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Luc Guillaume
Managing Director
Luc has an education in both economics (masters degree) and audio engineering (Institute of Audio Research), and entered the audio industry in 1994 as an assistant recording engineer in New York City (River Sound Recording). Following 6 years on the recording side, Luc then became involved in the introduction and positioning of the JBL Synthesis product range outside of the US, which engaged him for 7 years. Luc then worked as the VP Sales of Screen Research for 2.5 years and then joined SmartHome, a Swiss-based integrator, as CEO where he remained until very recently for 2.5 years. Luc’s broad and lengthy experience in the audio industry will be leveraged to assist us as we develop new products, new business opportunities, customers and markets. His audio and product knowledge will contribute to our product development process and assist in the creation of new services for our customers. Last but not least, his management experience will aid us in the development of long-term plans incorporating achievable goals and execution strategies. Luc will be based out of our new Wisdom Audio Europe BV office in the Netherlands.

Ed Jaeger
Director of Operations
Ed Jaeger has over 23 years experience in financial and manufacturing operations management. Prior to joining Wisdom Audio, Ed had been with BG Corporation (formerly known as Bohlender Graebener) for 12 years where he held the title of CFO and for a period of time was the company's president. During his tenure at BG Corporation Ed was instrumental in managing operations, building relationships with vendors, growing distribution and revenues. Prior to BG, Ed worked as a chief corporate accountant in two different manufacturing companies where he also contributed to operations management: Mission Country Photo Finishing for six years and Twentieth Century Plastics for five years. Ed has a business degree in finance and accounting from the University of California at Berkeley.

Eric Graul
Vice President, Manufacturing
Eric brings to Wisdom Audio over 13 years of experience in specialized product manufacturing, including process documentation, process flow requirements, and industry-leading quality assurance. Prior to joining Wisdom Audio, Eric served as Production Manager for seven years at BG Corporation (formerly known as Bohlender Graebener). He applied his manufacturing and management experience to efficiently grow the company’s production capabilities. During his tenure with North Sails, a racing sail manufacturer, Eric honed his expertise in production methods and quality control, exceeding the expectations of the company’s high-end distribution partners and customers. Eric has implemented several MRP (Materials Resource Planning) and inventory control systems and together with his extensive knowledge of quality control processes in specialty product manufacturing, will guide Wisdom Audio’s production efforts as the world’s leader in architectural loudspeaker systems. Eric has an electronics degree from University of Wisconsin.

Ron Rouse
Vice President Sales
Ron brings 27 years of experience in the audio industry, most all of which has been dedicated to the custom installation channel. He started his career in 1988 with a retail audio sales moving to a integration company, then joined the Harman Consumer Group in 1994 supporting sales activities at large retailers such as Circuit City and The Good Guys with a focus on training, merchandising and marketing events. Ron then ran Harman Residential which lead him to JBL Synthesis and Audioaccess, supporting dealers through design and calibration of media rooms, dedicated theaters, distributed audio, and commercial solutions. Ron quickly gained additional responsibilities at Harman and most recently held the position of Senior Sales Manager Americas for Harman Luxury Audio. We are confident that Ron’s broad experience in sales, acoustics, system design, calibration, training and support will prove valuable in helping to grow Wisdom Audio’s business. His wide market knowledge will also be key in further developing Wisdom’s brand identity as a high-end, high-performance supplier of audio solutions. Ron will serve as the primary contact in the western United States and Canada for sales, support and service issues.

Steve Rutherford
International Sales Manager
Steve is a true custom installation expert.  His background includes extensive experience in sales, two-channel and multi-channel audio, room equalization/design, and acoustics.  In addition to managing a custom installation division for 20 years, he previously worked as the senior business manager EMEA for the Harman Luxury Audio Group. Prior to Harman, he designed, managed, programmed and installed custom AV, lighting and security systems for both residential and commercial markets as the custom installation division manager for Rayleigh Hi-Fi.

Gary Blouse
Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Gary has been involved in sales management, product management, and training at a number of companies over his career. As national training director at Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, he helped to create world-class training programs focused on the custom installation channel. In fact, he was involved in developing the CI industry’s first true certification program (Electronics Systems Technician). Gary later moved to Niles Audio where he directed training and managed sales for the eastern US and Canada. Prior to joining Wisdom Audio, Gary managed sales for NAD electronics and PSB speakers, and helped launch Bluesound. Gary is a rare combination of someone who is a seasoned and talented business person, as well as an excellent salesperson, trainer, and a real product guy. His passion for the CI business as well as high performance audio and video make him a terrific addition to the Wisdom team.

George Short
Principal Audio Design Engineer
George began his career at Teledyne Acoustic Research in the late 1980’s. He then joined Apogee Acoustics as a design engineer, developing hybrid line-source speaker systems incorporating proprietary ribbon drivers. George later founded Fibonacci Technologies and North Creek Music Systems, where he created the Fibonacci Ribbon Transducer and specialized in the manufacture and distribution of conventional and ribbon transducers, loudspeaker crossover components, assembled networks, and subwoofer amplification. George’s broad experience in transducer and loudspeaker design, acoustic measurement and simulation, manufacturing, and project management will be key to successfully realizing Wisdom Audio’s future product road map. With a passion for music, movies and high performance audio systems, George is a perfect addition to our Carson City based engineering and manufacturing team.

Matthew Trinklein
Product Development Manager
Matt graduated is Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2016 and found his dream job at Wisdom Audio the same year. He is Responsible for researching, developing, and launching new products.

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