Chris Cottone - Store Manager I got involved in music at the age of ten when I began playing the violin. I played in the Broward County Youth Orchestra and also in my high school orchestra in my freshman and sophomore year. Somewhere along the line I fell in love with classic rock and heavy metal and put the violin aside to take up the electric guitar. I took guitar lessons for a few years and began playing in local bands in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I have now been playing the guitar for 27 years and do some teaching as well. I also gained an interest in recording while writing songs with my bandmates and had the dream of working in a recording studio. I attended the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale for two years and received their degree in audio engineering in 1997, just as Pro Tools was starting to gain popularity. I have been working at Sam Ash Music in Margate, Florida for ten years as the Sales Manager, and have been in music instrument retail sales for fourteen years. I spent four years with Mars Music prior to coming to Sam Ash and also worked in management at Office Depot for ten years. I have spent the last 23 years in retail management. I play guitar now mostly as a hobby and enjoy it more than ever. What I enjoy most is combining my musical background and retail experience and being surrounded by musicicians and music every day.
Jeremy Kaiser - Sales Manager started playing trumpet at the age of 11, with training in classical, jazz and marching band. I have experience in live sound reinforcement and lighting. I played in a rock band from 1992 to 2008, touring the world several times. I have been working in the music industry for over 18 years, covering several facets of the business. I have been involved in music retail management at MARS Music, international export at various South Florida music wholesalers, and product development at Nady Systems, with focus on wireless microphones and audio products. I have been involved in music for nearly my whole life, but at the end of the day I am just simply a fan of all music.