Complimentary with Expo or Full Conference Registration

The VER audio, lighting, and video team help support some of the largest music & live events in the world. Their team does it all, from the Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit and The Rock & Worship Roadshow, to big hit concerts like Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour and the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Enjoy complimentary lunch and hear from the team about what  the latest equipment trends in audio, lighting, LED, and video equipment are. What does it take to pull off some of the biggest shows in the world? How is production changing in the future, and what can you do about it?

Stick around for a live Q&A with the panel.

About the speakers

Joe Viola

Joe Viola
Display Specialist

Joe Viola is a Display Specialist, having spent over 20 years evolving with the industry. Starting in the business when CRT projectors and monitors where the standard, Joe has been an integral part of developing and launching innovative businesses and whole new technologies for major and specialty manufacturers, distributors and consultants. As part of pioneering teams at NEC, Prysm, Delta Displays, Sensory Interactive and now VER, he has worked in Sports Entertainment, Hospitality, Corporate, Retail, Government and over most of the last decade has been focused on large screen, experimental communication experiences that change how we deliver messages and information.

Credits: GE Customer Experience Center-180 Degree Interactive Experience Toronto, Time Warner Staten Island Experimental Retail Center – NY, Lady Gaga/Barnys 2011 Madison Ave Holiday Window-Gaga Constellation – NYC, Peoples Bank Retail Piolet Store-Prudential Center Boston-First LPD Video Wall Installation, Collapsible Center Hung Scoreboard, Mass Mutual Center-Springfield MA., NBA-NHL-NCAA Digital Display Expansion at Verizon Center-DC, and several Times Square Projects NYC.

Advice: Plan for tomorrow, learn/remember yesterday, but seize today as if yesterday didn’t matter and there was no tomorrow.


Drew Atienza

Drew Atienza
Creative Screens Control

As one of the core Creative Screens Control members, Drew Atienza has worked on several projection mapping projects including Hans Zimmer LIVE and the Demi Lovato/Nick Jonas FUTURE NOW tour. For the David Gilmour performance at the Hollywood Bowl, he was responsible for the laser scanning, modeling, content template creation, projection mapping and operation of the show. With his over 10 year experience in large-scale immersive environment design and operation, there is no project that he can’t handle.

PIECE OF ADVICE: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” – Arthur C. Clarke


Joe Casanova

Joe Casanova
National Audio Account Manager

Joe started out as a VER client, and after expressing a need for more audio equipment, was quickly recruited to become a co-founder of the Audio Division. “When I first started at VER all we stocked were the AV basics. That was 14 years ago, and we’ve come a long way since then. From stadiums and arenas to hotel ballrooms, we can provide sound, lights and video for it all.” With 30 years of experience, at any given time Joe can play the role of engineer, designer, producer, product manager or account executive, his favorite. “The best part of my job is helping people and I love making clients look good.”

CREDITS: NCAA Final Four, 2015 U.S. Papal visit, College Football Playoffs, George Strait, Elvis Costello, Puscifer, M83, and A Perfect Circle

PIECE OF ADVICE: “Don’t ever assume anything, and always have a plan.”


Robby Kurtz

Robby Kurtz

Robby found a love for production lighting when he started at a local company in Fresno, CA. From there he went on to concert touring, trade shows, corporate events, and working a few years at a TV network. Robby’s first experience working with a worship facility was at New Life Church, a mega church in Colorado Springs. Working at New Life opened opportunities for him to work freelance as a designer and operator for artists like Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Bethel Music, and others. As Rob’s kids were getting older he decided to make a change and took a position with his then lighting vendor, DPS which is now VER. The new role at VER allowed him to be on the other side of the client/vendor relationship and support his friends in the industry. Rob understands the challenges that church/ministry clients face, and enjoys finding solutions that best suit their needs. Robby is now a senior account executive for VER and offices in Nashville.

CREDITS: Need To Breathe, Rock and Worship Road Show, Hillsong Young & Free, Jesus Culture, Hillsong Conferences-US, Beck – Lighting, One Republic Honda Civic Tour – Lighting, and Martin Garrix

PIECE OF ADVICE: “Give people the benefit of the doubt, and be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry”