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J. B. Miller

President & CEO - New York City

J. B. Miller, President & CEO of Empire Entertainment, is an Emmy Award-winning producer with over two decades of experience as a producer and representative of the interests of global corporations, not-for-profits, private individuals and governments in all areas of the entertainment industries. As an Executive Producer, Miller has created, produced and overseen...

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Ted Miller

President and CEO, Empire Japan - Tokyo, Japan

Based in Tokyo, Theodore is President and Representative Director of Empire Entertainment Japan, managing the company's growing operations in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience working in Asia in the areas of creative media, marketing communications, information technology and general management. Theodore began his career in Japan at Dentsu Inc., Japan's largest a...

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Mark Poncher

COO & Executive Producer - Los Angeles

Mark Poncher has spent more than 30 years producing events, creating experiences and managing environments for audiences large and small. He has served as the Executive Producer of the Clinton Global Initiative conferences worldwide since 2006, the C40 Annual Meeting in Johannesburg, and the Bloomberg Tobacco Awards in Abu Dhabi. Mark was the Business Producer for the c...

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David Berke

Executive Director, Special Projects & Initiatives - New York City

David Berke brings over 25 years of special events industry experience to the Empire team. David has worn many hats (President / COO, Managing Partner, General Counsel) over the last two plus decades as a founding partner of Colin Cowie Lifestyle. He has extensive experience in overseeing CCL’s special events, licensing, consumer products, publishing, television, ...

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Sheree Aguirre

Office Manager & Producer - Los Angeles

Sheree’s talents range from managing contracts and budgets to producing events to coordinating all project related logistics. Her experience spans across numerous productions worldwide, including the Cinco De Mayo 150th Anniversary broadcast special, Sochi Olympic Winter Games ceremonies, the 2020 Istanbul Olympic bid, Rose Parade 2014 and 2015 opening spectacular...

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Alyssa Bernstein

Producer - New York City

Alyssa Bernstein joined the Empire team as an intern in 2012 after a brief stint in education, and quickly fell in love with the live event and experiential industry, and more importantly, the company. Since then, Alyssa has learned every aspect of production, growing from a coordinator to producer in 7 short years, as well as running the internship program. Alyssa̵...

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Nat Boda

Producer, International - Taipei, Taiwan

Originally from New Hampshire, Nat attended Emerson College in Boston, where he received a B.A. in Visual & Media Arts. Since joining Empire in May 2006, he has produced events across the United States and abroad in 16 countries including Vietnam, India, and Japan. He studied Mandarin Chinese at New York University and is currently producing music and events in Asia...

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Allison Brake

Senior Producer - New York City

Allison Brake is as entertaining as she is hard working, blending her West Coast sensibilities (and attitude) with her current East Coast environment. She is always considering the experience for her clients' guests with a firm focus on client objectives and budgetary restraints. Her work ethic is best proven through the projects she's produced: ranging from events for ...

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Joe Cantalupo

Production Designer - New York City

Joe has over a decade of experience in design and production for live events. With roots in immersive and avant-garde theatre productions, he applies a narrative to each concept, helping tell the story of the event. At Empire, Joe has taken on stage design including scenic, lighting, and video along with scenic buildouts and activations. He has designed large-scal...

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Suzanne Chin

Senior Producer, Account Director - New York City

Suzanne is grateful to have found a career that allows her to create wildly original experiential productions for her clients while also being able to tinker away at her beloved Excel spreadsheets for endless hours. A lover of all foods, foreign lands and furry animals, Suzanne's curious nature and penchant for problem solving can only be sated by Empire's wide array of...

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Cathi Culbertson

VP, Supervising Producer - New York City

Cathi Culbertson has been creating high-profile events for over twenty years. From billionaire philanthropy conferences to private client events throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, Cathi has become known for producing bespoke experiences that far exceed the expectations of her clients. She led the team that launched the annual Forbes Under 30 Summi...

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Carrie Dolen

SVP, Creative & Marketing - New York City

With over 15 years experience in Creative Services and Brand Marketing, Carrie has worked with some of the most well-known brands in the world, leading large-scale creative programs and global initiatives. Before joining Empire, Carrie worked at various media properties including Vogue, Fortune, and TIME, most recently as the Executive Director, Marketing Services, for ...

