Our Team

Marty Brenneis Senior Engineer

Marty Brenneis started his path in the AV world in 8th grade when the Berkeley School District issued him a Sony black and white camera and portable reel to reel video reorder to shoot material for the district. In High school he did his first AV integration job by building a TV studio for the school. That also introduced Marty to the world of theatre and the life of a stagehand.

After a couple of years at the College of San Mateo Electronics Technology program he landed at Industrial Light and Magic in San Rafael to work on The Empire Strikes Back. At ILM Marty was part of the team inventing many techniques and custom equipment used for visual effects production. During that time Marty would also work with a small team at ILM who were working out ways to do visual effects with computers. For 26 years Marty floated between various teams in the Lucasfilm Group providing technical support to artists in many fields.

Along the way Marty also got involved in webcasting and that took him back to the video production roots. As a member of IATSE Local 16 he has worked in many different technical positions for tradeshows, theatrical production and film production. In 2016 Marty was the lead engineer for the webcasting for the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. 

In joining DCA Marty brings years of operating experience to the design process. He has the attitude that he might actually have to sit in the chair and do the job that the systems are being built for. 

Dean Burns Integration Manager

Dean was given the opportunity of having a Radio Broadcasting class (KVHS) as an elective being a Sophomore at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA.  Once Dean took the class, he fell in love with the Broadcasting Industry.  He felt it was so awesome getting messages to a vast number of people through a FM radio frequency.  From there his career took off.  Building radio stations, working at television studios, doing Audio/Visual productions, getting a degree in Broadcasting and learning high end video switching.  Dean has experience in the Low Voltage Industry being a Senior Technician – Project Manager working on Internet Host Sites, Network and Voice Cable, as well as Audio Visual Systems.  Dean is joining DCA as the Integration Manager with over 40 years of experience in the Live Production and Installation Industries.

To keep Dean’s work life balance he enjoys camping, jet skiing, concerts, live events, computers and gardening.  Dean owns 4 jet skis with his brother that has been a passion for them since they were kids.  Deans father always said to him “Keep Young” and this is how Dean achieves that.  Dean loves the outdoors, pets and loves to cook.  Barbecue is his favorite.

Dean is always ready to learn a new thing as well as mentoring others which has always been a passion to him.  Receive knowledge and share it, that is his way to get through life.  One of Dean’s favorite sayings is “There is space in my place for someone who puts a smile on my face”.

David Soto Project Manager

David has an intimate understanding of the AV needs and expectations of Silicon Valley/Bay Area tech giants, as well as a strong background in operations architecture and standards development. He has held positions of lead field technician for Coitcom at Apple, Technical Operations at Whitlock, Operations Manager at Thresher, among others. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics from UC Santa Cruz, David is passionately involved in community organizing and civic governance within Alameda County. Oh, and fishing in the middle of Winter on Lake Tahoe? Yes please!