My 18+ year corporate live event audiovisual career began in the hospitality market with Swank Audio Visuals where I gained my foundational knowledge of the customer service first approach to delivering technology solutions. I later moved south to join AVI-SPL’s Hotel & Event Production division where I spent over 10+ years lastly in the role of VP of Operations overseeing 100+ hotels & 4 staging offices throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. After Freeman AV acquired the division, I transitioned to Tampa based audiovisual company DCE Productions to serve as President, leading their expansion as a full-service AV production company. Most recently I served as a business development executive with Mertzcrew, where I educated & advised clients on how to remove compliance & insurance risk when working with freelancers/independent contractors while maximizing efficiency and profitability in crew management.
My certifications include Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Technology Specialist. I am a past Chair of the AVIXA Live Event Council and was named AVIXA’s 2017 Young AV Professional of The Year which recognizes young people who have achieved outstanding success, made a significant contribution and are poised to be leaders in the AV industry for years to come. Commercial Integrator Magazine named me in its 2017 40 under 40 lists. Currently, I am on the AVIXA Board of Directors and Foundation Board. As host of AVNation.TV podcast – “The LIVE Life” I speak with an influential guest of the live event audiovisual community discussing topics related to the selling, planning, designing, producing and delivering of Live Event Audiovisual Productions. To help develop the future workforce of the audiovisual industry I act as a speaker and advisor to several education organizations that have courses related to the subject of audiovisual production. Today, as head of WLJ Consulting, I enjoy advising and supporting live event companies who want to improve their environment and find success within the core areas of their people, processes, and technology to maximize their capabilities and profit.