Meet Your Hosts

Mike McAllen


Mike McAllen joined after traveling all over the globe, producing, managing, staffing, meetings and corporate events. Handling all aspects of creative and production. Mike understands the importance of melding the creative and production process for his clients message to be engaging and moving audiences to action.

Mike has staffed, managed, and produced conferences, videos and media projects for clients such as Oracle, Business Objects, Network Appliance, Yahoo INC.,Veritas Corporation, PeopleSoft, Cisco Systems, Network Associates, BiogenIDec, Siemens Medical Solutions, Blackboard, California Healthcare Foundation, Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo, Genzyme Corp, MySql, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and retail giants William Sonoma, GAP Inc., Restoration Hardware.

Mike has an eclectic background which led him to the communications world. Several years of firefighting instilled a hearty work ethic and the importance of teamwork to get a job done right. Also, the biggest reward of helping people. He has been a glass blower, welder, blacksmith, bee keeper, film maker, and writer to tap into his creative side.

Mike lives in the San Francisco bay Area with his wife, 2 parrots, 2 dogs, several thousand bees and 16 Koi fish. He enjoys BBQs with his family and friends, playing basketball, fly-fishing, hiking, surfing, traveling, yoga and running with his two dogs Sam and Alex.

Contact Mike Mike(at) or call him directly at 510-595-6921

Jon Trask CMP

Jon works with Grass Shack Events & Media based in Los Angeles, CA.

A member of MPI since 1994, Jon earned his CMP designation in 2003.  Jon has spent the last 20+ years in the audio visual and production business. Prior to joining Grass Shack, Jon worked for other AV companies in both Orange and San Diego Counties as a Technician, Project Manager, General Manager, Senior Account Manager and as a Director of Sales. This total includes significant time with two other national staging companies supporting large-scale corporate events both nationally and internationally. But it also includes over three years supporting trade shows and conventions, and nearly five years providing AV in a hotel/resort environment.

This experience, cutting across so many different types of AV support while dealing in logistics, pre-production and project management, along with spending many years in sales give him a unique view of the disparate elements required to create a successful relationships, and ultimately to successfully support a meeting of any size.

Jon was named “Meeting Professional of the Year” by the Orange County Chapter of MPI in 2004 and currently serves on the Board of the OC Chapter as Director of Publications for 2006/2007.

Jon was invited by MPI to present at PEC in Charlotte in January 2006 on the “Language of AV”. He was the featured speaker at the May 2004 O.C. Chapter meeting presenting on the same topic. And, from 1998 to the present day, he has spoken to numerous college classes at UCSD, OCC and CMP study groups on the subject of basic AV for planners.

Jon’s background includes work in radio, where he spent time working as a reporter, writer and technical assistant for KEZY/KNWZ, a Southern California all news station. He has also worked as a voice-over artist and in a variety of technical roles on various video and film productions. He holds a degree in marketing management, and lives with his wife and German Sheppard’s in Orange California.

Contact Jon: Jon(at) or call him directly at 714 757 9281