It is with great sadness that Gepco International in Des Plaines, Ill. announces the passing of longtime employee Steve Kusiciel (pictured).
Kusiciel’s friendship with the founder of Gepco, Gary Geppert, started while both were employed at Paragon Recording Studio. They again enjoyed the opportunity to work together later at Streeterville Studios. Then, in 1991, their friendship turned into a business relationship when Geppert asked Kusiciel to join the Gepco team on a full-time basis. As the company expanded and additional divisions were formed, Kusiciel took on more responsibilities for the design, installation and maintenance of many of the factory’s manufacturing and processes. Kusiciel soon became a key component in Gepco’s operations, taking on lead responsibilities for the company’s IT and test and measurement systems.
Prior to joining Gepco, Kusiciel worked as an audio engineer, first with the late Malcolm Chisholm and the late Marty Feldman at Paragon and subsequently at Chicago Recording Co. (CRC) and Streeterville Studios. During his audio engineering days, Kusiciel worked on projects for bands such as the Ohio Players and Tyrone Davis. Equally skilled at the console and with the technology behind it, Kusiciel did exceptional work in the studio. From installation and wiring, to equipment repair and calibration, to implementing early hard-disk-based recording systems, Kusiciel was a skilled technician and audio pioneer ready to explore new technologies.
“Along with being a close friend, Steve was a part of the company’s foundation, a welcoming presence in the workplace and a knowledgeable asset to the team,” says Geppert. “Regardless of how busy he was, Steve always made time for friends and coworkers. He was a natural teacher, ready to share his knowledge with anyone who asked. Steve will be deeply missed by all who knew him.”
Gepco remembers Kusiciel on its Website; click here.