John King is a seasoned event planning professional with more than 15 years of practical experience in all aspects of theatrical production, logistics, and execution. He is a specialist in executing large-scale events on time & within budget.
Throughout his career, John has developed excellent relationships with unions, city agencies, and third party vendors; all of which make him an efficient & effective negotiator of contracts with vendors, facilities, and unions worldwide on behalf of Proteus' clientele.
John has produced the Real Estate Wealth Expo in over 18 cities throughout North America. He has worked with speakers such as Al Gore, Tony Robins, and Donald Trump.
John was the Director of Special Events for The Learning Annex in New York City for five years where he produced all medium to large-scale events worldwide. He was instrumental in transforming a small seminar company into an industry leader in large-scale "edutainment" events.
Prior to launching Proteus, John handled worldwide tours for performers such as Sylvia Browne, James Van Praagh, and was the Production & Stage Manager for one of the Manhattan's premier clubs, The Bottom Line.
The length, breadth, and depth of John's years of experience now combine to provide the most comprehensive and professional event management service available to current and future clients of Proteus Productions.
John holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from West Virginia University.
Mark Cummings is a technical producer and technical director with 30 years of production experience, including large scale corporate events, touring theater and concerts, film and television production. His strengths in management come from a knowledge and understanding that developed working his way up through the ranks from the ground level of AV to sound, video and projection technician to General Manager and to owning his own production services company.
Each experience along the way has given him a solid perspective that helps keep productions on budget and on schedule. Crews and vendors respect and look forward to working with Mark whether it is in a union venue with an audience of 30,000 people or a small meeting with only a handful of attendees. He always creates and provides clients and everyone on the production with a "map", a detailed CAD drawing of exactly where the scenery, equipment and audience goes. It helps keep everyone on the same page and saves a lot of time and money.
Some of Cummings' recent productions include Microsoft Windows 8 launch, The CW Network Upfront, as well as projects for the NBA and Dow Jones. He traveled to China for Warner Bros. as the technical director of "Casablanca: The Dance" which premiered at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Previously, Cummings was the technical producer for the "Real Estate and Wealth Expo" featuring Donald Trump, Tony Robbins, Suze Orman and other financial experts.
For 8 years, he was the technical producer for all of the live shows of the Fox Broadcasting Company. He has also produced shows for the United Paramount Network and the WB Network. He was the technical director on the "Price Is Right-Live" tour.
He has worked on several Olympics and on the "Sky Power" Show in Houston, Texas, which projected enormous images on buildings throughout the city using 30 large format projectors. He was technical consultant on shows for Graham Nash, Belinda Carlyle, Madonna & Seigfried & Roy.
For many years, Mark was General Manager of the Hollywood office of Staging Techniques, a national production services staging company. His clients there included Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Mazda, the National Football League, Toyota, ASICS, the Roland Corporation and Boeing.