While most in the theatrical world know SECOA for its stage rigging equipment, SECOA has supplied and integrated many lighting systems in venues across the country.
"Although the name SECOA is synonymous with high quality stage rigging equipment and installations, our industry may not be as familiar with our expertise in lighting system integration,” says Jim Kunz, president, SECOA. “SECOA’s comprehensive line of stage equipment and installations across the country enable us to give our customers the best lighting system – one that is seamlessly integrated from design to installation with all the stage equipment in the theatre.”
Ben Cox was brought on by SECOA to lead outside sales for the new lighting group. Cox previously worked in lighting system sales as a manufacturer’s representative, giving him experience in working with theatre consultants, architects, engineers, electrical contractors, and lighting designers. “I look forward to working with people to find the right stage lighting system for their venue- whether it a theatre, church, performance hall, or even a cafetorium.” says Cox.
SECOA is also expanding its lighting system service capabilities as an authorized service center for major lighting, dimming, and control system manufacturers. Jo Yeager, recently added to SECOA’s staff, will execute lighting system service. Yeager’s base of experience with both technical theatre and computer systems commend her to service both older equipment and the latest advances in theatrical lighting control.
Jerry Kraft and Cherie Gallinati will handle inside sales and project management for the Lighting Systems Integration Group. Veterans of SECOA and of technical theatre, they have worked in all facets of the theatrical contracting industry. Kraft quipped, “Being a jack-of-all-trades gives me the ability to analyze a project and ensure that all disciplines work together throughout the project life cycle.”