OUR TEAM

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Mike Zirinsky
President/Owner

 

Mike grew up in Bucks County, PA and graduated from Lafayette College, where he competed as a swimmer and received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Finance.  He started his career at American Express Financial Advisors and became a principal at FMWZ, where he worked for 17 years.  Mike was one of the original founding board members of PlayPenn - a new play development organization that recently developed the Tony award winning play Oslo.  PlayPenn sparked his creativity which led him to take over ownership of CMD from its founder.  CMD has flourished under Mike's leadership - they recently tripled their space and added many new services. In addition, he expanded the reach of CMD through the creation of The Voice Shop At CMD & CB Radio Tours.

Mike lives outside of Philadelphia and is happily married to Kellie.  They have two beautiful children together, Kate & Tanner, and a Maltese named Maisy.  He has his kids on a local ski race team so he gets to ski every weekend!  He spends as much of the summer as possible on his paddleboard and surfing.

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Lia Perretti
Head Of Production

 

Growing up in Long Island, NY and in Westport, CT, Lia’s biggest influence was her father who was an award winning advertising creative director. So it comes as no surprise that Lia would stay close to home and find her passion working in advertising and post production in The Big Apple. Lia’s love for the arts began at Staples High School where she explored all things creative, being an active member in the drama club as set designer. Lia went on to study at the School of Visual Arts, while gaining valuable experience as a production assistant on television commercials. This led to her first job working in the production department for international advertising agency Publicis New York. As Lia’s professional career grew so did her list of accounts which ranged from Verizon Wireless and Intel working with the acclaimed Blue Man Group, to Volvo Cars of North America where she won Best Radio Campaign at the London International Award Show.

When Lia is not working hard making CMD’s clients happy, she spends her free time with her family and friends, playing sports and dining, as well as enjoying the outdoors, exercising and listening to music.

Dylan Dagenais
Producer/Podcast Manager

 

Hailing from the woods of Eastern Pennsylvania, Dylan came to New York to pursue the audio dream. Getting his start from punk rock home recording, Dylan got sucked into the world of audio after composing music for the web series “2 Girls 1 Show” and producing film scores during his college years. After graduating from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and training in sound design and audio engineering, Dylan moved to Chicago to continue his audio studies, and worked his way to New York City.

In addition to producing and managing the podcast division at CMD, Dylan records and writes music in his spare time, as well as producing his podcast Hot For Creature with his movie buddy Rob. He is a proud fan of horror movies and a less proud fan of outlaw country music, and can be found watching Rocky for the tenth time or blasting Hall and Oates in the office. Make sure to say hi to Gizmo on his desk!

Bob Kirschner
Chief Engineer/Mixer

 

Ever since his mom taught him piano in grade school, music and audio have been Bob's life passion.  As a keyboard player, electronic musician, and composer/producer he's been involved with bands Uptown Atomics and The Fluid Foundation.  After studying Recording Technology at NYU, his engineering skills led to work at top NYC recording studios.  Bob was part of Paradise Opera (along with his wife Diane), a downtown NYC theater company where he composed and performed scores for modern remakes of classical opera including 'Butterfly' and 'The Bohemian'.  At Bob's former studio City Sound Productions he recorded sessions with Pet Shop Boys, Debbie Harry, Garland Jeffries, as well as high profile names in theater including Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Stewart and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.  He has mixed, edited, and designed sound for spots and shows on Food Network, Bravo, ESPN, MLB, TruTV and IN Demand, as well as for award winning documentaries and shorts.  Bob was very excited to find a new home when he was hired as CMD's head engineer and mixer.

On the weekends, Bob and his family can be found upstate in their country home where he runs with his dog, swims in the river, and eats from his garden. Find out more about Bob here.

Rocco Vitolo    Engineer

A creative spirit at heart, Rocco has been writing, drawing, and making music for as long as he can remember.  It wasn't until his high school years, though, that he discovered his passion for the studio and stage.  His love of Hip-Hop and Soul music led him to the formation of multiple bands, manning the microphone, and years of intensive vocal training, all traits that would eventually help him with his creative pursuits down the line.  He went on to study engineering at the Institute of Audio Research and became interested in not only music, but sound for film, television, and commercials, all paving the way for him finding an engineering position at CMD.

He now spends his time between the studio, producing music for local artists around the city, and singing on his off days, all of which don't sound half bad to him!

Rocco Vitolo
Producer/Engineer

 

Jessica Schechter
Business Development

Jessica's theatrical debut started when she was three years old in her nursery school's Passover play where all the kids forgot their lines, so she played all the parts.  With a profound love for the creative and performing arts, Jessica has built many drama programs from the ground up in several camps, community centers, and even in her own high school.  Jessica has an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at PACE University and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre from NYU.  She currently works as a professional director, actor, and producer in NYC and is a director member of The Actor's Studio's Playwright Director Unit.  Jessica is producing and acting in an award winning web series called "Soon By You".  She is the resident director at Infinate Variety Productions, a theater company which tells untold stories of women in history.

Her CMD journey began with recording a singular voice over, and has now blossomed into her position as Director of Education and Business Development. She is thrilled to be a part of the CMD family, where everyone is an artist.