|Quebec-based rigging and staging automation company Show Distribution Group has appointed Jean Lariviere (pictured left) as Vice President of Sales Development. Lariviere most recently was regional sales manager at High End Systems, part of the Barco group, where he handled sales for Canada and select U.S. accounts. Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer with worldwide equipment brokers SHS Global, responsible for sourcing product and also handling client technical services. Lariviere established many of his global relationships within the industry during his earlier years at High End Systems, where he worked as a Studio Color product support specialist from 1994-98.
Lariviere said, “I'm glad to join a team with a solid product line that has its place in the market. I also find it refreshing to be recognized and respected right off the bat with a group that welcomes new ideas and is willing to think above and beyond. It's a great fit for me.”
Show Distribution Group President Jacques Tanguay (right on photo) said, “Jean's experience and passion for the industry is a perfect match with this group. His willingness to learn our unique product as well as his input in our sales department is essential for the growth of Show Distribution. I've known Jean for 25-plus years and I'm extremely happy to have him on board.”
Lariviere will work to develop new sales opportunities and increase channels for growth for Show Distribution from his base in Austin, Texas.
Tanguay started Show Distribution in 1999 to specialize in providing safe staging automation and rigging products for North America. The 2,000 square meter (21,527 sq ft) facility in Quebec offers space for its service department and a greater storage capacity to meet increasing demand. They also have an office in Las Vegas, a warehouse in Los Angeles and work through a reseller network throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
Show Distribution manufactures and distributes a complete line of power distribution, control, remotes, load monitoring systems and a range of variable speed chain hoist brands including Tour Lift, Tour Rig, Tour Star and Tour Trolley. Show Distribution provides equipment for tours, theatres, film sets, corporate events, houses of worship, educational facilities and sports centers. Their client list includes many top productions and tours including Madonna, Metallica, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Celine Dion and more, as well as installations for theaters such as the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.