Gary Peck, President and Chief Executive Officer
Gary founded NAT in 1994. He has over thirty years’ experience in sound reinforcement and installations including sound design for Broadway productions and engineering for national acts. Prior to NAT, Gary formed Audio Technologies , a company dedicated to sound reinforcement and custom speaker design. Tek Electrix, a union electrical company, and S.Q. Miles General Contracting, a commercial construction business, are also owned and operated by Gary. Outside of work he enjoys woodworking, fishing, guitar picking, travel to Block Island, the Caribbean and Vermont, and time with his family.
Pat Nelson, Chief Operating Officer
Pat joined NAT in 2002 as a Senior Technician and quickly moved up to a Site Manager’s position for his skills in coordination and management in construction. He was promoted to Director of Projects in 2009, and promoted to his current position in 2013. His skills include electrical infrastructure coordination, audio DSP, broadcast, av networking and video projection. He holds a B.S. in Audio Engineering Technology and an A.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Hartford, along with an A.S. in Recording Arts from Full Sail University. He is certified in Qsys L2, and Dante L3 & DDM. Outside of work Pat enjoys astronomy and space technology, photography, and cooking.
Nick Barnes, Chief Technology Officer
Nick joined NAT in 2013 as Director of Engineering. Before joining the NAT team, he was a lead programmer and project manager for the demanding markets of medical and financial services along with private and corporate markets. His skills include programming for solutions to harmonize multiple technology layers into coherent, user-friendly interfaces while maintaining reliability. He was promoted to his current position as Technology Chief in 2015. Nick's certifications include Crestron DMC-D, Crestron DMC-E, Crestron Programming I & II, Biamp Audia, Lutron Homeworks Advanced & QS Programming, Haivision Installation and Commissioning, Tandberg Endpoints, and Cisco TelePresence System Engineer. Outside of work Nick enjoys BBQ cooking, beer making (using a custom automated system developed from scratch), mountain biking, paintball, and spending time with family. He is a former BMX racer, music promoter, Karate black belt, and Junior Olympic speed skater.
Ken Beaudette, General Manager
Ken joined NAT in 2005 as a Technician after three years of theatrical audio and lighting at the Hartford Stage. His first experience with live sound came at a very young age when he sat behind a soundboard to make sure wireless microphones didn't feedback at his uncle’s theater. From that day, he has had a fascination with the technical side of theater. His vast knowledge base encompasses live sound, theatrical lighting design and consoles, computer-aided drafting, system control programming, rigging, fabrication, and many other skills. He was promoted to his current position in 2015 for his acute attention to detail and skills in all aspects of integration. Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in Technical Theater. He is also Crestron DMC-E Certified, ETC Repair Technician Certified, QSC Q-Sys Level 2 Certified, and Dante Level 1, 2, 3, DDM. Outside of work, Ken enjoys working as a part-time photographer, snowboarding, golf, playing drums, and spending time outdoors with his wife, two daughters, newborn son, and beagle, Otto.
Roger Mantor, Estimating Manager
Roger joined NAT in 2013 in his current position as Estimating Manager. He comes from 30 years of experience with Low Voltage Cabling & Systems Installations, Project Management and Estimating with O'Connell Electric in Syracuse, NY. He is certified for design and installation with all major structured cabling system manufacturers. Experience with A/V, CCTV, CATV & Fiber Optics. Outside of work Roger enjoys Boating, Fishing, Camping, Hunting, Golf, Darts & Bowling.
Chris Mielert, Senior Draftsman and Fabricator
Chris joined NAT in 2010 as a Junior Draftsman and Fabricator. Before that, he spent eight years constructing and installing scenery for the Hartford Stage, honing his skills in welding, rigging, carpentry/woodworking, and stage lighting. He obtained a diploma in CAD drafting from Porter and Chester Institute, and is OSHA 10 certified. Outside of work, he likes hiking in the woods and can sometimes be found defeating the thugs of the Cobra Kai dojo. He is the the proud parent of his two dogs Barron von Fluffy Pants, and Tsarina Anastasia.
Tim Rinkerman, Senior Fabricator
Tim joined NAT in 1999. He is originally from Buffalo, NY, where he freelanced as an audio engineer and system owner, specializing in all aspects of live sound reinforcement. Tim moved to Connecticut in 1991 to become part of a large regional touring sound company where in addition to live engineering and mixing, he expanded his interests in mechanics. He learned, invented and built many flying portable audio systems which came in handy as he began working at NAT. He is certified OSHA 10, aerial lifts, forklifts, and Qsys Level 2. Outside of work Tim enjoys vintage audio equipment, vintage musical instruments, drag racing, and restoring classic anything from cars to guitars.
Kerry Clair, Purchasing Agent
Kerry joined NAT in 2013 as a Junior Technician. She grew up in a small farm town in Connecticut with a passion for music, playing various instruments for 12 years which developed into an interest in Audio Technology. Before NAT Kerry worked as a Technician for a local Casino, working with infrastructure for a wide range of equipment, as well as interning for a local radio station in the engineering department. Kerry holds a B.S. from University of Hartford in Audio Engineering Technology. She is also QSC Q-Sys Level 2 Certified. Outside of work, Kerry enjoys listening to music, running, and hiking.
