13th Anniversary Special – 13 Fun Facts about Precise Corporate Staging

What you didn’t know about Precise Corporate Staging

A special 13th anniversary fun facts list!

 To celebrate our 13th anniversary, which is coming up on July 4, 2013 we created a list of 13 fun facts about Precise Corporate Staging!  Here they are, hope you enjoy getting to know us better!

  1. The company had humble beginnings, we started in a 100 sq ft room
  2. The company was born and celebrates its anniversary on the 4th of July
  3. A K9 named “Captain” helps out with our warehouse security
  4. Our company has been featured in several magazines and newspapers
  5. We love our community and make it a priority to give back, we love working with charities that support programs for kids and youth as well as for the military
  6. We have been working with Alice Cooper and his Solid Rock Foundation for 10 years
  7. We have provided equipment for big events such as: The Superbowl, The CMA Awards, Mohammad Ali’s Fight Night, The PGA Tour, Alice Cooper Tours, Phooson, Presidential Campaigns, Country USA, Rock USA, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at Buffalo Chip and Glenn Beck’s: Restoring Love Tour
  8. Every member of The Stern Family works/helps in the business
  9. We have had 5 different office buildings in our 13 years. We keep growing!
  10. We have an office in Atlanta, Georgia that helps us meet the needs of our East Coast clients
  11. We house a sizeable collection of music and movie memorabilia
  12. Precise Corporate Staging was one of only 100 companies in the US to win the 2013 Blue Ribbon Award from The US Chamber of Commerce!
  13. If Precise Corporate Staging was to stretch all of our cables, we could easily span from our corporate headquarters in Tempe, AZ to our Georgia warehouse!

The Arizona team with the famous K9 security “Captain”


Communication is Key

Dash Cooper joined the Precise Corporate Staging team in 2011 as Manager of Marketing and Digital Media and is responsible for overseeing the digital strategy for the company.  A musician at heart,

Dash formed Runaway Phoenix in 2002, which was renamed in 2012 to Co-Op.  According to Dash “Even if you’ve been on both sides, even if you’ve done hundreds of shows, don’t ever underestimate the importance of have a great communication strategy in place.”

Dash grew up in the music and entertainment industry and having sat on both sides of the spectrum  as the performer and as the support team member, he shares some of the key thoughts on the importance of good communications.

1)      Understanding the Nature of a Live Event.  In a live event, there is no room for errors, and there are no second chances. Even if you have years of experience, test every piece of equipment twice before signing off that it works. Be patient with your clients, they are going to need to take their time on sound check. Don’t get upset if they ask you to change something.   The founder of PCS, Dave Stern has  a great quote from his days touring with Bon Jovi who lived by a motto:  ‘I get paid to be flawless for three hours each night.’ Bon Jovi demanded and deserved his full attention just as our clients today deserve our full attention.

2)      No One Likes Surprises  –  When working large scale events you have to work with several individuals or several teams, often from different companies.  Sometimes their end goal or agenda will be different from yours. It’s in everyone’s best interest make all introducing early and get to know the other members of the technical support and stage management teams. Check your ego at the door, nothing gets done without teamwork.

3)      Venue – All event venues are not created equal. Indoor and outdoor venues have very different acoustic values and lighting needs.  Since the venues can range from intimate 200-seat theatres to a 10,000 seat stadiums, audio, video and lighting needs are extremely different.  Get to know your event venue in advance to avoid surprises later.

4)      Musical Act  – Just as all venues are not created equal, musical acts are not created equal in sound, size or needs.  Performing artists’ needs vary greatly depending on style of music, instruments and size of the performing group.

5)      Who has your back?  – In live performances you have to have a key technician in charge who is able to think on the fly and be quick to  jump to their feet and have enough of knowledge to fix any scenario. The technical point person has to be prepared to solve any problem that comes their way in a matter of moments.    This is truly what can make or break a show.  Always have an experienced person on the team as your point of contact.


The Tempe, AZ-based Company Honors Men and Women in Service by Offering Free Event Support for Arizona and Georgia-based Military Organizations

TEMPE, AZ – [October 8, 2012] – Precise Corporate Staging, one of the leading providers of technical solutions in the entertainment and special events industry is bringing its long-standing tradition of community service to military organizations in Arizona and Georgia.  In the spirit of honoring the brave men and women in the armed forces, Precise Corporate Staging (PCS) is inviting charities and organizations that offer aid to military members and military families to apply for help with their upcoming fundraising events.  The company is looking to assist Georgia-based or Arizona-based organizations and is accepting applications for event support.

