YOU DREAM IT. WE CREATE IT.

We are a team of experienced and creative event professionals who specialize in producing high-quality events that leave a lasting impact on attendees. Our mission is to turn your event vision into a reality by bringing your ideas to life in the most innovative and effective way possible.

We understand that planning and executing an event can be a daunting task. That’s why we take a collaborative approach, working closely with our clients to ensure that every aspect of the event meets their needs and exceeds their expectations. From conception to execution, we are with you every step of the way to make sure that your event is flawless.

Our services include event design and planning, venue selection, logistics management, audio-visual production, lighting and staging, entertainment booking, catering, and more. Whether you are planning a corporate conference, a trade show, a wedding, a fundraising gala, or any other type of event, we have the expertise and resources to make it a success.

We are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies to ensure that we are always providing our clients with the most innovative and effective solutions. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project.

At the heart of Shumaker PDT is a passion for creating unforgettable experiences that bring people together. We believe that events have the power to inspire, educate, and entertain, and we are dedicated to making sure that every event we produce achieves these goals.

Thank you for considering us as your event production partner. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to create a truly unforgettable event.

PLAN | DESIGN | TRANSFORM

Our state-of-the-art multimedia and audiovisual capabilities, custom lighting designs, lounge furniture, fabrics, and decor packages allow us to cater to virtually any event size, type, and theme. Combine our team’s proven expertise with a passionate commitment to customer service, and it’s guaranteed that any event Shumaker touches will be an unforgettable success.

Our Founder

Rodney Shumaker is the founder and owner of Shumaker PDT. For over 15 years Rod has led Shumaker PDT’s initiatives to Plan, Design, and Transform events across the Mid-Atlantic. Along with his talented team, he’s grown the company from a small startup to an award-winning, full-service event production company.

Rod’s interest in event planning and design extends back beyond his company’s founding. While attending high school, Rod became interested in theater and got involved in the technical side of his school’s productions. After graduation he traveled around the country with musician and entertainer John Bressler, assisting with the technical set up and stage design of Bressler’s shows. Rod gained even more experience in the entertainment industry when he was asked to travel with the late Canadian jazz musician Maynard Ferguson and serve as his personal valet.

Eager to establish some roots, Rod returned to Lancaster in 1998. He began working for the Fulton Opera House and Clair Brothers and continued to grow his technical expertise and creative vision over the next five years. In 2003, Rod drew on his industry experience and entrepreneurial spirit to found Shumaker PDT.

Even as a young entrepreneur, Rod’s vision for the company was clear. “When I started the company, I used the word “transform” in the name because while planning and design are critical, the ability to take an ordinary event space and make it magical—make it more than the client actually thinks it can be—is what I wanted Shumaker to do,” says Rod. “I wanted our clients to understand that when they choose Shumaker, they get a visionary company they can trust. My goal is to always exceed expectations.”

Rod and his team meet this goal time and time again. Whether at weddings, corporate or non-profit events, or private parties, Shumaker PDT dazzles clients with technical know-how, creative insights, a commitment to safety, and impeccable planning.

“We think the mark of a great event is when you forget we’re there,” says Rod. “When the audio is perfect, the lighting creates the mood, and your guests are in awe of the experience you created, then we’ve done our job perfectly!”

MEET OUR TEAM

Alex Spencer

Assistant Warehouse Manager

Alex Spencer

Assistant Warehouse Manager

Alex Spencer began working for Shumaker PDT in May of 2012. He has a degree from Millersville University in Applied Engineering and Technology Management and worked in facilities maintenance at Warren Wilson College prior to his employment with Shumaker. “The variable aspects of every job we design and implement guarantees that we do something different each and every day, with tangible and satisfying end-results. The nature of the industry, and my wonderful co-workers, make working here a very rewarding and unique experience.”

Brad Channing

Project Manager

Brad Channing

Project Manager

Brad joined the Shumaker PDT team in October of 2021. He began working in the live event industry while attending Millersville University where he was a scenic carpenter for University Theater and an A/V technician for the technical operations department. After several years of freelancing and working as a scenic carpenter, welder and assistant audio engineer at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA, he took a position at Production Express in York, PA as an audio technician and monitor engineer. Brad has over 20 years of experience in audio engineering, PA system design and installation, wireless mic system design and production management. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Shumaker team many times over the years and I look forward to adding my experience to the team here.”

Brian McKee

Operations Manager

Brian McKee

Operations Manager

Brian has worked for Shumaker for over 15 years. Prior to working at Shumaker PDT, he worked in technical theatre, specializing in lighting and scenic construction. It turns out that theatre and special events have a lot in common so it was an easy transition from plays to events. Away from work, he relishes his family time, enjoys cycling and is always renovating his century-old row home. “I love the variety of projects Shumaker takes on throughout the year. Each job is unique, requiring its own design and presenting its own set of challenges. Figuring out how to transform a space given the constraints of a room is a challenge I particularly enjoy. Inspiring that “wow” reaction in our clients and their guests is a great reward.”

