Adams & Associates, INC.
Adams & Associates, Inc. (A&A) is a premier event design and production company. With an international reputation for dramatic technical and creative presentation, our team has flawlessly executed projects for Fortune 500 companies, global entertainers, and major trade associations for over 30 years, throughout the world.
We address all components of major events in a highly coordinated and efficient manner. From initial concept to show look, pre-production, production and broadcast, our focus is always on the client’s objectives. Whether supporting a simple workshop environment or staging a complex multi-country keynote and product roll-out, we view every project as a unique opportunity to express key messages with consistency, passion, and cost-effectiveness.
Although A&A owns and employs some of the most sophisticated technical systems in the world, we know the finest equipment is only as good as the operators behind it. Our crews are comprised of the most experienced and skilled personnel in the business, each chosen for specific roles and responsibilities. Our reputation for flawless execution has made us a consistent choice for many of the world’s highest-profile CEO’s.
Built on a foundation of cutting-edge technology, show management, and customer service, we seamlessly integrate creative development, video and multi-media production, and visual design. The result is dramatic, strategically effective theater, staged with impeccable attention to detail.
A&A has produced countless events at locations across the globe.
Meet The Team
STEPH ADAMS, CEO & EXECUTIVE PRODUCEr
With thousands of events and locations worldwide under his belt, Steph is an industry leader in staging and production. He has witnessed many key moments in tech history, and has presented them to the world.With a degree in broadcasting, he began his career decades ago in rock ‘n’ roll and satellite communication. Despite his broad experience in entertainment, Steph’s corporate friends continuously called on him to run their events. He subsequently refocused on what he calls corporate theater, and that was the beginning of over 30 years producing large-scale events. In addition to his production and technical expertise, Steph has been very successful in engaging some of the world’s most passionate corporate leaders in close and productive conversations. He naturally and consistently calms the emotionally charged world of corporate presentation. Steph’s genuine and sincere confidence, his “even keel”, is perhaps his greatest production asset.
Working with such visionaries as Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, Steph has led the production for Apple’s most significant events, from the iMac rollout in 1998 to the most recent iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch launches. He has also supported our era’s largest performing artists with all aspects of their production, including venue management, technical support, live video production, large screen support, audio, lighting, staging, and satellite signal distribution. His client list includes Apple, Pixar, Disney, Cisco, Amgen, Grammy Foundation, AT&T, Intel, and HP.
When Steph isn't working, he enjoys spending time in Tahoe with his family skiing and hiking. He also loves to garden and has recently taken up the new adventure of bee keeping.
PATRICK BOYD, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Patrick began his career in technical entertainment as part of the opening crew of Universal Studios Florida in 1989. After five years with USF and as Technical Director of SAK Entertainment in Orlando he left the wilds of central Florida for a new life in New York City. Between 1994 and 2010 Patrick worked first for The Public Theatre / NYSF as a Carpenter and Asst. Prop Master and later as Production Manager and Staff FX Designer for J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn, NY. While with these two companies he had the great pleasure of working with preeminent playwrights, directors, designers, and performers in the most prestigious off-Broadway and Broadway. Patrick has managed projects across the entertainment spectrum from the world of fashion and spectacle for Louis Vuitton’s 150th and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, live and prerecorded television including ABC daytime, NBC’s Today show and Saturday Night Live, and CBS’s Survivor Finales and major corporate product launches for General Motors, Pfizer, Honda, and others. Of the most memorable was being called as Special Effects Advisor for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 2010 Patrick has worked with Steph Adams to produce premier level, internationally recognized product launches and executive support events around the world for Apple Inc. These events have included working with Artists such as Elvis Costello, Coldplay, Nora Jones, & U2 and on projects in Cupertino, San Francisco, New York, UK, Europe, China and Japan.
ROBIN HARRIGAN, PROduction MANAGER
Robin began her production career in visual effects at Boss Film Studios in
Los Angeles where she worked on feature and commercial productions. After freelancing around LA, she headed back to her native San Francisco Bay Area to take on production work on commercial and feature projects like, The Rock, Copycat, Nash Bridges, Antz, Shrek and the Riverwalk Jazz Radio Series.
Robin joined Adams & Associates in 2011 and plays a key role in helping to manage all A&A productions, from planning through event completion and budget reconciliation. Her well-rounded background serves her well in the Project Manager role. Part planner and part doer - Robin takes a hands-on approach, going above and beyond to make sure that our Clients are always number one.
When away from the office, she enjoys all the SF bay has to offer, taking in the Sonoma Coast beaches and live dance and theater productions when possible. She also enjoys photography and is a committed volunteer in both the arts and community events around Sonoma County.
James Hunting, Technical Production/Drawing Management
James and Patrick used to blow up cars together back in their days as special effects coordinators in New York City. Moving west in 2015, James joined the A&A team as a trusted member of the production department who could be counted on in the demanding and constantly changing environment of event management. When not onsite facilitating successful events, James coordinates A&A’s extensive preproduction drafting and graphical communication process between all departments. He works closely with A&A’s industry renowned designers and technicians overlaying all the plans to get the big picture and then zooming in to confirm the fine details.
