When the Boss Is Away...
Padula is also looking for new opportunities to come out of Papadeas' ownership of IASCA from the Spring Break Nationals. "On the retail side, it doesn't do a lot. For a lot of years, Paul almost divorced Sound Crafters from the Spring Break Nationals and wanted to trademark that as its own thing," he said. "But in the last couple of years we moved together." He added, "Where it has helped us more is in dealing with the manufacturers, because it gets your name up on the screen. It helps us get the lines in."
Even though he runs Sound Crafters like a regent in a constitutional monarchy, Papadeas still seems to have a great deal of pride in his dealership. Like many mobile electronics dealers and installers, Papadeas started his career as a hobbyist. "I was an enthusiast. I liked cars and I liked music," he said, remembering his first installation, done in high school — a Norelco cassette player. This interest eventually lead him to work for his brother at Main Street Stereo in Bay Port, New York, a car stereo specialist store. He stayed for three years before moving to Florida, where several family members had relocated, where he worked for a 12-volt dealer. But his time spent working for someone else was short. Pooling efforts with several siblings, all of whom had worked for his brother in New York, the family opened Sound Crafters.
"It was tough going for the first couple of years, but within two or three years' time, we were really cooking; we were doing a good job," said Papadeas. Today he has a dozen employees. The business, he said, is similar to that of the early days. "We're still targeting and are focused on the youth who want good-sounding systems," he said.