Building on an ongoing tradition of lending a helping hand in the community, Precise Corporate Staging will provide equipment and support services free of charge to non-profits working for the benefit of members of our armed forces.

“We are known for our ongoing community service here at our home base in Arizona and are committed to building the same reputation in the Georgia area, where our second office is located as well,” said David Stern, president of Precise Corporate Staging. “Our team is deeply passionate about giving back to our service men and women and their families.  We hope to have the opportunity to help out in whatever way we can both here in Arizona and in Georgia.”

The company’s intrinsic personal passion for supporting our country’s troops can partially be attributed to the recent and courageous service of SSG Matthew Stern, son of PCS founders David and Marla Stern.  Matthew is currently stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

David Stern wholeheartedly believes that Precise Corporate Staging’s growth has always been paralleled by community outreach and service.  Locally, Precise Corporate Staging donates in-kind services and support to various organizations including: March of Dimes, Make a Wish Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation, and various hospice care and children’s health programs.

Arizona and Georgia-based charities are encouraged to contact Precise Corporate Staging by sending an email to givebackAZ@pcstaging.com or givebackGA@pcstaging.com for further information and instructions on how to apply.  Requests will be processed on a first acceptchecksnow come, first served basis and event support will be determined based on equipment availability.

“We’re very glad to have the ability to help causes we believe in and create long lasting partnerships within our company’s local communities,” Stern added.

In addition to the military, Precise Corporate Staging supports causes that enhance quality of life for youth, women and children, at-risk youth programs and health and wellness.  Over the last decade, PCS has had the privilege of helping friends Alice and Sheryl Cooper raise funds for the Solid Rock Foundation, a community faith-based organization for at-risk teens.

David Stern works closely with The Rock Teen Center by providing curriculum as well as personally teaching audio, video and lighting courses.  The Rock Teen Center offers teenagers in the Phoenix area a place to learn, build confidence and foster their life passions through dance, self-expression, music and creativity.

This past weekend, the team at Precise Corporate Staging had the opportunity to participate in the October 5th grand opening of The Rock at 32nd Street and The Rock Teen Center.



About Precise Corporate Staging

Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona with a regional office in Atlanta, Georgia, Precise Corporate Staging (PCS) is the leading provider of technical solutions to the special events and entertainment industry.   With more than 30 years of expertise in real staging and live event production, PCS excels at designing sound, video and lighting systems for all types of event venues for all sizes of audiences on a World-Wide basis.

Actively involved in the community and in the industry, PCS takes pride in its relationships.  David Stern is an active member of the governing body of the Parnelli Awards, serving on its Board of Advisors.   For more information visit online at: www.PCStaging.com or call (480) 759-9700, toll free at 866-294-3026.

Sound Mixing for Legend BB King

This month, Woody gave us the inside scoop on everything that he and any sound guy must keep in mind when mixing for a legend like BB King:

1) Know the music you’re going to mix and mix the artist the way the artist
wants to sound as best as you can.
2) People came to hear BB King, so make sure that they can.
3) Be aware of the type of crowd that is there and keep the volume in check; it’s not a rock show Inflatable Toys.
4) A guitar player and talent like BB King is all about TONE; reinforce that he already has it.
5) Listen.

Designing a Stage for a Corporate Meeting: 3 Things to Think About

Corporate meetings are so complex that it’s no wonder it takes a whole team to run them.   From the themes and the tones to agendas and the budgets – most people have a hard time focusing on what’s most important.  In my years of running corporate events, I have found that a great starting point is to focus on these three core areas:

1 – Functionality.  What needs to happen on the stage?  How many people will be on the stage?  Do you need backstage entrances?  When a client asks me what size stage they should have, these are some of the questions I ask.  If it’s a Sales Meeting, an Awards Dinner or Professional Seminar, the stage needs to function in a way that is easy for the speakers or participants.

2 – Mood.  Often I ask clients what they want people to feel when they enter the meeting space.   Depending on the event, the tone of the meeting might be either business professional, or fun and lighthearted, or elegant and stylish.   Knowing the “mood” of the event helps me determine lighting, video and scenic elements for the design Daphne Partiet Slide.

3 – Clarity.  Ever been to a meeting where you can’t hear the speaker?  Clarity of sound as well as clarity of the video is of tremendous importance when running large meetings. Finding the right equipment to make the event look right, sound right and feel right is what my team aims for each time we run a meeting.  If it’s 100 people or 1,000 people, everyone needs to hear and see the presentations.