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John grew up in Southern California and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in film production. After graduation John did a bit of traveling while working on several television and film projects; among those was a two month stint in the mountains outside of Sarajevo while employed by ABC Sports during the 1984 Winter Olympics.


In 1986, after two years of managing the AV department of a major San Diego hotel, John came to MSI. Since then he has held a number of jobs for the company: Inventory Control, Dispatcher, In-House Hotel AV Manager, Regional Hotel AV Manager, Operations Manager, General Manager, and President, since 1992.

As MSI's Director of Operations, Ray oversees the company's infrastructure and sets policy for most departments.

Ed joined the MSI team in 1984 as an AV Technician and was promoted in 1985 to Audio Visual Manager at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, where he stayed until 1991. Ed's next assignment was at the San Diego Convention Center, where he built on MSI's growing reputation as a first-rate production company. In his current position as Director of Sales, Ed uses his considerable skills to guide the MSI brand throughout North America.

Tom Bollard has worked in the live entertainment and television industry for over twenty-five years as a designer and Technical Director/Production Manager. Trained as a TD and scenic/lighting designer, Tom has compiled an impressive list of event credits in almost every area of the entertainment industry.


Events such as the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis 500, the National Hockey League All-Star Game, the America's Cup, the Olympics, Major League Baseball's All-Star FanFest, The World Series and mega-speakers events such as Insights and The Bakersfield Business Conference have benefited from Tom's artful design and professional management.


Tom joined MSI in 1989 as part of the original San Diego Convention Center team. He developed and organized the first MSI Production Department and his leadership has guided MSI's transition from a small audiovisual house to the full-service production company it is today.

Sales Team


Sales Associate

Doug began his career with MSI in 1982 as an AV technician, and was quickly promoted to Director of Audio Visual at the U.S. Grant Hotel, where he earned a reputation for clean, efficient and successful projects. Doug's leadership and artful management style made him an obvious choice to oversee new properties as MSI expanded its network of hotel operations in the late 1980s. He successfully built talented technical teams and outstanding AV departments at both the Omni and the Sheraton Grand Torrey Pines hotels. MSI's explosive growth in the early 1990s created the need for a more formal approach to managing the quality of services we were sending our clients, so in 1996 Doug was named Director of Quality Control for the entire company.


As MSI's senior associate, Doug puts his experience to good use guiding our local clients through successful projects here in San Diego.


Sales Associate

Lanny got his first taste of “show business” as a part-time camera operator and studio gopher for a local television station in 1972, and joined the Navy two years later where he spent his enlistment aboard the U.S.S. Jason as an Interior Communications Electrician. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service in 1978, Lanny was employed at a radio station in San Diego where he spent the next four years as a news writer, producer and assignment editor. From there he was off to Atlanta where he landed a position as Media Specialist at Emory University Hospital.


After 8 years as an AV technician in both Atlanta and Orlando Lanny returned to San Diego and joined the MSI team full-time in 1992, and the rest, as they say, is history.


Design Strategist and Production Sales Manager

At the age of 15 Luke started his own production company, LG Productions. After 2 years it became the go-to lighting, drapery, and décor company for luxury-end events in San Diego. Two years after that LG Productions became a part of MSI with Luke taking on a production sales role. He specializes in event, stage, and lighting design as well as realistic 3D event renderings.


Luke has been a keynote speaker at prestigious events such as Biz Bash L.A., talking about his journey as a young business owner and designer. He constantly strives to innovate and create unique event experiences for guests, with clients ranging from Audi, Porsche, Land Rover, and the world renowned La Jolla Playhouse.


Production Sales Manager

Pam is a veteran of the hospitality industry. Having graduated with a BS in Education from Northern Arizona University, she started her career as a Catering Sales Manager for such hotels as the Westin South Coast Plaza, The Newporter, and Marriotts in Irvine, Newport Beach and the San Francisco Airport. Very active in NACE (National Association of Catering & Events), Pam was recruited into the AV industry in 1988 by Photo & Sound Company.  In 1996 Pam relocated back home to San Diego and began her career with MSI.


Pam has been involved with many industry associations:  as President of the Orange County Chapter of NACE, National Affiliate Representative of NACE, and is a member of MPI and PCMA.


Pam handles mostly outbound business, working both with producers and corporate contacts.  Some of her clients include USENIX, IHOP, Applebee’s, El Pollo Loco and PBS.


Retail Store Manager

Debi joined MSI in the Spring of 2001 to help launch The Store @ MSI.  Under her direction The Store has become a hive of activity and a comfortable meeting place for nearly everyone in the business.  In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, Debi is responsible for all in-store retail sales as well as purchasing for special projects.  Prior to MSI Debi was the Sales Manager at San Diego Stage & Lighting.


Debi received her BFA in Theatre Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in Lighting and Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University.  Debi is still an active member of the San Diego lighting design scene where she’s been designing dance and theatre for years.


Production Sales Manager

Matthew graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 and moved to Chicago where he went to work for Sound & Stagecraft as an entry level AV technician to support and maintain his festive lifestyle. In 1992 Sound & Stagecraft was awarded the house AV contract at the new Sheraton Chicago, and Matthew was promoted to assistant manager.  Five short years later he was named Director of Audio Visual, and life was good. In 1997, Sound & Stagecraft was purchased by AVHQ, which was kind enough to move Matthew and his beautiful wife to sunny California, where he worked as the Director of Audio Visual Services at the Loews Coronado.


