About Our Company

Meet the Crew

Stephen Siegel

President, Prince of Paperwork, Business Mastermind

Bio

Stephen has always been interested in music and technology. While an Electrical Engineering and music student at the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music, he worked as a recording engineer at Eastman’s multi-track recording studios. It was this experience that led Stephen to a career in professional audio and acoustics. He oversees Marketing, Sales, and Purchasing, as well as plays a pivotal role in customer support, new business, and product development. Previously, Stephen spent over a decade as a consultant designing acoustics and audio systems, and held executive positions at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) / Loud Technologies and Ashly Audio. Stephen remains active in music performance as keyboard player for several Jazz and R&B groups in the Rochester, NY area.

David Gunness

Vice President of R&D, Lead Product Designer, Photographer, Copy Writer, Ambassador to Italy, Facilities Maintenance, Director of Calculus, Technical Writer, Lead Coffee Maker

Bio

While at the University of Wisconsin, David covered part of his expenses by singing and playing guitar over loudspeakers of his own construction. Upon graduation, he made a go as a pro loudspeaker designer at Electro-Voice and later at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). David holds patents on several inventions and writes technology whitepapers (many published by AES). The KF900 large-scale sound reinforcement system, the DSA digitally steered array, and a suite of innovative processing techniques marketed as “Gunness Focusing™”, are all consequences of David’s career-long emphasis on improving loudspeaker performance with innovative software tools and DSP. These days, he spends his time designing products and inventing new technology applications. Sometimes we let him out of his office to get a little sunlight and fresh water.

Chris Alfiero

Business Sage, International Man of Mystery

Bio

Chris began his career in Pro Audio joining the sales and marketing organization at Electro-Voice in 1990. In 1996, he moved to Europe and, along with a small team, managed the EV brand for several years. During this time, Chris earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo. From there, he pursued a number of projects, including a Biotech startup which resulted in licensing liquid media technology to industry for stem cell and immune system cell research. Since 2003, Chris has worked with his father in investment management including private equity investments. After meeting up with Stephen and David during the summer of 2007, an opportunity to re-enter the pro audio industry emerged. In 2008, Chris provided investment capital to help form Fulcrum Acoustic.

Andrew Jordan

Director of Manufacturing, Zen Influence, Comic Relief

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Andy is responsible for overseeing all manufacturing operations including production, scheduling, purchasing and order coordination. Previous to joining Fulcrum, Andy spent nearly twelve years at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) working in various roles in product and customer support, and in engineering technical services. Andy is also an accomplished drummer and music lover. He drinks way too much coffee; so much that he’s never tried an energy drink in fear of spontaneous combustion.

Rich Frembes

Product Development, Processor Settings, Support Materials, Product Support, Amateur Meteorologist, Receptionist

Bio

Rich joined Fulcrum Acoustic in 2009 after almost ten years with Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). During his time with EAW, he advanced steadily through several positions in application/customer support and product development. He also consulted on custom loudspeaker projects and conducted on-site system optimization sessions for high-profile clients. At Fulcrum, he works closely with Dave on all aspects of the product line. A native of Michigan, Rich worked as a FOH and monitor engineer with regional and touring bands in the Midwest. It has been said that Rich can detect the amplitude and frequency of a mosquito’s whine, and then provide that mosquito with high-fidelity concert amplification. In his spare time, Rich contemplates the fate of neo-capitalist ideologies in a poststructural era. He is also an inveterate collector of wooden spoons. In 2014, Rich was the recipient of the prestigious Willard Scott medallion for his life-long dedication to the pursuit of weather monitoring and forecasting.

Todd “Ziggy Starbucks” Foster

Director of Sales, Man About Town

Bio

Todd started his music/audio life as a drummer before realizing that an income would be beneficial. While studying recording technology at the University of Memphis, Todd had the opportunity to operate sound for, and make live recordings for musical groups of many styles. This triggered his interest in large room acoustics and sound system design. At that point, he emerged from the cocoon of the studio and hit the road. For the last 20 years, Todd has filled the roles of sales engineer, system designer, regional manufacturers’ rep, rep firm owner, acoustical consultant and church technical director. He enjoys analyzing technical needs and helping create practical solutions to fill them. He is in constant competition with Andy for the Fulcrum caffeine consumption prize.

Jon Sager

U.S. Western Regional Sales Manager, Solutions Sage, Matchmaker

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Despite Jon’s previous experience with major loudspeaker brands Electro-Voice, EAW, QSC and JBL, he has maintained his credibility and integrity as one of the leading solutions-oriented sales guys in the industry. Jon’s easy-going west coast manner is the perfect foil for Todd’s hyper-caffeinated go-go-go style. Jon also has the dubious distinction of having first introduced Fulcrum co-founders Stephen, David and Chris back in the early ‘90s.

