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out in the industry on the installation side,
as a Crestron programmer, but it was not a
straightforward route.
Also like many integrators, Steele, a drummer,
has a passion for music and dabbling in the
professional music business proved to be a segue
into the custom industry, sort of. In the early
2000s, he and his college roommate started a
band, moved to a 400-square-foot apartment
in Los Angeles (along with his then-girlfriend,
now-wife) ... and got " signed and dropped " by
famed producer Babyface, as Steele tells it.
While the band life had its ups and downs,
Steele answered an ad for a job that seemed
like it might help him crack the music industry
by working in the production/postproduction
recording studio side.
" They were looking for an audio engineer
and it sounded like it was a recording studio,
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and I said, 'Oh that's my passion.' I thought it
was going to be very sophisticated, and that
was my background, my education. No, " says
Steele, noting it was more like whole-house
audio than house audio engineer.
" My first day on the job I was crawling
underneath a house on the beach pulling Cat 5
and was like, 'This is not what I thought it was.' "
But Steele trusted entrepreneurial owner
Jeff Colen and the vision for his business,
called A Sharper Home.
" I was his first full-time employee and he
came from a 'Big 5' marketing company and
had an MBA from Stanford, " Steele recalls of
his initial experience with the one-man shop.
" And he basically told me, 'Look, if we can get
in the high-end residential niche market, in
10 to 12 years we'll be sitting in a really good
spot.' And I'm in. "
Led by president Kyle
Steele, Global Wave Integration's
staff of 15 stays
nimble and has perfected
its processes to all sizes
of luxury custom home
projects.
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