Meet the Team

Meet the HARMAN Luxury Audio Team

Name: Brian Schultz
Position/Job Title: Senior Director, Global Operations
With HARMAN Since 1987

With Meet The HARMAN Luxury Team, our goal is for you to get to know us better. In each edition we feature a different member of the team, and this month it's Brian Schultz, Senior Director, Global Operations.

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How would you describe what you do in your current role?

My current role is multi-faceted, as I direct and manage the Luxury Audio Project Management Team, the BU’s Quality and Compliance effort, and as of this year, working with members of our Global Supply Chain, Procurement and Region teams to address the efforts of forecasting and demand, PO placements and other operational processes that are unique to the Luxury Audio BU.

What did you study in school? Did you always imagine yourself doing something like what you’re doing now or did the fates just take you in that direction?

Course work in Pre-Med/Biological Sciences. Did not imagine doing what I do now, so fate took hold of me, but I always had an inquisitive/’engineers’ brain and an organized way of doing things when growing up.

How did your career path lead you to HARMAN?

My first job of working in a hospital lead to working for a wheelchair company, from which several people ended up working at what was then Northridge Manufacturing Group at HARMAN. I followed and had roles in transducer assembly line supervision, project management for both the factory when in Northridge and later in Mexico, all the while learning transducer and speaker assembly, bill of materials, sourcing/procurement, quality, and building DV, PV and mass production runs. All that lead to the past several years of heading up the Project Management Team for Luxury Audio and also running our Northridge Loudspeaker Engineering Team prior to my current role.

What is the most important thing you have learned over your career?

The importance of teamwork, respect for your co-workers, striving for excellence and willingness to jump in to help. All my various roles over the past 36 years at HARMAN have needed support from many others to be successful.

Any other advice you would share with people just starting out in this industry?

A passion for audio is key. Who wouldn’t want to get paid for something they love to do?

What are you most proud of in your life?

Juggling having children at a young age while working on my career, very proud of each son and my long career at Harman.

When did you realize you had a passion for music or audio? Was there any one band, song, or movie that did it for you?

During high school, I was the lone hold-out that thought the Beach Boys were better than the Beatles, but then I went to a Cream concert and that sent me off on my music preference direction and wanting to play the guitar (thus dropping the violin) and join a cover band.

What current technology impresses you the most?

The immersive sound of the movie theatres coming into one’s home, music streaming services, and how each new iteration of speakers and electronics we develop advances the user’s listening experience.

Favorite music genre?

1980’s Hair Bands – The distortion guitar amp tones and flashy guitars with Floyd Rose Bridges from that era are still my favorites today.

The desert island question, of course. If you were marooned for eternity and could listen to only three albums, what would they be?

Steelheart’s self-titled debut album, Judas Priest’s British Steel, Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood.

You have the floor. In closing, tell us anything else you want us to know about yourself.

I have more guitars, guitar amps, mountain bikes and motorcycles than some people think I should have (and yes, still playing guitar in a rock cover band!).