About CLE

For More Than a Decade,

CLE has made events more memorable. CLE has made events more memorable. It starts with listening to your needs and ideas and ends with an awe-inspiring event that leaves a lasting impression.

Our results are unforgettable, but our process is simple; It all begins with trust, respect, and confidence. We learn about your organization and your people. We work tobecome a trusted member of the team. We respect budgets and timelines. And, in the end, we help make your event the best it can be.

We are very good at what we do — delivering creative solutions with our total project approach to meet your event goals.

Why Red?

CLE started in 2002, in a single car garage with 8 lights, a pick-up truck, and a desire to bring world-class event production to central Iowa. From that very first event, CLE's hallmark has been, and always will be, a reputation for excellence.

Our founder, Arren Wetzel, grew up in the live event industry; he spent his childhood touring the country doing concerts, learning the technology, the business, and the art of event production from a great mentor-his dad. For Arren, CLE is a family business. The CLE family now includes a full staff of engineers, salespeople, and event producers. We've grown beyond the 8 lights and a pick-up truck to having a warehouse full of industry-leading equipment and a fleet of multiple trucks.

Even though we have grown, we still work by the same principles that inspired Arren all those years ago. We work hard, we're creative, we listen more than we talk, and we always do what's best for the show. Whether we're working on a local show in our hometown of Des Moines, Iowa or a large event in the United States, we always have one primary principle guiding us… be the best at what we do.

So when you see a CLE Red truck or a CLE Red roadcase backstage at an event, you know you're getting a professional, polished, creative and memorable event that will leave a lasting impression for you and your attendees.

Expertise + Collaboration

Planning and attention to detail is the key to a successful corporate meeting or special event.

Before the lights go down and the program starts, CLE has planned for every possibility. Our goal is to be invisible and to make you the hero to your audience.

It all begins with trust and confidence. We work hard to learn about your organization and your people. We work hard to become a trusted member of the team. We respect budgets and timelines. And we're very good at what we do - delivering creative solutions with our total project approach.

From our professional technicians and creative services staff to our detailed room layout CAD drawings, our warehouse stocked with high-tech equipment and our fleet of trucks, CLE has all the tools necessary to enable us to exceed your expectations. Wherever your meeting or event may be located, we will work with partners to make sure we have back-up crew and equipment on stand-by if need be. We leave nothing to chance at CLE.

No matter the venue, large or small, indoors or outdoors… CLE will make your event memorable with a lasting impression.

We partnered with CLE for our annual national conference this past year, and it was the best decision we made. CLE's professionalism, attention to detail, and industry-savvy staff made our conference a huge success! CLE was able to handle not only our mainstage with keynote speakers, but also all of our breakout sessions, and other A/V needs. CLE became a working extension of our team, they were responsive and efficient, yet flexible when necessary. We look forward to partnering with them again.Kim Welch Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
We really appreciated having your crew work with us this year, they are true pros!Jolene Davis Iowa Communications Alliance

CLE Crew

  • Cassie Chance

    Finance Manager

    Cassie Chance

    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 two daughters, Aspyn and Finley. Cassie loves shopping and also enjoys decorating, cooking, and spending time with her family.

  • Nicholas Prenger

    Labor/Logistics Coordinator

    Nicholas Prenger

    Nick joined the CLE team as an Account Executive in March of 2019. Prior to working at CLE, he worked in the music and tech department at a local church and as a music teacher. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, listening to records, going to the latest Marvel movie, attending live concerts and spending time with family and friends. He lives in West Des Moines with his wife Nicole.

  • Greg Patterson

    Video Engineer

    Greg Patterson

    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.

  • Thaddeus Lee


    Thaddeus Lee

    Thaddeus joined the CLE team as an Event A/V Tech in March of 2019 and assumed the role of Warehouse Manager in September 2021. Prior to working at CLE, he worked as musician and audio tech for a church in Rockford, IL. In his free time, he enjoys reading, creating and viewing art, and spending time with family. Ever the musician, he still plays guitar and drums at churches in the Des Moines area. A Navajo Native American from Arizona, he now lives in Des Moines with his wife Shanda.

  • Travis Kelly

    Director of Sales

    Travis Kelly

    Travis recently relocated from the Cleveland, Ohio region. He brings to the CLE team over 25 years in sales and technical sales to go along with an extensive production background in the events industry. Travis and his wife Christina enjoy spending time outdoors and hanging out with their three favorite people……. their chihuahua’s, Kiki, Koko, and Baby

  • Ean Wetzel

    Warehouse Associate

    Ean Wetzel

    Following in his father’s footsteps, Ean in learning the event industry from the ground up. During breaks from school, he assists CLE with warehouse activities and the set-up and strike of shows. When not in school or at CLE, he enjoys fishing.

  • Sidney Wenzlaff


    Sidney Wenzlaff

    My name is Sidney Wenzlaff, I started at CLE June 2022. Before taking my current position as the front desk coordinator I was working at a salon in Altoona. I am from New Hampton IA. I had the privilege to move here at 18 and don't plan on leaving any time soon. I love getting to hangout in the east village with my friends. When I am not working, I am playing with my roommates dog, shopping, traveling and or eating sushi.

  • Allyssa Traver

    Account Executive

    Account Executive

    Allyssa joined the CLE team in July 2022 as Account Executive. Prior to working at CLE, she was the Corporate and Special Events Coordinator at Gatherings in Nevada, IA. Allyssa was born and raised in Northwest Iowa in the small town Hinton, IA. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and reading books.

Thank you so much to you both and your crew! You've elevated our annual celebration to another level. Everything went so well and ran so smoothly! I'm so excited to partner for future events. Goizane Mullin, Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau