Commercial Division Manager
With ListenUp since 2017
John Emerson, our new Commercial Division manager, has been in the A/V business since 1986. He started as an inside salesman and eventually rose to become the vice president of a local firm, helping to grow it into the largest locally owned commercial A/V integrator in the Denver area.
“I’ve always focused on the training and certification of employees," says John. "If I’ve gleaned anything over the last 30 years, it’s to be constantly learning, because everything is frequently changing in the business of technology.”
Joining ListenUp has John feeling re-energized. “I have lots of respect for ListenUp, their track record of success, and reputation in the community,” he says. “The ListenUp brand stands for great customer service and once the commercial market discovers they can get the same experience that a luxury residential consumer gets, the whole industry will get turned upside down.”
John is a native of Golden and still resides there. In his off-hours he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters as well camping, fishing and exploring the mountains.
With ListenUp since 1974
Norm Simmer was one of the first people hired by ListenUp, way back in 1974. “Chuck Morris [the legendary Denver concert promoter] bought a club in Boulder, and I had a six-week contract with Walt and Steve to get the sound system up and running.” Norm worked on ListenUp’s renovation of Ebbet’s Field’s sound system as well, and he was eventually employed directly by the club.
After running the sound at Ebbets and then going on the road with various national touring acts, including Frank Zappa, Norm ended up at Feyline Presents, where he once again teamed with ListenUp on the design and installation of the system at the Rainbow Music Hall. In 1978 Norm returned to ListenUp full-time as one of the first installers for the new Pro Division (now known as Commercial A/V), and he’s been here ever since. He worked for years as manager of the department and is now one of our top salesmen, creating advanced systems for clients such as Regis University and the Denver Art Museum.
Commercial Project Manager
With ListenUp since 1985
When Doug Watts took his first job 30 years ago, he probably never imagined that he would never leave it. He is one of those lucky people who found their passion early in life and made a career out of it. “This is my second family and that’s why I love working here.”
Doug enjoys the A/V industry because it is constantly changing. He has watched first hand as the industry has advanced over the last 30 years, especially in the realm of video and control. “I love working in this industry because it changes all the time.”
Despite his appreciation for his second family, Doug spends his free time with his first family. He has been married to his wife Sandy for 21 years and they have two kids; a daughter attending business school at CSU and a son who loves playing competitive baseball.