Ajay Patil, co-founder and partner of Showcall Inc. began his career in the live event production business over 30 years ago. Ajay has a varied skill set that he has developed over the years working in the live entertainment industry as a national talent buyer; a concert promoter; a tour manager and lighting director on a number of rock and roll tours; and finally as a sales executive/technical producer in the special events industry.
Ajay co-founded Showcall with A. Blayne Candy in 2001, and has spent the last several years growing the company and producing a variety of high-profile, large-format events such as: Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass for 47,000 at Nationals’ Stadium; Pope Francis’ Mass at Catholic University; numerous U.S.-hosted International Summits; JFK 50th Anniversary; and the George W. Bush Library Dedication. Additionally, he traveled the globe for eight years, serving as a Senior Lead Advance Representative for the White House, where he was responsible for planning travel, events, and logistics for the President and First Lady of the United States.
Most recently, Ajay led the charge on the acquisition of long-time audio partner, MHA Audio, as well as the launch of a new company, Checkmate, which focuses on rapidly deployable perimeter security assets to secure events of all types and sizes, including Presidential Inaugurations, International Summits, Professional Sports Games and National Political Conventions.
Ajay belongs to the Knights of Columbus, serves on the board of St. John Regional Catholic School and spends his free time with his family, traveling, hunting, skiing and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.
Blayne Candy, co-founder and partner of Showcall Inc., retains extensive experience producing and managing corporate, sports marketing, television broadcast and technical production projects, regionally, nationally and internationally.
When not producing or managing world summits, grand openings or product reveals he can be found speaking at industry conferences on the applications of technology in the event industry.
A student of the design philosophy that form follows function, Blayne immerges himself in the technical understanding and capabilities of the tools identified and ultimately selected to accomplish the project.
His list of national and international work includes designing and producing events for Pope Benedict, Presidents, Obama, Bush and Clinton as well as the country of the Republic of South Korea
His list of national and international work includes designing and producing events and live broadcasts in Baghdad, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Africa, across Europe and South America. Some of these credits include, technical director for the Opening Ceremonies of the 54th Presidential Inauguration, Technical liaison for the U.S. Center at the COP Climate Summit since 2009, Executive Producer Summit TV/AFDC for the G20-Pittsburgh Global Economic Summit, Executive Producer Summit TV/AFDC for the G40-Nuclear Security Summit, Executive Producer, Host Broadcast, APEC Summit Honolulu, Executive Producer NATO Summit, Chicago, Il, Executive Producer Host Broadcast, G8 Summit, Camp David, Executive Producer HALIFAX International Security Forum, Executive Producer Dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Among his credits participating in world summits Blayne has also produced or executive produced, live broadcast entertainment celebrations, Papal Visits, multiple dedications for memorials such as the Air Force, New Jersey 9/11, Disabled Veterans for Life, among many others.
Blayne has leveraged his understanding of the media’s needs and workflow with his clients desire to attain expanded media coverage of their events to outline a host broadcast model with has been deployed over a variety of different event types and garnered multiple awards for the content delivered.
An avid cyclist and runner Blayne resides in Maryland with his wife Amanda and his two boys.
Billie-Jo Gephardt, Showcall’s longest tenured employee, joined the company in 2003. An accounting professional since 1995, she serves as Showcall’s Office Manager, and is responsible for the financial management of all aspects of the company, as well as its affiliate companies: Showcall Security Services, Infinite Power, and MHA Audio. Billie-Jo’s responsibilities include: managing the company’s operational budget, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, contracting and procurement, vendor management, budget development, management and reconciliation, client budget oversight, and human resources management.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Billie-Jo earned her AAS in accounting from the Community College of Baltimore County. She is a single mother, and she and her son are avid fans of the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles.
A DC-based event professional since 2003, Elizabeth Makkai brings a unique and varied level of technical, site layout, infrastructure, and logistics expertise to Showcall. She joined Showcall in 2011, and in her role as a senior member of the team, Elizabeth oversees some of company’s largest and most complex events both nationally and internationally. Her extensive event experience includes the design and management of not just audio-visual components, but of tenting, staging, logistics, meeting management, and hospitality for events of all sizes as well.
