General Manager, PRG Scenic Technologies
With over 20 years of business and operations management experience, YT leads the New York division of PRG Scenic Technologies, a team of 120+ skilled scenic craftsmen, project managers, mechanical, electrical and scenic designers, automation fabricators, technicians and show operators as well as some of the best support and management staff in the business. Including over 12 years of theatrical, film, and live event experience in automated rigging, YT has worked with hundreds of productions worldwide to provide technical and production services and solutions for all manners of automated effects and machinery. In addition to a strong fabrication and rigging background, YT has developed a reputation for managing production facilities with a high level of efficiency and delivering projects on schedule and on budget even given the most demanding schedules.
YT joined PRG after 9 years at Fisher Technical Services and FTS Rentals in Las Vegas, Nevada. As General Manager of FTS Rentals, YT helped to create and manage a new automation rental company, specializing in high-speed automated flying effects for productions such as the chandelier in the Las Vegas spectacular Phantom of the Opera and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, plus over 50 feature films. In addition to his role as General Manager of FTS Rentals, in 2009 YT took the position of General Manager of Fisher Technical Services, which manufactured some of the world’s most technically advanced automation equipment for the theatrical, permanent installation, theme park, motion picture, and television markets.
As General Manager of PRG Scenic Technologies based in New Windsor, New York, YT is responsible for daily operations of all scenic and automated production.
Director, Technical Design and Engineering, PRG Scenic Technology
Based in New Windsor, Troy is part of the dedicated team that provides integrated technical solutions for a broad range of markets. Whether he's working in an Off-Broadway space of 800 square feet or in a stadium of 150,000, Troy is right at home.
Troy has over 10 years of experience in developing production solutions all over the world. His major projects include construction and installation of automation in Seoul South Korea, Britney Spears Circus - World Tour, Macy’s Christmas Windows in Herald Square, Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center, Shrek the Musical on Broadway, Chrysler Exhibits at the North American International Auto Show, and the Jeep, Hyundai, and Scion Exhibits at the New York Auto Show. Troy was responsible for bringing Mary Poppins' Magical flight to over 30 cities in North America for Disney’s 1st National Tour. King Kong came to life in Melbourne, Australia with Troy overseeing a team from 3 time zones working (literally) 24 hours a day for 5 months.
Troy holds a BFA in Technical Direction and Production Management from the Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase.
The few moments that Troy is not working, he enjoys spending time with close friends and showing his young son various methods of mechanics.
Product and Process Standards Manager
As the Product Manager, Brian coordinates the development and fabrication of scenery, rigging, and automation products. Additional areas of focus for Brian are standardization and compliance. His recent work includes compliance certification and documentation for theatrical productions touring in Europe. Brian works daily to standardize parts and designs as well as to improve the efficiency of production.
Formerly a Project Manager, he managed the technical design and fabrication for various productions in film, theatre, and general construction. Notable projects that Brian has worked on include the Nederlander Theatre renovation, the Muppet Whatnot Workshop at FAO Schwarz, Tower Heist, Peep Show in Las Vegas, and King Kong in Melbourne, Australia.
Before joining PRG Scenic Technologies in 2008, he worked as the Technical Director at La Jolla Playhouse. While in La Jolla, he helped bring several future Broadway shows to life including Cry-Baby, The Farnsworth Invention, and Jersey Boys. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and lives in Astoria, New York.
Based in PRG’s New Windsor location, Silvio Irace is the newest member of PRG's corporate finance team.
Prior to joining PRG, Silvio was the Financial Controller for Air Tiger Express, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience, 17 of which were spent at IBM where he held numerous accounting positions and was Senior Functional Accounting Manager of Worldwide Software and Hardware. He also spent approximately 5 years in Public Accounting at Ernst & Young upon graduating from Pace University where he earned a BBA in Accounting.
Silvio is a Certified Public Accountant and currently resides in Mahopac, NY with his wife and two children.
Based in New Windsor, Bob Kliegl develops permanent lighting solutions for retail stores, restaurants, theatres, performing arts centers, hotels, churches, corporate marketing centers, museums, theme parks, and many other types of themed environments. He also develops the client support programs for many national accounts for PRG.
