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.: https://youtu.be/sTZpShVDaoI

Steve Temme – Listen, Inc.: https://youtu.be/35TtshAENdo

Prof. Lee – New Media Communication Joint Institute of Seoul National University: https://youtu.be/mhLW03PvLmw

Dr. Sean Olive, Harman International: https://youtu.be/B8cNf0Q3tNs

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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 Manufacturing Manager: Al Takeda

Al_Takeda2Listen is expanding and developing its manufacturing capabilities with the appointment of Al Takeda as Manufacturing Manager. He will lead the expansion of Listen’s existing manufacturing capabilities, as well as prototyping and testing new products. Al brings extensive audio manufacturing, engineering, supervisory and lab management experience to this role, having held a variety of similar positions at Harvard, Harman and Lexicon. Outside of work, Al is a keen amateur astronomer and deep-sky astrophotographer.

New Logistics Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth_Martin2We are excited to announce the expansion of our Admin/Logistics team with the appointment of Elizabeth Martin as Logistics Co-ordinator. Elizabeth will be the main point of contact, for both customers and reps, for all open orders. She joins Listen with several years’ experience in account management and customer service, as well as a degree in advertising and German. When not working, Elizabeth can be found baking in the kitchen, sipping on some Starbucks with a new novel or training for her next charity bike ride.

New Administrative team

Barbara_and_BriannaWe are excited to introduce our new admin team – Barbara Keane (Office Manager) and Brianna Everette (Administrative Assistant). Barbara and Brianna will be the first point of contact many customers have with our office. They are responsible for processing orders and supporting the sales team, as well as ensuring that phones are answered, visitors are greeted, and the office runs smoothly. Barbara has an extensive background in project management, and Brianna has diverse administrative and office experience. Please join us in welcoming them on board. Barbara is on the left in the photo, and Brianna on the right.

New Manufacturing Team

evan_and_nickListen has expanded its manufacturing team with the addition of Evan Driscoll (left in picture) as Production Supervisor.  Evan graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2015 with a B.S. In Electronics Engineering Technology, where he also received the President’s award. Evan is very familiar with manufacturing at Listen, having held several internships and temporary positions at Listen over the past 3 years.

Evan replaces Nick Alston (right in picture), who has been promoted to the position of Manufacturing Supervisor after 2 years in the Production Supervisor role. Together, Nick and Evan manage all of our manufacturing and hardware assembly, test, and QC, ensuring that products are build and delivered on-time to high manufacturing standards.

Software Engineering Team Expands

ben_sternListen is expanding its software development team staff with the appointment of Ben Stern to the position of Software Engineer. Ben, who graduated from Tufts University earlier this year with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, has a strong interest in acoustics, DSP and music. Prior to working at Listen, Ben interned at Sonos where he worked on their ‘Trueplay’ speaker tuning feature. While in college he started a student-run recording studio and managed and DJ’d college radio. When Ben is not working he plays bass in a local band and enjoys cooking.

New Senior DSP Engineer

Ben_RoneyListen is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Alfred Benjamin Roney (Ben) to the position of Senior DSP Engineer. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, a PhD from the University of South Florida, and several years’ research experience, Ben has spent the past 10 years in algorithm development for audio software. He has extensive experience in audio DSP algorithms, gained from senior developer positions at MOTU, The MathWorks and Shure, and has experience with a broad range of languages, frameworks, environments and development methodologies. Outside of work, Ben enjoys wilderness hiking and playing classical guitar.

Retirement Congratulations!

Neil and Luc_webOur sales manager, Neil Rubado (on the left in photo), is retiring at the end of March. Neil joined Listen in 2004, and over the past 12 years has worked with many customers to help develop SoundCheck solutions to their audio test and measurement projects. He also successfully managed the sales team to ensure steady, consistent growth.

We will all miss his sales skills, experience, friendship, and ‘salesman stories’, but we’re excited to hear all about his new adventures as he plans to spend time traveling with his wife, Kathy, learning to play guitar, and organizing his new home. Please join us in wishing Neil all the best for the future.