MANAGEMENT

Said Lounis

CEO

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What year did you start at IWEISS: 2019 

What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS? Working with IWEISS is all about the people and the theater industry. When it comes to the IWEISS team, they are second to none: their passion for their work, their loyalty to the company, their commitment to advance the industry both in performance and safety. But overall, they are just nice people to work with. I have always been passionate about stage rigging. I am an engineer, and, naturally, I am attracted to well-engineered products. IWEISS has great products, but more importantly, has a strategy of constant improvement that will keep the company on the leading edge of this market.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? There are many people I’d love to meet and spend some time with, pick their brains. If I have to pick one, it would be Steve Jobs. I still marvel every day at the incredibly positive image he has created for Apple. These are the only products out there that people happily pay full premium price for a product that is essentially the same as the competitors product. The difference is in the image.

Tell us something we don’t know: I would be pretentious to say I know something that the world at large does not know. But there is something about me that my friends and family know: I love live performance, whether it is music, dance, theater, opera, anything really. I even love to see high school plays.

JENNIFER TANKLEFF

President

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What year did you start at IWEISS:
1994
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
During 25 years, I have been able to meet amazing people in all aspects of the business, from bankers and lawyers to the very best lighting and scenic designers some of whom I count as friends today.
What are three things still on your bucket list?
Going on an African Safari, Seeing the Northern Lights, and Driving across the Country in an RV.
Tell us something we don’t know:
I know the lyrics to almost any song off of The Notorious BIG “Ready to Die” album.

Richard Parks

Vice President – ETCP, FDNY, OSHA

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What year did you start at IWEISS:
2001
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
We are a company that can provide endless possibilities to our clients and we are not afraid to take on new challenges.
What’s your favorite line from a movie?
“You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me”. Wedding Crashers
Tell us something we don’t know:
I worked as a blacksmith’s apprentice at the age of 15 at the historical museum of Old Salem in North Carolina

Chuck McCarroll

General Manager

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What year did you start at IWEISS: 2020 

What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS? Working with a diverse group of talents at every level, to bring completed projects to our clients.

Do you havea hidden talent? I am a terrible bass player.

Tell us something we don’t know: I sing grunge rock in the shower.

Administrative

Frances Melville

frances melville

Controller

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COMING SOON

Mercedes Coley

Office Manager

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2019
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Great work environment with excellent coworkers and a sense of being a part of something bigger. As a stage manager for over a decade both internationally and in the US this company is a great place to be and feel at home and use my skills and develop new ones.
If everything in your house had to all be one color what would it be?
Teal. With hints of Rose Gold.
Tell us something we don’t know: 
I’m a huge Star Wars nerd….really. And I have a boater’s license as well as can drive anything with four wheels or none at all.

Sharon Dusek

Chicago Project Coordinator

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2019
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
It’s very exciting to work with such an expert staff that truly cares about this industry. It really shows in the quality of their work and I’m thrilled to be a contributor to this phenomenal team!
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
Sir Patrick Stewart is one of a few that come to mind. I’m a huge fan of him as an actor, but I’m also drawn to his charity work and activism. Plus he was knighted by the Queen so that’s kinda cool.
Tell us something we don’t know: 
I was a Magician’s Assistant for a number of years and no, I won’t tell you the secrets. I took an Oath of Secrecy!

Production

Jonathan Saunders

Operations Manager

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What year did you start at IWEISS:
2019
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Working with great people.
What was your favorite sport as a kid?
I hate sports.
Tell us something we don’t know:
I have 2 kids, a soon to be wife, the fattest cat you’ve ever seen and a dog.

Deb Kreiling

Drapery Production Manager

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2019
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Being able to see how all of the specialty work is done in this industry and learn the creative process with a great and fun team of people.
If you had a warning label what would yours say?
I am ever the optimist (my BFF calls me Pollyanna) and I am a sixth degree black belt in a Japanese style of Karate.
Tell us something we don’t know: 
I have ridden a bicycle thousands of miles, including riding from Hackensack, NJ to the top of Bear Mountain two times and 250 miles in Alaska.

Carlos Florentino

Drapery Shop Foreman

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
1989
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Working with different fabrics.
What is your favorite show?
Phantom of the Opera.
Tell us something we don’t know:
I love to cook!

