Drytunes is the world's first totally environment-proof, high fidelity Bluetooth® audio speaker with safe and secure dry interior storage available to consumers. With more than 400 cubic inches of internal dry storage the user can safely keep phones, cameras, tablets, wallets, keys, and other valuables dry while enjoying their music in any environment. When closed, Drytunes is 100% dust-proof and submergible in water (rated IP-67). It floats with the lid (speaker) facing up or down, and can be controlled wirelessly by any bluetooth-enabled device (or by non-bluetooth enabled devices via an internal auxiliary input). Finally, high-fidelity audio can be enjoyed above and BELOW the surface of the water while keeping your valuables safe and dry inside the device!
Drytunes is perfect for the beach, pool, hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, tubing, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, or wherever your adventure takes you!
Drytunes was invented by motion picture camera assistant Aeron McKeough, who saw the need for a rugged and portable audio system to be used on remote shooting locations with harsh environments. Combining his background in mechanical engineering and passion for all things hi-fi, Aeron began working on the first drytunes prototype in January of 2011.
Michael Applebaum has spent his entire 24-year career in the film production industry. In the past 10 years, Michael has worked as a cinematographer and camera operator on more than 50 major studio feature films and TV movies, and hundreds of episodes of network television programs. Applebaum is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee, and won the Emmy for outstanding cinematography in both 2009 and 2010.
Prior to his work in film, Michael received a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1990. During the course of his career he has been employed by advertising agencies, network TV affiliates, and production companies. He has been a freelance cameraman in the feature film and episodic TV world for the past 20 years. Today, Applebaum resides in Mandeville, Louisiana with his wife and three children. He is an Executive Board Member of The International Cinematographer’s Guild, and a voting member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Consumer Electronics Association, and The Bluetooth Service Industry Group.
Aeron McKeough is an audiophile who was never satisfied with speaker solutions on the market and decided to make his own. Inspired by on-location camerawork, which is often isolating and open to the elements, Aeron conceived of the idea for drytunes 3 years ago. Since that time, he has worked diligently to perfect its design in cooperation with a professional product engineer and industrial designer.
Aeron has worked as an assistant cameraman in the film industry for the past seven years. Before working in the film, Aeron studied mechanical engineering and biology at The University of Southwest Louisiana.
Cameron is a graduate of Loyola University and Loyola Law School in New Orleans. He has been a practicing attorney for 16 years. For the past seven years, Cameron and his wife have established a thriving litigation firm in Mandeville named Brown & Mary, LLC. Founded in 2006, Brown & Mary has represented close to a thousand clients, ranging from individuals to major insurance companies. In this capacity, Cameron Mary has hired and managed office personnel, engaged in aggressive marketing efforts regionally, and all other functions required of an entrepreneur/attorney.
He received a Bachelors Degree from Loyola University with a double major in psychology and history. Cameron resides in Mandeville, Louisiana with his family.
Jean Champagne earned degrees from the University of New Orleans and Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, and is an attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Champagne has provided legal, accounting, financial, and general business consulting services to a number of start-up business ventures in the banking, hospitality, housing, real estate development, disaster recovery, and professional services industries. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, the American Public Works Association, the Trust for Public Land, the United States Green Building Council, the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Chris Bonner is a native of New Orleans. He went to Jesuit High School and attended Louisiana State University, where he received a BA in Psychology. Chris has been in advertising sales for 19 years. He was an Account Executive for an NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge and most recently served as Senior AE for Charter Media. At Charter, he was responsible for local as well as national accounts. He has won numerous "Top Biller in the Nation" awards and several national sales contests. Additionally, Chris won the "Peak Performer " award 5 years in a row, - an award for reaching sales above and beyond the other sales reps in a budget category.
Jonathan Maki, who completed his MBA with a focus in digital media in 2009, brings years of experience working in brand development and marketing strategy with a cross-section of clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He holds a BBA in Marketing from The University of Mississippi and currently resides in New Orleans, LA.