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& Meet The Team &

& Meet The Team

JEFF

JEFF SCHLUTER

Chief Executive Officer

JEFF SCHLUTER

Jeff Schluter, chief executive officer at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has 23 years of industry experience. Jeff specializes in live special events, conventions, brand activations, and integration design. He prides himself on bringing together a talented team focused on attention to detail for the betterment of every client. Connect with Jeff at jeff@corplighting.com

JAMES

JAMES FONTE

VP OF PRODUCTION

JAMES FONTE

James Fonte, vice president of production at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has over 20 years of experience working in live productions. James started in the warehouse, worked through all the crafts, and eventually became the production manager. After 15 years managing small to large-scale events, he became vice president of production. His role is to assist sales and manage our team of project managers to ensure every production is successful. He is proficient in networking and IT, production design and rendering, audio-visual system design and implementation, and control system programming. James is also well-versed in Vectorworks, Adobe Creative Suite, and Twin Motion. Connect with James at james@corplighting.com.

CRAIG

CRAIG TROSCLAIR

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

CRAIG TROSCLAIR

Craig Trosclair, director of operations at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has over 20 years of live event production, operations, management, and leadership experience. Craig ensures every task gets done no matter what. He loves sweating it out with the team, getting his hands dirty, and being a leader, providing clarity, fairness, and guidance. Connect with Craig at craig.trosclair@corplighting.com.

Josh

JOSH TEMPLET

Inventory Manager

JOSH TEMPLET

Josh Templet, inventory and cross rental manager at Corporate Lighting & Audio, ensures that our rented gear is returned to us correctly and on time. Josh is also responsible for processing incoming inventory and inputting the new items into our inventory software. When the warehouse staff pulls gear for shows, he answers any questions related to our inventory and assists in the pulling, staging, and loading process. Josh is proficient with the inventory software, Flex. Connect with Josh at josh.templet@corplighting.com.

Mike

Mike Sidman

Project Manager

Mike Sidman

Mike Sidman, project manager at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in music theory and composition with a minor in general business. He is an experienced production manager with a demonstrated history of production management, sales, event management, and media and communications. He has produced events for Pepsi, Smoothie King, Coca Cola, to name a few, and thrives on working with clients through the thought, design, and execution stages of every event. Mike is experienced with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vectorworks. Connect with Mike at mike.sidman@corplighting.com.

Robert

Robert Self

Project Manager

Robert Self

Robert Self, project manager and lighting and scenic director at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has served as a production manager in various theaters and facilities worldwide. Robert has extensive experience working with students, volunteers, the Actors’ Equity Association, and IATSE professionals in settings including theater, dance, live music, and corporate events. As a project manager, he is responsible for creating production schedules, overseeing budgets, interacting with designers and artists, and ensuring all technical requirements for each production are met. As lighting and scenic director, he coordinates local and national events, from simple productions to large-scale events requiring exacting schedules and extensive technical elements. Annual events include the Super Bowl Experience, NAACP National Convention, and New Orleans Jazz Fest. Robert is well-versed in ChamSys lighting consoles, Vectorworks, rigging systems operation, SFX, and Q-lab audio playback systems. Connect with Robert at rob@corplighting.com.

SCOTT

SCOTT GRINDSTAFF

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

SCOTT GRINDSTAFF

Scott Grindstaff, CFO of Corporate Lighting & Audio, has an MBA from Ottawa University and has worked in production for over 20 years specializing in business development, sales, and finance. Connect with Scott at scott@corplighting.com.

Nick

Nicholas Frederick

Project Manager

Nicholas Frederick

Nicholas Frederick, project manager at Corporate Lighting & Audio, previously worked in the live theater industry, serving as the managing director at Jefferson Performing Arts Society for nearly a decade before COVID-19 forced a career change. Nicholas was easily able to crossover due to the similarities between the two industries. From conception to implementation, he uses his design, technology, and management skills to bring productions to life. Nicholas is experienced in welding, rigging, drafting, networking, computer repair, Vectorworks, Pro Tools, and Adobe Creative Suite. Connect with Nicholas at nick@corplighting.com.

