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 & CEO

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 Washingtonís 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, SENIOR Vice-President/Special Projects

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.


Elissa Bernius, Senior Vice-President/EVENTS

Elissa has significant expertise in planning and implementing all components of a successful event from start to finish. At Dufour, Elissa brings her expertise to clients including Georgetown Pediatrics, Target, and The Phillips Collection, to name a few. Prior to her career in the private sector, Elissa served for six years as an assistant to the Social Secretary in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, where she helped plan and implement special and official events at the Vice President's Residence and at the State Department.

Elissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from New York University.


James Day, Senior Events 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.


Kathryn Kenney, Operations Manager

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.


David Kidney, Vice-President/Protocol & Events

Dave has used his management and organizational skills to assist in the execution of a number of key events including the Georgetown Pediatrics Gala, the National Guard Youth Foundation, the Daily Beast/Newsweek Hero Summit, the National Democratic Institute's Madeleine K. Albright Grant Luncheon, and the White House Correspondents Dinner events. Dave is currently serving as the Protocol and Events Advisor to USAID where he has primary responsibility for the planning and execution of high-level agency events.

Dave holds a Bachelors degree in French for International Trade from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


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.