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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 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 Master of Science degree from University of California at Davis and more than three decades of experience in facility management, public administration and event production, Judy provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to her position of Senior 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 producing 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 a respected Talent Buyer with numerous agencies throughout the United States. She is well versed in talent contract negotiation, concert production, facility management, arts programming, operations, financial controls, marketing, grants and sponsorships.
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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, CAkristyn@venuetech.com
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 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.
In 2012 Kristyn was promoted to Vice President of VenueTech and assumed responsibility for several areas of administration of the company, as well as providing additional operational support for staff assigned to our team of Theatre Managers. Kristyn plays a significant role in the recruiting, hiring and training of both full-time and part-time staff, oversees human relations functions, and reports directly to Senior Vice President Judy Barkett both in her role as Theatre Manager of the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA and in the performance of her duties as Vice President.
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Theatre Manager – Downey Civic Theatre, Downey, CAamber@venuetech.com
Amber Shaver 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.
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Theatre Manager – Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, Vacaville, CArachel@venuetech.com
Rachel Morgan joined VenueTech in January 2013 as Box Office/House Manager at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre (VPAT) and quickly progressed to become the Theatre Manager by February of 2014.
Rachel has a Master of Science in Sport Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Her background in ticket operations, live event operations and customer service translate seamlessly to the day-to-day operations as a Theatre Manager.
As a southern transplant, Rachel found VPAT as not only a career but as a way to build a community connection.
By combining a passion for live entertainment and customer service, Rachel manages the daily operations of the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre and the production of over 150 community events and headliner concerts per year.
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Theatre Manager – Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and the Front Row Theatre, San Ramon, CAlin@venuetech.com
Lin Dennis joined the VenueTech team in 2004 working part-time as a House Manager at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA. She grew up attending theatrical performances with her grandmother in San Francisco and her love of those experiences has stayed with her. After leaving her full-time position in the tech industry her appreciation for the arts evolved as she became more involved in a variety of performing arts venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Lin’s patron service experience spans from box office & event staff management at small, intimate venues such as the Carriage House and Lillian Fontaine Garden Theatres at Montalvo in Saratoga to premium suite customer service at venues such as Levi Stadium in Santa Clara with over 60,000 guests attending sporting events (including Super Bowl 50), concerts & special events. Her work with various promoters, event management organizations and audiences at The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, SAP Center, The Mountain Winery and Shoreline Amphitheatre have developed her understanding of the event business, its challenges and opportunities. Working to manage events so that each guest and client has the best experience possible is something that Lin strives to achieve each time the venue doors open.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, Lin became the Theatre Manager for the San Ramon Performing Arts theatres in 2015 where she now manages the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and the Front Row Theatre in hosting nearly 50,000 patrons each year. Lin manages the Theatres’ rental clients, the annual professional Presenting Series of performances, as well as supporting the program needs of both the City of San Ramon and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. The Front Row Theatre and Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center have developed a solid reputation of managing events with professionalism and successful customer support under her direction.
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 – Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre
Annie has over two decades of experience in the theatrical and film industries. She began performing in plays, musicals, operas, concerts, and national television commercials at a young age and was also member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Annie transitioned to technical production in 2000 at Solano Community College and began working as a stage manager for numerous companies in Solano and Sacramento Counties and as an assistant lighting and sound designer. VenueTech hired Annie in 2002 as a stage technician, and later as lighting engineer and sound operator, at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre while going to school to earn her B.A. in English-Literary and Film Theory and her M.A in Theatre Arts from California State University, Sacramento. At Sacramento State, she served as a graduate assistant giving lectures in theatre and film studies and graded exams. As a chronic student and to further her leadership skills as a production manager and technical director, she has returned to school and will receive her M.B.A. in the summer of 2018.
