Our team shares eclectic creative/arts backgrounds. This, combined with our sharp business skills, have set us apart from our competitors. We know the value of a well executed and aesthetically pleasing event, as we simply wouldn't stand for anything less.
Adam Cook provides a production agency, venture-based financial background to the LDJ executive team. He is responsible for all financial modelling, budgeting, long range forecasting, and also for business development strategy, growth strategy and strategic partnerships.
Adam's experience ranges from small and large cap firms as well as nonprofits and charitable ventures. He oversaw the creation of two venture-funded companies with triple digit growth over a three-year period.
His career highlights include the raising of more than $35 million to purchase and restore a historical NY landmark building as the Associate Finance Director of the Manhattan Theater Club and consulting on a capital project to purchase a landmark building for St. Ann's Warehouse, a 30 year old arts organization in Brooklyn. Following this he worked in client finance for Ogilvy & Mather servicing international clients ranging from Coca Cola, GE, TD Ameritrade and UPS.
Laurie DeJong brings more than 20 years of event and business strategy and leadership experience to LDJ. As chief executive, she oversees the strategic direction, culture and structure of the company.
Laurie is sought after as a director of high profile fashion, beauty, tech, media, and luxury automotive events globally. She is Agency Producer for WME / IMG's New York Fashion Week platform and has spearheaded the multi-million dollar platform's strategic move to semi-permanent homes over the past 5 years. Under her leadership, LDJ has made multiple appearances on the Inc. 5000 list, the Women Presidents Organization's list of the "50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses in North America" and was named one of New York's 50 fastest-growing companies by SmartCEO.
As a longtime mentor of women and girls globally, her philanthropic efforts have led to the formation of the Paper Fig Foundation, the purpose-driven initiative of LDJ Productions. She is a regular speaker on women’s empowerment, mentorship and the economic impact of fashion on global economies with specific emphasis on developing nations and recently spoke at the World Economic Forum Africa. Laurie is a Trustee of Marist College, a member of the Women's Presidents' Educational Organization, and the National Association of Professional Women. Laurie was recently selected "Enterprising Woman of the Year" by Enterprising Women Magazine and is a guest writer for Entrepreneur Magazine.
Timo Sandritter brings more than 15 years of C-suite and board experience to the LDJ ecosystem. He is responsible for long-term strategy and growth as well as LDJ’s internal capabilities including Legal, HR, and Operations.
Timo is a resourceful senior business executive and proven top performer with start-up and Fortune 500 experience. He has been recognized for successfully building and retaining high-performance teams across multiple industries, driving the internal capabilities of organizations, and is quick to identify and develop talents and strengths of team players to ensure high productivity and mission success.
Timo graduated with a degree in law, a Masters degree in Public Affairs and Doctorates in Business Administration and in Education.
Executive Producer / Creative Director / Owner, Untitled 8
Melissa has gleaned experience from 20 years of the unexpected events that happen “Only in Events.” She has worked with clients to create dynamic, motivating experiences for their audiences. Her broad expertise in entertainment events and corporate communications includes staging, live broadcast, tradeshow design & installation, design & execution of company-wide learning programs, digital media and corporate identity. For the past 10 years, Mellissa & the Untitled 8 team, have been recruited by Scripps Networks Interactive to produce their Upfront Tour with 7 major events in 7 different cities.
She has directed projects for a wide range of clients in varying industries including: Scripps Networks, CES, Saks Fifth Avenue, Abercrombie & Fitch, AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Channel Four Films, Cisco, Killer Films, Pfizer, Merck & Co., American Airlines, Campbell’s, Cendant Corporation, Samsonite and Canon.
When Melissa is not engaged helping successfully execute the Upfront Tour or various product launches, she has been known to assume the role photographer, DJ or independent film maker. Melissa is based in NYC, but left part of her heart in Minneapolis.
