OUR TEAM

ED ULIBARRI

President

ed@lvxmarketing.com


Ed Ulibarri launched LVX Marketing with his partner, John Hernandez, covering California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Ed started his sales career learning the retail piano business with Sherman Clay in 1980 where he became a Presidents Club member for three years. From there, Sequential Circuits hired him to be their west coast sales rep where he thrived in the burgeoning synthesizer market. In 1986 Ed became the District Sales Manager for Roland Corp. US for Northern California, Nevada and Utah, a successful career spanning over 26 years.


Ed has exceptional skills in building and maintaining dealer relationships, effective communication, and strategic thinking. Ed has a proven ability to analyze customer needs and provide innovative solutions for todays tough marketing challenges. He has launched creative retail promotional events to capture and access unique sales opportunities for his dealers.


Ed has been a professional musician for over 45 years as a keyboard player as well as an accomplished vocalist”he understands the musicians needs. He has written and recorded music with many successful artists including Mike Pinder from the Moody Blues, Ross Valory of Journey, Jon Anderson of Yes, and Eddie Money. His band, Alexis, signed by MCA records in 1977, toured with Foreigner and Styx.


LARRY GARCIA

Senior Commercial Account & Applications Manager

Southern California - Arizona

larry@lvxmarketing.com

 

Larry grew up with a love for playing music as well as fascinated by movie sound effects and quickly realized music and sound was his calling. He studied film and television production at California State University Long Beach and played keyboards in local rock bands. Soon after college, Larry worked for Roland Corporation USA, a company on the “cutting edge” in development of analog & digital musical instruments as well as hard disk based multi-track digital recorders. While at Roland USA, Larry was involved in product demonstrations, conducting private studio demonstrations and composing and performing music for various trade shows in both the USA and abroad including Brazil, Canada, Mexico, England & Germany. Larry also performed and demonstrated Roland products at the “National Association of Music Merchants” (NAMM) in Anaheim California and the Frankfurt “Musikmesse” in Germany. Larry was also involved in product development as well as contributing factory sounds for many classic Roland synthesizers including the JD-800 & JV-1080. He was also a regular contributor to the Roland Sample Archives CD-ROM Libraries for the Roland S-770, 750 & SP-700 digital samplers.

 

After leaving Roland USA, Larry worked for Roland R&D Japan as an independent sound designer working on sample libraries and synth programming for Roland’s 700 series digital samplers. While working for Roland R&D, Larry had the opportunity to work closely on projects with Roland’s premier sound designer and Spectrasonics founder, Eric Persing.

 

As an independent sound designer Larry has contributed to both albums and feature film scores with artist and composers including Hans Zimmer (with lead sound designer Bob Daspit), John Lind, David Schwartz, Rene Moore and John Schreiner as well as produced and created numerous sample libraries for companies including Spectrasonics, Ilio and East/West Sounds Online.

 

As a song writer/composer, Larry has composed original music for albums, television and live theater. He also composes music for both corporate and instructional video productions. As a sound effects editor, Larry has worked in television, feature films and on animated feature movies.

 

Working with Calvary Chapel in Southern California, Larry is heavily involved in church related productions including composing music and sound effects for live theater and playing keyboards for Calvary Chaple’s worship band. He also is involved in organizing sound systems and backline for large music events including Calvary Chaple’s annual “Labour Of Love Music Fest”, held on the beach in Huntington Beach, California and features some of Christian music’s top artists.


SHAWN STEEN

Director of New Markets

shawnlvxmarketing@gmail.com


A multi-instrumentalist, Shawn Steen created his own line of ergonomic electric guitars, worked for companies like Gibson Guitars and Haight Ashbury Music.
• Over 18 years of experience in Music Retail Industry.
• 6 years as a Product Specialist.
• Luthier and Guitar Designer
• Conceptualized and wrote an instructional guitar book
"The Alternative Guitar Handbook", that sold worldwide through Music Sales Publishing.
• Owned & operated The Jam Bothers Music from 2011-2019
• Created Steen Guitars in 2014


ALEX VARGO

Commercial Account Manager

Colorado - Wyoming

alex@lvxmarketing.com


After Spending four years in the US Army, assigned to the 7th Special Forces group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and being deployed on several REAL-WORLD Missions, and jumped out of 244 perfectly good military aircrafts, Alex spent the next ten years; developing his sales skills, selling electro-mechanical power systems to OEM's in the San Francisco-Bay area for a large power supply MFR.  With sales exceeding more than $75M annually, Alex exceeded sales expectations by more than 700%, while continuing to drive innovation, value added services, and continuous communication with the client and the entire team.


Alex is a highly technical Business Development Manager with extensive experience selling technology in commercial construction.  Developing critical relationships with Clients, Developers, Architects, Design Consultants, Technology Integration contractors and General contractors, Alex has a complete understanding of the Business Process and Project Delivery Method(s), and has had great success in the Denver market; Alex has delivered more than $100M in successful client projects across the front range since 2004, and is excited to continue developing our clients trust, and providing best in class products and services to the Rocky Mountain Region.

