Company

About

At Sound Specialists, we simplify lives by seamlessly integrating lifestyle technologies. Through a combination of efficiency and luxury, our custom automated systems streamline the control of homes, multi-dwelling properties, and hospitality and commercial environments down to the touch of a button.

We provide the latest innovative technologies for both residential and commercial industries.

Experience

Sound Specialists offers knowledge you can trust based on two decades of experience in the technology integration industry. Since 1993, hundreds of discerning homeowners and scores of the city’s top builders, designers and architects at Chicago’s premier addresses have trusted us to serve as their technology integration experts.

Our staff of seasoned professionals—many of whom have long tenures with the company—is highly trained in the latest advanced commercial and residential technologies and highly committed to building an easy-to-use system that exceeds your expectations. We take deep pride in the outstanding client feedback we receive about our team members.

Visit our portfolio to see just some of the integrated solutions we’ve delivered for our clients.

We know that seeing is believing. That’s why we invite you to discover everything system integration has to offer in our state-of-the art experience center, where you can test the latest lifestyle technologies and view our workmanship firsthand. Please call 773-278-1650 to talk with a Sales Associate about scheduling an appointment.

Process

At Sound Specialists, we aim to exceed your expectations, from the start of your project through its completion and beyond. Whether your project involves a single-family home, multiple-dwelling building or commercial building, we assign a project manager to serve as your key contact person and keep the project on time and on budget.

We collaborate with you and your architect, builder or interior designer to develop a system that integrates seamlessly into the environment. Our process includes these stages:


Our Team

Gideon Elfassy

President/CEO

Gideon founded the company in 1993. He has since guided Sound Specialists to unprecedented growth and built a team that exemplifies creativity, knowledge and commitment to delivering impeccable customer service. Gideon continues to oversee the company’s vision and remains the primary contact for all strategic sales.

Laura Harper

Director of Operations

Laura has eighteen years’ experience in strategic planning, development and directing not-for-profit and for-profit agencies. Overseeing day-to-day operations at Sound Specialists, she creates processes and procedures that optimize efficiency, communication and team spirit – ensuring projects run smoothly in every way.

Chris Behmer

Director of Sales & Design

With over 15 years of industry experience, Chris is a seasoned and personable design engineer. He works closely with our clients to build tailored system designs that meet their unique needs. As head of Sound Specialists’ design department, he ensures the nuances of each system are seamless and accounted for.

Maryana Rayeva

Controller

Kyle Wells

Sales Associate

Remy Tenus

Chief Engineer

Duane Starmach

Chief Programmer

Matt Maro

Project Manager

Mike Goedhart

Project Manager

William Seagrave

Design Engineer

Robert Williams

Design Engineer

Daniel Milewski

Installation Manager

Josh Mason

Systems Engineer

Pat Prather

Systems Engineer

Daniel Garretson

Systems Engineer

Matt Kerstein

Systems Engineer

Steve Farland

Systems Engineer

Miomir Manojlovic

Systems Engineer

William Pantoja

Warehouse/Logistics

Awards

Crestron

Biggest Baddest Home 2013

Crestron

Best GUI (Graphical User Interface) 2010

Lutron

Best Shading System 2013

Certifications

  • Crestron Certified Master Programmer
  • Crestron DMC-E Digital Media Certified Engineer
  • Lutron Advanced HomeWorks Programming Applications
  • Savant Core Residential
  • Savant Advanced Blueprint Programming
  • Panasonic KX-TDA Hybrid IP-PBX Systems Installation & Programming
  • Apple Certified Support Professional
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • CEDIA Certified Installer
  • CEDIA Certified Instructor
  • CEDIA Certified Residential Networking Specialist
  • Cisco CCNA-CCNP Routing & Switching
  • Cisco CCNA-CCNP Voice
  • Cisco Sales Expert
  • Polycom Certified Video Engineer
  • ClearOne Certified Specialist of Conferencing Products
  • Biamp Tesira
  • Biamp Audia
  • Imaging Science Foundation ISF-C
  • InfoComm CTS
  • OSHA 10/30 Hour Construction
  • LEED Green Associate

Testimonials

While these kinds of projects are by their nature complex, both my wife and I are very satisfied with Sound Specialists.
They have been a pleasure to work with . . . patient, service-oriented, knowledgable, flexible and respectful of deadlines.
I appreciate the transparency of their billing and cost estimating system and have found
them to be very fair to deal with whenever issues arose.

