Gear-Source, Inc. was brought to life in October of 2002 by lighting industry vet, Marcel Fairbairn. Prior to founding GearSource.com®, Marcel served as a Director for Martin Professional's US office for 7 years and also held VP roles with 2 other major Automated Lighting manufacturers. He has been in the Automated lighting world almost since it's inception and is widely known as an innovator and someone you can certainly trust with your business!
For the past 10 years, GearSource.com® has sold more (predominantly) used product in professional Stage Lighting, Pro Audio, Video and Staging than anyone. A large majority of the company's customers are "dealers" including production / rental companies and resellers who typically buy at slightly lower prices than end-users. At the same time, we value and cherish all of our End User clients and always do our best to improve their buying experience as well.
In creating GearSource.com®, the company made a promise to "clean up" the process of re-marketing used Production gear and has done exactly that in becoming the "eBay of the Production world". In our earliest years, several other Websites existed to market used gear, but none offered full service with e-commerce, manage your own listings, escrow style purchasing, complete product category selection nor other programs our company has since developed. A European office was opened in 2006 to further develop our presence worldwide.
Marcel Fairbairn: President / CEO
Marcel has spent more than 20 years in the Sound and Lighting markets. He started in 1985 selling A/V installations in Alberta, Canada. In 1991, he moved to Florida and took on sales for Martin (lighting) US distributor, Tracoman. This proved to be a moment that changed the future for Marcel, Martin and likely the industry as a whole. Marcel continues to be the visionary behind GearSource and is actively involved in Sales, Marketing, Web Planning and overall company direction.
Walter Larsen: Chief Operating Officer
Walt has more than 25 years experience in successfully managing and owning businesses in the retail ecommerce and the private club industry, including as Vice President for 9 years at MusicansBuy.com, an online pro audio and musical instrument ecommerce dealer. At ClubCorp, he held positions from Regional Manager to Divisional F&B Director for 35 clubs. In Coconut Grove Florida, he owned Latour, a progressive French restaurant considered to be one of the top 10 restaurants in the U.S. at the time. Walt oversees the ‘day to day’ operations of GearSource.
Henry Kones: Vice President of Business Development
Henry has spent 30 years in the Sound and Lighting business. From High School through to 1994, Henry worked with his father in their Miami-based family owned business, Mr. Hank Inc. In 1995 Henry joined automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems, departing in 2002 to partner with Marcel in Rental-Source.com. Henry also joined Gear-Source as VP of Business Development responsible for managing larger corporate accounts, assisting with Sales, Marketing and web planning, as well as sourcing new vendors to GearSource.com®.
Cynthia Viteri: Sales Director
Cynthia spent 7 years with our company President in two other companies. First, as a Regional Sales Manager for Latin America at Martin Professional, then at Tracoman / Coemar USA, again serving the Latin American markets. Cynthia is a proven performer when it comes to production sales, and will always go the extra mile for our clients.
Claudette Cyr: Director of Marketing
Claudette spent over 25 years in senior positions in marketing & public relations, including 15 years as owner of a marketing services business in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Claudette has worked along side Marcel Fairbairn at Gear-Source since the beginning, as a consultant providing web site project management, Search Optimization and various other projects. Claudette assists with marketing, business development, web project management and advertising.
Tom de Manincor: Software Architect / Engineer
Tom has been developing software for 15 years on just about every platform, with a specialty in Enterprise Web Applications. For the past 5 years, he has also taken on the roles of Consultant, Trainer, and Manager in both the U.S. and overseas. Tom is an entrepreneur at heart and has founded and operated businesses of his own.
Joanne Rojas: Office Manager
Joanne has spent the last 20 years in customer service and accounting. She started her career in the UK, before joining the Cruise Ship industry where she spent 12 years traveling the world. Joanne joined the Gear-Source team in February 2009 and loves the exciting day to day operation of working for a fast paced, growing industry.