Who are the people behind Open Book Audio?
Open Book Audio was created in 2009 by Matt Armstrong and Andrew Parker—two friends who met in the summer of 1997 during their college years and found that they had a lot in common. Both Matt and Andrew had a deep love of performing (particularly music and theater) and spent the next several years gathering a handful of degrees between them, including degrees in Music, Theater, Audio Engineering, Dance, and Entertainment Marketing. After college, they went their separate ways, and each independently decided to change course and get MBAs.
Matt Armstrong lives in Redmond, Washington, on the shores of Lake Sammamish with his Golden Retriever, Luke the Dog. Matt studied Musical Theater in college, and worked for several years as a singer, dancer, actor, teacher, and director before returning to school to receive an MBA in Project Management. Matt has played the piano since the age of four, and is responsible for any of the custom music you find on the Open Book Audio podcast, or any of our titles. He is a major technology fanatic, and has developed an unhealthy obsession with Fountain Pens, Inks, and specialty papers. Aside from his time in the recording booth as a talented audiobook narrator, Matt is also responsible for the operational side of Open Book Audio. He is our chief mastering engineer, codes our websites, handles contracts, processing titles, and handling all of our accounting and royalty payments. Matt has worked with/for companies like Microsoft, Disney, Paramount, CBS, Novell, and others.
Andrew Parker currently resides in Herriman, Utah with his wife and three children. Andrew studied Media Music and Recording Studio technology in college, before moving on to receive his MBA in marketing. Andrew also plays the piano and the violin, and spend five years singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. When Andrew isn't busy working and being a dad, he loves to read and play video games, and is a big football fan (which completely flummoxes Matt). Andrew is Open Book Audio's business and marketing guy. He focuses on landing new contract and titles, and working out the best ways to entire you to buy them. Andrew has previous experience with Target, Dell, Apple, The Wyndham Group, Eddie Bauer, and Ann Taylor.