- Ben & Cindy Chereskin (Chicago, IL)

Thanks for everything, we love the home, and the technology you installed is a large part of the success!

- Rob Knight (Northfield, IL)

Sound Specialists left the apartment so clean that the only way that I knew that they've been in it at all
was that there were now 20 speakers in the ceiling. Nice job!

- Jim Tanner (Chicago, IL)

I want to compliment your entire team on the professional way they completed the installation at my home.
Folks arrived as scheduled, were fully prepared, worked carefully and competently, managed the usual
unexpected challenges and bumps with calmness and were an overall pleasure.

- Cody Engle (Chicago, IL)

Sound Specialists is an excellent firm to consider.

- Dirk Denison FAIA, Dirk Denison Architects (Chicago, IL)

Everything works exactly as described. The system is predictable and functions well.
Gideon’s team is professional and responsive.

- Todd Ricketts (Wilmette, IL)

Sound Specialists has been our preferred technology vendor since 1994. It has been my pleasure
to work with Gideon Elfassy and his outstanding team not only on our firm's
developments, but also on my personal residence.

- Kerry Dickson, Senior Vice President - RELATED

Thank you for your efforts in successfully building and launching the Trump International
Hotel and Tower Sales Center. It has been our pleasure working with you.

- Michael Koeppel, Vice President - 401 NORTH WABASH VENTURE LLC

Being discriminating music enthusiasts, the quality of the sound is without any compare to any other
system. We appreciate Sound Specialists suggestions and recommendations. In addition,
the service, follow-up, and support has been impeccable. Thank you so much!

- Lydia Fisher (Chicago, IL)

Now that our wonderful system is completed, we are only sorry that there is no more work for Sound Specialists to do!
The telephone system, the audio system, the plasma TV, and the outstanding computer service is more than we imagined. Everything is state of the art and we are thrilled with the entire project.

- Fred & Judy Adler (Chicago, IL)

I am pleased to say that my experience with Sound Specialists fulfilled all of my expectations.
Sometimes companies seem to “forget” their clients once the installation has been completed.
I can frankly state that their follow-through was excellent.

- Norman Finkel (Chicago, IL)

Sound Specialists gave me exactly the items that I wanted and gave me excellent prices.
They took the time to make sure that I understood what I was purchasing and always gave me options.
Their workmanship was highly professional, skilled and most of all CLEAN!

- Howard Resnick (Highland Park, IL)

I was more than pleased with the work Sound Specialists did installing the sound system in my house.
They were very helpful in planning, making good suggestions that made the system better
than I originally imagined.They delivered everything on time and did a great job installing it.

- Jack Miller (Chicago, IL)

Sound Specialists has been very pleasant to deal with. It is my pleasure to recommend
Sound Specialists to anyone requesting high quality, professional advice
and installation of custom entertainment components and systems.

- Tomas Juncks (Chicago, IL)

Sound Specialists workmanship, manner, professionalism and accessibility,
whenever I had a question or problem, made this experience an excellent one!

- Hy Schanner (Shaker Heights, OH)

We want you to know how impressed we have been with you and your entire support team.
Everyone we have dealt with has been so professional and responsive.

-- Brad & Susan Oltmanns (Chicago, IL)

In short, they were great. I would hire them again if I were to do it over again. I have worked with
other companies, for our other houses; sound specialists is the best company I have worked with.

-- Richard Berger (Chicago, IL)