To close out summer and welcome a busier than ever fall, we wanted to make a post that would be a first of its kind. This August, we raise our wrenches to recognize a technician living in Florida under our South Eastern Division! Stephen King Jr. has in essence, worked hand-in-hand with us to open this now successful branch. It is through many of his positive reviews that our reputation hasn’t skipped a step in a new market.
Our South Eastern Regional Manager Dustin James had this to say about Stephen. “Stephen is an asset to the team in any role that he fills. He’s always prepared, diligent, and his work ethic is unmatched.”
We are excited to continue working with Stephen this fall and to get to know him a bit better, we asked a few questions about his industry experience and the experience of working with Event & Media Technologies!
– Stephen, would you mind giving us a bit of your background and what inspires you about the Audio/Visual industry?
“I have been working in the Audio/Visual field for over 25 years. My skill in our industry comes from my education background in electronics, which has enabled me to know ‘why something works’ more than just ‘this is how you work it’. Outside of A/V, I hold numerous Information Technology certifications, I served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm and spent many years as an active volunteer firefighter.
(Hanging with John Travolta!)
What inspires me most about our industry is we are the ones that bring our client’s visions to life. Without our hard work and skill, events would be dull and boring affairs. It is inspiring to see a successful show go off and take pride in the work the team has done.”
– You may already be aware, but this is our first “Technician Spotlight” featuring a tech from our South Eastern Region. As we are always looking for feedback, can you give me one positive experience you have had on a job site for us and one area of opportunity you feel we could improve on?
“The most positive thing for me is the professional reputation that Event & Media Technologies has developed around Central Florida. It is an honor to be able to go to a job site and have the client say, “You are from EMT, so I know I don’t have to tell you what to do.”
The one improvement I could recommend is training opportunities. It would be great for you to host training events for techs to receive training on different pieces of gear or some aspect of what we do, or provide individual training for a piece of equipment one may not be familiar with. This way we can be more efficient at job sites and ultimately take on more advanced roles.”
– Can you give us a glimpse into what tools and/or supplies you bring on a typical call? We know you have survived some long ones!
“Having spent many years as a volunteer firefighter, I have always learned that you can never be too prepared. In addition to the usual small hand tools such as screwdrivers and adjustable wrench, I carry a backpack with a studio laptop, USB sticks, network switch, rope, carabineers, zip ties, sharpies, headphones, programmable 2-way radio, rain gear, hammer, pliers, spare phone chargers, and of course a compliment of sweets, snacks, and energy drinks. On my belt I carry a flashlight and a multi-tool.”
Want to be recognized for your outstanding service to Event & Media Technologies and receive a monthly prize of $100? Contact us today and tell us your story!