Jonathan

Jonathan Lutman

Project Manager

Jonathan Lutman

Jonathan Lutman, project manager at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has over 12 years of experience with operating shows in various departments, including A1, A2, RF coordination, system technician, video, graphics, records, teleprompter, permanent installations, client management, and crew management. He is now using his experiences as project manager to help fulfill the expectations of CL&A's clients and crew members to produce shows and events that exceed expectations. Jonathan’s certifications include Dante Level 1, Dante Level 2, Dante Level 3, QSC Q-Sys Level 1, QSC Q-Sys Level 2, Shure Integrated Systems Level 1, and Shure Integrated Systems Level 2. He is also experienced in ArrayCalc, R1, Dante Controller, and Q-Sys Designer. Connect with Jonathan at jon@corplighting.com.

Paula Scheidt

Paula Scheidt

warehouse supervisor

Paula Scheidt

Paula Scheidt, warehouse supervisor at Corporate Lighting & Audio, is experienced in loading trucks for music festivals, warehouse inventory labor for a glass manufacturing plant, and department management in the film industry. She also worked as a gallery director in the French Quarter for 11 years. Connect with Paula at pscheidt504@gmail.com.

Heath

Heath Riddle

Video Lead

Heath Riddle

Heath Riddle, video lead at Corporate Lighting & Audio, constructs multiple, design-specific LED walls for various projects. He has over ten years of experience in the audio-visual (AV) industry, working with lighting and video, during which he worked as a lighting and video director on a national tour for three years. His passion for creative design allows him to provide clients with quick information and answers on ambitious projects while bringing their visions to life. He is EAVA certified and experienced in Atem video software, Novastar processors, and Adobe Photoshop. Connect with Heath at heath.riddle@corplighting.com.

Wilbert Hayes

Wilbert Hayes

Technician

Wilbert Hayes

Wilbert Hayes, technician at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He switched to audio-visual (AV) in 2022, starting as a warehouse associate and driver, and now, as a technician, ensuring top-notch service for clients. He is Dante certified and experienced in Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office. Connect with Wilbert at w.hayes@corplighting.com.

Shawn

Shawn Riddle

Technician

Shawn Riddle

Shawn Riddle, technician at Corporate Lighting & Audio, has experience in lighting design and programming. He is familiar with Grand MA 3 and Chamsys lighting consoles. Connect with Shawn at shawn.riddle@corplighting.com.

Victor

Victor Lista

AV and Rental Accounts

Victor Lista

Victor Lista, AV and rental accounts specialist at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Michelle

Michelle Wise

office manager

Michelle Wise

Michelle Wise, office manager at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Cortez Shelby

Cortez Shelby

Warehouse Manager

Cortez Shelby

Cortez Shelby, warehouse manager at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Mike Duke

Mike Duke

audio systems technician

Mike Duke

Mike Duke, audio systems technician at Corporate Lighting & Audio, is an audio engineer and musician with over two decades of experience providing services on many levels for live sound, corporate events, event production, event coordination, sound design, and frequency coordination. As an audio systems technician for CL&A, Mike is responsible for maintaining, operating, and incorporating the live sound aspect into the mix to provide a seamless experience for clients and guests. He is Dante certified and experienced in D&B, ArrayCalc, R1, Wireless Workbench, Shure, Clearcom, Yamaha, Midas, QSC, Dante DVS, Dante Controller, Midas, and Avid. Connect with Mike at mike.duke@corplighting.com.

Van Taylor

Van Taylor

Inventory Specialist / Driver

Van Taylor

Van Taylor, inventory specialist / driver at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Brennan Garnett

Brennan Garnett

Inventory Specialist / Driver

Brennan Garnett

Brennan Garnett, inventory specialist / driver at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Jaquez Murphree

Jaquez Murphree

Project Specialist

Jaquez Murphree

Jaquez Murphree, project specialist at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Joe Fonte

Joe Fonte

Warehouse Technician

Joe Fonte

Joe Fonte, warehouse technician at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams

Inventory Specialist

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams, inventory specialist at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson

Inventory Specialist

Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson, inventory specialist at Corporate Lighting & Audio.

Tommy Wells

Tommy Wells

Inventory Specialist

Tommy Wells

Tommy Wells, inventory specialist at Corporate Lighting & Audio.