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Salt Lake City, UT

Colorado Springs, CO

2456 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: (801) 466-3196
Toll Free: (800) 771-8330
Fax: (801) 484-1538

Store Hours:
Mon-Fri:9 AM - 6 PM
Sat:10 AM - 2 PM
1050 S. Academy Blvd. #124
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: (719) 323-6100
Toll Free: (800) 771-8330

Store Hours:
Mon-Fri:9 AM - 6 PM
Sat:10 AM - 2 PM

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Staff Directory

Aaron Barker

Phone Extension: 322
Department: Sales, Rental

Brayden Nicholes

Phone Extension: 141
Department: Speaker Recone, Service

Byron Beagley

Phone Extension: 127
Department: Sales, Service

Chip Sargent

Phone Extension: 144
Department: Rental, Service

Chris Fillmore

Phone Extension: 128
Department: Sales, Service, Design
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His musical talents and interests are likely what set him down the path that led him here, but many don't even know about these talents. You see, Chris Fillmore is a man of mystery to many. Those who work with him will tell you he is a workaholic that likes the Utah Jazz and has an extensive collection of button up Performance Audio shirts. If you are lucky to know Chris on a personal level, you know that he is one of the best people around with many interests outside of work.

Chris grew up loving music and has always had a natural gift for it. He can play the piano, saxophone, violin, flute and drums. He also plays a mean nose-flute. During high school he was involved with the band and stage crew. It was around then that he started working at Pegasus Records. Chris began working at Performance Audio in 1989. He became a part owner in 2002. He is certified in Avid, Logic, Waves and is very knowledgeable at ProTools.

His favorite musical artist has always been Prince. In fact, his first record was Dirty Mind by Prince. His first concert was John Denver at Sundance. Chris also loves movies, his collection is somewhere between 4000-5000 movies and takes up an entire room.

Chris was born in American Fork and raised in Lehi, Utah. Growing up, his dad taught him to hunt and fish. Today he enjoys fly fishing on the Provo and Green rivers and you can find Chris at the gun club with his family on the weekend. He participates in trap tournaments every year, and has even shot a perfect 100! When he isn't at work or the gun club, he spends his time at home trying out new recipes on his smoker. Darrin and Chris have taken this up as a hobby and will swap recipes and ideas. Everyone enjoys Chris's food inventions.

When he was younger, he and his mom would go to Jazz games together. That was the beginning of Chris's love of the Jazz and his 30 years of season tickets. Chris has always been close with his family. He has four siblings and a gaggle of nieces and nephews that adore him. He enjoys traveling and has been to Panama and all over Europe, but his most favorite vacation was an Alaskan Cruise he took with his family. He also has a pet pug named Maya, but most people know her as Turds.

Chris is a major part of what makes Performance Audio what it is today. His technical knowledge and business savvy have helped him grow this company to where it is now.

Chris Perez

Phone Extension: 410
Department: Drum and Backline Rentals
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This is Chris Perez.

At the age of 4, Chris strapped a tennis racket around his neck like a guitar and was hooked.

Trading in the tennis racket for a real guitar was soon to come. Chris plays many instruments such as the guitar, bass, drums and trumpet. In the last 20 years he has been in dozens of local bands including Salt Lake's own version of "KISS."

Chris has played in bands since the age of thirteen. He toured the US and Canada with a Youth Symphony for three years as a teen. Chris has worked as a guitar and drum tech for bands including The Black Eyed Peas, The Romantics, Ratt, Richard Marx and many more.

In 1998 Chris was working at Progressive Music. In 2003 they closed their doors and sold almost all of their Backline Equipment to Backbeats Drum & Backline, where Chris went over to manage their warehouse. Subsequently that equipment and Chris ended up here at Performance Audio in 2014.

Chris is familiar with our backline inventory, to say the least. He jokingly refers to the gear as his children, which makes him the perfect backline manager.

His top five favorite bands are:
1-The Beatles
2-The Smiths
3-Echo & The Bunnymen
4-The Cure

"Yes, besides the Fab Four, my musical heart is in the 80's" -CP

Chris is a Sagitarius, favorite food is Italian and he likes long walks on the beach.

Dan Jensen

Phone Extension: 133
Department: Website, iOS Development, Sales, Service

Dan Buehner

Phone Extension: 151
Department: Sales, Design

Darrin Porter

Phone Extension: 135
Department: Sales, Service, Design
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Darrin Porter was born with a love of music and a work ethic unlike most. It is likely that these natural gifts are what got him where he is today.

Darrin has been interested in music from a very young age. At only five years old, he saved his money and bought his first record. It was Band On the Run by Paul McCartney & The Wings. This was the start of his wide collection of music. Abba's Greatest Hits was his first cassette purchase. When he was nine, his dad took him to a church dance. Mesmerized by the DJ and the music, Darrin knew then that he wanted to be a DJ.

