59 Years Young.
Village TV was founded in 1960 by Sam Gambacorta. Vince Frederico bought the business in 1980. And with Sam and Vince’s blessings, Blair Brommel took over in 2015.
Today, we’re a family business in every sense of the term. Blair’s brother, Brad, is our Head of Operations. His wife, Maureen, does our accounting. Mike Bernhard, our Head of Sales, has known and worked with Blair for over 20 years. Vince, though happily retired, still answers the phone for his longstanding clients. And Sam still owns our building in Wilmette. He makes sure to drop in every now and then.
For our clients, a family business means a family approach. It means we care about the last 5% of the project just as much as the first 95%. It means we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of everything in our proposal (no hard sells of equipment you don’t need). It means our technicians take the time to do the job right. And it means supporting our work after it’s done. Every time.
Blair Brommel, President
Blair began his career at Central Illinois’ Appletree Stereo at the age of 15. He’s been in the industry ever since, working at a series of Illinois’ finest AV shops before founding Blair & Associates in 1997 (having been talked out of “Blair the Stereo Guy”). Since then, he’s acquired Theaterworks, The Big Picture Home Theater Company, and, in 2015, Village Audio Video.
He’s built his reputation on quality work (repeat the mantra: “work smarter, not harder”) and the person-to-person connections he makes with his clients. Every project is a new challenge, and every client is a new friend.
Mike Bernhard, Head of Sales
Mike has worked in the A/V industry for nearly 30 years. For 20 of those, he managed to resist Blair’s entreaties to join forces and relive their Columbia Audio/Video days. In 2012, he could resist no longer, and joined the Village Audio/Video team.
A tinkerer since birth, Mike sweats every detail on every project, and is never happy with a job left unfinished. When he’s not working, Mike is probably somewhere outside. Snowboarding, backpacking, fat tire biking in the middle of winter — take your pick.
Brad Brommel, Head of Operations
Brad has been in the A/V industry for nearly 30 years. He’s worked as a warehouse manager, in service departments, in custom sales, and a little bit of everything else. He knows how our industry ticks, and brings that top-to-bottom expertise to managing Village A/V’s day-to-day operations — managing our purchasing and invoicing, scheduling our technicians on jobs, and answering our phones. Outside of work, he’s probably tinkering with his saltwater reef tank, landscaping, or conducting an exhaustive survey of Chicagoland craft breweries with his brother, Blair.
Pete Skowron, Technician
Pete’s been in the A/V industry for over 20 years, and with us for well over a decade. He loves the variety that comes with the job, and the lasting relationships he gets to form with his clients. When he’s not working, he’s doing kung fu or kickboxing. And one day, he swears, he’ll buy a boat again. A boat to practice kung fu on, maybe.
Chris Miletic, Technician
Chris started working at Columbia Audio/Video 20 years ago, and has been with Village for the past six years. He’s a perfectionist, and loves the moment when a customer can pick up an iPad, press a button, and turn everything on in the house — seamlessly. When he’s not working, catch him hanging out with his wife and two kids or at the bowling alley. He travels all over the country for tournaments, and has bowled 15 perfect games in his life. Did we say he’s a perfectionist?
Jason Alterson, Technician
Jason started his journey in the A/V industry in 2012 at The Big Picture Home Theater Company. He picked up everything he knows on the job, and has been a full-time installer with us since 2015. A tinkerer and a learner, his favorite part of the job is getting to test out and become an expert on all the new gear that we install in clients houses. When he’s not working, he’s hanging out with his three-year-old son or making his way to every MLB stadium in the country.
Maureen Brommel, office manager
Maureen has worked with us for 17 years — reconciling our credit cards, managing our company insurance and payroll, keeping our office supplied, and a little bit of everything else. Loath to give up the chance ditch us for a free vacation once in a while, she splits her time between Village and the local travel agency. When not at work or traveling, she enjoys theater and being outdoors.