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John R. Lind
President and CEOjohn@venuetech.com
Prior to the founding of VenueTech, John Lind spent 20 years in municipal government administration after earning a Masters degree in Public Administration from University of San Francisco. Throughout his career John has been actively involved in the management and development of convention, recreation, performing arts and entertainment facilities, including his position as Stadium Director at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. In this position, as well as in his work as the Manager of many convention centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, theatres and other public venues, he has gained valuable experience in the areas of venue management, business development, event production and the management of capital improvement projects.
The restoration of numerous historic structures, the development of performing and visual arts facilities, the administration of a $30 million renovation of Candlestick Park and the management of the stadium during the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake and World Series rank as the personal highlights of his career.
For the past thirty years John has developed strategic financing plans, feasibility studies, business plans, restoration plans, fund development campaigns and operating systems for a wide variety of community organizations, including municipal government and nonprofits, reflecting his commitment to the concept of blending community service with responsible business practices.
In addition to managing entertainment and arts venues ranging from 300 to 70,000 seats, John has a career specialization in the area of cultural development having written his Masters Thesis on Developing Cultural Growth in Small Communities.
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Judith M. Barkett
Senior Vice Presidentjudy@venuetech.com
Judy is currently the lead VenueTech consultant on facility management projects and the leader of VenueTech’s management team operating public, private, and nonprofit sector venues. With a Masters degree from University of California at Davis and three decades of experience in facility management, public administration and event production, Judy provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to her position as Vice President of VenueTech, which she has held since 1998.
As past CEO of the California Mid-State Fair and Deputy General Manager of Cal Expo, in Sacramento, she has extensive experience in the management of public facilities and the production of public events. Judy’s experience ranges from events lasting one evening to eighteen consecutive days; from free community concerts to 16,000 reserved seats; and from fundraising dinners for one hundred guests to events with nearly one million total attendance. She is as comfortable working with small groups of community volunteers as she is with industry professionals like Alan Jackson, Michael Bolton or James Taylor, just a few of the major concerts she has produced.
Judy is well versed in talent contract negotiation, concert production, facility management, arts programming, operations, financial controls, marketing, grants and sponsorships. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Friends of The School of the Arts in San Francisco, California.
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Vice President and Chief Legal Officerkathielind@venuetech.com
Kathleen’s career spans 27 years experience as Chief Legal Officer and executive with responsibility for all organizational legal affairs, including insurance and risk management (including captive programs) in the security, financial & insurance and technology industries with annual sales from $50 Million to $3 Billion. As an executive for major corporations her expanded role included sales, marketing, human resources and operations. As CLO for organizations with 50,000+ employees from the 1980’s to present day, Kathleen has created, expanded and managed human resources throughout the advent of state and federal claims based upon sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence in the workplace as well managing human resources departments with objective to establish optimal employer-employee relations.
Kathleen’s experience extends to mergers & acquisitions for privately held and publically traded organizations including technology acquisitions and mergers in excess of $1.5 Billion. She is an expert in technology transactions for software and hardware/chip, trade secret and patented technology. She offers expertise in the establishment and scaling of legal departments within the corporate environment to provide value added legal services where prevention and training provide the foundation as best practices to avoid and manage risk in today’s world, while achieving revenue objectives.
Kathleen received her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, her J.D. from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the California State Bar in good standing; a long time member and early supporter of the worldwide Association of Corporate Counsel. Kathleen has served as Director of non-profit boards. As an adept and sought out public speaker, Kathleen has throughout her career actively organized and participated in lectures, training and presentation of work papers and conferences providing timely and useful information to the public, the legal community and client groups nationwide.
Vice President & Theatre Manager – Heritage Theatre, Campbell, CA
Kristyn Jacobson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. She started her career in the event production business as Director of Events and Administration for the Downtown Stockton Alliance in 1998.
Kristyn came to work for VenueTech in 1999 as the Marketing Manager of the Stockton Fox Theatre, was promoted to Theatre Manager in 2001, and moved to the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, California in 2002 to prepare for the Grand Opening of that historic restoration project.
In her position as Heritage Theatre Manager Kristyn has developed the rental business to include local and regional arts organizations, schools, promoters of ethnic arts events, and clients in the government and business sectors. She secured over 150 rental dates by the third full year of Theatre operations. Kristyn also develops the annual operating budgets and sets financial goals for the Theatre in addition to her day-to-day responsibilities of hiring and training staff, supervising the daily operations, managing the in-house marketing and producing the annual Season of national touring artists.
