Public, Sports & Major Events Management Team

Our team at PRG offers quality management to execute a more effective strategy to expedite the process of integrating solutions for your special event. Our seasoned team in the live event industry has built our expertise in being the service provider for the world's biggest major events throughout the years. With the ability to innovate faster, PRG has the competitive advantage to remove obstacles and improve the efficiency of designing, planning, developing, and executing your project.

  • Tom Van Hemelryck
  • Jim Lehner
  • Tony Ward
  • Bobby Allen

Tom Van Hemelryck

Vice President, Global Sports and Special Events
+32 479 99 91 39

Tom is Vice President of Global Sports and Special Events.

PRG recognizes the importance and growth of Sport and Special Events on a global scale and sees the need for a market that can support Sport and Special Events coordinated through and supported by one specialized team that works with all PRG companies globally. Tom is responsible for all business development and PRG’s strategic positioning in this market on a global scale.

Tom began his career in the entertainment industry as a stagehand during his Bachelor studies Marketing in Belgium in 1994. He immediately got bitten by the entertainment industry virus and after 2/3 of his BA marketing program he decided to start working full time as a free lance stagehand/lighting technician.

In the last 20+ years Tom has been working in the industry in several positions as Lighting and LED screen technician, Project Manager, Account Manager, Sales Manager and Head of Sales.

Tom successfully finished a Global MBA program in 2009 at Manchester Business School. A program that in collaboration with the World Academy of Sports linked the MBA to the Sports and Major/Special Events industry.

Jim Lehner

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.

Tony Ward

Vice President, Television & Special Events

Based in Los Angeles, Tony develops lighting solutions for television productions and special events.

Tony joined PRG in 1997 after spending over 16 years at Chuck Barris’ television lighting company, Automated Studio Lighting. During his career, Tony has had the opportunity to support some of the best known lighting designers in the television industry, including John Conti, Bill Klages, Red McKinnon, John Rook, Greg Bunton, Olin Younger, Jeff Engel, and Bob Dickinson. Through these designers, Tony has developed lighting solutions for literally thousands of television productions and special events, including: the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, and People’s Choice Awards  Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants; opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul  America’s Funniest Home Videos and Star Search; HBO’s USA for Africa special, including the filming of the video, We Are the World  remote productions of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price is Right and music specials for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin.

Bobby Allen

Vice President of Global Accounts, Global Entertainment Group

Robert "Bobby" Allen has had an extensive career that has covered many aspects of the live event/live entertainment world. He started his career at an early age, starting out as a rigger and carpenter at the New York Metropolitan Opera. 

From there, Bobby worked the circuit of theatres and stages of New York City and honed specialized skills working on television shows like Saturday Night Live, All My Children, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and ABC and NBC News shows, all the while still working performances and theatres like New York City Center Theatre's dance companies including Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Paul Taylor and Broadway shows including Lion King, Aida, and Phantom of the Opera.

The next rung on the career ladder landed Bobby at the mecca of live entertainment, Madison Square Garden. He started there in 1994, and worked regularly at MSG until 2009, making lasting friendships and many relationships that stand to this day. During his tenure in NYC, Bobby became a member of IATSE Local One and still holds his card to this day.

In 1995, Bobby took his first touring position with Luther Vandross as Head Rigger. This experience inspired him to open two of his own companies, RDA Entertainment Rigging Inc. and JAX Logistics Inc. In a very short time, Bobby moved up and assumed the roles of Staging Supervisor and Production Manager on international record-setting tours featuring artists like Andrea Bocelli, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Usher, Maroon 5, Beck, and many more. 

In the past 10 years, Bobby has successfully transitioned between the worlds of touring, live events, festivals, sporting events, multi-act and multi-camera variety television shows, promotional marketing, large scale corporate activations and has even stepped into the political arena, as Staging Supervisor of Barack Obama’s Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech in Denver.

Bobby joined PRG in June of 2011 as an Account Executive for the concert touring division, and now operates out of the PRG San Fernando, CA office.

In his spare time, Bobby enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and four children; cooking for friends and family using his secret BBQ recipes; a round of golf; or a refreshing hike in the Agoura foothills. Bobby is a trusted and seasoned entertainment professional.

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