About Sound and Media Solutions

Our Story

Our company’s roots go back to the era of the Beatles and Otis Redding. In 1968, we began as a background music company. Over the years we added AV services as well as security products. In 2014, Nikki Johnson spun off the AV division from the security company and formed an independent company called Sound and Media Solutions. Accompanying her were four key associates; together they became a full-service Commercial AV Integrator. Two additional talented team members have since joined, and share in our mission to create the ultimate AV experience for our customers.

We are a certified woman owned business offering a local partnership through the delivery of background music and the design and installation of AV systems in Rochester, Minnesota and beyond. Our service area extends to Northern Iowa, Western Wisconsin and Southern and Central Minnesota. 

Our Team

Nikki Johnson | Owner

Nikki's background in the industry goes back to her college days when she sold Background Music and helped with AV installations during summer breaks. In 2003, she join the industry on a formal level working within the Design, Sales and Marketing areas. Today, Nikki is the owner of Sound and Media Solutions.

 

Tony Cousino | Project Manager

Tony began his AV career as an Audio Technician back in 2005 and is now our Project Manager who runs the operations department, manages the installations, schedules the technicians, designs AV systems, and supervises the tech team and installs. 

 

Teri Zander | Administration

Teri has been in the business since 1998 and handles all things office related including all order processing, receiving of parts, accounts receivable and keeping everyone organized. 

 

Marv Oesau | Sales & Vendor Relations

Marv has been in the AV industry since 1986, so he has seen it all. Marv began his career as a field technician and has moved into sales and design and vendor management. Although Marv can assist anyone, his area of expertise is handling the needs of our health care and education sectors. 

Pete Tracy | Field Technician

Pete has been in the business since 2011 and handles service calls and installations. Pete began his career as a service technician and has undergone extensive training, he now handles all types of system installations large and small. 

 

Blake Voigt | Field Technician

Blake joined our team in 2015 and came to us with a technical background. He is one of our field technicians who delivers AV solutions to our customers through the successful service and installation of jobs. 

 

Eric Klingsporn | Sales 

Eric joined us in 2017 and has a background in sales and a passion for AV and music. Eric can be founds out around town selling intergrated AV and our Mood Media background music.  

Hear what our clients have to say

  • "I've been working with Marv and the Sound and Media team for years, they always go above and beyond my expectations in every interaction every time! "

    Dan Litzinger | Owner/General Manager, Rochester Honkers

  • "The team did a great job installing our new sound system, we have received a lot of great feedback from groups on the sound."

    Ray Sampson | General Manager, Rochester International Event Center

  • "Sound and Media Solutions has always delivered prompt responses to service requests and professional installations at a fair price. I will continue to turn to Sound and Media Solutions for all of my media needs in the future."

    Mat Miller | Director of Facility Services, Austin Public Schools

  • "Our show floor was always so quiet you could hear every conversation – then Sound and Media Solutions added and The Music and it changed the whole atmosphere of the dealership creating a more comfortable environment."

    John Wade | General Manager | Partner, Clements

  • "Sound & Media Solution's digital signage is a centerpiece in our branches for delivering advertising and important news to bank customers. The system enables us to quickly update and present a variety of messages. We also partner with Sound & Media Solutions for our in-branch music system to aid in maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for visitors. Their team is easy to work with, very responsive, and possess a wealth of expertise and experience with their products. "

    Christian Mogensen | Interactive Media Director, Think Bank

  • "Sound and Media Solutions has been hired for multiple jobs in our clubhouse. Their team is very knowledgeable, responsive and active in resolving any issue we have had. We are currently installing a new house system which we are excited about! Their designers and programmers truly pay attention to details and are understanding of our needs. We would definitely recommend them to any other business. Thank you Sound and Media Solutions!"

    Kendra Markee | Sales & Catering Director, Rochester Golf & Country Club

  • "We are extremely happy with the service Sound and Media Solutions has provided us. We were able to work with them to be directly within our budget on our company wide intercom system project. Their workforce has been excellent to work with, and everyone is very knowledgeable in the products and services they provide as well as they work efficiently to get the job done quickly. They are always ready to meet with you should you have any issues or questions. They will also teach you the equipment itself so you are able to work on it, which is a huge plus for us. I definitely recommend this company, they are our first point of contact whenever we are planning something."

    Peter Spencer | IT Support Specialist, Dynamic Recycling