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ESTA’s Certification Council Holds Inaugural Meeting

Jewish Labor Committee Honors Loeb

New York, NY – The inaugural meeting of ESTA’s new Certification Council took place September 19th and 20th in New York City. The Certification Council is the governing body for the new Entertainment Technician Certification Program and, after being welcomed by ESTA president Mike Wood, Council members quickly got down to work under the leadership of chair Tim Hansen.

“These meetings saw an unprecedented gathering of leaders representing all facets of the entertainment industry,” says Tim Hansen. “We are extremely pleased at the level of participation from such key organizations, businesses and individuals.”

Representing the organizational members of the Council were: ESTA – Wally Blount, Tim Hansen and Chris Kaiser; CITT – Ron Morissette; IAAM – Dr. Don Hancock; IATSE – Tony DePaulo and Brian Lawlor; TEA – Gene Jeffers; USITT – Joe Aldridge and Dennis Dorn. Attending on behalf of Clear Channel Entertainment were Alan De Zon and Steven Ehrenberg. Representing the Working Groups were their Chairs: Ken Vannice of Electrical Skills and Rocky Paulson, Eddie Raymond and Bill Sapsis of Rigging Skills. Individual Members present at the meeting were Al DeMaria, Dr. Marilyn Hetzel, Kent Jorgensen and Jacqueline Tien.

The business at hand included adopting vision and mission statements, reviewing the business plan and budget, and hearing reports from the Electrical Skills and Rigging Skills Working Group chairs. Much of the work of the Council will be accomplished through its committees, which were approved and populated by the Council at this meeting. The initial committees are Appeals, Budget and Finance, Candidate Qualification, Disciplinary, Marketing and Fundraising, Provider Recognition and Test Administration.

The first priority for the Council is to raise the funding required to develop the Program. A considerable amount of discussion was devoted to developing a fundraising campaign which will be introduced shortly. Creating a high quality certification program will require the support and commitment of our entire industry and the Certification Council members are determined to lead the way.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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