Elizabeth’s solutions-oriented approach and superior customer service instincts enable her to deftly navigate events involving high-level dignitaries and complicated logistics with ease. Her client philosophy is rooted to one main principle: to provide exceptional customer service. Elizabeth’s unique ability to deliver innovative solutions and consistently exceed clients’ expectations has earned her an outstanding reputation in the events industry.
Elizabeth has enjoyed a long and successful track record of producing high-visibility, large format, milestone events. A sampling of her recent and notable projects includes: the Mass of Pope Francis in Washington, DC; the 100th Anniversary of the Irish Easter Rising in New York; the 2016 Warrior Games at West Point; the Southwestern Medical Foundation Gala; the Halifax International Security Forum 2013-2017; the Horatio Alger Awards 2014-2017; the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly; and the Dedication of the American Veteran’s Disabled for Life Memorial, among others.
Prior to joining Showcall, Elizabeth’s experience in hospitality and event management included positions with Select Event Rentals and Hargrove, Inc.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth has been in DC since 1993, and spends as much time as she can fostering dogs for a local animal rescue.
Hailing from Michigan, but based in DC since early 2005, Rebecca Kurtom’s experience in the event world is as diverse as the locations in which she has honed her talents. Rebecca joined the Showcall team as a full-time Account Executive in 2013, but she has, in fact, been a member of the team on and off since 2005, beginning by serving as Showcall’s Manager of Event Operations and Protocol at the U.S. Pavilion at the World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. Rebecca continued to serve in a variety of critical roles for Showcall on multiple notable events over the intervening years including: the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth, Presidential Inaugurations, The George W. Bush Library Dedication, and the JFK 50th Anniversary.
During her tenure at Showcall, Kurtom’s focus remains managing accounts and project managing events on a global basis. Kurtom has led a variety of key projects for Showcall including the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, The White House College Opportunity Day of Action, 2016 Nuclear Summit, and the Dedication and Opening Ceremony for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Under the Showcall Security Services banner, Kurtom has led the charge at the direction of the US Secret Service to provide and install security assets supporting the 2017 Presidential Inaugural, the 2015 Visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, PA, and the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH.
Immediately prior to joining Showcall full-time, Rebecca spent 5 years refining her large event and venue management skills working for Events DC as a Senior Events Manager. At Events DC, Rebecca managed myriad events ranging in size from 1,000 to 20,000 in three unique venues: RFK Stadium, the DC Armory, and RFK Festival Grounds (comprising more than 100 acres of event space). It was during her time at Events DC that Kurtom became an expert on large-format, outdoor events as she managed a significant number of premiere city-wide events including: the Nike World Basketball Festival, the USO Military Bowl, AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, the Marine Corps Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, the DC101 Chili Cookoff, and DC United Games. Prior to that, Rebecca worked in event operations and provided logistical support for the Chartwell Education Group, and focused on Public Relations at Akinscrisp Public Strategies.
Since joining Showcall in early 2016, Jaime Prine has helped produce the A-21 Walk for Freedom at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The National Congressional Football Caucus Annual Event, The International Council on Clean Transportation, The National Children’s Hospital Ball, Oxi Day Foundation Celebration at the United States Institute for Peace, The ASPCA’s Bark Ball, the 2017 Arctic Summit hosted by the State Department in Fairbanks, AK and the New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration at Reunion Tower in Dallas, TX. Jaime has also provided security management for the 2016 Republican National Committee in Cleveland, OH, the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, and the 2017 Presidential Inauguration where she served as the Deputy City Lead.
Originally from Michigan, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre, Jaime moved to the DC area in 2000. Since then, she has worked in the theatrical world producing Broadway musicals, which have toured worldwide. As Associate Producer at Troika Entertainment, Jaime assisted in producing over 65 touring productions in various countries around the world. Some of the many highlights include: the first American production to tour China (Sound of Music, 2004); the first English speaking musical produced in Moscow (42ndStreet, 2002); the 2009 National tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol; the 2006-2009 National tours of Jesus Christ Superstar staring Ted Neeley; and the North and South American National Tours of Cats from 2000-2012.
Alex Mack joined the team in 2014 as Showcall’s Administrative Assistant, overseeing the company’s daily operations, including: project scheduling, travel management, event logistics support, data management, expense tracking, and equipment management. In addition to her regular duties, she has also taken on leadership roles in some of Showcall’s major events, serving as Credentialing Manager for the Halifax International Security Forum, the 2015 Export-Import Bank Fly-In, and the 100th Anniversary of Easter Rising.
