|Meet The Owners + Staff

Michael DePaola | President

Two short years after graduating Seton Hall University with a degree in Accounting he started The Home Theater Shop. For Michael, owning a custom Audio/Visual company was inevitable. He grew up with his father installing home made in-wall speakers before anyone knew what they were. He would dedicate most of his time and efforts to high end audio and concerts. While still a college student he would help friends and relatives choose quality audio systems. Throughout the years he has developed an in-depth knowledge of home electronics and how people use them. He believes in developing lasting relationships with customers by designing home A/V systems that are functional and intuitive to use. Since 1995, he is still enjoying making customers dreams a reality, treating each job individually, with the utmost concern to detail.

Jill DePaola | Designer

Jill has a Fashion Merchandising degree and a Marketing degree from Johnson& Wales University in Providence, RI. Jill and Mike are a team at home and work now. Jill was a designer for Lord & Taylor, 5th Avenue doing display for several years. After starting a family and moving to the Flemington area of New Jersey, the commute into NYC no longer made sense. To be closer to home, she translated her fashion experience, and love for color into Home Interiors. She has worked for Domain Interiors, Loyd’s of Somerville, and has been an independent design consultant for 15 years while raising her 2 boys. Jill has been behind the scene for years, often helping clients with design concerns. Her knack for picking the right colors sets a mood in any client’s home. There is no need to stress over design choices, Jill has unique way of making a clients home reflect their personality! Let her help you with all design aspects, including carpet, furniture, even lighting and paint colors.

Rich Okolsky | Chief Technician

Starting in the Audio/Video business in 1997, Rich is what we like to call a “Control Freak”. He is always looking for better ways to design a system. He believes in a neat workplace, the quality of his wiring is proof that he practices what he preaches. Currently Rich spends more time at home with his wife and new twin babies.

Chris Jukniewicz | Technician

Chris started working as an electrician back in 1987.  He moved over the to  Audio/Video business in 1998, Never one to complain, he gained the nickname “mole” because if a wire needs to get somewhere he will go in and get it done. His goal is to ensure all clients are happy with the work he does.

Dennis Hickey | Technician

Dennis is the Rookie at HTG since he started with us in 2013, but he is no rookie to the Audio/Video Industry. He has been selling Residential and Commercial A/V systems since 1988. Dennis’s depth of knowledge and experience has proven an asset to the Home Theater Group and their clients.

Michael James | Technician

A relative newcomer to The Home Theater Group, Michael is already proving himself a valuable asset to the team. No stranger to the industry, he has been designing and installing Audio/Video systems since 1998.