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16 February 2011

Richard Cadena joins PLASA as Technical Editor and Assistant Technical Standards Manager

Richard Cadena, a respected lighting designer and entertainment technology media professional, has joined the PLASA team. Richard will serve as the Technical Editor for Lighting&Sound America and Lighting&Sound International magazines, and, at Protocol magazine will work alongside senior technical editor Karl Ruling. Additionally in the PLASA North American office, Richard will serve as assistant technical standards manager.

Richard has worked in the entertainment technology industry for over 25 years, including, most recently, at PLSN magazine and, before that, at High End Systems and Martin Professional. He has volunteered on the ESTA - now PLASA - Technical Standards Committee, is an ETCP certified Entertainment Electrician, teaches throughout the year with his Academy of Production Technology training program, and has authored four theatre lighting books.

PLASA managing director and CEO Matthew Griffiths commented: "We are very excited to welcome Richard Cadena into the PLASA team. He is widely respected for his knowledge, hands-on technical, media and training experience in the industry and will be an invaluable resource for us all."

Lori Rubinstein, executive director of PLASA's North American office, added: "Richard is a highly respected and tireless industry contributor and volunteer. We look forward to his continuing contributions as a PLASA staff member to our important Technical Standards Program."

Jackie Tien, director of media and events, commented: "We're really looking forward to having Richard share his technical expertise and journalism experience with PLASA's growing media division where he will be working closely with Lighting&Sound America's editor David Barbour, Lighting&Sound International's editor Lee Baldock and Protocol's editor Beverly Inglesby."

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.