Pro Audio Design, or PAD, as we are known to our friends, was founded by Dave Malekpour, whose prior endeavors included musician and recording engineer. In 1989, Dave turned his talents to system integration, providing installation services for restaurants, and retail businesses (such as the multi-national clothier, Urban Outfitters), and recording studios.
It was in the studio world where Malekpour found the work the most intriguing. In January of 1993, Dave shifted the focus of his business to service-based pro audio sales. According to Dave, “At the time, people were buying from “1-800” numbers and hiring a tech to install the equipment. The tech would get there and realize the customer either bought the wrong thing or didn’t have money for the cables they needed. More often than not there was a mismatch between what the customer really wanted and what they actually bought.” This experience formed the basis of Pro Audio Design’s approach to equipment sales.