The People

Ross Haisley

Ross Haisley

Co-Founder

Ross' first career goal was to be an architect. As many do in college, Ross realized that his declared degree, becoming an architect, wasn't his true passion. The aspects of architecture he loves to this day are smooth lines and aesthetics. It's no wonder he embraces Apple products and technology. As co-founder of A Shade Above, Ross continues his search for high-end, aesthetically pleasing products that are easy to use.


John Thomas

John Thomas

Co-Founder

John's first career goal was to be an engineer. Similar to Ross, John realized in college that an the degree he was pursuing, engineering, wouldn't make him happy. However, figuring out how things work and how they can work better is one aspect of engineering he continues to embrace. As co-founder of A Shade Above, John continues his quest to find cutting-edge home products that are high-end functional.


Jeff Funk

Jeff Funk

Co-Principal

Jeff started his love affair with home automation providing the basic services— lighting, intercoms, and security—but with the assignment of programming the integrated systems to work. He'll be happy to tell you about the latest innovations beyond the basics, how you can create a seamless living environment, and how to operate it all at the touch of a stress-free button. At A Shade Above, Jeff oversees all operations and projects, serves as the central point of contact for field and corporate alliances, and happily provides estimates to fit client needs.


Bob Stearns

Bob Stearns

Co-Principal

Bob has spent his entire professional career working in residential systems integration. After helping found and build one of the largest and most successful companies in the industry, Bob joined A Shade Above to lend his experience and expertise to help ensure a positive outcome on every project. He has distilled the design process down to its most critical components: Ease of Use, Reliability, Aesthetic Integration, and Performance. Bob has a knack for explaining complicated technology.


Jack Aiello

Jack Aiello

Design Consultant, Monterey Peninsula

Jack is a lifelong resident of Monterey County. With 28 years of experience in high end residential construction, Jack has a keen eye for design and aesthetics. Besides being the point man and client interface extraordinaire on numerous project, Jack is also the resident expert on Trufig. Jack works out of the Experience Center in Monterey.


Jay Castro

Jay Castro

Design Consultant

Jay has been in the low voltage industry since 1986. What started as a "summer and part-time job" while attending college soon became his career choice. Although he has a BS Degree in Occupational Therapy, he decided to stick with his passion for electronics and continued to develop his skills and knowledge in the industry. Jay has years of experience both with identifying client's needs and designing systems. He also has years of hands on experience installing and programming the systems. Jay's client base recently outgrew his own company that he successfully had for the past six years. So, he chose A Shade Above to merge his skills, clients, and industry relationships.


Kevin Vliet

Kevin Vliet

Design Consultant, Window Coverings

Kevin brings an eye for details to each project with an emphasis on fit and function. His experience in system design enables him to move a project from architectural design through contractor coordination during construction.


Dave Gladish

Dave Gladish

Design Consultant, Window Coverings

Dave has pursued and honed a diverse range of talents—from database design to interior design to window coverings installation. Working at A Shade Above allows Dave to combine these skills on nearly every project. Dave enjoys figuring out how to provide the best solution to client window covering challenges that balance design sensibilities and technological brilliance.


Shawn Funk

Shawn Funk

Programmer

Shawn honed his installation skills in the fiber communications / telecommunications industry before perfecting his skills in home automation installation. Shawn is proud to be a part of the team at A Shade Above because of their dedication to client satisfaction achieved through quality in their products, their installation, and customer support. Watching new clients play with their new system keeps Shawn smiling.


Dang Duong

Dang Duong

Service Manager

Dang has been in the low voltage industry since 1999. His great knowledge of electronics and deep respect for people make him an ideal service manager. Dang enjoys the challenge of figuring out what is wrong with a system and enjoys getting the client’s system back up and running for their continued enjoyment.


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