Alex has also served as Production Assistant for the 2015 Visit of Pope Francis to Washington, DC, the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, the 2016 Republican National Convention, and as Asset Administrator for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
Alex’s organizational expertise, coupled with her keen ability to focus on the big picture, while simultaneously homing in on the minute details, make her an invaluable member of the Showcall team.
Spencer E. Geissinger has served in high-level management positions in both the public and private sectors. He has served U.S. Cabinet Secretaries, Vice Presidents, and three Presidents of the United States in key capacities that included the US Department of Labor, the US Department of State, and the White House. He has orchestrated multi-national summits, coordinated international protocol, planned four Presidential Inaugurals and has served in publicly-traded and privately-owned companies in a number of high level posts.
Before moving into the private sector, he served in the U.S. Government as the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States for Operations and Advance at the White House and as Assistant Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State. Spencer oversaw the seamless integration of dozens of military, security, and operational agencies and components involved in the execution of the Presidential traveling footprint including the United States Secret Service, the White House Military Office, the Presidential Airlift Group, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and the White House Communications Agency. He served as a key advisor to the White House Chief of Staff and advised on essential White House operations including management, administration, budgeting, and directives and policies.
Additionally, Spencer provided strategic advice and direction to the White House Senior Staff regarding execution, planning, protocol and messaging related to Presidential trips and events and has led United States Delegations and has represented the White House and the United States on Presidential and site survey trips to over 98 foreign countries. He oversaw the multi-agency team that selected cities, sites and locations for Presidential events and trips across the globe including the 2004 G-8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia. Most recently, Spencer was the White House principal appointed to plan and execute the 2008 Emergency G-20 Summit in Washington, DC.
Andy Derr is Showcall’s Director of Operations, a position he has held since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the maintenance, deployment, operational condition and repair of Showcall’s vast inventory of physical assets. This includes, but is not limited to: audio, lighting, camera, and video production equipment; mobile units; radio transmission equipment; and an enormous line of scenic elements. Andy’s considerable expertise and wide range of skills have earned him the nickname “The Swiss Army Knife of Special Event Production.” His subject matter expertise allows him to safely and effectively troubleshoot almost any event challenge.
Throughout his career, Andy has held many key roles in the event production industry, including: audio engineer, lighting designer, technical director, video engineer, camera operator, rigger, forklift operator, aerial lift operator, and production manager. The DC special events industry is in Andy’s blood: his father was part owner of Washington Sound Light and Stage, where Andy joined that company in 1992 as Shop Assistant. For the next decade, he assumed increasing responsibilities as Audio Department Manager, Lighting Department Manager, Staging Department Manager, and finally, Operations Manager. From 2002 through 2010, Andy served as an independent contractor to most of the event production companies within a 300 mile radius of the Greater Washington, DC area. From 2009 through 2012, he served as Production Manager for Signature Fencing and Flooring, overseeing stadium-size turf protection for special events. He attended Rigstar rigging school in Northampton, MA in 2000, and Martin Lighting’s Fixture Repair School in Hollywood, FL in 1999.
Andy has been involved in some of the DC area’s major milestone events, including: the 2017 Presidential Inaugural; the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions; the Visit and Mass of Pope Francis to Washington, DC; multiple International Summits; Groundbreaking Ceremonies for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial; and Dedication Ceremonies for the National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, among others.
Outside of work, Andyis a devoted father and enjoys family time and outdoor activities.
Joseph Palamara began his work in the entertainment industry in 1987. Starting off as a Backline Technician and Stage Manager for local bands in the Baltimore/DC area, he soon moved onto working with nationally and internationally known artists. Joseph worked as a stagehand at local clubs including Hammerjacks and The Bayou, and with Local 19 and Local 22.
In 2000, Joseph moved into theatre production, where he worked as a Sound Designer & Engineer and as Lighting Designer. After ten years, he worked as the Operations Manager for a local sound company and was the Production Manager for their large-scale events. Some of his memorable shows include Les Misérables, Pirates of Penzance, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, The Mikado, and The Nutcracker.
Joining the Showcall team in 2018, Joseph holds the position of Warehouse Manager, overseeing the day to day operations of the warehouse, including inventory management of all gear and assets.
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