About R&D Events
Having worked in developing and delivering team events for the past seven years with one of America’s most prestigious hotel companies, the founders of R&D Events know how to host activities that get outstanding results – both for the client and for the hotel or destination. The reviews we get are outrageous because the teams have fun, everyone engages, and the activities get results for the client. Our success has been so widespread because we quickly learned that to build great teams you need to take the emphasis off the event itself and place it back on the people that are participating.
Co-founder | Creative Director
The original “Director of Fun”, Geoff received the unofficial title of DoF from one of his mentors during his seven year career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. While serving as the Director of Creative Event Services, people often asked, “why are you always seemingly having so much fun? You should be the Director of Fun!” The name stuck and so did his passion for creating world class events that place an emphasis on having FUN! Today Geoff revels in the challenge of designing new and unique events that continually push the envelope of what people thought was possible within the world of team building. When he isn’t designing new events, Geoff can be found climbing the next +14k mountain on his list or relaxing with his wife and two sons.
Co-founder | Director of Operations
The “D” in R&D Events is known throughout the country for being one of the premier event emcees and quite possibly the easiest going person you will ever meet. His humble roots took shape while growing-up in Northern Wisconsin. JP spent a majority of his summers perfecting his entertaining skills while starring in a local ski show three times a week. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin, JP headed off to the “islands” where he spent the better part of a decade with the world renowned international resort company, Club Med. Following an illustrious career with Club Med, this ex-GO eventually landed in Las Vegas where he teamed-up with Geoff Rhodes at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas. Following a three year stint with Ritz-Carlton, JP and Geoff split-off to form R&D Events and the rest, as they say, is history. When he isn’t exciting crowds or flying around the country, JP can almost always be found ripping-up the slalom course out on Lake Mead with his wife and friends.
Director of Operations | Florida
Having worked around the world for such great hotel and resort companies as The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons, The Peninsula and Club Med, Scott has not only traveled the globe but has established himself as a true professional within the hospitality industry. Primarily working in Sales and the Sports & Recreation field for these successful international companies, Scott has shown a true passion for exceeding client expectations while delivering a high level of spirit, energy and creativity. When he isn’t heading up Operations for the East Coast team, Scott enjoys staying active through a variety of sports, entertainment and, of course, traveling with his wife.
Director of Sales
Brought to you straight from sunny Long Beach, CA is our Director of Sales, Cari Compton. Prior to joining the R&D Events team, Cari was in sales for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in both Las Vegas and Atlanta, Georgia as well as Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Portland, OR. A desire to cultivate relationships, create custom experiences, travel and work with one of the best teams in the world has brought her to the doorstep of R&D Events. When she’s not busy talking with her clients or creating custom teambuilding events, Cari can be found cheering on her Atlanta Braves, attending concerts or hiking through the southwest.
Director of Marketing
Jenny’s first job out of college was as a Mobile Marketing Coordinator for Country Music Television. She traveled to concerts, fairs, and events across the country getting crowds excited for CMT and the artist about to appear on stage. After CMT, the majority of her career was spent at Whole Foods Market as a regional Marketing Manager both in Las Vegas and the Pacific Northwest. She created unique, event-based marketing programs that not only showcased Whole Foods product, but told the story of the brand. Jenny joined R&D in April 2013 as she wholeheartedly believes this is the most FUN, creative, and empowering place to be in her career. When not at work, you can find her walking her two dogs, Babar & Woody, creatively exploring her photography and videography, and cooking with her husband, Anthony.
Director of Fun | Nevada & Florida
Prior to joining R&D Events, Brian served as a teacher and coach for high school students in California where he helped athletes gain the guidance they would need to be successful in their professional athletic endeavors. After a few years in the coaching ranks, Brian decided to take a more adventurous path and joined the world renowned international resort company, Club Med. This would prove to be the catalyst that would launch him into the world of entertainment and introduced him to fellow Directors of Fun, JP and Scott. After nearly ten years with Club Med, Brian left the islands and reconnected with his fellow ex-GO’s at R&D Events where today he serves in every role ranging from emcee to technical director. He believes that life should be fun and teaming up with the crew at R&D Events is a dream come true! At any given time you will find Brian multi tasking between heading up the next Mission: Scavenger Hunt, 5k run, Interactive Game Show and just about anything else that the team can throw at him. Outside of “work” you can find Brian pounding the trails throughout the High Sierra Mountains or competing in a local triathlon.
Director of Fun | Nevada & Florida
When Spalding is in the room, you know it! His energy is infectious and his outgoing personality makes everyone around him want to have FUN! After an illustrious football playing career at Elon University, Spalding set out on a world tour with Club Med Resorts where he grew and improved his emcee and entertainment skills working in live shows each and every night. His travel with Club Med introduced him to eventual co-founder JP and his passion for having fun and exciting the crowd provided him with an easy transition to his new career as a Director of Fun for R&D Events. When he isn’t rocking the mic for R&D Events his love for the community and kids keeps him “entertaining” students in the classroom were he currently serves as a substitute teacher in Las Vegas Valley.
Director of Fun
Hailing from the great state of Oregon, “JK” is R&D Events secret weapon who is always willing to travel throughout the country and partner with the team to create over-the-top events. An Arizona State University alumni, JK graduated in the mid-90′s and immediately went to work for Club Med Resorts. Over the next decade he worked as the Director of Sports & Entertainment in France, Morocco, Bahamas, Turk & Caicos, Mexico, and Mauritius Island, where he was primarily focused on developing world class sports & entertainment products for the company. Today JK is a freelance Director of Fun for R&D Events and has hosted everything from Dodgeball Tournaments to The Feud to the world famous Mission: Scavenger Hunts. His attention to detail and ability to provide world class service makes JK a valued member of the R&D Events family and a true asset to have at any event!