Hall of Fame, Sandy Gross
There is a list of names in the audio industry that everyone knows. Some are the pioneers of audio engineering, others are the founders of well-established and beloved companies, and just about all can be counted as enthusiasts at heart. Sandy Gross is one of them. His 33-year career spans time at just two companies, but they are two of the most well-respected names in audio: Polk Audio and Definitive Technology.
After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1972, Gross joined a few friends of his—Matthew Polk, George Klopford and Craig Georgi—in forming Polk Audio, the now well-known speaker and audio product vendor. Initially, Polk Audio started out making PA loudspeakers, but quickly changed to making home market products. "We felt that home loudspeakers were a much more viable way to build a successful business," he says.
Gross' early days of Polk were much like any small business entrepreneur— long hours and sleepless nights in the drive to achieve success. Gross' job was to take Polk on the road. He and his wife spent a lot of time driving cross-country, going dealer-to-dealer to get the word out and demonstrate product. The rest is history.