We hire the best, deliver the best.

Spye is a collaboration of creative individuals that enjoy taking on large, challenging, fun projects and exceeding expectations of what can be done using technology.

 

At the end of the day we are a service company that blends the lines between an agency, an architect and an integrator. We understand environments, and experience generation. We have good taste in aesthetic and human beings. We have exacting standards at every point in the process. The concept, the consult, the design, the content, the install. Every person involved is invested in that job and the reputation of Spye.

 

We produce the best results when paired with companies / clients that share our value of talent, experience, and service and are willing to trust us to deliver a solution specific to their needs. Being a partner means we are in this for the long haul. We don’t think the rapture is coming any time soon. We’re going to be here to make sure your systems work and meet your needs.

 

We hire the best, deliver the best and will bend over backwards to ensure our clients are happy and that our reputation continues to grow as a unique company in the design/tech space. We are interested in long term partnerships with companies and therefore we take a holistic look at the system and future needs of the companies we partner with.

 

Our staff and our solutions are pressure tested – we don’t experiment on our clients. We are eager for a challenge and have the backbone to guide based on best practices and past lessons learned. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, we work extremely hard, we have fun, we are creative outside of these walls and we push ourselves to be the best. We don’t let ego or pride get in the way of things and we always seek the best solution and are open to all avenues to achieve that. We are great partners and good people. We take the work seriously but not ourselves.

Our People

shane_new

With over 20 years of experience in the technology related field and 15 years with Spye - Shane has been fundamental in shaping and leading Spye's system design and engineering, quality control, operations and customer service teams. Working directly with our clients to solve and design solutions that meet their needs and collaborating with outside partners on our biggest projects is his specialty. With a multitude of knowledge, he has received a diploma in Electronics Technology from MRTC, and also has a BS degree in Management Information Systems, along with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from NDSU.

Shane Seira

Executive Director of System Engineering
paul_new

Paul founded Spye with the goal of bringing cutting edge technology to businesses and consumers alike. Seventeen years later, Spye has become the premier AV solution- from small firms to fortune 500 companies. Nationally recognized and growing every day, Paul has taken a company that started in his garage and made it into a fully operational AV integration, service, and content company.

Paul Krumrich

Owner and Founder
michael

With over seventeen years of experience at Spye, Michael has brought his extensive history of product and furniture design to use every day. He is a seasoned engineer and builder- who’s valuable experience has translated strategically to the AV tech world of Spye. He is a graduate and former adjunct faculty member from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Michael Thornton

Lead Designer and CAD Engineer
nicole_new

Nicole Collins

Head of Finance and Operations
brandon_new

For over ten years Branden has collaborated with leading architecture and electrical firms to bring the biggest and the best projects to life. While attending Mankato State, he graduated with a BS in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration. His instrumental leadership on the job sites ensures the highest quality of builds for each and every project.

Branden Seira

Project Manager
jason_new

Jason Dirks

Service and Operations Manager
matt_new

Matt came to Spye in 2015 with over a decade of experience in the technology field. While at Spye, he has obtained an AAS degree in Information Technology Management with a specialization in Network and Systems Administration, Avixa’s CTS certification, Extron’s Authorized Programmer certification as well as many other industry certifications covering system design, AV Over IP, streaming technologies, audio engineering, large format displays and more. Matt thrives on the unique challenges and the client interaction that are a part of being an in-the-field programmer for the duration of your project with Spye.

Matt Callender

System Programmer
sam

Sam Setterlund

Designer and Technician
tony_new

Tony Petrangelo has been working in the AV industry for over twenty years and has been with Spye since its inception in 2004. Over the years Tony has been involved with all aspects of the project lifecycle, from pulling cables to installing gear to designing systems to writing code. Tony is AVIXIA CTS certified and is and an Extron and AMX certified programmer. Tony is confident with Python, Javascript, React, CSS, HTML and Serverless.

Tony Petrangelo

Senior Programming Manager
SCOTT J

Scott Johnson

Senior Sales Engineer
KARL

Karl is an artist and designer with a background in furniture design/ fabrication & retail design/ project management. He received a BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Parsons New School for Design. Karl began his career with Spye back in 2006 as a shop assistant and installer. He departed for New York to pursue a studio residency and ended up staying away until 2012 when he took a position as a retail designer at Aveda and then a senior designer at Rypen. In 2020, Karl was brought back into the fold at Spye as our new Creative Director.

Karl Zinsmaster

Creative Director
Steve

Steve is the Swiss Army Knife of the creative department. He is a BFA graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As Spye’s resident polymath, Steve brings a mastery of almost countless (and certainly all invaluable) techniques to the table. It doesn’t matter if he’s in CAD, on the table saw, at the TIG welder, behind the RED camera or piloting a drone, Steve’s got chops.

