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Tom Alford, President

Tom Alford

President

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What was the last thing you got excited about?: I get excited about new challenges and projects almost daily, so it is hard to say.

What is your favorite time of the year and why?: Fall is best for hunting and fishing

Who do you admire the most, and why?: I think my mom for putting up with my Dad and me, of course

What would it be if you could only have one app on your phone?: Maps

Melanie Reed, Senior VP

Melanie Reed

Senior VP

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What is one of your hobbies?: Gardening

Briefly state what got you into the event technology industry:
I worked at Alford part-time during college and then worked several other jobs after. I missed the Alford culture and knew that was something I wanted to be a part of again.

What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?: Being named the top woman executive in the event production industry in 2018. More recently, becoming the SVP of Alford.

What is your favorite thing about your job?: Mentoring others and seeing them grow and succeed.

Gary Scott, VP Business Developement

Gary Scott

VP Business Development

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It’s lunchtime – what is your fail-proof, always “good choice” restaurant/food choice?:  Tex-Mex

Favorite hobbies that you enjoy doing?: Scouting  and Travel

Would you instead hike a mountain or lay on the beach?: ANYTHING but lying on a beach!

Pat Reed, Director of Show Solutions

Pat Reed

Director of Show Solutions

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What is one of your hobbies?: Mountain Biking

What is your favorite thing about your job or the industry?:
It is never boring. Always new challenges and places to work.

Briefly state what got you into the event technology industry: I am the second generation. My father was in the business. I tried to stay away from the business but needed a good job, sometimes fate knows better than we do!

What is your nickname, and how did you get it?: Zoolander - after walking a show runway for a client and Show Dad - from being a Project Manager.

Ben MacKinney, Sr. Asset Management

Ben MacKinney

Sr. Asset Management

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What is your favorite thing about your job or the industry?: Working with great people and solving problems

What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?: building ۽ as a great place to work and learn that gives customer support second to none

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of in your personal life?: Being a good father, husband, and friend

David Alford. Cirector of Customer Support

David Alford

Director of Customer Support

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What is one of your hobbies?: Baking

What is your favorite thing about your job or the industry?:

The opportunity to serve our clients and my co-workers

What got you into the event technology industry?:
Steve and Tom gave me the opportunity to be part of ۽

What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?:
Creating the facilitator position

Eric Faulk, Manager of Audio Design

Eric Faulk

Manager of Audio Design

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What is your favorite thing about your job or the industry?: Working with great people and listening to music.

What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?: Winning the Rookie of the Year award with ۽. 

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of in your personal life?: Owning my 1984 Ford Bronco. 

Daryl Barnard, Manager of Video

Daryl Barnard

Manager of Video

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What is one of your hobbies?: Wallyball

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of in your personal life?:
I enjoy teaching and training.

Briefly state what got you into the event technology industry.: I was in Video Post-Production when a client needed graphics for a meeting. I loved the mixture of live television and creative ability in advance.

What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?: I especially enjoy the small shows where we wear many hats and stretch ourselves.

Blake Taylor, Manager of Lighting

Blake Taylor

Manager of Lighting

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What is one of your hobbies?: Amateur Ballroom Dancing

What is your nickname, and how did you get it?:

Blakey Bobby, maybe due to my affection of NASCAR.

Briefly state what got you into the event technology industry?:
Growing up, my family was involved in the TV and film industry. As a teen, I started working with film lighting; however, I was always intrigued by automated concert lighting.

What is an odd job you held ?:
Isn’t working in the entertainment industry odd enough?

Eber Vega, Manager of Warehouse

Eber Vega

Manager of Warehouse

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What is your favorite thing about your job or the industry?: The constant changes that we have to adapt to.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of in your personal life?: My life with my wife and kids.

In two sentences or less, what do you really do?: Currently, I am the warehouse manager/operations support and local/OTR Facilitator.

Rachel Hollis, Manager of Support

Rachel Hollis

Manager of Support

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Who is your favorite Disney/cartoon character, and why?: Belle, because she loves to read.

What famous person in history would you love to meet?: So many, but Jackie Onassis is at the top of my list.

If you could star in any TV show throughout history, what would it be, and who would you be?: It would be a slight rewrite. I want to be Samantha Steven’s BFF on Bewitched. But I would know her powers and help her cover up sticky situations.

Shawn Lunsford, Media Producer

Shawn Lunsford

Media Producer

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What is one of your hobbies?: Guitar

What is your favorite thing about your job or the industry?:

Being Creative

Briefly state what got you into the event technology industry?:
Music and Technology, Gary Scott

What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?:
Various certifications and successful shows/innovation events.