McLaren PLASA Member Bill Gorlin Awarded Volunteer of the Year

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William Gorlin - VP Entertainment

The Vice President of McLaren’s Entertainment Division, Mr. Bill Gorlin, was awarded the PLASA Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award. The PLASA North America Rigging Working Group, is an organization that develops and publishes technical standards for the entertainment industry. Mr. Gorlin was one (1) of eight (8) people on the task group that developed a major update and expansion of ANSI standard E1.21-2006 “Entertainment Technology - Temporary Ground-Supported Structures Used to Cover the Stage Areas and Support Equipment in the Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events.” Mr. Gorlin was instrumental in igniting interest in expanding the scope of this standard to include more assemblies used in such events. He participated in task group meetings four (4) times a year and spent many hours writing and editing text in order to develop the proposed revision to the standard, which will be called “Entertainment Technology - Temporary Ground-Supported Structures Used for Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events.”

In light of recent, tragic failures in live event assemblies throughout North America (e.g. Sugarland Stage collapse at Indiana State Fair), this draft standard has taken on a great deal of importance. Within the past year, the State of Kentucky and the International Fire Code have adopted the current version of E1.21, and there is growing interest in this document. The draft standard is currently under review by ANSI to become an American National Standard.

PLASA recognized the efforts of this task group at its annual awards dinner in Las Vegas on November 21, by naming Mr. Gorlin and the other members of the task group the Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year award, which recognizes extraordinary effort by a volunteer or group of volunteers during the previous year.