ABOUT 709


The 709 Agency is a collective of live event and touring experts from around the Globe; Our mission is to bring the client’s vision to reality by combining our collaborative creativity with seasoned live event strategy. Founded in July of 2009 in Southlake, Texas (now based in Colorado Springs, CO), The 709 Agency assists in developing, managing and producing live events, whether it’s conferences, music & entertainment tours, product/promotional activations or large corporate events. Our experience is vast, our footprint global, and our team is exceptional. Our client base is diverse, including: music artists, speakers, writers, corporations, and ministries.

The 709 Agency offers a diversity of services, but a very focused approach of unity in design and production. Working with many types of clients on various projects, including technical production, show producing, directing and show management, both on a large and small scale, 709 delivers quality events, domestically and internationally. We take a holistic approach to events, and believe that good event planning starts with relationship, which is most important in developing trust. We believe that trust and relationship is key to building long-term collaborations, partnerships and successful brand experiences.

709 is truly GLocal (think local act global), Operating on 6 continents, our expertise ranges from venue site selection, production and logistics to the careful details of catering, hospitality, transport and security. Whether it’s NYC, Joburg or Seoul, our tribe is capable of working through all of the details, big or small, beginning with research, to creation and execution.

Our Team


Our team is culturally and creatively distinct. We hail from around the world, varied backgrounds and pedigrees, however our goal is all the same; produce perfection. We are a blend of young and “veteran”, with a collective experience that rivals any other production house in the world. We are family. Spend some time getting to know our team.


David Todd

David Todd

Managing Director / Exec Producer

For 20 years, David has been involved in the touring and live entertainment industry. He’s starred in many roles from the merch table, guitar tech, playing guitar, tour manager and manager. Experience is key.

In 2009, David launched The 709 Agency, focusing on artist management, live events and touring. Since this time, he’s managed several successful artists, designed tours and produced more than 100 live events in over 25 countries.

David is a now a seasoned global live-event producer, designing projects for clients and leading a team of highly skilled production experts. His breadth of experience in the industry allows for a strong understanding and creative perspective.

He is multi-lingual, speaking and/or understanding many languages including German, Russian and French.

David is a native of Alabama, but lives in Colorado with his wife and son. He is an avid skier, golfer, traveler, hunter and “wanna-be” Master Chef.

Follow David on Instagram.com/davidgtodd



Chris Reynolds

Chris Reynolds

Production Manager in Charge

Chris Reynolds has one of the longest and most extensive resumes in the concert touring industry, with over 40 years of experience at the highest level with some of the world’s best known artists.

He started in the audio engineering field, and moved into Tour and Production Management, after a few years with a major concert Promoter in London running tours all over Europe.

Chris has been part of the design team on many tours, and solely responsible for Production Design on many others. Some of his clients include the Scorpions, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, Prince, Drake and Jennifer Lopez to name just a very few.

In the last few years Chris has been more involved in the corporate event side of things, and has helped produce events for the NFL, Celebrity Fight Night, a touring arena horse show, the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and a stadium opera production of Puccini’s Turandot. For the last 2 years he has been almost exclusively involved in the production and design of WorldVentures events all over the world.

Chris has a hard-earned breadth of experience second to none, having intimate knowledge of most territories anyone has ever put shows into, and some others besides. His wealth of knowledge of global logistics and efficient practice with all aspects of event production is exhaustive, and his instinctive grasp of how best to handle the challenges inherent in this enterprise is equally impressive.

Chris is a mix of English and Australian heritage, but has lived for many years in his beloved desert just outside Tucson, Arizona. He speaks English and French fluently, with very good German, and a basic understanding of a few other languages too.

Stephen Varugheci

Stephen Varughese

Associate Producer / Technical Director

15 years in live events / entertainment / Touring

Highlights
Production Manager – Joel Osteen Ministries / Lakewood Church
Production Manager – Nights of Hope/America’s Night of Hope
Production Manager – Megafest
Extensive Broadcast Experience on dozens of live and recorded projects.
Technical Production – VEVO
Production Manager – Live Album Recordings (resume available on request)
Multi-lingual


Ian Digance

Ian “Spider” Digance

Australia / NZ producer

Ian “ Spider” Digance resume is one to be envious of. Spider, as he’s lovingly called, has over 35 years of professional global experience in live music industry, including a diverse range of critically acclaimed productions, from stadium and arena spectaculars to intimate theatre productions. Specific expertise in the management and execution of live concert touring, with entertainment and event projects involving multiple stakeholders.

