T&B Equipment is led by event seating and flooring veterans, with decades of combined experience in spectator seating, flooring, crowd control solutions, and more.
Berk Ellis – President
Berk Ellis became the President and CEO of T&B Equipment Company in 2002. After starting at T&B part-time during his high school years, he became a full-time employee in 1988. After several years in the field as a laborer and then as an Event Lead, Berk transitioned into the role of Operations Manager, where he handled both the flow of equipment, as well as the movement of our labor force. Having learned the ropes from the ground up within T&B has served Berk well in his role of CEO. His understanding of the challenges faced in the field combined with his desire to grow the company, have helped T&B double its revenues and expand into a nationwide company with locations in Virginia, Florida, and Arizona.
Martin Blackburn – Vice President, Western Region
Martin is an event professional with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. He gained his industry knowledge from the grass-roots up at Arena Seating, UK up to senior management at Nussli, AG before moving to America in 2013. Joining T&B Equipment in 2014, Martin brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked with high profile clients at events such as R&A for The Open, IOC for both winter and summer Olympic games and PAVCO for the construction of a 27’500-seat temporary stadium for the BC Lions in Vancouver BC.
Martin’s product knowledge and experience outside the US has enable T&B/SGA to understand his rigid operational and financial processes. He has transformed three decades of global experience which presents another layer of expertise to our team.
Bill Hager – Sales Manager
Bill Hager joined T&B Equipment Company in 1988 as a salesman in our Virginia office. Prior to joining T&B Equipment, Bill had worked in a variety of industries, including running his own retail business and selling bleachers and permanent seating to schools and universities. By identifying and cultivating new sales channels, Bill has been instrumental in the growth of T&B over the last 10 years, increasing our annual revenues by over 150%. In addition he actively manages our sales team, and directs all T&B marketing and business development efforts. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Bill is the preeminent expert on temporary seating and flooring in the country.
Danny Ellis – National Sales
Danny Ellis began his career with T&B Equipment Company in 1993 as a general laborer in the field, soon thereafter progressing into an Event lead. His superb customer relationship skills and creativity in seat layout design, quickly led him into a sales role with T&B. Currently, Danny is our National Sales representative, dealing with customers such as Championship Management and the USGA. His creative ability has transformed the industry, creating significant changes in the look and comfort of temporary seating structures. In addition to his sales responsibility, Danny is a valuable member of our product development team.
Jeffrey Robins – East Coast Sales
Jeffrey Robins was destined for a sales role within T&B Equipment Company from the moment that he was hired in 2003. Combining skills that he acquired from his degree in Landscape Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the 2 years spent in the field building events, has made Jeff extremely effective at helping customers visualize their end product and understand what it takes to achieve it. In addition to East Coast Sales, Jeff also handles sales in the Caribbean and Mexico regions. Prior to joining T&B Equipment, he was with Landmark Design Group, working as a specialist in urban renewal and park development.
Jim McGlynn – West Coast Sales
Jim McGlynn can by all rights be considered a veteran in the event business. With more than 10 years of experience, and six years at T&B Equipment Company, Jim is not only dedicated to this job, his passion for industry remains strong. Jim currently heads up the West Coast division of T&B equipment, overseeing the sales and operations. Prior to working at T&B, Jim served as the director of operations at Peter Jacobsen Productions, an event production company specializing in golf tournaments. His previous experience in the golf industry helps him connect and understand what his clients’ needs are at T&B.