Meet the Pyrotek Team

For decades, we have helped our clients deliver lasting memories to audiences, both big and small, around the world. We are the people behind the scenes, constantly working on cutting edge solutions to create awe and inspiration at some of entertainment’s most spectacular live events.

We’re the ones bringing live alive,
every day

These are just some of the Pyrotek professionals who can help you conceive, design and deliver exceptional moment after exceptional moment.

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  • Senior Leadership
  • Products & Technical Support
  • Sales & Project Management
Scott Dunlop
President & Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Office

Scott oversees the broader strategic direction of Pyrotek, with a focus on ensuring that the company’s products, services, facilities and general operations continuously evolve in a manner which respects the trust Pyrotek’s clients place in it as a partner in the great challenge of bringing live events to life.  Prior to the acquisition of Pyrotek by Scott and his business partners, in addition to holding a life-long passion for live entertainment, Scott held a variety of senior roles in private equity, general management, marketing, distribution, legal and risk management.

Mike Merle
Senior Business Development Manager
New York Office

Mike is based in our New York office, where he oversees Pyrotek’s business development efforts, working with clients of all types on the varied aspects of their special effects needs. Mike has over a decade of experience in the concert touring business, touring with artists such as AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Van Halen, Tina Turner, Judas Priest, and P!nk, just to name a few. Regardless of your event size or type, Mike will be happy to help you canvass the many options available to help you in “Bringing Live Alive.”

Reid Derne
Chief Show Designer
Nashville Office

Reid leads the special effects design process at Pyrotek, using his many years’ of experience, in both conceiving impactful moments and executing them safely and efficiently, to help clients realize the fullest extent of their vision for a show or event. Reid has been with Pyrotek for more than 25 years and has spent much of that time working with a wide variety of artists and productions including Metallica, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, P!nk, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Grammy Awards, ACM Awards, General Motors, Phantom of the Opera and many, many more. Reid is based in Pyrotek’s Nashville office.

Marie Kun
Senior Project Manager
New York Office

Marie works with clients in the New York area and beyond. An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience assisting clients with their special effects needs, Marie has led many major projects, including Bruno Mars, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, The Killers, Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias, The Latin Grammys and many iHeart productions. Marie is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Josh Hedge
Project Manager
Nashville Office

Josh is based in our Nashville office, where he is part of our project management team. Josh comes to Pyrotek with 15 years of experience in outdoor fireworks and large-scale pyrotechnics. Josh is also a licensed technician in proximate and flame effects. His notable contributions to Pyrotek include working with clients such as Taylor Swift, Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, and the Nashville Predators. His role as Project Manager is to collaborate from start to finish with our clients and staff, to ensure a successful show for everyone involved.

Elise Luquette
Project Manager
Las Vegas Office

Elise is based in Pyrotek’s Las Vegas office as one of our Project Managers. She has over 22 years of professional experience in live music, event organizing, production management, business development, film festivals and live television. Elise was the Assistant Production Manager with Live Nation at The House of Blues Las Vegas supervising a crew of 40 technicians and running the production for all shows and residencies. Elise graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Communications, emphasizing Broadcast Production and Film and a Minor in Philosophy. Her career has thrived in Las Vegas for over 21 years, and she has a passion for the outdoors, water sports, and live music.

Kevin Hughes
Senior Product Specialist
Toronto Office

Kevin is based in Pyrotek’s Toronto office, where he acts as project manager for a variety of clients in relation to concert tours, award shows and other events. With over 15 years of experience, Kevin is a veteran of live event special effects, having worked with a wide array of artists and producers, including Paul McCartney, Metallica, Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Green Day, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and many more. Kevin is a licensed Special Effects Technician for
movies, television, concert tours and theatre events.

Victor Tomei
Senior Product Specialist
Toronto Office

As a product Specialist, Victor is responsible for bringing technical expertise to the process of delivering client service as well as the development of new products and technologies. With over 20 years of experience, Victor is an expert in special effects materials and products and specializes in laser technologies. Victor has worked with a wide array of artists and producers, including Paul McCartney, Metallica, Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Green Day, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.

Brian Panther
Product And Technical Support Manager
Lititz Office

Brian Panther is our Product and Technical Support Manager and leads our Lititz, PA facility. Brian’s extensive regulatory experience helps our logistics and operations departments with compliance and his extensive experience in research and development of new special effects and electronic firing systems helps support our road crews, product development, and training teams. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Pyrotechnics Association and is a principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on special effects. Brian has designed and produced effects for countless live events and has toured with bands such as Aerosmith, Godsmack, Nickelback, and the London symphony.

Ryan Miller
Lead Product Developer
Lititz Office

Ryan Miller is based in Pyrotek’s Rock Lititz facility. He is a Mechanical Engineer by education and a product designer by trade. Ryan has spent 13 years in product design with experience ranging from consumer goods to machinery and farming equipment. He’s a true “maker” as he thrives on concept and design, building prototypes, and seeing designs through the manufacturing/production process. Ryan graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in 3D modelling. 

Karl Seymour
Facility Operations Manager
Las Vegas Office

Karl Seymour is Pyrotek’s Facility Operations Manager, based in our Las Vegas office. Karl brings many years of hands-on special effects operator experience, having been the Lead Special Effects Technician on a number of Cirque du Soleil shows and many one-off events including NBA regular season and all-star games.

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