Montreal, October 15, 2020 – Philip Giffard, President, Sales and Systems Integration Division of Groupe Solotech Inc. (Solotech) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Miami StageCraft, a lighting sales and integration company located in Miami, Florida. After acquiring Pro Sound & Video, SEAL and Show Systems in January 2020, and now well established in Florida, Solotech is once again expanding its service offering and inventory to better support local clients and ensure growth.
Under the leadership of Solotech’s Rod Sintow, Vice-President, Systems Integration USA–who also oversees all Florida brands–and Philip Giffard, President, Sales and Systems Integration, this acquisition shows that despite the COVID-19 situation, the AV Sales and Integration market is full of opportunities and still active in various sectors outside of the entertainment world: Education, Corporate, Worship, Government and so on. “Solotech was able to manage the crisis and focus on opportunities for consolidation, with the goal of not only surpassing a difficult period but also becoming stronger and well positioned for when the business gets back and peaks again”, says Giffard.
“Solotech and its U.S. Divisions (Pro Sound & Video, SEAL, Show Systems and now Miami StageCraft) have a strong reputation in the North American marketplace”, says Rod Sintow. Operating under the newly unified branding “A Solotech Company”, all Florida-based brands will now showcase the companies’ common philosophy of delivering outstanding service and solutions to clients.
Joining the location of Pro Sound/SEAL Miami, Andrew Martin and Steve Welsh will pursue their respective roles as Senior Vice-President (SEAL and Miami StageCraft) and Executive Vice-President (SEAL and Miami StageCraft), while supporting national growth in lighting services. “By combining of our two service-oriented companies, Solotech is responding to clients’ desires to have a single source solution with knowledgeable experts across market sectors.”
Founded over 40 years ago, Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 15 strategic locations in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, Solotech is the single source for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration in various markets, namely music, sports, business, culture and education. Solotech employs 1,550 professionals in its offices located in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Saguenay.
Find out more at www.solotech.com
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Toronto, October 9, 2020 – Philip Giffard, President, Sales and Systems Integration Division, is pleased to announce the appointment of Omar Prashad as Sales Director, Ontario, effective today.
A passionate and results-driven leader, Prashad will be responsible of the leadership of the sales teams (Toronto and Ottawa offices), with the objective of establishing Solotech’s business position and growing revenue and market share in the province. He will oversee the development of key existing accounts in the live performance and entertainment sectors, while ensuring a strong diversification strategy to penetrate high-promising market segments such as Corporate and Education.
With over 15 years of experience in the systems integration business, namely at Westbury National, Advanced Presentation Solutions and DuoCom Canada, Omar Prashad has a very strong background in managing and motivating sales teams, delivering results above expectations while holding responsibility for budget, financial management and strategic planning initiatives. Prashad holds an MBA from Queen’s University and was awarded by Commercial Integrator’s Top 40 under 40, in 2015.
“Omar’s proven vision and sales development curriculum make him an exceptional asset for our company. We are all looking forward to benefiting from his in-depth knowledge of the business and his vast expertise in systems integration. We are confident that he will help bring a new dynamic to our business and generate growth across Ontario”, said Giffard.
The entire Solotech team wishes him a warm welcome and much success in his new position.
Founded over 40 years ago, Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 15 strategic locations in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, Solotech is the single source for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration in various markets, namely music, sports, business, culture and education. Solotech has offices in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Saguenay.
Find out more at: solotech.com
Brad Nelms appointed Sales Director of the Las Vegas office
Las Vegas, October 5, 2020 –Rod Sintow, Vice-President, Sales and Systems Integration Division, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Nelms as Sales Director of Solotech’s Las Vegas office.
A proven and experienced leader in the entertainment industry, Nelms will be responsible for the leadership of the Las Vegas sales team, with the objective of establishing Solotech’s business position and growing revenue and market share in the region. He will oversee the development of key existing accounts in the live performance and entertainment sectors, while ensuring a strong diversification strategy to penetrate other high-promising market segments.
With over 15 years’ experience in sales management and operations, namely at ACT Lighting, VER and 4 Wall Entertainment, Brad Nelms has excellent customer service skills and a very strong background in personnel management, training and organizational development. He holds a B.A. degree from University of Northern Colorado, as well as continuing education certificate from Harvard School of Business.
“Brad’s certifications and qualifications make him an excellent asset for our company. We are all looking forward to benefiting from his knowledge of the business and strong background in the entertainment technology industry”, said Sintow.
Montreal, July 24, 2020 – Solotech is proud to announce that it has added another string to its bow as a trusted partner of Yoop eSpace, a virtual and multifunctional production environment that enables content providers to create and stream high-quality events in an immersive and interactive way. Benoît Fredette, businessman and Yoop founder, recently launched the new two-way Yoop platform, which offers a real-time visual and audio interaction between artists and spectators.
