About Custom Home Theater & Automation

Custom Home Theater Systems & Automation (CHT) was established in 2002 and has earned the reputation as Maine’s premier source for high-end sound and video systems. As digitization replaces analog models in residential construction, the business has expanded to include whole-house automation, including lighting, locks, HVAC, appliances, and more.

In 2010, CHT was proud to receive the Rising Star award from internationally acclaimed, Transparent Audio. We also received “best retrofit” awards for custom home theater design in 2008, 2010 and 2011 as well as “best home of the year” in 2011.

Personalized Service

We are passionate about creating extraordinary audio and home theater environments for our clients. The process begins with a meeting in which we discuss the project you envision, how you intend to use your system, and your priorities regarding form and function. Paying strict attention to every detail—aesthetics, retrofit concerns, space issues—we will create a customized system that will delight your senses and significantly add to the enjoyment and value of your home. You can count on our expertise to make the best use of your budget. Even a modestly priced system can sound dramatically different if it is optimized for the surrounding acoustics. We ensure ease of use, no matter how many integrated systems your project entails, and we stand by the quality and reliability of every installation.

Every project is important to us and continues to be, long after installation. In a very real sense, your system comes with a professional sound engineer, to ensure its continued performance.

There is no greater endorsement than a satisfied client. We are grateful to those who have provided testimonials.

Our Valued Staff

Ryan Thurston

Ryan

CEO and Co-Owner

Ryan has dedicated nearly half of his life to the audio/video industry. As an audiophile and having a great appreciation for music, he is able to lend a skilled listening ear when choosing the perfect sound system.

With 15+ years of industry experience followed with numerous design, installation and programming certifications from top industry companies, Ryan will make sure the bases are covered when planning and managing the logistics of your project.

Outside of the industry, Ryan can be found taking part in anything adventurous ranging from jet skiing the waters of Maine to winter mountaineering atop the presidential range.

Brian - CEO - with Family

Brian

President and Co-Owner

Brian worked in the IT industry for 19 years.  Brian has a diverse background from years of consulting experience to managing National and International teams of professionals and Networks.  His passion for technology and learning is never-ending and Brian was an AV Enthusiast from an early age.  Then in 2003, Brian met Ryan Thurston who introduced him to the Custom Installation world of AV and Home Automation.

Brian’s role is the development and growth of the organization.  He also manages the Network of dealers and manages those vendor relations.  Day to Day Brian is in the trenches doing Sales, Design, Installation and Support as well.

Brian enjoys his time with Family and Friends more than anything.  He loves outdoor activities especially in his favorite place Acadia National Park.  Since the age of 13 Brian grew up experiencing live music at small and large venues alike; all over the North East at iconic places such as The Rat, The Middle East Club, The Elvis Room, CBGBs, Coney Island High, The Ritz etc.

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Nancy-Grace

Administrative Assistant

Nancy-Grace brings over 10 years experience in administrative duties and customer service to the team. She also has a lifelong passion of studying and performing music. She has a diverse repertoire ranging from jazz to opera and has performed in opera and musical theatre productions, cabarets, oratorios, and masterclasses throughout Maine, Boston, and New York City.

She studied voice and opera at The USM School of Music and The Boston Conservatory and is currently auditioning for prestigious opera companies across the USA.

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Mike

Field Operations Manager

Mike worked in the landscaping industry for 18 years where he managed crews, designed, installed and maintained properties. Mike has a passion for tech and now Mike has entered into the AV industry as an installer at CloudMIS. Mike’s work ethic and drive are unparalleled and as part of the CloudMIS team he will do whatever it takes to make sure that you are satisfied with our services. He enjoys taking your ideas and turning them into reality.  Mike has fun working with what he refers to as the “OUTSTANDING TEAM at CLOUDMIS”,  who he also considers family.  Mike loves all aspects of his job doing design,  installation, and service.  Outside of work Mike enjoys spending time with family, fishing, golfing and snowmobiling.  Mike loves what we do at CloudMIS and hopes you love what we can do for you as well.

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Benjamin

Midwest Branch Manager

Benjamin has over 20yrs. experience managing sales and customer service. He has excellent people skills and is always eager to listen and help with anything the customer wants. Known for having an eye for presentation, Benjamin can visualize and convey what the final project will look like. With his knack for thinking outside the box, he is able to bring fresh ideas to the ever changing technology world.

Benjamin is excited to bring his experience to CloudMIS. As a Audiophile/Movie Fanatic with a long-time passion for the A/V Industry, Benjamin wants to bring his love of live music and Box Office Hits from the theater to the comfort of your home.

Outside of work, Benjamin enjoys his time with family and friends. Hiking outdoors, sitting around a campfire, or having an Old Fashioned while a record spins on the turntable…just being with good company takes away life’s stress.

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Brandon

Sales / Installation

Brandon has always had a passion for customer service. Starting at 16 he worked for in AV Retail Sales and developed a love for all technology. Since then he has developed through years of sales and managerial training to be able to thrive in any situation. He can be comfortable with anyone and lives with a sense of humor that brings life to any room. He loves creating solutions for people and seeing their reactions to the final outcome.

Brandon has a love for music and movies and cannot go a day without either. Spending most his life in a movie theater, behind a drum kit, or listening to music, Brandon has a great ear for what should be heard, and how it should be heard.

In his free time Brandon enjoys playing softball, darts, golf, movies and music, and spending time with friends, family, and his new wife Kaitlin. His favorite place on earth is Acadia National Park and visits whenever he can.

Steve Hooper on top of Mt Katahdin

Steve

Project Manager / Sales Lead

Steve has over 30 years experience in the construction industry, building and project managing custom homes, as well as creating custom cabinetry, woodwork and art. Attention to detail and customer satisfaction are his top priorities. Steve has a passion for home theaters and bringing the cinema experience home and has entered the AV industry to provide clients with the best possible home entertainment experience.

As Project Manager/Sales Lead for the company, Steve is able to apply his years of building knowledge to your project, including new construction and renovations. Presenting clients with options, finding the right fit, and turning it into reality is his specialty.

When not in front of his home theater playing Mario Kart Wii with his girls, Steve enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and building sets for his wife’s middle school drama club. He can be often heard saying, “What movie do you want to watch?”

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Mark

Master Craftsman and Field Technician

Mark’s interests have culminated in a wide ranging body of work, developing talents that have been applied to both professional careers and amature pursuits.

An early interest in audio equipment led to interests in acoustic principles, musical instruments, PA systems for performing arts, speaker design, and computer systems for home recording studios. Mark took his early woodworking cues from his grandfather, a ship carver from Camden Maine. With experience in fine homebuilding, he also builds acoustic and electric stringed instruments, furniture and sculpture. He has worked for Bath Iron Works and LL Bean, starting in the drafting room and then as a computer programmer and systems analyst.

Mark is married with two sons, and they make their home in Bowdoinham, ME. He enjoys training and teaching Shotokan Karate, and is currently refurbishing a 1968 Corvette.

Jorja

Jorja is a recent graduate of Mt. Ararat High School. She will be attending the University of Maine in the fall to study Wildlife Ecology, but is excited to take this time to learn about the AV world.

In the summer she can often be found camping, hiking, or fly fishing on the rivers of Maine. In the winter you’ll catch her on the ski slopes, most likely enjoying a waffle after a long day of skiing!

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