Meet the Reverb Team
Meet the Team
FOUNDER / CEO
David's background is a blend between entrepreneurship, building technology firms, and a passion for music and gear. Prior to Chicago Music Exchange and Reverb, David was CEO and Co-Founder of online broker optionsXpress, which he took public back in 2005. Like most good businesses, David started Reverb based on his frustrations buying and selling guitars online. Next challenge? Make buying and selling used gear a fun, easy and painless experience.
Dream Gear: 64 Strat, 62 p-Bass, Collings OM, DrZ MAZ.
Favorite Albums: Communique by Dire Straits, Wildflowers by Tom Petty, Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
Tinkering with both computers and guitars from an early age, Yan grew up in Chicago with a brief stint in San Francisco. He's got a passion for startups, Reverb being his sixth over the last 13 years. Yan is excited to have the opportunity to meld his technology and product development experience with his love for music.
Dream Gear: Gibson L-4 1930 Sunburst
Favorite Albums: Lateralus by Tool, The Shepherd's Dog by Iron & Wine, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
PRICE GUIDE EDITOR
Coming to Reverb from Maryland by way of Boston, Dan edits the Price Guide and wears various other hats here at Reverb. As a mutli-instrumental gearhound and unabashed history geek, compiling stories and history on the world of gear is about as good as it gets.
Dream Gear: 1966 Guild S-200 Thunderbird
Favorite Albums: You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr, Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
A lifelong guitarist and computer enthusiast, Dan got his start with a electric Samick knockoff and a Commodore 64 in both his fields respectively. Since then he's worked as a software consultant and software developer for a number of companies, and played guitar on stages from Chicago to Atlanta to Maine. Working at Reverb marries his passions for great gear and building top-notch software.
Dream Gear: 1940s D'Angelico New Yorker
Favorite Albums: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
Eager to turn a full-blown pedal addiction in to a career, Mike joined Reverb after seven years in the online travel industry. Mike has also worked in PR, drumming up coverage for various artists, from Afrobeat to Gypsy Jazz and Hip Hop. Mike's your go-to-guy for any special promotions or Reverb partnerships.
Dream Gear: '50s Blackguard Tele, Vox AC30 Top Boost, Green Russian Big Muff, SIB Echodrive and a MIJ Boss CE-2 Chorus.
Favorite Albums: Meadowlands by The Wrens, Tonight's the Night by Neil Young, Fix My Brain by Marked Men
DIRECTOR OF USER EXPERIENCE
As designer/developer hybrid with user research roots, Nicholas focuses his efforts at Reverb on crafting intuitive interfaces and products that are meaningful to customers. He's previously worked as an innovation consultant and helped startups design and launch new products. Nicholas collects vinyl records and occasionally pretends to be a DJ on his iPad.
Dream gear: Traktor Kontrol S4, 1985 Goldmund Studio Turntable
Favorite Albums: Boys and Girls in America by The Hold Steady, Takk... by Sigur Ros, Night Ripper by Girl Talk
MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Coming to us from the home of Gibson, is Kalamazoo's Nate Bauman. With a colorful background in marketing & public relations, Nate handles Business Development and is constantly looking to meet folks just like you! When he's not at the Reverb loft with his fellow Reverberators, he's hammering the drums for sci-fi yacht metal band Royale (www.royaletheband.com).
Dream Gear: 6 piece 1972 Clear Ludwig Vistalite
Favorite Albums: Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins, Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age, Southern Point by Grizzly Bear.
Alex Le Veque
CUSTOMER SERVICE & MARKETING ASSOCIATE
A native of "America's high five" (Michigan), Alex grew up with punk rock aspirations to become the Stooges reunion bass player. He later ventured to Chicago to pursue his audio engineering back up plan. Since his arrival, Alex has been a part of numerous e-commerce music companies, and now calls Reverb his forever home. Alex always goes the extra mile to ensure all Reverb users have a five-star experience, and strives to get your drool-worthy gear the attention it deserves!
Dream Gear: 1969 Ampeg/Dan Armstrong Lucite Bass
Favorite Albums: Raw Power by The Stooges, Altar by Sunn O))) & Boris, and Document #8 by Pg. 99
A fine film director and an absolute gentleman, Chris brings high-defintion motion picture to the instruments you love. Although this "bad boy" dreamer claims he can bench 220 pounds, we know he'd rather be cycling down Lake Michigan or sipping wine beneath a tree with his boom box tuned to NPR. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for his work.
Favorite Bass: His early 70s Gibson Ripper
Best Concert: Maserati at Bottom Lounge in Chicago (2009)
OPERATIONS & FINANCE MANAGER
Bringing previous accounting experience in the music industry and a sharp eye for detail, Rosie keeps the books balanced and everything running smoothly. Rosie helps sellers get set up with our Reverb Preferred Sellers program and handles all Preferred Seller Payouts. She also makes the most amazing salsas this side of the Mississippi.
