Meet the Reverb 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: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, On The Beach by Neil Young, Remain In Light by Talking Heads
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
Nicholas is a designer intent on creating innovative software that's meaningful to customers and delivers a great user experience. 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
Favorite Albums: Boys and Girls in America by The Hold Steady, Takk... by Sigur Ros, Night Ripper by Girl Talk
Victor hails from France, where he has been playing punk rock in loud basements for a while. He just joined Reverb fresh out of college, and he is perfecting his coding and guitar skills in the hopes of becoming a true software craftsman. In the meantime, he is still looking for the perfect French bread in Chicago.
Dream Gear : Gibson SG
Favorite Albums : Suffer by Bad Religion, Wolves in Wolves' Clothing by NOFX, God is an Astronaut's self titled album