Rick Schneider possesses over 35 years of experience in event production, promotions, media production marketing, advertising, creative writing, and business management. He has lived and worked in Hawaii since 1987.
Completing studies at Hunter College in theater and film, he worked free-lance in the film industry in New York as a writer, producer and director. In 1978 Rick founded his own production company, Fine Tuning Inc., which he ran successfully until his relocation to Hawaii.
His writing and production credits include MTV video pieces for some of the world’s top music acts including The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and Kool and the Gang. Also to his credit are numerous documentaries, industrial films and TV commercials.
Rick relocated to Hawaii in 1987. He established himself as a free-lance writer and public relations and marketing
consultant, producing brochures, advertising, promotional pieces and newsletters for a number of respected local clients.
In 1989 he formed Schneider & Associates, a public relations, marketing and advertising firm. In 1990 he won a Pele award (the Hawaii advertising awards) for a print ad he wrote and produced for the ACLU of Hawaii. In 1991 he worked as the Communications Director for a Honolulu City Council member. In 1994 he conceived and produced From Grass to Glass, a landmark 12,000 square foot museum quality exhibit on architecture in Hawaii for client Gentry Pacific. This exhibit received international acclaim and was named as one of the top 50 moments in Hawaii by Honolulu Magazines 50th anniversary of statehood.
In 1996 Rick began working with David Booth and Events International. The following year they formally joined forces, with Rick merging Schneider & Associates with Events International and assuming a full partnership roll in Events International. Together, David and Rick steadily grew the company. Rick assumed total ownership of the company in 2015.
Rick’s responsibility as President/C.E.O., primary administrator, and lead producer has realized itself in a number of high profile events that have garnered high client praise and critical acclaim. Under his management, the FM100 Birthday Bash grew to be the event with the highest consistent yearly attendance at the Waikiki Shell. Credits have included producing scores of major events, some servicing over 60,000 people with budgets well into 7 figures.
Highlights include:• An event servicing 6,000 people for Toyota International including food and beverage, a full conference, and a concert featuring Aerosmith.
• Numerous events yearly for the NFL’s Pro Bowl including a block party the length of Waikiki servicing over 60,000 people.
• Four week long economic development events in Taiwan and Shanghai for the State of Hawaii DBEDT and HVCB that included Hawaiian entertainment, trade shows, conferences, and business meetings with Hawaii’s Governor and high level Chinese officials that ultimately delivered joint business ventures with Hawaiian and Chinese companies.
• Hawaiian Telcom University, a yearly event for Hawaiian Telcom’s top 400 customers featuring a trade show,
seminars, and a conference highlighting the latest in telecommunications technology.
In 2009 Rick acquired Honolulu Box Office, a full service box office and event registration solution that provides ticketing and admissions solutions for events locally on-line, over the phone, or in person on location. In his time in Hawaii, Rick has involved himself as a member of the community, working with the government, and with various community and charity organizations. He is committed to keeping the aloha spirit alive and making Hawaii a better place to live .
Joshua Nye followed his muse and created a career in festival and box office management from his passion for cinema. After attending college focusing on business, he worked as a Project Manager and Call Center Manager
for AT&T Wireless, and T-Mobile. There he gained valuable experience in Operations, Project Management and Customer Service.
An avid film buff he attended many film festivals and eventually began to work at festivals, initially as a volunteer, then as a paid staff member. His film festival work included stints at the Seattle, Palm Springs, Portland, Seattle Gay and Lesbian, Honolulu Rainbow, and San Diego Film Festivals. In 2009 He became the Festival Manager of the Hawaii International Film Festival and helped build the organization into a respected and vital link between eastern and western cinema. He led the operations team providing support for theater operations, including box office, volunteers, and house management.
Josh gained valuable experience in box office operations and on-line ticketing software. He has worked with
many software platforms and created many computer based box office solutions. He wrote and adapted software to fully automate the Hawaii International Film Festival’s ticketing and membership operations and continues to provide that service to the festival through Honolulu Box Office
Josh joined Honolulu Box Office in 2007 as a ticketeer. He quickly moved through the ranks and when the company changed ownership he was offered an equity share in the business and the role of C.E.O. Since 2012 he has lead the Honolulu Box Office team in web design, box office services, and software management, specializing in event management and coordination.