Press Release – New Hire

Apollo Design Technology, Inc. announces the appointment of Nick Picciuto as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Picciuto will direct the financial activities of the company including strategic planning, profit improvement initiatives, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and banking/debt management.

Nick Picciuto

Prior to joining Apollo Design Technology, Picciuto worked as a CFO at InterStar Fleet Services and Duro Designer Company. His career spans over 30 years in the finance field. Picciuto holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University. He has actively volunteered in the nonprofit community serving on the board of directors of one nonprofit and the finance committees of four others.

Nick is a great fit. He is able to jump between the details and the big picture. Nick brings a wealth of experience to the table with a side of Italian attitude thrown in.” Mr. Joel Nichols said.

I am very excited to join Apollo Design and support its growth and innovation initiatives. This company has an impressive track record and is positioned to continue that success well into the future. In addition, my family is delighted to move back to Fort Wayne where we previously resided many years ago.” Picciuto said.

Press Release – New Hires/Team Members

Jeff SalisburyApollo Design Technology, Inc. announces the appointment of Jeff Salisbury as Laser / Gobo Technician. In this role, Salisbury will operate the high precision laser machines to produce metal and glass gobos.

Prior to joining Apollo Design Technology, Salisbury worked in various sales and customer service positions. He is also a freelance Theater Arts Instructor / Director and works extensively with local theater groups. Most recently, he played Shrek in Fort Wayne Civic Theater’s production of Shrek the Musical. Salisbury holds a Bachelor of Theater Arts degree from Bethel College.

“Jeff’s background in theater provides valuable insight into our creation of gobos. His talents will bring a fresh perspective to the production team.” Mr. Joel Nichols said.

“Apollo Design has a fantastic reputation and I am excited to work for a company that is so respected in the industry. I also love to create the lighting design tools and gobos that I use when I am in the theater.” Salisbury said.


Dan BoldtDan Boldt has joined the CNC team as a Machinist, announced Apollo Design Technology, Inc. In this role, he will operate the CNC Lathes, CNC Mills and laser machines to create the precision parts used in our AVERE fixtures and other products.

Boldt joined Apollo Design in 2011 as a Laser / Gobo Technician. He previously worked for 7 years in steel joist production at New Millennium Building Systems.

Mr. Joel Nichols, president of Apollo Design Technology said, “Dan’s reputation for working hard, prioritizing and completing jobs on time is an asset to the company.”

“The opportunity to learn new skills is very exciting. To be able to take raw material and turn it into a beautiful and functional product is thrilling.” Boldt said.


Jeanine UsherApollo Design Technology, Inc. announces the appointment of Jeanine Usher as QC Technician. In this role, Usher will work with the production teams to insure both purchased and manufactured parts and products meet quality standards.

Prior to joining Apollo Design Technology, Usher worked at Undersea Sensor Systems as a Quality Auditor and Purchased Material Inspector. Usher is currently attending Brown Mackie College with a focus in Business.

“Usher’s attention to quality and detail will further enhance our focus on building superior quality products.” Mr. Joel Nichols said.

“Everyone at Apollo Design is so warm and friendly. I am thrilled to be a part of this team and can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Usher said.

Multi-Spot-HT3030 (HP3) and MultiSpot-HS5034 (HP5) are in Stock

Call and order a Multi-Spot-HT3030 (HP3) or MultiSpot-HS5034 (HP5) today!

Multi-Spot-HT3030 (HP3) and MultiSpot-HS5034 (HP5)

Press Release – Apollo Design Technology Announces a New Product Design Company

We’re excited to introduce our new sister company AVID Labs. View the press release at and view our introductory video.

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Apollo’s C2-0025 “Breakup Palm Leaves” gobo in use at the 2014 Houston Zoo Gala. Photo courtesy of Bright Star – Gary Archer.

2014 Houston Zoo Gala - Breakup Palm Leaves Gobo

Press Release – What has True 365nm and is IP65?

What has True 365nm and is IP65?

Apollo Design Technology introduces the AVERETM 4UV, the newest revolution in compact UV LED fixture. The fixture is built from machined aircraft-grade aluminum that creates an incredibly durable yet aesthetically pleasing fixture. An IP65*, fanless fixture that provides high output of true 365nm radiated wavelength with low weight and excellent build quality are just a few of the features that set this striking fixture above the rest.