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Theatre Manager – Downey Civic Theatreamber@venuetech.com
Amber Vogel became a member of the VenueTech staff in 2006 in Eureka, CA, one year prior to the Grand Opening of the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. As Assistant Manager, she participated in developing all management systems for this lovely historic restoration project, which has gained regional and industry notoriety for its impact on the local economy and the quality of life in Humboldt County. With a strong background in marketing, including public relations, advertising and sales, and exceptional customer service training and skills, Amber quickly rose to the position of Theatre Manager in 2007.
Prior to working at the Arkley Center, Amber worked in sales and customer service positions in Provo, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Salem, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. She received the 2003 Lead Generator of the Year Award from TrendWest Resorts in Las Vegas and created the first concierge program for the Resort. During her tenure as Theatre Manager of the Arkley Center, Amber developed a talented staff, a remarkable cadre of volunteers, a concierge quality Box Office customer service program and an exceptional reputation for quality management.
In February of 2011, Amber relocated to Downey, CA as Theatre Manager for the Downey Civic Theatre, the newest client in VenueTech’s management services division.
Theatre Manager – California Theatre, Pittsburg, CA
Crystal has been in the position of Manager of the Dougherty Valley Center for the Performing Arts and the Front Row Theatre in San Ramon, California since January 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of California at San Diego, with an emphasis in Theatre Management.
Prior to joining VenueTech, Crystal was an Assistant Dramaturg for the La Jolla Playhouse, Assistant Stage Manager at the Moonlight Amphitheater, Theatre Supervisor for the Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre, Production and Facilities Assistant for San Diego Theatres, Inc. located in the San Diego Civic Theatre, and Assistant Theatre Manager for the Jewish Community Center in San Diego.
Crystal also taught Drama at a public high school in San Diego before coming to work for VenueTech, a role that has served her well in the management of the Dougherty Valley Center for the Performing Arts, which is located on the campus of Dougherty Valley High School.
Luis Del Arroz
Luis Del Arroz has been with VenueTech since its inception in 1989 and brings an extensive event production background to the management team as he provides a practical, hands-on approach to the business which could only be offered by someone producing hundreds of events per year. His work with VenueTech includes the development of technical and production plans, event planning strategies, lighting and stage systems, and sound reinforcement design.
Luis has an extensive background in the development of production specifications for community centers, theatres, major concert venues, special events and corporate trade shows. He also holds the position of Production Manager for Wilson Events, producing concerts at numerous fairs and festivals each year; he is the Production Manager and Technical Director for major cruise lines, Technical Director for the Fresno Grand Opera, and he is Tour Manager for national recording artists. He has worked in the production of live theatre, opera, ballet, headliner concerts, major consumer shows and corporate trade shows, including work with Microsoft, Intel and others.
Luis has produced some of the biggest names in the concert industry, such as Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, and Andrea Bocelli, to name just a few. He is equally capable and qualified to produce a High School Band concert. Luis is responsible for VenueTech’s concert production management and the supervision, training, and mentoring of all of VenueTech’s on-site technical staff.
Technical Director – Campbell Heritage Theatre
Stephen Milligan serves as VenueTech’s Technical Director at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, California. He started his career as a theatre technician and lighting designer ten years ago working in night clubs around the Bay Area, honing his technical skills and developing management experience.
Steve has been the Lighting Designer for national touring artists such as Maroon 5 and Evanesence, among many others. Starting with VenueTech as a Lighting Designer in 2004, Steve quickly demonstrated his ability to work with clients and supervise staff, as well as care for and manage a valuable and complex facility. For the past two years Steve has held the position of Technical Director for the Heritage Theatre and also has served as Production Manager for special events.
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Technical Director – Downey Civic Theatre
Terry Gilstrap serves as the Technical Director for the Downey Civic Theatre. He joined the VenueTech team in 2001 as a Lighting Technician at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre and served for many years as the Technical Director for that VenueTech performing arts client.
With 15 years of experience in theatrical lighting in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, including a tour with the Tippi Hedren production or “Roar”, Terry quickly became an invaluable asset. As Master Electrician and Lighting Designer at the Palmdale Playhouse and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Terry worked on events ranging from big name concerts like Pat Benatar to the world premier of Edgar Rice Burroughs “You Lucky Girl.”
In 2007 Terry was promoted to Technical Director and is responsible for all aspects of event production, management of technical staff and maintenance of technical and stage equipment.