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CE PROFILE
Architechnology Designs
" If you own
the ceiling,
you own the
project. That is so
true. It was easy
for me to evolve
into lighting.
We're big fans of
Lutron; we do a
lot of Ketra. I love
lighting. "
-Ernie Wohlleben,
Architechnology
Architechnology's Ernie
Wohlleben (lower right)
and Samsung exec Chris
Mertens see microLEDs as
a growing opportunity in
dedicated theater spaces,
such as record producer
Clive Davis' home.
at my job.' "
Not long thereafter, Wohlleben left
Harvey's, dropped out of college, and with
a partner established Architechnology
Designs as a custom installation company.
Admittedly, he says he did not know much
about running a business, but just knew he
could " make money on the streets " doing
installations.
" We literally worked out of the trunk of my
car. I had a $600 car with a long extension
ladder strapped to the top of it with no red
flags on it; I was just hoping it would get me
from one job to the next. I remember one
time a cop pulled me over and he just walked
up, looked at the car and said, 'Are you kidding
me?' " he chuckles.
Evolving into Lighting,
Electrical & Service
Nearly 30 years later, the company is still
focused on AV, but also started a separate
lighting division two years ago and a separate
electrical division six months ago.
Wohlleben believes those new divisions are
an evolutionary change in the custom integration
business.
" A lot of integrators lack the business mentality.
They're great integrators and they can
cut a speaker in and run a wire like nobody's
business, but they're not businesspeople.
The custom integration industry is evolving,
so you have to be a good businessperson to
continue to remain relevant, " he says.
That mentality is what helped Wohlleben
realize several years ago that he should be
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