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OPERATIONS MANAGERS
A-Lynn Thompson
A-Lynn Thompson
Regional Operations Manager
It was while I was working in Banff, Alberta at the Banff Springs Hotel where I first got the showbiz bug. Every year the Banff Television Festival would roll in and during this time I would enjoy listening to all the stories folks were telling about how their productions came to be. One winter “Hollywood” rolled in with trailer upon trailer of gear, it was here during the filming of “The Great Goose Caper” with Chevy Chase, that I made my decision to get into show biz.
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A-Lynn Thompson

A-Lynn Thompson

Regional Operations Manager
It was while I was working in Banff, Alberta at the Banff Springs Hotel where I first got the showbiz bug. Every year the Banff Television Festival would roll in and during this time I would enjoy listening to all the stories folks were telling about how their productions came to be. One winter “Hollywood” rolled in with trailer upon trailer of gear, it was here during the filming of “The Great Goose Caper” with Chevy Chase, that I made my decision to get into show biz.

I packed up my things and moved to Toronto. Here I attended the Trebas Institute, where I met Lance Carlson my Cinematography teacher, who quickly became my mentor. He showed me how the very movements of a light could change the mood of an entire scene. The whole cinematography process of putting together light, gel, diffusion and camera angles to give the scene a certain “feel”, was both intriguing and fascinating.

After I finished school, I worked as an electric on Short Films, dailies on Feature Films and Music Videos. It was during the filming of one music video for Maximo Park that I was first introduced to the stage lighting side of things. We had an express console and a bunch of sky lights. A colleague and I had to learn the board on the fly and did a soft cheer when we finally got all the sky lights to dim like they needed to.

The thing that amazed me was that the shot was instantly gratifying, you didn’t have to wait until the show was finished and printed to see what you created. After a few more shoots involving stage gear I was sure this was the path I wanted my career to go in.

I joined Christie Lites in February of 2005 working in the Moving Lights Department. I became Department Head in a little less than a year and from there I joined the Operations team in May 2007.

In my spare time I enjoy going to shows and on adventures outside of the city. The best days are when you point your car in any direction and just drive… its amazing what you can find when you’re not looking for it.

Fred Foster
Fred Foster
Operations Manager
It's been quite a journey to get to this point. I was born on a small farm in Western New York and spent 18 years in the same area, pretty much isolated from everything in the rest of the world. Like most people in the area I sought out the military to escape from the seclusion of the rural life.
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Fred Foster

Fred Foster

Operations Manager
It's been quite a journey to get to this point. I was born on a small farm in Western New York and spent 18 years in the same area, pretty much isolated from everything in the rest of the world. Like most people in the area I sought out the military to escape from the seclusion of the rural life.

After four years in the navy, which included a stint in the Persian gulf during the first Desert Storm, I returned to New York to enter into school and find a career that suited me. Graduating from Alfred University with a BFA in sculpture and drawing with a minor in education I started looking for a teaching position in Arts. My search brought me to Orlando with my future wife packed in an 88 Ford Festiva.

I soon realized that teaching was more of a hobby than a career to me. I then entered the entertainment business, hoping to utilize my art degree and knowledge. My prior job was as a show lead for an event company specializing in entire event packaging. Our clients included Pfizer and Bristol-Meyer, among many others. This was my door into lighting and the other aspects of the industry.

Upon the news that my wife was pregnant I sought out a company that would keep me in Orlando more than out of it. In my search, a friend contacted me about a possible opening in rigging with the company he was with, Christie Lites.

I received my chance and soon became rigging dept. head, using my knowledge of mechanics, fabrication, and technical ability to increase the efficiency and safety of the department. Soon opportunity called again when I was offered the position of Warehouse Manager, and I accepted the job.

When I'm not working I can be found in the gym, on my motorcycle, or with my wife Dawn and daughter Malaya at home.

As with all my previous jobs, I hope to pull from my reserve of knowledge and physical skills to create a shop in which the workers and clients feel at home and appreciated. Though this position is a forest unto itself, I still realize it's the leaves that make the trees.



Kevan Bull
Kevan Bull
Operations Manager
Kevan Bull started his career some years ago with Westsun Vancouver. Working on Saturdays; sweeping the floor and sorting gel. Within just a few years he was touring with the likes of The Tragically Hip, Moist and a few others. Kevan continued to work in town during this time for a number of different companies. In 1998, looking for something different Kevan came to Christie Lites.
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Kevan Bull

Kevan Bull

Operations Manager
Kevan Bull started his career 13 years ago with Westsun Vancouver. Working on Saturdays; sweeping the floor and sorting gel. Within just a few years he was touring with the likes of The Tragically Hip, Moist and a few others. Kevan continued to work in town during this time for a number of different companies. In 1998, looking for something different Kevan came to Christie Lites.

In the fall of 2004 Kevan was offered the chance to join Christie Lites as one of the Tech Rep’s in Vancouver. Usual positions include Head Rigger, Crew Chief, Dimmer Tech, Moving Light Tech as well as being called upon to train others.

The last few years have brought many opportunities within the company as well as out. Tacking on the job as Production Electrician of the PNE for the last three years has been one of the more challenging jobs that Kevan has been involved with. On the touring side of things, Kevan was out last year with Great Big Sea as the Crew Chief for Christie Lites and the Head Rigger for the production, and Head Rigger for Nickelback during their 2004 Canadian tour.

Kevan has three sayings that have served him well over the last few years: Work smarter not harder: Keep it simple and Do or do not, there is no try.

Vincent "Vinnie" Giovanniello
Vincent "Vinnie" Giovanniello
Operations Manager
Vinnie came to Christie Lites in 2013 after getting his bachelors in Business Management at an accredited business college. Before attending college, Vinnie worked in many different industries with much success. His love of entertainment started during college when he worked on movie sets and played extra roles to make extra cash.
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Vincent "Vinnie" Giovanniello

Vincent "Vinnie" Giovanniello

Operations Manager
Vinnie came to Christie Lites in 2013 after getting his bachelors in Business Management at an accredited business college. Before attending college, Vinnie worked in many different industries with much success. His love of entertainment started during college when he worked on movie sets and played extra roles to make extra cash. Vinnie’s career at Christie Lites started as a moving light technician the very first day Christie Lites New York opened their doors. He then moved up to moving light department head a few months after. With much motivation and eagerness for success, he quickly moved up to Assistant operations manager. With the expansion of Christie Lites Coventry, this brought much opportunity for him to move up to Operations Manager of Christie Lites New York.