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21 November 2013

PLASA Bestows Stewart Award on Paul Rabinovitz and E1.21 Task Group

NEW YORK, NY - PLASA presented the 2013 Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award to Paul Rabinovitz for his work with the Business Peer Group Program, and to the members of the Technical Standards Program's E1.21 Task Group for their work on the newest version of the American National Standard for Temporary Ground-Supported Overhead Structures Used To Cover Stage Areas and Support Equipment in the Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events on Thursday evening, November 23rd at PLASA's Cocktails and Awards Reception.

The award to Paul, owner of PRMi Consulting, was presented by Steven Way, a member of the Peer Group and President of ALPS / Advanced Lighting & Production Services. Paul was instrumental in helping develop the details of the Peer Group Program in 2008. He has since stayed on as the group's "parental unit," as they affectionately refer to him, to ensure the group is following anti-trust guidelines during its four meetings a year. Steven stated, "The time he volunteers and industry experience he offers has and continues to be extremely valuable to our Peer Group, as well as PLASA." His dedication to this group, and to PLASA's other programs, is a true testament to the amazing volunteers the Steward Award seeks to honor.

The award to the E1.21 Task Group was presented by the Chair of the Rigging Working Group, Bill Sapsis, who told the crowd, "When E1.21-2006 came up for review in 2011, the consensus was that, given the significant changes in the outdoor event industry over the past five years, it was time to update and expand the standard. A task group was formed and charged with the mission to make the standard even better." Through two years of very hard work, Task Group leader Keith Bohn, along with members Adrian Black, Benjamin Cohen, Tim Franklin, Mike Garl, Bill Gorlin, Greg Hareld, Richard Nix and Miriam Paschetto did just that.

The Frank Stewart award was created to honour Frank's unrivalled service to ESTA during the 18 years that he served as its Treasurer. This award recognizes extraordinary effort by a volunteer or group of volunteers during the previous year and is bestowed by the PLASA North American Regional Board.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.