Washington DC Staff

The foundation of our organization begins with our staff – a richly talented group of professionals that are inspired by each other. Our producers and directors have “cut their teeth” in this business while touring with headline entertainment. Our staffing is by design – the best production techs in the world are those that have supported the highest levels of creative talent.

Bryan Besterfeldt PRG Chicago Staff

Bryan Besterfeldt

General Manager, Northeast Region

Tom Cahill PRG Washington DC Staff

Tom Cahill

VP of Client Services, Corporate & Events Group

Tom Cahill is a recognized leader in the events industry having a career as a top producer, technical director and production consultant and is well known in the entertainment and business industries. Over the last 30 years, he has produced national and international meetings, events and conventions.

Tom’s career started as a stagehand operating in Washington DC working on many well know events and he quickly moved into stage management and ultimately became an executive producer of live events.

Tom has expertise extending into a diverse spectrum as he has produced, directed and stage managed high-profile corporate events including three Republican National Conventions, The National Marine Corps Museum Dedication, The Magic Johnson Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, 2013 Presidential Inaugurals, BAE, Avon, Microsoft, ADT, Discovery Channel, CR Bard, Roche, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dimension Data and John Deere.

Tom has produced events in every major venue across the nation. His expertise in venue selection is rare - due to his operational skills, on-site experience, and knowledge of the local labor unions that tightly manage and control these locations. He delivers both a front-of-house and back-of-house perspective to our clients as they begin their process of venue selection.

Joel Haffey PRG Washington DC Staff

Joel Haffey

Operations Manager


Kaitlyn Howland

Labor Coordinator

John Hubler PRG Washington DC Staff

John Hubler

Director of Global Accounts

Jim Kelley PRG Washington DC Staff

Jim Kelley

Vice President, Industry Relations/Association Channel Sales

In his role as Vice President, Industry Relations for PRG, Jim is actively engaged in leading the company’s sales team and industry relation efforts while also effectively managing a portfolio of events.

Jim is committed to supporting the professional growth of the industry and participates in PCMA both locally and nationally. He serves as Co-Chair of the PCMA Education Conference Task Force and is a member of the and Director of Education for the PCMA Capital Chapter Board of Directors. In 2014 he was honored by the PCMA as the “Distinguished Service Professional of the Year." Additionally he serves as as a Board Trustee of the Incentive Research Foundation and chairs their Education Committee. Internally he was honored in 2015 with PRG Presidents Award.

His ability to effectively align the needs of his clients’ events with their strategic organizational goals while understanding the nuances and trends of the meetings industry makes him a valued partner.


Mark Makowski

Project Manager

Mike Normandin PRG Washington DC Staff

Mike Normandin

Director of Global Accounts

Mike has over 15 years of experience in producing business meetings, executive video shoots, video modules, live satellite broadcasts, web-site development, marketing programs, and web support.

Since joining IEP in 2001, Mike has been an Executive Producer in the Creative / Strategic Marketing Division. His projects included: the PowerStroke Diesel Truck Tour, numerous video projects for Ford Motor’s Executives, creative direction for INVESTools product education, CR Bard video modules, The Larry King Foundation, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

From 1992 to 1998, Mike was a Staff Producer for Caribiner International, where he produced many product launches for Ford Motor Company’s Worldwide Export Division around the globe. Those launches included locations such as: London, Cairo, Dubai, and Puerto Rico. Mike also produced the launches of the Ford Expedition in Arizona and Alaska, and the Lincoln Navigator SAE introduction in Washington DC. Not only was he a Producer for the Caribiner team, but he was also an integral part of the production support structure. He was the Line Producer for the annual Lincoln Mercury Intro Shows and an on-site representative for Ford’s purchasing division, as well as numerous other support roles.


Daniel O'Connell

Project Manager


Tom Berberet

Vice President of Sales, Northeast Region, Corporate & Events Group

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.


Rebecca Ramsey

Vice President of Association Channel Sales

Russell Sanders PRG Washington DC Staff

Russell Sanders

Business Development

Russell brings a strong conceptual aptitude for creative and campaign development. Multi-media experience across all categories of communication. Writer, designer and producer of industry events. Agency experience, branding and identity development, strategic marketing campaigns and sales programs.

Extensive design throughout the category of event technology - bringing major events to life via multi-media presentations.

Russell oversees the development of the Creative and Marketing process for PRG Washington’s global client base. This division melds together the latest in technology for presentation, identifies new entertainment options, and develops creative and marketing solutions for the various client services. These include ideation, project design, multi-media development, executive support, graphics, scripting, scenic design and overall branding.

As a consultant and industry professional, his clients have included major corporations such as Coca-Cola, Under Armour, Univision, AOL, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lincoln Financial, BearingPoint, Dimension Data Americas, Huffington Post, Families United, BroadSoft, The Freedom Forum, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

As an advertising executive on the West Coast for over ten years, he cut his teeth in the world of retail advertising, B2B marketing and supported sizable national campaigns.


Mark Spector

Director of Global Accounts


Matthew Storck

Project Manager


Jim Thweatt

Senior Project Manager

Jim’s roles as Director of Video with PRG include managing budget proposals and equipment allocations for events, overseeing freelance video labor, participating in site surveys, and providing on-location video production and internet technologies.

Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the entertainment and special events business. Before joining PRG Washington DC, Jim toured with a variety of artists including; the Backsteet Boys, Elton John, James Taylor, Kenny G and Journey. Jim began his career as an audio engineer with Opryland Productions, working on both theatrical stage and industrial shows. His diverse assignments included running sound for “Sing Tennessee” the official state production of the 1984 World’s Fair, installing the sound system for the General Jackson Showboat and audio engineer for Opryland’s only touring production. He later served as Opryland’s Scene Shop Foreman. Jim moved on to Vanderbilt University to serve as a Technical Director for the Special Events department, which hosted dance troupes, musical artists, plays, and other touring productions. During his tenure, Ted Koppel hosted a live evening of the Peabody award-winning “Nightline” and HBO filmed the star-studded “Chet Atkins and Friends: Music from the Heart” using campus locations. Jim began working in audio/video special events for several companies, becoming more focused on the newly emerging video technology. In the mid 90’s he began working in video production for touring acts.

Born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, Jim attended Georgia Institute of Technology and Middle Tennessee State University. He met his wife, Nancy, at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. They have three sons and currently reside in Maryland.

Tim Warner PRG Washington DC Staff

Tim Warner

Project Coordinator

Tim graduated from the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts in December of 2008, from their AudioWorks program with the highest GPA of his class and perfect attendance. Tim jumped at the opportunity to start his career with Innovative Event Production, being hired as their first Audio Warehouseman. He’s since moved up the ladder in the organization, all through the transition to PRG, to become the Director of Audio for the DC depot.

Tim leads a group of talented individuals who have a vast background mixing audio in all facets of production. He also has the phenomenal support from his staff in the warehouse, maintaining the audio gear, and ensuring the correct gear goes where it is needed.

Tim works with the Producers to come up with the best audio design for the scenario(s), and then works with his Audio Engineers to flesh out the entirety of the needed audio gear. He also works closely with his Audio Department Manager to ensure that all the gear is accounted for, and well maintained.

He was born and raised, and has never left the confines of Carroll County MD. He lives with his wife and two sons. His love of music spills over being just an audio engineer, as he is the drummer in a local band as well as his local church.


Allan Weeks

Senior Project Manager



Eddy Quiteno

Project Coordinator


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