Tonya Gelbach

Tonya worked for Belk Store Services heading up special events. She took a few years out of the corporate work force to raise her children. Now she is back working with Gelbach Designs. Tonya has impacted Gelbach Designs with her laughter. She brings donuts to our staff meetings. If she cannot be there with the…

Shannon Russell

Shannon Russell is our resident genius. As Technical Director he delights in figuring out how to design and build our most difficult projects. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and is an expert in wood-working, mechanics, metals, electronics, CNC routers, drafting, and more. He has installed theatrical sets in cruise ships all over…

Ricky McWaters

Ricky McWaters’ prior experience is working for Retail Store Fixtures for 35 years as their master craftsman. He’s one of those people that knows a lot about eveything, and can find a way to improve any situation, project, or workflow. He’s been a big part of our company’s team for the past 5 years as…

Myles Gelbach

Myles Gelbach is owner Ken Gelbach’s son.  Myles started work as a Service Technician for Caterpillar but now spends his time as the Assistant Art Director, focusing on printing, prepress, and design. Myles is a mechanical wizard so he is often in demand when the shop equipment isn’t working.  He is a gifted artist who…

Michael Balbi

Michael Balbi has been with our company longer than any other craftsman. His extensive skill set is the result of decades of television production and set design. His earlier career included time with the now-defunct PtL Network. Balbi (as we call him) is in oversight of project management, and will be the first one you…

Ken Gelbach

President

Ken started this company 30 years ago after graduating with a BA in Technical Theater from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and an MFA in Theater Design from Ohio State Univeristy. A talented designer and artist himself, Ken has brought together an impressive array of artists and craftsmen who all bring extensive experience and talent to the company. The parent company of tvsetdesigns.com– Gelbach Designs has designed, built, and installed trade show booths, television studio sets, and custom projects all over the United States and in many other places around the world.

Kathy Karmondy

Kathy Karmondy began working with Ken long before this website was created. They both worked in the Charlotte Opera Shop building sets when they were teenagers. She has a BA in Acting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Since Gelbach Designs (tvsetdesigns.com parent company) was created, Kathy has worked in just about every area. She…

Josh Gilleland

Josh Gilleland worked as a carpenter for 6 years through high school and college. After graduating with a two year associates degree in engineering, he went on to do construction design drawings for the next 9 years. He’s been with us for 3 years now, and we’re very happy to have adopted him.

Jennifer Weston

Jennifer Weston is our newest addition to the shoulder height river of nepotism that runs through the facility. She leverages her communications major in creative ways against the never ending onslaught of problems to be solved. She would likely write this better than I am.

Greg Weston

Master Welder Greg Weston runs the metal shop. He has a BFA in Art with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.. He excels in every area imaginable: drafting, mig and tig welding, plasma cuts, and steel bending.Greg is comfortable working with steel, aluminum, stainless, bronze, and copper. He is also a…

Buck Rackley

Buck Rackley is a remarkable artist with a wicked sense of humor. He is a master at designing sets and running the printers and creating the website and photographing projects and supervising installations… you get the idea. Buck is an accomplished photographer and artist. His digital art has been shown in numerous galleries in Charlotte.…

Ben Ross

Ben Ross is a Master Carpenter with a BFA in Art with a concentration in painting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He excels in CAD, is accomplished in the fabrication of plastics, metal and wood, and has created some pretty impressive custom projects as well. As a Technician Manager he coordinates the work flow…