The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) and Shure Incorporated have established the Mark Brunner Professional Audio Scholarship. The scholarship will be offered annually to students worldwide who are pursuing an education in professional audio.
Brunner was a longtime Shure executive, PAMA founding member and prominent voice in the audio community. He showcased an unwavering passion for education and mentorship throughout his career. The $2,000 scholarship will go to a recipient following their passion for audio in an accredited audio program. While screening candidates, PAMA and Shure will ensure the applicant plans to share their knowledge with others in a manner consistent with Mark’s legacy.
A former president of PAMA from 2011-2013, Brunner was also a key member of PAMA’s Marketing and Retreat Planning Committees. There, he provided an important and consistent voice to the strategic planning and implementation of various PAMA activities. He joined Shure in 1989 and held several key positions during his tenure. These included director of advertising and managing director of the Musical Instrument and Touring Sound business unit. Most recently, Brunner served as vice president of global corporate & government relations, where he worked on numerous industry issues.
“We established the Mark Brunner Pro Audio Scholarship as our way of paying tribute to one of the leading voices of our industry,” said Chris Regan, chair of the board of directors at PAMA. “One of Mark’s tenets was his unwavering pursuit to educate. Whether he was at the U.S. Congress representing the industry on spectrum allocation issues, on one of the countless industry panels he participated in, or with colleagues at Shure and across the pro audio industry, Mark truly embodied the persona of teacher. He valued his time in his personal studio and shared his wisdom with so many throughout his career with passion. It’s with that same passion that we wish to award an annual scholarship in his name.”
“Mark Brunner was a treasured colleague, peer and friend,” said Chris Schyvinck, Shure president and CEO. “Our company valued his expertise, whether he was sharing his knowledge with fellow associates, at front of house with a sound engineer, interviewing an endorser or on the front lines in Washington, D.C.”
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