Staff Biographies

Kevin H. Short - General Manager /Director of Business Development

Kevin has had a lifelong career in the entertainment business; he has engineered and produced recordings for RCA/BMG, Smithsonian Folkways, Sierra and Rebel Records. He is a musician and much of his time out of the office is spent on the road with The Reminders where he contributes Bass and Vocals thereminders.net. Kevin has done volunteer work with organizations such as The American Cancer Society and Birthright of Delaware; He is a member of the Finance Community of Calvary Baptist Church in Georgetown, and serves on the artistic board of the Possum Point Players. Serving first as a committee member then later as a committee chair, he has contributed to the nationally recognized Sussex County Return Day Celebration for over 30 years. Kevin is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy People).

Eugene R. Bailey - Senior Systems Technician/ Designer/ Integrator

Gino is a native of the Eastern Shore. Graduated in 1987 from Snow Hill High School. He worked at Frontier Town Western Theme Park from 1984 to 1994 as an actor and eventually became the show manager. He attended Towson University as a music major and played trumpet. He played in several of the bands at the school most notably Hank Levy’s Big Band. He transferred to University of Maryland and continued his education in music. While in school he picked up the bass guitar and started the band Blue Junction. Blue Junction played throughout the Mid Atlantic region for several years winning awards from Billboard and Musician Magazine. In 1994, while in the band, Gino recorded his first project at Mid South Audio and was offered a position in the studio as a technician. Eventually he began to engineer recording sessions as well as perform as a studio musician. He is now MSA’s senior technician in both the studio and live production. In 2013 Gino and his wife, Susan, started the Academy of Music Performance (AMP) in Salisbury, MD offering Music Lessons for kids and giving them the opportunity to play in a band together and record a finished product here at MSA.

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Michael R. Lecates - Associate Director of Operations/System Technician/ Designer/ Integrator

Michael is a native of the Eastern Shore. Graduated in 2008 from Parkside High School and in 2012 from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Restaurant Management. He got his start in all things audio/visual at the age of 12 volunteering at Bay Shore Community Church where he later became the lead Audio Engineer. In 2007 he joined MSA working part time throughout his senior year of high school and all throughout college. After graduating from UMES in 2012 he came on full time as a live production technician & service technician. He continues to manage live productions all over the shore and beyond as well as audio-visual System Design & integration. Since 2011 he has been MSA’s technical director for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.

 
 

Maurice E. Hein - Lighting Designer/Physical Assets Manager

Maurice, better known to most of us as Dutch, graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2008. He started working for MSA part time during his senior year. He was very involved in Theater in high school and developed a passion for lighting. Shortly after graduating he came on full time at MSA as our Lighting Director and Shop Manager. He attended CM Hoist School at Mountain Productions in 2012 and is a CM Entertainment Technology Certified Hoist Technician. Dutch has also completed training for Stagemaker hoists and Thomas Engineering Truss.

 
 

Preston E. Godfrey - Recording Engineer, Studio and Production /System Technician/ DOT Compliance Officer

Preston (Tripp) is from Seaford, DE. He graduated from Seaford High School in 2011. While in high school he has responsible for the lights and sound for all events held in the auditorium which included events such as the local Lion’s Club Variety show, ballet performances, and Seaford Community Concert events. Preston went on to the Art Institute of Washington and graduated with a degree in Audio Production in 2014. While at the Art Institute he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the school’s 2 sound studios. Preston began working for Mid South Audio in the summer of 2011 assisting Michael at the Freeman Stage at Bayside. Near the end of 2014 Preston came on full time as our new Production Specialist and is one of our studio & live technicians.

 
 

Caitlin G. Conry - Office Manager

Caitlin was born and raised in Mount Olive, New Jersey. While attending Rowan University she volunteered to work with NJCAP and helped create a cyber-bullying program that is currently being used in New Jersey schools. After graduating from college in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Writing Arts she moved to Lewes, DE where she worked at the Tanager Outlets for a year before joining the Mid South Audio team in February 2015. Caitlin has gained a lot of experience with the music industry and is working hard to continue growing in her abilities as an office manager.

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Elaine L. Wolf - Accounting

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Debbie Short - Director of Human Resources

Debbie began her career in broadcasting, starting in sales then as Sales Manager, and General Manager for Great Scott Broadcasting, Baltimore Radio Show, and The Green Group, Debbie left broadcasting to pursue a career in Human Resources. She joined Delaware Health and Social Services as a Human Resources Manager, further honing her Human Resources acumen with the Sussex County Family Court.  She brings over twenty years’ experience in Human Resource Management to the team. Debbie is a member of Alpha Beta Gamma, and the Business Honor Society.  Her Associates in Applied Arts and Sciences in Business Administration was conferred  at Delaware Technical Community College.   She is  a certified Human Resources Professional as recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).  In support of the Community, Debbie the founder and President of the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors for Sussex County Return Day.  In addition to supporting Delmarva Teen Challenge Men's recovery program, she is on the advisory board of New Street Men's Recovery house and a member of TAP Faith. Debbie is a lifelong Methodist and member of Conley's United Methodist Church.

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Austin G. Carter - Systems Technician / Assistant Warehouse Manager

Austin is a Sussex County native, hailing from Rehoboth Beach, DE. His introduction to the audio industry came at age 10 when he started assisting his father on the technical side of various productions ranging from local theater to the Miss Delaware Pageant. This trend continued for many years to come and eventually snowballed into a summer job with MSA at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in 2009. Austin continued working for MSA part time throughout his high school and college years. In the spring of 2016 Austin joined the team as a full time employee.

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