Who: Fred Guarino.
Position: President, SPARS; owner, Tiki Recording Studios (Glen Cove, N.Y.).
Main Responsibilities: “To work with the Board of Directors and executive director [at SPARS]. My goal is for us to carry out the many new products, services and ideas that we have planned, while maintaining our focus on networking.”
Previous Lives: Owner of Tiki Recording Studios, 1978 to present.
I first became involved with SPARS…“In 1989, I was involved with the SPARS board and president Bruce Merley in exploring a local Long Island presence for SPARS. I attended my first SPARS Biztech Conference at UCLA in 1991. I came back from that conference with valuable business information, especially since it was during a recession.”
My most memorable moment with SPARS was…“Besides the numerous casual discussions with so many bright SPARS studio owners and managers, the many cool studio tours I have been invited on, and the fun SPARS outings and conferences (like the time we rented Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty), it was when president Paul Christensen called me up and said, ‘We need some good people to serve, and I want you!’ After that patriotic Uncle Sam-type speech, I was on the board of directors.”
Owning a studio has helped with my responsibilities/commitments with SPARS because…“I have learned a lot about diplomacy, balancing art and business, meeting deadlines, sacrifice, long- and short-term planning, survival and camaraderie. Running your own business is tough. I often say, ‘There's a price for freedom,’ but I would do it all over again.”
My first concert was…“Black Sabbath in 1971. Guess it was the cool thing to do when you were 14 years old.”
Currently in my CD changer…“Old stuff like Ambrosia, Tubes, Toy Matinee, Collective Soul, Sting and Shawn Colvin.”
The last great movie I saw…“The Perfect Storm — I'm a boater.”
When I'm not in the studio, you'll catch me…“Cruising and relaxing on my boat with my wife and dog.”