Walker Peek's wife was unhappy, so he got to work on a solution that quickly became a successful business. Peek founded Commercial Acoustics in 2013 and grew it to 12 employees in three years. The business was recently named one of GrowFL's Companies To Watch for 2016.
"My wife was unhappy about the noise coming from downstairs while I was watching a basketball game with friends, and I decided to fix the problem," Peek said. "I did some research, conducted some prototyping and developed something that worked but didn't look good. I dressed it up to be aesthetically pleasing and began selling it online."
That was the beginning of Peek's acoustic mitigation career as he quickly added commercial services to his initially exclusive residential line of acoustic abatement curtains. Now Commercial Acoustic focuses on its ABCCs: Absorption, Blocking, Cover (Sound Masking), and Consulting in the commercial market. "One of the things we're doing is we have partnered with a manufacturer that makes a brand new polymer blend after 10 years of research that is inserted in walls and floors that blocks sound. So we consult with builders to implement that solution at the building phase."
Peek says there is no better time to be in the market for acoustic abatement solutions. "This new materials technology makes it affordable for the first time ever," he said. "For example, if you want a soundproof home theater, it used to cost $15,000 just for the sound isolation material to treat the walls. Now it only costs $2,000."
Peek advises aspiring entrepreneurs to take massive action on an idea and not let it sit. "Do not just talk about your great idea with one or two people and forget about it," he said. "The one thing that helped make me committed to executing on my idea was telling more people about it and giving myself hard timelines to get things done."