Odyssey Innovative Designs (Odyssey) is mourning the loss of longtime employee Robert Rivera, who died due to COVID-19 complications.

Robert began his career in the early-1990s in retail operations at a record store in Los Angeles, Calif., which was owned by John Hsiao, who would eventually launch Odyssey Cases with Mario Montano. Robert had a passion for vinyl records and the growth of the DJ movement, moonlighting as a mobile DJ playing weddings and events. In 2000, he joined Odyssey as an operations generalist, where he was able to find a professional career that aligned with his love for the DJ community. Between sales, product management, supply chain and customer success, Robert found a home for the next two decades, becoming a staple at Odyssey.

In late December 2020, Robert began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, at which point he was permanently working remotely from home. His symptoms progressively became worse over the next several weeks, and on February 9, 2021, he sadly lost his battle with the virus. Robert was 47. He is survived by his sister-in-law and nephew.

“We are completely devastated and heart-broken over the loss of our dear friend, colleague and brother, Rob Rivera. As our Odyssey family morns, along with our community, we’re comforted knowing that Rob is resting peacefully, and has made us all better people for having known him,” said Mario Montano and John Hsiao, co-founders of Odyssey Innovative Designs.

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