Newmarket, NH–Russound, has promoted Michael Stein, formerly the company’s director of research, to the position of senior director of research and technology. Similar to his previous position, Michael reports to Jeff Kussard, vice president of strategic development.
In his new role, Stein is responsible for identifying technologies and emerging trends that will be of interest to Russound and its customers, with an eye toward applying these technologies to real-world products.
“In all my time in this business, I don’t think I’ve met anybody who has the same intense level of drive and passion for learning about new technologies that will affect our market,” said Kussard, “Michael may be a research specialist, but I also think of him as an advocate, at least when it comes to promoting the value of a new format or product concept to our executive staff. Of course, we know that when Michael gets behind a new opportunity, it’s worthy of our undivided attention.”
As noted by Kussard, an essential element of Stein’s position is the advocacy of technology and product proposals with the goal of entering them into the development process, after which he will continue to nurture their growth as they evolve into consumer-ready models.
Stein joined Russound in 2002 as vice president, product development, IntelliNet Controls before moving into his recent role as director of research. Under his influence, Russound reports that it has explored and developed groundbreaking products that enhance consumers’ lives while fostering growth and education in the custom installation industry.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with leading edge technologies,” said Stein. “One of the great things about being part of the team at Russound is the way in which I not only get to work with these new technologies, but I’m allowed to see them through to fruition while helping to create compelling new categories of multiroom entertainment.”
Stein was part of the original IntelliNet team when the brand was acquired by Russound in 2002. Earlier in his career, Stein was a partner in Interior Systems Design, which continues to be one of the leading high-end custom installation specialty dealers in Los Angeles, CA. He first became involved in developing systems controls when, in 1990, his company at the time, User Interface Design, laid the groundwork for one of the first interactive TV menus designed to control home theater and automation.