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.
- Kevin McKnight
- Nick Barton
- Doug Baugh
- Lissa Bobet
- Paul Cabral
- Matthew Carson
- Bill Daner
- Joe Demko
- Micah Dixon
- Fred Ecker
- Freddie Kong
- April Lucier
- Cletus Norton
- Martee Nuruddin
- Mark Rabinowitz
- Chris Simmons
Kevin McKnight oversees audio sales and operations at PRG’s Orlando depot.
He brings our clients two decades of experience as a specialist in sound design and operations for corporate/industrial and special events. He came to PRG after 11 years as senior staff audio engineer for On Stage Audio (OSA International), a leader in high-end audio design and execution for those markets. Before joining OSA, he was a staff audio engineer for eight years at Walt Disney Entertainment, where he specialized in live entertainment and show design. He entered the field as a freelance audio engineer.
Account Manager, Corporate & Events
Nick began his career at Feld Entertainment where he worked for 7 years. His job allowed him to tour around the world working on theater productions, ice shows, and Freestyle Motor Cross. During his time at Feld Entertainment he served as an audio assist, lead audio, lead rigger and as a production manager.
Nick as been with PRG since 2010, serving first as an audio production specialist. For the past 4 years, he's served as a Project Manager, Technical Director and now as an Account Manager. Nick manages all aspects of productions, including client management, proposals, budgeting, technical drawings, gear lists, crew scheduling, venue coordination, and onsite supervision of elements to insure perfect execution.
With over 12 years experience in the entertainment industry in various areas of production, Nick still eagerly seeks to learn new skills and traits at every opportunity. Nick has a strong dedication to show quality and customer satisfaction. He's an energetic self-starter with excellent analytical, organizational and creative skills.
Nick grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire. He attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL and graduated in 2001 with an associate degree in Music Production.
Doug began his career in the industry in 1991 in Orlando, FL with Total Audio Visual Services, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, moving from Audio Video QC department to customer service and later to exhibit sales. Doug continued through acquisitions with GE Capital, Caribiner and AVHQ until helping to establish the AVW Exhibit Department in Orlando.
Doug returned to AVHQ in 1999 before accepting a position with Projection Presentation Technology in Maryland as their national director of exhibit services in June 2001 through June 2006. Doug’s dedication and knowledge helped establish national policies and procedures for exhibit services sales and marketing throughout the national division and in-house properties.
In December 2006 Doug returned to Orlando to be reunited with his family and grandson, and took a position as national account executive with Hi-Tech Rentals & Staging, now the Corporate & Trade Show Services group within PRG. While Doug’s main focus is with GES Exposition Services in Orlando, he is also involved with statewide association and foundation events, design houses and independent clients at nationwide events and venues.
Doug attended Virginia Wesleyan College and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. When not working, Doug enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
National Sales Manager
Paul's professional career was set in motion immediately after graduating from Johnson & Wales University in the early 80's. For the first twenty five years of his career, Paul worked in the hospitality industry for ITT Sheraton and Marriott International and Loews Hotels & Resorts.
During this time, Paul has managed multitude of events, conferences, corporate and association meetings, entertainment production, and trade shows. Paul has extensive experience in many facets of the hospitality and meetings industry and is always ready to think outside the box.
Paul joined Atlanta based Hi-Tech Rentals in 2003 which was recently acquired by PRG.
Paul's major strengths include:
- Proven success in cultivating and establishing nationwide client and vendor relationships
- Outstanding interpersonal communication and organizational skills
- Superior ability to organize, facilitate and manage multiple projects
- Superior customer development and retention
- Established industry reputation
Vice President, Agency Channel Sales
Matthew Carson has been working in the entertainment industry since he was a teenager. He studied theater at the University of Wisconsin, as well as The Florida State University where he received an MFA in Technical Production. After receiving his degree, he spent two years teaching theater at The University of Central Florida, in Orlando. In 1997, Matthew left teaching and accepted a position as an Account Executive with The FX Group, an Emmy award-winning scenic design and fabrication company, specializing in the Corporate Meeting and Broadcast industries.
In 2000, Matthew left FX to work as a freelance Technical Director and Producer for the corporate meeting market. After two years of working freelance, Matthew, along with a partner, started Odyssey Creative, a production company focused on meetings and digital media. Late in 2004, Matthew returned to The FX Group as the Director of Operations, and eventually served as the President until June of 2009. In 2009 Matthew joined Production Resource Group as an Account Executive, specializing in creative agency sales. In 2015 Matthew was asked to lead the channel sales team that services PRG’s agency customers.
Matthew lives in Orlando with his wife Shana, and their two sons, Alexander and Oliver.
Senior Account Executive
Bill Daner develops all types of entertainment technology solutions for corporate and special event clients.
Bill brought nearly two decades of experience to PRG when he joined the company in 2006. He joined PRG from an Orlando-based audio/visual services company, where he had worked for over 7 years as an account executive and project manager. Prior to that, he had served as warehouse manager for another Orlando based audio/visual services company, Image Technical Services. Bill's career began in Connecticut, where he served over 8 years as an A/V technician and banquet manager for the local offices of two major hotel chains. He also provided freelance technical support for many corporate and special events during his years in Connecticut.
Bill has an associates degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Outside of work, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Lynn, daughter Lauren and their dog Izzy, as well as waterskiing, snow skiing, and mountain biking.
