With the dawn of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the live events industry has been decimated for the foreseeable future. Virtually all vendors and staff working in the live events sectors such as concert touring and festivals have had all of their abilities to create an income ripped from underneath them. By current estimates, large-gathering events such as music festivals, sporting events, and concerts are not expected to return to any semblance of normality until mid-2021. A global industry expected to be with $31 Billion by 2022 has been brought to its knees and all of its workers with it. This fact single-handedly lead to the immediate pivot of AG Production Services into Mod Pro Services as a manufacturer of modular facility solutions, most of which has been born and bred from the vast experience attained in site coordination of large-scale live events.
Having already designed modular facility solutions for entertainment clientele, Mod Pro Services set out to shift their experience into the disaster response sector with its line of Med Mod products; a set of modular facility units designed to delivery field hospitals to sites in record time. Mod Pro’s manufacturing ability coupled with the existing experience of its work force of personnel who are well versed in assembling mobile site locations has lined the company up to both help save members of the entertainment industry as well as the lives of the general public amid this unprecedented health crisis.
Andrew Gumper President
Having incorporated his first business at a surprisingly young age, Andrew built a virtual monolith in the live events industry focusing on being a one-stop-shop solution for entertainment productions. In being incredibly well versed in various entertainment technologies including lighting, video, staging, and staffing, it became a natural progression for him to venture into structural design and manufacturing to complete the list of services that his company would be able to provide. In turn he has created a company that has serviced some of the most recognizable names and properties within the entertainment industry and provided hundreds of thousands of hours of staffing power. In being a truly hands-on business owner, he has provided direct leadership in working with large teams of personnel on some of the largest operational sites in the world as well as leading full manufacturing lines of product.
Andrew’s development of the MedMod product line is a testament to his vision, leadership, and commitment to helping a global community during one of the most fragile periods of our lifetime.
Benjamin Van Brande Draftsman
Benjamin Van Brande is a designer and drafter of large scale live events as well as a structural systems configurator. He has worked on projects ranging from designing large scale stage structures for the Coachella Valley Music Festival to being the lead draftsperson of a 72,000 square foot temporary 3 level concert hall for the Super Bowl. Working from the ground up in 3D CAD software, he insures efficiency and accuracy while adding creative solutions where needed.
Tim Franklin Structural Engineer
Tim Franklin has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years specializing in structural design and analysis of temporary events and entertainment structures. Projects range from the design of the renovation of the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY and AG Production Service’s Mega Structure for Super Bowl 50 to the analysis of music tours including Beyoncé, Metallica and Kenny Chesney to 3rd party review of structures at music festivals such as Lollapalooza.
Since the beginning of his career, Tim has been interested in how things best fit together and are constructed. Working at fabrication shops, including being on the manufacturing floor and erecting the structures, has provided Tim invaluable field experience. Combining his engineering education with the knowledge gained from working in the field, Tim is a respected member of the team who understands real world situations and complications.
Tim graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in Building Construction and Civil Engineering. Tim has been a member of the ESTA Technical Standards Program, Rigging Work Group and was one of the original authors of ANSI E1.21Entertainment Technology – Temporary Structures Used for the Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events. Tim is licensed as a professional engineer in over 30 states, commonwealths and districts.
Steven Glickman Architect
Steven Glickman founded Steven Glickman Architect over 20 years ago and has been involved in modular construction since the 1970’s after graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) School of Architecture with honors. He is a registered architect in multiple states. Steven has a diverse practice and was involved in a containerized commercial building project for the entertainment industry and consulted in the recent construction of an emergency temporary hospital addition with the Army Corp of Engineers in New Jersey.
From a regional perspective, Steven serves as Vice Chairperson of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the MPO of the third most populous region in Pennsylvania where he works to emphasize sustainable development and hazard mitigation as part of the work program. Steven Glickman welcomes his participation in the design and development of a deployable, next generation, reusable and relocatable medical facility to assist where floods, storms, and pandemics occur anywhere in the nation or overseas.
Steven Glickman’s professional practice is involved in crafting the built environment for sustainability and durability. Re-use of buildings is a reflection of his practice and relocatable structures is an extension of that goal.
