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 promotion, marketing, and the administrative operation. In addition, he supervises the company’s charitable contributions and community relations campaigns. 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 world-class event planning and production firm that specializes in staging corporate, association, government, military, non-profit and social functions nationwide.
Jenkins and his firm are a four-time Gala Award nominee and 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 have 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.
In 2020, Jenkins was named as one of the top 500 event professionals in the United States by BizBash Magazine, North America’s #1 source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals.
Jenkins recently served as chair for The Special Event (TSE) Opening Night Party in conjunction with Special Event’s Magazine annual conference and trade show. This showcasing event attracts more than 1,500 event professionals from across the globe.
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 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. Jenkins is a member of the Live Events Coalition, International Festival & Events Association, and has served on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of International Special Events Society (now the International Live Events Association). He is also an event industry lecturer and serves as a guest speaker on many industry topics and has written numerous articles that have been published in special events, meeting planning, public relations, marketing, consumer and media outlets – from print and broadcast to blogs and social media platforms.
For the past 11 years, Jenkins has also served as a guest speaker on event planning at a California State University/Long Beach marketing class.