Blazing a new trail of artistry and innovation.

Solomon Group was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by Gary Solomon Jr., Jonathan Foucheaux and Stephen Fink. With their respective backgrounds in theatre and lighting, entertainment technology and live arena productions, the three partners intended to fill a void they saw across their collective industries. In 2009 they began building a full-service entertainment design and production firm capable of competing for projects on a national level.

Since then, Solomon Group has risen to become one of the leading providers of creative and technology solutions for a variety of industries including events, museums and theme parks, broadcasting, stadiums and arenas, theatres, brand activations and more.

No matter the complexity, Solomon Group is ready to tell your story in ways you never imagined.

Meet the Team

Gary Solomon Jr.
President

Gary Solomon Jr. President

An expert on emerging trends and new technologies, Gary Solomon Jr. is redefining how we interact the world around us. From exhibits and public spaces to live performances and corporate events, he ventures beyond the realm of traditional production to create one-of-a-kind experiences. Solomon incorporates showmanship and theatrics into each dynamic project, which has earned him the reputation as the best in the business. He has been at the helm of some of the industry’s most innovative projects, including the animated exterior lighting system at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, ESSENCE Festival, and several immersive exhibits at The National World War II Museum.

In addition to his artistic creativity and technical expertise, Solomon is a wellspring of business savvy. He leads a hand-picked team of experts who represent the best-and-brightest in the industry. He has grown Solomon Group exponentially since founding the company in 2009, delivering creative solutions to his clients with show-stopping results. He received a degree in theatre from New York University, where he studied Technical Production. His professional training began in lighting design and grew to include all aspects of production. A native of New Orleans, Solomon attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and sits on the board of the NOCCA Institute as well as Young Audiences Louisiana.

Recently, he was named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious “30 Under 30: World’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” list, and has been featured in The Atlantic, SUCCESS Magazine, Forbes and USA Today.

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Jonathan Foucheaux
Partner

Jonathan Foucheaux Partner

Among the leading minds in the field of entertainment technology, Jonathan Foucheaux has led the development of over thirty attraction installations in the United States and designed the integration of sound and lighting systems for live venues, ride-control systems, show control systems, and other highly customized applications. In addition to his experience at Six Flags Theme Parks, Jonathan brings 15 years of experience in systems design, integration and installation management.  Most recently Jonathan has served the project manager and technical director for The National World War II Museum's new immersive and interactive attraction the "Train Car Experience," which gives visitors the perspective of new recruits as they left their hometowns and headed to basic training camp.  

Other notable projects include: project manager and lead designer for the permanent exterior lighting of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, lead show control programmer for Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage, and systems designer for the 90,000 square foot Champions Square, outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Jonathan is currently the lead producer for the 2014 ESSENCE Festival, the largest urban music fesival in the world.

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Stephen Fink
Partner

Stephen Fink Partner

As a recognized leader in the event technology industry, Stephen has been involved in some of the biggest events to hit New Orleans in the last 15 years. Two Super Bowls, an NBA All-Star Weekend, the Final Four, and Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame World premiere have all benefited from his technical expertise in the fields of audio, video, lighting and large-scale display systems. Stephen spent nine years leading the production department at the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena, managing events and leading installation projects in the two world-class event facilities, and has 16 years experience in the live event production market as both an end-user and as a service provider. He is considered an expert in the field of video, television production and large-scale display systems, having designed systems for numerous high profile projects. Stephen has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

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Matt Foucheaux
Director of Production

Matt Foucheaux Director of Production

Over the past 10 years, Matt has worked on productions throughout the country ranging from corporate events to national music tours. His adept manipulation of lighting and video design for any sized event have made him an invaluable asset to New Orleans-based producers, most recently the Solomon Group. The integration of these elements for programming and design, together with a highly imaginative and efficient work process, combine to make him a leader amongst few peers.

