Our people are in it for the long haul
Loren Barstow started at Crutchfield in 1999. After working a few years as a sales advisor, he moved on to become a writer and then an editor. He has written about televisions, Blu-ray players, speakers, and various other audio/video components.
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A circuitous path, involving England, New York, rural Michigan, Indiana, and lots of parts in between brought Matthew Freeman to Charlottesville, where he's been writing about mobile audio/video for Crutchfield off and on since early 2000. He fosters an eclectic taste in film, and is fond of a wide range of music. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he found his way to the University of Notre Dame, where, in an act of charity unsurpassed in the history of Western civilization, he was given a B.A. in English.
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At Crutchfield, we’re proud that so many of our employees stay with us for so long. Here are some of their stories.
Steve Kindig, Senior Editor, Crutchfield Creative Department
When Steve Kindig began working at Crutchfield in 1984, he was a kid just out of school, with a keen interest in audio gear but not much knowledge.
He still has the enthusiasm, and now, a few decades of experience, too. He’s been a salesperson, a copywriter, an editor, and most recently, our go-to guy for all things TV. He’s also been very involved in Crutchfield Labs. In fact, if you have an idea for something you’d like Steve and our other Lab geeks to test, here’s your chance to add it to our project list: go to crutchfield.com/Labs to enter your suggestions.
Dave Bar, Copywriter, Crutchfield Creative Department
Dave Bar has loved experimenting with audio gear ever since he was a kid. So in 1980, when Crutchfield offered him a job as an Advisor, he couldn’t believe his luck. “I was the proverbial kid in the candy store!” he says.
Over three decades later, Dave’s still helping people discover the gear he knows so well. He’s got the scoop on all the latest audio components, and he’s our go-to guy for info on turntables, tube amps, and other analog oldies-but-goodies. Want to tap into his knowledge directly? Go to crutchfield.com/learn for his articles on home theater, receivers, and much more, plus a wealth of articles from our other experts.
Wayne, Crutchfield Senior Vehicle Research Technician
Wayne, one of our senior research techs, plays an essential role when it comes to making Crutchfield unique in the car A/V industry. The meticulous research he’s performed over the years has helped us build a database of fit info for over 17,000 vehicles, and create our exclusive step-by-step installation instructions.
From the start, Wayne’s done “whatever it takes” to get the job done. Today, he fosters relationships with local dealerships so we can research the latest vehicles and provide fit info for them.
Skip, Supervisor, Crutchfield Advisor Group
In his quarter-century at Crutchfield, Skip, one of our advisor group supervisors, has worn plenty of hats. He began his career in our tech department before becoming one of our phone advisors, and, soon after, a supervisor. One thing hasn’t changed, though — his passion for helping people find exactly what they’re looking for.
It’s what motivates him when he works with his team of advisors — his favorite part of the job is making sure they’re the best they can be, so that our customers get everything they need.
Joel, Supervisor, Crutchfield Tech Support
Meet Joel. He was the first person Bill Crutchfield ever hired, back in 1976. He’d been in the auto parts industry before coming to Crutchfield, which made him a natural fit for the unique business model Bill was beginning to create.
Early on, Joel did pretty much everything: answering customers’ questions, taking orders, even packing shipping boxes. Now, as a tech support supervisor, he offers this advice: “With so many choices these days, it’s important to research before you buy to be sure you’ll have everything you want. And be sure to read the instructions before installing and using your products.”