Studio Gear Technicians

Logan Allen, Event Technician

One of the things Logan enjoys about working at Studio Gear is the variety of work they do - everyday is different, and each opportunity presents a new set of challenges to conquer.  His team is a great group of guys that make working long hours rewarding and worth the effort.

Before becoming a technician at Studio Gear, Logan was a video promotion producer at Wisconsin Public Television and a director/producer at the Madison Mallards Baseball Club.

When not at work, Logan enjoys reading, writing, film, snowboarding, spending time with friends and family and finding buried treasures.

Sam Carneol, Event Technician

Sam is a graduate of Indiana University, where he created his own major in Theatrical Sound Design. While in school, he worked as a sound designer and audio engineer on a variety of university and professional productions. 

What Sam likes most about working at Studio Gear is being able to learn and use all different kind of technology. Coming from an exclusively audio background, he enjoys learning all about lighting and video production as well.

When not at work, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking in nature, playing guitar, snowboarding, and perusing record stores to add to his vinyl collection.

Timothy Cooksy, Event Technician

Starting off as a theater technician, Timothy studied at UW-Parkside and focused on lighting, rigging and scenic construction. He enjoyed working on large productions for local theaters and festivals around southeastern Wisconsin.  Moving into the fast paced role of the repair/rental/install technician at Studio Gear, the ever evolving and changing equipment and locations keep him on his toes for the next big challenge.

The best parts of Timothy’s job are being able to hit the ground running with creativity and making a difference on events and rentals. When people call Studio Gear to take their equipment or show needs to the next level, they know that the equipment will be in great shape, clean and ready to use out of the case. And the 24-hour client support line makes him proud to know that that no matter the size of the show or rental, Studio Gear will always be ready to take a client’s call.

For Timothy, family is number one outside of work.  But when not at home with his beautiful, supportive wife, you can find him snowboarding in the winter, riding motorcycles in the summer or looking for fun activities to do with his daughter Claire.

Sean Hayes, Event Technician

Before coming to Studio Gear, Sean was a student at UW- Platteville. While in school he worked in the campus events department.Sean enjoys that each day at Studio Gear is a new show and a new opportunity to try something different.
When not at Studio Gear Sean likes camping and woodworking.

Michelle Manda, Event Technician

Originally from New York, she studied  Theatre Design/Tech  with a concentration in Lighting at SUNY New Paltz, graduating in 2010.  After graduation for the next 6 years she worked at various theatres on Long Island in many capacities as a Stage Manager, Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, Carpenter, Assistant Technical Director, and Lighting Supervisor.

What Michelle enjoys most about working at Studio Gear is the supportive nature of every technician she works with.

When not at work Michelle spends time cuddling on the couch with her puppy and watching TV and spending time with her boyfriend.  She also enjoys the occasional Trivia night.

Brett Mehre, Event Technician

Before starting at Studio Gear, Brett spent 11 years in audio production/post-production with two local video production companies. Brett really enjoys the variety that he experiences every day working at Studio Gear.

When not at work, Brett can be found spending time outdoors.

Kelly Meyer, Event Technician

Before joining Studio Gear in 2008, Kelly worked in AV rentals and production for nine years.  He’s a career AV guy.

Kelly likes just about everything about his job.  Bob and Lana, the owners at Studio Gear are different from any other employer he’s had because they listen to the techs, whether it’s for recommendations on new gear, workflow optimization, efficiency or anything else.  They also invest a significant amount back into the company, always purchasing the newest and coolest gear.  And Kelly feels that his colleagues are hands down the most technically proficient group he’s ever worked with.

Fun outside the office for Kelly includes spending time with his wife and three kids, camping during the two-week period Wisconsin weather allows for it, watching Packers and Badgers football games, and downhill skiing.

Todd Riggs, Event Technician

Before joining Studio Gear, Todd worked at Bemis Manufacturing Company in Sheboygan Falls, WI. He created training videos for every department in the company and worked in all aspects of video production, including scriptwriting, lighting, videography, editing and graphic design. He also worked as a freelance writer for the Sheboygan Press newspaper for two years while working at Bemis.

The best parts of Todd’s job are the wide variety of things he gets to do and the types of events he works.  He has worked with the CEO's of large corporations, high-profile politicians, musicians, television and radio celebrities, doctors, restaurateurs, non-profit organizations, investment firms and more. His job responsibilities vary for every event, so he’s not doing the same thing day after day, keeping it fresh and interesting.

When not at the office Todd feeds his passion for cooking - he’s always looking for new exciting food combinations after working many events with some of the most famous chefs in the world. He also has an extensive music collection, and spends a lot of free time editing, restoring, and mastering old music from vinyl and cassettes. He also dabbles in video editing at home.

Brendan Watts, Lighting Specialist

Brendan grew up in Plano, Texas. He graduated from The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Lighting Design and Technology in 2016. While in school, he worked on various large scale productions as a master electrician and programmer. Upon graduation, he moved to Milwaukee to work for Studio Gear.

What Brendan likes most about working at Studio Gear is that every day is a different day, and that no event is the same. One night it could be a show for a music act, and the next a corporate event with celebrities in attendance. The variety of events Studio Gear is involved in and the team members are what make it all enjoyable to him. 

When out of the office, Brendan enjoys cooking, working on his Jeep, and being by the water. He is fairly new to the Milwaukee area and is enjoying the bar scene greatly.