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Anthony Cerrato
Director of Fabrication

Anthony Cerrato Director of Fabrication

Anthony Cerrato is a recent transplant to New Orleans from New York City where he lived and worked for the last 11 years.  While in New York, Anthony worked as a freelancer in many different facets of theatrical and event production including producer roles, production management, technical direction, and stage management.  He feels lucky to have worked with some of the greatest artists in the theatre today including Richard Foreman, Phillip Glass, Andrei Serban, Dmitry Krymov, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, among numerous others.   Anthony has engineered scenery and built sets for companies in New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Charlotte as well as managing and installing touring productions in well over 50 cities worldwide. 

Anthony is excited about bringing his talents and his passion for creative storytelling to the Solomon Group and to New Orleans.  He and his wife, Susanna, a fifth grade teacher at Akili Elementary, are both overjoyed to be calling this great American city home.  

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Mark Tracy
Account Executive

Mark Tracy Account Executive

Mark Tracy has been involved in the Gulf South entertainment production industry for the last 30 years. Starting as a stagehand, he created Express Productions to fill the need for a New Orleans-based company that could operate and maintain a state-of-the-art lighting inventory serviced by highly motivated, experienced, professional event coordinators and technicians. Over the next 20 years, Express Productions would grow to be the region’s leading lighting provider, branching out into scenic and staging as well. Express Productions has been awarded Organization of the Year by the Fashion Group International for its contributions to state-of-the-art lighting and scenic design. 

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Whitney Hymel
Manager | Event Experiences

Whitney Hymel Manager | Event Experiences

After over a decade in the Events industry in New Orleans, Whitney has brought her considerable design and logistic talents to Solomon Group.  As the Meetings and Events Manager for BBC Destination Management, Whitney Hymel has worked with groups from around the world to deliver precise logistic coordination for an exceptionally discerning clientele. Previously as a meeting planner for the Louisiana State Bar Association, she planned and single handedly coordinated the annual attorney conference for a thousand regional attendees. Prior to that she planned a gamut of events ranging in scope and size both for the City of Kenner and for the Pontchartrain Convention Center. Additionally, she works tirelessly as the President of the International Special Event Society New Orleans Chapter. A graduate of The University of New Orleans with a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, she has dedicated her career to the events industry for the past 11 years and continues to prove that New Orleans is one of the trend setting cities throughout the world.

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Rob Kodadek
Account Executive

Rob Kodadek Account Executive

Rob brings a unique perspective from the Pacific Northwest to his position at Solomon Group. He has several years of experience designing for ballet, opera, theatre, corporate events, music festivals, television and film. Rob is comfortable behind a console, a welding mask, wielding a paintbrush or drafting a plot, and enjoys being a part of all aspects of production. Whether he's integrating industrial automation for a theatrical environment or choreographing aerialists sailing above an audience, Rob's passion drives him to push the creative and technical boundaries in order to tell the story.

Some of his more recent production designs have been seen at the TBA Festival, SXSW and the Super Bowl. Motion Picture Television production/design credits include but are not limited to: "The Green Lantern," "The Host," "Down by the River," "Thunderstruck," and "Percy Jackson 2: Sea of Monsters."

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Jay Taylor
Installation Supervisor

Jay Taylor Installation Supervisor

As one of the leading sound engineers in the region, Jay has made it his passion to keep track of the changing technology in sound reinforcement.  In his 15 years experience in the industry he has seen the change from analog consoles and stand alone processing, to digital work-flow and integrated devices with more power than we thought possible just a few years ago.  As a freelance sound engineer he has forged relationships with the most influential creative minds in the city and has come to be a trusted member of the design process.  Jay has a B.G.S. from Louisiana State University, with a minor in Theatre.  

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Scott Beelman
Production Manager

Scott Beelman Production Manager

Scott Beelman began his career as the Technical Entertainment Supervisor for the late Six Flags New Orleans.  A fixture on the New Orleans music scene, Scott Beelman has contributed his talents over the last 12 years as a freelance audio engineer and studio designer for recording studios and post-production facilities. Scott has served as the studio designer and instructor of the Audio Engineering program at Delgado Community College, facilitating its growth over the last four years.   An active bass player in the New Orleans music scene, Scott can be found rocking out on stage, and often fixing live audio systems.