Wayne Francis, Technician
Wayne joined NAT in 2014 as a technician. He has a collective 23 years as a low voltage solution specialist, from designing and building Data/Voice infrastructure, surveillance systems, and AV systems. He is also pro audio systems engineer. He is a CT licensed C6 Journeyman. Wayne is highly skilled in building Tier 1-3 data centers, IP surveillance systems and full production concert systems allowing him to be flexible and proficient as an AV integrator. His certifications include OSHA 10, ADC, Aerial Work Platforms, Axis, Corning, Fluke, L-Acoustics, Siemon Cabling, Sumitomo fiber, and Yamaha digital consoles. Outside of work Wayne enjoys live music.
Rondell Smith, Technician
Rondell joined NAT in 2014 in his current position. He had worked for 5 years as a low voltage cable installer prior to NAT and holds a certificate from Porter & Chester in Electrical. He is a CT licensed C6 Journeyman with certifications in Hilti, SOMC Aerial Lifts and OSHA 10. He is highly experienced in cabling infrastructure for backbone and branch data cabling. Outside of work he enjoys playing basketball, football, and coaches Little League Baseball and Basketball for New Britain Recreation.
Sue Aulbach, Accounting
Sue joined NAT in 2014 in Accounts Payable. She has no musical expertise whatsoever, so we keep her in the back office. Sue worked as a Project Manager at Accenture implementing systems for various clients. She assisted with the implementation of a Financial Accounting and Reporting System at CT DOL, a Document Management System at Boehringer Ingelheim, Accounts Receivable issue resolution at LabCorp, an Epic scheduling and electronic medical record system at Aetna Professional Management Corporation. Sue holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Fairfield University with Minor in Mathematics. Outside of work, she is actively involved in the First Congregational Church of Southington, Steeple Players, Girl Scouts, and her daughters’ schools. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her family. She resides in Southington with her husband, 3 daughters, dog and 2 cats.
Chuck Lauf, Director Projects (Tek Electrix)
Chuck helped create NAT's sister company Tek Electrix in 2009 in his current position. Tek Electrix is the electrical contracting side of the A/V systems installations and is signatory with Local 90 and 35 IBEW. Before Tek, Chuck was a foreman for Woods Electric for 10 years and worked as an electrician for 14 years prior for various electrical contractors within Connecticut. He is a Connecticut licensed E1 Electrician and is certified in Aerial Lifts, OSHA-10, and Siemon. Outside of work Chuck enjoys playing golf, home remodeling projects, and spending time with his two daughters.
Jeff Vitti, Programmer
Jeff joined NAT in 2017 after 23 years in corporate IT specializing in server engineering, web engineering, computer automation project manager and solutions architecture. He is certified in Qsys Level 2, and Dante L3/DDM. Separately he has over 30 years in the music business as a musician, band manager, sound reinforcement engineer and studio/live recording engineer. He owned and operated an entertainment company that focused on weddings and corporate events. He is the current owner of a local restaurant featuring live music every night of the week. Jeff holds multiple records in wrestling during his time at Danbury High School including winning the New England Championship Tournament in 1990 and being inducted into the Danbury High School Hall of Fame in 2009. He wrestled for Central Connecticut State University (Division I) and currently enjoys coaching at all levels. Outside of work Jeff enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with his wife and three boys.
Mike Land, Technician
Mike joined NAT in 2016. He has been involved in event production since 1993, working at numerous theaters across the state, focusing on production rigging, lighting design, lighting programming. Mike worked for 13 years at a gaming / entertainment resort as an in house technician and lighting designer. He has worked for several production companies gaining a vast knowledge of lighting and av systems. Mike is certified in QSYS Level 1, QSC Control 101, Dante Levels 1-3, OSHA10, Shure Integrated systems Level 1 & 2, Shure Wireless Technician. He has two children who he loves to spend time with and find new adventures during time off
Greg Fisher, Technician
Greg joined NAT in 2015. Before joining NAT Greg attended Full Sail University and received a B.S. in Show Production and Touring. After graduation he did an electrical apprenticeship at The Goodspeed Opera House where he honed his theatrical lighting skills. After leaving The Goodspeed, Greg started freelancing for multiple different companies such as Mohegan Sun, Long Wharf Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ideal Sound, AV Davie, Lighted Dance Floor of New York, and Sound Guyz as a Audio Video Technician setting up systems for concerts, festivals, corporate meetings, parties and theatrical events. Greg’s certifications are OSHA10 and Dante Level 2. In Greg’s free time he enjoys spending time outside camping, hiking, rock climbing, and long boarding.
Nick Emack, Electrician
Nick joined Tek Electrix in 2018 as a CT licensed E2 journeyman electrician. He has been an electrician for Local 90 through the IBEW for 10 years. He’s worked on large electrical projects like the Q Bridge, Yale Residential Colleges, Baker Hall, Millstone and various substations through Woods Electric, Ducci Electrical, McPhee Electric, and Dinto Electrical. He’s certified OSHA-10, CPR/First Aid, and Code of Excellence with IBEW. In his spare time he and his wife take care of their new house and are proud parents of a cat and pot belly pig. He’s also a survivor of 4 #15’s in a row.