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Loren Fitzgibbon

Producer - New York City

The sign of a true New Yorker, Loren Fitzgibbon has always been a go-getter. Since joining the team in 2012 she has worked on top-tier productions including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual Goalkeepers event, Dartmouth’s The Call to Lead Capital Campaign Celebration Events, the TIME 100 Gala for Time magazine, amongst many more. Outside of th...

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Alexandra Grossi

Producer - New York City

Alexandra has spent more than four years on the Empire team securing A-level talent and producing events of all sorts, including conference, festivals, awards programs, parties, private weddings, etc. Her areas of expertise include talent negotiation and contracting, on-site talent management, show production, registration, budget management and all things logistics...

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Yumi Hirayama

Office Manager & Accountant - Tokyo, Japan

Born and raised in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Yumi studied business administration at college and since then has utilized her skills in accounting and computer studies at a great variety of companies. After college she began work as an administrator for a construction company, subsequently working as an instructor at a communication software development company for about four yea...

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Kohei Izawa

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Kohei Izawa majored in Theatre Arts at Waseda University's School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. After working as a director for several years, he joined Empire Entertainment Japan as a Producer in 2008. Kohei’s project experience ranges from national events to closed parties and includes major artist concert tours, motor shows, fashion shows, launch events, movie...

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Tyler Hooper

Production Coordinator - New York City

Tyler’s passion for communications and logistics make him a perfect fit for the event production world. Whether crafting a unique welcome experience or securing talent for a showstopping performance, he prides himself on creating engaging and exciting experiences for all guests. Tyler’s projects at Empire have included The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...

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Adam Kahan

Senior Vice President - New York City

Adam Kahan joined Empire in 1997 and has been Senior Vice President since 2007. A graduate of NYU School of Law, Adam manages contracts and legal matters for the company but focuses his efforts primarily on producing events and securing headline talent for projects worldwide. He has traveled to Russia to present Lionel Richie on a yacht in Moscow, contracted Duran Dur...

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Yuka Kawaguchi

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Yuka was born in Aichi prefecture in Japan. While attending university, she also worked as a show attendant for the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan / Mitsui Toshiba pavilion. After graduating, she began work at a startup event company in Nagoya, and few years later she worked also as a radio DJ in Aichi. After experiencing various fields, she joined Empire Entert...

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Go Kimura

Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Go Kimura is a Latino born Japanese starting his childhood in Mexico City, to Los Angeles, Tokyo then onto likes of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. His in-depth experience include documentary co-production in Brazil, event creation for Mexican cultural promotion, very often casting unique talents even from the other side of the world. Realm of his scopes reach as far as ...

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Sammy Kim

Account Executive, Producer - New York, NY & Seoul, Korea

Sammy Kim is from Seoul, South Korea and has been frequently moving back and forth from the U.S. growing up until he found his position at Empire Entertainment. He has been focusing in business development and event production within a variety of industry sectors including electronics, startups, media, and global corporations and has worked closely with companies such a...

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Chiah Lee-Zampi

Producer - New York City

Chiah's a lifelong-Brooklynite with a level-headed approach to the craziness of the event world. He has an affinity for live music and pinch of OCD. Seven years and hundreds of successful Empire events later, he still struggles to produce his personal events on a Friday night. He can be found on the most days in Prospect Park, biking or running the loop or Yelping the ...

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Mike Lenihan

Director of Strategy | Program Producer - New York City

Mike Lenihan loves strategizing — from how best to bypass sidewalk stragglers, to mapping all of New York's Juice Presses. But nothing gets his brain snapping more than figuring out how to help Empire’s clients engage their audiences through creatively cohesive and compelling experiences. For this, Mike’s background in strategic communications com...

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Jacob Magnin

Technical Production Manager - Los Angeles

Jacob is a meticulous technical production manager with experience in both technical event production and business management. He was the technical production manager for the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment event that took over the Paramount Studios backlot to introduce students to career paths in entertainment. Jacob was also the ...

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Amber Mathis

Senior Technical Production Manager - New York City

Since joining Empire in 2016, Amber has been the Technical Director on several projects including Bustle: Rule Breakers, Target Corp Financial Community Meeting, Environmental Defense Fund 50th Anniversary Gala in NYC and SF, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New American's 20th Anniversary, Kanye West’s Album Launch Listening Party in Jackson Hole, Casper Mattr...

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Melissa Mehl

Senior Producer - New York City

Since joining Empire all the way back in 2004, Melissa has traveled the world, producing hundreds of events for corporations, private individuals, and non-profits. While Melissa isn’t leading the team on projects such as The Samsung Gives Charity Gala, TIME 100 Gala, and The Webby Awards, she enjoys developing relationships and working with all sorts of headline t...