A fourth generation member of the family that founded and managed Kliegl Brothers Lighting, Bob began his career at a very young age working in the manufacturing and field service operations of his family's business. When his family sold its business in 1990, Bob started RKL Lighting, an independent dealer/distributor for several lighting brands, including Kliegl, Altman, and EDI.
In 1993, Bob was recruited by Altman to build a worldwide sales and customer service program for the company. Over the next seven years, Bob established and managed a worldwide network of over 550 Altman dealers. In 2000, Bob established the Altman Agency to develop architectural lighting sales for the company. Through the new Agency, Altman was able to quickly grow its base of architectural sales.
In 2001, Bob was promoted to the position of National Sales Manager by Altman. In that new position, Bob focused on developing national accounts for the company. In 2003, Bob joined PRG to perform a similar function.
The major national accounts that Bob works with include Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Company, The Limited, Victorias Secret, Limited Too, McDonalds, Toys "R" Us, and Disney. He truly enjoys helping his clients implement their marketing and entertainment technology concepts.
Bob received his formal education from St. Georges Academy in New York. When not working, Bob enjoys skiing and snowmobiling.
Director, Organizational Development & Human Capital
Dan has worked extensively with teams and organizations to enhance leadership, camaraderie, and culture. Prior to PRG, he owned and operated a boutique consultancy focused on facilitating culture defining initiatives that develop individual and group performance. He has written about leadership and organizational development for publications ranging from The Washington Post and Psychology Today to Fast Company and HBR. He is the co-author of the book Team Turnarounds and has presented at numerous conferences and meetings nationally.
His interests in teams and development evolved out of playing lacrosse collegiately, professionally, and internationally. He has coached lacrosse collegiately and served on multiple staffs with the Irish national lacrosse program. Dan continues to work with youth lacrosse organizations locally, and has maintained leadership roles in efforts to support the growth of lacrosse in Ireland. In addition to his athletics background, Dan has taught classes in leadership and performance at the university level, has a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, as well as two additional graduate degrees in psychology-related fields. Dan is the proud father of two boys and enjoys spending time with his wife and sons.
Senior Vice President, Special Projects
Based in PRG’s New Windsor scenic operations, Jim Lehner focuses on developing scenic solutions for the commercial and architectural markets. This includes construction of theatres, sports facilities, corporate centers, retail centers, and themed attractions.
Jim joined PRG in 1993 as director of operations for the company’s New York scenic facility. An architect by training, he had previously been involved in the design and construction of a variety of projects including AT&T’s corporate headquarters, branch offices of the Bank of New York, the Giants football stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.
Since joining PRG, Jim has led the company’s efforts in developing integrated solutions for the themed attraction market. His projects have included major attractions at theme parks in Florida, California and Japan, including Terminator 2 in 3D, Twister, and The Cat in the Hat at Universal Studios’ theme parks. He was also involved in the development of major attractions in Las Vegas, including Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, The Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio, and the outdoor attractions at the new Wynn Las Vegas casino. In the retail market, Jim’s major projects include the NikeTown® flagship stores in New York and Las Vegas.
Based in New Windsor, Bruce develops permanent lighting solutions for retail stores, restaurants, theaters, performing arts centers, hotels, churches, corporate marketing centers, museums, theme parks, and many other types of themed environments. Bruce began his lighting career in college when he took a job selling lighting fixtures in New York.
He changed jobs in 1999, becoming the Northeast Sales Manager for Aromat. After overseeing Aromat’s OEM business for two years, he joined Altman as Director of Worldwide Sales. In addition to managing the company’s sales team, Bruce helped Altman launch new architectural and LED lighting lines.
In 2003, Bruce joined PRG to focus on developing solutions for PRG’s clients. He is also helping PRG introduce many new technologies into the marketplace. Bruce gets his greatest professional satisfaction from developing and delivering client solutions. Major national accounts that Bruce works with include Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Company, The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, Limited Too, McDonald’s, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Disney.
Bruce has over 38 years of experience in the lighting industry.When not working, Bruce enjoys walking, running, and family game nights.
Vice President, PRG Services
Aside from PRG’s founders, New Windsor based Orestes Mihaly has the distinction of being with PRG longer than any other employee, and has witnessed first-hand the company’s tremendous growth in the entertainment technology industry.