Paula “Tenacious P” Bertou

Office Manager, General Enforcer

Bio

Paula leads the A/P, A/R, Credit, HR and general Finance activities.

Her in-house “iron fist in a velvet glove” approach keeps the rest of the team on the straight and narrow.

“Captain” Kirk Lombardo

Loudspeaker Engineer

Ken VanCott

Production Manager, Plywood Whisperer

Bio

Ken is an experienced woodworker, with substantial experience building and troubleshooting loudspeaker enclosures. As Fulcrum’s Production Manager, he oversees all areas of production. His strong “get things done” work ethic is always present but is sometimes masked by his New England chahm. His “Ken-isms” can lighten any mood. One hand washes the other…

And, if you need almost anything done, Ken knows a guy.

Alyson Teller

Production Analyst

Bio

Alyson has been involved in manufacturing for over 20 years and had worked in every position from assembly to production planner. She is an avid reader and enjoys a good romance novel. At Fulcrum she receives incoming materials, assists with lead time queries and cycle counts, researches inventory issues, and handles all returns.

Don Williams

CAD Designer/Technician, Luthier, Jack of All Trades

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Don’s wide-ranging design and engineering experience makes him a great fit for Fulcrum’s R&D department. On any given day you can find him designing loudspeaker enclosures, building crossover prototypes, or running polar tests. And if that isn’t enough, Don also custom designs and builds acoustic guitars, and the occasional ukulele, in his spare time. Don graduated from MIT in 2037 with PhD’s in Quantum Mechanics and Applied Time Displacement Theory. He spent the next several years developing projects for the US Government. That part of his career was cut short when he decided to move to New England to pursue other ventures. He settled happily in New England in 1999 to live out a quiet and peaceful life. When asked why he left his former life behind, he stated that the world simply wasn’t ready for time travel.

Chaz Goodman

Marketing Manager, Wisecracker, Banjo Picker

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Chaz creates the physical and digital marketing materials for Fulcrum Acoustic. He focuses on expanding Fulcrum’s web presence and creating support materials for the sales team. Prior to Fulcrum, Chaz worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where he learned the value of targeted marketing to achieve fundraising goals. As a musician, the banjo is his weapon of choice yet he has also been known to wield the guitar, piano, violin, and singing saw; all while singing with a voice of ethereal honey.

Jeffrey Baker

Purchasing & Logistics, Eternal Rocker

Bio

Jeffrey joined Fulcrum in 2017, bringing decades of pro audio industry purchasing and logistics management experience to the table. When not deftly managing our materials purchasing, completed order shipment and incoming shipment receipt, don’t be surprised to find Jeffrey taking center stage as lead vocalist for high-energy rock bands in and around Central Massachusetts.

Janet Yacino

Order Entry Specialist, Red Sox & Patriots Fan, Munchkin Procurement Officer

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Janet assumed her newly created position managing Fulcrum’s order entry process in 2018. She has extensive pro audio experience and far-ranging interests which include Boston sports and island cruises. Janet has also has worked nights as a bartender while holding down a full-time job, a testament to her strong work ethic as well as a potentially valuable Fulcrum skill set.

Loudspeaker design hasn’t always been an exact science, but it has for us. Since 2008, Fulcrum Acoustic has gained a reputation as a leading innovator in loudspeaker design. Leveraging the creative genius and expertise of legendary audio professionals, Fulcrum continuously raises the bar in loudspeaker technology.

Integrating bold and unconventional coaxial design with proprietary digital signal processing (DSP), our unique approach to loudspeaker design can be found in distinguished and demanding venues worldwide, from performing arts centers and houses of worship, to hospitality venues and sporting facilities.

 

Fulcrum Acoustic co-founder Dave Gunness began his career designing loudspeakers for Electro-Voice, moving on to become an innovative force behind speaker manufacturer Eastern Acoustic Works. He holds numerous patents, including the Passive Cardioid SpeakerTM, the world’s first stadium-scale digitally steered system, the first installer-configurable steered array for mid-sized venues, and a suite of innovative processing techniques marketed as “Gunness FocusingTM.

Dave formed Fulcrum Acoustic with co-founder/president Stephen Siegel to continue his career-long pursuit of creating new and better loudspeakers through the innovative use of DSP and breakthrough acoustical design.

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