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Glenn Sirkis

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Glenn R. Sirkis[1] joined Dennis Hayes (businessman) and Dale Heatherington as the marketing manager of what became Hayes Microcomputer Products.[2]

Like Hayes, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology, but neither recalled meeting there.[3]

Sirkis devoted four years (and money from his years at Hayes) to renovating a "1940-vintage movie theater" dedicated to "the artier segment of the moviegoing audience in Atlanta."[4][5]

Career[edit]

His summer jobs during college were at local television stations.

He wrote the original instruction manual for a one-of-a-kind Power Amplifier "to increase the WREK transmitter power from 10 Watts to 425 Watts" and "reaching into the Atlanta suburbs and other area college campuses."[6] "Sirkis was General Manager of WREK in 1970 and 1971."

From 1975-1978 he worked for the data processing subsidiary of Cox Broadcasting, working on automating aspects of the control room.[7][1][8]

Having majored at Georgia Tech in industrial management,[3]:p.17 "Sirkis talked his way into the firm shortly after its founding" and became part of "the founding Hayes triumvirate."

As the firm grew, his responsibilities to keep track of expenses led to his being titled vice-president of finance and marketing. Hayes noted in an interview that "his first official action was to cut my pay."

Rather than managing a sales force, he worked through "selected dealers."[3]

Although a 2003 look-back wrote that he "now runs a business that sells digital equipment to TV stations,"[9] the height of his technology-sales career was at Stradis.[10] Formerly CEO and now Chairman, Sirkis's company focuses on video compression and MPEG-2 digital decoders, for which the broadcast industry is a major purchaser. The company was a participant in a Federal loan program.[11]

During the 1980s, Sirkis and his wife Jill Kirn funded (and ran[12]) the renovation of a decades-old Atlanta theatre, a project that was begun by a friend who suddenly died at age 64.[5]

Recognition[edit]

Computer Retailing Magazine, in recognition, described his modem accomplishments, pre-Stradis (and pre-theatre) as "nurtured a technology into a thriving industry."[13]

Sirkis was awarded a "Captain’s Letter of Commendation" for his service in the US Navy aboard a ship in Vietnam.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Glenn Sirkis". June 6, 2011.
  2. Janice McDonald (2014). Legendary Locals of Intown Atlanta. p. 60. ISBN 146-710-132X. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Hayes". Softalk. September 1981. ISSN 0274-9629.
  4. Linda Sherbert (October 4, 1984). "Cinema honors late art film impresario". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gerry Yandel (October 21, 1985), "Sirkis is having 'reel' fun running the Ellis Cinema", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, p. 1–B, ISSN 1539-7459, retrieved 2009-01-17
  6. "The WREK 425 Watt RF Power Amplifier Story". October 2000.
  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=290092
  8. "Broadcasting" (PDF). Broadcasting. American Radio History. March 21, 1977. p. 82.
  9. "Modem moguls' paths diverge". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. November 23, 2003.
  10. about which Bloomberg writes: "Glenn Sirkis served as Chief Executive officer of Stradis, Inc. Mr. Sirkis serves as Chairman"
  11. "1800 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA, Electronic Service Group". Stradis and Glenn Sirkis, participant in the SBA 7A loan program
  12. Will Stephenson (April 20, 2017). "The BestOink Dooley Fan Club". Oxford American.
  13. 1982
  14. USS Ashtabula AO-51
  15. "USS SARSFIELD (DD-837)". May 17, 1972.



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