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Owner at Charm and Imagination
2006 - Present

Design and Integration of Home Electronics systems. Control4 design and programming, wiring infrastructure design, CAD design, lighting and lighting control design, MDU distribution architecture design.

Systems Architect at InfiniSys Electronic Architects
1994 - 2008 (14 years)

Designed original wiring architecture for MDU telecommunications and low-voltage systems.

Developed design drawings and Specifications for MDU wiring.

Designed integrated systems for Home Theater, High-Definition Video, Security, Energy Management, Access Control, and Internet Distribution.

Developed wiring architecture for MDU DirecTV distribution over Fiber, Coax, and Cat5e Cabling.

Designed Audio/Video and Clubhouse Theater Systems for large MDU projects in New York, Florida, Georgia, California, Michigan, Wisconsin, and other locations.

Helped to create methodology for Technology Assessments of MDU properties, valuation of Technology Amenities, and Upgrade Designs.

Helped to create ANSI/TIA Standards for MDU Telecommunications, Video Distribution, and Structured Cabling Architecture as a member of the TIA-570 Standards Committees.

Systems Engineer at Interior Systems Design
1989 - 1994 (5 years)

Design of integrated electronics systems for high-end homes and celebrity clients in the Los Angeles area. Designed the first AMX systems for home control. Pioneered use of AutoCAD for

system design and documentation, and developed integrated AutoCAD software for lighting control systems design.

Co-Founded and chaired the CEDIA Systems Integration Council in 1994.

Owner at Home Phone Systems
1978 - 1989 (12 years)

Sold and Installed Telephone/Intercom Systems for high-end residential clients in Los Angeles.

Specialized in integrating systems with home design, including fabricating custom telephones, faceplates, special programming. Sold TIE/Communications, Panasonic, PKS, and Mitel systems.

Owner at Audiovisual Systems
1978 - 1985 (7 years)

Developed Audiovisual Systems Patch Bay System for Audio and Video Distribution. Won CES Design Engineering Award in 1982.

Developed, Patented (1983), and Marketed Pyramount Speaker Suspension System for mounting speakers.

Design Engineer at Quantum Audio Labs
1977 - 1978 (1 year)

Designed "Concept I" Recording/Mixing Console- first value-priced recording mixer with professional studio design and specifications. Upgraded existing Quantum Audio products by designing low-noise printed-circuit board architecture.

Manager- Drafting Department at Quad-Eight Manufacturing Corp.
1976 - 1977 (1 year)

Managed Drafting/Design Department for a major manufacturer of Recording Studio Mixing Consoles. Helped to design a new line of Audio Reproduction Systems for movie theaters.

Designed printed-circuit boards for custom mixing board for Crystal Studios.

Systems Engineer at Record Plant

Helped maintain recording systems and equipment for one of the largest recording studios in Los Angeles. (Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Joe Walsh, The Who, Frank Zappa, Bill Withers, etc.)

Manager- Sound Department at Kaleidoscope Films
1975 - 1976 (1 year)

Managed Sound Department for a Producer of Trailers and Featurettes for major Hollywood movie releases.

Created a voice-over studio and sound booth. Designed an integrated multi-track magnetic film playback and mixing system.

Invented a device for transferring optical soundtracks to magnetic film for editing.

Developed a system for playing audio trailers on telephone answering machines for movie theaters.

Sales/Engineering Liaison at Berkey-Colortran Lighting
1974 - 1975 (1 year)

Hired to facilitate communications between Engineering Department and Sales Department of a major manufacturer of Theatrical/Television Lighting Instruments and Lighting Control Systems.

Designed Lighting Systems and Controls for Theatrical and Television Production Facilities.

Engineer at Skirpan Lighting Control Corp.
1971 - 1974 (3 years)

Designed Theatrical Lighting Control Systems and Dimmers. Helped to develop first Computer-based Lighting Control System (based on DEC PDP-8). Helped to develop first theatrical light dimmer with 256 discrete lighting levels and low-noise/low-RFI construction.

Developed printed-circuit board designs for dimmers and control systems. Designed Lighting Control Systems for Wolf Trap Farm Park, equipment for CBS Studios, Metropolitan Opera House, etc.

New York University- School Of The Arts

BFA in Theater Design - 1971
Studied Electrical Engineering, Theater Design, Lighting Design, Technical Theater, 1967 - 1971

Studied with Jules Fisher (Lighting Designer), Chris Langhart (Woodstock Festival Technical Director), Sir Rudolf Bing (Director- Metropolitan Opera), Robert Rabinowitz (Design). 

Worked at Fillmore East (Joshua Light Show), Electric Circus (Light Show),

Lighting Effects and Projection Design:

  • "Cock-a-Doodle Dandy" APA Repertory Co. at Lyceum Theater (Broadway) 
  • "Room Service" at Edison Theater (Broadway)

Lighting Design and Production for Off-Broadway Theaters and Dance Performances,

Designed Audio and Lighting Effects for ACT 1 Nightclub at One Times Square. 

Designed Lighting Control Programmer for Maury Hammond Photography.

  • Member: USITT, AES, IES

Chair of CEDIA Systems Integration Council. Elected to CEDIA Board of Directors.

CES Design Engineering Award for Patch Bay System.

U.S. Patent for Pyramount speaker mounting system.

Electronics, Live Music, Home Automation, Lighting Design, Food, Art, Theater, Concert Sound