In February of 1998 MSI had the extreme good fortune to convince Matthew that his festive lifestyle would be a perfect fit with their San Diego Convention Center Team. After 10 successful years Matthew moved to our corporate office to manage the numerous national accounts he had fostered in his time at the SDCC.

Senior Operations




Senior Department Manager

Video Department Manager

Technology Manager

Logistics Manager

Aaron is the Video Department Manager for MSI.  He was born and raised in Liverpool, N.Y., and attended college at Freed-Hardeman University in western Tennessee where he received his B.S. in Media Arts.  His professional career started in electronics, and moved into media.  He has worked as a Graphics Designer/Operator for the Louisiana Downs Horse Track, Assistant to the Director of Video Services for Harding University as well as Master Control Operator and Camera Operator for San Diego news stations.


Aaron began his career with MSI in April of 1999 as a Senior Video Technician.  He became the Video Department Manager in July of 2001 and is now the Senior Department Manager.

Since he began with MSI in 2000, Beau has become the most requested technician on the roster…and that includes all departments.  Beau has played a key role in moving MSI into the digital age by actively staying on top of trends and equipment.  He’s highly trained in all aspects of digital video and production, and oversees MSI’s high-end switching and support systems.


Beau owned PCX Net Games, a high-end Internet gaming company here in San Diego, which has helped him understand how the Internet, digital video and gaming can be an effective tool for our corporate clients.  Beau is an integral part of the MSI systems design team and a highly sought after “voice of reason” by all the MSI department heads and special project engineers.


Because of his engineering skills and calm, professional approach to his work Beau travels for MSI almost thirty weeks each year.  MSI is exceedingly proud to have Beau on the front lines, and recognizes that his excellent work has contributed to the amazing growth of MSI.

Bob Solsbak has been involved in the audio/visual industry since 1986.  He started out mixing live bands for jazz festivals (something he still does) which led to 8 years at Sea World running audio, video and lighting (4 of those years managing the department).  After recording school he was the head engineer for a voice-over recording studio. His forays into technical theater landed Bob in audio-visual sales and rentals, where he quickly rose to the position of District Manager for Matrix Visual Solutions' San Diego office.


Bob joined MSI at the beginning of 2005, and looks after labor, hiring, show staffing, trucking and anything else that's thrown at him.

Production Staff


Production Show Manager

Paul started his long and illustrious career with MSI in 1997 as an AV Technician at the San Diego Convention Center. After a few months of that he moved to our main shop to fill a variety of roles. He acquired a wealth of knowledge during that time, and soon became one of our main riggers, hanging our gear in the air not only at every venue in town but across the country. Leading our crews and being a jack of all trades has made Paul one of the most sought-after commodities in the company.

2015 was the year for Paul to put all of that knowledge and experience to the test as he became one of our senior production managers. Now he takes our gear and crews from coast to coast, making us look good, one show at a time.


Production Show Manager

In 1989 Gary came to MSI after spending 5 years at the Hyatt Islandia and San Diego Hilton to become a floor manager for the newly opened San Diego Convention Center.  He soon became our in-house Production Manager/Technical Director, handling large scale events such as ESRI, Sharp Healthcare's annual meeting, and of course, Comic-Con.  After 19 successful years at the SDCC Gary moved up to our corporate office where he manages many of our national shows while continuing to take on many of our larger local events.


Production Show Manager

Jim Roth majored in Design for Television & Film at San Diego State University in the early '80s. He’s been a stagehand, stage manager, and lighting designer for many of San Diego’s premier theatre and dance companies, and is a Dramalogue Award winner for outstanding lighting design. Jim has supervised the design/build of numerous television and stage lighting systems, including the renovation of the historic KTLA studios in Los Angeles. He’s coordinated the lighting of President George H.W. Bush for White House Communications and has designed productions for fashion icons Geoffrey Beene, Bob Mackie, and Oscar de la Renta. With MSI he’s managed productions for clients Pizza Hut, the NCAA Women’s Final Four, national conventions for the American Physical Therapy and Snack Food associations, and many, many more. He’s also traveled extensively with Barclay’s Global Investors and with the National Basketball Association’s “Rhythm 'n Rims” national tour.


Jim is a strong and well known advocate for our industry.  His many years working as a professional designer and production manager in San Diego have raised the bar for the rest of us and MSI is honored to have Jim on our team.


Production Show Manager

Rich originally joined MSI in 1998, managing A/V at the Sheraton Torrey Pines and the San Diego Convention Center. Rich left in 2002 for a computer hardware manufacturer, managing customers, including Avid/Digidesign, integrating a key component into Pro Tools HD systems. This led to assisting professional recording studios’ transition from analog to Pro Tools, engineering/recording various artists, composing music and producing sound for theater. These expanded into consumer electronics, recording live events, and traveling the US, Europe and Asia. Rich is a San Diego native, has been the vocalist for three rock bands, and currently sings and plays bass with FFT (


In 2014 Rich took on several production assignments for MSI and rejoined full-time in 2015.



Rigging Department Manager


Dispatch Manager


Lighting Department Manager


Audio Department Manager

Senior Technicians


Repair Technician


Senior Lighting Technician


Senior Lighting Technician

Drafting Specialist


Senior Video Technician


Senior Audio Technician


Senior Lighting Technician


Senior Audio Technician


Senior Lighting Technician


Senior Lighting Technician



Senior Video Technician


Senior Audio Technician


Senior Repair Technician

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