Avere 4UVTrue 365nm output in an IP65 housing provides incredible versatility. The AVERETM 4UV delivers a high output of true 365nm radiated wavelength that provides virtually no visible light output. Fluorescent, black light and UV reactive paints, makeup, scenery and props will pop with incredible color. Add the IP65 nature of the fixture and this light can easily be installed in locations that previously required protective covers or locations where UV fixtures were never possible.

Versatility is not sacrificed for simplicity. The AVERETM 4UV is designed to increase flexibility and cost effectiveness. The fixture is self-cooling and fanless which minimizes ongoing maintenance and associated costs. The UV LED chip can be upgraded as the LED industry continues to improve in efficiency and light output. These features along with the ability to use a top hat, half hat or barn doors foster creative lighting design while providing an ongoing cost-effective solution.

The AVERETM 4UV light is engineered and built in the U.S.A. The fixture delivers true 365nm output plus all the features required to support the installation in a subtle, flexible way while its durability and upgradeability deliver cost-effectiveness. The AVERETM 4UV is second to none in the compact UV market.

For more information on features, pricing or to request a demo fixture, contact Apollo Design at 800.288.4626.

* IP65 Pending

About Apollo Design Technology

Since 1992, Apollo Design Technology, Inc. has been one of the world’s leading innovators, manufacturers and distributors of gobos, color filters, lights and related equipment and accessories for the lighting industry. We are continually engineering new products to help you create and execute the designs of your dreams for theaters, bands, advertising, touring companies, television, motion pictures, museums, retail and architecture.

Apollo Design is recognized for creating innovative and award-winning products of superior quality and value. Focused on you, our goal is to ensure unparalleled support from the initial conversation to after sales service. Our lighting experts and engineers will consult with you on ways to use our standard products or design custom solutions. Allow your imagination to run free. Let the Apollo Design team help you create the lighting design you only imagined. There is virtually no limit to what we can do together.

For more information, please contact:
Apollo Design Technology – Marketing
P: 260-497-9191

AVERE™ 5 PAR Can – 22% Price Reduction

We are proud to share these savings – the result of increased production efficiencies. The AVERE™ 5 PAR can fixture price is reduced by almost 22%. The new price is $248* MSRP. Contact your Apollo Design rep or to place you order or request a demo.

AVERE 5 Par Can Price Reduction

*Bulb priced separately

Buy Pink Filters for Breast Cancer Awareness

Buy pink filters in October and Apollo Design Technology will donate a portion of the sales to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. The foundation has raised over $20 million since its inception.

Many Apollo employees have been affected by breast cancer and support the research to minimize the impact on future generations. Apollo even named one of our filter colors -Rebecca’s Pink Ribbon AP8710 – in memory of Customer Relations Specialist, Rita LeFavour’s sister who battled breast cancer.

This year, I was asked to tell my personal story. I am Melissa Irk, Apollo’s Executive Manager. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the very young age of 27. Married, with a 14-month-old and a two-year-old child, I never thought I would hear the words, “You have breast cancer”.

I was fortunate to have an amazing team of doctors, a very supportive husband and family, encouraging co-workers and friends to help me with each step of my battle. After a lumpectomy, chemo, bi-lateral mastectomy and multiple reconstructive surgeries, I’m happy to say on October 23, I be will six years cancer free!

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime ( This means someone who is diagnosed with breast cancer will affect each of us. Supporting foundations that research cures for future generations is vitally important and Apollo donates to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Each time you order “Rebecca’s Pink Ribbon” or any of our other 15 pink filters, you will help support breast cancer research.

Little Focus Wrenches Featured in Stage Directions – Gear of the Week

Our Little Focus wrenches are featured in Stage Directions – Gear of the Week. Check out the article at and then pick up a pack since it’s this month’s special.


October Special

The Difference Between 365nm and 385nm Explained

Have you ever compared UV LED output? We used an AVERE 4UV and a Rosco Miro Cube to help explain the difference between 365nm and a 385nm.

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