He has always worked hard for the things he wanted. Earning money by doing odd jobs and he even began a paper route at nine years old. A majority of the money he earned was spent purchasing equipment and music. Within a few years, he had enough equipment to start his own business. He just needed business cards and a name.

'Dr. Music' had his first DJ gig at Kaysville Jr. High School. His parents had to drive him since he was only 14 at the time. This began his 34-year career in the industry. When he was 16, he started working at a record store and later moved on to manage the distribution warehouse of a chain of record stores. He met his best friend Chris Fillmore while they were working in a record store. Darrin began shopping at Performance Audio in 1987 and Chris started working there in 1989.

Darrin has continued his DJ business over the years and it has been a major part of his life. Darrin even met the love of his life at a DJ gig. Heather was there dancing and he couldn't help but notice her. He even shared a dance with her at one point in the evening. (They just had to cut it short so he could start the next song..) They have been together ever since.

As they settled down and had kids, Darrin worked other jobs during the day. He worked for record stores and became a home-hospice nurse. It wasn't until 1998 that Darrin joined Performance Audio. He quit his job as a nurse, took a pay cut and started a new job. Heather was pregnant with their 3rd child at the time. It was a risk, but he felt like it was the right thing to do.

Four years later, he became a part owner of Performance Audio when the former owner, Kevin Lewis, passed away and Chris and Darrin purchased the business. He and Chris continue to be best friends and business partners to this day.

Debbie Ramras

Phone Extension: 137
Department: Accounting

Deven Wilson

Phone Extension: 131
Department: Contracting, Sales, Service, Design

Doug Olsen

Phone Extension: 171
Department: Contracting and Service

Garn LeVitre

Phone Extension: 123
Department: Shipping, Receiving, Warranty Repairs
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If you have ever been to Performance Audio, it is likely that you have met Garn. He is one of the many important pieces that make our company run smoothly. He is the shipping manager and purchasing manager, but he can do just about any job around here.

Before working at Performance Audio, Garn owned his own business. It was a pet store called "Fins, Feathers, Fur." He loved working for himself and spending time around animals. After 9 years of running his own place, he sold his pet store. He didn't really know what he wanted to do after that. He started hanging out with his friends at Performance Audio soldering cables in the back. After three or so weeks of "volunteer work", the owner noticed him and asked the other employees what he was doing. They explained that he was bored after selling his store and just needed somewhere to hang out while his friends were there working. When a shipping position became available, Kevin asked Garn if he was interested. Garn started working here in 2001 as our shipping clerk.

Garn once worked for an acoustic show with Avril Lavigne. He took his daughter with him since she was a big fan. The two of them set the stage mics, stands and cables together. His daughter had a front row seat that night. After the show he got autographs on a CD and the mic that was used during the show. Garn had the CD and mic framed with pictures of the night and newspaper clippings. He was so glad to share this night with his daughter and this is still one of his favorite work memories.

In his spare time, Garn loves to be outside, he is an avid fisher and loves camping. He loves going on weekend trips with his buddies. Garn has quite the green thumb and if you visit his house, you will see that. His house is filled with beautiful plants and his yard is meticulously landscaped. He also has a dog named Buddy that will be thrilled to see you when you get there.

Harley Anderson

Phone Extension: 170
Department: Sales, Service, Rental

Heather Porter

Phone Extension: 126
Department: Accounting, Human Resources
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Meet Heather Porter.

The night her husband came home and said "Honey, I'm leaving my current stable job and taking a pay cut to work at Performance Audio," Heather Porter took a giant leap of faith in supporting him. Now almost 18 years later, that decision has forever changed her life. Back then, she never would have imagined that Darrin would one day own the company and they would run it with one of their best friends, Chris. "When I bet on Darrin, I always win!" she often says.

Although Heather considers herself very lucky these days, things haven't always been like that for her. She has had some incredible experiences in her life but has worked hard to overcome any obstacles in her way. Heather is no stranger to difficult situations but always seems to come out of adversity a stronger person. In fact, on her way to a doctor's appointment towards the end of her pregnancy, a drunk driver hit and seriously injured Heather. Darrin rushed to the hospital and proposed right there in the emergency room. She pulled through and two weeks later delivered a healthy baby.

Heather is a proud mother of three kids and a grandma to three babies. They are her pride and joy. If Heather wasn't employed at Performance Audio she would most likely be a full time grandma and spend every waking moment with her grand-babies She would also be broke from spoiling them! Heather loves dogs, she has two border collies that keep her very busy.

Before working at Performance Audio, Heather was a stay at home mom during the day and would often work for a local concert promoter at night. She worked for many artists that came into town and even worked for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Although she never worked for them, her favorite band is The Carpenters and she LOVES Neil Diamond.

