Tag Archives: Bay Stage Live Staff

2015 Employee Recap

Bay Stage Live - 2015 Christmas Card back copy

Take a look below to see what’s been going on with our Bay Stage Live team over the past year!

DANIELLE had a beautiful and healthy baby girl. Elle is now part of our Bay Stage Live team and has already been promoted to V.P. of Smiles.

KELLEY won a chunk of money in the lottery and has now become a grandfather. You can call him “G Papa G”.

CHRIS is now a proud aunt of 3 little monsters. She has also bought a new home and has been fixing it up in what little spare time she has during our busy season.

NICOLE found out she is expecting a Baby Boy. Jake Ryan will arrive in April 2016.

YVONNE AND BRIAN celebrated 40 years of marriage and are smitten with the idea of multiple grandchildren in their lives.

PATRICK has a beautiful little girl Annabelle, who turned 1 this year.

CODY found a wonderful lady and now has a new puppy along with 3 other 4-legged children.

GREG received a new hip and considers himself a “10” in “hipness”.

DAVID is finally finishing up his Bachelor degree at SPC and will be starting a new career at Amazon next year.

MICHELE made a life change regarding health and fitness and has been killing her goals and looking great.

MATT, our newest addition, completed his 3rd year producing Earthdance as director and is proud of the record attendance this year.

We Are Thankful For…

BSL - Thanksgiving

The Bay Stage Live team was asked, “What are you most thankful for?” This is what they said…

Brian Justo: I am thankful for a healthy life and for all the wonderful things it allows me to appreciate. Things like my ability to enjoy my wife, daughters ‘n husbands, grandchildren, brother and 89 year old mother; still in good health, as well as my fantastic family in Spain. With all of these gifts I get to spend time with my Bay Stage Live family, who I thoroughly enjoy and respect. I also appreciate the great opportunity I have to eat and drink my way through the U.S. and Europe.

Yvonne Justo: In business, I am thankful for all of our BSL employees. They are dedicated, loyal, and treat our company as though it were their own.

Personally I am thankful for having a healthy family; immediate and extended.  I am also thankful for the miracle of birth for giving me my granddaughter Elle and my future grandson Jake.

Nicole Justo Idziak: I am thankful for my husband Scott, my sweet Luke, my family, all of the wonderful people in my life that I learn from every day and most of all I am thankful for the little miracle that is growing inside of me.

Danielle Justo Sherwin: I am so very thankful for my husband Mike, our doggie Max and our new little miracle baby, Elle. I am thankful for modern medicine, which allowed our dream of a family to come true. I am thankful for my amazing parents and sister, and for our growing family. I am thankful for a wonderful family business that I get to be a part of everyday. And finally, I am thankful for all of my family, friends, our health, happiness and love that we share.

Greg Utley: I am thankful for waking up on the topside of the dirt everyday! I am thankful for my Mom, Sister and a special core of friends for always loving me and laying the law down when needed. I am also very thankful for this amazing country that we live in! Most of all for Baby Jesus and his dad….. God! (Alien or not)

Michele Tunstall: I’m thankful for my wonderful family and friends. As well as being able to wake up every day and I’m healthy.

Chris Hardt: Modern medicine/drugs, my Manx, my house, my sister’s pregnancy going well, my disgustingly cute niece and nephew, and clients like Anna Lucia. I am also thankful that Danielle finally got knocked up and had such a ridiculously cute and sweet baby. Everyone playing with her makes me very happy… especially Yvonne talking about her fat legs… I would be more thankful if there were puppies around here more!

Patrick Robert: I am thankful for my family, my friends, and for the return of the production season… It’s been a long hot summer!

Kelley Gifford: I am thankful for stepper motors. Stepper motors made the birth of intelligent lighting possible. I am thankful for the DMX protocol. DMX made it possible for us to tell our intelligent lights what to do. I am thankful for Q-tips. I enjoy a good eargasm.

Cody Barden: I am thankful for running water, power, and a roof over my head.  I am thankful that I have an amazing job I can go to everyday.  I am thankful for my awesome family and friends always being there for me.

David Robert: I am thankful for all of my friends, family, and the people around me that make life worth living.  I am astonished by the quality of people that I am lucky enough to have around me.

Matt White: I’m thankful for finding my passion and career early in life and sticking to it. I’m thankful for a supportive and amazing group of friends and family who love and support my ambitions. I’m thankful for art in all its forms, and its ability to affect us on a level words and emotions can’t explain. I’m thankful to bear witness to our accomplishments in art and production over the many years of human evolution.

Meet Cody Barden

BSL Blog Post - Cody Barden

Since we consider our clients to be extended members of the Bay Stage Live family, we feel it’s important that you get to know us on a personal level. Periodically, we’ll be interviewing our team members and providing you with the great details!

In this first post, we talk one on one with Cody Barden, who has been with us for 4 years and currently holds the title of Account Executive in our Rental Division.

Bay Stage Live: What’s been your favorite Bay Stage Live gig? And why?

Cody: I have a couple… one of my favorites every year is the “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” Parades. We do all of the audio on their floats for both the day and knight parades. We set up speakers and music so the floats all sound amazing. We always have a really fun time with the pirates.

Switching gears, another of my favorites was Brooke Palmer’s wedding. She’s a big event planner here in Tampa. She had a very elegant wedding at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota with 30+ vendors. There was a lot going on, but it was a gorgeous wedding. Bay Stage Live did all of the lighting and I personally ran the lighting console.

Bay Stage Live: What’s a cool tip or tool you’d like to share with everyone?

Cody: When you’re dealing with power from a generator, you always want to meter it before you plug in any gear. Power is one of those things you definitely want to respect at all times.  Another tip – if you own your own gear, it’s important to keep the optics clean, all lights look and perform better when you show them love.

Bay Stage Live: What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cody: I really, really like Reese’s. Ice cream, cups, pieces… it’s a weakness.

Bay Stage Live: What do you like best about working at Bay Stage Live?

Cody: It would have to be the family environment. Everybody here is one big crazy family, whether a Justo or not. It’s not crazy uptight like a corporate AV Company would be. We’re allowed to kick back and have fun whenever we can find some extra time.

Bay Stage Live: What first inspired/drew you to this line of work?

Cody: My grandfather ran sound for the church I grew up in and I started shadowing him in 6th grade. He taught me a lot about the world of audio and from there I transitioned into doing lighting. Working in Bay Stage Live’s rental division, people call me for all sorts of show needs, including sound, staging and lighting.

Bay Stage Live: Tell us a bit about your family.

Cody: I was born and raised here in Tampa where my family still resides. I have one older brother who is married with a daughter on the way. My parents have always been supportive of me wanting to work in this industry, even through the late nights and 80-90 hour work weeks. They’re happy for me that I’m doing something I love.