Our Team

Behind the scenes. On the stage. Face to face. Corporate Live’s team mission is to serve you and your vision. You want quality service? From delivering equipment to answering your phone call, our team seeks to make sure the smallest detail of your experience is handled perfectly. With our extensive inventory and a lifetime of experience, our event designers, managers and technicians will provide you committed service with the highest technical knowledge.

Paul WinklerPresident/Co-FounderRead Bio
Dave WinklerService & Facilities ManagerRead Bio
Matt SimmsCo-Founder/CFORead Bio
Steve DumontDirector of Business Development & Live EventsRead Bio
Frank DuronOperations ManagerRead Bio
Stephanie Van RavenswayAudio Engineer/Project ManagerRead Bio
Paul VillamilLighting Designer/Project ManagerRead Bio
Charlie AnelVideo Production/Project ManagerRead Bio
Katie MiddletonAdministrative AssistantRead Bio
Jon WinklerWarehouse TechnicianRead Bio

Paul Winkler, Corporate Sound’s President, has been active in corporate and concert productions since 1975, with family ties to the live event industry. His father, a great musician, started him in the business many years ago. After touring with national bands across the country and world, Paul now serves as Corporate Sound's president. He stays involved in all levels of the company, including operations, sales, and leading in the creation, implementation, and management of events. When asked what keeps him in the industry, he's humble: "I've always been around music, and after I got the chance to open my own sound company, I never looked back. By listening to our clients, we have evolved into a full audio-visual production company. It's all about providing the best event experience possible and making our employees feel like a family." (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

Dave Winkler, brother to Paul, has worked with Corporate Sound for over sixteen years, having joined the company shortly after it launched. A musician at heart, Dave has the equipment knowledge to assist customers with box sales that will best meet the needs of their projects. He is our go-to guy for many behind the scenes processes. He ensures that our trucks are in excellent working order, our facilities support our growing needs, and equipment deliveries are timely. He is a trusted professional who works hard to ensure the flawless execution of events for our clients. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

Matt was an original co-founding member of Corporate Live and has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Ferris State University. He was president of the company from its beginning in 1996 to 2004. He then founded an engineering design firm, Simms Electronics, which develops products in many industries, including the audio-visual industry. He continues to bring his business experience, love of live music, and technological expertise to his role as business adviser to Corporate Live. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

After obtaining his BA, Steve taught middle and high school percussion for six years before joining Corporate Sound. He has now been with the company for more than sixteen years. Steve works with Corporate Live’s clients to ensure all details of their events are designed, planned and executed beyond satisfaction. Steve can be found behind the scenes orchestrating events, checking the sound, video, and lighting quality, and working to pull off each event beautifully. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

Frank has a BA in music composition/Education and an MA in music education, both of which allowed him to creatively, musically and intuitively understand live production. Having overseen countless live events, Frank has worked as an audio engineer with Corporate Live since the company's beginning. Now Frank coordinates audio, video and lighting for small and large productions alike, conceptualizing the "logistics picture" for each of Corporate Live’s clients. Frank also leads OSHA compliance, Truck Driver Safety, and our Marketing initiatives. He methodically ensures that our warehouse operations run smoothly and safely. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

Stephanie has a BA of Fine Arts in Sound Recording with emphases in Classical Music Performance, Theatre Technology, and Live Sound. Stephanie is a consummate professional who has engineered countless shows and can be trusted behind the mixing console as well as with production staff. She ensures every event sounds the best it possibly can. Stephanie is also the creator and supervisor of our internship program, which she carefully designed to give meaningful experience to students with a passion for the industry. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

Paul's interest in live events and production began during the summer before his freshman year of high school, when he saw The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto. Paul knew live event work was his calling. He actively pursued opportunities to learn everything he could about the industry, from working as a student stagehand to becoming a Technical Director for an auditorium. To further broaden his experience, Paul freelanced for a variety of live event companies and organizations, engineering and project managing. When a full-time opportunity became available, Corporate Sound was excited to have Paul join the team. While Paul is fully capable of engineering an event, he truly excels at designing and managing events that bring our clients' visions to life. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

While obtaining his BA in Broadcast Production at GVSU, Charlie worked at WOODTV8, starting with floor directing and moving into being a director of any one of the eleven shows they produce. He spent five years at WOODTV8 learning how to work with clients, different crews, and how to deal with the live elements that cannot always be predicted. He honed the skill of keeping a level head under chaotic situations, thus keeping the crew calm in the process and getting the show done. He has always had a passion for video and is now turning his focus to live events. He loves putting shows together from scratch and watching the crew work together to make something remarkable and eye-opening for each client.

Katie came to Corporate Live initially as an intern with a BA degree and background heavy in the arts: film, literature, choir, and in local theatres with roles as actor, A/V tech, AD, and ASM. She is now a full time, integral player at Corporate Live, your first contact, your connection to each person on our team. The company relies on Katie to tend to everything non-tech related like AR, AP, HR, taxes, benefits administration, website and social media updates. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)

Starting in short shifts in the beginning of 2014, Jon was introduced to the team at CLI as somebody to take up maintenance projects. Gear touch ups, organizing, labeling, etc. until starting full time to make the prep aspect of shows run more smoothly for all the engineers. With the help and constant encouragement of the team, he has worked up to the main prep for all shows, making sure our clients get exactly what they want and need. (Photo by Plaunt Photography)