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Chuck Mitchell, Owner

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Chuck’s passion for music and sound recording started in his elementary school years with reel-to-reel tape and playing keyboards in bands. Now, with over 30 years experience and a B.A. in the field of music, sound and technology, Chuck brings the balance of art, design, and technical applications to the table with a wide array of experience. As a composer, he has extensive experience and has composed with and for such greats as Thomas Dolby, Bob Ezrin, and others. As an AV system designer and sound engineer, his ability to create solutions, listen critically, and assemble resources brings every project to completion with excellence. As the owner and visionary for Voice of the Arts, Inc. and TechArts, Chuck is responsible for project designs, operations, management, quality assurance, staying within budget, and delivering on time. Chuck has also served as a dubbing consultant on several international films for 20th Century Fox, Lucas Films and DreamWorks such as Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, and 3, Shrek, Spirit, Titan AE, and El Dorado, bringing these films to Russia, China, Greece, Spain, Poland, among others. Today, it is always evident that his commitment is to bring creative solutions to his client’s needs.

Jason Vandergrift, Programmer-Associate Designer

Jason1Jason started working with audio at a young age, taking apart speakers and other electronics. His first mixing job was for the middle school assemblies when he was 13. Always being around audio, he developed a passion for live music and was involved wherever he could. Citrus College was the natural place to build industry skills for engineering and design, working in the studio installing consoles and wiring patch bays. Shortly after work at Citrus, Jason started work at Tech Arts as an installer and office assistant. In addition to working at Tech Arts, Jason manages a tech department at a local church and runs many private events. After taking a larger role in the design process at Tech Arts, Jason now handles the majority of the company’s programming and technical troubleshooting. Jason has an easy going take on life, preferring sandals and tee shirts vs the techy industry polo shirts. In contrast, he has a high standard for excellence and is persistent in finding the answers to complex technical problems, sometimes getting manufactures to write new code.

Suzanne Borland, Accounting

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Of course every office needs a numbers person and that is Suzanne.  She remembers sitting on her father’s lap and playing with his adding machine and had her own toy abacus.   She spent 15 years of working finance in the medical field where she met her husband, and then 10 years of working church finance where she met Chuck.  Now she is at TechArts, that is when she is not traveling up and down to Big Bear, playing with her two grandsons or heading out to see her son at the latest Air Force base he is stationed at. Wherever she is you can be pretty sure she has music on around her too.

 

 

Christian Spurlock-Operations Manager

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Christian first discovered his love for audio in Jr. High. He started running sound for his youth group at church. He instantly fell in love with all things tech. He eventually worked his way up to running sound in the main sanctuary at his church and for multiple plays at his high school. After High School he was given the opportunity to be a production intern and attend Recording Connection Audio Institute. He continued to gain experience working for an electrical company as a warehouseman. There he was in charge of handling material and coordination, which made him the perfect fit for TechArts. He now handles the coordination of equipment, material and installers to ensure that all projects stay on task. Christian also has a great love for live sound and set design. He played a major role in the set design and tech decisions at his church where he was production intern. He continually desires to learn and grow in his knowledge of live production and technology.

Tim Omel, Lead Installer

Tim fell in love with music on the first day of his guitar class in high school. His love for music expanded, leading him to his career in audio. He began to volunteer at His Church in the youth ministry, running live sound for the band during worship. After high school he attended the recording arts program at Citrus college and graduated at the top of his class. During this time he worked at small local venues, Church’s, and other Arenas. He found great joy in providing his audience with the best sounding band. He also made it a point to strengthen their sound systems and build their knowledge of gear and Audio. while at citrus he attended an internship with CBS radio in the engineering department, where he sharpened his skills in trouble shooting, soldering, wiring and repair. Tim always strives for the best, and never wastes an opportunity to learn something new. His knowledge and maturity is well past his physical age. Tim’s passion for audio has come a long way and is shown in his quality of work.

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