Kenneth Emker Joins Matthews Studio Equipment
Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) announces industry veteran Kenneth J. Emker has joined the company as eastern regional sales manager. Emker leaves a 20-year relationship as a sales manager/national trade show manager for an established grip equipment company.
“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, VP 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 said there were several factors that sold him on the move to MSE. “MSE equipment is simply the ‘Cadillac’ of support,” he said. “They have the broadest range of equipment available in the market. When I toured the Burbank [Calif.] facility, there were so many unique items that I want to put in new and old customers’ 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.
“The other thing that sold me is MSE’s family oriented background,” Emker continued. “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 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.”
Based out of New Jersey, Emker’s 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. MSE says customers can meet Emker in person at Cinegear 2014 – June 5-6 in Booth #145.