PRG Paskal Los Angeles Staff

What makes the PRG Paskal staff and crew members different from other Motion Picture Lighting and Grip Equipment houses? One word… Experience. While staff members at other equipment companies may seem like a constant revolving door, at PRG Paskal you will find the same team of friendly down to earth professionals year after year. People that you can rely on not only to fulfill your production needs but more so as partners and friends focused on the same goal; to provide outstanding equipment and service no matter how challenging your project may be. Whatever your location, rest assure that PRG Paskal has offices nearby to serve your needs.

  • David Miranda
  • Raimond Manzo
  • Renso Portocarrero
  • Ron Reid
  • Kristie Shanahan
  • John Smith

David Miranda

V.P. of Operations

David Miranda graduated from The Rochester Institute of Technology in New York with a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Arts & Sciences and Film/Video Production. He relocated to California in 1988 and worked as a freelance set electrician and grip on commercials, feature films, and music videos before joining Paskal Lighting in the 1989. He has been employed with the company for over 25 years and during his tenure has served in multiple roles ultimately advancing to V.P. of Operations.

With his broad knowledge base, and expertise in motion picture lighting David plays a key role in staffing, training, implementation and enforcement of procedures, policies, and cost controls for all PRG Paskal Lighting locations. Additionally David has successfully negotiated multiple labor contracts to date with California based IATSE Local 80, and Teamster Local 399.

Raimond Manzo

Warehouse Manager

Renso Portocarrero

IT Operations

Ron Reid

Rental Agent

Ron Reid joined Paskal Lighting in 1990 and served as Warehouseman and Driver until he was promoted to Rental Agent in 1996. During his 20+ year tenure as a Rental Agent, Ron has coordinated lighting and grip equipment packages for countless commercials, music videos, television series, as well for as some of largest feature film projects in the business. As a veteran coordinator, Ron’s extensive experience includes client relationships with some of the most prominent motion picture lighting and grip professionals in the industry. Ron’s resume of feature film coordinating including Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can”, “War Of The Worlds”, “Lincoln”, Quentin Tarantino’s “D’jango Unchained”, “Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2”, “Inglorious Bastards” as well as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, “The Kite Runner”, “Hugo”, and too many others to list.

When not at work, Ron is an avid competitive softball player, and enjoys backpacking, camping, and photography.

Kristie Shanahan

Billing Manager

Kristie began her career in the film industry at Sequoia Illuminations in 1989 and was promoted up to Branch Manager within 3 years. In 1994, she joined on at Hollywood Rentals and served as a Rental Agent and eventually was promoted to Feature Marketing. In 1999, Kristie joined the Paskal team and played an integral role in the design and implementation of expendable sales procedures, purchasing, billing, as well as variety of specialty ad hoc projects for the company. Kristie’s wealth of knowledge and experience on a variety of levels has played a key role in the management of expendable sales, invoicing, and related accounting functions. As Billing Manager, Kristie oversees invoicing for all multi-state PRG Paskal locations across the country.

John Smith

Service Manager

John Smith graduated from The College of Technology in Dublin, Ireland in 1982 with a degree in Electrical Installation Theory & Practices and a minor in Engineering Principals. He worked as an Electrical Contractor until 1989 when he relocated to the United States. From 1990 to 1996, John was a licensed contractor who worked on commercial and residential properties. In 1996, he joined Paskal Lighting as the Building Service Manager and was responsible for the repairs and maintenance of equipment and the facility. In 1997, he took on the responsibilities of Fleet Manager and oversaw the servicing, maintenance, and repairs of all company vehicles, as well as compliance with D.O.T and C.H.P. and A.R.B. regulations.

In 1999, John designed and oversaw the manufacturing of a full line of ETL approved power distribution boxes built for the company. John currently oversees the Service Department, all Manufacturing and is also the purchaser of all new equipment, parts, and shop supplies. He is a highly skilled electrician, contractor and a certified forklift trainer.

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