Italian Speaker Imports (I.S.I. / FBT U.S.A.) has announced the addition of Chris Grajewski as its new Director of Sales. A seasoned professional with a love for all things audio, Grajewski has over 22 years of experience in the industry and brings extensive sales experience – as well as a reputation for integrity – to the role. Italian Speaker Imports is the exclusive U.S. distributor of FBT, Bespeco and JTS, and is a partner with ApeLabs and Motion Labs. They are located in Armonk, New York.
“I’m extremely excited to have Chris on our team,” said John Krupa, President and Owner of the company. “I’ve known him for a long time and have always been impressed by both his capability and his personality. I’m honored to call him a close friend and, as of today, also a partner working toward a common goal – to add to the success of the I.S.I brands in the United States.”
In addition to sales, audio engineering and installation experience, Grajewski holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business. He’s owned his own production company, Jerzy Sound, for 15 years and continues to run it part time. Referring to himself as “a gear guy” as much as he is “a business guy,” the jack-of-all-trades possesses a combination of skills that make him uniquely suited to work with a brand whose reputation is growing rapidly in the U.S.
Equally significant, Grajewski has extensive experience playing with bands, and credits this early work with being the reason for his initial interest in sound technology and engineering. A classically trained saxophone player who also plays the drums, he worked with sound, both on stage and off, allowing him to see things from the perspective of both the musicians and sound technicians he now services.
He is also eager to represent Italian Speaker Imports and, particularly, FBT.
“I’ve known John Krupa for over twenty years,” said Grajewski. “I’ve always respected him as a salesman, a manager and a friend, so working together will be a pleasure, both personally and professionally. As for the brand, in my past positions I always found it a challenge to sell other products in the same price range against FBT, because those other products just can’t compete. The thing is, FBT wasn’t as well known for a while. It isn’t a household name yet, but it’s gaining ground because it’s an amazing product. I want to make it a force to be reckoned with. I believe in the brand, because every time someone uses their equipment for the first time, they can’t imagine using anything else.”