you’re challenged with, give it your best and keep a good attitude. Be a positive impact on those around you, motivate the team when possible. Observe and learn from everything and when you see extraordinary things mimic them, have mentors, celebrate often.

How did you fill your time during lockdown? Any new hobbies?
I enjoyed lots of outdoor activities. I’m an avid golfer, skier and boater, so depending on the season here in New England, you’ll likely find me doing one of those things. I did do a bit more reading and cooking during lockdowns which was a nice change.

What sports teams do you support, if any?
All the Boston teams of course. I also still root for the Cleveland Browns where I grew up going to games as a little kid at lakefront stadium.

Tell us something about you that may surprise people
I walked on my hands a lot as a teenager, winning a race that was the length of a basketball court round trip, beating kids and adults much older than me.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
My putting on 4-6 footers – I’m a big golfer!

How did Bose fare during Covid? What plans have you got for the business as we continue to move forward?
Bose Professional came through the pandemic very well with 2021 being our best year in our 50-year history. We learned, as many companies did, that we could be very productive while working remotely. We embraced a hybrid work model and continue to refine workflows along the way moving forward with the optimism that our best years are ahead.

How were this year’s AV shows for you – especially ISE and InfoComm?
I feel a renewed energy around initiatives and opportunities that have surfaced during the past two shows, ISE and InfoComm. No real surprises on the products/technology announcements, but it has really been great to see folks from the industry in person after such a long break. Here’s to hoping we can keep in-person shows moving forward, as I think they are critical to stimulating innovation, new business and a deeper sense of purpose for all involved.