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DR. JOHN BLACKBURN JOHN EDWARDS JOHN HILLIARD EDMOND MAY WILLIAM THOMAS GREG TIMBERS ARNOLD WOLF

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Pioneers of the Loudspeaker Industry
Walter Bessey, George Carrington and Alvis Ward (left to right, front row),
John Hilliard and Jim Lansing (left to right, back row)



 


The story of James B. Lansing cannot be told without reference to his many associates and those who took on the mantle of his work after his death. What follows are profiles of people who were key contributors to the legacy of James B. Lansing. It is by no means complete and it is intended to be a constantly evolving section as more information is discovered on the people involved. At present, there is a varied cross-section of profiles from personal associates of James B. Lansing to those responsible for the ultimate success of JBL.

Dr. John Blackburn was an early associate of James B. Lansing as an employee of Lansing Manufacturing and responsible for the technical design of many of their most influential products.

John Edwards was the fourth employee of James B. Lansing Sound and would rise to the position of Vice President of Finance.

John Hilliard was one of the most influential acoustic engineers of the last century and worked with James B. Lansing during his tenure at Altec Lansing

William Thomas was the sole owner and President of JBL after James B. Lansing's death. He was responsible for the rise of JBL to a position of preeminence in the loudspeaker industry.

Greg Timbers is the current Chief Development Engineer of Harman Consumer. Since 1972, he has been responsible for more significant loudspeaker designs than anyone else at JBL.

Arnold Wolf is the former President and Chairman of the Board of JBL during the 1970's. Prior to joining the JBL, he had his own consulting firm responsible for the industrial design of such groundbreaking products as the Paragon and L100.