Executive Vice President
David brings more than 20 years of event operations and production experience to LDJ Productions. He manages the firm's most complex productions and services the Matrix, Kerastase, Automation Anywhere, Roden & Fields accounts, among others. Through his many years at LDJ, he has led events for the company in Europe, China, Africa, India, Haiti and almost every state in the United States.
David was born in Monrovia, Liberia, later spending several years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and three years in Ivory Coast as the son of a diplomat and a journalist. In between tours in Africa, David grew up in the suburban Washington DC area. He is thrilled that LDJ’s non profit efforts through the Paper Fig Foundation have given him the opportunity to revisit the continent.
David moved to NYC to join the inaugural class of the New Actor's Workshop where he studied with theatre legends Mike Nichols and Paul Sills. Following this program, David's interest in theater production expanded and he began to work in the wider live events production space. David joined LDJ Productions in 2002 and specializes in production management, set concept and design and technical direction. His broad experience and talent with complex event programming has been vital to the expansion and success of the company.
Nicole leads LDJ’s Event Management division and fills the role of Senior Producer for the majority of the business’ logistically challenging projects. Her 20 years of event management and technical production experience spans all facets of the business, including entertainment and fashion production; corporate meeting and incentive management; community-based events; and political and non-profit functions. She possesses a deep background in operating high-touch programs in international destinations, including VIP corporate hospitality programs at the Beijing and London Olympic Games.
Nicole’s expertise lies in breaking down a project into its logistical components and figuring out how best to make them fit the event. She shines when working on large-scale, complex projects with infinite details and she’s able to interface between technical event production teams and logistical, client facing event management teams.
Show Director / Producer
Rachel Young has been with LDJ since 2008 and has grown her role as the lead of LDJ’s fashion show team. She currently runs castings, wardrobe management, backstage teams and show staff for New York Fashion Week, SWIMMIAMI, Bridal and Men’s Fashion week in addition to a slew of corporate clients.
A strong will and a fighting spirit led Rachel to leave a 10 year banking career to follow her dream of moving to New York and pursuing a career in the fashion industry. She is a career mentor for women both in New York City and in Africa and manages LDJ’s volunteer program with Women In Need in NYC. She is an active member of the Paper Fig Foundation and its initiatives in East Africa.
Ryan Griffin came to LDJ in 2008 from the corporate accounting arena and was overwhelmed by the vitality and creativity of the event production world. After working in the accounting department for several years he was promoted to Director of Finance in 2013.
Ryan has a masters in tax accounting and uses his skills to run the companies day to day financials, budgets and corporate taxes. Ryan is also the LDJ resident expert in all things insurance and is often asked by many clients to weigh in on complex liability insurance issues. As the man who writes the checks he is a favorite amongst the staff and continues to be a valued part of the LDJ team.
Danielle joined LDJ’s internship program in 2011 as a Marist fashion student, and returned 2 years later as Executive Assistant to CEO, Laurie DeJong, while managing all company social media accounts. Danielle gained hands-on experience in a multitude of client-facing areas including overall event coordination and production, backstage, show-calling, and business development.
She put these learned skills towards her combined role of Production Assistant/Event Coordinator while still supporting Laurie and was promoted to a Project Manager position in 2015. Danielle appreciates every step of the process, from creative conception to onsite execution. Danielle actively seeks opportunities to take on the most demanding and difficult tasks and will do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth event and air of calm.
Jenna Wittman has been part of LDJ’s extended family since 2009, joining LDJ’s fashion show team twice a year for New York Fashion Week. Outside of those dates, Jenna has been working across a diverse set of industries to build a unique mix of skillsets; Jenna has managed a golf club, completed Apple’s global leadership training, managed key accounts for Apple Business in London, created curriculum for a big data software platform, and won an Emmy for her work in video production. At the start of 2018, Jenna accepted the role as Venue Manager for New York Fashion Week, managing 22 shows, and then stayed on with LDJ to work on additional events.
The LDJ team, mission, foundation, and CEO made joining LDJ, as a full-time Producer, an easy choice for Jenna. She is excited to see where this adventure will take her.
