Chicago Staff

What makes the PRG staff and crew members different from other event service and technology companies is passion for success. People that you can rely on not only to fulfill your production needs but more so as partners focused on the same goal; to provide outstanding equipment and service no matter how challenging your project may be.

  • Randy Hutson
  • Christine Ackermann
  • Tom Berberet
  • Daniel Gerdes
  • Eric Hainchek
  • Eric Hanson
  • Patrick Leahy
  • Steve Maturno

Randy Hutson

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Entertainment West

Randy Hutson is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment West.

Randy came to PRG from Dallas-based Hutson Sound Design, where he provided sound design and engineering services to major corporate clients for 11 years.

An audio professional of long standing, Randy toured with James Taylor for 15 years, and his name appears as sound engineer on a number of Taylor’s CDs. He also has worked with a long list of other high-profile entertainers and events, including Prince, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, the American Music Awards, Live Aid and Farm Aid.

Christine Ackermann

Labor Coordinator

As a Labor Coordinator Christine Ackermann’s duties include, all event labor, travel and logistics. Christine comes from our Project Manager group and has over 7 years of show experience which enables her to understand the urgency of onsite labor support

Prior to working at PRG Christine was a program coordinator at the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); a medical education company where she was the lead educational program coordinator for the annual meeting.

Born in Colorado, she was raised in Northern Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational and Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University.

When not working, Christine spends most of her time riding her horse Denim and enjoying time with the family.

Tom Berberet

Vice President of Sales, Northeast Region, Corporate & Events Group

Based in PRG’s Chicago office, Tom Berberet comes to PRG from PSAV Chicago where he served as Director of Event Technology for the PSAV office at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel.

Tom joined PSAV in 1987 and has held roles of increasing responsibility through the years, including Warehouse Tech, Video Technician, Assistant Director and Director of Entertainment Technology. In his role with PRG, Tom is focused on multi-discipline corporate event and trade show business originating in the Chicago area.

Daniel Gerdes

Account Manager

Dan supports both sales and operational efforts within PRG and has been part of the live event industry for fifteen years. He has executed events in over thirty countries across the globe and takes pride in bringing people with diverse backgrounds together to create engaging, meaningful events.

Dan participated in hundreds of live television and theater program productions prior to joining PRG and has held leadership positions at major convention hotels in Chicago. Over the years, he has managed events for several sitting and former Presidents of the United States, national and international recording artists, and some of the world’s leading association and non-profit organizations. He also supports major pharmaceutical and technology companies with events worldwide.

Born in Central Illinois, Dan has lived in the Chicagoland Area for almost 10 years. He holds a degree in Show Production and Touring and enjoys spending time with his family when not working to deliver the highest level of service in the events industry.

Eric Hainchek

Project Manager

Based in Chicago, Eric Hainchek has experience managing live events ranging from corporate press events, meetings, music, and special events. Eric is knowledgeable in audio, video, and lighting technologies but specializes in audio and video.

Eric joined PRG in 2011 as part of the internship program, spending time in the shop as well as on events. He was brought on full-time as a Project Coordinator in 2012. He spends time equally supporting jobs and small rental opportunities in the Chicagoland area, as well as on site project management jobs throughout North America.

Eric was born and raised in Northern Illinois, and studied both graphic design and live production at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Outside of work, Eric enjoys both performing and collecting music, as well outdoor adventures including mountain biking and snowboarding.

Eric Hanson

Director of Global Accounts

Based in Chicago, Eric Hanson develops lighting, audio, projection, and scenic solutions for clients in every type of market served by PRG. His 20+ years of entertainment technology experience covers a wide range of applications, including trade show exhibits, corporate and special events, automotive shows, concert tours, television & film productions, sports entertainment, and permanent lighting installations.

Eric graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. His first job out of college was fabricating par cans and truss for a Chicago lighting company. When he had a chance to join the company’s concert touring staff, he knew right away he had chosen the right career path. In the ensuing years, Eric worked his way up from the position of Lighting Technician to General Manager at three Chicago-area lighting companies.

Highlights of Eric’s career include supporting concert tours for Eddie Money, Rickie Lee Jones, George Thorogood, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Bob Seger and Foreigner. He has also supported feature films such as Poltergeist and Blue Chips, special events such as the 1994 World Cup Celebration and 1996 Democratic National Convention, trade shows for General Motors, Xerox and Toshiba, and corporate events for IBM, General Motors, and Hewlett Packard.

Outside of PRG, Eric’s interests include playing ice hockey, water skiing, serving on the lighting team at his church, and spending time with his two children, Megan and Dylan, and his wife Lisa.

Patrick Leahy

Project Manager

Patrick joined PRG in 2011, after 15 years of working on some of the largest events in North America. He has been integral in both the design and production of music festivals, tradeshows, large corporate meetings & events, as well as large scale private events for many Forbes 500 members. Patrick began by gaining a base of experience in Theater Production and then expanding to Concert, Theatrical, and Corporate Touring. Many of the event's Patrick worken on have taken him around the world which allowed him to provide a strong presence for successful international events. These experiences have led him to create an expansive network of people and groups with 24/7 support around the globe. Originally focused on Audio & Lighting, Patrick began to gain an understanding of Video, Rigging, Scenic Design and Project Management through his work on multiple cross-industry events in order to achieve the desired end result of success based productions for one and all.

Working with many Producers, Designers, Directors, and Production Companies, Patrick has also maintained a focus of solution-based approaches in order to create notable and memorable events for clients with a team approach. Patrick brought his technical understandings, hands-on venue familiarity and extensive industry knowledge as well as his success-based philosophy when he joined the PRG team in Chicago.

Patrick looks forward to working with clients to bring together a team focused on successful events, which incorporate all aspects from creative design and progressive technology to venue management, while also keeping mindful of the necessary budgetary considerations. In his current role with PRG, Patrick is focused on multi-discipline corporate, trade show business, and live event systems originating in the Chicago area.

Current & Past Experience; Bonnaroo Music Festival, Microsoft Global & Partners Meetings, Abbott Labs, Abbvie, Primerica, FIRST Robotics, Delta Airlines, High Museum of Art – Atlanta, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, SummerCamp Music Festival, TD Bank, and the NFL Network.

In his spare time, Patrick enjoys golfing, boating, and perfecting his cooking techniques.

Steve Maturno

Project Manager

Steve has over 10 years of experience in the live events industry, and is currently a Project Manager working in trade shows, corporate meetings and special events for PRG in Chicago. Before joining the Chicago team, Steve worked with PRG’s Seacucus, New Jersey office supporting theatrical and corporate clients. Some notable projects that Steve has supported include New York City Fashion Week, 2014 CNN Heroes Awards, the 2014 US Open Opening Ceremony, and many Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Born and raised just outside of Chicago, Steve is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, skiing, and golfing. Steve currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

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