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Richard W. Parks
Vice President, ETCP, OSHA, FDNY
(201) 402-6461

Richard Parks joined iWeiss in 2001 bringing with him professional experience from his work as a longtime member of IATSE local 635 and as a head carpenter at a Florida sceneshop specializing in Corporate Productions. In his tenure at iWeiss, he has earned the title of Vice President and is responsible for overseeing all of our historical renovations, and many custom automation, custom rigging and specialized curtain projects on national and international scale. Richard is an ETCP certified theatrical rigger, grew up in North Carolina and now resides in Park Ridge, NJ. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Russ Dusek
Project Manager - Chicago/Mid-West Region
Chicago Office
(708) 435-4162

Russ graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Technical Theatre.  Before coming to iWeiss in 2013, he spent 25 years in the field both installing and project managing large scale rigging projects.  Russ is based in our Chicago office and has direct oversight over all iWeiss’ Midwestern and Western US projects.  Additionally, he supervises all of iWeiss' work with Century Aviation in the installation of full size aircraft. Russ is an ETCP certified rigger and serves on the ETCP test writing committee and is a voting member of ESTA’s Rigging Working Group which writes entertainment industry ANSI standards.

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Shannon Sullivan
Project Manager, OSHA
(201) 402-6472

After leaving the State University of New York at Albany, Shannon worked at various venues like Syracuse Stage, New World Stages and as a technical designer with JR Clancy. At iWeiss she worked on the growth of our drafting department in addition to all field operations scheduling which she oversees. Shannon also manages a number of projects each year, some of note being the DePaul School of Theatre, The Loew’s Kings Theatre and Liberty School of Music in Lynchburg VA. Shannon is ETCP and OSHA certified.

 

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Andy Kotarba
Project Manager
(201) 402-6474

Andy started working as a Theatrical Technician in Western Massachusetts in 2005 until he went to Oregon and got his Bachelors of Science in Fine Arts, while working as a Crew Leader for the University of Oregon’s events department. Later, he moved back to Western Massachusetts, and was the Assistant Technical Director for MCLA before he moved to Boston and worked for High Output as an assistant project manager for their Systems Installation Division for two and a half years. Now he is excited to be working for iWeiss in 2017, and is looking forward to working on all the fascinating projects that iWeiss is involved in. 

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Alex Ruta
Project Manager
(201) 402-6462

Alex started at iWeiss in the fabrication shop in 2012. With a background in commercial cellular rigging, his skillset easily translated to theatrical rigging and fabrication. After some time as a fabricator, he moved into the role of Steel Shop Manager. During his tenure as manager, Alex continued to educate himself in theatrical rigging and after a brief hiatus, he returned to iWeiss as an Associate Project Manager. Specializing in rigging renovations and stage curtains in educational facilities and public schools, Alex became a Project Manager in 2015. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathleen, as well as his dog, Atticus, and are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child, Charlotte, expected in September 2016.

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Nicole Deida
Jr. Project Manager OSHA
(201) 402-6467

Before joining iWeiss Nicole, earned her BS in Construction Engineering Technology at NJIT,  while in school she worked as a stagehand and a freelancer after graduating.  She brings an interest in rigging and a thirst for learning which we are excited to nurture. When not in the office she is busy staying in shape and will continue as a freelance stage hand to keep her hands dirty.