diverse in experience, bringing the history of high-performance audio, timeless design, and modern technology together. . .
Prior to forming leeds, Gary founded Leeds Highfidelity (“LHF”), a firm specializing in the manufacturing of high-end audio systems including various proprietary methods for the design and manufacture of digitally based loudspeakers. His industry experience spans 40 years including retail, wholesale, manufacturing, product design, and engineering operations. Prior to LHF, Gary was Managing Partner at Codex Advisors, a boutique M&A and business advisory firm. Earlier in his career, Gary led several technology and manufacturing based companies known for their innovation and market leadership.
Daniel is leeds’ brand development, marketing, and social media lead. He joined the Company in January 2016 as Vice President/CBO, initially overseeing the industrial design and materials selection of leeds’ first product, the leed(s)tudio. Prior to leeds, Daniel worked at St. Laurent under design chief, Hedi Slimane, and at V Magazine, a men’s luxury fashion and lifestyle publication. Daniel holds a degree in Strategic Design and Marketing from Parsons The New School For Design in New York City.
Leeds was Editor of MODE magazine at FIDM, before transferring to Parsons School of Design to focus more on business and consumer engagement, graduating in 2015 with honors and a degree in Strategic Design and Management.
J. Benjamin Leeds
Benjamin heads leeds digital platform development and information systems. Prior to joining leeds, Benjamin was a technical requirements analyst for maintenance, engineering, and safety applications at Alaska Airlines, Founder and CTO of his own IT firm, Information Kinetics, and CTO for Codex Advisors, a boutique investment firm. Benjamin’s career and educational experience provides the ideal construct from which he will help define the companies internal systems and inform the future direction of leeds’ product offerings. Benjamin is in the final year of his Bachelors of Science in Informatics studies at The University of Washington.
Jerry heads up leeds’ finance, and operations including purchasing, manufacturing, and human resources. Prior to leeds, Jerry was Senior Financial Analyst and CFO of Codex Advisors, a boutique investment bank advising entrepreneurial companies across multiple industries. Prior to Codex, he was CFO and Senior Asset Manager of 601W Companies, a New York City based national real estate investment and management firm. Earlier in his career Jerry was CFO/COO for Screenzone Media Networks and a Vice President at Chase Bank in New York City. Jerry holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Emory University.
As an interior designer, Debbie was a major factor in convincing Gary that the best way to sell high performance audio systems was to make things simple and get the form right. Her work with architecture and design professionals on the role and aesthetics of placing music systems continues today with Leeds. Debbie has helped shape the Company's strategy to place equal emphasis on design and technology. She routinely works with Daniel Leeds on new product design and the entire team on corporate strategy.
Debbie studied design under Mark Brozgal, a highly regarded New York artist and interior designer in the 1980’s and 90’s. Prior to her career as an interior design professional, Debbie was an accomplished actor working bi-coastally in television, theater and film. Debbie received a BA degree in Fine Art and Italian from New York University.
Tug, a fierce companion to the whole team at leeds, remains our calm guide throughout the exciting moments of nurturing a new company.
With us from the beginning, Tug has sat in on every creative, corporate structure and management meeting we've had. We are grateful for his goofy, free and refreshing energy.