Chris Bianchet – President
Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the audiovisual industry with the majority of his career spent in leadership positions at AVI-SPL, one of the nation’s largest AV integrators. He left AVI-SPL in June 2012 to start Herman Integration Services and is currently President.
“Building a business from the ground up has been both challenging and exciting. One element that has been lacking within the AV industry has been the availability of experienced and reliable labor resources. When offered the opportunity to develop the team at Herman Integration Services, I knew it would be filling a gap in the industry, and I am thrilled by the growth we’ve experienced thus far. The AV industry is in a state of constant change and evolution which makes every project unique, and fuels our employees to stay current on the latest technologies and certifications. I look forward to the opportunities ahead for our employees, our customers, and the industry as a whole.”
Chris is a native of Long Island, and graduated from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. In his free time, he enjoys playing music in a band with his three sons, traveling, and collecting wines from around the world.
Michael Diodato – Senior Vice President of Technical Services
Mike has been leading people, departments, operations, and companies for 25+ years. He is experienced in providing consulting services and integrated solutions for the audiovisual, security, and information technology industries, as well as architectural and construction projects. His responsibilities include Engineering, CAD, and Programming services, our growing Service Department, as well as expansion into new markets.
As the Regional VP at AVI-SPL’s Northeast offices, Mike led the growth of the team and revenue from $350k per month to $3.5M per month during his 6-year tenure. And he is ready, willing, and able to apply his experience and knowledge to help Herman’s customers attain their growth goals.
Mike is a Wrablin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech (and a helluva engineer), and he also holds InfoComm’s CTS-D certification since 1999. Mike is a mentor to students at his alma mater, and is a Yankees fanatic. He and his wife are blissfully married over 20 years, and he adores his beautiful daughter.
Bryan Vogel – Vice President of Business Development – Western Region
Bryan is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with customers while managing the project teams on the West Coast. Prior to Herman-IS, Bryan established his audiovisual career as a technician, mastering the proper techniques to professionally install a wide range of media systems. As an engineer, he produced customized documentation for design, managed the testing/commissioning of AV systems, and determined equipment requirements for simple and complex installations. As a project manager, Bryan managed a wide range of projects both in the commercial and government markets.
Bryan is an InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist and received his undergraduate education at the College of Oceaneering in Southern California. He became interested in the audiovisual industry while working at the City of Los Angeles Film Office in the 90’s. In his free time, he enjoys motorcycling, camping, and spending time at the beach.
Richard Andrade – Director of Operations
Richard manages the project coordination and engineering teams. Two areas that help set Herman-IS apart from other sub-contractors. He is also responsible for overall corporate operations. He has over 18 years of combined experience in the field of information technology and operations management, and specializes in project management and coordination, procurement, and quality assurance.
Richard received his undergraduate education at the University of South Florida and is originally from New York, but lived in the south most of his life. In his free time, he enjoys technology (gadget geek at heart), driving his Ford Mustangs and doing home improvement projects. Richard is a strong believer in the mantra of “working smarter, not harder,” and someday hopes to learn how to fly.
Kara Burke – Director of Business Development
Kara is responsible for managing the relationships of our current customers, as well as onboarding new customers. Her primary responsibilities include the coordination of quote requests from estimate creation through job activation. Kara and her team work as liaisons between Herman IS and the customer to manage all pre-sales communication & documentation before handing the jobs over to the project coordination team.
Kara graduated with a degree in Marketing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She comes to Herman-IS with over 15 years of combined experience in account / project management, marketing, and customer relationship management. After several years of exploring the country, she settled down in the sunshine state and has been enjoying life as a Floridian for over 10 years. Kara enjoys spending time with her family and 2 young sons, snowboarding, traveling, and doing just about anything active in the great outdoors.
Kim Kerbs – Human Resources Manager
Kim is responsible for the coordination and administration of all human resources functions. Kim’s responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day HR issues, recruiting and onboarding new employees, developing & maintaining policies and procedures, and working with the management team to provide guidance on personnel matters, concerns, and issues. She is adept at assessing and resolving a broad range of HR issues and enjoys the employee relations aspect of her role the most. Kim has 12 years of experience within the Human Resources profession.
Kim holds the HR industry certification of PHR, SHRM-CP, and is an active member of the national and local chapter of Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM). She grew up in Colorado and moved to Florida in 1999 with her husband. Kim has three 4-legged “cat children” and enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and watching science fiction movies.
Rob Thomsen – Technical Operations Manager
Rob is responsible for managing our technical team including, recruiting, training and developing career paths, technical deployment and support, as well as assisting in day to day operations of the organization.
Rob started in the AV industry as a residential install tech and was promoted within 3 years to Operation Manager overseeing installation, service and sales and was the driving force for the company’s first design center.
In 2005, he moved to FL and became a project manager where he managed several residential installs as well as the technical team for a systems integrator. In 2008, Rob joined the Control Room Group as an installation manager, managing a team of elite technicians that traveled worldwide to integrate mission critical AV systems. From the installation manager position, he moved into a project manager role managing several high profile Government, DOT, and corporate mission critical AV spaces. Rob joined Herman-IS in 2015.
Rob is a craft beer snob, loves spending time with his two children, working on cars and riding motorcycles.
Staci Walter – Marketing and Communications Manager
Staci is responsible for the management and implementation of marketing and communications for both Herman-IS and Herman Pro AV. Staci manages public relations, branding, tradeshows, and digital marketing.
With experience across different industries including government, catalog, retail, and education, her 12 years of marketing experience has included brand management, direct and online marketing, and marketing operations. Her former experience includes launching a new brand for a community college and managing the development of an infomercial.
She holds an MBA from Portland State University and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Originally from Indiana, she moved to Florida in 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting jewelry, spending time with her son and spending time outdoors.