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Eddie McIntyre
Production Manager

Eddie McIntyre Production Manager

Ed McIntyre, a BFA/BA graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, continues to enjoy the food, music and culture of New Orleans introduced to him more than 25 years ago.  Ed collaborates, innovates, promotes and renovates with educational, community and the best professional individuals and groups in the entertainment industry, production and performance, nationally and internationally.   Eddiemac applies sales, lighting, sound, staging, design and production management / logistics experience to present rewarding challenges and solutions in the entertaining industry, and now, applies extensive production and performance experience to secure a solid foundation for the fantastic efforts of the Solomon Group.  Let’s have a ball!  Let’s put on a show! Let’s show ‘em what we’ve got!  Let the good times roll! 

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Andy Smith
Production Manager

Andy Smith Production Manager

Andy purchased a PA system at 14 to DJ friends' parties, and never looked back. Since then he has worked alongside some of the greatest lighting, audio, video and scenic designers in nearly every venue in the New Orleans area. His ever expanding skills led him to the entertainment department at Six Flags New Orleans and Le Petit Theatre.

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Michael Scichowski
Production Manager

Michael Scichowski Production Manager

During college, Michael spent his summers working with youth camps.  He toured the country with them, setting up and directing live video productions, editing camp recap videos and training campers on some of the in’s and out’s of live event video.  After eight years of learning, working as a stagehand and supervising crews for large-scale events including the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, WWE, ESSENCE Festival and national headlining acts like Madonna, Jay-Z and Kenny Chesney, Michael joined Solomon Group as a Production Manager in 2014.  He earned his B.A. in Communications from Regent University.

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Jeremy Engleman
Production Designer

Jeremy Engleman Production Designer

After graduating with a unique degree in Exhibition Design, Jeremy spent his first four professional years working his way up to Design Director at Go West Creative in Los Angeles.  Spearheading hundreds of stage set, environmental, retail, and broadcast set designs, he has also collaborated on production designs for a handful of independent films, as well as the Emmy nominated lifestyle program "My Generation" with Leeza Gibbons. In addition he has owned key roles on scenery and audio/visual production and project management with some of the event industry's best, including Los Angeles Plaza De Culturas y Artes' inaugural gala with Fox on the Run's Vanessa Gonzales in 2011.

Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge in modular and display systems and exhibition design to add even more to Solomon Group's already expansive scenic design and fabrication capabilities. He has grown accustomed to the detail of integrating dynamic A/V and lighting components as a large part of the design process as well.

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Michael Kramer
Senior Designer

Michael Kramer Senior Designer

Michael Kramer is a TV, theatre and live event designer with a broad portfolio, including ESPN’s “SportsNation” (Emmy Nominated Production Design 2010), The Papal visit to Ground Zero, ESPN’s World Cup Studio 2010 – South Africa (Emmy Nominated Production Design 2011), Broadway on Broadway, The Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive," Comedy Central’s "Friday Night with Greg Giraldo," Nickelodeon’s "World Wide Fido Awards," and ABC’s "Winner’s Bracket.”

Michael is also the resident scenic designer at Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC). APAC credits include: "Ragtime" and "Children of Eden" (both New York Innovative Theatre Award winners for Outstanding Scenic Design 2009 & 2010), "A New Brain,” "Proof” and "Triumph of Love." Other NYC credits include "For the Love of Christ!" – 2009 NYC Fringe Festival, "Trails" - NYMF 2010 and "The Wake of Jamey Foster" – Connection Theatre Company. Regional credits include "Steel Magnolias" and "The Wedding Signer" – Le Petit Theatre New Orleans, and "The Miracle Worker" and "Evita" – Foothills Theatre Company.

A proud New Orleans native, Michael graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1997 and received an MFA in Scenic Design from Western Illinois University in 2001.

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Danielle Maggio
Project Manager

Danielle Maggio Project Manager

A native New Orleanian, Danielle earned her master’s degree in Entertainment Business at Full Sail University and received her bachelor’s in Business, Film + Media Arts and History at Louisiana State University.  During her time at LSU in Baton Rouge, Danielle managed a local radio station, choreographing broadcasting, promotions and events for the media property. 

