Tour Link 2014 Top Dog Awards

What are the Top Dog Awards?

The Top Dog Awards are bestowed upon the very best of the best in the touring community as voted on by their peers. Each year at Tour Link we present the Top Dog Awards Show.

The Top Dog Awards Show is the most anticipated evenings of the Tour Link Conference.

Please see our photo gallery of the 2014 Top Dog Awards Show along with galleries of other conference events (on the same page).

Top Dog Award Top Dog Hall of Fame Award

2014 Tour Link Touring Hall of Fame Recipients

These gentlemen were selected as the 2014 Tour Link Hall of Fame Honorees for their unique contributions to our industry.
Congratulations from Tour Link!

ML Procise III

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ML Procise III

Clair Global's Executive Director of Touring, ML Procise III, is a living legend of the sound world.

Starting his career nearly 40 years ago in the early days of Showco, ML has earned an unquestionable reputation as one of the finest sound engineers in our industry and as one of the finest individuals with a long history of introducing fledgling audio engineers to the touring industry…many who are now tops in their field.

His career has been defined by complete dedication to preparedness for every mix challenge and introducing new mix techniques to improve his performance and craft. His learning never stops.

Six times nominated "Engineer of the Year", named "Sound Reinforcement Man of The Year" and extremely proud of his work through Don & Carolyn Davis's yearly Sound Reinforcement workshops from its inaugural years and his membership in the American Engineering Society, his accolades, teaching abilities, and commitment to sound reinforcement are well noted.

Through his work at Showco and since 2000 when Clair Global bought Showco, ML has worked with a multitude of artists, mostly live but studio engineering as well.

70's mixing clients were dominated by English, Irish, and Scottish rock bands including Genesis, The Bee Gees, Thin Lizzy, Average White Band, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Armatrading, and Nazareth.

The end of the decade brought Michael Jackson and The Jacksons into his life for 7 years.

Punished for "misbehaving" as he explains with a laugh, ML was assigned nearly a year and and half with The Beach Boys.

Switching gears as ML entered the 80's, he concentrated on arena guitar rock starting a 15 year relationship with ZZ Top, the rock band Boston, Guns 'N Roses, and Rossington Collins Band.

The 90's & 2000's brought a ton of eclectic band work including Alice in Chains, Green Day, Limp Bizkit, Jane's Addiction, Rage Against The Machine, Stevie Nicks, X Japan, and Soundgarden. In all, over 4,500 stadium and arena concerts.

ML dedicates this kind honor to all who were there for him and the Procise family over the last year as Debby, his beloved wife of 33 years, lost her courageous fight with cancer. ML and his children, Raleigh, Luke, Parker, and Evan send their love and thanks for all of your prayers, kindness, and compassion.

Hedwig De Meyer

Hedwig De Meyer
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Hedwig De Meyer

As Founder and President of Stageco, Hedwig De Meyer has grown his company from it's humble roots in the early days of Belgium's Rock Wercher Festival to the international staging powerhouse that it is known as today.

Founded in 1985, Stageco forged a new road for staging companies, setting aside traditional scaffold stage approaches and developing a tower system based on crane technology requiring less labor and resulting in greater rigging capacity as debuted on tour in 1986 with the Genesis Invisible Touch tour.

Pink Floyd's Momentary Lapse of Reason tour launched the company into Australia and New Zealand in 1987. The Genesis We Can't Dance tour brought Stageco to the United States for the first time in 1992. US tours with Metallica, Guns N Roses and AC/DC followed, leading to the opening of Stageco's US-based offices in Colorado.

Today, under De Meyer's leadership, Stageco has nine offices worldwide and employs nearly 200 full-time staff members. Known as a world-wide pioneer and trendsetter in designing and building custom-made, as well as standardized, concert stages and temporary structures, they are the go-to guys for many of the world's biggest touring acts including U2, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Rihanna, Muse and more.

