Local couple balances business and 30 years of marriage

Dave and Marla Stern of Ahwatukee Foothills describe their 30-year marriage as a wave of ups and downs. As they credit their successful union to “growing up together,” the pair also has learned how to be flourishing business partners and offer some advice for couples. “You have to separate business from home,” said Dave, as he sat next to his wife.

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Taking to the Airwaves to Fight Limited Access to Capital

Free Enterprise
Taking to the Airwaves to Fight Limited Access to Capital

“With more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment field, David Stern knows the ins and outs of the event industry. The technician and engineer toured with top national and international acts such as Meatloaf, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, and the Scorpions, developing an expertise in the design and maintenance of electronic systems.”

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Precise Corporate Celebrates Anniversary

Mobile Production Pro
Precise Corporate Celebrates Anniversary

On the Fourth of July Precise Corporate Staging will celebrate an important milestone – our anniversary. Over the last 12 years, Precise Corporate Staging has built a strong reputation for our innovative solutions and our focus on customer service. We truly appreciate the relationships that we formed and celebrate them along with all of our achievements over the course of the past 12 years.

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Lateral Growth: The Precise Corporate Staging Mantra

Lateral Growth: The Precise Corporate Staging Mantra

“I find that people who take the risk and start a business have a vision of what they want their business to be and the market they are targeting. However, as the business grows, most entrepreneurs are so busy trying to build their business with only the original ideas and the market they wanted to address in the first place. This type of thinking is like tunnel vision because they forget to look at other opportunities and strategic advantages that present themselves,” said Stern. “I believe that you do not need to focus so closely on the path you are on all time. One needs to simply step back and look for new ways to market yourself. It is important to ask yourself, what other market or service can I supply to people that I am not seeing? Who else can use my product or service?”

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Surviving Business Adolescence

Wall Street Journal
Surviving Business Adolescence

“Starting a small business is tough. Steering the business through its ”teen years” can be even tougher, as the founding entrepreneurs learn to delegate and tweak their formulas to accommodate the company’s growth.

Precise Corporate Staging (PCS)—a Tempe, Ariz. firm that designs sound, video and lighting systems for all types of events—was a typical startup. “We cashed in our retirement savings, ate ramen noodles and put all our online casino money into the business,” says owner David Stern.”

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Precise Corporate Staging (PCS) and David Stern

Precise Corporate Staging (PCS) and David Stern

David Stern is the President and founder of Precise Corporate Staging, leading provider of technical solutions to the special events and entertainment industry.  David’s career path in the entertainment industry started in his teens. At only 14 years of age, David was already working with local bands in schools and at CYO dances chong qi gong men.

Passionate about making his events stand out above the rest, he quickly started learning about lighting, sound and musical instruments without even knowing that he was setting the stage for swisskickbox his own career later in life.

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Giving back behind the scenes

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Giving Back Behind the Scenes…

“I worked for bands like Frankie and the Knockouts and T. Roth and Another Pretty Face,” Stern said. “I would start working for the opening band for national acts where after the show you load up the truck and drive to the next city and sleep in the parking lot of the arena. You wake up, go in and do the show abominable snowman inflatable, and then get back in and drive. It was always two people so one would sleep while one drives. Once you heard the truck bouncing you would switch drivers. That was the schedule we kept. That’s when I first learned to drink coffee.”

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