Syncrolite Appoints David Keighley as Exec VP/COO
Syncrolite plans to boost business in
2013. With that goal in mind, respected industry veteran David Keighley
has joined Syncrolite LLC as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer. His new position became effective Jan. 1.
Jack Calmes - founder of the company in 1984 - continues as President/CEO
but with a view to gradually hand over the reins as he plans for his
Keighley has relocated from the UK to the Dallas headquarters on Royal
Lane to lead ongoing global efforts with the Syncrolite staff and crew.
Jimmy Page heads the live event side of rental and sales, while Keighley
also concentrates on live events with heavy focus on the architectural and
sports lighting markets.
As part of the new business model, Syncrolite has also gained a new
private equity partner, Hall Capital Partners, based in Oklahoma. "With
the backing of Hall Capital, we can continue to develop and improve our
existing products and also develop a new range of products for the
entertainment, architectural and film industries," Keighley said.
Keighley has known Calmes for at least 12 years; they developed a working
relationship when Keighley was PRG's point person for Syncrolite products
from 2004 through 2008.
Keighley and Syncrolite renewed their working relationship at the recent
2012 Summer Olympics in London. Keighley, as Acting Managing Director of
ELP, was overseeing the Syncrolites that ELP provided for LD Patrick
Woodroffe's lighting system for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the
Olympics and Paralympics.
At the same time, Keighley designed the exterior lighting of the Olympic
Stadium and the Field Hockey Stadium, also using Syncrolite products.
"The work at the Olympics last summer was the continuation of our working
relationship and took it new heights. Working so closely with Jack and his
team throughout the summer, we built up a very good working relationship,
which led Jack to invite me to join the company on a full-time basis."
Keighley's career reads like a history of the concert touring industry. He
started as a lighting tech with See Factor in the late '70s in London and
the US until 1990 when he went on tour as LD/production manager for Deep
Purple. In 1992 he joined Samuelson Concert Productions' Greenford, UK
headquarters with Vari-Lite Europe and Theatre Projects. In 1995 he joined
the management buyout team (of Nick Jackson, Tim Murch, John Lobel, Mickey
Curbishley and Terry Lee) and bought Light & Sound Design (LSD) from
Christian Salvesen, becoming Managing Director of LSD Ltd. In June 1998
LSD was sold to PRG, where he continued as Managing Director of European
Operations until November 2008. In 2009 Keighley started DJK Productions
to work on various live events. He also took on the role as Acting
Managing Director for Elstree Light and Power (ELP) in November 2009 and
worked with them throughout the Olympics and Paralympic Games, which led
him to his new position at Syncrolite.
Keighley's career highlights - adding to his Olympic work - include Live
Aid, Live Earth concerts in London, providing lighting on "so many amazing
global tours" like U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Tina Turner, Paul
McCartney, Pink Floyd, Take That, Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel, Rush and Neil
Diamond, to name just a few.
Syncrolite offers an extensive line of architectural and theatrical lighting products. With over 25 years of experience and technological expertise we provide the most reliable products on the market for touring, special events, TV/Film, and fixed installations. For more information about Syncrolite, go to www.syncrolite.com.