Stage Design for the Meetings, Events and Broadcast Industry


Steven P. Simmons CMP

Steven has been an Executive Producer in the meetings industry for more than 17 years, and is known throughout the live events industry as the innovator and creator of STAGINGOPTICS.

As a member of Meeting Professionals International and a Certified Meeting Professional, Steven’s aptitude and expertise integrate both the creative and technical sides of the industry.  This enables Steven to bring extensive and comprehensive knowledge to each meeting, event or promotion he produces.

Steven has been called upon to be the Creative Director and Executive Producer for many of the highest profile programs in our industry.  His vast experience includes successfully producing what is believed to be the largest single night charitable event ever.  In addition, he has experience working with the White House, as well as directing Leadership Communications for what was then the largest IPO in history.

He is a Meeting Professionals International 2006 Global Paragon Winner, a 2007 Finalist and 2008 nominee and 2009 Winner, The Robert Bottoms Stage Set Award and 2007 and 2008 Nominee for Event Producer of the Year from Event Solutions Magazine. Most recently, he won a 2010 Special Events Gala Awards for Best Event Produced for a Corporation or Association for his work with the Heinz Company.

Steven has been a featured Speaker at the 2007 Meeting Professionals International’s Professional Education Conference; the 2008 Special Event Conference sponsored by Special Events Magazine, and will speak at the 2010 Special Events Conference.  Steven has also been recognized as a leader in Emergent Technologies by Meeting Professionals International and is a contributing author for Event Solutions Magazine.

Scott Lesher

As one of the principals of OPTICS, Scott has helped create a comprehensive, full service scenic and stage design company that also specializes in the planning, development, coordination and production of large-scale meetings, events, and promotions.

With Scott’s efforts, OPTICS’ customer base continues to grow at a steady rate. Scott has produced meetings and events for many clients including SAE , both International and Detroit Section, the Super Bowl XL Host Committee, General Motors, XM Satellite Radio, The Parade Company, and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.  Having a Project Management background, Scott is able to understand the goals and objectives and customize project flow which achieve the clients desired end results.