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Jonesy

I.T.

Rookie of the Year
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Fondest Alford Memory:
I was hired in IT but soon asked how my graphic and web design experience was, and shortly after, I helped redesign the Alford company logo and website. By the way, thanks for visiting! :)  

First Alford Memory?: 
Funny enough, it was years before I was hired. I was invited to a shindig in the theater with a friend (now co-worker) and thought it would be incredible to work here … and here I am! 

Where do you see the industry in 40 years?:
I think in-person events will still be relevant. Still, I also think VR and Augmented experiences will expand as technology becomes a big thing and more commonplace, including for those who can’t travel or even have mobility challenges. Augmented effects will continue to grow in our Creative Department and make experiences more interactive and real. 

Wade Diebold - Account Manager

Alexi Briceno

Video Technician

5 Years+
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Fondest Alford Memory:
My fondest Alford retreat was a great experience! To see everyone working so hard to bring that together. Seeing so many people cooking and bartending from the team was great.

First Alford Memory?: 
My first memory is of my interview with Rachel. She showed me the installations and walked me around the warehouse where Eber was cutting some wood, and I remember thinking, “What the hell am I getting into?“.

Where do you see the industry in 40 years?:
I think we will do the same in 40 years. Creating experiences and materializing visions but with more friendly equipment and maybe not needing to use so many cables LOL.

Scott Miller - Account Manager

Hayden Litchfield

Repair Technician

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Fondest Alford Memory:
Winning the annual Alford corn hole tournament with Taylor as the “Vidiots”.

First Alford Memory?: 
Getting a tour of the building from Melanie before I was on the staff. 

Where do you see the industry in 40 years?:
Only getting busier with more companies wanting big events for product launches and massive meetings. 

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Cole Daniels

Video QC

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Fondest Alford Memory:
Playing in the Cornhole Tournament and not doing too badly. 

First Alford Memory?: 
Getting injured on the job, on my first day, and introducing myself at the safety meeting. 

Where do you see the industry in 40 years?:
Holograms. 

Pam Schoen - Account Manager

Dan Dwyer

Freelancer

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Audio/Comms/RF Coordination

Dan has been an Audio production freelancer for over 15 years, creating DAD Audio along the way. Here is why Dan chooses to work with ۽. “As a seasoned freelancer, I always search for a new challenge. ۽ is a perfect fit for that desire to push the boundaries of what is possible in our field. No matter what you know, there is always something to learn and a way to improve your craft.”

Janice Barr - Account Manager

Charlie Pearle

Labor Manager

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Fondest Alford Memory:
My first Alford Chili Cookoff was just days after I broke my ankle. I was so worried that I couldn’t help the way I had intended to, but everyone was so kind and were happy to help accommodate me. Despite being in a wheelchair, I was able to be a part of the chili presentation for the Support team, meet many of the freelancers I had started to get to know, and even threw axes from the wheelchair. When I was least able to help myself, I saw what Burgundy really means.

First Alford Memory?: 
The first show I remember crewing was a Department of State event, and I was still just getting to know our freelancers and what all they do. So when a video position got cut after we were told we had past the deadline to get techs through a background check, I didn’t hesitate asking if that technician happened to be able to run audio, and he was one of those multi-talented individuals who was able to do both and was the last piece of the puzzle to finish crewing the show.

Where do you see the industry in 40 years?:
I can’t speak to the technology and the many changes that will bring to the industry, but in 40 years I know what will stay the same. The difference between a good and a great show will be technicians that are not only knowledgeable but hard-working, caring individuals who are passionate about creating the best show experience possible.