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Thriving on Chaos...

Twenty-three years ago, around the same time as the infamous stock market crash of 1987, renowned author Tom Peters published a revolutionary management handbook titled Thriving on Chaos. The relatively predictable nature of business was vanishing, requiring organizations and managers to embrace flexibility and a total love of change. Tom Peters claimed that the winners of the future would deal proactively with chaos, seeing it as a source of market advantage, not a problem to be ignored.

Around the same time, Pacific West Sound was launched by a barely-out-of-his-teens electrical contractor and mobile DJ. And while no one would ever confuse Pac West’s founder and President, Brent Milton, with Tom Peters in 1987, you could say that his company has taken a page or two from Peters’ philosophy over the years.

In fact, if you were to spend a week in the shoes of any PacWest employee in 2010, you might even say that Thriving on Chaos could be adopted as a company slogan. “I like to think of it as ‘organized chaos’, remarks Office Manager Stephanie Hillis.

“We’ve gone to great lengths to develop a culture of flexibility in this company” says Milton. “And as a result, we’ve earned a reputation of being able to handle anything that’s thrown at us.

Given the wide range of events and jobs that PacWest covers on any given day, there has to be some serious coordination and almost intuitive teamwork among the employees.
Take, for example, one of PacWest’s most recent dilemmas. Long-time client Six Flags Magic Mountain had a Saturday afternoon benefit concert planned to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. One small problem; the show was to be held in the Golden Bear Theater, a half-indoor half-outdoor venue, and the weather forecast called for an epic rainstorm.

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Over 20 Years of Operation

Since 1986 Pacific West Sound (PacWest) has delivered expert audio services to the Central Valley and beyond. From concert sound engineering to full system audio design and installation, our team draws on decades of experience to supply solutions that work for our clients.

PacWest serves clients from our office in Bakersfield, CA, and through a network of strategic partners. Our Production Team reaches a broad range of markets including concerts, corporate events, themed environments, trade shows, and special events. Our Installation Team provides architectural acoustic services for a wide range of building types including performing arts centers, houses of worship, themed attractions, stadiums, arenas and educational facilities. Read Complete Story...

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