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Congratulations, Mark Webb

Sunday, December 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sharon Shanks
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GOTO announces new representative

Mark Webb

Nobutaka Goto, president of GOTO INC is very pleased to announce that Mark Webb will be joining GOTO’s international team effective January 1, 2019.

Mark will be retiring from his longtime post as theaters director at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago to work in U.S. marketing and product development.

He joins GOTO’s USA Liaison Ken Miller and the staff of Ash Enterprises to focus on and fulfill the unique requirements of American planetarians.

During his 23-year term at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Webb played a role in the production of all of Adler’s shows. As manager of Adler’s three theaters, he ensured excellent maintenance of one of America’s first major opto-mechanical projectors and oversaw the addition of fulldome technologies in its two large domes. Prior to his time at Adler, he served similar functions at the Cernan Earth and Space Center in River Grove, Illinois. He is a strong advocate of live, interactive programming in the dome, and has been invited internationally to speak on this mode of presentation. He is well-known and respected by planetarians around the world for his very active memberships in IPS, GLPA, LIPS, and IMERSA.

Webb said, “I have great affection for the staff, management, and guests of the Adler Planetarium, and will always remember the support and warm relationships I have made at Adler over the years. I appreciate the opportunity which has been afforded me to take an early retirement, and to pursue an exciting, new opportunity with GOTO INC. After meeting with Mr. Goto and others in Japan, I can clearly see the fantastic talent and drive for excellence evident in the company. I will be proud to help match their many products and services with the specific needs of my friends in the American planetarium field.”

GOTO INC is one of the world’s largest producer of opto-mechanical and HYBRID planetarium systems. Based in Fuchu, Japan and with systems in more than 600 planetariums worldwide, it is recognized in the planetarium world as a leader in innovative design, optical excellence, and manufacturing proficiency. In addition to planetarium equipment, GOTO INC also produces and distributes planetarium programs and offers design, maintenance, and management services to planetarium operators.

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