Orestes began his career in theatre working at Westport Country Playhouse in Westport Connecticut in1982. He majored in technical theatre at SUNY Binghamton and worked for some time at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. During a summer internship at Theatre Now, Orestes met one of PRG’s founders, Jere Harris, and later called him up to look for a job. Told to show up immediately at the shop, Orestes began building sets for Broadway during the day, and working as an IATSE stage hand at night. Over the years working at what was then called, Scenic Technologies, Orestes transitioned into other areas of the operation as diverse as payroll, accounting, project management, CNC programming, and supervisory roles in logistics, scenic shop Forman and General Manager. Currently Orestes works as Vice President of PRG Services which handles production management and service integration for corporate and special events. Orestes sits on the Entertainment Technician Certification Council (ETCP), The Entertainment Services and Technology Association’s Board of Directors (ESTA), and is an active participant of the ESTA Technical Standards Program’s Rigging Working Group.
Director of Projects, PRG Scenic Technologies
Based in PRG's office in New Windsor, Mark manages the Sales and Business Development for Scenic Technologies. Additionally Mark manages the Project Management department which includes 6 Project Managers, a Show Support Manager, and a Sales Estimator. This department manages work in all of PRG's Scenic Markets, ranging from Broadway and other theatrical productions, as well as corporate work, and concert touring
Within PRG, Mark was a Senior Project manager from 2005 – 2012, and managed some of STNY's largest most high-profile shows, including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Other notable productions include: Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, Rihanna at the Robin Hood Ball, Annie, Bring it On, Ghost, and Grey Gardens on Broadway.
Prior to PRG, Mark worked as a Show Carpenter, Master Carpenter, and Technical Director for Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT for 11 years. Mark also has other experience as a freelance Carpenter and Rigger for several regional theaters in the CT area, most notably, United Staging. Mark has shared his skills and talent by teaching Technical Production for Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, CT.
Mark has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family, fine woodworking, golf, skiing, and volleyball.
Based in PRG”s New Windsor office, Sam supervises all fabrication, logistics, rental crew, and maintenance of the facility and equipment. Sam is also responsible for creating and maintaining the shop’s production schedule, coordinating production with engineering, project management, automation/electrics and logistics, as well as assisting in forecasting to help decide on the shop’s capability of taking on new work. Sam received his B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase.
Sam joined Scenic Technologies with experience as a mechanical shop foreman, installation manager and a carpenter on Broadway. Brought on as Installation Manager in 1994, Sam has played a major role in developing the systems currently used to track and account for installation budgeting, refining the installation process. In 2000 as Director of Installation, Sam’s responsibilities included the planning, development, management and scheduling of project installations of all sizes and types. Sam assumed the role as STNY Shop Manager in 2006 and has since expanded his responsibilities to become the Director of Operations.
Sam spends his spare time as the President of the Esposes Meadows Lighthouse Restoration, which specializes in old home restoration.
Chief Administration Officer & Human Resources
Nicole joined PRG in 1992 and has held many positions during her tenure, including Director of Administrative Operations, Vice President of Asset Management, and Vice President of Human Resources. In her role as Chief Administrative Officer, she works with the executive team to lead PRG operations around the globe. In addition, she continues to be responsible for Human Resources.
Nicole holds a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Statistics from Rutgers University.
Senior Vice President, PRG Services
John helped co-found PRG in 1984. Since joining the company, he has managed the implementation of many of its most important projects in the car show, trade show, corporate event, and special event markets. His major projects have included the medals presentation plaza for the 2002 Winter Olympics, exhibits and press events for Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota, corporate events for GlaxoSmithKline, Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, and Phillip Morris, trade show exhibits for Nike and Avaya, road shows for State Farm Insurance and the Marlboro Adventure Team, and numerous theme park attractions for Universal Studios, Disney, and other theme park operators.
Based in PRG’s New Windsor scenic operations, John enjoys solving very difficult production challenges. His extensive experience enables him to borrow techniques from a wide range of markets and applications in developing his solutions. Prior to joining PRG, John was a logistics consultant at McLean Industries.
John has a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kings Point Academy.