Meyer Sound EVP and Co-founder Helen Meyer Named Woman of Distinction by East Bay Business Times
Helen Meyer, co-founder and executive vice president of Berkeley-based Meyer Sound Laboratories, has been honored by California's East Bay Business Times as one of this year's Women of Distinction. The annual award celebrates 25 women who have broken barriers, served as mentors to other women, and left a mark on East Bay business.
"I'm honored to be included among such an interesting and diverse group of women who have led and supported the community in the East Bay," says Meyer. "I thank the East Bay Business Times and all the other sponsors for their support of our accomplishments in business and in life."
Co-founded by Helen Meyer and her husband John Meyer in 1979, Meyer Sound manufactures award-winning professional audio products used worldwide in Broadway musicals and Cirque du Soleil® productions, and by artists including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and the late Luciano Pavarotti. Meyer Sound products are also installed in prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and Berlin Philharmonie, as well as local Bay Area venues such as the Fillmore, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. All of Meyer Sound's products are manufactured at its headquarters in Berkeley, a strategic decision that Meyer feels strongly about.
"While some might think it's more cost effective to manufacture overseas, in the end it's actually more efficient for us to oversee production here because quality control and consistency from product to product is part of what people buy when they buy a Meyer Sound product," says Meyer. "Also, Berkeley is our home and we take pride in helping the local economy by keeping jobs here, particularly the manufacturing jobs."
Today, under Meyer's leadership, the expanding company employs more than 350 people at its Berkeley headquarters and satellite offices around the globe. Meyer attributes the success of the company to its employees, many of which have spent over two decades with the company, as well as an amazing mix of customers including award-winning sound designers, audio practitioners and sold-out artists.
In recent years, Helen Meyer has been heavily involved in the local community, including supporting UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium in its audio system upgrade, and collaborating with the Gyuto Monks to deliver Dalai Lama's teachings clearly to an audience of 10,000 people at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. She also maintains a commitment to the performing arts by serving on the boards of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley's Aurora Theatre advisory counsel and Brooklyn's Mark Morris Dance Group.
With her great professional success, Meyer cites that her biggest accomplishments are her children, Perrin and Tara; and her grandchildren, Elodie and Milo, after which two of Meyer Sound's best-selling products are named.
The complete list of Women of Distinction award winners was published in the February 29 2008 edition of the East Bay Business Times and is available online by clicking here.