As Solomon Group’s most experienced Project Manager, Danielle has quarterbacked many of our most impressive productions, including the broadcast environments for CBS’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVII and the NCAA Men’s Final Four, President Obama’s visit to the Port of New Orleans, the Train Car Experience at The National WWII Museum and significant activations for international brands including Samsung and Subway.

In addition, she has stage-managed several productions for Solomon Group -- including Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation Gala -- and coordinated some of the company’s most immersive exhibit projects at The National WWII Museum.

Recently, Danielle served as Producer for ESSENCE Festival’s Family Day and Festival People en Español’s Chicas Ponderosas Concert Powered by Disney.

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Laura Jean Hoffpauir Smith
Project Manager

Laura Jean Hoffpauir Smith Project Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

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Conway Solomon
Director of Special Projects

Conway Solomon Director of Special Projects

Conway recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a major in Finance.  He has worked for Solomon Group on several projects around the country for the past four years. Some of his prior experience with the company includes working as Credential & Freelancer Manager for the 2013 & 2014 ESSENCE Festivals, Production Assistant during Super Bowl XLVII, and Stage Manager for multiple Organo Gold corporate arena shows.

In his free time, Conway enjoys spending time playing with his dog, Teddy..

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Elizabeth Lagarde
Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Lagarde Executive Assistant

Elizabeth is a native of Covington, La. and has been working in various communication roles over the last four years. She received her B.A. in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University in 2010. While in school, she worked as a digital media specialist at an award-winning design firm and as the promotions director for KLSU, LSU's student-run radio station. Following graduation, Elizabeth joined a Baton Rouge public relations and advertising firm as a jr. account executive, working with clients that included Louisiana's anti-litter nonprofit and Baton Rouge's newest luxury casino and hotel. She later relocated to New Orleans, assisting marketing operations at Rehage Entertainment before joining the Solomon Group.

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Dave Weber
Marketing & Communications Manager

Dave Weber Marketing & Communications Manager

A native of New Orleans, Dave has always been a fan of great storytelling.  He earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications from Loyola University New Orleans where he studied Broadcast Production and Marketing.  Dave began work at the legendary WWL-TV/CBS New Orleans in the Creative Services department where he produced television spots for the station's direct clients.  He went on to become the Senior Writer/Producer in the station's Promotions department, where he won his first Emmy for a broadcast documentary about Andrew Higgins.  He later co-founded Digital Bayou, which became one of the city's most trusted, turnkey media and video production resources.  While there, Dave created media content and marketing solutions for a variety of clients across multiple industries including tourism, hospitality, local government and non-profit.

Dave has earned over 20 industry awards for media production, was named one of New Orleans Magazine's "People to Watch," and regularly guest lectures at local universities.  He brings 20 years of writing, marketing, producing and client relations experience to Solomon Group.

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Diana Asmar
Graphic Designer

Diana Asmar Graphic Designer

Diana has been working in graphic design for almost five years.  She received her master's degree in Visual Arts at the USEK University in Lebanon.  Upon graduation she worked both full-time and did some freelancing for branding and ad agencies on numerous projects for a wide range of clients.  During that time, Diana rebranded the image (logo and layout) of a magazine, designed an ad campaign for a trendy resort, and created or rebranded the image of several companies in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Diana speaks three languages, including French, Arabic and English.  She has a vivid interest in design work across multiple fields including advertising, entertainment, fashion, and furniture and space management.

Diana moved to New Orleans two years ago and has been discovering something new about the city and its people every day, and falling more and more under its unique charm.

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Stephen Winningkoff
Controller

Stephen Winningkoff Controller

Stephen is a lifelong New Orleanian.  He graduated from Holy Cross High School and The University of New Orleans with a degree in finance.  Over the years he has served as Controller for several multimillion-dollar casinos and hotels in Louisiana.  Most recently he was the Assistant Director of Finance for the New Orleans Hotel Collection. 

In his spare time Stephen plays chauffeur for his son, Ian.  He enjoys spending time with his son and his wife, Angelle, and is very active in his son’s endeavors both in and out of school.  He also enjoys playing golf.

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Lauren Orgeron
Staff Accountant

Lauren Orgeron Staff Accountant

Bio coming soon!

