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ESTA Foundation Formed

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) –The Entertainment and Services Technology Assocation (ESTA) Board of Directors has created the ESTA Foundation. For the past few years, ESTA members have been working on providing entry-level entertainment technicians with the essential skills necessary to practice their craft.

Set up as a 501(c)3 organization, ESTA's Technical Education Committee and its subcommittees – Essential Skills, Publications & Assessments and Seminars & Training – have been moved under the auspices of the Foundation.

Members of the inaugural Board of Directors are: Chair, Bill Price – director of systems, Barbizon; Vice-Chair, Rick Rudolph – executive vice president, Stage Equipment & Lighting; Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Heiser – managing director, New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center; and Directors Gavin Berger – director of concert halls, Lincoln Center Inc.; Bill Groener – vice president of sales for North America, Color Kinetics; Michael Peitz – executive director, Educational Theatre Association; Lori Rubinstein – executive director, ESTA; David Saltiel – partner, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd; Robert Scales – Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California; Frank Stewart – owner, Specialty TECH Services; and Jim Utterback – training director, IATSE Local 22. Andrea Sussman – vice president, KSA-Plus Communications, is serving as special consultant to the board. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner