In 2014 JJ Vanderson and Orion Home Systems completed a merger that was 6 years in the making. Jay Vandermyde and Keith Stanze made the merger effective January 1st of 2014 and have renamed the company JJOrion. As a result of the merger we have 2 locations and 25 employees,including 4 salespeople, 3 service technicians, and 10 custom technicians. We are the largest integrator in Minnesota and we are the Master Dealer for Beam/Electrolux Central Vacuum for the state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Our primary AV brands are Elan, Paradigm, Niles, Sonance, Sony, Denon, Integra, Atlona, Panamax, Furman, RTI, Sonos, Lutron, Stewart, Epson. We do Concord Security and Beam Central Vacs.
BRAVAS is a custom low voltage company that specializes in residential new construction work. We are truly dedicated to achieving 100% customer satisfaction.
Keith Stanze / Owner
Keith enlisted in the US Army right after High School and became a Military Police Officer. After serving for three years, he started college at UW River Falls. In the summer he worked in sales at AAA Security and quickly found the industry to be promising. Since he was not sure what he wanted to study in college, he decided to stick with this job for a few years to see where it took him. In 2002, he launched Orion Systems. After enjoying great success with high-end builders, he merged in 2014 with Jay’s firm, JJ Vanderson. Keith has been married to Judy for 32 years and they have two daughters; Jenna and Emily. One of his favorite passions is hunting, so during the fall he is usually out in the woods with his wife and two hunting dogs enjoying the great outdoors.
Jay V / Owner/CFO – Operations, Accounting, and Finance
Jay grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, graduated with an Engineeing degree from NDSU, and then decided to move back to Minneapolis to join his Father’s business, JJ Vanderson & Co in 1995. He started working in the field as a technician, while managing the operations side of the business. In 1999 he became part owner and moved to sole ownership in 2008. In 2014 he had the opportunity to merge with Orion Home Systems, to become BRAVAS. He is married to Cristal who also works for the company. When Jay is not managing the company, he enjoys reading books, exercising, sports, and listening to music while appreciating a good cigar and bourbon. Jay and Cristal have two college-aged children; Brooke and Tyler and lives in Forest Lake.
Cris W / Outside Sales & Business Development
Cris started with J.J. Vanderson back in 2005 and has been a part of the custom audio/video industry for 14 years and counting. He lives in Rockford with his wife, Jen and they are the proud owners of two Labrador Retrievers named; Mauer and Nisswa. In his free time, he likes to golf, travel and work on projects around the house.
Angie C / Sales & Business Development
Angie started in the Consumer Electronics industry in 1998 at the age of 16, where she worked as a manufacturers representative and has been in the Integrator channel since 2015. She is a proud wife and mother of two children, one daughter and one son. In her free time, Angie enjoys traveling, going to her cabin, Fishing, lounging by her pool and spending quality time with her family.
Chad M / System Designer
Chad’s interest in the industry started after he delivered a small van to an A/V company that was hiring. Since he enjoyed technology from childhood, and he was impressed that there was a company who did this professionally, so he applied. He worked his way up and quickly went from sweeping floors to being out in the field working.
Christopher W / Project Manager/Installation Manager
Christopher started his career at Orion Home Systems, after being referred to the company by a good friend who worked with Keith. He has been married for 14 years and has 3 young boys. Since his family plays every sport under the sun, he has learned to love playing, coaching and watching many different sports.
Sarah B / Business Manager/Bookkeeper
Sarah has been in the industry for over 13 years and joined BRAVAS 4 years ago. She lives in Woodbury with her husband and two school-aged daughters. Since her family is active, her leisure time involves carpooling around to activities, especially traveling Volleyball! She loves spending time with her family and friends and gets a chance to go out on date nights and travel.
Dan W / Purchasing Manager
Dan began his career over 20 years ago at JJ Vanderson by performing numerous tasks within the company and considers himself a well-seasoned employee. He resides with his life partner in northeast Minneapolis where he is a longtime resident. When he is not working, he can be found mountain biking and hanging out with friends and family.
Cristal V / Office Manager
Cristal has been in the sales industry for over 20 years, so when she joined the J.J. Vanderson team back in 2005, it was a perfect fit. She attended North Dakota State University with a major in Facilities Management and a minor in Business. Cristal is married to co-owner Jay and spends her leisure time walking and spending time with family friends. She also enjoys visiting local breweries and wineries.
Mike started his career as a technician in the consumer electronic industry back in 2000. He transitioned from a technical role into a sales position late 2012. He is married and has a young daughter. Outside of work he and his family enjoy traveling to different warm weather locations when the Minnesota winter is in full effect, and spending time with family and friends.