SUNRISE, FL – Phil Watson has always had a passion for the ChamSys MagicQ and the power, flexibility and mobility it’s brought him as a lighting designer. This zeal ultimately led him to join the company and nurture its growth in the US market. Now, following the acquisition of Southampton, UK-based ChamSys Ltd. by Chauvet, Watson will be assuming a new role as ChamSys USA Director.
In his new position, Watson will be working closely with the CHAUVET Professional sales and support teams to expand the presence of ChamSys in the US even further. (CHAUVET Professional will be distributing and servicing ChamSys products in the US, while sales in the rest of the world, as well as manufacturing, will continue to be handled by the company’s UK office.)
“We’re very excited to have Phil on our team,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “The depth of knowledge he brings to the job is obvious, as are his enthusiasm and dedication to service.”
Watson, who is still an active lighting designer himself, is excited by the opportunities created by the association with Chauvet. “There are a great many similarities between the way Chauvet and ChamSys view their businesses and the importance of serving the customer,” he said. “Joining with Chauvet gives us the resources to help ChamSys and the MagicQ brand reach new heights in the US market.”
ChamSys has been a consistent market innovator, an accomplishment that fits nicely into the Chauvet culture, according to Watson. “A lot of the technology that is now used throughout the industry started with ChamSys,” he said. “We were the first to have pixel mapping and now offer the only console to have 3D pixel mapping built right into the console. We’ve incorporated control via network protocols such as Art-Net from our first consoles, 14 years ago. We were the first to offer integrated control of media servers, with media thumbnails sent back to the console. Now programmers can draw a focus line in our free 3D visualizer and have the lighting instruments adjust their positioning to the line, even when they move and resize the line. I believe this fits in well with Chauvet’s entrepreneurial spirit, so the future is bright.”