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Aaron Reuter
General Counsel

Aaron Reuter General Counsel

Aaron joins Solomon Group from Proskauer, where he was an associate in the Labor and Employment Department's Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and ERISA Litigation Practice Center.  At Proskauer, Aaron gained a wide range of experience advising corporate clients on a variety of legal issues.  Aaron moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, majoring in English with focus on Creative Writing.  He then attended Tulane University Law School, where he graduated cum laude and was a senior fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program.  During law school, Aaron was a judicial extern for United States District Judge Helen G. Berrigan.  Active in the community, Aaron is an alumni of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, a program that inspires and educates young professionals to impact positive change in New Orleans.  

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Lynette Houston
Staffing Coordinator

Lynette Houston Staffing Coordinator

As Staffing Coordinator, Lynette processes new hires, works with our employees on human resources-related issues, and assists our General Counsel.  She brings over 15 years of office administration experience to Solomon Group.

Prior to joining us full-time, Lynette worked with Solomon Group in a temporary position during the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.  In her role as Freelance Coordinator, she was responsible for contacting and scheduling the small army of volunteers that help make the event efficient and enjoyable for hundreds of thousands of attendees.

She and her husband, Glen M. Houston, have four children (daughter Natrell, and sons Jarell, Jeremy and Justin).  In her spare time, Lynette enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Dominique Riley
Administrative Assistant

Dominique Riley Administrative Assistant

Dominique recently graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Math.  She completed her undergraduate research in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Technology and plans on attending graduate school.

She has dedicated over twelve years to giving back to her community by volunteering for local charities and schools. While not at work or volunteering, Dominique is reading, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Stephen Boyer
Senior Operations Manager

Stephen Boyer Senior Operations Manager

Stephen started out as a DJ at the age of 12. Since then he has worked in the entertainment and warehouse operations industries, finessing his skills in both. He was involved in the Six Flags New Orleans expansion, and has worked concerts with chart-topping groups like *NSYNC. He has also been part of the warehouse team for massive corporations including Wal-Mart and Rooms To Go.  Stephen's well-rounded background, his experience and love for production will make him an asset to Solomon Group.

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Jason Christiana
Production Supervisor

Jason Christiana Production Supervisor

A New Orleans native, Jason has worked locally in the live entertainment industry for the past decade with a primary focus on audio.  He has been involved in numerous concerts, festivals and corporate events over the years, including The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Experience and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. 

With his passion for technology and drive to create memorable audience experiences, Jason found Solomon Group to be an ideal environment for furthering his career and expanding his knowledge.

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Nathaniel Beckett
Production Supervisor

Nathaniel Beckett Production Supervisor

Since graduating from Full Sail University where he studied Show Production and Touring, Nathaniel has been working in multiple areas of the entertainment technology industry. He began his career in touring, then shifted to working on cruise ships. Nathaniel was employed by Carnival Cruise Lines for nearly five years where he worked onboard as an entertainment technician.  He visited several exotic locations and worked multiple music festivals during his time at sea.

When he decided it was time to get back on land full-time, he found Solomon Group.  With his skills and experience, he was brought aboard the company as a Production Supervisor.  He has loved every minute of it, and says he enjoys expanding his knowledge of entertainment technologies while learning alongside the most talented and hard-working techs he has ever met.

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Jeff Fournier
Installation Manager

Jeff Fournier Installation Manager

Jeff has been working in Audio Visual / Systems Integration for 9 years.  He fell into the business by accident when a local AV company was looking for a carpenter they could train to be a systems installer.  He meshed well with his team members, and was quickly offered a full-time position.  His training led him to other opportunities, from  Rigging Coordinator for a hotel/convention facility with PSAV, to traveling for the Systems Integration team as a Tech 2 with AVI-SPL; working in Texas, California and Colorado.  When Jeff is not working, he spends most of his spare time with his four children and his wife.  He is active in the Home Brew culture and can be found on most weekends creating a new batch of homemade beer or wine. 