Steve Moore

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Steve Moore

Steve Moore's concert industry career began more than 35 years ago in his home state of Texas while a student at Lamar University. Upon graduation, Steve was named to the management staff at Lone Wolf Productions prior to launching his own company, IBM (Independent Booking and Management) where his first clients included Stevie Ray Vaughn, Huey Lewis and the News and George Strait. Moore went on to work for Louis Messina of Pace Concerts before relocating to Nashville in 1985 as the Executive Director of Starwood Amphitheater where he presented memorable shows by Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank williams, Jr., Jimmy Buffet, The Judds, and George Strait amongst many others.

Launching Moore Entertainment in 1992, Steve set up and ran tours for country artists Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Michael W Smith, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton as well as producing the BB King blues festival events in several cities in the southeast. Moorejoined AEG as Senior Vice President, where his activities included organizing tours and shows for Bill Gaither, Taylor Swift,Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw and bringing Paul McCartney to Bridgestone for his first-ever Music City performance. Moore also created the CMT sponsored tour which lasted over 10 years featuring up and coming superstars like Rascall Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean.

Most recently, Steve served as the Country Music Association's (CMA's) CEO and has been an active member of their Board of Directors since 1989. During his tenure, Steve has spearheaded the creation of the CMA Foundation, CMA Songwriter Series nationally and internationally as well as independently creating the Shalom Foundation to improve the lives of impoverished children in Guatemala. The Shalom Foundation opened the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center Hospital to serve the medical needs of the children in 2011. Moore resides in Arrington, Tennessee and has three grown sons, Remick, Sterling and Hunter with wife Charmione of 34 years.

2014 Top Dog Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2014 Top Dog Award Winners!

Air Charter Company of the YearYoung Jets / Apollo Jets (tie)
Car/Limo Rental Company of the YearDaitz Personal Logistics
Case Company of the YearJan-Al Cases
Catering Company of the YearEat Your Hearts Out
Coach Company of the YearSenators Coaches
Coach Driver of the YearTy Saunders, Hemphill Brothers
Drum Tech of the YearJerry Johnson
Freight Forwarding Company of the YearRock-It Cargo
Front Of House Engineer of the YearKen "Pooch" Van Druten / Brad Madix (tie)
Guitar/Bass Tech of the YearTakumi Suetsugu
Hotel of the Year EastRitz-Carlton Central Park
Hotel of the Year WestLe Parc Suite Hotel
Hotel Rep of the Year EastJennifer Adams, Hutton Hotel
Hotel Rep of the Year WestBarry Podob, Le Parc Suite Hotel
Keyboard/Electronic Tech of the YearMike Klvana
Lighting Company of the YearUpstaging
Lighting Designer of the YearLeroy Bennett
Lighting Director/Operator of the YearSooner Routhier
Merchandiser of the YearRichard Carter
Monitor Engineer of the YearKevin "Tater" Mc Carthy
Pass/Itinerary Company of the YearCube Services
Production Coordinator/Assistant of the YearMisty Roberts
Production Designer of the YearBaz Halpin
Production Manager of the YearDale "Opie" Skjerseth
Promoter Rep of the YearSteve Lawler
Pyro/Special Effects Company of the YearPyrotek
Radio And Communications Company of the YearRoad Radios
Regional Production Company of the Year EastSpecial Event Services
Regional Production Company of the Year WestDelicate Productions
Rehearsal Facility of the YearCenterStaging
Rigger of the YearBobby Carrell
Rigging Company of the YearFive Points Production Services
Security Company of the YearNPB Companies
Security Director of the YearLonnie Southall
Set Construction Company of the YearTait Towers
Set Designer of the YearButch Allen
Sound Company of the YearClair Brothers Audio
Stage Manager of the YearRocko Reedy
Staging Company of the YearAll Access Staging & Productions
Tour Accountant of the YearBob Davis
Tour Manager of the YearScotty Ross
Travel Agent of the YearNick Gold Entertainment Travel
Truck Driver of the YearDavid Heath, Upstaging
Trucking Company of the YearUpstaging
Video Company of the YearPRG/Nocturne
Video Designer of the YearDavid Davidian
Video Director of the YearDavid Davidian
Wardrobe/Dressing Room Coordinator of the YearAbby Franklin
Young Gun Production Manager of the YearChris Stinebrink
Young Gun Tour Manager of the YearHenry Bordeaux