Spider’s work includes Tour management for Bands such as Deep Purple, INXS, JWM, CMM. Production Management Joe Cocker, Micheal Coppel and many more. He’s also a promoter rep for Live nation and TEG Live.

Ian currently resides in Melbourne Australia and enjoys time with his family when he’s not on live event.

Gerrard Foster

Carestone “Stone” Louw

African Production Coordinator / Associate Producer

Carestone “Stone” Louw, Founder and MD of Excellence Entertainment, born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth started his company in 2014; He immediately became a relentless optimist who believes there is no failure, only feedback.

Innovator and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in Sound Technology & Lighting, PR & Promotions, Events Logistics and Entertainment. Effective communicator and motivator who identifies and leverages assets in teammates to reach organizational goals.

Initiator and problem-solver using creativity, resourcefulness, and assets to break down and overcome organizational obstacles

The services rendered and work done, includes: Corporates such as; Pacinamix corporate 2018, Multichoice corporate 2018, Leadership 2020 5 years (ongoing) and Universal music. Government Entities such as the ANC, Arts & Culture & Gautrain. Religious Groups such as AOG and NBCFC, National Clients such as; Project Fable, Tutone Communications and KLM Publicity. Internationally partnering with 709 agency for 5 years, started 2019 and have worked with Cre8 International 2018.

Our track record of competitive pricing and uncompromising, excellent service has opened doors to various blue-chip companies, event organizers and tertiary institutions.

Stone enjoys spending time with his wife, Alareez, his family and making all of his friends laugh and enjoy life to its fullest.


Max Jantasuwan

Max Jantasuwan

Asian Coordinator / Associate Producer

Max Boontawee Jantasuwan is a dynamic young entrepreneur and progressive business thought leader whose passion for the business events industry fueled his success since embarking his events and hospitality career over
15 years ago.

He is now the Owner and Founding CEO of successful event and destination management company, Events Travel Asia Group headquartered in Thailand. ETA is a partner with 709 in Asia and helps to produce several events per year in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and many other places. ETA provides both production and logistical support across Asia in the form of transport, security, venue procurement and much more.

Max’s hands-on approach to the business cultivated his strength in implementing strategies that allowed his business to continue thriving despite the challenges faced by Thailand and the region over the past few years. Max is known for his ability to bridge cultural differences and infuse a collaborative approach into meetings and incentive programs the company manages.

Max serves as the chairperson for the marketing committee at TICA (Thailand Incentive and Convention Association) as it is one of the many ways, he contributes to the industry he cares very much for. It is through his humility and spirit of excellence that earned him the well-deserved respect from industry peers as well as the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations) Young Professional Award in 2017.

Max resides in Bangkok and Chiang Mai with his partner Ritz.


Tenia Padila

Ténia Padilla

Event Coordinator / Team Logistics

Tenia Padilla is a production and logistics coordinator. She has a very wide-ranging experience with many artists and organizations. Tenia is an expert in transportation, hotels, and logistical matters for global events.

Tenia has worked and continues to work with many clients including WWE, Double Tree Hotels, T Row Price, WorldVentures, Kanye West, Alice Cooper and many more.

Tenia helps clients stay extremely organized with their event logistics and hospitality. You can expect 100% transparency, a devoted work ethic and attention to detail.

Tenia is from the heartland in Omaha, NE, is a dog lover, avid concert goer. She’s lived in 4 time zones in the US and travels around the globe with 709 Agency.


Ben Walls

Ben Walls

Event Production Coordinator

Ben has been working in Live Events industry for the last 12 years. He began as a show producer & Audio Engineer, producing concerts and college festivals. Shortly after he began Tour Managing artists, he moved to Nashville where he continued to Tour Manage music artists and worked for an Aware Records. He has since moved to the west coast and taken his career to new heights working.

Ben recently fished working as the Production Coordinator on Kendrick Lamar’s “The DAMN Tour” and has also worked various festivals and awards shows such as the Grammys, The BET Music Awards and Lollapalooza, for artist like Rihanna, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Nick Jonas, and Tyler, The Creator.

