Chris Foreman began his professional audio career in the 1960s, playing tenor sax in a “Motown band” while he earned his EE degree from the University of Nebraska. In the early 1970s, as Senior Engineer for tour-sound pioneer Stanal Sound, Foreman worked with well-known acts including The Supremes, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and others and designed and installed professional audio systems in churches, schools and manufacturing facilities. In the early 2000’s, he was V.P. Marketing for Electronic Contracting Company, a regional low-voltage integrator with offices in Lincoln, NE, Council Bluffs, IA, Kansas City, MO and Wichita, KS.
Foreman was Altec-Lansing’s Commercial Product Director and Panasonic-Ramsa’s Marketing Manager in the 1980s and he managed JBL’s Custom Shop in Kearney, Nebraska in the 1990s. He was Community Professional’s COO (chief operating officer) until his retirement in 2012. Foreman authored the sound reinforcement chapter of the first four editions of the “Handbook for Sound Engineers” edited by Glenn Ballou and co-authored “Audio Engineering for Sound Reinforcement” with consultant John Eargle, a book that has been used in several college classes. In the late 1970s, working with Gary Davis and Associates, he co-authored brochures and instruction manuals for professional audio products including the early Yamaha PM-Series mixing consoles. He has authored many technical and business-oriented magazine articles and was Editor of Sound & Communications Magazine in the early 1980s.
Currently, Foreman is Principal of SpeakAV, a marketing communications and PR firm with its focus on the professional AV industry. He says the Pro Audio Encyclopedia is a “labor of love” that combines his career in professional audio with his experience as a technical and business writer and editor and commented, “The Pro Audio Encyclopedia is designed to be a comprehensive reference for our great industry and I invite everyone to contribute.”