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Meet George Adjieff and Joe Taupier of Westlake Pro in North Hollywood and Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Adjieff and Joe Taupier.

George and Joe, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We took over the company as a management buy-out from Westlake Audio and became Westlake Pro. We relied heavily on the 20+ year relationships we had built with the top vendors and clients in our industry. Luckily, they trusted in our vision and helped us to get going quickly.

We started with a small core team, most of whom are still with us today. We have grown to require multiple locations across the city. Our sales staff and technical staff are some of the most knowledgeable experts in the entire industry. We are very proud of the team we have built.

We have become one of the largest dealers for many of our vendors, including being named Avid Audio Dealer of the Year for the last two consecutive years.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Our biggest challenge, not unlike many businesses, is finding talented, motivated people who have the skill set we need. We are always on the lookout for people who want to put mental energy into their job. We want to work with people who are motivated creative thinkers.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Westlake Pro – what should we know?
Westlake Pro is the preeminent pro audio dealer and studio design group / integration firm. We specialize in consultive, solution-driven sales and expert studio design for music, post-production, houses of worship, broadcast, and government/corporate settings. Our award-winning sales staff and expert technical services team work together in order to provide the absolute best customer experience in our industry, which is what sets us apart from everyone else.

Above everything else, we strive to provide the best experience for our customers. For example, we host a series of events at our store called proSESSIONS. These events are free to the public and are very educational. We show off the latest technology and have some of the brightest minds in our field discuss how they are using the tools to create GRAMMY, Oscar, and Emmy winning experiences.

We also provide expert advice to our clients that they can’t get anywhere else. We are both Dolby and DTS certified dealers. Having designed and integrated dozens of immersive audio rooms around the world our staff knows exactly how to help our clients who are looking to build a cutting-edge room to handle the latest audio technology. By the same token, our team is equally eager to help home studios, and we provide consultation for a wide range of skill sets and audio applications.

One of the areas of growth we have seen is online. We have made it a point to provide the same level of service to our online customers as to our in-store customers. We livestream the proSESSIONS events from our store so that our customers around the world can tune in and get the same information. We have an active web chat on our website that allows our customers to get answers quickly and efficiently.

Some of our notable clients include Universal Studios, Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony, Technicolor, Formosa Group, The Village Recorder, Westlake Studios, Capitol Records, and Snoop Dogg.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is the best place in the world for our business to be located – our close proximity to our enterprise clients allows us to provide a level of service that couldn’t be achieved remotely. In addition, our global customers benefit from our location because we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the technology and the gear. Our proSESSIONS events are with the finest creatives in the world in part due to our LA location.

Los Angeles is certainly not the easiest place to get a start, but the opportunity is seemingly endless here. It’s a great city to live in and a hotbed for talent and opportunity.

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Jukka Montonen

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