JOHN HERNANDEZ

CEO

john@lvxmarketing.com

 

John Hernandez has extensive retail, management, and wholesale experience.

 

1979-1981 - Management and top in sales for a multi-million dollar camera chain, Brooks Cameras.

1981-1988 - Management and top in sales at The Goodguys. General manager of a 7 million dollar a year location in Silicon Valley.

1988-1993 - General Manager for New World Music & Sound in San Diego. John took the store from strict pro-audio to full MI including procurement of Pearl, Fender, and Zildjian. He was also instrumental in sales and demonstrations of specialized electronic percussion for Drum Kat, Roland, and many more early cutting edge technologies.

1993-2012 - Roland District Sales Manager for portions of Northern California and Hawaii. Winner of numerous sales achievement awards. Setting up new markets, product training and most of all providing impeccable customer service. Mentored many businesses and achieved long lasting relationships with accounts.

 In December of 2012 John Hernandez co-founded LVX Marketing along with long time business partner and friend Ed Ulibarri.

 

John attended the very first Electronic Music class at San Francisco State University in 1977. Since then has been one of the movers and shakers in the electronic percussion industry. John has been a professional drummer for over 40 years and conducted the Roland V-Drum clinics and workshops in Northern California and Hawaii. Prior to that John was doing clinics for Drum Kat in the late 80′s and early 90′s. John also attended recording engineering school in San Diego for 4 years in the late 80′s-early 90′s and is currently a producer, engineer, and mastering engineer. John also plays keyboards and is a master synth programer, plays guitar and bass. In the last few years, John has been consulting on many projects from House of Worship, Theater, Conference Rooms, and Home Theater design.


JOSEPH AHLMAN

Account Manager

New Mexico - Northern Texas - Utah

joseph@lvxmarketing.com

 

Joseph was born into California in the late 50‘s, grew-up during the tumult of the 60’s and the excess of the 70’s.  In the 80‘s he started his first 8 track analog recording studio which grew into a 16 track, and graduated from college with a BFA in Film Production. When he went off to college he studied audio engineering under Jim Anglesey and worked at Suite Sound 24-track recording studio in Salt Lake City, UT. After graduating college he went to work for Disney/Touchstone in Burbank. In the 90’s he returned to running his recording studio in Utah and went digital, and worked 3 years in Pro Audio/MI retail on the side. he then worked as an independent audio sales rep for the next 16 years for premier MI, Pro Audio, and contracting lines. In 2010 he went to work for Musicians Friend as a customer service account manager. In 2011 he went to work for Performance Audio and ended up managing their first satellite store. “Things have now come full circle. I look forward to working with the LVX Marketing team serving the Rocky Mountain States.”


LESLIE BUTTS

Senior Accounts Manager MI Division

California - Arizona

les@lvxmarketing.com

 

Raised in Denton Texas…Moved to California 1980 to work with the Original Schecter Guitar Research. Moved on to Paiste Cymbals, HSS and then 15 years with Pearl Corporation. Been in the MI Business for over 39 years.

 

Still active playing drums in Los Angeles. Recently recorded album with Black Squirrel Band which was a great experience. Based in Woodland Hills with my wife of 35 years Mia.
Happy and excited to join the LVX Team!


RANDY BENITEZ

Live Production Account Manager

Northern California

randy@lvxmarketing.com

 

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 70’s-80’s and early 90’s was a great time for the Live music industry. With music venues like The Stone, Keystone Palo Alto, The Omni, One Step Beyond and many other vibrant venues. It offered many opportunities to work in the industry. I began in Live Sound Reinforcement at the age of 14. I received my first professional sound system from my parents at that time. I then began mixing and renting my system to local bands. Getting a taste of the live setting, I knew it was for me. I got the opportunity to work as a Guitar Tech for a gigging and popular band at the age of 16. High School by day and hitting the stage at night. After graduating high school I attended the College for Recording Arts in S.F. Graduating in 1991 with a degree in Music Production and Recording Engineering. With specialties in Live Sound Reinforcement. While attending college I continued to work shows. A week after graduating I left on tour with a band on Arista Records. I also worked as a Studio Tech for Babylon A.D. “Bad Blood” album on Arista Records. Touring in the “Big Hair” era was amazing. I continued touring for several years. After having my first child I stopped touring and started to mix audio for production shows in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Working for the Hilton Flamingo and Harrahs legendary South Shore Room. I was mixing monitors for all the National Acts that came through. I also worked as a System Tech and Lead Engineer for a large sound company in the Reno/Tahoe market. In 2005 I turned my attention to the church market. I took a position with a mega church as Lead Audio Engineer and running the audio department. Deciding to leave that position after 9 years to venture out to my own audio company. Sounds From Above Audio LLC. was born and continues to this day. I’m excited to be joining with LVX Marketing to provide excellent support and service for the Live Production Industry.


TOM SIZE

Senior Audio Consultant

~ In Memorium ~

Tom Passed into the Light Oct 2016


JC FAXAS

Special Account Manager

~ In Memorium ~

JC Passed into the Light Oct Feb 2022