Joseph Schenk III
General Manager, PRG Las Vegas
In early January 2016 Joe was promoted to the position of General Manager for our Las Vegas location. Joe previously served as the Assistant General Manager in Las Vegas over the past year. A Las Vegas native, Joe Schenk III oversees the operation of both Scenic Technologies and Showpay Payroll Services.
Joe began his entertainment career in the late 1980’s as a third generation stagehand. His career quickly expanded tied with the rapid growth of Las Vegas, to include projects such as Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage, The Front Feature at Treasure Island, Cirque Du Soleil, and EFX to name a few.
Joe joined Scenic Technologies in 1993 as a Project Manager and then General Manager where he continued to oversee many of PRG’s larger Las Vegas projects. In 2001, Joe left PRG to start his own entertainment technology company. After selling his interest in that company in 2004, he was persuaded to return to PRG to manage the company’s growing labor services business.
During his career, Joe has managed the technical solutions for hundreds of projects, including corporate events, special events, sporting events, auto shows, theatrical productions, themed attractions, concerts, awards shows, and other TV & Film Productions.
Today, Joe uses his combined experience in scenic fabrication, project management, and labor services to ensure the best possible solutions for client production needs.
When not on the job, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Dorte, and children Connor and Zoe, as well as building street rods.
Vice President of Sales
Like many of PRG’s employees, Patrick Little grew up in the entertainment industry. His father was a stage manager and his mother a dancer on Broadway before his family moved to Las Vegas in the early 1970s. After arriving in Las Vegas, his mother opened up a modeling agency and his father worked at the International Hotel, where Patrick and his siblings got to hang out backstage with artists like Elvis, Ann Margret, and Liberace.
Patrick’s lighting career started in 1983 when he began working in the cable department for Cinema Services. During the ensuing 13 years, Patrick worked his way through other departments at the company while supporting all types of projects and clients, gaining the broad base of technical knowledge, production experience, and management skills that would one day make him an outstanding general manager.
When Cinema Services was acquired by PRG in 1996, Patrick was named Director of Sales for all of PRG’s lighting operations in Las Vegas. In 2000, Patrick became the operation’s General Manager. As General Manager, Patrick now oversees the Las Vegas lighting group’s business development activities, as well as providing support for a very wide range of applications, including trade show exhibits, corporate & special events, car shows, fashion shows, award shows, boxing matches, feature films, and music videos. He enjoys the great diversity of challenges these projects bring and loves to help clients successfully implement new production ideas.
When not at work, Patrick enjoys family time, mountain biking, motorcycling, and many more outdoor activities.
Russ joined PRG in 2010 as Show Services Manager in the Las Vegas depot. He is responsible for planning and executing all aspects of corporate events, trade shows, and live production.
Prior to PRG, Russ was the Director of Trade Shows for Encore Productions Inc. Las Vegas, NV. Russ has spearheaded the Audio Visual for 6 of the top 10 trade shows in the country including CES, SEMA, and Pack Expo.
With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Russ is well-versed in all disciplines, ensuring the clients he works with have successful shows, time after time.
Vice President, PRG Services
Based in Las Vegas, John Monaco provides worldwide coordination of production solutions for many of PRG's largest clients.
The son of a well-known Broadway production electrician Joseph Monaco, John began his career as a stagehand on Broadway more than 37 year ago. His career quickly expanded to include all types of productions, including automotive shows, corporate events, special events, trade shows, sporting events, concerts, and live television productions.
In the 1980s, John joined Harris Production Services, a former division of PRG. Over the next decade, he work as their production electrician and automation technician/programmer on some of the company's largest and most sophisticated events. In the early 1990s, he relocated from New York to Las Vegas to support the company's rapidly growing number of events taking place there.
John left Harris Production Services in 1996 to become vice president of rental operations for PRG’s first lighting company acquisition. Over the next several years, he used his extensive field production experience to improve the operation's efficiency and achieve significant improvements in client service.
In 2004 John moved over to PRG Services where he uses his unmatched experience in Production management to provide total solutions for our clients in the smoothest and most complete ways possible.
Outside of PRG, John enjoys Drag Racing and Custom Cars.
Retail Sales Manager
Charlie John manages the lighting sales department in PRG's Las Vegas office, assisting clients with purchases of lighting fixtures and expendables. He serves virtually all of the major casino and resort properties in Las Vegas, as well as theaters, schools, churches, hotels, nightclubs, and retail stores from all over the world.
Charlie has met the needs of PRG's retail lighting clients for over 13 years. His knowledge of existing equipment and expendables is second to none and he enjoys helping clients locate hard-to-find items.
Prior to joining PRG, he was an accountant at Bayle's & Ditchek, an office products store in Manhattan.
Charlie was born and raised on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He studied at St. Mary's College there before pursuing his career in the United States.
Scenic General Manager
As the General Manager of PRG’s Scenic Technologies Las Vegas office, Bill oversees all aspects of PRG’s western scenic efforts, including sales, fabrication, and scenery rentals.
