With ListenUp since 2013
Adam Frazier grew up in Colorado and got his start in the A/V industry after moving to Los Angeles for college. He spent 11 years in L.A. before moving back to Colorado in 2013 and starting his career with ListenUp. “I really like working in the A/V business for the variety. Every day is different and every job is different, so it keeps things interesting. I especially like working for ListenUp because of the flexibility. There are a lot of opportunities for personalized growth here.”
Adam’s love for the industry tends to bleed into his personal life where he likes to play guitar and sing. He also loves spending time with his wife and kids and going on backpacking adventures in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area.
Senior Sales Consultant
With ListenUp since 1994
Gary Wrasse originally hails from Southern California, where he worked at a Pasadena A/V dealer for 9 years. Even having grown up there, though, he eventually became weary of the crowded life on the left coast. His wife is from Colorado Springs originally, so he jumped at the chance to come here.
Gary was the store manager for several years, but now he’s back to doing what he really loves — dealing with customers. “I enjoy the whole process of putting together high-end systems. I’m working on a big job right now that involves distributed audio and HD video, Crestron control, Lutron lighting, and a dedicated home theater with Rives acoustical treatments. The clients are great, I get to work with a nationally recognized architect, and I have all kinds of support from our engineering and custom departments up in Denver as well as our installation staff down here. It’s the type of job that really makes me feel like I’m in the right place.”
With ListenUp since 2016
For Colorado Springs native Jason Kawakami, the decision to join ListenUp was a family thing. “I’ve only technically been in the AV business for about a few years, but my brothers have been in it much longer and are the entire reason I got into this.” His two brothers, Clint and Brian, have been a part of our Colorado Springs technical team for the past decade. “It’s great getting to work with some of my family, but the constant exposure to new products and innovations — and designing amazing systems for my customers — has been awesome.”
When he’s not learning about all of the cool new products that ListenUp offers, Jason likes to golf, go to concerts, hike, travel, and learn new things whenever possible.
With ListenUp since 2010
Starting in 2010, Clint was the second in the Kawakami family to join the Colorado Springs installation team. He got started in this industry when he was 15 and realized it was possible to put a massive stereo system in a car that could blow out windshields. He moved from cars to installing phone systems to installing home audio. He has been installing home audio and video for 11 years and loves the home automation and integration that ListenUp offers to clients.
"My favorite things about working at ListenUp are the changing products and technology," says Clint. "I also love the opportunity to meet clients, to see the newest homes and décor."
Clint is a native of Colorado Springs. He does all the Colorado favorites like snowboarding, riding motorcycles, shooting photography and going to live concerts. If you don't find him out at a client's house it's a pretty sure bet he is outside somewhere living it up. Clint is also the proud father of a female boxer puppy.
Employee Since 2015
Jacob Higashi joined the ListenUp sales team in 2015. During his time at our Colorado Springs location, he has developed a passion for designing whole-home integrated solutions. “I really enjoy building projects around home theater and control. Building projects with multiple facets to meet different needs is the best part of my job.”
Before joining the ListenUp team, Jacob worked in the automotive industry, and that background still shows in his personal life. “I’m an avid off-road enthusiast and enjoy 4-wheeling.”
With ListenUp since 2015
Mike Scheltens has always enjoyed working hands-on with the latest technology. He worked at a custom truck shop in Whitier, California before moving to Maryland, where he began his 20+ year tenure in the AV industry. After making the move to Colorado in 2015, he joined the ListenUp team as a Field Technician in our Denver store and was soon promoted to Project Manager for our Colorado Springs location.
Outside of work, Mike spends his free time hunting, fishing and riding ATVs with this wife and teenage son.
Employee Since 2013
If you’re looking for someone who really loves her job, just step foot inside our Colorado Springs store. Lauren is the smiling face that will be there to greet you and get you excited about all that ListenUp has to offer.
“ListenUp actually cares about its people, which results in happy employees and, in turn, loyal customers. In our store, we’re a group of friends, and who can complain about getting to hang out with their friends everyday?”
Lauren is just warming up to the A/V industry, but her outgoing personality and great attitude make her an ideal fit for the ListenUp team. She’s a Colorado native who enjoys music and everything outdoors. If you’re looking for a great start to your A/V purchasing experience, or just need a little happy-boost in your day, stop by and say hi to Lauren.