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Sierra Nixon

Senior Producer, Director of West Coast Operations - Los Angeles

Sierra Nixon is a born strategist and avid organizer. With nearly 25 addresses and 52 projects under her belt, she lives for new adventure and figuring things out. Drawn to brand activations and marketing campaigns, Sierra has successfully executed projects for AMC, Spotify, Microsoft, Ralph Lauren and many others. When she’s not producing unforgettable experience...

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Gen Okamura

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Gen graduated from North Glasgow College, Scotland in 1996, having studied Sports/Coaching Development and Leisure & Recreation Management. He has in the past worked as a ski and snowboard instructor, along with being a carpenter. He works hard with a smile as an events Producer, and is constantly looking for inspiration while also being reflective and keeping in go...

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Peter Paez

SVP, Director of Operations & Finance - New York, NY

During his time with the company, Peter Paez has handled logistics, production, and on-site management for hundreds of events including high-end events for such clients as National Geographic, World Education Fund, and Colin Cowie. In addition, Peter is a nine-time Telly Award winner and oversees Empire's in house video production department and manages Empire's day-to-...

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Annalisa Podwin

Associate Designer - New York City

Annalisa joined Empire’s creative team after an organic shift from the world of retail and window display/design. She brings a strong background in branding along with an affinity for interiors and experience design, which allows Annalisa to construct all-encompassing and dynamic themes to her work in the event production world. Some of her clients at Empire have ...

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Kim Racciato

Producer, Director of Sponsorship - New York City

Kim has over 15 years experience in event production, sponsorships sales, new business development and custom corporate partnerships with multiple industry-leading brands. As Senior Producer, Director of Sponsorship, Kim excels with strong client service talents and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Serving in roles as account manager and overseein...

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Jessica Shippee

Producer - San Francisco / Bay Area, CA

Jessica has spent more than a decade producing international events. Since 2007, she has served as a producer for the Clinton Global Initiative meetings worldwide. Jessica produced the inaugural 2017 Goalkeepers meeting for the Gates Foundation, Solve at MIT, Recovery Fest 2018, the 2015 ANOC Awards Gala and the 2014 and 2015 Rose Parade Opening and Closing Spectaculars...

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Matt Stevenson

Director of Production - New York City

Matt Stevenson was born and raised in NYC and was always compelled by the allure of the music and entertainment business. After graduating with a B.A. in Music Industry during a tumultuous time for the record business, Matt set his sights on live event production. Matt joined Empire in 2007 and was immediately enraptured by the events business. Matt excels in executing ...

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Carly Tieu

Associate Producer - New York City

Carly is a Northern California native who joined the Empire team in 2015 after deciding to turn her longtime interest into a career. With a diligent work ethic and passion for detail, practicality, and efficiency to execute creative visions, Carly has worked on a variety of corporate and nonprofit events. These range from galas, award shows, and launch events to festiva...

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Anna Recasens

Executive Assistant / Associate Producer - New York

Anna Recasens is an events producer with over eight years of international production experience across a variety of categories, mostly in the entertainment and events industries. Beginning her career as a producer at the San Sebastian Film Festival, she’s lived in Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Kyoto, and New York City, and worked extensively within five langua...

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Nicole Torrecampo

Senior Producer, Director of Cause Related Events - New York City

With over 15 years of event management, logistics and production experience, Nicole is the Director of Cause Related Events and a Senior Producer at Empire. She is dedicated to building relationships with clients, vendors, venues and artists to develop innovative events and create memorable experiences. She works closely with her clients to understand their vision a...

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Maki Tsutsumi

General Manager / Head of Empire Artist Division - Hong Kong & Tokyo, Japan

Maki Tsutsumi, General Manager of Empire Asia is based in Hong Kong and runs Empire's expanding business there and in greater China. Since Maki joined with like-minded professionals to launch Empire Entertainment Japan, she has produced a number of events specializing in international projects for global corporations including Mercedes Benz, Richard Hennessy, Gucci, ...

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Allison Yoon

Production Coordinator - New York City

A Michigan native, Allison has lived and worked in the entertainment industry in both Los Angeles and New York City. In June 2017, Allison left the freelancer world and joined Empire’s team full-time. Her favorite aspect of the event world is the transformation of a space to resemble the Empire rendering that was created in collaboration with the client's vision. ...

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