A veteran of nearly three decades in the entertainment industry, Bill comes to PRG from a 9-year-run as a freelance Technical Director, where he served many of the world's leading corporations.
Prior to that, Bill was introduced to PRG as part of scene shop acquisition where he worked as a Production Manager and Automation Specialist. Bill has enjoyed careers as an Opera Production Manager, a Production Carpenter, a Festival Manager, and a movie carpenter.
Bill enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Dawna and son Dillon.
Director of Automation
Now based in Las Vegas, Henry began his relationship with PRG in early 1989 at the Cornwall N.Y. location. As a team leader, he assisted in design and supervised the construction of Stage Command systems for Broadway and touring productions including Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, and Miss Saigon as well as many corporate clients including Chrysler, Ford, and IBM.
In 1993, Henry was given the opportunity by PRG and Harris Production Services to use his automation and management skills together as the Tour Operations Manager for the Marlboro Adventure Team Tour. This led to several years of extensive touring as a Production Automation Coordinator nationally and internationally. Keeping close ties to PRG, Henry supervised the production process from build through installation and tech for many touring productions including The Producers, 3 Wicked US tours, the Les Miserables Asia tour, the Miss Saigon Asia Tour, and The Britney Spears Circus World tour. Permanent installs include We Will Rock You Las Vegas and Phantom of the Opera Las Vegas. Henry works with a long list of corporate events clients including Ford, GM, Chrysler Hewlett Packard, Toyota, McDonalds, Lowes, and Home Depot.
Two press events stand out as most interesting. Henry was a part of the PRG build and installation team that dropped a Vauxhall automobile 150’ from a crane in Potters Field, a public park in downtown London, stopping it 6’ from the ground in less than 8 seconds. The second was managing The Jeep Climb up the side of 2 Penn Plaza. This live press event was broadcast via web cam nationwide and took place at the height of the Manhattan morning rush hour.
When not working, Henry enjoys good friends, good food, golfing and being at home.
Senior Project Manager, Global Services
Jim Holladay has over 15 years of experience in systems design, installation, and programming. His projects have included the Wynn Las Vegas theatres, the Lake of Dreams front feature and the meeting and ballrooms, the O, Love, Believe and, Elvis showrooms for Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, the renovation of The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Celine Dion Theatre at Caesar’s Palace, and the Battle of Buccaneer Bay at Treasure Island. He also provided system design for The Pearl concert venue at The Palms and The Joint at the Hard Rock Tulsa
Before coming to work for PRG, Jim had his own consulting firm for lighting system design. Some of his projects were Men In Black Alien Attack at Universal Studios Florida, The Atrium Show at Crown Casino, Melbourne Australia and Sony Metreon Entertainment Center in San Francisco. Prior to focusing on systems installation, he was an international Product Manager for Strand Lighting and a Systems Engineer at See Factor Industries. At See Factor, Jim supervised the design and manufacturing of audio and lighting systems for the concert touring market.
Jim attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in technical theater. He is a member of IES and NFPA. He is also a certified ETC and Vortek Technician.
Vickie Claiborne is a Product Specialist for PRG in Las Vegas. Her background in Lighting Design and Programming, Digital Media Design and Programming, and Lighting Console Training spans over 25 years in the lighting industry.
Prior to joining PRG in 2008, Vickie worked as Programmer and Training Manager for High End Systems. In 2006, she set out as an independent Lighting Designer and Programmer for live performances, concerts, TV, and corporate theatre as well as training consultant for Martin Professional.
One of the proudest moments in her career to date has been as lead programmer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Vickie is also is a contributing writer for PLSN magazine covering topics on Digital Media and programming and published her first book entitled, "Media Servers for Lighting Programmers" in 2014.
Joseph Schenk Sr.
President, Las Vegas
Joe has over three decades of entertainment industry experience. As President and general manager of PRG’s Las Vegas operation, Joe has overseen PRG’s contributions to many of the top current and prior attractions in Las Vegas, including Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, EFX at the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Magical Empire at Caesar’s Palace, The Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio, The Conservatory at the Bellagio, Storm at Mandalay Bay, and The Fremont Street Experience. Other major PRG projects Joe has overseen include development of a wireless trolley at The Grove shopping complex in Los Angeles, fabrication of staging and other scenic elements for the 2002 Olympics, and the development of numerous scenic sets for corporate and special events.
Prior to joining PRG, Joe served as a project principal in the development of the enormously popular Battle of Buccaneer Bay show at Treasure Island. He also served as Head Carpenter at the Desert Inn and Entertainment Director at the Aladdin Hotel during the early part of his career.
In addition to his scenic experience, Joe has managed the business and personal affairs of several leading entertainers, including Wayne Newton and Lola Falana. Joe continues to stay active in entertainment management by serving as a production manager on many USO tours. Joe has volunteered his time and expertise to the USO since 1978.
Joe has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.
When Joe is not working at PRG, he likes to spend time with his wife Jenevi, visiting regional auto shows, tinkering on his custom hot rods, and golfing.