Edwin was born in New York City but grew up enjoying another city which would later become one of the most beautiful places to live in the world, Miami, Florida. Edwin is a charismatic individual that is passionate about what he does and takes pride in every project he undertakes. His Latin roots have also come to play an important part of how he identifies himself today. “Family is very important to me. It is how we define ourselves in an industry that is growing so rapidly. Throughout my life, I always knew I could count on my family. Just the same, our clients become part of the MultiMedia Innovations family and they depend on us as much as we depend on them. It works out pretty well.”
As a teenager, Edwin was fortunate to have worked for some of the leading companies in the industry at the time, Sound Design & Engineering, Media Control Technologies and Sound Advice. Getting a great education from the talent pool that was readily available prepared him for the undertaking he would venture into later on. After leaving to Boston on a football scholarship, Edwin majored in International Business at Northeastern University and continued to be involved with sound as a DJ in local night clubs. Upon his return to South Florida he was approached to work in the emerald mines in Colombia with one of his childhood friends. “It was a wonderful experience and it gave me an opportunity to explore the world as a young man. Some of my best friends and clients I met while I was working in Colombia.” At the age of 23, like a sponge, absorbing the best things each company had to offer, he was now prepared to put all of those things into place and created MultiMedia Innovations in 1994, with a vision, a passion for home theater, and a relentless desire to succeed.
Born and raised in Miami, Leonard graduated from North Miami Senior High. He has an Associates degree in Architecture from MDCC but his heart has always been on the latest technology. “I was always a student before I got into the AV business”, says Leonard.
His favorite part of working for MMI is “the fact that I meet a lot of interesting people on a daily basis.” But don’t ask him to do anything after hours while the show “Entourage” is on. He just won’t answer.
Leonard is a happily married man who shares his love of South Florida sports with his wife. He likes the Miami Dolphins, Marlins, and Heat, but he especially loves golf. “I’m always trying to get my handicap in the teens.”
What’s his favorite MMI feature? “Every home should have a lighting control system. There’s nothing like cooking a romantic dinner and adding some mood lighting with the touch of one button. It’s romantic and smooth.”
Accounting. She has worked as a Controller in Manufacturing, Construction, a local Home Theater Company in Fort Lauderdale, as Assistant Controller for Southern Wine & Spirits, Miami Division and for one of the Big Eight (as they used to be referred to) C.P.A. firms in the Country. She claims that having worked for a C.P.A. firm a year after graduation, gave her the skills, discipline, training and meticulousness which prepared her for all her future endeavors.
Love of all genres of Music, seems to run in the family. And although, Hazel may be a bean counter, she has had a love for music and dance since she was five years old. Just ask her to sing any Motown or oldies song and she’ll know the lyrics. She’s also not such a bad Salsa dancer, either.
Paola Melendez was born and raised in NYC. She moved to Miami in 2000 and worked as a Financial Controller for four years prior to coming aboard MMI. Being an accountant, she has very strong analytical and detailed oriented skills which are essential to being a good Project Manager. Paola has also taken training courses with CEDIA and EHX to learn the Audio/Video industry.
Paola has been working with MMI for over 2 years and now manages all of our projects from start to finish, dealing with the designers, GC’s and all other subcontractors to ensure the project runs smoothly and efficiently.
Paola believes in high customer service and enjoys multitasking and getting the job done. She also thinks everyone should have (MMI Service) in their homes.
Jeffrey was born in NYC but raised in South Florida. He’s had a love for music since he was a young boy, and it has made quite an impact in his life. In High School he was always a leader and involved in many clubs while maintaining an Honor Roll student status. Captain of the football team, DECA, President of the architecture club and Spanish club are just a few examples. After graduating from Chaminade-Madonna College Prep, he attended the University of Miami School Of Music on a scholarship.
Jeffrey has been involved with MultiMedia Innovations since it was founded and has been extensively trained in the arts of the business. His knowledge with architecture, construction, design, and not to mention, his understanding and training of sound and how it should be heard, is what sets him apart from the average Systems and Integration Designer. “MMI is my family and once you sign on with us you become part of it!”
Anthony was born in Sarasota, Florida but his family moved to New Jersey when he was just a year old. At the age of seven his family left New Jersey to North Miami. He went to Pace High School and Miami-Dade Community College.
He has always excelled in business ventures starting with a Miami restaurant repair company he opened in 1980 and sold it in 1984. He later went to work for Jay Sugarman Auctioneers in 2000 and opened up a line of women’s clothing stores and sold them as well. In
2003, Anthony came to work for Multimedia Innovations. He entered as a Purchasing agent but now is the top salesman.
Whenever “A Bronx’s Tale” comes on, Anthony cannot resist watching it and immediately turns on the “must have” surround sound. It also comes in handy when he plays Steely Dan & Led Zeppelin. After work you may have trouble finding Anthony as he’d be with his wife Cindy and eight year old son Anthony, fishing, boating, putting in a round of golf or playing a poker game.
Cesar Buitrago was born in Cali Valle Del Cauca, Colombia. Because his passion in life is music and sound, being an Installer Specialist for MultiMedia Innovations is a perfect fit. It gives him the opportunity to link his passion with phenomenal technology, which in turn, enables him to provide customers with outstanding service.
One of Cesar’s favorite things about working at MultiMedia Innovations is the fact that he learns something new everyday. “The products and the people are always changing, improving, growing. I get to be part of that and grow along with it.”
If everyone could have one MMI product in their home, Cesar says it should be either a Kaleidoscape or Control 4 system.
Elisa Suarez was born in Cuba where she studied Bookkeeping for three years in the University of Havana. She later moved to Florida and continued her studies at Miami-Dade College for another three years.
Elisa has worked as an assistant to the treasury at Cargo Airline and is now a very happy Bookkeeper at MultiMedia Innovations. She especially enjoys being able to work with her friend Hazel.
Traveling is Elisa’s passion, but when she’s home, it’s her LCD TV. “Everyone should have one. It’s perfect for watching your favorite movies,” she says. Her pick: Parent Trap..