The diversity in style and level of clients that Ben has worked with make him key to solving problems on the spot. He partnered with the 709 Agency 3 years ago.

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Sean Smith

Global Safety/Security Director

Smith is an expert in site surveys, security logistic planning and implementation for large scale events, conferences and personal protection movements. He has worked with an array of government organizations including local, federal and international agencies. While training at the prestigious “Blackwater” Academy, a private military company founded by former Navy Seal Erik Prince. Smith developed numerous contacts both in country and abroad.

Smith has been responsible for events in Nairobi Kenya that had an attendance of over 500,000 people in Uhuru Parks. He’s’ also implemented the security logistics for “MegaFest” in Johannesburg South Africa. Partnering with National and State police, Smith’s understanding of international dynamics ensures events have the proper security platform.

Mr. Smith is responsible for building an accountable security-conscious culture within any organization or event. Sean also handles the development of a secure and safe infrastructure built on quality standards and effective operational procedures that help to blend Contracted Armed Security with In-house Safety Personnel at large corporations.

Smith has also held many positions in his 25 years of expert experience, including law enforcement, dynamic prison entry, physical security consultations, and community policing that allows Smith to partner with local communities and implement teams within that community. This fosters good will and allows local manpower to stimulate and govern their peers.

Sean resides in Dallas, TX


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Alex NG

Asian Production Manager

Alex Ng is a live event specialist based in Hong Kong, providing consultancy, production support, technical expertise and creative services. Alex has proven herself as a brand-builder, successfully facilitating several “home-grown” HK brands and continues to do so, empowering people’s and company’s ideas, to help turn those into live events.

With over 26 years in the business, Alex has worked with countless artists and events overseeing production and logistics. Alex primarily focusses on large, live music productions, however has also produced high-end fashion shows, sporting and corporate shows.

Alex’s client list is a who’s who of artists and events. To name a few – Live Nation Events, AEG, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Metallica, Coldplay, Cirque Du Soleil, Ultra Music Festival and much more.

Alex has worked across the globe, however specializes in Asian events, and works regularly in HK, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Malaysia. She’s also worked many times in the UK and Australia.

Alex speaks both English and Cantonese, and holds a EU and HK passport.

Alex Enjoys organic gardening, cooking and traveling.


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Frank Abromeit

Europe Partner Producer

Frank Abromeit started his first engagement on tour 1985 and soon after worked for various well decorated artists and promoter in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK.
His work experience for touring productions includes Production Management, Tour Management, Site Co-ordination and Tour Accounting.

Touring nationally, continentally and globally well served his love for travelling the world and experiencing the diversity of people and cultures.

With the turn of the millennium International Exhibitions, Corporate Events as well as Major International Sport Events gained in importance for him.
His degree in General Management laid the foundation for Project Management positions for technical service suppliers at Opening & Closing Ceremonies and local committees at the Olympic Games in Torino, Vancouver, London and Rio as well as at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the Asian Games in Korea, the Football World Cup in Germany and the European Football Championships in France.

Frank has a naturally talent to organise and plan complex and time sensitive operations, loves working with multi-cultural teams and accomplish corporate goals as a shared experience. During his assignments he was able to demonstrate how to use cultural diversity within the team and the geographical environment in advantage of the outcome of the project.

Frank was borne and raised in Germany but lived the world for most of his live and since 2002 operates out of Switzerland. His mother tongue is German but equally good communicates in English. Living in the bilingual part of Switzerland enhanced his knowledge of the French language, as did two years of touring with an Italian artist with his knowledge of Italian.


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Jerald McBride

Event Production Assist / Coordinator

Jerald McBride is a Detroit native, and Founder of AdWater Media – a full-service, Detroit-based creative agency that specializes in promoting large-scale entertainment events and experiential marketing.

With nearly two decades of marketing and promotions experience, McBride has worked for and with some of the most prominent individuals and organizations in various industries. His client roster includes the likes of T.D. Jakes, Live Nation, FELA the Musical, Detroit Institute of Arts, Boston Public Schools, Consumers Energy, Sony Pictures, Toyota and more.

McBride’s foundation in strategy paired with keen cultural awareness has guided concept development, marketing strategy, and creative direction for several highly successful campaigns.