Since its foundation in 2000, PCE has grown from a small operation offering DJ production services into a full-service powerhouse that offers production, rental, retail, and integration. From lighting and audio to video and staging, we do it all. We’ve worked very hard to make ourselves a true one-stop shop for all our clients’ AV needs. Read on to trace the PCE journey and learn about some of our key players.
PCE Founded as Pacific Coast Entertainment
Ryan Steidinger and John Koukios create Pacific Coast Entertainment (original logo above). At the beginning, Pacific Coast Entertainment specializes in simple DJ equipment, but its focus quickly expands to cover bigger and bigger productions.
PCE Moves into its First Shop
Goodbye, garage! PCE's growing ambitions forces it to find a new headquarters. Just a year after opening, PCE settles into a dedicated building from which to conduct business.
Newport Beach Jazz Festival
The PCE crew (above) relaxes backstage at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, one of the company's first major events.
PCE Acquires PVS
From the very beginning, PCE strived to expand into parallel markets and become a one-stop shop for customers. In 2003, we made our first acquisition: Professional Video Supply (PVS). This move added more video gear and expertise to our expanding repertoire.
PCE Moves to Heil Avenue
PCE keeps growing! To find more room for its burgeoning inventory, PCE upgrades to a bigger building on Heil avenue. (Spoiler! This wouldn't be the last time PCE needed to find a bigger home.)
First National Tour: Peter Pan
PCE tours the country with Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. We provided lighting and other technical support for this challenging, critically acclaimed theatrical production.
PCE Conducts its First Open House
In 2012, PCE put on its first open house, inviting clients, manufacturers, and other industry pros to an event that has since become a de facto regional trade show.
PCE Moves into Current Office
PCE just won't stop growing, and once again, it's time to move. After a long search, PCE settles into a bigger building on Woodwind Drive in Huntington Beach, a location that still serves as its base of operations.
Great Park Groundbreaking
PCE provides lighting, audio, staging, rigging, and more for the massive Great Park groundbreaking ceremony in Irvine (an event featuring the musical stylings of Kenny Loggins).
PCE Goes Glam with First CHOC Gala
PCE produces the CHOC Gala for the first time, an annual event that features top tier musical talent. Over the years, PCE has supported the likes of Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at CHOC.
PCE Reorganizes Management Structure
PCE bids farewell to cofounder John Koukios (pictured) as new partners Brandon Domercq and Joey Annigoni buy into the business.
PCE Acquires California Stage & Lighting
PCE acquires California Stage & Lighting, adding—you guess it—more staging and theatrical lighting to its impressive portfolio.
Coastal Country Jam
PCE produces the Coastal Country Jam music festival on the sands of Huntington Beach. The fest featured notable acts like Jake Owen and Tim McGraw and represents one of the finest architectural achievements in PCE history. (Building a stage on a beach is no easy feat!)
Eric Nam Tour
PCE finishes a national tour with K-Pop star Eric Nam—just before the COVID-19 pandemic puts the kibosh on live events for the year.
PCE Takes Over the Fog and Snow Biz
Throughout 2021, live events started to pick up again. At the end of the year, PCE shipped close to a thousand fog machines and snow machines (not to mention all the fluid!) to theme parks all over the country. Happy Halloween and Merry Christmas!
PCE Acquires Speeda Sound
Ready to rock out? We are! PCE buys Speeda Sound, a historic audio and backline business that has supported the likes of Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, and Blue Öyster Cult (to name just a few). The acquisition adds an entire warehouse of top-tier musical instruments to the PCE inventory.
Brian Cox "Horizons" International Tour
PCE provided lighting, audio, and a special video wall for Professor Brian Cox's "Horizons" tour. This special science lecture series made stops all over North America, including the famous Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York City (pictured).
Head honcho Ryan Steidinger has been with PCE since the beginning, but his time in the entertainment business goes back even further. Decades of experience in lighting, video, and every other facet of live event production make Ryan the perfect person to run a customer-focused production company.
Brandon's time at PCE goes back nearly to the beginning. Over the years, he's worn a lot of hats, from fabricator to video pro to warehouse/equipment manager. He currently serves as CFO, where his deep knowledge of the business/industry make him irreplaceable.
Joey and PCE CEO Ryan Steidinger originally met in grade school, and they have remained friends ever since. In addition to PCE, Joey's entrepreneurial pursuits include technology consulting, bars, restaurants, and an online fashion store.
Dan prides himself on his ability to make things run as efficiently as possible. Before PCE, he did exactly that as an electrician, lighting designer, and audio engineer. Now, he does it with our production inventory and internal systems.