This partnership with Yoop was ideal: the two companies are immersed in the entertainment industry and always aim higher by proposing modern technologies to meet customer needs. It represents an opportunity to innovate and to go beyond the barriers of distance by bringing content providers and their audiences closer together.
Solotech supports Yoop by providing its production expertise, its equipment and technical teams to ensure the audio, video capture and the broadcasting of events. She is also offering studios where the events can be held. Recognized for its state-of-the-art equipment and well-established global footprint, Solotech will support Yoop in its desire to serve customers around the world. The Yoop eSpace is already planning to open locations in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and the UK, adding to its first site in Montreal.
The combination of expertise will greatly benefit clients by offering a new interactive, simple and secure way to attend virtual events. Keeping our culture alive and its related industries while promoting it around the world. It is the beginning of a new era where real exchanges between fans and artists (or even between companies and their employees!) are at the forefront thanks to a direct superior connection, a possibility of a two-way interaction and a production quality worthy of television studios.
Martin Chouinard, President of the Live Productions Division at Solotech, is enthusiastic about this partnership: “Yoop and Solotech have the same objective, to allow spectators to reconnect with their favorite artists through real contact where the energy can be felt on both sides. We are excited to bridge two worlds which have been distant for so long, it will help infuse a lot of passion into the great cultural community. Thanks to cutting-edge technologies, we can build a future beyond physical constraints, without sacrificing the quality of production and offer an ultimate experience. We see real potential for corporate events, musical performances, product launches, training sessions, to name a few.”
In parallel, Solotech has broadened its service offering by adding webcasting expertise, the inauguration of studios and new equipment targeted for artists and workers in times of pandemic. Find out more here.
Founded over 40 years ago, Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 15 strategic locations in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, Solotech is the single source for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration in various markets, namely music, sports, business, culture and education. Solotech’s offices are located in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Saguenay.
Find out more at www.solotech.com.
Yoop is an entertainment company, specialized in creating, developing and operating products and services to help creators distribute their content directly to their fans and improve their experience. The Yoop platform offers in-person and virtual events and is available to download via the Yoop app, on the App Store and Google Play, or Yoop website at yoop.app.
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London, 04 March 2020 – Solotech has expanded its global operation, extending its well established video department into the UK and has opened new offices in Central London.
Solotech is a global leader in audiovisual and entertainment technologies and acquired SSE Audio Group, the UK’s largest pro audio services provider in 2018. Now as part of Solotech’s expansion strategy in the UK they have appointed Ian Woodall as Director of Video and Paul McCauley as Video Business Development Manager in the UK and European markets.
Ian Woodall, or Woody as he prefers, has a CV that includes working at XL Video where he was Sales Director and in recent years has spent much of his time as a freelancer, designing and building AV systems in European venues and as a touring video engineer on projects including Nile Rodgers and Chic who have been with Cher for the past year.
Keeping up the preference for nicknames, Paul ‘Macca’ McCauley has extensive experience in the both the Live Events and integration industries. Macca moved from audio to video when he worked as Senior Project Manager with Woody at XL Video over 10 years ago.
Woody commented, “We decided that it was important to build on the huge reputation of Solotech for video in Canada and the US and therefore necessary to start organically, building it from a clean slate so that we can maintain the same Solotech service across the UK and Europe.”
“Initially there are three key facets to our business that require equal attention. Firstly leveraging the contacts and expanding the scope of the UK Sales and Integration divisions within SSE Audio and Wigwam. We will bring our new offering of video services to the project delivery teams and existing customer base, alongside the development of new business that Macca and myself can introduce under the banner of the new Solotech UK Video department.”
Macca continued, “Then there’s Solotech’s huge video touring business. As a global company we need to locally support our customers. As our clients visit us from the US and Canada, we can provide the necessary technical assistance to support each tour. Having this infrastructure within the same organisation on both sides of the Atlantic is a not only rare in today’s market, but a necessity. ”
“Finally, we have our own local touring clients. While this is no less of a priority, we are planning for structured growth as we want to ensure that we increase capacity at the right pace, providing every client with the same expected premium level of service. We have the worldwide backing of Solotech, which enables us to make significant capital investments on equipment so that no project is too big or too small.”
Mickey Curbishley, President Live Productions Division at Solotech is delighted about the company’s latest offering in the UK: “Projects across the board now increasingly call for a 360° service, where a single vendor supplies sound, lights and video. This is equally applicable in both live production touring and the sales and integration markets. Our ultimate aim is to become the preferred 360 vendor in the UK. Delivering the right equipment, with the right people at the right price will enable us to achieve that goal.”
