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Jeff Goodstein: You name the musicians, and we've probably sold to them."
ih jp eff Goodstein is thankful for
the job he didn't get.
While studying in Israel
in his final year at Akiva Hebrew
Day School in Southfield, he would
receive messages from his father
about getting him a job at Baskin
Robbins upon his return.
"I was looking forward to work-
ing at the ice cream shop," he said.
"When I came back, I interviewed
there, but they never called me. I
thought it was a sure bet I would get
it because my dad would go there
every day to buy ice cream:'
A week later, he got hired by Sam's
Jams, a record shop in Ferndale,
which led to a job as manager of
the Magic Bag concert venue, which
led to a job of doing the books for
Vintage King Audio, a leading pro-
vider of recording equipment for the
Three months ago. Goodstein, 43,
was named Vintage King's chief oper-
"If I got the ice cream job, none
of this would have happened,"
With headquarters in Ferndale
and showrooms in Los Angeles and
Nashville, Vintage King has provided
recording equipment for many of
the industry's top performers —
from Kid Rock and Eminem to Neil
Diamond and Pete Townsend.
"You name the musicians, and
we've probably sold to them,"
The company has nearly 70
employees with most based in two
buildings in Ferndale, 13 in Los
Angeles, four in Nashville, two in
Chicago and one in Boston.
Brothers Michael and Andrew
Nehra own Vintage King. "They had a
recording studio in Detroit — White
Room Studios. They recorded Kid
Rock's first album there," Goodstein
said. "They're also musicians, and
while they were touring, they would
look to buy equipment for their stu-
dios. Mike found some vintage equip-
ment in Europe. He took every penny
he had and purchased it. And when
he came back here, he found out that
he could sell the units for twice as
much as he paid for them. That's how
Vintage King Audio was born:'
Goodstein, who graduated from
Wayne State University and became
a certified public accountant, joined
the company in 2006. "I started out
doing their books for a couple of
years. I was in public accounting, but
would come here at night to make
some extra money," he said. "The
company grew to a point where they
offered me a job. I thought it was a