Listen Expands Operations Team

Listen welcomes Renee Jolie Bartel to the Operations team, where she will be working as Sales and Marketing Administrator. With previous experience at Thomson Reuters and The Marketing Arm, she looks forward to supporting Listen’s efficiency and creating infrastructure, working as a liaison between teams. She has a degree in Social Sciences from University of Washington and completed post graduate work in pre-medical sciences at Columbia University, where her interest in marketing was stoked through student organization leadership and recruitment. She has worked on campaigns for Frito Lay, Bacardi, and helped create guidelines for greater accessibility and compliance with ADA legislation. She is passionate about music, especially in the ways it impacts human physiology. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, sailing, hiking, and traveling.

New Sales Engineer: Matthew Miller

Listen has expanded its Sales team with the addition of Matthew Miller as a sales engineer on the West Coast. Based in the San Francisco area, Matthew will be the main point of contact for our customers in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Matthew brings a combination of engineering and sales experience to the Listen team with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and almost ten years’ experience in technical sales. In addition to listening to music, Matthew enjoys creating beats and recording songs, particularly in hip-hop and R&B genres. He also loves spending time with his wife and daughters, collecting cards, and gaming. Matthew can be reached at

New DSP Engineer: Rahul Shakya

Rahul_ShakyaListen welcomes on board our new DSP Engineer, Rahul Shakya. Rahul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Mathematics from Trinity College, Hartford, and an MSc and a PhD in Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering from Brown University. Rahul brings strong Audio DSP skills to his role at Listen, with several years’ experience as a graduate and post-doctoral researcher at Brown University where he worked on a diverse range of and DSP, Speech and audio processing research topics.

New Support Engineer: Cam Ruffle-Deignan

cam_ruffle-deignanListen has expanded its support team with the addition of Cam Ruffle-Deignan. Cam has recently graduated with a BSME from the University of Vermont where he spent his time doing applied polymer research, playing intramural sports, and working in a student-run prototyping lab. He has a keen interest in audio products, having interned for Listen last summer, and looks forward to continue developing his audio test skills. Cam will assist Steve, Mark and Mark in providing front line support to our customers, as well as developing training materials, test sequences and support documentation. When he is not in the office, Cam enjoys going for canoe trips, hiking north-eastern mountain ranges, and tinkering with his 3D printer.

New Operations Director: Eric Johnson

eric_johnsonListen has strengthened its infrastructure with the appointment of Eric Johnson to the role of Operations Director. In addition to internal administrative functions such as HR and facilities management, Eric manages the entire operations team including product supply and finance to ensure that all customer requirements are met efficiently and effectively. Eric has spent his career optimizing business operations for growing technology companies, most recently at Sophelle where he held the position of VP and COO. Eric holds a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Lawrence University and a Master’s in Information Resources Management from Syracuse University. Outside of work, Eric enjoys photography, listening to music, homebrewing, and cooking for his wife, Jo Anne.

New Software Manager: Rick Spada

Rick_SpadaListen is excited to announce the appointment of Rick Spada to the position of Senior Software Manager. Rick holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees, and  has over 30 years’ experience in software development. Prior to joining Listen, Inc. he has worked in control systems and robotics, programmed software, and managed software development teams, most recently at Yesware and MathWorks, Inc.  Rick is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and in his spare time enjoys cooking for his family (wife Peg, son Dominic, and dog Olive) and fishing with his son on Cape Cod.

Korea Headphone Seminar

Over 150 people attended the Listen, Inc./G.R.A.S. headphone seminar in Seoul on Tuesday March 6th, where Steve Temme, Peter Wulf-Andersen, Dr. Sean Olive and Prof. Lee spoke to a packed room about headphone measurement, perception and design and tuning. It was a great event and exciting to meet so many of Korea’s top audio design engineers. Thank you for coming! And of course a huge thank you to our very special guest speakers, Dr. Olive and Prof. Lee.

Videos of the event (in English and Korean) can be viewed using the links below (videos will open in a new tab).

Peter Wulf-Andersen – G.R.A.S.:

Steve Temme – Listen, Inc.:

Prof. Lee – New Media Communication Joint Institute of Seoul National University:

Dr. Sean Olive, Harman International:

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New Sales Director: Marc Marroquin

Marc_MarroquinListen is excited to announce the appointment of Marc Marroquin to the position of sales director. Marc comes to Listen with over 20 years’ experience in the audio test and measurement industry, having worked at Brüel and Kjær, PCB Piezotronics, LMS, and most recently, Head Acoustics. In addition to his sales experience, he has an excellent technical understanding of our products, customers and applications. Marc will initially work from the Detroit area before relocating with his family to Boston. He will be traveling with Steve, Les and Dan over the next few months, so please give him a shout to get on his schedule! Outside of work, Marc enjoys traveling (for work and pleasure) as well as cooking for his wife and two boys at weekends.  Marc and his family are looking forward to their upcoming adventure of moving from the Detroit area to Boston and gaining a proper New England accent!

New Assembly Technician: CJ Porter

CJ_PorterListen is excited to announce the expansion of its manufacturing team with the appointment of Chris (CJ) Porter to the position of Assembly Technician. CJ recently graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering. As part of his studies, CJ worked at Listen as a co-op student, so we are excited to have him back as part of our team. CJ will build and repair Listen’s popular hardware products such as the AmpConnect all in one hardware box and AudioConnect audio interface, as well as product troubleshooting, repair and prototyping. Outside of work, CJ is a music enthusiast and can be found producing, listening and jamming out guitar with his friends. CJ has a wide interest in all types of musical genres but gravitates towards classic rock, blues and electronic styles.

New Software Engineer: Phillip Anderson

Phillip_AndersonListen’s development team is growing with the appointment of Phillip Anderson to the position of Software Engineer. In addition to strong programming skills, Phillip joins Listen with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics (Missisippi State University) and both a Masters and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Prior to joining Listen, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, UK and as a Senior Scientist at First Light Fusion, Ltd., a UK startup investigating novel approaches to generating fusion reactions. Outside of work, Phillip enjoys photography, homebrewing beer, and the occasional DIY project.