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Tom Kraesig
Installation Foreman

Tom Kraesig Installation Foreman

For the past 15 years Tom has been the General Manager for a local Theatrical Lighting Company and has developed close relationships with all of the local theaters and other entertainment venues in the Greater New Orleans area including the New Orleans Convention Center and the Mahalia Jackson Theater. He has become known for his calm cool guidance and advice amidst the chaos that is theatre.
Prior to his GM position he worked for many years in the construction industry as a Foreman, Superintendent and Project Manager working on such projects as the renovations to the Federal Buildings in San Francisco and Boston. His experience in construction, expertise in the theatrical industry and the close relationships he has developed over  the last 15 years makes him a perfect fit into the Solomon Group family.

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Josh Palmer
Fabrication Manager

Josh Palmer Fabrication Manager

Joshua Palmer has been working as a Technical Director, Production Designer and Technician at various theatre's in New Orleans since 2001 including the Saenger Theatre, Mahalia Jackson Theatre and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.  In addition to his work in New Orleans he has also been a part of theatrical teams in New York, Miami and Maine.  He is the Production Designer of Wine Lovers The Musical currently appearing on Norwegian Cruise Line and on National Tour.  

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Jason Toups
Fabrication Shop Foreman

Jason Toups Fabrication Shop Foreman

A New Orleans native, Jason started working as a residential carpenter at the age of 15, learning various aspects of the industry. His love for building and all things wood led him to the custom woodworking industry where he has worked for the past 8 years as an estimator, project manager and draftsman. He has worked on high-end projects such as the renovation of the Hilton Astoria collections Roosevelt Hotel, Guerlain Spa, Domenica Restaurant and The Hotel Indigo. While he is comfortable in an office setting, his real passion is being on the shop floor where the real magic happens.

As the Fabrication Shop Foreman, Jason oversees daily ordering, shipping and receiving, stock inventory and machine maintenance, ensuring that his coworkers have the tools needed to produce a high quality product.

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Nate Ogdahl
Head Draftsman

Nate Ogdahl Head Draftsman

A New Orleans newcomer with a diverse background, Nate holds a BFA in Animation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and a MLA from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). He spent the last decade designing, managing, and installing residential and high-end rooftop gardens in New York and has supported the green infrastructure and stormwater management plan for New Orleans with FutureProof. Concerned with creating designs that are as functional as they are aesthetically distinct, Nate is excited to bring his skills and energy to the Solomon Group.

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Lance Dickman
Draftsman

Lance Dickman Draftsman

Lance brings ten years of architectural experience to Solomon Group. After earning his M.Arch degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lance advanced his interest in architectural concept, detail, and construction methods while working on architectural projects in Switzerland and Milwaukee, WI. These projects ranged from single family residences to city master planning. His focus is on creating drawings that clearly communicate design concepts and highly-detailed projects to both clients and contractors.

Lance also spent three years teaching an architectural design studio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he enjoyed introducing students to the fundamentals of architectural design and the creative process. While teaching, he emphasized to the students the importance of creating visually captivating drawings that coherently present their creative ideas.

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Sam Carroll
Fabrication Project Manager

Sam Carroll Fabrication Project Manager

Sam brings over 15 years of fabrication and carpentry experience to Solomon Group. Born and raised in Seattle, he worked as Shop Manager for a stonework manufacturer and a metal fabrication facility earlier in his career.  Sam’s vast skill set -- which includes woodworking, metal fabrication and welding, mold making and architectural stonework -- has been put to use on many of Solomon Group’s fabrication projects.

In 2008, Sam got his first taste of the entertainment industry and immediately fell in love with its fast-paced environments. Starting out as an Event Manager, he has worked several major projects including Lollapalooza, NASCAR, The Winter Olympics, Rothbury Festival and Electric Forest Festival to name a few. In 2012, after resigning as Director of Operations for a northwest production company, Sam found the perfect blend of carpentry and entertainment work in Solomon Group’s Fabrication department.

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Noah Johnson
Fabrication Project Manager

Noah Johnson Fabrication Project Manager

Before relocating to New Orleans, Noah was based in Louisville, Kentucky where he freelanced as both a carpenter and a technician for theatre productions, concerts and other live events.

