Mike Gurick is based out of the Atlanta office and serves as the General Manager. Prior to becoming GM of PRG in Atlanta, Mike worked as the Controller.
Mike has over 13 years of experience in the corporate and tradeshow market. He began his career with the Georgia Lottery in the Accounting Department and served as the Manager of Financial Reporting and Analysis. He later made his move to Hi-Tech Rentals, Inc. in 1999, serving as the Assistant Controller and ultimately Controller.
Mike graduated from the Florida State University School of Business. He holds a BS in Finance and is a Georgia Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Executive Officer, PRG Corporate & Events
Al has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the exhibitions and corporate events industry. Prior to the acquisition of Hi-Tech Rental & Staging by PRG, Al served as president of the regionally based premium provider of audiovisual and staging solutions, since 2006.
Prior to joining Hi-Tech, Al served for over 18 years in various capacities with GES Exposition Services. His most recent position with GES was as executive vice president of city operations reporting to the president and CEO. Dyess also held positions with GES that included assignments as general manager in New Orleans and Miami, vice president and general manager of the Florida-Atlanta Divisions, and regional vice president Southeast region.
Al is also a past multi-term Director and currently an active member of ESCA, the trade show contractor’s association within the exhibitions and events industry. Al received his CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management) designation through IAEE in 2006.
Vice President, Sales Operations
Don Hardenstein is based out of the Atlanta office, but works throughout the global corporate staging and trade show markets, providing sales operations support to the entire PRG sales team.
Don has over 35 years of experience in the meetings, trade show and corporate events industry. He began his career in 1980 as a Convention Sales Manager for the Metropolitan New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 1990, Don joined GES Exposition Services as Director of Sales of the New Orleans operation. In his ensuing 17 year career with GES, he served as VP of Sales Administration and Regional VP of Sales for the Las Vegas and Chicago operations. Don joined the PRG team in 2009 as Director of Sales Administration for the Global Corporate & Trade Show team.
Don graduated from the University of New Orleans School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration in 1980. He holds a BS in Business/Hotel Management.
In his spare time, Don enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Nancy, and children, Taylor and Kaylee.
Vice President, Builder Channel Sales
As a Director, Global Accounts with PRG’s Corporate & Trade Show Services national team, Rodney is passionate about growing the Exhibit and Trade Show Market relationships with PRG. Based out of PRG’s Atlanta office, Rodney holds a BA in International Marketing from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. His 14+ years of experience in the event staging industry includes operational and management experience as well as over 8 years in Sales.
Rodney's tenure in operations gives him the insight needed to anticipate and meet clients' presentation requirements. He strives to provide unparalleled value-added service and meet his client’s aesthetic as well as fiscal expectations. Rodney is actively involved in EDPA and has served on the SE Chapter Board for the past 7 years.
While away from the office, Rodney enjoys fly fishing, golf, and traveling.
National Account Executive
Joe has nearly 30 years of operational, sales, and management experience in staging and production. Joe's current focus within PRG is directed toward sales development and client account management in the Corporate, Association, Convention and Special Events sectors.
Joe initially began his career in the television industry and transitioned into production and staging in the mid-1980's. Since that time, he has held both operational and sales management positions in several major audiovisual companies.
Director, Global Accounts
Ken's industry experience in sales and operations spans more than 39 years including the last 16 years with the PRG Atlanta office. Over his career, Ken has dedicated himself to building and maintaining a reputation for exceeding his clients' expectations in service, quality, responsiveness, and value.
Many clients that Ken works with have been working with him for more than two decades and a majority of new clients that have the opportunity to experience Ken's focused hands-on approach to supporting their events also choose to again turn to Ken when planning their future conferences & expositions.
Ken is an active member in major industry organizations including IAEE and PCMA.
Corporate & Events Financial Analyst
Originally from ST. Thomas, USVI, Annette became a part of the PRG family when she joined Atlanta based Hi-Tech Rental & Staging in 2005. She started off as the Accounts Receivable Coordinator later moving into the role of Accounts Receivable Manager. She has now taken on the role of Analyst for the Corporate & Events group.
Annette has over 20 years of experience working in Accounting and Administrative positions starting with her time in the United States Army. She was honorably discharged in 1992 after a 4 year enlistment which included 7 months in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After her time in the military she has worked in several different industries in Maryland and Florida before accepting the position at Hi-Tech.
Annette has a BS degree in Management Science with a concentration in Marketing from Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. She also holds an AS in Business Administration from Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.
In her free time you will find Annette traveling the world or spending time with her family.
Director, Global Accounts
Dave has been involved in the event technology & meetings industry for 15+ years and has 25+ years of “hands-on” management experience in a wide variety of technical disciplines.
Prior to joining PRG, Dave held Sr. Sales and Account Management Positions with PSAV, Creative Technology & Freeman AV. Before stepping into the world of event technology, Dave played a key role in the development and operation of numerous Motion Capture and Special Effects Studios with end users in Medicine, Sports, Film and Gaming.
Dave’s professional demeanor, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service skills enable him to provide our clients with a partner they've come to value and trust year after year. Dave is a long standing member and volunteer of PCMA & ASAE.
National Account Executive
Jeff has been in the event technology industry for 15 years, the last 7 of which has been with PRG. Jeff primary focus is on the corporate events market, specifically with convention support of general sessions, breakout meetings, and exhibits. As technology continues to change and challenge clients, Jeff's customer dedication from the pre-planning stage throughout the entire event ensures a smooth process for every event and meeting planner he works with.
