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David Stark Design and Production is a full service event design, planning and production company that elevates ordinary events to extra extraordinary experiences.

Led by renowned event producer David Stark, our talented designers and managers create the most celebrated events worldwide for a broad range of international clientele in the entertainment, fashion, publishing, arts, media, and consumer product industries.

Stark and team bring over 18 years of creative innovation to custom decor and flowers as well as every other aspect of event production including venue selection, invitations, catering, entertainment and integrated branding.

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David Stark

President & Creative Director

David has always had a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Growing up, he was obsessed with making puppets from anything he could find, including gum wrappers, old pieces of tin foil, and cereal boxes.

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Aleksander Garin

Senior Designer

Aleks served in the Norwegian Navy and also likes salt.

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Allisan Salazar

Graphic Design Coordinator

Allisan is allergic to chocolate and finds adult coloring books more therapeutic than a day at the spa.

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Alyson Walder

Studio Production Director

A production maven, Alyson has produced over 3,575 potato pancakes for her annual Wine and Latke Party.

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Andrew Litz

Production Manager

Under the moniker William Ocean, Andrew has twice been crowned the US Air Guitar champion. In the realm of real instruments, he can only play Hot Cross Buns on a flutophone.

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Ansley Lester

Studio Production Coordinator

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Audrey Pondek

Floral and Creative Styling Designer

Audrey's love affair with design began as a child speed skater when she designed her own body suit!

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Caitlin Quinn

Studio Production Manager

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Cara Pruyn

Project Coordinator

Always with a flair for the theatrical, as a  young child, Cara used to perform dramatic interpretations of her favorite children’s book “Caps For Sale” for anyone who visited her family’s home.

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Camille Watson

Project Coordinator

A huge *NSYNC fan, Camille had look a likes perform at her 10th birthday party. She still hopes to meet the real band members and secretly prays for another album.

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Christopher Clark

Executive Assistant to David Stark

Christopher spent his early years attempting to ignore constant Clark Kent/Christopher Reeve/Superman jokes and gibes. In recent years, he has learned to embrace and celebrate his Kryptonian heritage.

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Corrie Hogg

Art & Craft Director

An aspiring crafter at age 11, Corrie was making rag dolls and selling them around the neighborhood.

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Dawn Reaves

Finance and Administration Manager

Always competitive, Dawn has been voted best audience member at every talk show she’s ever attended. Her record is 12 (and counting).

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Eileen O’Leary

Production Manager

No stranger to crafting, as a child Eileen, spent Sunday evenings religiously watching 60 minutes and cutting craft patterns for her mother’s nursery school, Sunshine Meadows, the former of which she continues to this day!

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Emily Edelman

Designer

Despite being a lifetime local, Emily really loves learning about and experiencing the New York Transit System – past, present, and future. Honk! Screech.

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Emily Schroder

People, Culture and Operations Manager

A lifelong pop culture addict, Emily loves New York's cultural opportunities. Two of her favorites intersected when she found herself riding the subway home from an Erykah Badu concert with Tim Riggins (from Friday Night Lights!).

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Faye Halligan

Senior Project Manager

Faye was always destined for NYC. When she was 12 she played the lead role of Annie in the off-Broadway musical in Japan!

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Felicity Sparrow

Production Manager

A foodie today, Felicity started out as a less than adventurous eater, refusing to try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until she was a freshman in high school.

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George Gehring

Technical Designer

Usually found carrying a trumpet around, George has been performing since the age of 9. You can even listen to some of his concerts on Spotify and iTunes. No autographs, please.

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James Hughes

Technical Designer

A lifelong animal lover, James’ first job was at the Audubon Zoo in his hometown of New Orleans.

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Jenn Wilson

Project Manager

In college, Jenn's love for event production and theatre culminated with the opportunity to work wardrobe for the Radio City Rockettes. Rhinestones everywhere!

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Jennifer de Fouchier

Design Director

Jennifer's whistle can hail a cab three blocks away and burst eardrums in between!

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Jennifer Land

Designer

As a lover of outdoor activities and live music, Jennifer was once a hula hooping virtuoso in college. Challenge her now and she will bust a few moves!

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Jesse Stone

Studio Shop Manager

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Jessica McCarthy

Senior Production Manager

A poetry lover and closet romantic, Jessica's favorite book is a selection of Lord Byron's love poems she has owned for 20 years.

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Jillian Fragetti

Project Coordinator

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Joey Augustyn

Graphic Designer

His obsession with vacuum cleaners as a toddler was such that one year his birthday cake had vacuums on it. To this day, he still enjoys a clean room.

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Kate Kennedy-Lynch

Project Manager

In junior high school, Kate had an illustrious career as a pole vaulter where she earned sixth place out of seven!

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Kristen Henriksen

Designer

Kristen first discovered her fascination with geometry and love for design after crafting a Christmas decoration from paper tetrahedrons in her high school math class. Her favorite shape? The triangle, of course!

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Lauren Merkin

Chief Operating Officer

A masterful strategist, Lauren spends her free time playing Monopoly with her two kids.

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Leslie Grisdale

Staffing Manager

Prior to organizing the creative chaos at David Stark Design, Leslie organized the creative chaos of various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows (and maybe an opera or two)!

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Lesley McTague

Technical Designer

Ostensibly a serious graduate student of architecture, Lesley was ever eager for the birthday or celebratory occasion at school to laser-cut something silly then glitter it!

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Liz Holden

Vice President, Client Services, Strategy, and Operations

In 2007, while on her honeymoon, Liz scored an impressive upset at the Southeast Alaska State Fair by taking second place in the women's axe-throwing competition.

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Lucy Russo

Project Coordinator

Growing up, Lucy watched in awe as her grandmother, a seamstress, hand-created beautiful dresses. Together they upgraded Lucy's Barbie doll collection by hand-sewing and embellishing their clothing!

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Marco Mendez

Production Assistant

So much more than your average PA, Marco can fix literally anything, from a client's car to a leaking building and EVERYTHING in between!

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Mary Kate Kelly

Associate Designer

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Maryelys Martinez

Bookkeeper

When not crunching numbers at the office, Maryelys and her family are at the little league baseball field all year round.

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Michael Kuhn

Senior Production Manager

Events have always been in Michael’s blood.  As a child, he decorated his bedroom for every holiday, even St. Patrick’s Day (with lots of green shamrocks)!

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Natividad Gutierrez

Studio Supervisor

A jack of all trades, Naty often functions as the office nurse having been formally trained in Mexico.

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Ralph Perfetto

Technical Coordinator

Ralph’s pride and joy craft project was an LED-wired Iron Man gauntlet. It was “invincible” enough to survive a college Halloween party - but couldn’t handle Ralph waving goodbye to a friend.

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Sarah Bacharach

Floral & Styling Coordinator

Sarah comes to event design from a background in performing arts where she developed, among other things, a spot-on Britney Spears impression.

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Scott Sanders

Technical Director

Scott's childhood dream was to become an astronaut until he surpassed the maximum height restriction at age 13.

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Susie Montagna

Floral & Creative Styling Director

A creative mastermind down to every detail, Susie is known for styling stunning vignettes, capturing the most exquisite photographs, and creating the most beautiful salads at the lunch table.

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Tom Houston

Technical Designer

Tom once had to collect chunks of mud and straw which fell off an Anselm Kiefer painting that he helped install. The Artist's Assistant assured him, "Oh, this happens all the time."