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XLIVE Annual Conference & Expo
MGM Grand
Las Vegas, NV
November 17-20, 2019

Jess Stephens

Chief Strategic Officer
Group R1


Jess Stephens started his career at The Walt Disney Company where he spent his first 11 years. He was trained in the art of storytelling through multi-channel communications, product positioning, and Strategic Experience Design. His work as a Producer/Imagineer at the Disney organization has given him strong foundational strategies that he still uses today. Jess’ career has led through many production opportunities’ of producing TV, Film a Super Bowl XXIX and complex corporate events. Jess joined PSAV in 2006 as Regional Vice President of Hotel Services and was promoted to a role in September 2011 as Vice President of Creative and Digital. Jess was responsible for all aspects of the creative development, technical staging operations and Research and Development. Jess grew the Strategic Creative Experience team from 5 to 72 over the course 10 years and managed revenues over $200 million. Under his production leadership he has acquired 39 Telly’s. Jess is now the Chief Strategic Officer at Group R1 the largest event production provider in South America. He is in charge of the strategic growth and development of Group R1 globally. Jess is also an Executive Producer for Revere Studios on 9 screen plays, 14 television concepts that have received 46 honors and awards. Over the course of his career, Jess has also held positions as Chief Creative Officer at Xclamation Marketing, and notably produced the first HD digital TV national broadcast “John Glenn Returns to Space” for the Harris Corporation.


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