His professional career began over a decade ago as a Scenic Carpenter at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Noah has worked in various capacities both designing and building for theatrical companies across the United States, including a position as Master Carpenter at the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, Montana.  Most recently, he served as a Props Artisan for Actor's Theatre of Louisville.  In addition to his theatre credits, Noah also has experience working on residential and commercial construction projects in Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, Missouri, Kentucky and Hawaii.  He earned a B.A. in Theatre from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Noah has built scenic elements for some of Solomon Group’s most high-profile projects, including CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square, NFL House on Fulton Street, ESSENCE Festival and CBSSports.com in Fort Lauderdale.  He enjoys the creative work and collaborative environment he has found at Solomon Group.

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Jeffrey Cusimano
Lead Carpenter

Jeffrey Cusimano Lead Carpenter

Jeffrey "Coose" Cusimano has constructed sets in over a dozen Off-Broadway theatres, as well as for A&E, Bravo, CBS, Food Network and NBC. He has also fabricated top-tier window displays and retail fixtures for brands that include Bloomingdale's, Clinique, Disney, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Sunglass Hut, and Victoria's Secret.

Coose’s dedication to producing high-end, quality products for clients makes him an ideal fit for Solomon Group’s Fabrication Department.

Robin Durand
Lead Scenic Artist

Robin Durand Lead Scenic Artist

Since earning his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2000, Robin’s art has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums in Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New York.  He has also worked on dozens of New Orleans-based films and television shows as a carpenter, sculptor, scenic painter and metal worker.  Robin has enjoyed the many complex challenges presented through Solomon Group's fabrication shop, particularly its expanding array of specialty finishes.

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Paige McNamara
Lead Scenic Artist

Paige McNamara Lead Scenic Artist

Bio Coming Soon!

Andrew Bertholf
Master Welder

Andrew Bertholf Master Welder

Andrew began his career working in fabrication and theatre shops while earning his BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since graduating in 2005, he has lived in and visited any city that would have him while building everything from commercial barges and HVAC systems, to kinetic parade floats and public sculpture. In his free time, Andrew can usually be found with his nose in a book, or slaving away at one of his many, personal creative endeavors.

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Ray Daniels
Logistics & Operations

Ray Daniels Logistics & Operations

Ray Daniels is a proud veteran of the US Army who earned many medals and honors while serving the country, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During his decorated tenure, Ray was elevated to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was responsible for the leadership and development of enlisted soldiers in his charge. Since his military service, Ray has worked in a number of capacities while utelizing his skill as an independantly contracted Commercial Truck Driver, logging over 700,000 safe miles. He served as Operations Manager for Waste Management and was responsible for a fleet of over 65 trucks, drivers and hoppers in 7 Parishes of Southeast Louisiana. Before coming to Solomon Group, Ray successfully served for 20 years as either Support Services Manager or Site Manager for almost every major music festival in New Orleans as well as others throughout the United States.

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Collin Jilbert
Warehouse Manager

Collin Jilbert Warehouse Manager

Developing a heavy passion for music early on, there was no doubt that Collin would end up in the industry in more than one way. From early elementary and high school bands, to present day projects, Collin is showing no signs of slowing with playing music. After high school, Collin attended Delgado to study audio engineering, where he studied under another SG team member, Scott Beelman. After graduating, Collin worked as a monitor engineer and FOH engineer for a local act. In between working gigs with that local band, Collin was a freelance recording engineer, recording several demos and albums for local bands around the New Orleans area.

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Josh Templet
Warehouse Supervisor

Josh Templet Warehouse Supervisor

Josh had his first taste of A/V work with a local production company that hired him part-time during his high school years.  After college, he started a career in the hotel industry where, as it happened, he began to work for that same production company as an A/V Technician for a local hotel.  Five years later, Josh decided he was ready for bigger challenges and applied to work for Solomon Group.

Josh has taken part in some of the company’s most high-profile projects, including the Smoothie King Center's exterior LED displays, The Civic Theatre, the A/V integration for the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and “Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience” at The National WWII Museum, the CBS broadcast environments for Super Bowl XLVII, The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the production of the 2013 & 2014 ESSENCE Festivals.

When he’s not working, Josh is spending time with his wife and their new baby boy, Logan.   He also enjoys going to the gym and learning more about fitness. 

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