Brick & Wonder member Tom Beaumont specializes in the intricate and ever-evolving business of smart home systems engineering. Want the blinds to roll down to cut the glare of the late afternoon sunshine? There’s an app for that. Want your favorite playlist to start playing when you walk through the door? There’s a system for that. But Beaumont’s career started in a different electronics category entirely.
Beaumont got his start in sales at E-Zone Networks, the first company to engineer, sell and install personal viewing screens for fitness cardio equipment. “We deployed thousands of screens all over the US and established a whole new industry. Now, these days cardio equipment comes loaded with full interactivity, giant screens, access to web-enabled fitness activity… you name it,” he says of E-Zone’s pioneering influence in the fitness tech sphere.
Real estate professionals and architects/designers are the lifeblood of our industry.
When the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, E-Zone filed for bankruptcy. Beaumont found a partner and deployed the company’s remaining assets to start Gym Systems, his first entrepreneurial venture. The partners first leaned into Beaumont’s expertise in fitness tech, but it wasn’t long before residential and hospitality clients started asking them to service all their residential needs. House Systems and Spa Systems soon followed, two companies he has owned and operated for over seventeen years. Now, Beaumont’s scope of work also includes high-end entertainment systems, installing IMAX theatres in partnership with some of the world’s most respected technology brands. He cites installing the first North American IMAX Private Theatre, a one-of-a-kind Zaha Hadid design with a 20’ curved screen, as a favorite project.
Beaumont acknowledges the importance of collaboration in his field, saying that “real estate professionals and architects/designers are the lifeblood of our industry. We work together daily.” And more ways than you might imagine. Beaumont Select is also an accredited continuing education institution, one that frequently presents to architecture firms and grants AIA credits.
2001’s dot-com crash wasn’t the only professional hardship Tom endured. To weather the 2008-2009 recession, Tom’s business had to pivot from only servicing an exclusive residential clientele to a broader customer base of renters. “Our day-to-day was hang and bangs, installing TVs and home electronics. We installed close to 5,000 screens in 2010. That’s more than BestBuy and PC Richard combined in our local market. Then, as we came out of the recession and residents started to purchase condos and apartments, they called us back to do their whole home systems.”
Reflecting on the cause of his success in all of his various pursuits, Beaumont says: “Hard work and perseverance always helps… plus some luck or taking advantage of one's own bad luck. Being in the right place at the right time also helps.”