Columbus McKinnon Entertainment
David Carmack, Global Hoist Trainer
I have had the pleasure of working with Eric for 10 years. His background, his experience, and his teaching methods are second to none. In my years of teaching, I have crossed paths with many trainers. No one has the knowledge and talent that he brings to classes.
Claire Walker, Former Rigging Specialist
During my time working on a well-known cruise ship company, I had numerous trainings with Ed, first as Stage Crew and then as the on-board Rigging Specialist.
We would spend a week working from stage directions to safe working loads and trigonometry, and at every step he kept us engaged. Ed made training enjoyable and extremely fun without losing the seriousness of the sessions. Rigging on-board a cruise ship is whole different ball game; Ed made it relatable and had a great insight into the cruise ship entertainment industry. Training sessions were an open dialogue, where we felt able to talk about our own experiences and concerns.
Center for Performing Arts at Penn State
Lea Asbell-Swanger, Assistant Director (Past USITT President)
If Eric can teach me how to understand and enjoy rigging math, then he can teach anyone. We chose Eric because we knew he was well-qualified and he worked with us to adjust the content, process, and scope of his training to best fit the needs of our participants. The content was comprehensive and for some of us challenging, but he made sure that everyone was comfortable enough to ask any question. He helped us use examples of our own real world situations so that we connected with what we learned.
Debra Harrison, General Manager
You have one incredible trainer in Eric. He has a level of professionalism, experience and knowledge that I have rarely, if ever, seen in a trainer. Both classes were tremendous, all participants walk away safer and more knowledgeable. The four-hour class participants now have a better understanding of the scope of what rigging involves and when they need to reach out to more skilled riggers.
Our two-day class included a few highly skilled guys who know when someone is dazzling them with brilliance rather than trying to baffle them with BS.
IATSE Local 4 Education Committee
Kevin McCarthy, Lighting Director/Gaffer
Eric's class is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone in our industry that wants to learn from one of the best.
Over the two days, he walked us door-to-door through the terminology, equipment hardware, safe practices, and math that make up rigging. HIs style is an easy-to-digest format that helped me put theory into practice.