Steven Mullenbach

Designer
tianrui_new

Originally from China, Tianrui has brought his vast world view to Spye over the past four years. He is a talented and dedicated graphic designer and media animator, who has obtained multiple awards in the design industry. Tianrui loves designing audio visual content for its limitless potential and flexible canvas. He has created content ranging from the largest video wall in the Midwest to hospital lobby signage. He holds an MFA in Visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Tianrui Zhang

Art Director
shane_new

With over 20 years of experience in the technology related field and 15 years with Spye - Shane has been fundamental in shaping and leading Spye's system design and engineering, quality control, operations and customer service teams. Working directly with our clients to solve and design solutions that meet their needs and collaborating with outside partners on our biggest projects is his specialty. With a multitude of knowledge, he has received a diploma in Electronics Technology from MRTC, and also has a BS degree in Management Information Systems, along with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from NDSU.

Shane Seira

Executive Director of System Engineering
paul_new

Paul founded Spye with the goal of bringing cutting edge technology to businesses and consumers alike. Seventeen years later, Spye has become the premier AV solution- from small firms to fortune 500 companies. Nationally recognized and growing every day, Paul has taken a company that started in his garage and made it into a fully operational AV integration, service, and content company.

Paul Krumrich

Owner and Founder
michael

With over seventeen years of experience at Spye, Michael has brought his extensive history of product and furniture design to use every day. He is a seasoned engineer and builder- who’s valuable experience has translated strategically to the AV tech world of Spye. He is a graduate and former adjunct faculty member from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Michael Thornton

Lead Designer and CAD Engineer
nicole_new

Nicole Collins

Head of Finance and Operations
brandon_new

For over ten years Branden has collaborated with leading architecture and electrical firms to bring the biggest and the best projects to life. While attending Mankato State, he graduated with a BS in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration. His instrumental leadership on the job sites ensures the highest quality of builds for each and every project.

Branden Seira

Project Manager
jason_new

Jason Dirks

Service and Operations Manager
matt_new

Matt came to Spye in 2015 with over a decade of experience in the technology field. While at Spye, he has obtained an AAS degree in Information Technology Management with a specialization in Network and Systems Administration, Avixa’s CTS certification, Extron’s Authorized Programmer certification as well as many other industry certifications covering system design, AV Over IP, streaming technologies, audio engineering, large format displays and more. Matt thrives on the unique challenges and the client interaction that are a part of being an in-the-field programmer for the duration of your project with Spye.

Matt Callender

System Programmer
sam

Sam Setterlund

Designer and Technician
tony_new

Tony Petrangelo has been working in the AV industry for over twenty years and has been with Spye since its inception in 2004. Over the years Tony has been involved with all aspects of the project lifecycle, from pulling cables to installing gear to designing systems to writing code. Tony is AVIXIA CTS certified and is and an Extron and AMX certified programmer. Tony is confident with Python, Javascript, React, CSS, HTML and Serverless.

Tony Petrangelo

Senior Programming Manager
SCOTT J

Scott Johnson

Senior Sales Engineer
KARL

Karl is an artist and designer with a background in furniture design/ fabrication & retail design/ project management. He received a BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Parsons New School for Design. Karl began his career with Spye back in 2006 as a shop assistant and installer. He departed for New York to pursue a studio residency and ended up staying away until 2012 when he took a position as a retail designer at Aveda and then a senior designer at Rypen. In 2020, Karl was brought back into the fold at Spye as our new Creative Director.

Karl Zinsmaster

Creative Director
Steve

Steve is the Swiss Army Knife of the creative department. He is a BFA graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As Spye’s resident polymath, Steve brings a mastery of almost countless (and certainly all invaluable) techniques to the table. It doesn’t matter if he’s in CAD, on the table saw, at the TIG welder, behind the RED camera or piloting a drone, Steve’s got chops.

Steven Mullenbach

Designer
tianrui_new

Originally from China, Tianrui has brought his vast world view to Spye over the past four years. He is a talented and dedicated graphic designer and media animator, who has obtained multiple awards in the design industry. Tianrui loves designing audio visual content for its limitless potential and flexible canvas. He has created content ranging from the largest video wall in the Midwest to hospital lobby signage. He holds an MFA in Visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Tianrui Zhang

Art Director
shane_new

With over 20 years of experience in the technology related field and 15 years with Spye - Shane has been fundamental in shaping and leading Spye's system design and engineering, quality control, operations and customer service teams. Working directly with our clients to solve and design solutions that meet their needs and collaborating with outside partners on our biggest projects is his specialty. With a multitude of knowledge, he has received a diploma in Electronics Technology from MRTC, and also has a BS degree in Management Information Systems, along with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from NDSU.

Shane Seira

Executive Director of System Engineering
paul_new

Paul founded Spye with the goal of bringing cutting edge technology to businesses and consumers alike. Seventeen years later, Spye has become the premier AV solution- from small firms to fortune 500 companies. Nationally recognized and growing every day, Paul has taken a company that started in his garage and made it into a fully operational AV integration, service, and content company.

Paul Krumrich

Owner and Founder
michael

With over seventeen years of experience at Spye, Michael has brought his extensive history of product and furniture design to use every day. He is a seasoned engineer and builder- who’s valuable experience has translated strategically to the AV tech world of Spye. He is a graduate and former adjunct faculty member from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Michael Thornton

Lead Designer and CAD Engineer
nicole_new

Nicole Collins

Head of Finance and Operations
brandon_new

For over ten years Branden has collaborated with leading architecture and electrical firms to bring the biggest and the best projects to life. While attending Mankato State, he graduated with a BS in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration. His instrumental leadership on the job sites ensures the highest quality of builds for each and every project.