With more than three decades of event production experience, and an upbringing rich in fine arts, Micah offers a special toolbox of knowledge for the success of all shows. His humble beginnings in theater go back to his teen years constructing sets and scenery for school productions and summer stock theater. After receiving his B.F.A. in Sculpture, he grew into scenic carpenter at the Missouri Repertory Theater, and the Kansas City Shakespeare Festival. As his skill increased, he evolved into corporate production; creating and building an entire set and scenic department for a Midwest-based production company. Micah joined Production Resource Group in 2008 and has enjoyed being an integral part of successful event production worldwide.
Director of Global Accounts, Corporate & Trade Show Services
Based in PRG’s Orlando office as part of the PRG Global Team focusing on corporate meetings, expos and special events. Fred has been active in the audiovisual industry for over 20 years with experience in show operations including account management and project management for all aspects of Event Production. Focused on delivery of client’s brand messaging through event technology, staging and custom fabrication.
Before Joining PRG, Fred served as Vice President of the Live Event division of FX Design Group overseeing the sales, design, production and installation process for both corporate events and broadcast studio projects. Building and leading a strong team of account managers and production crews.
His production acumen and relationship management builds lasting client partnerships in development of production for shows. Specializing in conceptualizing and developing a client's vision with successful results. Understanding professional design is vital when developing a communications platform. The emotional power of design moves people to react positively and will elicit the desired human response when done right. Resonating and connecting with your audience.
National Account Manager
Freddie Kong has over 12 years of experience in the trade show and special event industry with a focus on meetings, exhibitions, and exhibits. He began his career as a Senior Account Executive with Global Experience Specialist, a global trade show general contractor. During his eight years with GES, Freddie was responsible for generating custom exhibit sales throughout the GES global network. Prior to joining PRG, he served as a Senior National Account Executive with Moss, Inc., a trade show and special events fabric solution company.
In his current position, Director of Global Accounts, with PRG, Freddie is focused on National Exhibit builders, producers and general contractors providing audiovisual solutions for exhibits, general sessions and breakout meetings. His customer focus and support from the pre-planning stage throughout the entire event helps his clients navigate through the new technology challenges while providing enhanced presentation opportunities for each event. Freddie is a member of GSAE, GaMPI, EDPA, GMIC, IAEE, ISES and NCBMP.
When not working for PRG, Freddie is an avid golfer and an ex PGA golf / teaching professional. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy, son Kai and daughter Hailie.
From his office in Orlando, Cletus Norton develops audio solutions and multi-discipline shows for corporate event, special events, television.
Cletus joined PRG in 1999 after serving ten years as a freelance audio engineer at various recording studios in Florida. Since joining PRG, he has helped develop audio solutions for numerous corporate events, special events, and sporting events, including three halftime shows for the Citrus Bowl.
From his studio experience prior to joining PRG, Cletus is the credited audio engineer on over 50 record albums.
Outside of PRG, Cletus is an avid baseball fan. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Stacey and 2 sons Richard & Luke.
Senior Account Executive
From his office in Orlando, Martee Nuruddin develops entertainment technology solutions for all types of production applications. Martee also helps establish PRG's company-wide standards in client service.
Martee began his entertainment industry career in 1977 through an IATSE Local # 1 apprenticeship at Vanco Stage Lighting in New York. During his long tenure with Vanco, Martee spent seven years on the production crew for the New York company of 42nd Street. He also toured with the national company of 42nd Street and assisted with the Tokyo production of the show in 1986.
In 1987, Martee became head electrician for Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Over the next two years, he directed the theatre's technical support for a variety of productions, including the Tony award winning revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes starring Patti LuPone.
In January of 1989, Martee returned to Vanco to help establish the company's Orlando office. In the years since, Martee has played a leading role in the development of the office's business base, which includes support for numerous corporate events, special events, trade shows, television and film productions, theatre productions, and permanent system installations at theme parks, schools, churches, retail malls, and other types of venues.
Martee joined PRG in 1996 through PRG's acquisition of Vanco.
Martee graduated from Queens College in New York City with a BA degree in theatre and mass communication. When not on the job, Martee enjoys freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Mark has over 28 years of experience in the entertainment industry, having started his career as a stagehand in 1976 after studying scenic design at the University of Alabama. During the late 1970s and 1980s, Mark served as a stagehand at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, was gaffer and head electrician for numerous television & film productions, served as a stagehand in the theatrical tour of Dancin', and participated in numerous other projects.
In 1989, Mark joined Vanco, an Orlando-based lighting company acquired by PRG in 1997. At Vanco, Mark started out in the cable department and worked his way up through every major position in the shop before becoming general manager of the operation in the late 1990s. During this time, he worked on most of the major industrial shows supported by PRG as well as installations at Universal Studios and many other theme parks.
Mark is an excellent first contact for anyone seeking a technical expert in PRG's Orlando office. He also serves as scenic rentals coordinator for the facility.
In his free time, Mark enjoys traveling and spending time on Florida's many beaches.
Chris has been working in the entertainment and corporate event industry for over 20 years. After graduating from Morehead State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television Production, he moved to Orlando and began his career as a lighting and fireworks technician for The Walt Disney World Co. During his 13 years at Disney he was involved in lighting and design for numerous special events and show productions as well as several permanent lighting installations. In 2005 Chris left Disney to work as a freelance LD and ME for the corporate event industry.
Chris joined PRG in 2008 as a Product Specialist and consoles technician before moving into his current position of Account Executive.
When not working at PRG, Chris enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Kathy and 2 daughters, Jessica and Isabel.