With ListenUp since 2013
With the exception of a few college years, ListenUp Store Manager Sean Pierce has lived in Albuquerque his entire life, so he definitely knows the territory. And though he’s new to the A/V industry, he has exactly the kind of customer service experience that dovetails nicely with ListenUp’s philosophy.
“The A/V business is always changing and always entertaining,” says Sean. “We stay ahead of the technology curve, and it’s exciting to work on the cutting edge. For example, we recently installed an ultimate man-cave for the sports addict. It’s got SEVEN huge TVs in one room with a ton of McIntosh and B&W gear. Naturally, it’s all tied together with a control system for hassle-free viewing. Very cool.”
Sean has been married since 2003, and he and his wife have two little girls and a new baby boy. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and brewing craft beer.
With Hudson's/ListenUp since 2004
Originally from New Mexico, Shawn Mills got his start in the A/V industry more than 30 years ago after moving to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1991, he and wife, Brandy, along with their two-year-old daughter, relocated back to Albuquerque where he worked as an installer for a local A/V company. Shawn quickly grew from installer to a sales position and stayed with the company for 11 years.
Shawn ventured out to try his hand in a different line of work in 2002, but quickly returned to the A/V industry and opened his own custom installation business in 2003. “My passion for the industry and my loyal customers wouldn't let me stay away from it.” In 2004, he partnered with Jeff Johnson of Hudson’s Audio and “brought experience in custom home audio video installations, which helped to dramatically increase sales and profitability.” He eventually purchased the business from Jeff in 2007 and Hudson’s joined the ListenUp family in 2011.
Today, Shawn is still with ListenUp in a sales role “taking care of ListenUp’s customers’ needs, large and small.” Shawn holds CEDIA ESIII and Designer certifications, as well as the title of Class B Skeet Champion in New Mexico. When he’s not providing top-notch customer service, Shawn can be found singing in an ‘80s tribute band and spending time with his family.
Employee since 2013
Another native of New Mexico, Orlando Sanchez is used to running things – from restaurants to races. He came to ListenUp after being the general manager for several different eateries in Albuquerque, and in his spare time he’s an avid trail runner with a particular interest in military-style mud runs. In his time at ListenUp he’s become an avid home entertainment enthusiast, as well.
“I enjoy working with all the equipment we have here in the store,” says Orlando. “It’s fun to hear new music and in ways I haven’t heard it before. I’ve always been a fan of music, and it’s really great to discover products that can make it sound so much better —and to bring that sense of discovery to our customers, too… I like working at ListenUp because it has all the feel of a big company yet with the ‘family’ essence you get from a small company.”
With ListenUp since 2016
Originally from Los Angeles, Patrick moved to New Mexico 14 years ago, and has been in the A/V business on and off since 1999. “I worked for Circuit City for 8 years, most of the the time as a sales and installation manager for car audio. I worked as a locksmith for 8 years prior to coming to ListenUp, specializing in electronic locks and high security safes. I have also worked for the past 4 years at Sagebrush Community Church as a sound technician on Sundays.”
Patrick joined the ListenUp sales team in June of 2016. “I like the ability ListenUp that has to provide solutions for our customers with the best available high-end products.”
Patrick’s love for the AV industry started well before 1999 though. “I remember working all summer when I was 14 to purchase my first stereo system. I've been an audiophile ever since.”