Spectaveris Inc.’s founder and President, Dean Stone, has a 35-year background in the broadcasting industry. As an applications engineer, Dean specializes in maximizing clients’ available resources by carefully studying what tasks their workers need to perform, designing effective workflows, and then choosing proven products with the best cost/performance ratios.
Dean became active full-time with Spectaveris Inc. in 2003, providing both consulting and integration services for a number of audio and video projects. Clients have included religious broadcasters, other broadcasting facilities, cable access stations, schools, and corporations.
During a four-year period, he put together TV stations in Tampa, Phoenix, and Houston for Lotus Communications Corp. In 2006 he upgraded the Cathedral of Faith’s broadcast studio in San Jose to incorporate digital SDI technology. For Belo’s KTVK-TV in Phoenix, he installed a Grass Valley Inc. Newsroom system.
In 2009 he began a major project for DC TV’s community access channel, designing a five year plan, in affordable stages, to dramatically upgrade its broadcasting facilities and incorporate HD capability.
In the same year he began work for Seven Network, installing a studio in California, and when Seven Network moved to Texas, a production studio along with Internet broadcasting and satellite broadcasting systems that cover Europe 24 hours a day. In 2011 he helped design a Conceptual Master Control to upgrade DayStar’s facilities to HD. This included writing RFPs to evaluate proposals from over 24 different broadcast integration companies.
In 2012, in addition to on-going projects, he consulted with Christian ministries in Great Britton, France, California, and others on budget planning, studio design, space planning, and the selection of production and satellite broadcasting equipment.
After receiving degrees in Broadcasting and Digital Technology from Napa Valley College and his FCC license, Dean started his broadcasting career and went to work for STARCOM (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries) in 1984. During his work at STARCOM he traveled to over 22 countries as a maintenance engineer for video production systems.
After leaving STARCOM in 1989 Dean spent a year as Maintenance Supervisor for WLPB, a PBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At WLPB Dean gained an understanding of the PBS distributed television network covering all of Louisiana from the Baton Rouge facility.
In 1990 Dean moved to San Jose, California to begin his 10 year career with the broadcast electronics giant Sony Electronics. Starting in the training department Dean was the maintenance training instructor for digital system products. Dean went to Japan to study new digital technology at the Sony factory for six weeks were he gained valuable detailed knowledge of Sony’s implementation of SDI technology.
After three years as a training instructor, Dean moved to the Systems Integration department within Sony and began working as a senior design engineer on prestigious projects such as the Fox Chevy Chase show, United States Satellite Broadcasting, TCI’s National Digital Television Center, and many others.
Moving to Dallas, Texas in 1996 Dean continued to work with Sony Electronics in sales as a systems integration manager. Specializing in News Room systems, Dean completed over 22 digital station news room conversions and many production facility installations for companies such as ABC, Belo, CBS, Cox TV, Emmis Broadcasting, Fox TV, Gannett, LIN Television, NBC, Post-Newsweek, Raycom, Tribune and UPN. Dean’s contributions to sales in 1998 and 2000 earned him the prestigious Special Achievement award which is awarded to the top 5% of Sony’s sales staff.
From 2001 to 2003 he worked at Grass Valley Group as a Sales Support Engineer supporting systems sales in GVG’s NewsEdit product line for similar customers.