Dream Gear: Clayton P-Bass Gold Sparkle
Favorite Album: Eres by Cafe Tacuba
MARKETING & CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT
A lifelong music devotee since raiding his older brothers' cassettes, Jim Tuerk came to Reverb after managing marketing & operations for a Chicago/NYC record label and building a freelance web design business. He picked up a guitar at an early age and continues to write & record with Chicago rockers Brighton MA. At Reverb, Jim leverages his creativity to promote the gear that helps make recorded music compelling for both the performer and listener.
Dream Gear: 50s Epiphone Acoustic & 50s Fender Tweed Pro
Favorite Albums: "Upgrade & Afterlife" by Gastr Del Sol, "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine, "The Complete Tribute To Jack Johnson Sessions" by Miles Davis
WEB DEVELOPMENT APPRENTICE
Combining a history of tech curiosity and a passion for live music, Joe joins Reverb as their first apprentice developer. With a background in financial services and IT management, Joe’s found a sweet spot in his recent pivot to software craftsmanship. When he’s not tinkering with new technologies, Joe can be found listening to a variety of genres from hip-hop to chillwave to black metal to emo.
Dream Gear: Sennheiser HD 650s
Favorite Albums: We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes by Death Cab for Cutie, Manipulator by The Fall of Troy, Small Steps, Heavy Hooves by Dear and the Headlights
LEAD MOBILE ENGINEER
Josh has had the good fortune to be writing for iOS nee Cocoa nee NeXTSTEP for over 15 years. In that time, he's forged his passion for startups in New York, tempered it in San Francisco, and finally grounded it in the midwest ethic of his beloved City of Broad Shoulders. He's never been clever enough to play an instrument, and so makes computers play instruments for him. This has led to a life-long addiction to MIDI controllers, sound modules, and kit that goes "bloop".
Dream Gear: Minimoog Voyager Select Series
Favorite Albums: Pinkerton by Weezer, High, Low, and In Between by Townes Van Zandt, and Macross Plus by 菅野よう子
CUSTOMER SERVICE & MARKETING
Hailing from Crystal Lake, IL, Matt migrated to Chicago in 2007 in search of a fulfilling education and a better punk scene. After graduating college in 2011, Matt quickly learned the digital advertising ropes while working with other Chicago startups, but has finally settled in at Reverb, utilizing his passion for gear and communication skills to directly benefit each Reverb user’s experience. Matt also engineers loads of records in Chicago.
Dream Gear: Dumble Overdrive Special
Favorite Albums: Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin, Surfer Rosa by The Pixies, Jane Doe by Converge
While other teenagers were busy learning the popular rock songs, Kyle was learning all of the jazz standards. He took that jazz lead to playing bass in orchestras, blue grass bands, and even as a summer performer at an amusement park (hey, it paid really well). After stints writing software for large companies and as a freelancer, he's glad to finally take a gig that merges his lifelong passions for music and technology. And just in case of an emergency, he can order food in Spanish, Thai, and Burmese.
Dream Gear: 1962 Fender Jazz Bass
Favorite Albums: Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny, Limon y Sal by Julieta Venegas, Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses
Finally coming to terms with a lifelong obsession with music and the tools for making it, Peter left a seven-year career in education to help make Reverb the most comprehensive and accessible information source on new and used gear. After studying classical guitar in high school, he has played in everything from bar bands rocking covers to small trios playing jazz standards in a cabaret. When Peter isn't playing guitar or out training for a marathon, you can be sure he's quenching his thirst for learning about awesome and unusual gear.
Dream Gear: Koentopp Amati archtop
Favorite Albums: OK Computer by Radiohead, A Go Go by John Scofield, Black On Both Sides by Mos Def
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & Marketing
A former guitarist in a rock band, Seth has played gigs and festivals in over 14 countries, grinded it out for 5 years in vans and busses, and gained the kind of interpersonal skills one can only get from living in a small aluminum tube with 5 other people, 300 days out of the year. Seth is part of Reverb’s business development team and is passionate about helping other musicians. When he’s not at the Reverb office he’s producing artists in his studio and playing his Gibson SGs.
Dream Gear: GML 8200 EQ, ’59 Les Paul
Favorite Albums: When the Pawn… by Fiona Apple, Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys
A recent Chicago transplant, Joe has crossed the pond (Lake Michigan) to be a part of the city’s dense culture and growing startup scene. Having a history of musical curiosity, he explored brief stints with the piano, clarinet and cello before finding his love for the guitar. Joe got his first taste of blending music and technology in college, designing an optical reader for sheet music that successfully played the Tetris theme and UofM fight song.
Favorite Axe: A Larrivee rosewood dreadnought
Favorite Albums: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, One of These Nights by the Eagles, Discovery by Daft Punk