Heather is the head of our accounting department and human resources here at Performance Audio. She started working here in 2006 and has been a vital part of our team since then. Some would even call her the mother of the "lost boys."

One of her favorite things about Performance Audio is that it is like a family. "I've had so many great experiences working with our employees and customers. I feel like so many of the people who work here are family. At my daughters wedding, I looked around and noticed that some of our best friends are the people I work with every day."

Ivan Carrasco

Phone Extension: 155
Department: Sales, Service

Jake Peery

Phone Extension: 136
Department: Contracting, Installation, Design
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Jake is one of the nicest people around, but you may have already known that if you have ever met him. He is incredibly smart, talented and has a work ethic unlike most people.

Jake became interested in the audio industry after participating in a church production as a young boy. He started working as a sound technician in junior high and spent high school behind the scenes of many musicals and plays. He continues to mix live and studio sound for FOG (Fat Old Guys).

Jake has worked very hard to get where he is today. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with an emphasis in Sound from BYU. He also has a music-recording certificate from BYU. Jake is QSC Q-Sys Level 2 certified, BSS Level 2 certified, Dante certified and has Extron Control Professional certification.

He began working for Performance Audio in 2002 and after taking a break to continue his education he returned to us in 2012 as the head of the Install Department. Jake is now our System Design and Integration Manager. He has worked very hard to turn the installation department into what it is today.

Jake enjoys spending what little spare time he has with his family. He is married with two boys and a girl on the way. He is very tech savvy and is always trying out the newest software and apps. Jake loves cooking and enjoys trying new recipes on his smoker. He comes from a large family and they will tell you that Jake knows how to feed a crowd!

We are lucky to have a guy like Jake on our team!

Jamie Backman

Department: Drum and Backline Rentals

Jefferson Porter

Department: Contracting, Installation, Design

Joe Gibson

Phone Extension: 162
Department: Internet Sales and Support

John Andersen

Phone Extension: 125
Department: Rental, Service
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Meet John Andersen;

With over 21 years of experience, John is a talented sound engineer. John specializes in large format audio systems and console rentals. He began working for Performance Audio in 1999 and is currently the Showbiz/Rental Manager.

John comes from a family of ten kids; five boys and five girls. His parents felt that every child should be involved in music and be able to play the piano. John grew up taking piano and violin lessons. Later on he became a bass player in a band. He says that his skills have "rusted," but if you've heard him play the piano, you know that he is being modest. As a rebellious teen John secretly purchased a Walkman and the tapes Chicago- 17, and Survivor- Vital Signs. When he was eventually busted, his music and Walkman were confiscated by his parents. That didn't stop his love of music. In college he was at a party and fell over a stage monitor. He became friends with the band as they built their PA and he eventually began providing equipment and services to other bands. He continues to enjoy live sound at his job today.

John was raised to work hard starting at a young age. He remembers working on the family pistachio farm as soon as he was big enough to hold a shovel. His first official job was as a bagger at Safeway as a teenager. He eventually began working at local bars and clubs such as The Zephyr, Club DV8, Cisero's, The Westerner and many others. John has also toured with Air Supply, BB King and thousands of one-off performances with a variety of national acts. One of the best shows John has ever worked was the Utah Symphony featuring Art Garfunkel at Deer Valley.

He is always quick to think in an emergency, probably from his years of experience. He seems to know exactly what to do when a sound system isn't operating at a show. Once a monitor caught fire during one of his gigs at The Bar and Grill. He pushed through the crowd to get to it and rushed out of the venue with the speaker as it filled the house with smoke!

In his spare time John enjoys spending his time with his three kids and his wife. His two little ones keep him on his toes, but he loves the time he spends playing with and chasing them. John loves to read when he gets a chance. His favorite authors include Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Ian Fleming and John Grisham. Some of his favorite bands include U2, Sting and Journey.

So if you see John in the office or on a gig feel free to say hello.

Jon Barker

Department: Sales, Service, Design

Jonathan Myers

Phone Extension: 412
Department: Drum and Backline Rentals

Randy Barker

Phone Extension: 320
Department: Sales, Service, Design

Rich Nicholes

Phone Extension: 150
Department: Sales / Service

Ryan Schilder

Phone Extension: 140
Department: Sales, Cables, Service

Scott Simons

Phone Extension: 129
Department: Cables, Service

Terry Thomas

Phone Extension: 138
Department: Sales, Rental, Service

Thomas Thorne

Phone Extension: 323
Department: Sales, Installation, Design

Tiffany Chynoweth

Phone Extension: 156
Department: Internet Sales and Support

Todd Winn

Phone Extension: 411
Department: Drum and Backline Rentals

Tom Saltas

Phone Extension: 157
Department: Rental, Service

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