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ESTA Announces
New Board Members


The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) recently announced its 2005 Board of Directors.

Newly elected directors are:

  • President - Bill Groener (vice president of North American Sales, Color Kinetics)
  • Manufacturer Vice President - Bob Luther (CEO of Lex Products Corp.)
  • Dealer Director - Larry Schoeneman (president of Designlab Chicago, Inc.)
  • Manufacturer Director - Rich Wolpert (president of Union Connector Company)
  • Affiliate Director - David Taylor (senior consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants)

Mr. Groener has a long history of service to the association having served as chair of the Technical Standards Committee, Dealer Director, Affiliate Vice President, and member of numerous committees including Long-Range Planning and the recent Buyers Survey. Having been a dealer, manufacturer, affiliate, and individual member of ESTA gives Mr. Groener a broad understanding of the issues important to each of these constituencies. In 2002 he received ESTA Swan Award, presented to a member who has put forth exceptional efforts in time, expertise, and personal resources to enhance the value of membership for all.

Mr. Luther returns to the Board having previously served as an Affiliate Director in the mid-1990s. He is currently Co-Chair of the TSP Electrical Power Working Group. Mr. Schoeneman and Mr. Taylor were elected to their first terms after being appointed to fill vacated seats. Mr. Schoeneman is Co-Chair of the TSP Fog and Smoke Working Group and Mr. Taylor serves on the Communications and Publications Committee.

Mr. Wolpert previously served a term as an Associate Director for Theatrical Dealers Association.

After completing two terms as President of ESTA, Mike Wood will continue to remain active in the association. He recently joined the ETCP Council as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and as Immediate Past President, he will sit on the Executive Committee and Chair the Ethics Committee.

Wally Blount and Tom Young will retire from Board service at the end of this year, but will maintain their active roles with the Technical Standards and Certification Programs.

The new Board members take office on January 1, 2005.

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Bill Groener takes office as ESTA's president on January 1, 2005.