About Our Mission | Our Team
Metro Digital Group is a technology company dedicated to the design, implementation and service of rich media production pipelines for entertainment and broadcast.
Metro has the knowledge and experience you need to develop comprehensive and dependable workflow solutions.
From offline to online, standard definition to 4K, 2D to 3D, Metro can help you navigate the many solutions available today and tailor solutions that fit your needs. Our offerings include state of the art Storage Systems, Servers, Workstations, Render Farms, Networking and a variety of Specialized Applications.
At Metro, our mission is to provide an unparalleled customer experience. Whether you're building a new facility or need a simple repair, Metro is there to support you with experience and integrity. Your business success is our priority and we look forward to working with you!
John Pankratz President
John is here for the fun of it! “Problem solving is something I've always enjoyed, and fortunately our industry provides plenty of challenges” In his 24 years at the helm of Metro, John has seen the entire digital video revolution from its humble beginnings. “My mind was blown the first time I saw video playing on a computer screen, and now we see it everywhere”. When not cracking the whip, John enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, surfing and anything else having to do with water.
Sally Shulkin CFO
Where would Metro be without Sally manning the fort! Since 1994, Sally has been an integral part of the Metro team. “Just when I thought I was out....they pull me back in!” oh wait, was that Sally or Michael Corleone? Anyhow, Metro's customers appreciate Sally's pleasant demeanor and dedication to the customer experience. When you really want it done, call Sally. Sally also enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, boating and her ferocious workout schedule.
Gagik Tamasyan Senior Engineer
We wish we could record everything that's in Gagik's head. Seriously. With 15 years of experience solving technical problems at Metro, Gagik has seen it all. “We can fix it bro...” Gagik knows exactly what to say and when, and has the confidence and wisdom to execute a proper plan of attack. When Gagik's not getting sleep because of work and his one year old, he enjoys craft beers and fast cars.
Eric Urpa Rental Manager
Eric is tall, like Lurch tall, but don't let his imposing figure and deep voice scare you. He's a pussy cat and is always pleasant and on it! “I like turtles....” 'nuf said. Need service or rental gear? Eric is your man! In his spare time, Eric enjoys everything outdoors, especially camping. If the zombie apocalypse does happen, Eric is the guy you want around.
Doug Randell AV/Wire Engineer
“I'm going fishing.” Um, no you're not. We have a facility to build. Doug is our resident expert in wire design and integration. As much as we would love to live in a wireless world, there is just not enough spectrum to move what we need to move, so wire will continue to be our way of life. Doug has a unique skill set which allows him to seamlessly bridge the AV and IT worlds. Whether you need legacy video cabling or an extensive fibre implementation, Doug is the dude! In addition to the aforementioned hobby, Doug also likes to strum his guitar.
We know who wears the pants, er, doggy diapers, around here. Don't let that cute little face fool you. Duke is a force at every Metro meeting and often states, “There are threes ways to do this, my way, my way and my way!” Such a bossy boy! When not power napping, Duke enjoys chasing ninja assassins and searching for hidden beef treats.