Grove employee gains acclaim in video circles

April 07, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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SHADY GROVE, Pa. - Awards citing Bradley J. Gentile's work as a professional and volunteer videographer are starting to crowd the wall of his office/laboratory at Grove Worldwide.

Gentile, 33, of Middletown, Md., has been producing marketing, training, safety and promotional videos for Grove since 1992. Some of his work for the giant crane-maker involves travel to Grove plants in Europe to videotape products made there.

His latest job is a marketing tape of the company's new RT 522B, a 22-ton crane. Boxes piled six high against a back wall in his office contain 500 blank tapes. Gentile will put the new video on them for distribution to Grove sales personnel and distributors around the world.


Gentile earned international and regional Cinema in Industry, or CINDY awards, as they are known in the trade, for his video commemorating Grove's 50th anniversary last year.

He won similar accolades for his video of the Dream Day Foundation's activities day in Baton Rouge, La., for more than 80 children afflicted with childhood catastrophic diseases. Gentile was asked to tape the day's activities. He said he plans to volunteer again this year.

He has also won a TELLY award and a Crystal Award of Excellence for his work.

One of Gentile's more significant volunteer efforts is his participation in movie director Steven Spielberg's ongoing Shoah Visual History Foundation. Through the program, stories of survivors of the Holocaust are videotaped and preserved at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and other depositories worldwide.

The foundation was promoted on movie screens at the end of "Schindler's List," Spielberg's film about the Holocaust.

"It is the most riveting thing I've ever done. Seeing those faces on the monitor as I'm taping them and listening to their stories. It's the toughest thing I've ever done, I mean emotionally," Gentile said.

Gentile has also received awards for his documentary on the Civil War Battle of the Monocacy in Frederick County, Md., a project that took seven months to complete.

He grew up in western Pennsylvania and graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in communications. He worked as a sports, newscaster and cameraman at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, then free-lanced for ESPN in Greensboro, N.C. From 1990 to 1992, when he came to Grove, he was a sports reporter and camera operator for WBFF-TV in Baltimore.

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