Join us for an exciting and creative evening program discussing the future of digital imaging and camera technology with presentations by several leading experts in the field.Panel members will explore innovative trends, new equipment, infrared imaging and camera lens technology allowing companies to see, capture and do more for their clients than ever before. The program will be moderated by Brad Frohling, Radius Group.


  • Thomas Kranzle, Founder and Director, Venture Visuals
  • Russ Mead, VP of Engineering, SEEK THERMAL Infrared Imaging
  • Dr. Edward Clift, Co-Author, “Digital Futures and the City of Today”

About the Speakers

Thomas Kranzle, Founder and Director, Venture Visuals

Santa Barbara based commercial Director and Director of Photography, Thomas Kranzle, specializes in short-form branded content. He started his career working on the traditional kind of commercials in Los Angeles – big crews, unions, lots of trailers and a plenty of red tape.

He wanted to break free from [the LA scene], so he set out to produce his own content. His desire was to build productions in a way that would trim the fat, keeping the production footprint small and maximizing efficiency and creativity. He’s since been doing that for the past ten years.

Today, Kranzle runs most productions through Venture Visuals (the production company he founded in ’07) and occasionally pursues freelance Directing and DP work. He views each new project as a chance to create something that can move and inspire. Story is paramount, but he places equal value on strategy. “A project means nothing if it doesn’t meet the needs for which it was created.” says Kranzle. “Yes, I love producing beautiful imagery, but ultimately it’s about producing something that works.”

Russ Mead, VP of Engineering, SEEK THERMAL Infrared Imaging

As Seek Thermal’s VP of Engineering, Russ is responsible for new technical and engineering development for both Seek’s consumer and ODM/OEM products. Russ brings to the position more than 25 years of engineering management and leadership experience in analytical instrumentation manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, and environmental engineering. He also has extensive experience with productizing technology through life cycle management, portfolio management, and manufacturing process improvement.

Prior to joining Seek Thermal, Russ was Sr. Director of Engineering at Bruker AFM (previously Veeco/Digital Instruments), a manufacture of high resolution Atomic Force Microscopes. During his time at Bruker, he held multiple leadership positions in engineering design, program management, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing engineering. Additionally, he has served as the Director for the Santa Barbara Central Coast Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt. Russ has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.

Edward Clift, Co-Author, “Digital Futures and the City of Today”

Dr. Edward Clift is the co-editor of “Digital Futures and the City of Today,” a series of academic essays recently published by the University of Chicago Press examining the cross-media experiential infrastructure of contemporary urban life. As past president of Brooks Institute, he maintains a passion for photography and the power of vision to express realities in the making. His extensive background in the scholarship of media, new technology, and the economy provides perspective on modern communication practices and the digital imaging tools that are part of them.

A true educational entrepreneur, Dr. Clift has sought to develop new approaches to teaching media arts that keep pace with the increasing prevalence of visual representation all around us. He was the founding dean of the School of Media, Culture & Design at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. before moving to the Central Coast. His passion has always been to help educate students seeking to realize their potential as creative professionals.

Dr. Clift earned his BFA from New York University and PhD in Communication from University of Utah.

This program will be moderated by Brad Frohling, Principal of Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments. Brad has specialized in commercial leasing and sales transactions since 2002. He entered into commercial brokerage in January 2000, representing a group of private investors and completing several off-market transactions that resulted in excellent returns in the Santa Barbara area. Frohling incorporates a creative, solution-oriented approach in his business practice which has resulted in a high volume of deals. He is committed to serving clients with integrity and expertise keeping a specialized focus on retail, office and industrial assets in the South Central Coast. A 1994 graduate of Westmont College, Frohling enjoyed much success managing the Eastern United States for Oakley Corporation. While at Oakley, his many achievements included helping grow his sales division from $8 Million in sales to $16.5 Million in just three years, as well as launching new product lines including footwear, outerwear and optical products.


Event Registration:

When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00
    SIGN UP BY Mon., April 17 to receive the online discount ($10 off General walk-in/at door rate)
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $4.00 – $6.00 (separate; paid at lot)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

If you miss the early-bird registration, not to worry! We welcome walk-in guests to register at the registration table in the lobby of the venue.

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