Westview Productions Announces Southern California Expansion

Addition of west coast location strengthens commitment to customers

Denver, Colorado: The opening of a new office in Burbank, California is the latest addition to the Denver-based Westview Productions strategic operational growth plan.

Located right off the Ventura Freeway at 3900 West Alameda Avenue, the new office is intended to support customers in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, and will include a sales team, project foremen, and service technicians (as well as other support personnel) to provide greater support to the west coast market. Lea Steele, vice president of operations says that “being able to more quickly respond to our customers is really our goal here. The new location will allow us to engage with a faster response and better serve our clients.”

The decision to enhance our presence in the southern California market was a logical step in our business development,” says Eric Bloom, president and founder of Westview. “We have the opportunity to further expand our staffing and capabilities in lighting, rigging, audio, video, and new technologies as well as increase our ability to enhance the customer experience for our many existing customers in the Los Angeles market as well as expanding into future markets.”

Westview Productions is an entertainment, energy, and immersive technology solutions firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado. With a unique project process encompassing all aspects of design, Westview Productions integrates all construction trades to ensure a seamless project experience. The teams at Westview are comprised of industry experts, working to bring robust deliverables to a wide variety of projects. Focusing on the final product from the start, Westview Productions adds value to projects from as early as design development, and works closely with designers and consultants through project completion and beyond to ensure a turnkey deliverable for its customers.

In addition to the corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado, the new office expands the footprint and supports the company’s growth strategies of expanding full-service resource centers globally, as well as growing its portfolio of regional technology design studios. Westview also has several new positions available both in Los Angeles and Denver for technicians and projects team members, and is accepting applications online at www.WestviewProductions.com/careers.

For more information on this or any other location, or to contact Westview regarding your upcoming project, e-mail info@WestviewProductions.com or visit www.WestviewProductions.com.

Westview Productions Grows Engineering Services

Integration and Controls Expands with Addition of Project Engineer

Denver, Colorado: Westview Productions is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Alek as project engineer, joining the integration and controls team.

Alek joins Westview after 9 years as a technology integrator, with a specialty focus on electronic access control and video surveillance. In fact, he holds a government agency Access Control Permitting License. With a diverse knowledge of network-based solutions, Alek specializes in system layout and custom integration with building systems.

Alek started in the field as an installation technician and then spent many years as a field operations manager. His experience covers many aspects of business from project management to assisting the sales team. With a degree in Industrial Design from MSU Denver, Alek will be directly responsible for the expansion of CAD offerings within both the controls and integration divisions at Westview Productions. “I am very excited to join the talented team at Westview,” says Alek. “I look forward to the challenges ahead, and I hope to help grow the already diverse abilities of this group in order to better serve our clients.”

“Rob is a great addition to our team. His experience in electronics technology combined with his background in industrial design make him well-suited for the Westview Productions brand,” stated Eric Bloom, president of Westview Productions. “His addition will also allow us to continue to grow our methods of communications with our customers in an expanded visual sense.”

Rob will be based in the Colorado office, supporting the North American market. He can be reached at RAlek@WestviewProductions.com.

Westview Reaches New ‘Heights’ in Theatre Rigging

A third member of the Westview Productions Team Achieves Certification

Denver, Colorado: With little experience in the rigging and installation world, Todd Henderson joined Westview Productions as a technician and dedicated himself to his career. After years of working on theatres, museums, and a diverse range of projects nationwide, he refined his skills and focused on rigging as a trade specialty. As someone who greatly enjoys tasks that involve fabricating, building, and any project where he can get his hands dirty, it proved to be a mutual fit. Now a four-year team member at Westview Productions, Henderson is a project Site Foreman, and most recently passed the ETCP certification in Theatre Rigging.

In speaking about ESTA and the ETCP certification program, Henderson said, “This certification is my stamp of approval, showing that I have the knowledge and expertise to safely install rigging systems. It makes me a part of a respected organization of individuals whose level of professional exceeds the standard of the rigging industry. I am looking forward to being a part of the ETCP group and to further my education with classes that stay up to date with the new technology and knowledge from other certified technicians. When a certified rigger is on site overseeing or installing a rigging system, the client can be sure that it was completed to the highest standard that our industry holds.”

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is a voluntary industry certification program that, through required hands-on experience, extensive education, and an intensive examination, awards certification to successful candidates in several fields of the entertainment technology field, including rigging. Currently there are approximately 700 ETCP certified theatre riggers worldwide.

“We are very proud of Todds’ achievement. Adding a third ETCP certified rigger to our staff only helps Westview to serve our customers better.” Says Lea Steele, Vice President of Operations at Westview Productions. “The ETCP certification program is an indicator of quality and professionalism, and is important to us as an organization. Todds’ certification adds to the value of our team.”

Henderson joins Eric Bloom, President and CEO, and Zach Baldry, Site Foreman, as the third ETCP-certified Theatre Rigger on the Westview Productions team. Todd is based in the Colorado office, supporting both the rigging and lighting controls divisions of Westview Productions. He can be reached at THenderson@WestviewProductions.com.

Westview Productions Expands Project Management Team

Lighting Division Grows with Addition of Project Manager

Denver, Colorado: Westview Productions is pleased to announce the addition of Kara Kudzma as Project Manager for the lighting division.

Kudzma joins Westview after 10 years as a project manager for exhibition planning & implementation at the Denver Art Museum. During her tenure, she implemented a formal planning process for exhibitions, managing internal teams as well as numerous types of design contractors and fabricators. Working on exhibits such as Treasures from the Louvre, Being Van Gogh, and Samurai, Kara was responsible for coordinating all aspects of exhibition production. Having been involved with lighting exhibits over the years, Kara is delighted to be involved in the broader world of lighting at Westview Productions.

“I decided to move into the private sector because I craved a change that would introduce me to a broader range of projects and people,” says Kudzma. “Westview combines a diversity in clients and products within the excitement of a growing company. Lighting can make or break any environment- whether a working office or a dramatic landscape, light is a fundamental element with the power to motivate, excite and capture our attention in a different way from anything else and I’m happy to be a part of it!”

“We are very pleased to enhance our projects team with Kara’s skills. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and will help our museum and exhibit customers with her extensive projects background,” Eric Bloom, President of Westview Productions said of her arrival. “She is a great fit for our team, and brings a lot of jobsite experience with her.”

A graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Denver, Kara’s strong cultural arts background is augmented by a professional certificate in project management from CSU. A Florida transplant, she has lived in Denver for 20 years. Besides projects, she also wrangles her 2 teenagers, 2 cats and a burgeoning succulent colony.

Kara will be based in the Colorado office, supporting the North American market. She can be reached at KKudzma@WestviewProductions.com.