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
Josh LarimarDirector, Business Development
Greg GuzzettaDirector, Event Intelligence Group
Travis BanksDirector, Technical Operations
Jill VandineProject Coordinator
Dan MannersSenior Network Engineer, Systems & Design
Bunky DunnSr. Client Experience Coordinator
David CarpenterAccount Executive
Nina FaileSenior Network Engineer, Field Operations
Evan SandersNetwork Engineer
Paul BatchelorField Training Specialist
Hans AndersenClient Experience Coordinator
Tack FalanaEvent Tech
Lee TuckerIT Logistics
Grant GalloEvent Tech
Lars RehnbergEvent Tech
Chris CanupWarehouse Supervisor
Adrian WilliamsShop Tech
“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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Fresh to the TOURtech team in May of 2019, Josh Larimar has a diverse career path that was consistently focused on his passion for helping people and creative problem solving. He has spent 12 years in staff training for ski resorts, 7 years in manufacturing and 4 years in technology sales and staffing. This all plays into his broad knowledge of every business unit including design, marketing, sales, manufacturing, technology, logistics, health and wellness.
Josh has now turned his personal focus to the Director of Business Development position with TOURtech to assist a growing team and explore new market opportunities. He has a passion for networking and is always open to connect so feel free to reach out!
“Collaboration combined with feedback, breeds innovation and resourcefulness.”
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Greg began his career in live event production at the tender age of 18 producing concerts on the campus of Cal State Fullerton and eventually touring with some of the top artists from the 80’s and 90’s. Greg’s focus shifted in 2011 from entertaining guests to creating safer and more secure environments for those same guests. Greg was the first person to deploy wireless surveillance systems at music festivals in the US and continues to push the limits of available technologies to provide a safer and more enjoyable guest experience.
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.
Dan is an ambivert who has shifted his career from office system administration, to event IT, to DevOps and automation engineering, and is now back to Event IT as our ! Over the course of 10 years, he’s worked in several locations across the country.
Tied safely between home-labbing, sleeping, and cooking
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!
Evan spent a decade in the higher education/corporate IT and the AV world before making the transition into live event production. He has a passion for creative problem solving and getting “stuff” done, or GSD, his personal mantra.
Having worked at Front Gate Tickets in the past, Evan has been involved in a variety of events: Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Governor’s Ball, Electric Forest, Ottawa Blues Fest, LA Auto Show, and X Games, among many others.
Evan keeps a close eye on emerging technologies and is always looking for the latest, game changing tech trends that could influence future work.
Craft Beer Geek. Gearhead. Dog Whisperer.
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“Alright, alright, alright!”
Paul started working in the Event IT industry with TOURtech in 2014, and since has filled the roles of Crew Chief, Network Engineer, driver, and everything in between. Before TOURtech, he spent 10 years in the Coast Guard, where he achieved the rank of E-6 and developed a passion for climbing towers and working on communication/navigation systems.
He loves being on the road and has worked (or attended) just about every music festival you can think of! In his downtime, Paul loves spending time with his kids, listening to music, and snowboarding or surfing. He is also self-proclaimed “Trivia Expert.”
Paul is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and has a vast amount of on-site experience. In 2017, he joined the TOURtech staff team as our first Mid-Market Specialist.
There is a BIG difference between can’t do it and won’t do it.”
Hans has extensive experience in the networking, lighting, and audio fields. After over a year in the field for TOURtech, he relocated from Los Angeles to join the TOURtech team at HQ in Raleigh. Hans always has a smile on his face and brings a wonderful energy to the office with the motivation to get things done!
Fun enabler. Shenanigan instigator. Taco Bell connoisseur.
Tack comes from a family of Touring and Event professionals. He grew up watching Events get built, and has seen first-hand how they have changed over the years. He knew from a young age, that he would one day work in this vast and ever changing industry.
After 11 years in the Event Industry, Tack brings a wide range of expertise to TOURtech. Having a history with Production Management, Operations, Logistics, and Temporary Networks gives him the ability to not only know what works and what doesn’t, but allows him to always be thinking of “Outside of the Box” solutions.
He has played a role in the success of many diverse types of events, from Coachella in the desert of California, to the Winter X Games in the chilly Aspen mountains. Tack also brings with him a history of working internationally, from British Colombia, Canada to Mexico City and Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Lee started his career in the mortgage industry, but after moving from New York to North Carolina he was looking for a change. He officially joined the TOURtech team in May of 2019 as a Shop Tech.
Favorite Food: Gluten free pineapple pizza
Favorite Animal and Coding Language: Python
Favorite Movie: The Departed
Ideal Vacation Spot: Japan
Grant has been fixing computers and connecting people to the internet since he was a small child. He received an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and quickly discovered an interest in communication networks. After moving to the Bay Area, Grant became an active volunteer with Sudo Mesh and helped them develop open-source mesh network technologies and teach networking skills to community members. Prior to joining the TOURtech team, he was introduced to the event industry while working as the technical advisor for a neighborhood puppet show in Oakland, CA.
Grant loves traveling and finds great enjoyment in building things with others, making him the perfect addition to TOURtech!
“In the long run, slower is almost always faster.”
It’s difficult to pin down when Lars caught the event production bug. At the tender age of 16, he accidentally agreed to stage manage a 13-hour music festival, dove face-first into the madness, and strangely never regretted it.
Lars’ brief but lucrative career in advertising sales allowed him to found an AV company and spend the next 7 years producing events and multitrack recordings. Since then he’s performed in many roles—artist, producer, security, lighting designer, web developer, documentarian, audio engineer. The winding road eventually led to IT roles at major domestic festivals like Bonnaroo and Life is Beautiful, international festivals Field Trip and Boots & Hearts, and finally to TOURtech.
His lifelong love of all things technical also encompasses permaculture, classical guitar, trim carpentry, survival camping, and cat psychology. His absolute favorite thing in life is a brutally honest conversation.
Hunter of insights and iced coffee. Earnest skeptic. Compulsive tinkerer.
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.
Adrian recently moved from Monroe NC to Raleigh in 2016. He is Currently attending Wake Technical Community College in pursue of a degree in Computer Engineering. In his free time, he loves to take apart and fix computers. Adrian also likes to play video games and sports like basketball and football. One day he would like to go into space to see if the earth is actually round.