What's in a name...

Some businesses just sprout up. True for Ampa also, but when it started to click in the 90's, a great deal of thought went into what we wanted to be.  The amphitheater in classical Greece was a feature of life for entertainment, celebration, politics, and oration.  All productions were offered manually with traditional theatrical techniques.  Artisans working with their hands, creating, providing solutions with a traditional theatrical approach, that’s us.  Ampa, a complete source of production services and equipment for entertaining, to support a message, branding, to heighten awareness of a causes, gathering people for purpose and fun.

History

For nearly 30 years, Ted Rubis has played a role in life’s most poignant moments. The first dance between a new husband and wife. Friends reuniting to share decades-old memories. A political hopeful launching a career. Colleagues uniting toward a shared mission. Volunteers raising money for a cause dear to their hearts. Through it all, Ampa has relied on service as a founding principle: working with you to pinpoint needs  and  then delivering solutions to meet them.

Ted Rubis launched Ampa in 1985 as an entertainment-booking agency, building on his experiences with special events and his affinity for bringing people together. Responding to demand, Ampa expanded its services becoming more than a resource for entertainment and party planning. Ampa became a trusted event producer. By the 1990s the company offered complete designs including construction of stage sets, custom props and scenery, was invested in a warehouse full of lighting, rigging and audiovisual effects and developed a staggering inventory of theme decor. More importantly, we built a team… a team of creative theater professionals and artisans who know how to pull all the parts together, at any budget, to serve client’s needs.  Ampa can dazzle a large audience, bring crowds to their feet or discreetly fade into the background for those special moments... 

As a Virginia-based company, Ampa serves local, regional, and national clients. Hire Ampa and you are hiring a direct source of equipment, technical, and design services - a masterful company to orchestrate a total solutions or serve a specific need. Let us help you start celebrating, commemorating, and bringing people together. 

What we do...

What makes Ampa stand out:  skilled staff, inventory, efficiencies and flexibility.  Ampa is equally able to orchestrate a total solution or provide one item of the event, tailoring our services to clients needs.  With all the equipment, services and personnel under one roof, at any budget, Ampa seeks to exceed client's expectations.

Skill Set

  • Lighting Design/Rigging
  • Carpentry
  • Technical Building
  • Materials Analysis
  • Scenic Painting
  • Web Design
  • Hard Coat Technique
  • Directing
  • Meeting Planning
  • Scripting
  • Prop Shop
  • Seamstress
  • Event Management
  • Technical Directors
  • Production Scheduling
  • Trade Show Services
  • Audio/Visual
  • Prop & Stage Design
  • Artistry
  • Foam Carving
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Integration
  • Custom Gobo Design
  • Production Technology
  • Wiring
  • CAD Design Renderings
  • CAD Design Shop Projects
  • Meeting & Event Directors
  • Pre-production Services
  • Extreme Attractions
  • Games
  • Soft Goods

Team

Ted Rubis

Ted Rubis

President
Stephanie Rubis

Stephanie Rubis

Vice President
Cyril Suaris

Cyril Suaris

Art Director
Lou Maceda

Lou Maceda

Office Manager
Sandy Crowe

Sandy Crowe

Bookkeeper
Elizabeth Ringas

Elizabeth Ringas

Senior Sales Manager
Olivia Spear

Olivia Spear

Event Specialist
Izzy Kainz

Izzy Kainz

Sales Associate
Mina Raychouni

Mina Raychouni

Sales Associate
James Meekins

James Meekins

Lead Graphic Designer
Kristi Kim

Kristi Kim

Graphic Designer
Chris Mollen

Chris Mollen

Master Carpenter
Tripp Marcus

Tripp Marcus

Theatre Technician
Chris Gangloff

Chris Gangloff

Event Technician

Clients

Reviews

Ampa Reviews

by Emily Skoronski on Blank Business Name
Casino Themed Christmas

"It was a real hit.""Liked the way the room was setup and staff was wonderful."

by Amber Wilkins on Blank Business Name
Blue Ridge School

Was way happy with the design, looked great and fit the "Under the Sea theme".

by Kathryn Carney on Blank Business Name

AMPA was very flexible when we needed to add to or change our order, and delivery and pickup went very smoothly. I especially loved the Finland benches. Thank you to Olivia, Lou, and Ted who all helped our team find the pieces that were right for our event. We were happy to be repeat customers!

by Sharon on Blank Business Name
Westfields Marriott

Was so pleased with the Tornadoes and the bar – "EXCELLENT DÉCOR" Appreciated all the work that AMPA did and received great customer feedback. Also, Sharon was pleased with the AMPA employees who set up the event.

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Contact

Careers

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CANDIDATES:

Thank you for your interest in Ampa Events. So that we may evaluate you effectively, please proceed with the following:

  • Review Ampa's website and completely familiarize yourself with our company, its products and services.
  • Review the job description of interest below.
  • Determine if you have the required experience first.
  • Send a cover letter clearly indicating which position you are interested in and why?
  • Email resume and cover letter to info@ampaevents.com. Please include position title you are applying for in the subject line of email.

MARKETS:

Opportunities available in DC, Baltimore, Virginia, and Maryland. Ampa provides variety of event production services for corporate, non-profits, universities, worthy causes, gala, social, government and political clients. Our geographic coverages is primarily the mid-Atlantic states/east coast, and as a touring production company National meeting and Marketing Tours.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted; 75 lbs. with handcarts, etc.  All positions at Ampa require some physical activity
  • Able to work work: weekends and holidays and in all conditions - weather, indoors or out; travel and overnights are required
  • Good general academic skills: math, english, spelling, typing and possess good computer skills - Mac preferred
  • Take responsibility and initiative
  • Good verbal skills, good people skills in person and via phone
  • Well groomed and presentable for business meetings as well as site work

Although all of these skills are not required for employment, possessing as many as possible will facilitate your success with Ampa resulting in a more rewarding career and high job satisfaction.

