PLSN — February 2012
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Tomcat Names Mike Garl President and General Manager
Mike Garl

MIDLAND, TX — Tomcat, a subsidiary of The Vitec Group, named Mike Garl president and general manager. Garl joins Tomcat from James Thomas Engineering, where he was previously the president and managing partner.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our team,” said Stefano Rosellini, managing director of the Vitec Group Staging Systems Business Unit, crediting Garl for his “experience, knowledge and expertise.”

After graduating from Carnegie- Mellon University and gaining experience at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Opera Barga in Italy, Garl worked at the University of Rochester and joined the theatre faculty at the University of Tennessee/ Knoxville. Prior to helping establish James Thomas Engineering in the U.S., he also spent five years with Holiday on Ice as the sound engineer, master electrician and lighting designer/ director.

Garl has been a member of the PLASA (formerly ESTA) Technical Standards Council since its inception in 1994, serving as its chairman since 2005. He is the past chairman of the Rigging Working Group and is an active member of the E1.2 and E1.21 Task Groups.

“I believe the future is very bright for Tomcat and the other Vitec Group Staging Systems brands, Litec and Brilliant Stages,” said Garl, crediting The Vitec Group for its “exceptional international management team.