Branden Seira

Project Manager
jason_new

Jason Dirks

Service and Operations Manager
matt_new

Matt came to Spye in 2015 with over a decade of experience in the technology field. While at Spye, he has obtained an AAS degree in Information Technology Management with a specialization in Network and Systems Administration, Avixa’s CTS certification, Extron’s Authorized Programmer certification as well as many other industry certifications covering system design, AV Over IP, streaming technologies, audio engineering, large format displays and more. Matt thrives on the unique challenges and the client interaction that are a part of being an in-the-field programmer for the duration of your project with Spye.

Matt Callender

System Programmer
sam

Sam Setterlund

Designer and Technician
tony_new

Tony Petrangelo has been working in the AV industry for over twenty years and has been with Spye since its inception in 2004. Over the years Tony has been involved with all aspects of the project lifecycle, from pulling cables to installing gear to designing systems to writing code. Tony is AVIXIA CTS certified and is and an Extron and AMX certified programmer. Tony is confident with Python, Javascript, React, CSS, HTML and Serverless.

Tony Petrangelo

Senior Programming Manager
SCOTT J

Scott Johnson

Senior Sales Engineer
KARL

Karl is an artist and designer with a background in furniture design/ fabrication & retail design/ project management. He received a BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Parsons New School for Design. Karl began his career with Spye back in 2006 as a shop assistant and installer. He departed for New York to pursue a studio residency and ended up staying away until 2012 when he took a position as a retail designer at Aveda and then a senior designer at Rypen. In 2020, Karl was brought back into the fold at Spye as our new Creative Director.

Karl Zinsmaster

Creative Director
Steve

Steve is the Swiss Army Knife of the creative department. He is a BFA graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As Spye’s resident polymath, Steve brings a mastery of almost countless (and certainly all invaluable) techniques to the table. It doesn’t matter if he’s in CAD, on the table saw, at the TIG welder, behind the RED camera or piloting a drone, Steve’s got chops.

Steven Mullenbach

Designer
tianrui_new

Originally from China, Tianrui has brought his vast world view to Spye over the past four years. He is a talented and dedicated graphic designer and media animator, who has obtained multiple awards in the design industry. Tianrui loves designing audio visual content for its limitless potential and flexible canvas. He has created content ranging from the largest video wall in the Midwest to hospital lobby signage. He holds an MFA in Visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Tianrui Zhang

Art Director

What is Spye?

Employee Manufacturer Certifications

Harman Certified Control Professional—College Of AMX

 

Design (HCCP-D)
Commissioning (HCCP-C)
Programming (HCCP-P)

Harman Certified Networked Professional—College Of AMX

 

Design (HCNP-D)
Commissioning (HCNP-C)

Harman Certified Control Associate—College Of AMX

 

Design (HCCA-D)
Commissioning (HCCA-C)

Extron Certifications

 

AV Associate
Control Specialist
Control Professional
Authorized Programmer
Network AV Specialist
ProDSP Specialist
XTP Systems Engineer
XTP Systems Technician

Audinate

 

Dante Certification Level 1
Dante Certification Level 2
Dante Certification Level 3

Polycom

 

SoundStructure Design
SoundStructure Programming

DBX Professional Product Certification
Shure

 

Microflex Advance Training
Integrated Systems Certification

RTI Advanced Control University

 

Product Specialist
Programmer I
Advanced Programmer II

Universal Remote Control

 

Complete Control Certification
Total Control Certification

AVIXA

 

CTS

Minnesota Department Of
Labor & Industry

 

Power Limited Technician, License# PL010125

Harman Certified Control Professional—College Of AMX

 

Design (HCCP-D)
Commissioning (HCCP-C)
Programming (HCCP-P)

Harman Certified Networked Professional—College Of AMX

 

Design (HCNP-D)
Commissioning (HCNP-C)

Harman Certified Control Associate—College Of AMX

 

Design (HCCA-D)
Commissioning (HCCA-C)

Extron Certifications

 

AV Associate
Control Specialist
Control Professional
Authorized Programmer
Network AV Specialist
ProDSP Specialist
XTP Systems Engineer
XTP Systems Technician

Audinate

 

Dante Certification Level 1
Dante Certification Level 2
Dante Certification Level 3

Polycom

 

SoundStructure Design
SoundStructure Programming

DBX Professional Product Certification
Shure

 

Microflex Advance Training
Integrated Systems Certification

RTI Advanced Control University

 

Product Specialist
Programmer I
Advanced Programmer II

Universal Remote Control

 

Complete Control Certification
Total Control Certification

AVIXA

 

CTS

Minnesota Department Of
Labor & Industry

 

Power Limited Technician, License# PL010125

Company Memberships

Minnesota Department Of Labor & Industry

 

Technology System Contractor, License# TS01709

The American Institute Of Architects
InfoComm International
SEGD – The Society For Experiential Graphic Design