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Houston Event Production & Convention Services | Staff

Inexperienced, amateur event planners can cost you money and your reputation. Consider the high-level of knowledge and dedication Phoenix Design can provide you. Don’t let an event plague your company. Let us handle the event planning for you.

Phoenix Design experts will negotiate incredible prices on events both large and small. We will coordinate with the Chamber of Commerce and visitor bureaus to meet your event planning needs including marketing and advertising. Let our staff at Phoenix Design take the reins and plan your next event.

Keith GehbauerKeith Gehbauer


Keith started his career in the event industry seventeen years ago, and it is his fine attention to event detail that has kept his customers coming back year after year. Keith takes pride in every event he works on to make sure that the customer’s vision comes to life. He is The Phoenix Design Group’s fashion show expert – taking any company’s newest line to the catwalk and ensuring that every stitch, button, and sequin as well as the music and Emcee are illuminated with the best lighting, audio-visual equipment, and staging!

Keith is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a native Houstonian. He currently resides in Pearland, Texas with his wife, Sharon and their four children. On a quarterly basis, Keith speaks at the Art Institute of Houston to their fashion show production class.

Charlie LitchfieldCharlie Litchfield


Charlie is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas but moved to Houston in 1978. Upon graduating from The University of Houston, Charlie became a full-time Operations and Show Supervisor for Astroworld, where he gained much of the event production knowledge that he has used over the last 17 years as well as with his clients at The Phoenix Design Group. Charlie’s great attention to event details and logistics as well as his concrete organizational skills guarantee that each event is a great success.

Charlie resides in Sugar Land, Texas with his wife, Stacey. On a regular basis, Charlie participates in Grace Flights in which he flies cancer patients to the cities where they can receive treatment and care. He is also actively involved in charity work for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Michael SvatekMichael Svatek


Mike has been a part of the exciting event industry for 33 years, which started while he attended Dulles High School and continued at the University of Houston where he specialized in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He enjoys being able to work with a diversified group of people to produce an event that everyone will be in “awe” of. Mike’s specialty for events focuses around pyrotechnical special effects, and it is his keen creativity, knowledge and experience with pyrotechnical services that sets him apart from others ensuring that each event goes out with a bang!

Mike resides in Missouri City, Texas with his wife Blanca and their two children, Andrew and Elizabeth. He has a passion for working with kids instilling values in them and encouraging them to follow their dreams. Mike proudly supports and is actively involved with the Fort Bend Junior Service League, the American Cancer Society, and the Impact a Hero organization.


Kris AugustKristen August

Event Supervisor

Kristen August grew up in the Sugar Land area and now resides in Houston, Texas. He received his B.S. in Finance from the Bauer College at the University of Houston, with an emphasis on financial services, risk management and insurance. Kris is an asset to the company providing his leadership skills, and developing teammates to capture the vision of the client and goals of The Phoenix Design Group. He enjoys watching the blank canvas of an empty room transform into a Gala that’s memorable for the attendees.

In his free time, Kris enjoys reading books and works of art that focus on money, leadership, and business. He looks to start a foundation with his three brothers in honor of his mother and deceased father, Bruce August, that mentors young men to lead and excel in life.

Lauren GaspardLauren Gaspard

Convention Services Manager

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Lauren knows that life in the big city has events that are often larger than life! She has been working on events for the last seven years, focusing primarily on Convention Services and Trade Shows. It is her fine attention to detail and her outgoing personality during the event planning process and on the event job-site that keeps her clients satisfied! Lauren makes sure to listen to each customer’s event ideas and combines them with the experience and knowledge of The Phoenix Design Group to make every event the best event.

Lauren graduated from The University of Houston with Cum Laude honors and resides in Missouri City, Texas with her husband, Jason, along with their three dogs. When she is not working on an event, Lauren can be found cooking up new recipes and spending time with friends and family.

Liz TuftsLiz Tufts

Event Supervisor

Liz was born and raised in West Chester, Ohio.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University, go Buckeyes!  While there, she concentrated primarily on theater and performing arts in which she learned much about lighting, staging, and sound.  She brings her creative flair to The Phoenix Design Group and incorporates her talent into planning and producing many types of events.  While corporate events are her main focus, her favorite type of event to produce is a high school prom with the fun themes and youthful energy that they bring.

Liz resides in Missouri City, Texas with her three adorable cats.  When Liz is not working on her latest event, she can be found spending time with friends and family, getting creative with arts and crafts or catching up with her favorite football team, the Steelers!