Nathan brings a strong events background (serving as a Production Manager and Technical Director in the past) to his role at PCE, where he heads up some of our biggest productions.
Every day, Tim harnesses decades of film and event production experience to plan spectacular events for PCE partners. Tim prides himself on finding creative ways to meet our clients' budgets—all while giving them everything they need to wow their guests.
Christian first became acquainted with PCE as a teenager through the Huntington Beach High School (a PCE client) theater department. Over a decade later, Christian has become a vital member of the team, spearheading our expansion into the San Diego region.
With over 15 years in the events business, Andy makes a fine addition to our San Diego team, helping with rentals, retail sales, and integration projects. Andy loves working on something new everyday, and going the extra mile to get projects done.
Jon has over 20 years of experience as a lighting designer, maintaining active residencies at more than one local theater. At PCE, Jon handles the sales of new production gear.
Michael has spent over 30 years in the touring business, working as an audio engineer, touring manager, and recording manager for artists like Marcy Playground, Cage the Elephant, and Christina Aguilera. Now, he brings this immense, diverse experience to bear heading up touring sales for PCE.
When you step inside our Huntington Beach headquarters, Andrew's is the first face you'll see. In addition to manning the front desk, Andrew offers general support to the sales team. He has a true passion for lighting design and even runs his own holiday lighting business!
Our workforce scheduling lead Jay has spent 18 years in the live events biz, working both technician and admin jobs. Prior to PCE, Jay spent the bulk of her career at Disney, where she grew to love working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
An HR specialist, Michaela has worked with people for over seven years. At PCE, Michaela serves as a workforce advocate, keeping our part time field employees engaged and working gigs that best match their skills.
Christine headed up all the administrative/office work for Speeda Sound before PCE acquired the business in 2022. Now, Christine continues to maintain the relationships she created at Speeda Sound and has taken the lead on all of annual fair/festival work at PCE.
Accounting, costing, auditing, tax... if it's related to money, Kimberly handles it. An MBA with a long history of accounting and managing businesses, Kimberly's behind-the-scenes work keeps PCE moving.
Years ago, you might have seen Cassidy behind the front desk when you walked through the doors at PCE HQ. She has since moved into an accounting role where she heads up collections and accounts receivable.
Ben comes to PCE from a marketing and filmmaking background. He does all of our videos, photography, copywriting, emails, social media, and website work, helping showcase all the latest and greatest PCE events.
Over the years, Aaron has worked every type of live event imaginable. His skills include audio engineering, lighting, rigging, and more.
After we acquired Speeda Sound, we quickly added Tom to the PCE roster. Tom has worked off and on for Speeda Sound since 1991 and was the obvious choice to become the PCE point person for fairs and festivals throughout California.
Jerry brings over two decades of experience to the table in both audio and video engineering. A seasoned AV technology expert, you can rest easy when you see Jerry assigned to your event.
A longtime PCE audio engineer and production manager, Mike also manages our extensive backline collection. A true expert in this field, Mike plays in numerous rock bands and even owns his own recording studio.
Alex brings over 30 years of entertainment industry experience to the table, having spent time as a technical director and lighting designer at various theaters and houses of worship. This deep, hands-on understanding of the business makes him perfect to tackle the logistics of a multi-faceted company like PCE.
Luis "Paco" Garcia
Paco has put in over nine years at PCE, starting as a driver and working his way up to claim the lead role in our warehouse. He's also got field experience with lighting, video, audio, and rigging, putting him in a great position to meet the needs of our field teams.
In addition to general warehouse work, Anthony specializes in repairing damaged and broken production equipment (lighting, etc.). Anthony has years of work experience in the entertainment industry and has remained an avid photographer from a very young age.
A longtime freelance audio/lighting pro, Rob has finally found a permanent home in the PCE warehouse. A lifelong guitarist, Rob never seriously considered any other line of work; it was always entertainment.
A lifelong music fan, Tyler found himself frequently saddled with providing impromptu AV support at the parties and raves he went to in Southern California. What started out as a hobby soon developed into a full-time role at PCE!
With ten years of theater tech experience and a night job running follow spots at Medieval Times, Claire brings a ton of valuable knowledge and experience to her PCE warehouse duties.
Mike's experience in the entertainment business goes back a long way. He started as a stagehand and carpenter, then spent two decades driving for PCE before settling into his current role as our dedicated facilities manager. If something needs done in or around the office, Mike takes care of it!
Grant Del Campo
Grant comes to PCE with almost a decade of driving experience under his belt. He loves spending his time alone on the open road!
After over 10 years of experience in entertainment production (particularly as an audio engineer), Sean has developed a real love of creating live event experiences. His motto? "We sell memories, not tickets."
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