CEO, Television, Film and Global Music for North America
Steve is responsible for PRG’s North American operations and process improvements while leading the development of strategic business initiatives.
Prior to joining PRG, Steve was an executive at Dell, Inc. As General Manager of the North American Retail and Distribution Channel, he led the division to more than 25% year-over-year growth by transforming the supply chain, introducing new channels, and streamlining procurement processes.
In addition to his experience at Dell, Steve has a 20-year track record of building and leading strong growth-oriented businesses in markets ranging from retail to distribution to management consulting. During his tenure as COO at a privately-held distribution company, he led their nationwide expansion from a customer base from 1,000 to over 5,500 stores.
Vice President, PRG Audio / General Manager, PRG Chicago
Randy Hutson is General Manager of the Chicago location & Vice President of PRG’s audio operations, bringing together products and services while developing new markets for this location.
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.
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.
Vice President, Corporate Channel Sales
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.
Senior Account Executive, Business Development
An industry veteran with over 20 years of trusted experience, Zoe is considered to be valuable partner to the Cinematic community that she has served throughout her career. She is known for bringing technology to the creative community empowering them to bring concept thru capture to the Big Screen. Zoe has surrounded herself with companies that provide innovation, technical and service expertise.
In Zoe’s newest capacity as Senior Account Executive for Business Development for Production Resource Group (PRG), her responsibilities will include developing opportunities for the wide spectrum of Entertainment solutions that PRG has to offer, specifically in the segments of Feature Film, Television and Commercial Productions. This includes Canada and markets east of the Mississippi.
Prior to joining PRG, Zoe held the position as General Manager for Fletcher Camera and Lenses. Under Zoe’s leadership, Fletcher became a National Recognized Camera Company with offices in Chicago, Michigan, and New Orleans. Credits include notable features such as Public Enemies, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, along with numerous television series and commercial production.
Previous to Fletcher, Zoe was an Marketing Account Executive for Panavision that included negotiating and servicing the technical camera needs of Cinematographers in markets of Chicago, Toronto and Florida. She also worked as an Production Account Executive for the Eastman Kodak Company, and a Studio Manager for Chapman Cranes and Dollies in Orlando, Florida.
Zoe is an Associate Member of the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers), an invitation only organization for those whom have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the craft of cinematography. Zoe is a ‘92 graduate of Nationally Recognized Liberal Arts, Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Director, Business Development
Working via PRG’s Chicago office, Scott supports clients local to the Indianapolis area, as well as maintaining numerous national accounts. His industry experience includes graphics and multimedia operation, visual display system design, and corporate industrial production.
Scott holds a degree in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University. He uses his knowledge and passion for multimedia technologies to help clients deliver unique and memorable live events.
A close relationship with his clients and production partners is important to Scott. His long term relationships have resulted in a deep trust with his clients who turn to him to handle the details, do the right thing, and make the show unforgettable.
He lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife Jackie.
Director, Business Development, Corporate and Events
Ryan joined the PRG team in May of 2015. As part of PRG’s Business Development group, Ryan’s primary role focuses on fostering the growth of Association business within the Chicago market, as well as driving new sales opportunities on a local and national level. Ryan takes great pride in maintaining high levels of service for existing and prospective PRG customers, from initial consultation, through full event execution.
Ryan has over 12 years of industry experience, providing comprehensive event technology solutions, in numerous markets, and a variety of venues throughout the United States. He is a member of several local and national organizations, such as the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and The Association Forum of Chicago, that are dedicated to improving the quality, efficiency, and communication within the meetings, trade-shows, and live-events industries.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan is graduate of Texas Christian University where he completed his studies both domestically, and while living abroad in London, England, United Kingdom. Prior to joining PRG, Ryan held numerous leadership roles during his 10+ years with PSAV, working in large convention-hotel markets such as Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Acting as the Director of Sales for PSAV, Ryan managed a variety of sales teams & initiatives, where the focus on a consultative sales process, drove multi-million dollar growth for several nationally recognized hotel brands.