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William Lund Putnam

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United Recording Corp.

Employment History

  • Senior Vice President
  • Senior Vice President of Phoenix Operation
  • Vice President Operations Performance
  • Command
    the United States Navy
  • Cruiser Destroyer Officer
    the United States Navy
  • Rear Admiral

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's degree
    Graduate School of Business School
  • Masters
    University's Business School
  • Bachelor's Degree
    Stanford University
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Web References
Kuumbwa Jazz - JAZZ NOTES, 30 Jan 2007 [cached]
It was started, in 1947, by renowned audio designer/engineer, Bill Putnam, Sr., to develop equipment for his Universal Recording Corporation. Putnam's creation of a reverberation unit was a great success, and the beginning of a string of important innovations that included the first isolated vocal booth and the multi-band equalizer. In 1957, Putnam moved to the west coast to be near the burgeoning Los Angeles recording scene. He started a new recording studio, United Recording Corporation, that later merged with Western Recording to become United Western Recorders.
Four years later, Bill Putnam, Sr. passed away leaving behind a wife, three sons, and a legacy as "the father of modern recording."
EastWest Studios History EastWest ..., 29 Oct 2006 [cached]
EastWest Studios History EastWest Studios was founded by Bill Putnam in 1961.Considered to be the "Father of modern recording."He is acknowledged to be the first person to use artificial reverberation for commercial recording.He also developed the first multi-band equalizers, and with his company Universal Audio, was responsible for the development of classic equipment like the Urei 1176LN and Urei Time Align Monitors.He was involved in the early development of stereophonic recording and founded studios in Chicago, Hollywood and San Francisco.He was responsible for a number of innovations including: the first use of tape echo and echo chambers, the first vocal booth, the first multiple voice recording, the first use of 8-track recording, half-speed disc mastering.In 1957, he started United Recording Corp. in a building at 6050 Sunset and started new construction on new studios.Stereo was taking off and Putnam was determined to incorporate as many technological innovations into the new complex as possible.In 1961, Western Recorders (now EastWest Studios) at 6000 Sunset was acquired and remodeled and incorporated into the complex with the facilities being known as United Western Recorders.Bill Putnam passed away in 1989.
District Medical Group, 15 Sept 2013 [cached]
William Lund Putnam Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) Senior Vice President, USAA (Ret.)
Bill Putnam served from 2005 to retirement in 2011 as Senior Vice President, USAA Phoenix and Region Operations, responsible for the consistent, efficient and effective operation of the five major USAA offices remote from home office.
Prior to joining USAA in 2000, Bill served in the United States Navy as a cruiser destroyer officer from 1967 to 2000, retiring in the grade of Rear Admiral. While on active duty, Bill commanded a guided missile equipped destroyer during operations off Lebanon and Libya in 1985/1986; a destroyer squadron, remnants of the Kuwaiti Navy and Special Forces in the northern Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm; and the Abraham Lincoln (carrier) Battle Group from 1996 to 1998, while it conducted counterterrorism operations in the Arabian Gulf and beyond. Ashore, he served six tours in the Pentagon in program development, comptrollership and budget.
Bill is an alumnus of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He completed executive programs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, the Insurance Executive Education Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and was a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fellow at the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island.
Bill continues to serve as a board member on two non-profits, as a mentor to veterans, and on several community boards. Bill and his bride, Jan, live north of the Phoenix campus in Anthem where they focus on grandparenting and community service.
Delta Dental of Arizona, 3 Feb 2012 [cached]
William L. Putnam Delta Dental of Arizona
William L. Putnam Board of Directors, Delta Dental of Arizona
William L. Putnam
Bill Putnam is Senior Vice President of United Services Automobile Association's (USAA) Phoenix operation. A retired United States Navy Rear Admiral, Bill oversees 3,000 employees of the Fortune 500 financial services company offering banking, investing and insurance to people and families that serve or have served in the United States Military.
He received a Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University and a Masters from the University's Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He attended additional executive programs at the Kennedy School, the Maxwell School and the Wharton School.
Personal awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, six awards of the Legion of Merit, one with combat distinguishing device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal and numerous campaign, unit and service awards.
Although Bill will retire from service with USAA at the end of 2010, he stands ready to serve on the board of directors for Delta Dental of Arizona in 2010 and 2011.
Delta Dental of Arizona - Board of Directors, 29 July 2013 [cached]
Rear Admiral William Putnam, USN (R)
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