Curt Hayes

Curt Hayes
Founder & President

Curt Hayes is an Audio/Video/Automation systems integration veteran, with over 20 years in the industry.In addition to business ownership experience and a degree in marketing, he has outstanding organizational and problem-solving skills.As an A/V systems designer, he combines these skills with vast experience in sales, operations, project management, installation and programming to produce extremely thorough and detailed proposals and project documentation.

Mr. Hayes is President of Audio Design, Inc. in Deerfield Beach, FL, providing audio/video and automation design and documentation for architects, interior designers and custom integration companies.As these systems have become larger and more complex, he recognized the need for professional design services and has applied all of his industry experience to provide timely and accurate proposals and support drawings on an outsource basis.Audio Design, Inc. also provides consultation for both homeowners looking to purchase a system and integration companies looking to increase their capacity for sales and installation. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University in 1988, Mr. Hayes went to work at Preston Trail Audio in Dallas,Texas.There he spent years representing the finest audio products available, learning the business first-hand from industry pioneers including Dan D’Agostino (Krell), John McIntosh (B&W) and Noel Lee (Monster Cable). As Vice President, and later President, he spearheaded a sales and marketing effort that established the company as one of the leading high-end audio retailers in the region.In 1991, the SMU Cox School of Business and “The Dallas 100” recognized Preston Trail Audio as one of the fastest growing businesses in Dallas.Mr. Hayes later co-founded HomeTECH, Inc.There he served for 7 years as President, selling the company in late 2000.

Mr. Hayes was involved in all of the activities of the custom installation business including sales,administration and operations.This experience culminated in his development of a comprehensive production builder program, which was successfully launched in 1999.In addition, he developed and wrote detailed policies,procedures and standards that covered all areas of the business.Prior to founding Audio Design, Inc, Mr. Hayes worked for Media Design Associates in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida. As Vice President of Business Development he implemented the policies, standards and procedures developed in his prior companies, quickly leading Media Design from start up to #43 on the CEDIA Top 100 Dealers list with annual sales in excess of $4M.He was responsible for launching a separate “Communities” division targeting condominium developers in South Florida, leading to agreements for 7 projects with over 1500 residences in the first 18 months.Additionally, he created a customized software application allowing the company to quickly create accurate proposals and thorough engineering documentation.

Mr. Hayes has been an active member of industry and executive organizations, including The CEO Institute of Dallas, CEDIA, the NAHB and PARA.He has also been involved with CompTIA and The Chauncey Group, a nationally recognized testing and certification organization, to help develop the standards for an HTI (Home Technology Integrator).