OUR TEAM

Mark Poncher, Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Mark Poncher

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

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Mark Poncher has spent more than 30 years producing events, creating experiences and managing environments for audiences large and small. He has served as the Executive Producer of the Clinton Global Initiative conferences worldwide since 2006, C40 Annual Meeting in Johannesburg, and the U.S. - Africa Business Forum. Mark was the Business Producer for the ceremonies for 2007 Rio and 2011 Guadalajara Pan and Parapan American Games, Rio Réveillon, and the Cinco De Mayo 150th Anniversary broadcast special.

Mark was Head of Production for the Baku 2015 European Games Ceremonies and the Executive Producer of the 2014 and 2015 Rose Parade Opening and Closing Spectaculars. He produced the Handover Ceremonies for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the Rio 2016 and Istanbul 2020 Olympic Bids. Recently, Mark was the Executive Producer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Chris Wayne, Co-Founder

Chris Wayne

Co-Founder, 1966 - 2019

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Chris was passionate about designing powerful, issue-oriented events. He served as Executive Producer for the Clinton Global Initiative, The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, The Concordia Summit, Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Series, Rio + C40: Mega city Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change, The Clean Energy Summit, The Green Inaugural Ball and the Declare Yourself Inaugural Ball.

Before founding CWA in 2005, Chris served the Clinton administration as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of White House Advance, designing and orchestrating all of the President and First Lady’s events and visual communications, and representing the White House in more than thirty countries around the world. Chris managed all of the campaign media events and rallies as the Director of Advance for the Clinton-Gore ‘96 Presidential Campaign.

Jessica Shippee, Director of Production

Jessica Shippee

Director of Production

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Jessica has spent more than 10 years producing international events. Since 2007, she has served as a producer for the Clinton Global Initiative meetings worldwide. Jessica produced the inaugural 2017 Goalkeepers meeting for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Solve at MIT, the 2015 ANOC Awards Gala and the 2014 and 2015 Rose Parade Opening and Closing Spectaculars. She served as Script Supervisor for the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games Ceremonies, the Rio 2016 and Istanbul 2020 Olympic Bids, and the Opening Ceremony of Sport Accord 2009. During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, she was scriptwriter and supervisor for LiveCity Vancouver.

Danny Huebsch, Technical Director

Danny Huebsch

Technical Director

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Danny has served as Technical Director for hundreds of events spanning 120 countries, with attendance at times in excess of 500,000 people. From rock and roll shows to intimate gatherings of Fortune 100 CEO’s, Danny is a veteran in his field and consistently brings new ideas to event production. Danny is adept at vendor and personnel management, technical design and communications, and venue management, all while focusing on the ultimate attendee experience.

David Hanranhan, Creative Director

David Hanranhan

Creative Director

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A savant at constructing the perfect event narrative, David has conceptualized event presentation strategies, designed special prioritizing software, and created videos and documentaries for clients like the Peterson Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Brookings Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation, among many others. David has worked on thousands of international events since 1975. As Creative Producer of event content, David focuses on attendee perceptions and designs highly crafted presentations that resonate with audiences worldwide.

Sheree Aguirre, Business Manager

Sheree Aguirre

Business Manager

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A talented manager, Sheree has worked on numerous productions worldwide handling contracts, travel, logistics, credentialing and budget management for events including the Cinco De Mayo 150th Anniversary broadcast special, Sochi Olympic Winter Games ceremonies, the 2020 Istanbul Olympic bid, Rose Parade 2014 and 2015 opening spectaculars, C40 Mayors Summit, U.S. Africa Business Forum, Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control, Special Olympics World Games ceremonies, Clinton Global Initiative, Clinton Global Citizen Awards, and the Hult Prize Dinner.

Michael Pace, Producer - Web Developer / Designer

Michael Pace

Producer / Web Developer

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Pacé (which means "peace" in Italian) is an energetic advertising professional having extensive expertise with proven success in multiple digital formats including print, audio/video and interactive. He is a conceptual web developer and designer fluent in online advertising and marketing automation. Michael has had experience handling major brands such as Peak XV, HuffPost, Splunk, AARP, ON24, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Universal, HBO, Newline, PlayStation and SONY.

Jacob Magnin, Technical Production Manager

Jacob Magnin

Technical Production Manager

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Jacob is a meticulous technical production manager with experience in both technical event production and business management. He was the technical production manager for the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment event that took over the Paramount Studios backlot to introduce students to entertainment career paths. Jacob was also the technical production manager for HuffPost’s 2018 Listen to America Tour, which traveled to more than seven cities across the western half holding community forums of the United States ahead of the midterm elections.

Catherine McComb

Catherine McComb

Associate Producer

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Catherine “Cat” McComb comes to Peak XV with over 13 years of experience working with all of the major studios in the Motion Picture industry. She has expertise in all facets of production management including hiring, scheduling, budgeting, logistics, travel, and talent relations. Most recently, Cat served as a Production Manager on the Peak XV-produced “Above the Noise Recovery Fest 2018” in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for more than 10,000 attendees. Cat has the skills and temperament to handle the most difficult situations and personalities.

JB Wilhelm, Associate Producer

JB Wilhelm

Associate Producer

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A former prosecutor, JB is a powerhouse who brings charm, wit and a strong work ethic to Peak XV. Recently, JB was the Associate Producer for Above the Noise Recovery Fest 2018, responsible for coordinating more than 75 non-profit exhibitors and the build out of an artist compound and green rooms. JB served as Associate Producer for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s US 2050 meeting where she managed the attendee experience from check in to departure.

Kate Cowgill, Associate Producer

Kate Cowgill

Associate Producer

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Kate has spent the last 25 years delivering extraordinary experiences for corporate groups in the western United States. With an extensive background in small and large special events, adventure and corporate incentive programs, Kate launched her company, Westcoast Incentives in 2005. Developed as a forward-thinking destination management company, WCI and Kate quickly became known to companies around the world for delivering innovative programs, transportation management, hotel accommodations, creative activities, gala dinners, receptions and meetings for up to 1,900 delegates with seamless execution. Kate has created, produced and delivered programs and events for clients such as a Bentley, Toyota, Honda, CI Investments, Assante, Balreed, Apogee, and DAF Trucks, to name just a few.

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