We are Event Professionals. That’s what makes us different. We are, first and foremost, production professionals with decades of experience in every facet of production. We know the hours, the needs and the pressure that producing an event creates and we can help.
Allen CookFounder & CEO
Shannon CookChief Operating Officer
Travis BanksDirector, Technical Operations
Jill VandineProject Coordinator
Bunky DunnSr. Client Experience Coordinator
David CarpenterAccount Executive
Nina FaileSenior Network Engineer, Field Operations
Angel MillerAccount Executive
Chris CanupWarehouse Supervisor
“Do the job, plus a little bit more.”
Our Fearless Leader. Since its inception in 2003, Allen Cook has positioned TOURtech as the defacto standard for event IT. As an expert in event technology, he is always looking ahead to the future of the industry.
With 27+ years of experience including an academic background in Technical Theater and early career experience as a Lighting Designer with Merv Griffin Event Productions, he saw an unmet market need to provide temporary networking services to touring organizations.
Allen was tapped for his first major touring IT role on Phil Collins’ First Final Farewell Tour in 2004 and his system racks have since toured the world with dozens of artists. From there, he built a name (as TOURtech) on the production side of temporary networking, as well as on the consumer side with mobile Wi-Fi services for special events of all sizes and industries. His relentless drive to advance the state of the art continues…
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“Love challenge, learn always, live happy.”
Shannon brings a unique combination of theatrical production experience and business acumen to the TOURtech family. Her background in strategic human resources and assisting small and mid-sized companies with their growth positions her well to shape our future vision.
Never one to shy away from pitching in to get the job done, she believes in doing things because it’s the right thing to do, not because you have to do it. Her famous cookies have been enjoyed by many on tour or onsite at an event.
Fierce dancer. Loving mother. Calming force.
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Travis Banks has been working in the production industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience when it comes to live events. He has produced concerts, festivals, political rallies, corporate events, and various sporting events, plus he spent 8 years on the road touring both in the United States and internationally.
His previous positions include audio engineer, production manager, IT Director, video engineer, and lighting technician, and in November 2018 he moved to Raleigh with his wife and 2 kids to join the TOURtech team as our Director of Technical Operations.
Jill joins the TOURtech team as a recent grad from Meredith College. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Human Resources. When she’s not working, she enjoys riding her horse, going to concerts, and spending the day out on the lake with family.
Bunky joined TOURtech in 2013 as a project manager tasked with tracking, managing, and optimizing TOURtech client projects. Raised in Georgia, Bunky went to Valdosta State University to study communications, where he was selected to be part of a special academic group studying non-verbal communication, and received a BA in Public Speaking.
He has been working in entertainment-based special events since 2010. Bunky loves to learn, which makes him a valuable part of the TOURtech Team.
BMX cyclist. Taco lover. Chicken coop builder.
Motorcyclist, Actor, Back Yard Mechanic
David Carpenter had an early career as a drummer in the successful early 90’s shoegaze band Blueshift Signal. When it was time to face the real world David turned his attention toward building a successful career as a Client Manager with some of the largest Banks in America. His musical background, love of all things media and passion for client interaction lead David to later join the world of Production as a Client and Production Quality Manager.
Over the last decade David has built a successful worldwide dealer sales network for one of the largest aftermarket motorcycle accessory companies (yup, another passion) and revisited many of his former financial services clients in order to populate their internal IT teams with the right people. You may have even seen David on TV or heard his voice in your favorite commercial since he took up acting and voice overs as a weekend hobby. Along the way David has remained a trusted adviser and asset to his clients across all verticals.
“Empathy coupled with honesty and experience is how to best serve relationships.”
Nina first started working festivals as a teenage volunteer for the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN. She began her professional career as a software developer, then transitioned to building furniture and installing exhibits for museums and art exhibitions, and finally ended up finding her way back to her first love: Festivals! She joins the TOURtech Team as a festival veteran with over six years of experience in managing event networks from bid to teardown, and everything in between.
If there is a ferris wheel at a festival, Nina always tries to ride it at least once during sunset. Seeing the crowd having a great time, finding community through music, and being a part of that magic makes her swell with pride in a super-cheesy way!
Angel Miller was born and raised in the Midwest, and moved to North Carolina in 2012. Here she found the love of her life, gained a silly, caring, fun-loving son and life-long friends. She holds a BA in Business Management and an AAS in Business Marketing. She previously worked in the hospitality industry, where she focused on project management and event coordination. Angel works and lives by what her grandpa called the 7Ps: Proper Preparation Prevents a Poor Performance.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
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Chris started out in the event industry when he was 16 years old taking tickets for SFX Entertainment. Through the years he has worked for Clear Channel Entertainment and Live Nation, helping produce shows at multiple venues through the Carolina’s and South East Region.