Scharff Weisberg Lighting’s Chris McMeen and Scharff Weisberg Media Resource Center’s Josh Nissim have both been named vice presidents of Scharff Weisberg Lighting, announced Peter Scharff and Josh Weisberg. McMeen assumes the title of vice president of sales while Nissim becomes vice president of operations.
Scharff Weisberg Lighting has successfully handled numerous large lighting jobs and in the past two years, the company has quadrupled in size and added a significant number of management staff to its roster.
“The change in titles better reflects the roles Chris and Josh perform at Scharff Weisberg Lighting,” notes Josh Weisberg. “Over the lifetime of our lighting business the management team has continued to evolve. With Josh and Chris we have the best of both worlds in terms of tactical and strategic planning on one side and the pinnacle of sensitivity to customer needs and requirements on the other.”
Chris McMeen joined Scharff Weisberg Lighting in 2005 as an account executive and quickly rose to the post of director of theatre and special events. A graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, he previously spent eight years at Boston’s High Output, Inc. He started as a shop tech there, became an assistant rental manager, rental agent, and sales director before being named division director for theatre and special events in 2001.
McMeen has demonstrated his flair for sales and management by increasing his division’s sales almost threefold, doubling profitability with yearly profit increases of almost 20 percent, and receiving the company’s highest division sales number three years in a row.
Josh Nissim moves over to Scharff Weisberg Lighting from the Media Resource Center (MRC), a full-service postproduction facility that he built and ran for the past six years. He originally came on board at the company in 1995 and served as a video engineer/projectionist and project manager for five years before helping launch the MRC.
Josh began his career at the Walt Disney Company in Orlando where he held various technical positions, including jobs in video engineering and video projection; he also served as a stagehand on several theatrical shows and live events there. In addition, Josh had leadership and entertainment technical positions at the Busch Entertainment Company’s Sea World in Orlando.
Says Peter Scharff, “Elevating this team to vp status is a testament to the important roles they’ve played in making Scharff Weisberg a formidable force in the industry."