Senior Event Manager
Since joining LDJ in 2011, Sara has been an expert and leader of our Event Management division. With her diverse background working all over the world for notable hotels chains like Four Seasons and Marriott, LDJ is fortunate to have Sara’s expertise on our team.
As account lead for Matrix, Sara is responsible for the smooth operation of their many shows and events throughout the year. Her expertise lies in hotel contracting and hotel management, and complex registration sites and list management to ensure a smooth and positive guest experience. Additionally, Sara is an active member of our fashion show production team and handles backstage management for many of our top clients.
Dale joined LDJ Productions in June 2015 after graduating from Marist College with a Bachelor's of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Her interest in event production began during her sophomore year of college, and only further developed during her internship at the company during the summer of 2014.
Since then, Dale has worked as a Production Assistant at New York Fashion Week, the NYTimes DealB%k Conference, teenVogue University, and a host of L'Oreal Matrix events. She is excited to continue to learn from the industry's top Event Producers and take on projects of her own using the skills she's honed since 2014. She thrives in the fast-paced yet collaborative aspects of the industry.
Alex joined the LDJ family in 2013 as a freelancer, working on New York Fashion Week. After graduating from the International College of Management, Sydney, with an AD in Business & Events, she moved to New York to pursue her career goals in the events world. Her passion for event production began in college and has only grown stronger with each project she is involved in.
Since June 2017, Alex has been a full time Production Coordinator with LDJ, where she has worked on events for: Shiseido, Reebok, WWD, Crowdstrike and NYFW. Alex is looking forward to what the future holds and is incredibly honored to be a part of such an amazing team.
Brenna began her association with LDJ Productions during an internship in January 2015 while completing her Master's Degree in Public Relations at Hofstra University. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry, and LDJ was the perfect starting point.
During her internship at LDJ, Brenna was a Production Assistant for NYFW, Teen Vogue and Scripps Network Interactive tours. These experiences solidified her interest and passion for the fashion and events industry. After leaving LDJ, Brenna continued her work in event planning in the beauty industry at ghd North America. At ghd, Brenna managed logistics, booth development and a variety of creative concepts at industry-related events and trade shows. After 5 seasons away, Brenna rejoined LDJ as a full-time Project Coordinator.
Taylor launched her journey with LDJ in January 2016. Her degree from Marist College and her openness to learn from every opportunity given to her, allowed for her smooth transition as an intern to freelancer on New York Fashion Week’s core team. Here she was able to show her skills of organization, determination, and precision to forge a path to her current position as a full time member of the LDJ team.
A part from maintaining her role on the Fashion Week team, Taylor has worked with an array of LDJ clients. Each day she expands in her fluidity of the language of the industry on many different platforms and is excited for what the future holds.
Lior Gensler brings a strong affinity for design to the LDJ team. During his sophomore year at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Lior volunteered with LDJ as a venue production assistant at NYFW. Working toward his Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design bachelor’s degree, Lior shaped and honed his expertise in graphic design, 2D drafting and 3D modeling and rendering. Lior joined the LDJ internship program in his senior year, working with the business development team on creative pitches.
He greatly enjoys growing his portfolio of works in the fast-paced rhythm of the production world. Lior has quickly become an integral part of LDJ and is continuing full-time with LDJ as a Design Coordinator upon graduation in May 2017. He takes immense pride in being part of #ldjlife and beginning his career with an incredible team.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
After graduating from Marist College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications, Kate joined the LDJ family in June of 2017 as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Laurie DeJong and as an Operations Coordinator. Her passion for the event production and planning industry grew during her sophomore year of college while staying involved in The Marist College Fashion Program, which led to an internship with LDJ Productions in the fall of her senior year of college.
Since her internship experience she has assisted on many events such as Reebok with Gigi Hadid, multiple seasons of NYFW and our Paper Fig Foundation Benefit. Kate always takes the initiative and has a knack for detail while always keeping a smile on her face. She is more than thrilled to be a part of the LDJ Productions team once again.
