Meet The Team
Arren Wetzel founded CLE in 2002 and remains an active part of the company today. He has over 30 years of audio and lighting experience, having started at an early age with his father’s production company in Michigan. When Arren isn’t in the CLE warehouse; on a show site; or driving his big red semi, he enjoys being outdoors. Arren is an avid hunter and fisher, and enjoys doing projects around his home in rural Winterset, especially if they involve power tools. Arren and his wife, Rachel, have two sons and two basset hounds.
Cassie has been CLE’s bookkeeper since 2014. Prior to joining the CLE team, she worked at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. She is a native of Carlisle, Iowa but now lives in Des Moines with her daughter, Aspyn. Cassie loves shopping and also enjoys decorating, reading, and spending time with her family.
Shane has been with CLE since September 2015. He attended Western Iowa Tech and earned in AS in Audio Engineering. While at WIT, Shane interned with KES Productions in Sioux City, Iowa. He is a native of Carroll, Iowa and now lives in Des Moines. In addition to being a great audio engineer, Shane is a great cook with a specialty in salsa.
Katie joined the CLE team in September 2016 as Account Executive. Prior to working at CLE, Katie was the Tasting Room and Events Manager for Jasper Winery in Des Moines, Iowa. A native Iowan, Katie has lived in Des Moines since 2006 and spends her free time trying new recipes, reading and biking around the metro.
Nick is a Des Moines native and came to CLE in August 2015. Prior to working at CLE, Nick began his career in the event industry in 2013 working for Conference Technologies in Des Moines. When he is not in the office, you can find Nick playing Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee or watching Game of Thrones. He lives in Des Moines with his wife, and their Himalayan Persian Warrior cat.
Emily joined the CLE team in November 2014 as Account Executive. She now heads up our marketing efforts as the Director of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to working at CLE, Emily worked in sales support for a large international company in Des Moines, Iowa. A native of Fort Dodge, Emily lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 8 years before returning to central Iowa. She lives in Clive with her husband, John, and two kids, Lucas and Abby.
Peter is CLE’s longest-serving employee; he is celebrating his 10th year as a CLE employee. Peter started as a general technician and in 2016 became the Warehouse Manager. His background is in technical theater production, which he studied at Graceland University and Iowa State University. Over his career, Peter has worked on over 50 stage productions and hundreds of live events. Peter lives in Lamoni with his wife, Terrilee, and two kids, Lorelei and Owen.
Kris has over 30 years in the live event industry. He has been with the CLE team since 2006. As the Operations Director, Kris oversees the team that handles equipment, labor, and transportation logistics for every event that CLE does. He still likes to get out and help the team on show sites. When he’s not at work, Kris is probably outside camping, hunting, fishing, or enjoying the open road on his Harley-Davidson. He lives in Indianola with his wife and 2 dogs.
Chris Janson came to CLE in 2006 after having worked at AVI Systems in Des Moines. After graduating rom Iowa State University with a Communications degree, Chris headed to Dallas, Texas to work at Hoover Brothers AV. Over his 30+ years in the live events industry, Chris has had many memorable experiences, but his work with Nobel Prize Laureates Brown & Goldstein stand out as among his favorite. On weekends, you can find Chris enjoying the outdoors from a kayak or canoe, or just a great birdwatching spot. He lives in Des Moines with his wife, Jeryl, and his two dogs Chloe and Bodie.
Greg came to CLE via AVI Systems in 2006. He has been working in the video production industry since the 1990’s. Greg grew up in Des Moines and enjoys traveling to his favorite vacation spots in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Greg is an avid angler; he notes that he has more money in angling gear than he spent on his first house. He lives in Des Moines with his wife.
Kameron joined CLE in 2015 after doing freelance audio work for a few years. He is a native Iowan but attended the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, where he received a degree in audio engineering. Kameron is passionate about music and spends some of his free time recording and producing his own music. He is currently learning to play guitar and ukulele. Kameron also enjoys outdoor activities such as extreme mountain biking.