MilestoneIt is with great pride we recognize Mike Dosch and his 25 years of service.
Mike joined Freeman in July 1991. He started down the AV road shortly after graduating from Columbia Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and as Mike says, “stumbled into this new chapter of my career within the AV Industry – leaving my prior career in Restaurant and Hotel management behind.” He started as a driver/tech TSR, then a Hotel TSR, then a TSM, then many years of Convention Centre Management (in both Vancouver and Toronto), before settling into his current role as GM of the Vancouver branch.
Mike went through numerous name changes throughout his AV career. He begin to work at a small office on Howe Street in downtown Vancouver - with Stronco AV on the front awning. Subsequently went through many transitions working for Southam AV, ADCOM AV, CORPAV, TELAV, AVW-TELAV, and now Freeman AV Canada.
Let’s get a little “upfront and personal” with Mike:
What is your favorite aspect of the work you do?
While reports, paperwork and budgets are terribly exciting, my favorite aspect of the work are all the great people I get to work with each and every day. From show site to warehouse, I have always found my co-workers to be a very special breed of people, and they help make our line of work even more rewarding than just playing with expensive equipment.
What has been the highlight of your career?
There have been many highlights in my career (with most centered around large successful events and conferences), and many more than most people care to read about. Some of the more memorable events would be the 2005 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Conference in Toronto for 45,000 people, the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, and the most recent highlight – accepting the Thiel Award on behalf of the Vancouver branch when we won this honour in 2014 (the first year of individual branch awards for Canada).
What has been the biggest challenge of your career?
The biggest challenge of my career has been not only keeping up with the technology changes in our industry, but also the growth changes the AV industry has undergone over the years. It seems to me that many of these 25 years have been very, very busy, and this last year was no exception. Time flies when you are having fun, and despite the challenges in this business over the years, I still feel a youthful exuberance and maintain a passion for what we do. Don’t let my aging appearance fool you!
What is the most valuable thing you have learned while working with Freeman?
I have learned that solid teamwork can accomplish anything. In this industry we rely on the entire team to successfully execute our business, and when the team is working well together we can do some pretty amazing things!
What inspires you?
I am inspired in the same way since I started as a TSR, which is by positive feedback from our client(s) for a successful show! To see or hear a client rave about our great work has always been inspiring to me and it makes all the efforts seem so well worth it.
Any closing remarks?
I have found the AV Rentals Industry to be quite rewarding and our clients like to let us know what an incredible job we do. After all the changes I have seen in this industry over the years (from technology to the AV business itself), I am now looking forward with excited curiosity as to what other changes we will see in just the next 5 to 10 years alone. I still very much enjoy what we do for a living and I am looking forward to a prosperous future in this company and for the AV rentals and staging industry. I am proud to be an AV professional, and continue to feel proud of our awesome team in Canada!
Mike Dosh with Walter Gretzky, famous father of Wayne Gretzky.