Dealerscope 2020 40 Under 40: Michael & Jaime Restrepo, Restrepo Innovations
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Titles: Owner & Operations Manager
Company: Restrepo Innovations
Years in Industry: 17 (Mike); 15 (Jaime)
Where You Grew Up, Live Now: Mike grew up in Bergenfield, NJ and Jaime grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. They now live in Franklin Lakes, NJ.
Education: Mike briefly studied International Business but ended up studying network engineering and management at The Computer Learning Center. Jaime briefly attended Rutgers University
Accomplishments: Becoming HTA Certified and an Elite Pro Crestron dealer. When we first entered the industry, we knew we wanted to become a Crestron dealer, but it was not as easy as filling out paperwork. We had to earn the right to be a Crestron dealer. Likewise, with HTA, our company was researched and earned our certification.
CE Industry Awards: Mike: Technology Integrator Rising Star 2015; Commercial Integrator Top 40 Influencer 2018; Crestron North America Best Project with a Crestron Partner 2019
What I Like Best About My Job: Mike: The challenges and being able to work in some of the most complex environments.
Pastime/Hobby: Taking our truck out and going camping with friends and family.
Last Book Read: Jaime: Raving Fans, Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles - a recommendation made by [AudioControl’s] Alex Camara
Best Concert: Mike: Taylor Swift while at CEDIA in Texas with a fellow integrator
Favorite CE Product: Mike: Autonomic eSeries Music Streamer. Jaime: Josh.ai Micro
If You Could be Anyplace Right Now, Where Would it Be and What Would You Be Doing?: We're exactly where we want to be - with our family.
Major Industry Problem and How to Fix It: A major problem in the industry today is companies hiding their team members instead of allowing them to shine, especially integrators. We would to see more companies spotlight all their team members and their unique qualities more often. We love the brands that are already doing this!