MEET THE TEAM

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J. B. Miller

President & CEO - New York, NY

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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Alyssa Bernstein

Producer - New York City

Born and raised on Long Island, Alyssa Bernstein taught high school social studies for a year (and hated it) after graduating from college. In July 2012, Alyssa joined the Empire team where she began to pursue her passion for event production and entertainment. Since then, Alyssa has grown to become an associate producer and hopes to be one of the youngest senior produc...

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Nat Boda

Senior Producer, International

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, NY

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 constantly 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 ...

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Andrew Bridge

Associate Producer, Associate Account Executive - New York City

Andrew is a global enthusiast with a passion for the road less traveled —enabling him to work, study and travel across three continents (so far). As a writer, he has published work on subjects ranging from the European and African hip-hop to next-generation jungle settlements in Panama. As a videographer and photographer, Andrew has covered concerts, festivals and...

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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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Christian Daly

Regional Director - Latin America

Born to Peruvian-German parents who worked in finance and commercial aviation, Christian Daly was raised between Lima, Peru and Miami. Consequently he has developed a truly unique perspective on international business. After graduating from college in Rhode Island, he went on to co-found several startups, including a Peruvian Coca leaf energy drink called Kaptive, and a...

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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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Beco Dranoff

Regional Director - Brazil

With European and American backgrounds, São Paulo born Béco Dranoff has called New York City home for the past 25 years, making him a bona fide global citizen. Béco is a specialist in promoting Brazilian culture as a music, film, content and event producer. Joining Empire in 2012 as a Director for Brazil/Region, Béco's first major production project ...

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Erica Eng

Production Designer - New York, NY

Erica Eng is forever design-conscious and fashion-focused. She had her first taste of event production when she started producing fashion shows at NYU and producing NYU’s first-ever fashion magazine, NYChic- which she even co-founded! Since then, Erica has become an integral member of the Empire’s creative team. She has designed a roster of runway-worthy eve...

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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. After a year in Miami, and extensive time spent in both Europe and Australia studying for her degree in International Hospitality and Event Management, Loren has made New York home once again. Since joining the team she has worked on top-tier productions including the AMC Upfront, The 150th Ann...

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Melissa Mehl

Senior Producer - New York City

Melissa is a fun-loving and detail-oriented pop culture maven. After over a decade at Empire, her greatest pleasure is developing relationships and working with headline talent including Usher, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, President Bill Clinton, and Jerry Seinfeld, to name a few (as if that's a few!). That doesn't even account for the expertise Melissa br...

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Alexandra Grossi

Associate Producer, Executive Operations Assistant - New York City

Raised in South Florida, Alexandra is a recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied Drama, Music Business and Media Technology. After a senior year internship, she joined Empire Entertainment full time in 2016. Some notable projects she has worked on include AMC Networks Sidefronts, Keep A Child Alive's Black Ball, Good Deeds Da...

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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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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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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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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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Adam Kahan

Senior Vice President - New York, NY

It took Adam Kahan one year of working as an attorney to know he needed to do something more interesting and exciting with his life. As Senior Vice President at Empire, Adam has done just that. He’s traveled to Russia to present Lionel Richie, gotten Michael McKean to reprise his character “David St. Hubbins” from Spinal Tap, produced The Webby Awards...

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Chiah Lee-Zampi

Supervising Producer - New York, NY

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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Gentaro Makinoda

Senior Producer - Tokyo, Japan

Gentaro is an IRONMAN triathlon survivor with a degree in architecture. During his 13 years’ experience in advertising, Gentaro has led many successful marketing projects for blue chip brands, including the global advertising campaign for Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive. Passionate about art and technology, he is now also heading up Empire’s media art business...

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Amber Mathis

Technical Coordinator/Production Manager - New York City

In 2012, Amber moved from the sunshine of South Florida to NYC and has not looked back since. After 4+ years as a production manager for countless theatrical productions, she turned her full attention to the event world and found EMPIRE. A born problem-solver and lover of technical production, Amber has as much fun being hands-on with a project as she does creating spre...

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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

Senior Vice President, Director of Operations & Finance - New York, NY

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

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Annalisa Podwin

Associate Designer - New York City

Annalisa joined Empire’s creative team after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology for Visual Presentation & Exhibition Design and working in retail/spatial design. Her preference of a fast-paced environment along with an affinity for set design led to an organic transition into event production. Off the clock, Annalisa can be found showing off h...

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Kim Racciato

Director of Sponsorship - New York City

As Director of Sponsorship, Kim is responsible for Empire’s development efforts and sales activities to secure corporate event sponsorships and fundraising contributions for cause-related events. Kim has over ten years of experience in event production, sponsorships sales, new business development and custom corporate partnerships with multiple industry-leading br...

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Celine Son

Art Director - New York, NY

Celine Son joined Empire’s creative team after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ film program and working in film production. She has designed, and executed events for AMC, Travel Channel, Bravo, Lincoln Center and many more. A native New Yorker, she's sharply tuned into the ever-changing trends in art and design and draws...

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Matt Stevenson

Director of Production - New York, NY

Matt Stevenson was born and raised in NYC and was always compelled by the music and entertainment surrounding his everyday life. 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. Since joining Empire and taking on the role of Director of Production, Matt has worked on major prod...

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Carly Tieu

Production Coordinator - New York City

Originally from the Silicon Valley, Carly Tieu is currently the youngest member of the Empire team. She discovered her interest in event planning and production when producing the Asian Cultural Expressions, NYU's largest and longest running fashion and cultural benefit gala. Since joining the team, Carly has become Empire's resident handwriting artist and Jill of numer...

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Nicole Torrecampo

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

Nicole Torrecampo is a freedom fighter from New York. With over 10 years experience, her passion for philanthropy and drive for meaningful work has propelled her to lead successful projects such as the Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball, will.i.am's i.am.angel foundation Trans4m and Microsoft's Imagine Cup, among many other corporate and private events. Her love of creati...

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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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