MEET THE TEAM

We are an audio technology company proudly hailing from Minnetonka, Minnesota.  We’ve been on a quest for better audio our entire lives – FiDef is what we’ve discovered & we’re excited to share it.  Our commitment & respect for artists, producers, mixers, masterers, and everyone in between is reflected in every track we process.

Jayson S. Tomlin

Co-Founder

Jayson S. Tomlin (born Orange, TX) is a musician and studio engineer with 20 years of experience in business development, sales & marketing for audio hardware & software systems, and digital algorithm development and commercialization. Tomlin has trained and mentored on high resolution recording systems to top mastering engineers and producers worldwide.

During his career, Tomlin has been involved with many hi-resolution audio formats, such as DVD-Audio and SACD (Super Audio CD). In addition, he has been involved with immersive audio solutions from Dolby, DTS, as well as technologies for large-scale broadcaster, content providers and networks. Alongside Jeff Wilson, Tomlin also designed an audio processing solution that appropriately scaled the dynamic range of a feature film, making it ready for the stringent loudness requirements of broadcasters.

  • B.S. Business, University of Maryland (UMUC)
  • Associate Applied Arts & Science (recording & video production), Art Institute of Dallas

Jeff W. Wilson

Co-Founder

Jeff W. Wilson (born Zanesville, Ohio) is a lifetime audio geek, serial entrepreneur, and inventor. He has been creating analog and digital audio technology since the age of 10 and has founded and worked for many notable audio-focused technology companies. He was one of the original subscribers to “The Absolute Sound,” and used to have a plaster cast replica of his head on the living room coffee table, with condenser microphones in the ears.

Jeff Wilson founded Digital Audio Labs in 1988, introducing the first CD-quality sound card for the PC platform.  Later that year he joined Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. (MASI) and guided them into the world of surround sound. MASI produced one of the first surround sound workstations, and was the first software company to license both Dolby and DTS surround sound technologies. Under his guidance, the company became one of the only companies in the world to make tools for authoring the DVD-Audio and DSD formats.

  • MSEE in Electrical Engineering
  • BS degrees in Physics and Math

Ed McConaghay

CEO

An experienced CEO known for leading first-of-it’s-kind technology companies.  With strategic vision, deep functional knowledge, and experience in business development & strategic positioning, Ed has headed companies like Key Indicators, WellBeats, PhotoBook Press, XL Technology Systems, ViA Incorporated, and Telident, just to name a few.

  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BS, U.S Military Academy at West Point

Gary Katz

Executive Advisor 

As well as discovering and helping to launch the careers of many of the music businesses superstars. Gary discovered and produced the 8 original Steely Dan records with all but one being nominated for the Grammy for Best Album of the Year. Gary was a Vice-President of A&R at ABC-Dunhill Records where he was also instrumental in the signing of such artists as Jimmy Buffet, Chaka Khan (Rufus), and Jim Croce, as well as handling all the production work with Steely Dan and others.  At Warner Brothers Records, Gary was hands-on responsible for the signing of Prince, Dire Straits, Rickie Lee Jones, Christopher Cross, and producing among other albums, Donald Fagen’s Grammy-nominated solo album “The Nightfly”.

Gary has produced records with some of the great artists during this period, including, seminal songwriter Laura Nyro, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross, Peter Tosh, 10cc, Digital Underground, Rosie Vela and Eye To Eye Gary is a veteran of over 30 years experience and headed up Jake Records (Universal) as well as consulting all the major labels.

Ronald A. Lenz

Director & Treasurer
A CPA and MBA with many years of experience in public accounting and company operations. Seasoned in tax and accounting, business structuring, strategic planning, business development & financing, and boards of directors.

  • MBA, Business, Phoenix College
  • B.A. Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Paul Burger

Strategic Advisor

In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Paul has developed the careers of many successful artists located across the world, including:  Jamiroquai, Sade, Destiny’s Child, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Macy Gray, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion’s, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, Terence Trent D’Arby, Deacon Blue and Billy Joel.

  • President of Sony Music Europe
  • Chairman, Suny Music UK and Ireland
  • President of Sony Music Canada

Dustin S. Hackworth

Marketing Director

Life long mid-westerner and musician, Dustin Hackworth spent his formative years selling music gear & touring with rock bands.  His product review videos on Youtube have amassed over 150k views and he’s responsible for the viral “Grandma Drummer” video, currently viewed over 7.5 million times.  His work has been seen on television commercials during the 2012 Superbowl and the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as digital advertisements for Honda and Furby.

  • BS, Minnesota State University

Steve Severson

Tech Manager

Musician, audio engineer, and life-long audio geek with more than a decade of experience, Steve has a deep knowledge of DTS and Dolby surround and immersive technologies, DVD-Audio, audio & video workstations, and content creation and delivery for broadcast, post, and music applications.  Both Steve’s parents are musicians, and his father an electrical engineer. Steve learned the ins and outs of studio recording and mixing under the tutelage of the late Tom Tucker Sr. (Prince, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Lucinda Williams, Jonny Lang), and continues to work as a freelance engineer in the Twin Cities area.

  • AAS, Recording and Music Technology – Masters Recording Institute
  • AVID Certified Operator: Operator Music Pro Tools HD