SoundVision

Meet the SoundVision Team

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

Mark DiPietro
Kristen DiPietro
Michelle Ferlauto
Zach Simpson
Mike O'Dowd
Kyle Ray
Paul Martin
Marshall Schaper
Joshua Benfield
Larry Sievers
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Jeremy Thorn
Brad Kalmikoff
Joey Ferlauto
Jacob Blair
Aidan Stickle

Mark

DiPietro

Mark 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 and financially overseeing the business.
An avid 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 holds 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.

Kristen

DiPietro

Kristen 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 teenage boys (Ben, Michael, Matthew, and Jacob).

Michelle

Ferlauto

For nearly 8 years, Michelle Ferlauto has been in the Charlotte Lake Norman Audio-Visual industry. In understanding how important a good foundation is to the core structure, Michelle has been very successful at cultivating relationships with manufacturers and suppliers while advocating on behalf of her clients best interests.
Michelle discovered her passion for small business early on after accepting a position on behalf of the Seattle Police Guild to convert their off-duty program into a non-profit business. She completed the small business administration and finance program at Green River College.
A native of both Coos Bay, Oregon and Palm Desert, California, Michelle has lived in the Lake Norman area for the last decade. She is a mother of two children and one beagle.
In her free time, Michelle serves on the Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board and is a volunteer for the Cornelius Police Department.

Zach

Simpson

Zach 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.

Mike

O'Dowd

Mike 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 Mike’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 Service Manager, Mike’s duties include providing outrageous service after the sale to all our customers.
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.

Kyle

Ray

For over 20 years Kyle 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.
Kyle has diverse experience in everything from design to install and programming. While growing up in Atlanta, Kyle 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

Paul is an awesome addition to the SoundVision team.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and 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.

Marshall

Shaper

Marshall 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.

Joshua

Benfield

As Joshua tells it, “I am a 34 year old single dad with a caring and loving 4 year old and newborn! These little ones mean the world to me. Family and faith comes first. I’ve learned throughout my past as a teen into my 20s and 30s you have to be a good person no matter what.”
Joshua was born and raised in nearby Statesville, NC.  He comes to SoundVision after stints in Charlotte in 2008 and Charleston, SC in 2013.  Joshua has extensive experience working with various cable, phone, internet and security systems. We could not be more excited to have Joshua as a member of our team.

Larry

Seivers

Larry is the newest addition to the SoundVision team.
Larry moved from New Jersey to North Carolina in 2005 with his family and has loved being here ever since.
Larry has extensive experience in the AV industry, which has extended for over 10 years.  He has done everything from pulling wire to programming whole home automation systems.
Most recently, Larry got engaged to his future bride Amy.  They recently bought their second home together.  Larry and Amy live with their two cats Snickers and Manny. In his spare time, Larry enjoys working on automotive projects, riding jet skis on the lake, & cooking on the big green egg.

Jeremy

Thorn

Jeremy’s career in the audio video industry started in 1995 after graduating from The Recording Workshop, a school for the art of recording engineering.  Jeremy later relocated to Virginia Beach, VA, doing work ranging from stage manager to Front of the House Engineer for small to large live music venues.  After relocating to Tampa, FL in 2001, he transitioned to residential and commercial audio video and automation.
Working for one of the top High End companies in the area, Jeremy worked on projects ranging from a one room sound system to a 28 thousand square foot fully automated audio video distribution system, security system, security camera system and dedicated Home Theater home.  Later, Jeremy headed home to the state of West Virginia in 2008 where he was still involved in the audio video industry part time.  Realizing my passion and enjoyment working in the audio video and automation industry, he settled down in the Charlotte area in 2016 to start working full time in the industry again.
In his spare time Jeremy enjoys doing most anything outdoors including hiking, biking, fishing and camping.  Nature is the best therapy for unwinding.

Brad

Kalmikoff

Brad is a Chicago native, freshly new to North Carolina and proud new member of SoundVision. He has a passion for networking, relationship building, and educating clients. Previously, Brad has run restaurants,  been a musician, and been a home theater designer, so he definitely will fit right in with our team.

Joey

Ferlauto

Joey is a new addition to the SoundVision team. Originally born in California, Joey moved with his family to North Carolina in 2006 and has loved living here ever since. Joey is new to the AV industry and serves as SoundVision’s Warehouse Manager.
Joey also has two years of retail/customer service experience and is currently attending Central Piedmont Community College.
Joey’s favorite activities are Powerlifting and fishing.

Jacob

Blair

Jacob was born and raised in Troutman, NC. While growing up, Jacob enjoyed riding dirt bikes, four wheelers, and ATV’s. He’s independent, hard-working and makes the best of any situation. Some of his passions are riding bikes, kayaking, and playing music.

For the past 4 ½ years, Jacob has been in the communication business, working on larger commercial projects like stadiums, amphitheaters, data centers, colleges, and grocery stores.

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