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 in consumer electronics and the security industry, 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, or fan.

John Carlen / COO

John has over 30 years of Successful Leadership 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 and completed undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Psychology with Graduate Degrees in Mathematics and Business.

When not at work John supports his local team, you can’t beat a great Colorado evening watching the Rockies at Coors Field.


David Stys / CFO

David has over 15 years experience with Xssentials and it’s predecessor, ESC, in everything from design and project management to operations and finance.  He now directs all of finance, accounting, and purchasing 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.

Farr Shephard / President – Decypher by Xssentials | Partner – Xssentials | CCDA

Farr holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Management and Management Information Systems. He has over 13 years of experience in Information Technology, and over 10 years of experience in the AV integration field. Farr specializes in designing and engineering complex networks. Farr built the Decypher brand to become the largest IT Technical Services Company in the Colorado Rockies. He has a love of networking, which has been enhanced by the complexities of working in the home automation industry, allowing him to deploy unique networks in exceptional residential environments. Outside of work, he keeps busy with his ministry and is passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures.

Paul Fleetwood / General Manager, Aspen

Paul started his career over 25 years ago in fine dining restaurants 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 through Operations Manager. When not at work, Paul enjoys cooking and eating with friends and family as well as long mountain walks with his dog.

Rob Pierengeli / Sr. VP & General Manager of Xssentials – 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 Theiss / SVP / General Manager – Denver

Brad has been involved in the systems integration industry since 1988. In 1992, he founded a successful systems integration firm in Madison, WI in which he operated until he sold it in 2011. His education is in Business Administration from Edgewood College in Madison. In addition to his role as Denver General Manager and leading the Denver team towards providing their clients with a superior experience, he is responsible for cultivating key regional/national business relationships with industry partners.

Ed Trauth / VP & General Manager of Xssentials, Jackson

Ed graduated from Iowa State University with a BS degree in Ag-Business.   After spending 20 years in corporate America, Ed entered the AV industry and has over 14 years of technical, installation, programming, and management experience in this industry.    Ed enjoys assisting his clients and trade partners in making informed system decisions in this fast paced industry.    Personal time is spent with his family and with such hobbies as woodworking, mountain biking, and hiking.

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 2001, 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.

Dan Stern / SVP Sales/Partner

Dan brings 20 years of experience working in some of Colorado’s finest homes.  His goal on every project is to have the electronics exist without being obtrusive. Seeing the finished project and how all trades pull together to help realize the clients dream is the best part of every project.  Staying in touch with clients and having them share their experience with how much they love the system and that they use it even more than expected is always a highlight.  We truly do provide the most used appliance in the home. When not working Dan loves spending time outside with his Family.

Reuben Vigil

Bio coming soon…


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.

Jay Wright / Executive Sales

Jay graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Computer Engineering and has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry.  Jay enjoys working with clients and trade partners alike to create technology solutions that solve problems and simplify their lives.  When Jay isn’t hard at work, he can typically be found partaking in some outdoor activity or relaxing at home with his guitar in hand.

Whitney Fleetwood / Project Manager

Whitney’s professional background consists of a variety of roles from Customer Service Management to Executive Assistant, making her highly organized and detail oriented. Her expertise has proven critical for the success of our projects and customer care. Whitney loves that she is highly involved in creating and handing over a luxurious product to our customers. When not at work, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and dog as well as traveling to new places.



Chris Scanlan / VP | Sales

Chris brings over eight years of technical sales experience to Xssentials. He received a BBA degree from Texas State University with a concentration in Management. Chris focuses his technical and design experience to help provide technology solutions for his clients. Chris’ other interests include spending time with his family and going skiing.

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.

Jay Lazzaro / VP Sales, Vail

Jay has a degree in communications from the University of Utah and has over 13 years of sales experience in the custom electronics industry.  Jay’s experience in building and maintaining relationships is his passion.  Skiing, sport fishing, and sampling the restaurant scene are hobbies. When not at work Jay enjoys hanging with his Fiancé’ Tina.

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.

Samantha Pal Frazier / Communications & Marketing

Samantha graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism, has experience in communications and PR, and specializes in writing and editing. She loves the challenge of arranging and rearranging words and sentences to form a polished finished product. Outside of work, Samantha loves to travel with her husband and enjoys good food with family and friends.



Eric Johnson / VP Sales / UW-Madison

Eric has a 15 year history working in technology businesses including software and electronics manufacturing. He spent the past decade working in the hard-disk drive industry and working in startup companies. He loves new technology, and showing how easy it is to use. Eric spends his free time skiing and golfing. His favorite travel destination is Rio de Janeiro.

Kris Ditson / VP Sales

With a background in music, and 28 years building electronic systems, Kris has a range of experience from sports stadium audio/video to luxury residential theaters, automation, and control. He enjoys the opportunity to build great relationships with creative clients and finding the innovative technical solutions that realize their dreams.

As a Colorado native, Kris loves wilderness adventure, permaculture, and playing the drums.


Mark Constable / Sales

Mark has 25 years of experience working in the large custom home industry. His passion for getting it “just right” has earned the respect of Architects, Builders and Clients from Portland to Aspen. When not at work, Mark will likely have a camera in hand capturing Colorado.

Meredith Glover / Project Coordinator

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

Pat Kelly / General Manager – Purchasing | RTI Level 2 Programming

Pat has spent 19 years in the Consumer Electronics Industry with Experience in sales, (Retail,  and Wholesale), install, management, and operations.  His industry knowledge is his greatest asset.  Pat enjoys the challenges that this business presents, and utilizes vendor relationships to find solid solutions to complex problems.  When Not at work, you’ll find him enjoying many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.

Patti Brooks / Sales | CE, EE

My Experience consists of a broad spectrum of experience and skills in sales, marketing, project management, customer service, and design.  Since 1999, I have focused my energy on the window covering industry.  I enjoy the time I spend in the creative process with clients, ultimately transforming rooms into beautiful spaces. Bachelor Degree in Business, certifications in numerous drapery, hardware and window covering disciplines and product lines.

At work I enjoy Creativity, efficiency, interacting with people, variety, co-creating, big picture planning, and offering ways to enhance the places I work.  Outside of work I enjoy Traveling, philosophy, dancing, great wine, food, and driving convertibles.  But nothing is more important to me than being happy.

Glenwood Springs


Jason Olson / Business Development | E.E. / ACP

Jason Graduated Arizona State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Jason was one of the first 1,000 people to be certified by Axis Communications. He specializes in maximizing analytics and network surveillance cameras for executive homes. He enjoys the challenge of analyzing a client’s issue, designing a solution, and implementing a system while maintaining the architectural design intent. Execution is his favorite word.

Rachel Hartman / Business Development

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications. Rachel specializes in managed services as well as developing strong client relationships. When she’s not at work she enjoys live music, living a healthy lifestyle and spending as much time as she can with her friends and family.

Jackson Hole


Ed Trauth / VP & General Manager of Xssentials, Jackson

Ed graduated from Iowa State University with a BS degree in Ag-Business.   After spending 20 years in corporate America, Ed entered the AV industry and has over 14 years of technical, installation, programming, and management experience in this industry.    Ed enjoys assisting his clients and trade partners in making informed system decisions in this fast paced industry.    Personal time is spent with his family and with such hobbies as woodworking, mountain biking, and hiking.