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Our mission is to provide superior quality planning services, event lighting, advanced audio/visual support, creative fabric décor and technical production for all types of special events. We strive to achieve the highest standards of customer service and satisfaction. We aim to be to be a valuable asset to the special events industry with more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in design, production, management and on-site maintenance/operation. 

Joseph Kalkstein

President / CEO

Joe is a graduate of Ohio State University and achieved his CPA designation while working in Public Accounting. As Blue Ridge's leader, he brings over 30 years of seasoned financial and management expertise to the firm. His vision and organizational, people and client skills have served to guide the growth of the company from a smaller, local entity to a reputable regional firm with offices in both Charlottesville and Richmond.  Joe enjoys meeting new clients and exploring new work opportunities, and works within a company doctrine of providing the highest quality services possible with a team of creative and knowledgeable professionals who go the extra mile to satisfy our clients. 

William Randall

Vice-President / General Manager

Bill assists with the management and technical needs of A/V events. Bill brings over 20 years of audio/visual technical and management experience at various companies, venue and levels. He was most recently hired as Blue Ridge’s A/V Director in early 2010 and tasked with developing and building Blue Ridge’s A/V department into a cutting-edge force in the industry.  Bill's experience also includes an extensive knowledge and expertise in the conference arena, producing and managing a variety of event types and sizes around the country. His commitment to his work at Blue Ridge has earned him a partnership in the firm.

Working with Joe Kalkstein and his professional team was an absolute joy. The entire Blue Ridge Event Production team take their role in making sure big events look great, sound pleasing, and run smoothly, very seriously. Their attention to detail and follow up on questions from clients are praise worthy.


Louis Arico

Operations Manager 

Richard Lesko

Director of Audio/Video

Donald Sutton

Director of Production

Erra Grant

Operations Manager and Lead CAD Drafter

Zach Baumann

Sales and Design Manager

Star McCray

Director of Special Events

Michele Stevens

Special Event Coordinator

Charlie Emmons

Wintergreen A/V Manager

We have the pleasure of producing events for the following organizations:


American Cancer Society

Arc of the Piedmont

Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia

Capital One

Castle Hill Cider

Charlottesville SPCA

The College of William and Mary

CFA Institute

Colon Cancer Alliance

Early Mountain Vineyards

George Mason University

Graduate Hotels

Habitat for Humanity

Hampton University

Homesteaders of America

James Madison’s Montpelier

James Madison University

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Library of Virginia

King Family Vineyards

March of Dimes

Norfolk State University

Northrop Grumman

Pippin Hill Farm and Winery

Poe Museum

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Ronald McDonald House

Science Museum of Virginia

Sentara- Martha Jefferson Hospital

St. Anne's-Belfield School

Sweet Briar College

United States Navy

The University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Tom Tom Founders Festival

Trump Winery

United Way

UVA Children's Hospital

UVA Continuing Medical Association

The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Veritas Vineyard and Winery

The Virginia Association of Broadcasters

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Virginia Institute of Autism

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia State University

Virginia War Memorial

Washington & Lee University

Wintergreen Resort

Woodberry Forest School



1011 Linden Ave

Charlottesville, VA 22902

Tel: 434-975-3540

Proud to be voted Wedding Wire's "Couple's Choice Award" for 2019 and Best of C-VILLE's "Best Sound and Lighting" for 2018!