Just some dreamers

About

Penny for your Thoughts ... A Nickel for your Story

At FortyTWO, we wholeheartedly believe in giving our all to make event production so much more than a service. We’ve hand-picked a band of movers and shakers who are invested in the work they produce. We take pride in encouraging creativity and outside-the-box thinking; after all, what’s work without a little whimsy? Our goal is to find the everyday joy in projects we take seriously.

It all comes full circle as to why we chose the name FortyTWO – an homage to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. In the book, the number 42 is believed to be “the answer to life, the universe and everything.” It is our strong belief that we are the answer to everything.

When you entrust FortyTWO, you will gain more than a vendor. We believe in being a dedicated extension of your team. We’re in this together because we believe in your dreams as much as our own.

Thanks for stopping by, we can’t wait to show you what we’re made of…
Tony Ferrello
CEO

Dream Team

Meet the players

Abby VanHorn


Abby’s 9-year background in administration makes her the perfect fit for keeping our office and accounting in check. On her days off, she enjoys listening to live music, thrift shopping, reading, watching her son play sports, and spending time with friends.

Bill Lowery


Bill has been doing touring, FOH and audio engineering for the last 20 years! Now that he’s at FortyTWO, he’s the master of our AV department. Fun fact: Bill owns Animal Dojo Recording Studio in Youngstown and performs in his band, Lake Lake.

Billy Drury


Billy, a Kansas City native, once did lighting for the band Escape the Fate. When he’s not illuminating events with his lighting skills, he’s playing bass and guitar.

Dan Young


Dan’s passion for production started in high school when he participated in the theater program and and studied video production through college. Dan wears many hats at FortyTWO, so on his days off, he enjoys playing bass guitar and collecting records.

Gabi Young


Gabi was born to be an LD and FortyTWO has made her dreams possible. When she’s not creating vivid light designs, she’s daydreaming about Tom Petty and dinosaurs.

Jim Berry


Jimmy grew up around a lot of influential people in the music business which is what led him to pursue a career at FortyTWO. Fun fact: Jimmy is talented graphic designer and artist.

Justin Thomas


Justin’s first taste of event production started with as a Follow Spot Operator at the Youngstown Convocation Centre for John Mellencamp! Since then, he’s toured with Disney on Ice and Disney Live, among other shows. When he’s not overseeing installations of audio, lighting and video, you’ll find Justin using his expertise to turn his home into a smart home.

Krista Shuff


Krista caught the production bug in 1995 when she worked with her dad and IATSE at Ozzfest in Akron. Fun fact – Krista was just 4 days old when she attended her first concert – The Kinks! Her dad was the stage manager for the Akron Civic Theatre as she hung out backstage!

Brian Lizzie


Brian built his first lighting system when he was just 15 years old. Since then, he’s become our go-to guy for staging and event solutions. When he’s not managing our mobile stages, he enjoys listening to live music and going to the beach.

Mason Shaulis


Mason started mixing bands for his dad when he was 16. Since then, he’s joined our team and in his spare time, he likes playing video games.

Mollie Crowe


Mollie started out in the industry when she was 17 and took photos of local bands. While she was studying at Youngstown State University, she was bit by the production bug through her involvement with student organizations. In her spare time, Mollie still photographs concerts as Little Blackbird Photo.

Nelson Reep


Nelson began his career in production at the age of 15 at Packard Music Hall as a stagehand. When he’s not mixing sound, you’ll find him spending time with his daughter Charlotte and making his friends laugh ‘til their sides hurt!

Nick Meranto


In his free time, you’ll find Nick woodworking, watching horror movies, listening to punk rock music, or hanging out with his cat Nila.

David Ruggles


David landed his first production job as Assistant Master Electrician for “Texas! A Musical Drama” while working towards his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology at Kent State University. When he’s not designing lighting plots or testing out new gear, he enjoys cooking, relaxing and playing video games.

Sam Herold


For Sam, his career was a happy accident when he was subcontracted to work with FortyTWO at the Obama for America Rally in 2008. The rest is history! When he’s not coordinating the day-to-day operations of shows, he’s either traveling with family or watching the Cleveland Browns.

Shaun Kish


Shaun studied film and video in California and he’s at the beginning stages of becoming an audiophile – he owns over a dozen headphones and speakers. When he’s not working on a show, he’s a gamer and builds custom computers.

David Terpak


David’s roots are in rock and roll – he’s been part of the industry for 50 years! Because of his background, we’d like to think he’s the “Godfather” of production in Youngstown. When he’s not producing high-quality events, he enjoys collecting vintage cameras and collectibles.

Tony Ferrello


Tony's first professional experience was during his freshman year of college. His very first gig was at a movie theater, where he crossed paths with Specialite, owned by FortyTWO's own David Terpak. From there, David took him under his wing and the rest is history. In his spare time, Tony is learning to become a coder and is a Theatrical Projection Designer.

Angel Simkins


Angel attended to MCCTC for Interactive Multimedia, which is where her interest in event production began. When she’s not assisting our clients at the office, Angel enjoying learning how to cook at home.

This Could be YOU!


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“No one can whistle a symphony.

It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”

Halford E. Luccock

Our productions are built by union staghands.

FortyTWO FAQ

Event Production is about so much more than event planning. Event production includes providing event support – from professional audio and video, to lighting and staging. Everything you see and hear at an event – we can do it because at FortyTWO, we do it all!

Absolutely! Our office and warehouse may be located in Youngstown, but we have produced many events locally, regionally and nationally.

We offer three-tiers of production support that will surely fit any budget:

  • Equipment Rental … $
    • You rent technology and equipment from us to use it as you need. You tell us what you need, pick it up (or we can ship if needed) and you return it.
    • Ideal for experienced professionals, event companies and touring productions.
  • Rental & Setup … $$
    • We deliver, setup and remove the equipment from your location, freeing you up to manage other event details.
    • Ideal for standard event rentals such as stage risers, drapery or bike rack fence.
  • Full Production … $$$
    • We will deliver and setup as well as provide onsite technicians to do the rest. 
    • Ideal for the vast majority of our clients seeking problem-free event solutions.

Of course!  Upon submission of a request for a quote, one of our dedicated Event Producers will contact you to help assess your needs.

Consider an Event Producer as a trusted extension of your team. They’ll be your go-to for problem-solving, event design, tech questions and more. Your dedicated Event Producer will be with you every step of the way – from concept to execution.

Check out the 7 Reasons to Choose the FortyTWO Experience for more information on why FortyTWO is the answer to everything! Click Here