Palmer Harbison founded ACSDI in 2003 with the goal of providing professional, reliable control systems. After 20 years as a Programmer and Engineer with Acoustic Communication Systems and ClearOne, Palmer’s unique vision was just what was needed to drive the company forward. Understanding the process of systems integrators, Palmer sought to create a culture of collaboration–both internally and externally–that would guarantee the success of every project. Palmer was one of the early graduates of Crestron’s CAIP (now CSP) program and has attended multiple Crestron Master programming classes. Palmer also has a formidable background in DSP pro audio. A lifelong musician, Palmer is currently the organist for the Minnesota Wild.
Steve has a long, successful history in the A/V industry with posts as Operations Manager and COO for MSpace; Manager of Sales Engineering for ClearOne Communications; and Manager of Sales Engineering for Acoustic Communications Systems. Prior to employment at ACS, Steve worked as a Supervisor of Distribution Operations for the United States Postal Service and also served as the General Manager of a Minneapolis-based music retail chain. Steve also continues to follow his passion for music by recording and performing music regionally. In January of 2004, Steve was awarded the CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) designation from ICIA.
Kevin has been programming at a keyboard going on twenty-eight years. That equates to approximately 8.7×10^8 keystrokes – most of them backspace. The invention of the mouse provided the gateway to graphic creation, a greater passion, but also to the repetitive stress injury called “mouse shoulder.” Unfazed, Kevin switched to the mousing function to his left hand at about the same time as switching computer system to the Mac, which makes sense in some and/orwellian way. Little did he know that, back in 2000 when embarking on a remodeling project which involved a home automation system with forty channels of dim-able lighting, he would soon be thrust into the world of advanced control system programming. Even less did he know that in ten years he would be tearing out the amateur stuff and replacing it with professional grade systems that actually work every time.
Before coming to ACSDI, Tyler’s background was in Customer Service and Nonprofit Project Management. He turned this skills towards programming in 2011 when he joined the ACSDI team and really enjoys the problem solving nature of the work we do. Besides programming, Tyler also provides some of the graphic design work necessary for our clients to ensure a truly customized UI experience. In addition to his newly found passion for programming, Tyler has always had a love for electronics and gadgets, which lead him to take apart most of the devices in his house growing up…many of which he managed to get back together without too many extra pieces.
Jay got his start in AV as a live sound technician with various sound companies in the midwest. In the early 2000s he started working as an installation technician for a southern Minnesota integration company and became interested in the world of control system programming after meeting an interesting guy named Palmer Harbison. In 2008 Jay came to work for ACSDI as the Project Manager. He also handles all the DSP programming and any installation work that may come our way. Jay lives with his wife in Minneapolis and spends his spare time working on and riding motorcycles and playing upright bass in a rockabilly band.
Tom is no longer the new guy and is enjoying programming control systems but has been doing some level of programming since childhood. Tom loves his electronic gadgets which led him to go to college for electrical and computer engineering. He really enjoys learning about new equipment and expanding his knowledge into a whole new industry of toys.
Commuting from the great state of Wisconsin, Nate brings regional diversity to the Advanced Control team. Nate’s introduction to the AV industry was as a technician in the 90’s with a residential integration company. After witnessing what seemed at the time to be a magical wireless touch screen (black and white and weighed about 4 lbs.) open the curtains to reveal a projection screen, twinkle the star light ceiling, dim the room lights, and fire up a movie (VHS) with the press of one button, he knew right away he wanted to be a programmer. Nate began tinkering with automation software and equipment in his spare time, and not long after became a programmer. Later in his career he made the switch to the commercial AV world where he served as senior programmer for a company in the upper Midwest. Nate is excited to join the team at ACSDI and to be a part of delivering top notch control solutions.
Chris has been programming at ACSDI for more than two years and continues to pursue industry certifications. A relative newcomer to the world of AV and Controls when coming on board, Chris’ background in electronics engineering technology and troubleshooting with a degree from Dunwoody College of Technology has proven quite handy while working with complex installations. He has always had an interest in automation and problem solving of all kinds and puts these skills to use every day.
Guy joined the ACSDI team in 2016 looking to use his five plus years of programming and developer experience to provide new tailored AV solutions. His education includes an AAS in programming from Hennepin Tech. Guy has over ten years of customer service experience that he uses to add efficiency, clarity, and value to customer interactions. When not working, Guy enjoys playing games with his family and friends at his home in Lino Lakes.