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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 four decades of experience as an Executive 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 ...

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Ted Miller

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’...

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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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Tanya Abadir

Associate Producer

A born and raised New Yorker, Tanya graduated from NYU, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business followed by a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Georgetown University. Combining her passion for music with her education and experience in organization, Tanya brings her astute, creative touch to every event she produces. Tanya beg...

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Alyssa Bernstein

Senior 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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Lynzi Bernstein

Production Coordinator

Lynzi was born and raised in sunny South Florida. She graduated from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, where she obtained her degree in Event Management. With over 5 years of experience in the event industry, Lynzi gained the ability and knowledge of learning all aspects of an event. She is a self- driven individual, who h...

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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-scale...

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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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Carrie Dolen

SVP, Creative & Marketing - New York City

Carrie has worked with some of the most well-known brands in the world, leading large-scale creative multimedia programs, and in-person and virtual events, for clients including Microsoft, Dartmouth College, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AMC Networks, and The New York Times. Before joining Empire, Carrie worked at various media properties including Vogue, Spo...

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Charlotte Duckworth

Production Associate - New York City

I am a recent graduate from Elon University in North Carolina where I graduated with an Entrepreneurship Major which has helped strengthen my natural love for creativity, leadership and innovation. I’ve had a passion for event planning since I was young; designing and catering every themed birthday party and holiday celebration. A passion of mine is baking, and I ...

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Tyreese Fable

Production Associate - New York City

Tyreese is a young and ambitious Production Associate born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated in 2020 with a Film Studies degree and took an interest in Theatre Production during his studies. He hopes to use his background in Film Studies and Theatre Production to help produce events at Empire. Tyreese strives to create and maintain a positive working at...

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Loren Fitzgibbon

Senior 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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Richelle Galante

Producer - New York City

Richelle is no stranger to the event production world, coming to Empire by way of the fashion industry. Having served as the Assistant Director for dg EXPO, she has produced major fabric expos in New York City, Miami, Dallas and San Francisco, managing client relations, show staff, and social media. As a Production Coordinator at Empire, Richelle’s putting her...

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Allen Goldman

Senior Producer

From Beijing to Berlin to Beverly Hills to Boston to Brooklyn and beyond, Allen Goldman has produced, staged, and activated experiential marketing events, business meetings, trade shows footprints, concerts, VR gaming competitions, and video shoots. At EDM festivals, food & wine galas, street fairs, parks, whisky mentorships, universities, convention centers, mansio...

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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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Jennifer Howard

Producer

Growing up in New York City, Jennifer found her passion for culture and events in the fast-paced city. Bringing creativity and innovation to life, Jennifer is dedicated to building relationships with clients, vendors, and venues to create engaging and meaningful experiences. Jennifer has produced both in-person and virtual events and is excited to bring hybrid even...

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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 Japan as a Producer in 2008. Kohei’s project experience ranges from national events to private parties and includes major artist concert tours, motor shows, fashion shows, launch events, movie promotion ev...

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Adam Kahan

Senior Vice President

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 working in various fields, she joined Empire Japan in ...

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Sammy Kim

Account Executive, Producer - New York City and 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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Go Kimura

Producer

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

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Noor Majdalani

Producer, Strategy & Operations Lead - New York City

Noor got hooked on the thrill of conceptualizing, creating and producing events at a very early age and has since been able to turn her passion into a career. A McGill University graduate, she is a firm believer in the power of combining creativity with a structured analytical approach. Her beloved Excel is always there to help. Growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, study...

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Jacob Magnin

Technical Director - 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 Producer - 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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Salma Metwally

Production Coordinator

Always drawn to producing and event planning, Salma started out as an intern for Sodexo her senior year at Marist College, where she planned various events for students to offer a unique dining experience. Having been a student at the time, she drew from her own experience and desires to conceptualize and produce. The events were met with excitement and gratitude from t...

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Sierra Nixon

Vice President - 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 City

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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Natia Petit

Creative Coordinator - New York City

In her experience with luxury fashion and art productions, Natia has executed events of all sizes and scales successfully. She has harnessed her ability to think creatively and strategically to provide the optimal solutions for each project. Previous experiences include SAINT LAURENT Art Basel 2021 Miami, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art exhibition and Auction, Christie...

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Annalisa Podwin

Art Director - 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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Anna Recasens

Senior Director of Operations & Staffing - New York City

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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Eliza Rohrer

Creative Associate

Eliza Rohrer is a designer with a specialty in hospitality, retail design and development, project development, and branding as well as creating an overall experience. Eliza is a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is working towards a BFA in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design. She excels at designing luxury experiences and rebranding hospitality en...

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Jessica Shippee

Senior Producer - San Francisco / Bay Area, CA

Jessica has spent more than a decade producing international broadcast events and helping clients with strategic communications. She has served as a producer for Clinton Global Initiative worldwide for over 30 meetings in 12 years. Jessica has produced a range of projects from live global broadcasts to virtual events to intimate gatherings featuring C-suite executives, ...

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Matt Stevenson

SVP, 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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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

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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