Jeff works hard to keep abreast of the changes in new technology in order to offer our PRG clients the most up-to-date solutions possible. Jeff is a member of Georgia Society of Association Executives, MPI, and EDPA.
Jeff has been married for 14 years and has two small children, Brock and Chase. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys surfing, coaching soccer, and spending time with his family and pets.
Michael Foster recently joined the PRG SalesForce team. Has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment equipment and services industry. He began his career with Production Arts and worked in many different capacities. Starting in the cable department, working through shop supervision, managing sales inventory then procurement. From there he moved on to Barbizon Lighting as a sales associate before joining PRG in the late 90s. At PRG, Michael has been the Purchasing Manager and worked on numerous projects including, vendor negotiations, inventory management, integrations, shop operations, assisted Six Sigma lead, logistics, business systems implementations and more. He has worked closely with and maintains close relationships with PRG employees on the shop floor through senior management in multiple locations. Michael is a native NYer now living in Atlanta. He is an avid photographer in spare time.
Sales & Marketing Specialist
As a member of the PRG Corporate & Trade Show Services team, Cindy Hearn is responsible for the coordination and development of the sales and marketing tools for the sales team. In this position, she manages exhibit and sponsorship programs, including industry research, event planning, design of marketing materials, trade show marketing, and press releases.
Cindy has over 22 years of experience in the event industry including positions in sales, marketing, and event management. Cindy has been part of the PRG family since 2004, when she joined Atlanta based Hi-Tech Rental & Staging, now PRG in Atlanta. She began her career in the industry in 1988 for the Atlanta Market Center, having last served as a trade show coordinator for that facility. In 1993, Cindy joined “tneve, Inc”, an Atlanta based event marketing company, serving as Sales & Marketing Representative, Senior Project Manager, and Director of Event Planning & Development.
Cindy has earned the prestigious CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation. The foremost certification of the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, the CMP program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry’s highest standard of professionalism.
Cindy is married with one son, and currently resides in Atlanta. In her off time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
National Account Executive
James joined the PRG team in 2005 bringing over 18 years of experience in concert, live event staging, corporate theater, and production. With a concert background as a touring A1 and production manager, James is skilled at managing large scale events in a variety of venues across the US and beyond.
Currently serving as a National Account Executive for PRG, James brings his strong communication skills, calm demeanor, and commitment to produce consistently satisfying results for our PRG clients. James' goal is to find the best possible technology solution for his clients, which enables them to deliver their marketing message in the most effective way possible.
When not working for PRG, James enjoys fishing, boating, food & wine, and grilling out with his friends.
With over 20 years of experience in the event technology industry working in audiovisual and staging, Bill is one of our most experienced National Account Managers. He began his career as a part-time freelance technician during his college years as a Marketing major and his early interaction with the industry was as a client, renting equipment for his shows and events.
Bill joined PRG over 17 years ago and has held multiple positions during his tenure including Operations Manager, Account Management, and Sales. As Operations Manager for PRG in Atlanta, Bill worked closely with the rest of the management team to ensure the continued success of operations.
Bill is known for his leadership and motivational skills in the office and during events. He is a customer-focused professional that is an expert in our extensive technologies and inventory.
During his free time, Bill likes to spend time with his family and pets and enjoys driving his tractor.
Ernie Stewart joined PRG's National Project Manager team in 2011 and has been in the event technology industry since 1997; Ernie works hard to keep pace with the changes of yesteryear to the current state of event technologies.
Ernie has worked with many Fortune 500 companies over the years to include companies such as Procter and Gamble, Kroger, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and General Electric and he has also worked with a number of associations over the years including Biotechnology Industry Organization, National Association of Realtors, American Chemical Society, and American Urological Association. Ernie's background gives him the ability to take a customer's concept and turn it into an extraordinary event. He is very knowledgable in large general sessions as well as large conventions. He is fluent in Folsom Switchers, JBL Vertec Sound Systems, and DLP large venue projectors. Ernie has also furthered his experience and knowledge by getting his CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) from Infocomm International. Having been a designer, manager and director, he is a valued member of the PRG team.
Kerry has extensive lighting experience including show technician, lighting designer and lighting programmer. Kerry has developed many entertainment solutions for corporate and special event clients over the years. Kerry brings nearly three decades of experience working in the lighting field from Fashion Shows, Trade Shows, Corporate Events, Music Concerts and most recently in Film and TV. He joined PRG originally in 2002 and worked in the Concert Touring division until the Atlanta office closed in 2005 and returned to PRG in 2010 when they opened the Corporate and Trade Show Division in Atlanta. During the time that PRG was not in Atlanta, Kerry was the Technical Director for the University of Georgia’s Department of Dance as well as continuing to work in the lighting field as an independent contractor.
Kerry’s career started in upstate New York where he worked for a theatrical supply company during the week and for bands on the weekends honing his craft. After college Kerry moved to Atlanta in 1991 for a 9-month contact with a LORT theater and now many years later he and his family still call Atlanta home.
Exhibit Services Coordinator
Becky has over 20 years of experience in the convention and trade show industry. She started her career in 1991 as a Customer Service Representative with Brede Exposition Services in Washington, DC. In the following years she continued her career with Brede as Customer Service Manager in Washington DC and then in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to her time with PRG, she was the Customer Service Manager for Rileighs Convention Services in Harrisburg, PA.
Becky currently manages the National Trade Show Services team in exhibit sales and on-site execution.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and son, Jeffrey.