Born on January 1, 1957 in Omsk, in railroader family. The eldest of four children in the family. His first electric guitar manufactured in childhood. During military service in the Navy for three years by oneself studied the theory of radio engineering. The first electronic device, a guitar phaser, made in 1979. The first organized his own firm in 1987. The inventor, engineer, designer, marketer, educator and president all rolled into one.