Annie became the Technical Director for the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre in 2016. Her strong background in theatre and various events from local and professional concerts to large musicals and symphonies, has given her a great understanding and versed experience in theatre and technical production. Annie has earned technical design nominations and awards for her lighting, set, and sound designs as well as for her acting and stage direction. As a Vacaville native, she enjoys working with her community and volunteers her design skills for the local high school and community theatre groups in her spare time. To add to her theatre work experience, she also has front of house work experience as a house manager and as box office staff. Additionally, Annie was the Managing Director for the Gaslighters Theatrical Company in Solano County and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Creative Arts Collective (Network) as well as the technical consultant for the Harbor Theatre in Suisun. Because of her diverse theatrical and events background, Annie has a profound consideration for performers, singers, technical and theatre production staff, and community groups.
Technical Director – Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and the Front Row Theatre
Evan Lola joined VenueTech in June of 2019 as the Technical Director for the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center and the Front Row Theatre in San Ramon, CA. The Theatre is a significant part of his life & he has been involved in performance arts since grade school.
His growth in the industry, with over seven years of experience including Master Electrician, Theatre Tech and Technical Coordinator, along with his “Can Do” attitude, made him a great fit for VenueTech and the Technical Director position. He addresses client concerns with confidence and has already developed a great rapport with the entire staff and our clients. His implementation of theatre & process improvements has demonstrated his ability to develop technical expertise in our staff, confidence in their work & pride in the venues where we work.
Evan has done production lighting design work for Star Struck Theatre, Ohlone College and Dublin Unified School District, in addition to managing contract work through Evan Lola Lighting.
Technical Director – Downey Civic Theatre
Leihua Hartley joined VenueTech in 2019 as Technical Director for the Downey Civic Theatre in Downey, California. Leihua found her love for the arts touring the country as a child with her mother who was a Polynesian dancer. As a teenager living in Hawaii, she found her passion for theatre and started her career working as a lighting designer. Leihua has toured the United States with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Cornerstone Theater Company. She has experience in planning and designing performing arts venues such as Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance School’s Theatre, The Archer School for Girl’s Black Box Theatre, and SIPA. Leihua has a vast range of experience with plays, operas, music, dance concerts, award shows, television shows, and film shoots throughout the Los Angeles area.
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Marketing and Media Relations - Heritage Theatre
Festival Marketing and Media Relations - Downey Civic Theatre
Lee Wade joined VenueTech in 2013 to assist Theatre Manager Amber Shaver in the establishment of The Downey Dia de Los Muertos Art Festival.
Lee’s experience in Hispanic event production, marketing, and sponsorship procurement, plus a familiarity with Los Angeles’ media and events, helped propel the Festival into one of the Southland’s “Top Five Dia de Los Muertos Events” with active support and compliments from the Downey City Council.
Lee was a co-founder and Executive Producer at Events Marketing, Inc., obtaining sponsorships for and publicizing over 100 “Sky Shows”– spectaculars of fireworks, lights and music–that were staged at the nation’s best fairs and festivals such as The Kentucky Derby Festival, LincolnFest in Springfield, IL, and The Taste of Minnesota, and over 50 Mariachi Festivals, that were performed at California’s top State and County Fairs.
Prior to her events career, Lee worked in the music business, as a Country music DJ in San Jose, and Seattle, as an Associate Editor of trade paper Radio & Records, as a Regional Manager for ABC Radio Networks, responsible for 11 Midwestern states. She also free lanced as the the ballet and contemporary dance critic for the Pasadena Star News.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
Box Office Manager - Downey Civic Theatre
Ashley began working for VenueTech at the Downey Theatre as a Volunteer in 2011 and quickly worked her way to become the Volunteer Coordinator and House Manager just a year later. Ashley’s hard work, dedication and passion for the arts drove her to excel in all aspects for Front of House operations. She was promoted to Box Office Manager in 2018 and manages a professional box office with over 150 events per year. In addition to her Box Office Managing responsibilities, Ashley has assisted in coordinating Downey’s signature annual event, the Downey Dia de los Muertos Art Festival, which hosts over 40,000 patrons each year.
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