The expansion of Solotech’s video department coincides with the opening of a new Central London office. Situated close to Covent Garden tube station, 100 yards down the road from the Royal Opera House, the new location comprises of open plan offices and meeting rooms.
Alongside several permanent staff, including the video team, there are a number of hot desks available to clients and visitors from other offices to use when in central London. The meeting rooms feature state of the art video conferencing facilities that can support virtually any video conference client such as Skype, Zoom, Facetime etc.
Manager Director, UK Sales and Systems Integration, Alex Penn explained, “The central location is perfect for meeting with clients, whether from the UK or further afield. There are four airports all with good links into the capital and Kings Cross International is three stops away on the tube. We hope that making our team more accessible in the city will help us to develop our contacts and open new doors to us.”
“We’ve invested in the technology infrastructure providing exceptionally fast internet and custom built desks with built in wireless charging for mobile phones so everyone can work seamlessly here, when away from their regular office. Video conferencing means we can reduce unnecessary travel, increasing productivity, whilst remaining environmentally conscientious, and also provides a show case of what we can deliver to the corporate market as an integrator.”
Philip Giffard, President for Sales and Systems Integration at Solotech explained the company’s approach to the UK operation: “The new offices and the video department are key to us delivering the Solotech offering in the UK, alongside growing and developing the businesses of our UK brands.”
“Solotech first took a foothold in the UK pro audio market with the acquisition of SSE Audio Group including SSE Audio, Wigwam and Capital Sound in November 2018. Since then we have taken a measured approach in the UK, taking time to learn the synergies and differences of the businesses on each side of the Atlantic before making any alterations to the operation.”
“We added Hampshire based BCS Audio in September 2019 and then came the biggest change to date, that of restructuring the senior management of the UK Group in January 2020. This is testimony to Solotech’s desire to build on the UK business and expand into new markets.”
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Ian ‘Woody’ Woodall
Paul ‘Macca’ McCauley
Montreal, March 4, 2020 – Martin Tremblay, President and CEO of Groupe Solotech Inc. (Solotech) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pro Sound, Inc., a highly regarded audio, video, lighting and broadcast integration company, headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices and warehouses in Orlando, Pensacola and Los Angeles. Solotech also acquires Pro Sound, Inc.’s Stage Equipment and Lighting (SEAL) brand as well as affiliates Pro Sound CA, Inc., and Show Systems, Inc. This acquisition significantly increases Solotech’s systems integration and live productions presence in the US market.
“Pro Sound Inc. and its divisions have an incredibly strong reputation in the North American marketplace. Under the leadership of Rod Sintow, CEO, who has built a well-respected management and operational team, the company has been trusted to work in some of the most renowned venues throughout the United States,” states Tremblay. “Rod and his team share our unwavering dedication to quality work, innovative solutions and best industry operational practices. The Pro Sound & Video, SEAL and Show Systems brands will be strong additions to the Solotech family, perfectly complementing our corporate goals and propelling our Systems Integration capabilities as well as our footprint in the United States.” With this acquisition, the increased reach of Solotech as a systems integrator will reinforce its positioning as an industry-leading player.
Pro Sound & Video, Stage Equipment and Lighting and Show Systems will each continue to operate under their current names, with the upcoming unified branding of “A Solotech Company”. This will showcase the companies’ common philosophy of delivering outstanding service and solutions to clients.
From left to right: Kelly Prince, Philip Giffard, David Shoemaker, Rod Sintow, Martin Tremblay, Frank Snipes.
Joining the senior management of Solotech, Rod Sintow continues his role as CEO of Pro Sound, Inc. and will work closely with Philip Giffard, President of the Sales and Systems Integration Division at Solotech and Mickey Curbishley, President, Live Productions, USA and UK. They will bring together their teams, best practices and service offerings to the markets, including theme parks, broadcast facilities, Houses of Worship, theaters and performing arts centers, corporate events as well as large-scale music and performing arts productions.
Sintow states, “Solotech has an undeniable global leadership position in systems integration and live productions in the marketplace, and this acquisition gives our customers access to fully integrated solutions while allowing us to expand our service and support for our clients. We are delighted to join forces with them. We like to start with the client’s vision and have our team develop that vision into reality. The combination of our companies and our expert teams will answer all the needs of our clients and help us to really exceed their expectations.”
“Pro Sound’s reputation speaks for itself as does its impressive list of clients in theme parks, broadcast facilities and sporting venues,” notes Giffard. “By acquiring Pro Sound, we will be able to offer more North American customers access to our Sales & Systems Integration solutions, customized to their needs. Solotech and Pro Sound have similar philosophies of comprehensive service and support to clients from the initial design all the way through systems commissioning and even after the project is up and running. With the combining of our two service-oriented companies, Solotech is responding to clients’ desires to have a single source solution with knowledgeable experts across market sectors.”
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