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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 three 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 overse...

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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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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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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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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

Carrie has worked with some of the most well-known brands in the world, leading large-scale creative programs and global initiatives for clients including Microsoft, Dartmouth College, AMC Networks, and The New York Times. Before joining Empire, Carrie worked at various media properties including Vogue, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and TIME. Carrie is a graduate of th...

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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

Coordinator - 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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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 conferences, festivals, awards programs, parties, and private weddings. 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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Tyler Hooper

Associate Producer - 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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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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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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Noor Majdalani

Coordinator - 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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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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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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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

Executive Assistant | Associate Producer - 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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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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Laura Suhok

Designer - New York City

It was the excitement of execution that brought Laura to Empire, building on her years of fabrication experience as an experiential designer. Now in her role as Designer, Laura draws on her training, and of course, draws inspiration from her idol, Keith Haring, whenever she can. Prior to Empire, Laura worked as an environmental designer at the scenic design and fabr...

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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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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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Allison Yoon

Associate Producer - 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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