Creative Director - Event Design and Production
Encore Decor Inc.
Jan 2011 - Present (10 years 8 months)
Hilary Howes joins Encore Decor to create trans-formative productions for clients most memorable event. Her creative background creating dramatic scenery and lighting from directors concepts to compelling exhibits from clients brands now focuses on spectacular designs for event planners and associations.
Internationally published expert on color and design as a Chairholder in the Color Marketing Group, she assures your events will have leading edge style and color. Telling your story through the medium of sets, lights, table top decor and floral design is how she begins every project and seeing it though the entire production process to it’s spectacular completion is her unending joy.
Color Marketing Group
2003 - Present (18 years)
Being an entertainment and event designer puts me at the leading edge of color trend that can trigger trends in consumer and contract markets. I find it personally and professionally rewarding to participate and facilitate for this non-profit organization.
Creative Director- Mid-Atlantic Region
Dazian Creative Fabric Environments
Jun 2009 - 2010 (1 year 3 months)
Design and Production of Exhibit and Event fabric structures for expert in Flame Resistant Fabrics for Theater, Events, Exhibits, Interiors, and Printers. Fabric sales, Drapery Rental, Custom Fabrication, Fabric Printing, and Lighting for clients like Disney and Cirque du Soleil.
My expertise in design and production focused on supporting our clients in the entertainment, event, exhibit, and interior design communities.
Dec 2007 - Apr 2009 (1 year 4 months)
Design and Production of tension fabric structures for event, exhibit, entertainment and architectural clients
Brand ambassador to the retail, museum, hospitality, ecclesiastical and experiential markets.
Sr. National Design Mgr.
GES Exposition Services
Jul 2000 - Nov 2007 (7 years 4 months)
Leading North American General Service Contractor to the event and trade show industry
Responsible for designing events with $10m in sales revenue
Provide creative direction to exhibit and event designers throughout the United States.
Research new technologies to expand our production capabilities and creative opportunities:
Establishing an online image database to distribute design ideas enterprise wide.
Collaborating on estimation software for Auto-CAD designs.
Developing a DVD sales presentation program of 3D flythroughs of Event Designs.
Proposing a new creative business unit
Presenting at and representing GES at creative industry events
Renovating proprietary system of exhibit architecture to match today's trends.
Sep 1998 - Jun 2000 (1 year 9 months)
In the sales department of this photographic and digital imaging provider I developed and maintained relationships with corporate clients and fine art photographers. Richard Misrach, Sally Mann, University of California, Papyrus Cards, and Lucasfilm were clients. I also designed modular display systems for museums, retail, and tradeshows, which have appeared in Exhibitor, Exhibit and Trade Show Manager Magazines.
Manager / Owner
Swift Silver Photo
1988 - 1996 (8 years)
At this retail photo lab and portrait studio, trained and supervised a staff of 6 in mini lab and custom darkroom procedures, planned sales and advertising, and was principal photographer. Grew this business from 0 to 3 locations and annual sales of $320,000.