(Burbank, California--May 15, 2014) In a stunning turn of events, Matthews Studio Equipment announces industry veteran Kenneth J. Emker has joined the Matthews Studio Equipment team. Emker leaves a 20-year relationship as National Grip Sales Manager/National Trade Show Manager for an established Grip equipment company to become Eastern Regional Sales Manager for MSE.
“With so much production going on the East Coast we’ve long realized that MSE has been in need of a strong presence to serve this market,” says Robert Kulesh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MSE. “But it had to be the right person both for us and for the industry we serve. Ken Emker is that person. He not only brings 30-plus years of experience in the photography and grip world he also has a solid understanding of what support is needed in this fast-changing world of digital production.”
Emker says there were several factors that sold him on making this life-changing decision. “MSE equipment is simply the ‘Cadillac’ of support,” he says enthusiastically. “They have the broadest range of equipment available in the market. When I toured the Burbank facility, there were so many unique items that I want to put in new and old customer’s hands – MAX, the Matthelini clamps, the new Minivator II and more. And, just as important to me and my customers is that all MSE’s tools are strong, solid, and made right at their home base. If someone needs something modified, I know MSE can make changes on the fly. Need a specialized support – MSE’s trained technicians can create it especially for you.
“The other thing that sold me is MSE’s family oriented background,” Emker adds. “It’s not just about how loyal they are to their employees, it’s about how loyal they are to their customers. Anyone can be a sales person and take an order. But MSE has my philosophy – it doesn’t end with that order. It’s the follow up that counts. I’m ‘old school’ – I truly want to make my customers my friends. I’m (and so are the people at Matthews) there to listen – in the good times and bad. I love to hear how great something has worked – and if a problem comes up, I’m there to listen and find a way to solve it.”
Emker has already stepped into his new position with great excitement. Based out of New Jersey, his territory will cover from Boston to New Orleans – with more than a few jaunts to the West Coast to keep up on the latest Matthews Studio Equipment to hit the market. One of his most important California visits is Cinegear 2014 – June 5th and 6th in Booth # 145.
is a 44-year-old manufacturer of industry-specialized hardware, camera and lighting support. Its equipment is being used on entertainment productions and in major studios in over 80 countries around the world. The company has been honored with the Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. Matthews has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Achievement. MSE is the exclusive distributor of the FLOATCAM products throughout Asia and the Americas. MSE recently moved into a new state-of-the-art facility at 4520 West Valerio Street, Burbank, CA 91505. http://www.msegrip.com