Current Openings

Meeting Planner

Ampa Events, a full service event production and design company, is seeking an outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic, and experienced Meeting Planner to perform the backbone of the customer service program. The perfect candidate will administer services to multiple clients simultaneously. This position is organized under the sales department and includes planning and administrative support accordingly.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists President with sales activities
  • New sales and business development
  • Customer Service
  • Provides administrative support
  • Assists with client events as needed
  • Make arrangements for clients
  • Order elements as needed for events
  • Negotiate Contracts
  • Work with venues & hotels
  • Travel & DMC Services as needed

Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self motivated
  • Multitasker
  • Solid administrative and communication skills
  • Computer savvy, Mac proficiency a plus!
  • Strong desire and ability to work as part of a fun and creative team in a fast paced small office environment
  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 lbs
Rental Manager

We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-starter with a passion for exceptional customer service to oversee and manage rental inquiries while actively taking steps to increase the visibility of our rental business.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, have a desire to be an overachiever and be passionate about providing great customer service throughout the sales and booking process.  Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail are also required.

Responsibilities:

  • Answer calls and assist customers as primary point of contact for inbound customer rental inquiries.
  • Acquire and maintain knowledge of existing and continuously changing rental inventory and their applications.
  • Communicate accurate and knowledgeable information about our rental inventory to clients and prospective clients.
  • Develop a genuine understanding of each customer's needs and recommend total solutions to match services that best suit a customer's needs and budget.
  • Provide excellent customer service throughout the sales and booking process.
  • Collaborate with the sales team and other team members as needed to fulfill customer requests.
  • Initiate follow-up with clients to confirm event details.
  • Participate in learning and training opportunities as appropriate to continuously build customer service and sales knowledge, skills, and abilities to position you for advancement opportunities within the company.
  • Attend trade shows and other industry-related events as needed to increase company visibility and build relations.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma and one year of customer service experience or successful telephone sales experience.  A college degree is preferred but not required.
  • Outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic personality and attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Sales-driven, self-starter personality and motivated to achieve and exceed daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong computer skills.  Mac OS experience preferred.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 lbs.
  • Desire to learn the event production industry and willingness to build additional skills to position you for advancement opportunities within the company.
Entry Level Sales

Are you a creative, confident, fun, and outgoing person? Are you passionate about serving clients and delivering exceptional customer service?

Ampa Events is a full service production and event planning company. We are looking for qualified candidates to join our sales team and promote our services in the Virginia, Washington DC, and Baltimore markets.

Successful candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must enjoy talking with people. The ability to be flexible and adapt to ever-changing client needs is required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Initiate contact with clients from a variety of industries and markets to promote Ampa Events
  • production and event planning services.
  • Develop creative solutions that meet client event planning needs and budgets.
  • Research products and pricing as needed to complete client proposals.
  • Assist creative team with event planning as needed.
  • Facilitate, fabricate, order, and/or manage supplies and labor as needed to execute client events.
  • Must be able to attend client events as needed to assist with design installation as appropriate.
  • Evening and weekend availability for event attendance as needed is required.

Required skills/qualifications:

  • Outgoing, friendly personality with successful telephone communication skills.
  • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible to meet client needs.
  • A willingness to learn about the company and how to promote our services.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise internal and external communications. 5. Working knowledge of Mac OS.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 lbs.

Send cover letter and resume in PDF format with ENTRY LEVEL SALES in the subject line of your email. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is an hourly-based pay position with commission eligibility for paid sales contracts. www.ampaevents.com

Experienced Sales Richmond

Are you a creative, confident, fun, and outgoing person? Are you passionate about serving clients and delivering exceptional customer service? Ampa Events is a full-service event design and production company. We provide exceptional service to our clients to help plan and produce galas, weddings, school events, corporate events, and so much more!

Potential candidates will have proven contacts and at least two years of successful sales experience in the event or related industries. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential to being a successful candidate. We are looking for qualified candidates to join our sales team and promote our services in the Richmond market area.

Responsibilities include:

  • Sell total solutions including lighting, stage sets, theme décor, scenery, audio visual, centerpieces, and general equipment.
  • Develop new business opportunities with a total solution approach to client event needs with our team and inventory as support.
  • Pursue networking opportunities - develop and maintain professional contacts in the event industry.
  • Work directly with clients to determine and finalize event orders including theme décor, lighting, production services, linens, china or other client needs.
  • Draft proposals and contracts using a sales database system that includes a point and click inventory database.
  • Interact with operational and administrative staff to ensure quality service to clients.
  • Participate and attend industry association events for marketing and business development.
  • Attend client events as needed and/or required by client. Evening and weekend availability for event attendance is required.

Required skills/qualifications:

  • Outgoing, friendly personality with 2+ years demonstrated successful sales experience.
  • Have great relationships and experience with venues and organizations in the Richmond market area.
  • Active in event industry associations.
  • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible to meet client needs.
  • Proven ability to write clear and concise internal and external communications.
  • Working knowledge of Mac OS.
  • Strong computer and social media skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 lbs.

Send resume and cover letter in PDF format with EXPERIENCED SALES EXECUTIVE in the subject line of your email. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.ampaevents.com

Job Type: Full-time

Email resume and cover letter to info@ampaevents.com
. Please include position title you are applying for in the subject line of email.