About Our Home Automation Team

Serving The Residents of Lake Norman, Davidson & Mooresville NC

Who We Are

It is our mission at SoundVision to simplify life through the use of technology, plain and simple.

SoundVision truly believes a successful business is one founded in living out the “Golden Rule.”

Our business is based on respect for:

  • The customers we serve
  • Our employees
  • The vendor partners we work with

We are proud to have been involved in the consumer electronics design and installation industry since 1987. Through that time, we have completed literally thousands of projects of all shapes and sizes.

As a company, we hold the following licenses, certificates and accreditations

  • CEDIA Certified Outreach Instructors Designation (Licensed to conduct continuing education class for the Building, Interior Design, and Architectural Communities)
  • North Carolina Low Voltage license,
  • We are a member of the North Carolina Burglar and Fire Alarm organization and an authorized licensee,
  • We are also proud members of (CEDIA) Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association

Meet our team

Mark DiPietro has been involved in the consumer electronics business since the late 80s. Starting in car stereo, he matriculated into a product specialist for Kenwood, a manufacturer’s rep for multiple lines in multiple states, and then to owning his own business.

With SoundVision, Mark is responsible for day to day operations as well as design and engineering of our projects.

An avid triathlete, sports lover and reader, Mark’s time is split between his passion for our industry and his family and friends. With four sons at home, with various activities from soccer to swimming to schoolwork, there is always a LOT to do.

Mark is a life long resident of North Carolina (born in Raleigh), and a graduate of NC State University with a bachelors in Business Management and minors in Finance and Economics.

Mark holds many industry accreditations including a North Carolina Low Voltage license, North Carolina Burglar Alarm license, and various CEDIA (Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association) titles throughout the years. He volunteers his time with various industry related boards and education as well.

Mark also hold a CEDIA (Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association) COI (Certified Outreach Instructor) designation.  This means that he is licensed to conduct continuing education classes for the building, interior design and architectural communities.

Zach Simpson has been in the audio video integration business since 1998. His experience in all levels of the custom integration industry make for an individual that has literally “seen and solved it all.”

As SoundVision’s VP of Design & Sales, Zach oversees projects from start to end with a keen eye on customer service.

Zach enjoys physical fitness, saltwater fishing, basketball, golf but most importantly being a Dad to three daughters and a son.

His industry accreditations including: DSCE (Digital Signage Experts Group), Lutron Masters, Sumiko Masters in Audio Calibration.

Zach also hold a CEDIA (Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association) COI (Certified Outreach Instructor) designation.  This means that he is licensed to conduct continuing education classes for the building, interior design and architectural communities.

For over 20 years, Kyle Ray earned the confidence and trust of homeowners and custom homebuilders in the Charlotte area for his innovative and intelligent solutions in the rapidly changing field of low voltage audio/video and home automation. He has diverse experience in everything from design to install and programming.

Kyle grew up in Atlanta and received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He also went to school for training in Architecture and Interior Design.

His favorite pastimes include travel, attending music concerts, and mountain biking (when he has time).

Kyle has many certifications in the AV industry including URC, Control4, Sumiko, and Lutron Masters.

He’s considered himself a proud Charlottean since 2001.

Paul Martin is an awesome addition to the SoundVision team.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

He comes from a background of telecommunications engineering consulting.

Paul also has a strong background in IT support and has been very helpful in securing and increasing efficiency with the computer networks, servers, and printers in the office.

Paul has worked as help desk support and an on-site technician for multiple companies before joining SoundVision.

It is his hope to bring his IT experience and troubleshooting skills to the home theater and home automation field and make the customer’s home smarter.

Kristen DiPietro joined the SoundVision team in 2013, bringing with her experience in both the retail purchasing and consumer banking worlds.

As the Office Administrator, Kristen handles the day to day details that keeps SoundVision running and looking good.  She coordinates our client registry and also serves as a point of contact for our personnel and vendors.

She has a B.S. degree in Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University.

Additionally, Kristen is very active and busy with four young boys (Ben, Michael, Matthew, and Jacob) and our dog, Zizu to keep her on her toes.

Michael Rahtes has been in the A/V industry for over 11 years now.  He obtained his Associates degree in Information Technology prior to starting out in this industry.  After completing his first home automation install, he became hooked on everything related to making a customer’s home exciting and making their life easier.  Critical thinking and problem solving is a passion, and interacting with customers is what he loves most.

Born in NJ, Michael moved to North Carolina back in 1994.  During the later portion of high school, Michael met his wife, Holly.  They have been together since 1999 and got married in 2006.  They now have two beautiful children, Logan and Grayson, ages 3 and 5.

When not installing some awesome A/V system, Michael enjoys martial arts, biking, wood working, and most importantly family time with his wife and two kids.


Mike O’Dowd was raised in Colorado and is a graduate of Fort Lewis college
with a BA in business administration.

In 1996, he entered the world of custom home audio and video as an installer. Since then he’s been a programmer, manager and owner involved in hundreds of residential and commercial projects. Included are high end systems for exclusive clients.

As SoundVision’s Project Manager, Mike’s duties include taking projects from sales to completion and is our customer’s main point of contact throughout their projects.

Mike has received certified training from Denon CI, RTI,  URC, Honeywell security and Arecont Vision. In 2006 he moved to the Charlotte/Lake Norman area and is a resident of Mooresville.

Mike’s interests include electric guitar, music and sports. He and his wife enjoy pool lounging, boating and visiting the beach.


Marshall Shaper was raised as a “military brat” to a father who served 23 years in the United States Air Force, so moving from place to place forced me to be as extroverted as anyone can be. I have an unique ability to be able to adapt to any situation and make the best of it.

I have a total of six years in audio/video integration and six years in both sales and leadership. Born in Lakenheath, England, we soon moved to Valdosta, Georgia where I spent 16 years all together.  Most recently, I relocated to the Statesville area in 2010 to be closer to family, as they made the move about 2 years prior.

I am a father to a beautiful soon-to-be five year old girl, Lily. She is certainly the greatest aspect in my life. Who I am and who I strive to be is because of her. My hobbies include woodworking, aviation, playing music, and anything outdoors. While I am not a hunter, one of my favorite things to do is training in competition firearms.