Loudspeaker manufacturer GoldenEar Technology has announced that Jack Shafton, its vice president of sales and marketing since the company’s inception in 2010, has retired.
A 40-year veteran of the consumer electronics industry in the specialty audio/video segment, Shafton has been involved in the design, manufacture and marketing of some very successful specialty audio industry products, including two products highlighted in Stereophile Magazine’s “100 Most Important Audio Products in the Last 40 Years.”
His industry experience has ranged from specialty A/V retail sales in the ’70s, to Acoustat, a world renowned manufacturer of electrostatic loudspeakers and audio electronics in the early ’80s, to owner of industry-icon turntable manufacturer SOTA Industries in the early ’90s, to Canadian speaker and electronics manufacturer Paradigm/Anthem, before joining President and Founder Sandy Gross’s newest company, GoldenEar Technology, as a founding member.
The statement announcing Shafton’s retirement noted his love of music and movies, combined with a passion to bring better sound into everyone’s home, as the driving force in his commitment to help the industry grow, in both sales and consumer awareness, and always with a clear focus on high quality, high performance and high value products.
“Jack’s presence since our startup has been invaluable, helping to create and establish the most successful and recognized new specialty speaker brand in decades,” said Gross, “We want to thank Jack for his years of dedication and enthusiasm. We all feel very fortunate to have had Jack, a recognized specialty audio industry luminary, on our team. “I personally will sorely miss Jack, as he has not only been a valuable and important compatriot, but a valued friend.”