Our Teams



David Daniels / Co – CEO, Principal & Founder

At age 21, David Daniels left college to pursue his own business and dive into the world of entrepreneurship. He never looked back. David’s ability to identify the trajectory of a business and its long-term health have allowed not only his own success, but the success of those he directs and mentors. At Xssentials, he operates as the visionary and chief strategist.


Mike Thul / Co – CEO, Principal & Founder

Mike graduated from Western State Colorado University with a degree in Physics. A 26-year veteran of the consumer electronics and security industries, Mike enjoys developing the technology and processes necessary to deploy leading edge electronic systems in luxury homes. Happy customers and referrals are why Mike continues to enjoy his role at Xssentials. When not at his desk or on a job site, look for Mike at the racetrack where he is an avid racer, instructor, and fan.


John Carlen / COO

John has over 30 years of successful leadership experience of both public and private companies, and is driven by his passion for making homes more enjoyable through technology. John was on the nine-year program at UCLA, completing undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Psychology with graduate degrees in Mathematics and Business. When not at work, John thinks you can’t beat a great Colorado evening supporting the Rockies at Coors Field.


David Jacobson / CFO, Senior VP

David has over 25 years of corporate management, accounting and investment banking experience, and holds a BS in Accounting & Finance from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. David is passionate about Xssentials’ commitment to providing superior customer service. When not working, David enjoys the outdoors and a never-ending quest to learn. He is currently teaching himself hardware design and ‘C’ programming.


David Stys / VP Administration

David has over 15 years of experience with Xssentials and it’s predecessor, ESC, in everything from design and project management, to operations and finance. He now directs internal technologies and processes and enjoys using his experience to help guide such a dynamic company. When not at work you’ll find him volunteering in community education programs, or camping and boating with friends and family.


Rob Pierangeli / Area President  – Aspen/Vail

Rob received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and has spent his career in technical and management roles with companies including Arrow Electronics, Cisco Systems and SAS. In his twelve-year career with Xssentials (formerly Thul Electronics), he has enjoyed helping his clients realize their vision for integrating technology and entertainment systems in their homes. He enjoys spending time with his wife Christine and two daughters, Graziella and Alina. He fills his free time by playing guitar, camping, traveling, skiing and biking.


Brad Thiess / Area President – Denver/Wyoming

Brad has worked in the systems integration industry for over 25 years. In 1992, he founded a successful systems integration firm in Madison, WI, which he operated until its sale in 2011. He earned his degree in Business Administration from Edgewood College in Madison. In addition to his role as general manager and leading the Denver team in providing their clients with a superior experience, he is responsible for cultivating key regional and national business relationships with industry partners.


Paul Fleetwood / General Manager – Aspen

Paul started his career over 25 years ago in fine dining, starting out as a prep cook and finishing as an Executive Chef. He gained the skills required to manage stressful, high volume situations with large teams of people, as well as creative problem solving. For the last 15 years Paul has applied these same skills to Xssentials’ staff and client management. He has worked in a variety of roles for Xssentials, from apprentice technician to operations manager. When not at work, Paul enjoys cooking and eating with friends and family and taking long mountain walks with his dog.


Damon Roth / SVP Sales / Partner

Damon has been in the integration technology business for 15 years. He started and ran his own integration company for 10 years. In 2010, he joined forces with Xssentials as SVP of Sales and a partner in the company. He had the vision in 2009 to introduce the Savant control system to the Aspen area, changing how clients live with technology and creating the first ever demanded product in the market. Damon prides himself in matching up just the right solution for a client. He believes that just because technology can, doesn’t mean you should. When not at work, you might be able to find he and his wife in the desert southwest camping and Mt. biking.


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Andrew Wilson / Lead Project Manager | CCNA

Andrew has 11 years of experience, is a Cisco Certified Network Associate, and has an associate’s degree in land surveying. His favorite part of his job is being able to hand over a completed project to the homeowner. When not at work, he teaches skiing at Aspen Mountain, and enjoys traveling, fishing, and biking.


Anibal Dominguez / Service Technician

Anibal has been with Xssentials for 11 years, starting out as an installer, then working on prewire, and finally as a service technician. He is passionate about making clients happy, and enjoys the process of troubleshooting and finding solutions. Outside of work, he spends time with his family, bikes, hikes, and enjoys the outdoors.

David Brown

David Brown / VP Sales

David joined Xssentials after studying general engineering at the United States Air Force Academy. He has over 10 years of experience with Xssentials involving all aspects of our trade. He specializes in taking outstanding care of our existing clients and keeping them on the cutting edge of current technology. David travels to several music festivals around the US every year and is an avid sports fan, but when he’s not on the road or cheering on the Broncos and Syracuse Orange, softball, golf, summer outdoorsy stuff, and his boxer Dexter keep him occupied.

Whitney Hubbell

Whitney Hubbell / Marketing Coordinator

Whitney’s degree from Chapman University in Marketing & Communications provides her an excellent foundation as Marketing Coordinator. Before moving back to her roots in Aspen, she worked in broadcast journalism in Los Angeles. Whitney also pursued her passion for tennis and played a combined four years at Chapman University and St. Lawrence University. When she’s not working, you can still find her on the courts, playing softball, hiking, and skiing.


Chris Thul

Chris Thul / Office Manager

Chris worked as an Electronic Technician after receiving her degree from the Cleveland Institute of Electronics before helping found Thul Electronics in 1988. Chris managed the Office and Financial operations at Thul Electronics until the merger into Xssentials, and continues to enjoy her role in Customer Service and Human Resources. Chris is often found hiking or biking when she is not looking for ways to spoil her two children and husband, or at the racetrack supporting her racers.


Rick Carlson / Technology Advisor

Rick has been in the audio visual industry for 40 years, and he first worked for Xssentials (formerly Thul Electronics) in the Vail Valley almost 30 years ago. He worked for Thul for 13 years before moving to the Front Range, but he is enjoying being back with Xssentials and seeing how much the company has grown from its early days. Rick specializes in custom residential and commercial installations.


Russ Hohensee / Sales | CE, EE

With over 8 years of experience in the company, Russ brings us an expertise in engineering with degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska.  Russ has in-depth knowledge of the industry and has held positions in every aspect of our company.  Russ is enthusiastic about creating luxurious, reliable, simple solutions for our clients.  Besides skiing and mountain biking in Beaver Creek, Russ is a foodie at heart and you’ll often find him and his girlfriend around the Spago bar in Bachelor Gulch.



Meredith Glover / Project Coordinator

Meredith graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She thoroughly enjoys what she does thanks to the ever-evolving nature of project management. Every day is dynamic for her, yet she embraces the challenges. When not at work, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her two wonderful dogs.

Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O’Neill / Director of Accounting

Patrick graduated with a BA in Accounting and Tax and has over 20 years of technical experience. He specializes in tax and accounting issues in relation to business operations. Patrick loves building and maintaining a world class accounting department along with helping both his internal and external customers. He enjoys spending time with his wife and six kids. When they are not playing or watching hockey, they love to travel and explore.