In his spare time, James enjoys long walks on the beach... and hiking.
Rosa Chastney, project manager/Office manager
With a strong background in documentary and film production, Rosa joined the Adams & Associates' team and discovered her passion for event production. For the past two decades, she has managed projects for A&A's high tech clients from NeXT and SGI to Cisco and Apple. She has handled logistics and budgets for a multitude of events ranging from simple presentations to large-scale tradeshows, keynotes, and product launches. She also serves as the company's office manager/anchor woman, handling administrative procedures and providing consistent and thorough support on all fronts.
In her spare time, Rosa can be found hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her dog Ida or fly fishing at Webber Lake in the Sierras.
LINDSAY HUBACKER, PROJECT MANAGER
Lindsay provides all aspects of project support with an emphasis on budget management and crew logistics. She is responsible for the facilitation of crew communications during both pre- and post- show production. In addition, she provides on-site support and personnel staff management for our projects both big and small. Lindsay has been a project manager with Adams & Associates for over 8 years.
When Lindsay isn’t working you can find her enjoying an array of adventures with her husband and adorable 2 yr. old son, Hudson. Depending on the season you can find them camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding or tracking down as many “Can Man’s” (Garbage Trucks) as they can.
Kristi Schuetz, Project Manager
Kristi has a degree in Cinema production and Screenwriting from San Francisco State University. She started her career in production as a camera op and video editor at TRI Studios, working for Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and producing live and pre-recorded concerts for the web. This job gave her the opportunity to work with many Bay Area music legends such as Sammy Hagar, Carlos Santana, and Journey. After getting a taste for live production, she was hooked. In 2013 she transitioned into the role of project manager at Adams & Associates. No longer behind a camera, she manages each project with great care from pre-production to post, focusing on budgets, logistics, and client communication, as well as providing on site support.
When not at work, Kristi can be found spending time with her family and friends. She loves writing, reading, and has a great love of the cinema. She and her husband are also leaders in their church and devote much of their time to serving the youth of the community.
North Bay Production Manager / Equipment Rentals
Ryan joined our team in 2011 to head up our North Bay Live Event & Rentals division. Coming from a sales and customer service background, he really enjoys working with our North Bay clients to help them successfully manage their events from pre-production through final invoice. Additionally, Ryan has owned his own mobile DJ / MC entertainment business for over 20 years now, handling a wide range of event types, from weddings to corporate to fundraisers and more. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, whether out and about with friends or just hanging out at home watching TV and snuggling with their dog and two cats.
Kirk Nystrom, Warehouse/Equipment Manager
Kirk Nystrom has been the Warehouse and Equipment Manager at Adams & Associates for the past 12 years. As a spry, young 20 year old, he spent the late 80’s and 90’s on a rock & roll tour bus working as a backline technician and stage manager. He toured with such acts as, Social Distortion, Rancid, Neil Young, Vain and 4 Non Blondes. Kirk loves the challenge of taking an empty room or stage, building it, aiming for a flawless show, then tearing it all down.
Kirk loves his wife and 2 Boston Terriers, going to Warriors games, Sharks Games, A’s and Giants Games. He also enjoys playing drums, and has a huge love of music from The Rolling Stones to The Ramones.
Doug Neville, Equipment Manager
Doug is an Equipment Manager at Adams & Associates. He is also a well rounded A/V Technician. He started working in Audio/ Visual in 1992 when he moved from the Los Angeles area up to Napa, California. He loves the versatility of the business and how every day and every show is different, allowing him to continue to learn the always changing A/V Technologies.
On his days off, Doug enjoys the great outdoors: walking, hiking, camping, swimming, working in the Garden, or sitting on a beach. In the winter he can often be found skiing up at Lake Tahoe.
BARBARA FIELDS, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Barbara was the first full-time employee of Adams & Associates starting in 1990. She has helped make A&A the premier corporate event production company we are today. Barbara handles the corporate accounting side of A&A and is the go to person for internal budgeting and pay practices. She also keeps A&A compliant with all local, state and national agencies. Barbara is a vital component that keeps A&A running smoothly.
When not at work, Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, camping, reading, listening to live music, and enjoying all that Sonoma County has to offer.
ERIC LAPOINTe, PRODUCTION CONTROLLER
Eric tells the story through numbers. With over two decades of television production budgeting, forecasting and accounting experience, he has worked on a variety of series throughout his career. He started in game shows, advancing to overseeing reality programming as Production Controller at New World Entertainment, followed by a 5 year run with the cult sketch comedy hit, MadTV, and in his final decade in the tv industry, he kept the dollars in line for the first eleven seasons of the top rated series American Idol, along with launching the inaugural season of America’s Got Talent.
With the desire for a change of pace, he left Los Angeles and moved to Northern California, applying his years of experience to corporate event production. He continues to paint the picture through concise, easily understood, and accurate reporting, providing the financial information required to make informed creative content decisions.
Eric enjoys spending his free time maintaining his home and property in the woods, cooking, and enjoying a good cigar and whiskey pairing.