Clay began his career in the industry by joining the Vari*Lite Engineering group in 1981, during the development of the first Vari*Lite systems. In 1983, Clay moved over to Showco to design and develop concert touring sound systems and mixing consoles. As time went on, Clay became more interested in the business side of Showco and was promoted to President and CEO in 1992.
Clay left the industry in 2002 to operate the vintage guitar business that he and his wife own. This seemed like the beginning of the good life and he fully expected to spend the rest of his life playing and selling guitars until he was offered the opportunity to come to PRG in 2013 as General Manager of the PRG Dallas office. PRG Dallas functions as the headquarters for PRG’s Technology Development Group which manages, organizes, and develops new technologies for PRG worldwide. When (constantly) asked “why did you give up the good life to come back to this?” Clay’s only response is “I guess I am addicted to the action. I only came back because I know the people, know their capabilities and would only be willing to work for the number one company in the business.”
Clay and his wife continue to operate a vintage guitar store in Dallas, TX and manage to squeeze in a gig or two whenever time permits.
Based in PRG's Dallas R&D center, Charles directs all engineering development for the organization.
After receiving a BS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, Charles worked for eight years in the defense industry with Boeing and E-Systems. In 1994, Charles joined Vari*Lite as an Embedded Software Developer where he worked on the development of the VL6 luminaire and updates to the Artisan control console. Charles was also the project leader in the development of the Virtuoso® control console, which won a 2001 EMMY award for engineering.
Charles has worked actively in the development of new control protocols for the lighting industry, including RDM and ACN, as a member of the Control Protocols Working Group, part of the PLASA Technical Standards Program. Charles was awarded a Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006 for work on the RDM Task Group.
Outside of work, Charles enjoys tennis, reading, movies, and spending time with his three children.
Now based out of Dallas after a recent relocation from Los Angeles, California, Andrew works as a liaison between Engineering, Production, and Service.
He began his career as a CAD draftsman and Design Engineer for Teatronics, Inc. in 1989. After several years he joined Xenotech, Inc. as a Design Engineer where he was directly involved in design and support of Xenon-based lighting equipment. Notable projects that Andrew has supported include: several Olympic games, Super Bowl Halftime shows, Academy and Grammy Awards, and many permanent installations around the world.
In 2000, Andrew joined Vari*Lite Los Angeles as Technical Services Manager eventually taking on several roles that included Shop Manager, National Operations Coordinator, and Technical Director.
Andrew joined PRG in 2004 as a result of the merger between PRG and VLPS.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys competitive trap shooting, sporting clays, working on his 1930 Model A Ford, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Chris's lighting career began early on in high school and continued into college. He attended Wittenberg University in Ohio where he earned a BA in Theater.
After graduation, Chris became a Shop Technician at Vari-Lite in New York City. He eventually went on to join Vari-Lite’s road staff where he held multiple positions including Vari-Lite Tech, System Tech, Crew Chief, and Lighting Director.
In 2004, Chris joined PRG where he has worked on multiple concert tours, TV shows, corporate events, trade shows, and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Halftime shows. In 2007, he became the Product Manager for PRG's Proprietary Luminaires and the Series 400 Power and Data Distribution system.
As Product Manger he continues to do shows and support PRG’s clients as well as develop new products for the Entertainment Industry like PRG’s GroundControl Followspot System
Matt began his career with PRG in 1995 working in the technical services department of the company's New Jersey office, where he learned how to repair and install all types of lighting equipment. Beginning in 2001, Matt worked as a project manager for PRG's Integrated Systems group. As part of this group Matt oversaw lighting system engineering and installations at Zankel Hall (in Carnegie Hall) and the Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, while continuing to perform field service and customer repairs as part of the technical services team.
As part of the technical services team, Matt worked on a wide variety of notable projects, including ABC's Times Square studios, NBC's studios 8H, 6A, and 3K in New York, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, the Millenium Theatre in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Times Square, the Hard Rock Cafe and Disney's Cirque du Soleil in Orlando, four Holland America cruise ships, and several attractions in Las Vegas, including The Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio Hotel and The Conservatory at the Bellagio.
Since 2005 Matt has been the Product Manager for PRG's Mbox family of Media Server products. He directs the efforts of the Mbox hardware and software development team in addition to providing support for the Mbox family of products. As product manager, some of his most memorable Mbox projects have been: Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour, Lady Gaga's Monster's Ball tour, Spider Man - Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, the 2011 Pan Am Games, and Tarzan on Broadway.
Matt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in production, design and technology (with an emphasis in lighting design) from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.
Product Specialist, S400 + Luminaires
Michael is a Product Specialist for PRG Proprietary Luminaires, Series 400 Power+Data Networking Systems, and GroundControl. Housed in the Secaucus office, Michael supports various productions in the Broadway, Concert Touring, and Special Event Markets. Working side-by-side with technicians and project managers around the world, he assists in engineering a variety of lighting networks and systems. Michael is also the primary beta tester for all Luminaires, GroundControl and S400 Networking Systems.
As a member the PRG Lighting Engineering Team (aka PRG Dallas), he helps bridge the gap between designers+technicians with PRG engineers+operations. Also passionate about training and education, he leads dozens of specialized technical lighting courses for professionals and students alike.
Summer 2011 as a Lighting Intern in the Orlando office, Michael began his journey with PRG. He continued in 2012 as a DesignLA Intern in the Los Angeles office. Finally rounding off as a Controls Intern in the New Jersey office under the leadership of Product Manager Chris Conti.
Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Lighting Design.
Having joined PRG in 2006, Anthony has managed Oracle Inventory and TEAM Rental Warehouse operations and is responsible for tracking the sales, repair, and rental inventory transfers in the PRG TEAM and ORACLE databases.
Prior to joining PRG, Anthony worked for Kyocera Mita as the Inventory Controller.
Outside of work, Anthony enjoys ranching and spending time with his wife Sharonda.
Vice President, Technology
Tim Wiley oversees entertainment and event production technologies for PRG globally.
Tim has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment and corporate event staging industry. He began his career in the mid 1980s as a show technician for Disney. In 1994, he joined an Orlando-based audio/visual company as a video engineer to help them develop and implement new show packages. In the ensuing years, his leadership and contributions enabled him to be rapidly promoted to Vice President of show services where he oversaw the technical staff, as well as the integration of lighting and audio elements into the company’s product mix.
At PRG, Tim has been the General Manager of PRG Orlando and PRG Las Vegas office. Throughout his career, Tim has been a leading innovator in the development and use of video products and technologies. He has worked closely with leading industry suppliers such as Folsom/Barco, Grass Valley, Snell & Wilcox, and Vista Systems on the development of ground-breaking technologies such as widescreen and montage. Tim is continuing to work on the latest advances in entertainment technology with a special emphasis on the integration of video with other production elements and identification of new product development opportunities for PRG.