A commercial photographer by trade, Fritz opened Northern Light Studio in Portland, Oregon in 1984. Within just a few years, Northern Light became one of the premier commercial and aerial photography studios in the Northwest. The first Pro Cyc modules were developed by Fritz in 1988 out of a need to create a better eggshell cyclorama for his own studio. At that time, the only way to build a cyclorama studio was with wood and drywall. That process was (and still is) extremely time-consuming, messy and the results were very imperfect. To solve this problem, Fritz had molds created and produced the cove parts out of fiberglass. At the urging of his father, he patented the product and called it Pro Cyc, derived from “professional cyclorama”. A few short years later, some colleagues in the technology industry suggested that his cycloramas would be perfect for the budding virtual reality / chroma key industry. They were right, as that industry currently makes up a majority of Pro Cyc’s clientele. Since that time, Fritz continues to improve and design new systems to the needs of the photography and video industries, and he continues to follow his father’s advice, patenting each new design along the way.
As the son of the founder and CEO, Sean has essentially been around Pro Cyc since the beginning. Sean was still in high school when Fritz developed the first patents and cove molds in 1988. However, Sean did not join the company until 2007, after he had spent the better part of the previous two decades learning and developing his own approach to starting and growing small businesses, including two online companies which were eventually sold to larger companies. Like his father before him, Sean is also a professional photographer. His knowledge of the importance of proper lighting and expertise in both the photography and video industries play a key role in new product development and understanding customers’ needs. With a strong background in both Finance and Business Administration, Sean brings a relational and forward-looking approach to running the business and is consistently making sure that Pro Cyc remains on the cutting edge, while at the same time listening to the evolving needs and goals of the expanding base of Pro Cyc customers.
After 31 years in manufacturing and the vacuum-formed plastics industry, Mike came to work for Pro Cyc in 2009. Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washington State University with a focus on Management and Operations. His experience includes strong backgrounds in Operations Management, Quality Management and Sales. He is one of the primary reasons Pro Cyc runs so smoothly and efficiently – even as the company has experienced significant growth and expansion of product lines over the past several years. Mike says, “My goal is to work closely and ethically with our suppliers, employees and strategic partners in an effort to provide our customers with the highest quality, cost-effective solutions that will meet or exceed their expectations.”
Matt is the Sales Manager for Pro Cyc, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to joining Pro Cyc, Matt was a compounding pharmacy technician for five years, where he worked in a clean room with IV and chemo therapy medications. This required a high degree of focus and attention to detail, skills that allowed Matt to quickly become an important member of the Pro Cyc team. His attention to detail and client-centric approach allows Matt to match client needs with the most appropriate Pro Cyc products for their budgets and goals. Matt is focused on providing excellent customer service and is always willing to field any questions. A Portland native, he is an avid outdoorsman and skier. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife and triplets.
Before coming to work for Pro Cyc in 2012, Bob accumulated 25 years of experience in the vacuum-formed plastics industry. Bob also has a degree in Diesel Technologies, a strong background in Maintenance & Repair, and over 2 decades of experience in Production Management. His thorough understanding of Pro Cyc’s products and his commitment to getting it right the first time makes him an indispensable part of Pro Cyc’s management and fulfillment team.
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