Corey Boughton

Project Manager

Corey Boughton

Project Manager

Corey began work for Shumaker PDT in April 2021. He attended the University of Michigan Flint with a focus in Theatre Design and Management. He later apprenticed at Meadowbrook Theatre with a focus on carpentry and stage operations. Corey has also worked with The Barn Theatre of Michigan, Jenny Wiley Theatre of Kentucky, Apex Touring of Lancaster PA, Porchlight Theatre Of Chicago, and most recently Riverside Theatre of Vero Beach FL. Corey has expertise and experience in lighting design, technical direction, sound design, and is a member of the AEA as a stage manager. “I look forward to learning from an amazing team and great leaders. Shumaker is an amazing work environment of people and friends who strive to make every event special for there is no small event for it is always someone’s Big Day.”

Erin Darby

Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

Erin Darby

Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

Erin started with Shumaker PDT in 2022. Before joining the team, she worked in office administration at the Susquehanna Waldorf School.
“I love working collaboratively with creative people who are passionate about their work, and I am excited to be part of the dynamic team here at Shumaker.”

Heidi Fuerst

Finance Director

Heidi Fuerst

Finance Director

Heidi has worked for Shumaker since 2013. A former CPA, she has a variety of experience including public accounting, hospitality, pharmacy benefit management, and start-ups. “I love the energy of the company and working among creative people who are dedicated to doing their best.”

Jason Konopinski

Marketing Manager

Jason Konopinski

Marketing Manager

Jason joined Shumaker PDT in October 2022 and currently serves as Marketing Manager, bringing fifteen years of digital strategy and business development experience to the organization. Prior to Shumaker, he enjoyed a career as a copywriter and content strategist for hire, working with agencies and B2B and B2C brands both nationally and internationally. His former clients include The Martin Agency, Idea Associates, Cision/Vocus, Converse Digital, Sazerac, Emergent, Sexton Biotechnology – to name a few. An avid film photographer, he’s always chasing light.

“I’m excited about bring my skills and agency perspectives to a premier event design & production firm rooted here in Lancaster, a city I know and love.”

JoAnn Reisinger

Event Designer/ Account Manager

JoAnn Reisinger

Event Designer/ Account Manager

JoAnn has been with the company since 2015. Before joining Shumaker PDT, JoAnn owned and operated her own flower shop. As an award-winning floral designer for more than 30 years, JoAnn has designed flowers for celebrities, ambassadors, and a previous First Lady of the United States. “I love working with the talented professionals on the Shumaker team. Each team member is an expert in their field, and they are always willing to share their knowledge and educate other team members. What they create as a collaborative team is astounding. I also value how community-minded each person is. Being an active part of the Lancaster community is a priority for each staff member.”

Sierra Shaub

Event Designer/Account Manager

Sierra Shaub

Event Designer/Account Manager

Sierra joined Shumaker in October 2022 with a dual degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Communications and Writing.

Her professional career started in operational events at the Lancaster Marriott, before moving to Riverdale Manor to serve as Wedding Sales Coordinator. Just prior to joining the team at Shumaker, she served as food and beverage manager at Wyndham Hotel and Resort.

“I look forward to further expanding my knowledge in planning and designing events to make a positive impact in the community. The team at Shumaker is incredible and I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Matt Jurgensen

Production Technician

Matt Jurgensen

Production Technician

Matt started working full-time for Shumaker in 2022 after being a freelance technician for the previous four years. He is currently a part-time student at Millersville University, soon to graduate with a degree in Entertainment Technology. Matt has a background in photography and videography giving him acute attention to detail and design. “I enjoy creating something from nothing, building it from the ground up and turning an idea into an experience.”

Mikey Felder

Associate Project Manager

Mikey Felder

Associate Project Manager

Mikey had been with Shumaker since June 2021. Having recently graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Entertainment Technology, Mikey is excited to help create those magical moments that Shumaker provides. “With my background being in theatre, I have experience in transforming a bare stage into a production that’s worth going to. I am excited to translate those skills into creating new and jaw-dropping events with a team that I love to work with.”

Sean Hammond

Warehouse Manager

Sean Hammond

Warehouse Manager

Sean has been with Shumaker for over five years. Before that Sean worked as a roadie for a band and toured the world with them. Sean is a problem solver who focuses his time on Shumaker’s design-and-build needs. His organizational skills are a great asset in keeping the Shumaker warehouse in top shape. “I enjoy the flexibility and camaraderie at Shumaker. You don’t see that in a lot of companies. Everyone works together and helps out where help is needed.”

Zach  Jantzi

Associate Project Manager

Zach  Jantzi

Associate Project Manager

Zach started with Shumaker PDT as a freelancer in the spring of 2018. He has a background in web development and marketing. “Coming from a vastly different field means that every day is an opportunity to learn. I enjoy the camaraderie and challenges each day brings.”