GREGORY P. JENKINS, APR
FOUNDER AND PARTNER
Gregory P. Jenkins, partner and co-founder of the award-winning Bravo Productions, holds an impressive list of credentials and has earned a high reputation in the field of special events – a career expanding more than three decades.
As partner of Bravo Productions, Jenkins is involved in all aspects of the company’s event productions — from designing the concept and staging the function to overseeing publicity, marketing and the administrative operation. In addition, he supervises the company’s charitable contributions campaign. In 1994, Jenkins was responsible for re-engineering the company whose sole mission was the design and production of Tournament of Roses Parade floats into a successful event planning and production firm that specializes in staging corporate, association, government, military, non-profit and social functions nationwide.
Jenkins and his firm has received prestigious Gala Awards by Special Events Magazine for Best Event Produced for a Corporation – Budget $100,000 to $249,000 and Best Event Design – Budget $20,000. Jenkins and his firm also has received four Esprit Awards and several WESTIE Awards by the International Special Events Society; a Silver Tier Award for Innovation by Corporate EVENT Magazine, as well as PRISM Awards by the Public Relations Society of America, Los Angeles Chapter. Jenkins is also a previous nominee as Samaritan of the Year and a two-time nominee as Event Planner of the Year by Event Solutions Magazine, an international magazine serving the event and meeting industry.
Prior to forming Bravo Productions in 1987, with his business partner, Thomas Neighbors, Jenkins served as public relations director for Festival Artists, where he supervised Tournament of Roses Parade publicity, special events, community relations and promotions for the company and its clients.
Previously, Jenkins served as account executive/client services coordinator with a a Los Angeles-based public relations firm. Prior to moving west, Jenkins served four years as marketing research manager for the Metropolitan Detroit Convention & Visitor Bureau.
Jenkins holds a master’s degree in organizational communications and a bachelor’s degree in advertising, both from Michigan State University.
A Long Beach resident, Jenkins is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and served on the board of directors for the Los Angeles chapter for four years. He also holds membership in the International Special Events Society (ISES), which he is a former board member of the ISES, Los Angeles Chapter. Jenkins is also a lecturer on event industry topics and has written numerous articles that have been published in special events, meeting planning, public relation, marketing, consumer and media outlets – from print and broadcast to blogs and social media platforms.
Jenkins previously served for several years on the editorial advisory board of Event Solutions Magazine.
Thomas (Thom) Neighbors, partner and co-founder of Bravo Productions, oversees the company’s Art Department, including prop production, signage and graphics, miniature models, theatrical sets and scenery, event illustrations and renderings for the commercial production, trade show, film and special event industries.
A noted Southern California artist and designer, Neighbors is also responsible for developing floor plans, blueprints and logistical solutions to support all meetings, conferences and events.
Prior to co-founding Bravo Productions, Neighbors served as art director and general manager for Festival Artists, one of the largest Tournament of Roses Parade Float manufacturers. Neighbors managed the company’s Art and Construction Departments, designed artwork for promotional merchandise, and assisted in designing parade entries for the company’s clients, including Bank of America, American Honda, and Arco.
Previously, Neighbors served for ten years as art director for Fiesta Floats in Temple City, California. Under his direction, the company’s Rose Parade entries received numerous awards for originality, creativity, craftsmanship, and artistic merit. Formerly, Neighbors was a technical illustrator for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach.
A lifelong resident of Long Beach, California, Neighbors majored in art and design at California State University, Long Beach, and Long Beach City College. He has furthered his studies in drafting, and illustrations at the renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and is also an architectural enthusiast.
Neighbors continues to design floats for Rose Parade clients, as well as provides his expertise to numerous organizations and service clubs. In addition, he serves as a consultant and collaborates with clients on commercial displays. In collaboration with Coburn Topiary, Neighbors has designed and produced displays for Disneyland, Disney World, The San Diego Zoo, and theme parks and attractions throughout the United States.