Richard D. Gerrity PE Principle Electrical Engineer
Rick is a registered professional engineer who has been practicing engineering since 2008. He has six years of experience at large engineering consulting firms preparing engineered construction documents, contract specifications, engineering calculations cost estimates, and providing support through all stages of construction. Mr. Gerrity’s prior experience includes two years of facilities and maintenance engineering and automation design as well as two years of experience performing forensic exploitation of criminal and terrorist devices in support of the FBI.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University as well as Top Secret Security Clearance (Inactive, Clearable). Rick’s specially skillsets include but are not limited to Arc Flash Risk Assessment, Short-Circuit Analysis, Overcurrent Device Coordination Analysis, Fire Alarm and Detection System Design, Emergency Power System Design, Lighting Control System Design and Tax Audit Power Consumption Studies.
James Watral Director of Operations
Having been with the company since its inception, James has managed all operational capabilities since 1998. He is extremely well versed in all aspects of production and site operations as well as leading and overseeing all manufacturing and staffing efforts.
James brings an integral skillset to Mod Pro Services not just in the leadership of the manufacturing process but also in having intimate experience in the process of large-scale site planning.
Patrick Dierson Director of Business Development
Patrick has built an impressive career designing the lighting, projections, & sets for large-scale concerts, broadcast television, and corporate events. After jumping into the live entertainment production industry with an automated lighting equipment company at a very young age, he quickly moved on to a successful console programming and lighting design career. More than two decades later, he is now a Production Designer as well as an owner and operator of various business ventures.
Dierson’s production expertise has been called upon for numerous high-level productions, including the promotional world tour of Latin pop sensation Shakira, the Wynn Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the MTV Video Music Awards, various appearances for artists on VH1, numerous world tours for hip- hop entrepreneurs Jay Z, Meek Mill & Drake, special events for the NFL, NBA, NHL, Volkswagen, Samsung and Walmart, and multiple festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Made In America, and Tidal X just to name a few. His work is nothing short of presidential as well- being called upon to work with several past & present Commanders In Chief, working closely with the White House Communications Agency, as well as designing tours for former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. He earned an Emmy® Award nomination for his work on the post September 11th musical telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes.
His expertise as a Production Designer lends itself well to the design and development process at Mod Pro Services given the decades of experience integrating large-scale stage designs into production site planning.
Dan Louis Structural Designer
Dan Louis entered the engineering field as an Engineering Intern for Thornton Tomsetti while he was attending Stevens Institute of Technology. He then became a “Bridge Guy” at CME Associates with three years of structural design experience spent mostly in the heavy construction/bridge industry.
In March of 2012, Dan moved from bridges to the entertainment industry and has never looked back. He has earned his P.E. and is now licensed in NJ and NY. Providing structural analysis, review, preparation of permit drawings and site observations for various touring stages and related temporary structures, Dan is very aware of the unique needs of the event industry.
Dan has been a member of Entertainment Services and Technology Association’s (ESTA) Rigging Work Group since 2013 and participated in the Event Safety Alliance’s (ESA) Severe Weather Summit in 2015.
Ryan J. Wanko Principle Mechanical Engineer
Ryan is a registered professional engineer and has been practicing engineering since 2003. Most of his experience is with a large multi service Engineering Firm as well as a Mechanical Contracting Company. He has served multiple roles from Lead Design Engineer, Project Manager, Superintendent and Director of Commissioning and Energy Services to name a few. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to provide engineering and construction solutions for multiple sectors and project types including but not limited to K-12, Higher Education, Healthcare, Laboratories and Power Generation. As an ANSI Certified Energy Manager Ryan has extensive experience in whole building energy analysis, life cycle costing, commissioning and energy auditing. His work has led to multiple LEED certified projects as well as reduced his client’s energy and operating costs by large orders of magnitudes.
He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with Mechanical Energy Systems Concentration from Penn State University as well as certifications in C.E.M., LEED AP, & NCEES. Ryan’s professional affiliations include the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Association of Energy Engineers, Penn State’s Engineering Society, and the National Fire Protection Association.