Eric has been working in the event production world for 20 years, and NYFW since 1999. He has coached CEO’s in onstage presentations, choreographed model walks, directed for theater and film, and is a highly sought after project manager. His clients have included Calvin Klein, Bureau Betak, Silhouette Group, Buckley Hall Events, Asia Society, Untitled 8, BLT Productions, Sequoia Productions, the All Stars Project and more.
He recently oversaw the prep, install and strike of the immersive audio/video landscape of international artist Phillipe Parreno at the Park Avenue Armory. He specializes in events with high profile presenters, and has extensive and positive relations with most unions in NYC, and his well rounded experience in the industry is a valuable asset to all his projects.
Production & Operations Assistant
Kara started her adventure with LDJ in the fall of 2017 after graduating from Marist College with a BA in Communications. Her first project was freelancing on the New York Times Dealbook Conference where she gained key insights into the world of production. Shortly after, Kara took on the big LDJ Move from Spring to Leroy Street exemplifying her ability to organize and make a big project into a seamless transition. Through this project Kara demonstrated her ability to assist the Operations and Production Teams full time.
Since becoming a full-time Production and Operations Assistant Kara has worked on projects for clients including WWD, Reebok and Shiseido brands. Kara brings to LDJ the ability to adapt to any situation or environment and remain calm under pressure. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge of production and working with an array of clients as she’s learned each project is unique. Kara is excited to see what the future holds while working for a company as amazing as LDJ.
Anya Ermakova comes from a background of luxury/fashion brands, startups, trade shows and boutique agencies. She is equally at home with complex, large scale and rapid growth events that target a C-Suite or Luxury audience, as she is with intimate, high-level artistic activations. Her clients include Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and WWD.
Anya works with all aspects of creative: visual identity, design and execution; including mobile apps, large scale signage, and digital/print marketing. She is passionate about elegantly resolving design problems with client perspectives in mind, and providing comprehensive 360° solutions.
She spends her spare time not having spare time - since there is a myriad of creative pursuits that she takes part in; such as painting, cooking, playing classical piano, as well as front-end development.
Senior Designer / Animator
Bob Kretz has been immersed in the NYC event world for much of the last 20 years. He loves a good challenge—finding the crossroads where complicated visual ideas can be made into gorgeous reality.
As concept artist, a print designer, a presentation designer, a 2D and 3D animator, and as a 3D scenic renderer, Bob loves working closely with the team to bring a cinematic flare to meetings, launches, and celebrations of all sorts. He has designed for Armani Exchange, Redken, L’Oréal Designer Fragrances; Coty’s International Fragrances, Calvin Klein Fragrances, Cartier, Godiva, Estee Lauder, Pfizer, Shire, WE television, Discover Card, BareMinerals, et al.
Bob started working with the LDJ family in 2012, on projects for L’Oréal’s Kérastase and Shu Uemura brands; for the last six years he has worked on developing visuals and concepts for a host of other projects; most recently for Crowdstrike, and the Automation Anywhere touring show.
He couldn’t be happier with the level of support he has found working with the LDJ team; and their never-flagging enthusiasm to see what lies along the road less traveled.
Development Consultant, Paper Fig Foundation
Casey Supple works at the intersection of philanthropy and well-being by connecting philanthropists to initiatives that are paramount to their purpose. She currently is the founder of a development consulting firm which uses her 15 plus years in higher education and social impact philanthropy to help non profits reach and exceed their fundraising goals. Working with individuals, corporations and foundations on meaningful, long term partnerships, Casey specializes in facilitating transformational gifts for organizations. She also works with meditation and mindfulness organizations to develop class curriculum and programming.
Most recently, Casey was the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Center for Healthy Minds and Chief Development Officer at the Earth Institute for Columbia University. After learning about and practicing many spiritual traditions, Casey earned her certification as a Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor from the McLean Meditation Institute and studied spiritual development at Columbia University. She has a BA in Sociology from UCLA and a MPA from Northeastern University.