Our Team


Gregory J. Gordon

Chief Executive Officer
// Director Of Production

Greg is a San Francisco native with over twenty years experience as a music producer, engineer, educator, song writer, voice director, and singer. HIs passion for music and sound has led him to work with many game developers and publishers (Microsoft, Insomniac, Blizzard, Sony, Netmarble, Disney Ineractive to name a few), recording artists (Rob Garza, The Bronx, Bass Drum Of Death, Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia), and high-profile brands (Samsung, HP, Nvidia, GoPro) to create award winning content and realize their goals by leading with integrity, collaborating with key business partners, and unifying creative teams.

Matt Donner

Chief Academic Officer
// Senior Instructor

Matt Donner cut his Producer and Engineering chops in NYC while earning his Masters degree. He found himself working for high-profile studios like Sound on Sound (Diddy, Anita Baker) and Greene Street (Run DMC and Public Enemy). He went on to various TV studios and John Cale (Velvet Underground) that included 3 feature film scores using Pro Tools version 1.0 and a two-day live event to open the Andy Warhol Museum. After signing his band to an indy record deal, his cross-country tour brought him to SF where the drummer exploded – how typical.

Bryan Dale

Director of Education
// Senior Instructor

A practicing musician for over 20 years, Bryan’s main instruments are electric and acoustic guitar and electric bass. While obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations at Pennsylvania State University, Bryan played in local bands, organized open mic nights and continued taking and teaching private lessons.His first professional studio experience came working outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a local independent studio tracking local bands and burning as many hours in the studio as humanly possible.

Jeff Straw

Director of Marketing
// Instructor

Jeff (aka DJ F) is a music industry veteran with over 25 years of experience as a DJ, saxophonist, producer and re-mixer. Prior to joining Pyramind, Jeff served as Music Supervisor and Marketing Director at Focus@Will. He was the Sr. Director of Product Development & Music Licensing at INgrooves for nearly a decade and prior to that he was the vinyl and dance music buyer for Virgin Megastore. Jeff is an expert on music publishing and has taught several music business courses for Berklee Online. Jeff earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in Music Engineering.


Hideki Yamashita

IT Director

Hideki "Deks" Yamashita oversees all IT and Facilities Operations at Pyramind. His goal is to enrich the client experience by providing a trouble free and seamless user experience both in and out of the studios that caters to our creative team’s need to excel in project and asset management, and secure data work flow. Deks is an avid gamer and an expert Taiko performer with ten years with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. The melding of his passion for technology and music has brought him to an industry in which he thrives.

Ophylia Wispling

Studio Manager
// Associate Producer

Ophylia’s background includes working for Apple as a retail specialist, running her own alternative healing therapy business, and completing her Bachelors in Critical Psychology. As a recent graduate of Pyramind, Ophylia has proven her commitment to direct her career toward game audio and music production. She now applies her organizational, IT, and interpersonal skills combined with her education and experience as a Pyramind graduate, to keep Pyramind Studios running smoothly and efficiently. 

Andrew Scanlan

Online Sales &
Marketing Manager

Andrew is a guitarist and electronic music producer with as much passion for music technology as he has for music itself. He studied music composition at Santa Clara University before attending Pyramind for his post-graduate education. Andrew's previous experience as a photographer and online site administrator helped lead to his transition from Pyramind student to employee. In 2012 he was instrumental in launching Pyramind Training’s first online courses. Since then he has helped grow the size and scope of the online course offerings and now works with the Studios team in client relations and business development.


Daniel Blum


Daniel Blum began playing music at the age of three as a cellist; since then he has learned to play the gamut of instruments: piano, violin, trumpet, french horn, guitar, bass, and ultimately percussion and drum set. Earning his Bachelor’s in Music from California State University Northridge in Percussion Performance, Daniel worked in Los Angeles and abroad as a freelance percussionist and drum set player performing with the Debut Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Suicide Cowboy, Culture Crash Orquestra, umbrellaMAN, and Tumbleweed Wanderers. He’s also recorded at a varied wealth of studios including Capitol Records, Conway Studios, the Eastwood Sound Stage, Skywalker Sound, Broken Radio Studios, Tiny Telephone, Hyde Street Studios, New Improved Recording, Panoramic Studios, and many more.


Steve Heithecker

// Senior Instructor

Paul Simmans

// Instructor


Steve brings his years of experience as a recording and mix engineer to the Pyramind team. He is a certified Pro Tools expert, a master of Propellerhead's Reason and a published author. Steve is always pushing the limits of what technology has to offer. He takes his experience and passion into the classroom where he shares his experiences and presents students with invaluable knowledge based on real world production skills used by Pyramind Studios daily. Steve’s credits include co-producing and mixing "Winter in America" and "Highest Wish" with Bill Ortiz (Santana), recording the Grammy Award winning and world’s top male acapella chorus, Chanticleer, for the score of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Recording the Dialog for "Bioshock 2" for 2K, Recording mixing and mastering in game music for Insomniac Games "Sunset Overdrive", and Recording and Mixing 20 episodes of "Halo the Return, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Headhunters" for Microsoft Xbox Live.

Hailing from the UK, Pro Tools Expert Paul Simmans has been living in San Francisco since 2001. Specializing in audio engineering and production, post-production, game-audio, sound design, foley, ADR, and voice-over work for film, TV and advertising, Paul has worked at several Bay Area studios, including: Studio D (Sausalito), Fantasy Studios, Polarity Post Production, Outpost Studios, Broken Radio (now ‘Coast Recorders’), and Pyramind. He was Senior Audio Engineer at Mark Keller’s Loudville Studios in Sausalito for 5 years, and continues working with Mark recording voice-over for Emmy award winning show Undercover Boss, as well as National Geographic shows Unlikely Animal Friends; Shark Men; and Can it be Built?.