About

Dufour & Co Productions specializes in creating memorable guest experiences demanding exceptional execution and impact. Dufour & Co Productions turned the innate creativity of our President & CEO, Philip Dufour into a successful business.  Philip's business was born from the inspiration of his work in the United States government and the non-profit sector plus his own entrepreneurial spirit.  With a keen eye for design and a well-honed sense of organization and creative problem solving, Philip has developed one of the most innovative event production firms in the country.  Our business model is designed to be adaptable to our clients, allowing us to build the best team possible to produce each event while keeping overhead costs low.  This model has helped us deliver high impact results to our clients for events of every scale and budget; including message building events like Taste America for the James Beard Foundation, brand promoting community relations events sponsored by Target held on the National Mall and official government events such as the inaugurations of Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Our team has an exemplary reputation and unparalleled experience producing high profile events across the country.  We have created signature events for major media organizations including "The Hero Summit" for Newsweek Daily Beast, which implemented a unique program design, convening high profile speakers across sectors; bringing together Secretary Madeleine Albright and Bono on the same stage to discuss common issues.  

We are also skilled at navigating the complex bureaucracy of producing events in our Nation's Capital and producing public events with a personal touch. Our reputation is one of innovation, integrity and excellence and our style is to go above and beyond; not only are we capable, but we are professional and fully committed to each and every event we produce.  From complex productions like the DC Mayor's Arts Awards, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition, and the White House Summit on Early Education to intimate convenings such as Education Reform Now's Camp Philos and Gehl Institute's ActUrban, we recognize the value of bringing people together.  We believe that events are not just events; they are opportunities to communicate a specific, important message.

Our events always reflect the client’s individuality and personal style, and we work hard to develop a collaborative operation that is seamless on all fronts.

THE DUFOUR TEAM

 

A diverse team of some of the most highly regarded and experienced professionals in the event industry.  With more than 35 years of combined experience, we have executed events at the highest levels in the nation's capital and around the world. 

 

Philip Dufour, President & Creative Director

Philip Dufour has brought together more than thirty years of comprehensive event management and production, corporate relations, sponsorship, and government affairs experience and his signature style to create Washington's premiere event production firm, Dufour & Co Productions.

Prior to creating Dufour & Co, Philip co-founded the J Street Group, LLC in 2005. This followed his tenure as director of development and events for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he led a 10+ person staff in creating, planning, and managing high-visibility development events that raised more than $8 million annually, attracted major celebrities, and garnered extensive media coverage.  

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Patricia Anderson, executive producer & Chief Operating officer

Throughout her career, Patricia has brought her diverse skill set to the education, politics and events industries in various roles including advancing the Vice President of the United States, teaching law and government to high school students in urban settings, and running a small non-profit. At Dufour, Patricia brings her attention to detail and extensive management experience to a diverse portfolio of clients including the National Endowment for the Arts, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Comcast NBC Universal and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  

She holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Secondary Education and a Masters in Public Administration from American University.


James Day, Senior Producer

James Day (JD) has been producing high quality events across media platforms, providing representation for leading political figures, cities, corporations and not for profit organizations over the last two decades. James' multitude of talents has allowed him to successfully mix the worlds of politics, business and entertainment. As a recognized expert in production and logistical preparations, James has helped plan and manage aspects of numerous national political conventions, visits of foreign dignitaries and has coordinated various elements of large international gatherings. Recently, James produced the "World Peace" public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the West Front of the US Capitol which saw over 35,000 people attend and was also a part of the production team for the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

JD is a proud graduate of Morehouse College.


MEGAN FINNEGAN, SENIOR PRODUCER

Megan Finnegan comes to Dufour & Co with nearly two decades of experience in the event industry.  Beginning her career with a local Destination Management Company, she produced many large-scale corporate events at various venues and outdoor spaces in the DC area.  Her love of food and eye for design inspired a career change that brought her to Washington’s top off-premise caterer.  While there, she created events for corporate, government, social, and wedding clients for up to 5000 guests.   Understanding the guest experience was not only about the catering, Megan often managed all aspects of the event for her clients.  The knowledge gained during her years of full service catering gave her the skills and experience in implementing details that Dufour & Co is known for and so it was a natural transition for her to join the Dufour team. 

Megan is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland.


LAURA HIMELSON, SENIOR PRODUCER

Laura joined the Dufour team on the West Coast after gaining 15 years of experience in the hotel industry at five-star properties including the St. Regis Monarch Beach and Montage Laguna Beach, where she was known for her expertise in conference and event management for high-profile clientele.  Her path to the industry was an unconventional one; Laura graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in Biology, specializing in Marine Sciences. She then worked as a teacher/naturalist organizing and leading trips for school children into the wilderness for rock climbing, kayaking, and snorkeling.  Event planning and attention to detail had always been a passion, so she turned it into a career in hotels planning large scale events, conferences and meetings, where she met the Dufour & Co team and a great partnership was born.  Laura has also served the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run and co-founded the Environmental Impact Committee at Montage, where she was instrumental in implementing sustainability practices across the brand.


KATHRYN HURST, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Kathryn joined the Dufour team as an intern in 2017, and joined the team full time in 2018. While an undergraduate at The George Washington University, Kathryn completed internships with a range of disciplines, from a local knitwear company to the U.S. Department of State. These experiences, combined with her attention to detail and degree in International Business, allowed her to transition easily to the broad diversity of Dufour’s client roster. Kathryn’s kind spirit, strong work ethic and boundless curiosity make her an asset to the Dufour team, where her daily tasks include guest list management, venue searches, marketing, and scheduling for the President & Creative Director.  She is a native of Alabama.


Kathryn Kenney, Production Coordinator

Katie has been organizing and managing events with Dufour & Co. for the past three years, joining the team as an intern and taking on a permanent position following her graduation from The George Washington University. She has worked with non-profits, government agencies, and various corporations to ensure the smooth operations of all events. Her creativity, organization, and strong communication skills have enabled Katie to successfully plan and assist in events for clients such as USAID, Comcast NBC Universal and MSNBC. Throughout her time at Dufour, Katie has managed guest lists, travel itineraries, venue and hotel searches, promotional products, and day-of event coordination. Katie recently brought her tireless work ethic to Dufour's work with Target on the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Nate Rohnke, Director of Production

Nate Rohnke has more than 10 years of production experience in the live music, corporate and non-profit spaces. He started in the industry at his local theater at age 17. Over the course of his career he has worked on more than 3500 projects. For the past 6 years Nate has managed technical production in a 650,000 square foot museum in the heart of Washington, D.C., working with high profile clients including Sony Pictures, Google, Red Bull and Bloomberg.

Nate brings critical technical and logistical experience to Dufour & Co. having overseen events in multiple venues including the National Mall, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and local Washington, DC theaters and hotels.