diverse in experience, bringing the history of high-performance audio, timeless design, and modern technology together. . .
Gary’s passion for audio and music began at age 14. In his early twenties he trained under Mike Kay at famed audio retailer Lyric Hi-Fi best known for launching several performance audio brands. .
Before leeds, Gary formed Codex Advisors, a boutique M&A firm advising private companies in the telecommunications, media, information technology and healthcare industries.
In 1997 Gary founded Screenzone, a media and technology company that pioneered the use of addressable IP technology for distributing video over the internet. From 1985 to the mid 90’s Gary was Executive Vice President of an injection molding firm. Over a 5 year period, Gary grew the firm by 20% annually then sold the Company to an acquirer for a record multiple.
Daniel joined leeds as Marketing Director in June 2015 and is responsible for creating the leeds brand and social media platform. In January 2016 he was promoted to Vice President/CBO overseeing design and materials selection of leeds speaker products. Prior to joining leeds, Daniel worked for Debra Leeds, a noted interior and furniture designer, at St. Laurent under design chief Hedi Slimane, and at V Magazine, a men’s luxury fashion and lifestyle publication.
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
In addition to leading leeds technology and systems development, Benjamin is completing his degree in Informatics (on a part time basis) at the University of Washington Seattle.
Prior to joining leeds, Benjamin was CTO of Codex Advisors, a boutique investment banking responsible for building the firm’s technology platform, allowing the firm to compete with competitors many times its size through the use of cloud based information exchange and analytics systems. As part of Seattle’s tech scene, Benjamin’s relationship and experience in digital technologies, networking, and UI/UX are key to the firm's future growth.
Jerry is a seasoned financial and operations executive. Prior to leeds, Jerry was Senior Financial Analyst and CFO of Codex Advisors, a boutique investment bank advising entrepreneurial companies.
Prior to Codex, he was CFO and Senior Asset Manager of 601W Companies, a New York City based national real estate investment / management firm, where he managed finances and operations, including day-to-day finances and operations of one of the largest single multi-use industrial and commercial properties totaling 2.3 million square feet under one roof.
Jerry has an MBA degree from Emory University and began his career at JPMorgan Chase as a Branch/ Team Manager and Senior Commercial Lending Officer.
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.