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.
Gary Solomon Jr.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Design
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.
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.
Fabrication Technical Director
Bio coming soon!
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.
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."
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.
After spending 12 years on the East Coast, Ryan was happy to return home and join Solomon Group’s team in New Orleans. During his time away, he studied Film and Television Production at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. He went on to work for a handful of network television shows, including Lifetime’s popular “Army Wives” and CBS’s “Reckless,” a legal drama shot on location in Charleston, South Carolina.
Ryan is happy to be back home with his family and friends, and is looking forward to working on several of Solomon Group’s upcoming event productions, including the inaugural College Football Playoff and the FIRST Robotics National Championship. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing music and spending time with his dog, Baxter.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Jean Hoffpauir Smith
Bio Coming Soon!
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.
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.
Michelle grew up in San Clemente, California and graduated with a degree in psychology from University of California, Berkeley. During her time at Berkeley she worked as a research assistant in multiple psychology labs and conducted her own research for a senior-year thesis, which was awarded highest honors. While working for Cal psychology professor, Joseph Campos, Michelle assisted in the planning and execution of an international research conference hosted at the university. Following graduation, Michelle moved to New York City and worked for Blue Engine, an education nonprofit that partners with low-income public high schools. Having recently moved to New Orleans, Michelle is excited to be a part of Solomon Group and eager to explore all that New Orleans has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren grew up in Marrero, part of the Greater New Orleans area. She graduated from Archbishop Blenk High School in 2003, and went on to earn an Accounting degree at Auburn University in 2008. Lauren worked in public accounting for five years before joining Solomon Group.
When she's not crunching numbers at our Girod St. headquarters, Lauren enjoys spending time with her pets (a dog and a chinchilla), and is a member of The Organ Grinders, an all-female Mardi Gras marching group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabrication Project Manager
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.
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.
Lead Scenic Artist
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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.
Purchasing Agent / Admin. Asst.
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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.
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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