Sales

Bill Knapp

Head of Estimation

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What year did you start at IWeiss?
2016
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Working with a quality group of people who all care about delivering quality products.
What were your favorite activities as a kid?
Riding my bike and playing baseball.

jeff Parvin

Sales Executive

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2019
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Getting a chance to help entertainment pros and amateurs at all levels across multiple disciplines.
What is your most unusual talent?
Accents have always come easy to me. I guess I’ve lived and worked in so many places, I catch myself sliding into whatever I’m hearing on the phone.
Tell us something we don’t know:
As I kid, my favorite part of the rodeo was getting to chase the greased pig to try and pull the ribbon from its tail.

 

dan turso

Sales Associate

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What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS so far?

It’s great to be part of a group of people who bring passion & personality to everything they do.  It’s been a real joy to work alongside everyone.

What famous person would you want to have dinner with and why? 

Without a doubt, I would pick Ernest Hemingway!  His ability to capture and make you feel like you are a part of the story, I could only imagine hearing tales of his time in Paris & Spain.

Tell us something we don’t know: 

My last two years at Montclair State University, I joined the MSU, tournament paintball team.  It was amazing playing against different colleges like Rutgers, Drexel and even West Point ( to whom which we lost a lot against lol).   One of the best experiences of my college career!

Project Management

Russ Dusek

Project Manager – ETCP, OSHA

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2013
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
The wide and seemingly boundless range of expertise and experience of the people I get to work with each day.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The idea of this is devastating to me.
Tell us something we don’t know:
The only thing I’ve ever done on a golf course is snowmobile.

Shannon SUllivan

Program Director – ETCP, OSHA

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What year did you start at IWEISS:
2010
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
The constant challenge of new projects, and the smart team here to work with on each one.
If you were an animal what would you be?
A red panda. I am also a vicious omnivore and the only living species of my genus.
Tell us something we don’t know:
I keep an emergency tiara in my car.

Andy Kotarba

Project Manager – ETCP, OSHA

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2017
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
My favorite part, is the wonderful people that work here and how we can all come together as a team to complete amazing projects.
What was your favorite pet and why?
I prefer cats, they are an excellent balance between companionship and their own independence.
Tell us something we don’t know:
I loathe grapefruit.

REE SEMINOLE

Project Manager – ETCP 

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2017
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Working on new projects.
Which cartoon character would you most like to switch lives with?
Steven Universe.
Tell us something we don’t know:
I have been to Burningman 7 times.

Geoff Stock

Project Manager 

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2020
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
For many years I’ve known IWEISS as a company oriented toward providing solutions to their customer’s challenges.  I’m excited to join a team that is geared toward solving unique problems as well as innovative products.
If you were a dog what breed would you be and why? 
If I had to choose I would be a Brittany.  We’ve had a Brittany for a more than a couple years now and his ability to instantaneously switch between a dead sleep and sprinting around the yard (even as he is begins to get move into his golden years) continues to surprise me.  
Tell us something we don’t know:
Neil Armstrong stood on the moon only 66 years after the Wright brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk.  Also, I can sometimes take things literally when I really know better.

Engineering

Henry Coleman

henry coleman

Technical Designer

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2021
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
Each new project is interesting and has its own fun puzzles to solve. Also, good team.
What fictional place would you like to visit?
I would visit Rivendell, those elves, they know things we can’t know. But being there might reveal something.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I worked for a few seasons as a ski and snowboard instructor in Alaska.

Jeremy Reimer

Technical Designer

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2019
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
My favorite part about working at IWEISS is that I am able to work on automated systems as well as the variety of engineering challenges to solve.
Where would you haunt if you were a ghost?
If I were a ghost I would haunt a hardware store. There would be a lot of fun ghostly pranks I could pull in there.
Tell us something we don’t know: 
I am a self-taught guitar and bass player.

Ben Marson

Mechanical Engineer

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2020
What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?
My life-long passion is to engineer devices used for storytelling and spectacle, which is why I love working at IWEISS.
What’s your go to karaoke Song?

My go to karaoke song is Earth Wind & Fire’s classic masterpiece: “September.”

Tell us something we don’t know: 
Ever since I was little I’ve had an active imagination. I’m now using it to write a novel in my spare time!

IWEISS Technical Drafter and QC

Zach Drake

Technical Drafter and QC Engineer

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What year did you start at IWEISS?
2021

What’s your favorite part about working at IWEISS?

The energy that is spread throughout the shop from the shop mangers, as well as the crew.

What were your favorite activities as a kid?

As a child I played a lot of sports, basketball has always been a passion of mine.

Tell us something we don’t know:

Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.


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