Dean Palya Jr


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Work Experience


Director of Marketing, Westlake Pro

Create marketing campaigns and media for pro audio vendors and manufacturers
Produce video and audio content for a variety of projects
Manage the website SEO and optimization of landing pages on the website
Build internal processes and put team members in place to achieve company goals
Develop and maintain marketing budgets
Build brand awareness through events, campaigns, and content


Partner + Content creator,
Dec 2012 - sept 2015

Created educational videos and series sold by international retailers like Sweetwater Sound
Created and designed marketing materials and strategies
Managed website and blog (wrote content daily), developed business systems for eCommerce
Provided prompt and friendly customer service via email and phone support
Managed relationships with audio professionals and manufacturers, as well as international retailers


Production Coordinator, The GRAMMY Foundation
APRIL 2015 - Present (Contracted)

Managed all Audio/Video needs, ran audio/video equipment, on-site technical support provided throughout the duration of the camp
Provided admin support to organize equipment, maintaining relationships with pro audio companies/reps such as Avid, Focusrite, JBL, and more
Provided audio mixing and mastering services for GRAMMY Camp recordings
Provided video production/editing services for GRAMMY Camp materials

Freelance Audio/Video Producer
June 2010 - present

Music production provided for up-and-coming artists for singles, EPs, and LPs
Pro Audio Consulting for artists and individuals needing professional sound recordings
Music production/mixing services provided for organizations such as The GRAMMY Foundation
Video production for businesses, advertising, online content, and educational programs


Freelance Consultant
August 2014-present

Consultant for several companies, providing services to facilitate growth
Business systems set up, as well as overall business strategy consulting
Managed several separate accounts for long-term projects simultaneously requiring exceptional organization and account management skills


Private Instructor for Piano, Guitar, Production, Mixing
August 2006 - present

Created an audio education Youtube Channel with hundreds of videos on plug-ins, tips, and tricks for incredible sounding recordings
Authored a 150+ page eBook detailing the entire setup process for a home studio/project studio titled "The Artist's Guide to Home Recording"
Provided weekly private instruction to dozens of children and adults, managing up to 20 students per semester
Developed systems for teaching audio production and mixing online
Developed curriculums for private instruction with a focus on solid fundamentals


Pipeline Project at Belmont University
May 2013 - August 2013

Part of an elite group of 9 students at Belmont University to participate in this music industry research project
Developed close relationships with pro audio professionals, music industry experts, and more
Research done for many large entertainment industry companies in Nashville
Designed presentations made for top industry executives



Graduated Summa Cum Laude
from Belmont University Honors Program

 Member of Alpha Chi Honors Society

Modern Record Production Individualized Major - created University-approved curriculum centered around
Audio Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Music Technology

Class Representative on Honors Council for 3 years, selected by Honors Faculty
Honors Mentor for incoming freshmen for 3 years


Excellent communicator with highly developed interpersonal skills
Thoughtful problem solver with the ability to break down complex issues and work toward the best solution
Motivated self-starter with a drive to succeed and always exceed expectations
Dependable team player with the goal of always helping others succeed
Consistent organizer with exceptional file management and administrative organizational skills

Expert in Pro Audio tools (DAW Software, Audio Plug-ins, Microphones, Virtual Instruments, Hardware, Digital and Analog Consoles)
Experience with Video Production tools (Non-linear editors, DSLR cameras + lenses, Motion Graphics)
Experience with Design and Web tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Javascript)
Experience with Digital Web Tools (Mailchimp, Wordpress, Squarespace, Infusionsoft)
Expert in Administrative tools (Google Apps, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Pages, Numbers, Keynote)

Awards/Portfolio pieces

Alpha Chi National Convention 2015, 1st Place for Music/Art Academic Paper
Avid Music in Motion international contest Runner-Up Winner
Sweetwater GearFest 2014 Special Presenter
Teacher’s Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Artistry Diploma from Tufo School of Music