THE HISTORY OF FORECAST CONSOLES
THE EARLIEST CATALOG IN OUR "ARCHIVE"
Forecast Consoles actually began in 1978 as Forecast installations, operating out of Janet and Bill's garage in Sea Cliff, NY. Todd Rundgren was Forecast's first customer and in this catalog you can see the original sketch that Bill used to sell the project. This is the only remaining copy, and was actually found in a box of Ryan's childhood artwork that Janet had been saving. He has since learned to spell his own name, although his handwriting has not drastically improved.
Early Control Rooms
THE TRANSITION TO NON-LINEAR EDITING
Technological "advancements" in production equipment lead to an explosion of new production companies and in turn an increased demand for purpose built, ergonomic console furniture. To keep up with demand Forecast moved into its first true production facility in 1979.
"Modern" Control Rooms
BIGGER, BETTER, BRINGING TEAMS TOGETHER
Having established a reputation as the go-to solutions provider for custom built console furniture, Forecast continued to push the limits of console design and equipment integration. The advent of early monitor walls meant creating custom structures capable of supporting thousands of pounds of CRT monitors. The precision required to create these structures was incredible, especially given that they predate the CNC machines we use today.
THE ADVENT OF MASTERail
In 2001 Forecast introduced the fully modular console system, MASTERail. Quickly becoming our flagship product line, MASTERail's modularity allows users to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology and control room design. While MASTERail has evolved extensively in the almost two decades since its inception, and is still a mainstay in broadcast and production control rooms.
The Bleeding Edge
WHAT COMES NEXT
Forecast continues to push the boundaries of control room design. As technology progresses, so does the way we interact with it. It is imperative that console furniture keep pace with the ever changing control room environment, and Forecast strives to be at the forefront of that change.
Janet and Bill Haberman
Janet and Bill founded Forecast Consoles in 1982 and spent a lifetime growing and nurturing the company and the people that have called it home. They instilled the spirit of family in everything we do and that spirit endures no matter how large the company grows.
Quality Control / Destroyer
Fritz specializes in befriending all Post Office and UPS drivers, terrorizing solicitors, and attempting to destroy everything in the office. An expert in both stealth tactics and dumpster diving he is a force to be reckoned with especially at lunch time.
Chief Executive Officer
Having spent most of his childhood working in Forecast's production facilities he is acutely aware of the commitment and passion it takes to design and manufacture the highest quality consoles. His love of design and engineering is evident in his constant desire to improve Forecast's product offerings and develop novel solutions to meet our partners most challenging needs. He strives to treat every project with respect, attention, and enthusiasm.
A Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, he developed a powerful foundation of leadership, integrity, and teamwork. This makes him the ideal force to ensure the company maintains focus and cohesiveness as it grows.
Chief Financial Officer
Debbie has been an integral part of the company for over 20 years. A consummate professional, Debbie’s keen attention to detail and her unyielding passion for success ensures the smooth operation of the company.
Chief Creative Officer
A 20+ year veteran of the industry he has played a key role in the modernization of today’s console furniture. Quality, durability and style are at the forefront of his designs. His approach to projects has always been anything can be done, it’s just a matter of doing it right.
Partner Consultant - Broadcast and AV
As a dedicated part of your team, Ed’s approach to managing projects ensures your project will be completed on time and on budget. From operations to management, Ed has worked for top broadcasters and cable networks making him keenly aware of control room operations. He will listen to your needs and ensure you receive the best solution for your project.
Partner Consultant - Government and PSAP
After a lengthy career in media sales with Clear Channel Communications Brian joined Forecast Consoles in 2014. He now oversees Forecast Console’s Government business and business development efforts. His philosophy is “ People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Delivering the right solution to satisfy our partners needs is the real bottom line.
Logistics and Install Coordinator
Lori’s background is in coordinating international shipments. Her wide range of talents, organizational skills, and follow-through ensure that Forecast-Consoles products are delivered and installed as efficiently as possible, on-time and as-scheduled.
With several years of design experience and a degree in manufacturing engineering, Pasquale quickly took to designing consoles. Pat has a passion for the development and design of new products and new technologies. His motto is “Our consoles should look good and be functional, never one or the other.”