Executive Team & Management Group

Tony Bongiovi
Managing Director

Tony has built a critically acclaimed and award winning career as an engineer and record producer. He has earned more than 50 gold and platinum albums for his work that began under the tutelage of the great Berry Gordy at Motown in Detroit. His production credits include artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bon Jovi, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Gloria Gaynor and Star Wars by Meco.

Bongiovi conceived, designed and built the legendary Power Station Studios in Manhattan. Their clients include: Madonna, AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey and many others. A recognized expert in acoustical engineering, Bongiovi has served as a consultant for 3M Corporation, Turner Broadcasting, BASF Corp and CBS to improve the sound quality and acoustical environment for The Late Show with David Letterman.

Ron Simmons
Managing Director / CEO

Ron has a history of owning and developing new businesses. He owned and operated RES Enterprises, a Fla based construction sub-contractor, before joining family-owned Simmons consulting, a real estate, finance and business development firm. It was then that he reached out to NY –based Tony Bongiovi to coordinate a record deal for a client. He worked closely with Bongiovi and his associates, which ultimately led to the founding of Bongiovi Media and Technology and Bongiovi Acoustics. With a background in business development, venture capital, product development and licensing, Ron conceived and coordinated all phases of Bongiovi Acoustics’ start-up and rollout including capitalization, concept and development of the business plan, building of the management team, administration, operations and strategic relationships. He is a musician from a family of musicians, having played as a member of the Boca Raton Pops, Fla Symphonic Pops, and several Fla-based rock bands.

Ron’s philosophy is to “create a business environment that fosters outside the box thinking and creativity” enabling Bongiovi Acoustics to constantly push the boundaries of technology and innovation.

Joe Butera, Jr.
Managing Director / COO

Joe worked in automotive and construction while gaining his degree in data processing and analysis. Upon graduation, he worked as a government contractor in the greater DC area developing engineering software. He then moved into the private sector developing accounting software.

In the early 80’s he started his own company, RMS Systems, specializing in cost accounting and program management software. A lifelong musician, the success of RMS allowed Joe to also start his own recording studio. Through his studio, he met Tony Bongiovi in 1995. Joe’s areas of expertise include recording engineering, business development, software development, systems analysis, and project management.

Steve Lazin
Managing Director

Steve Lazin received a Masters Degree in City Planning in 1980 specializing in economic development. Steve then spent many years directing the revitalization of economically distressed neighborhoods and communities.

He achieved wide recognition for the innovative financing and planning strategies he devised for these initiatives, and has been called upon on numerous occasions to help direct private investment and venture capital campaigns targeting economically disadvantaged communities. Steve has also been active as a direct investor and advisor in multiple emerging enterprises.

Steve joined forces with the Bongiovi team in 2003 to help launch Bongiovi Acoustics and has served a critical role in implementing financing and strategic planning initiatives for BA.