Creative Producers Group


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Keith Alper

CEO & Executive Producer
"Engaged employees outperform others by more than 20% in productivity and profitability. I love helping clients engage their people."

Our fearless leader who started it all back in the rockin’ 1980s, Keith has over 30 years of expertise in marketing, communications, event production, entertainment and strategic leadership. He has produced special events, meetings, video and major entertainment projects across the U.S. and internationally. Keith runs the agency while also continuing his love for producing large-scale projects. He also serves as a high-level strategist, innovator and board member for countless other companies, non-profits and charitable endeavors.

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Steve Friedman

"I love the creative process – taking a blank piece of paper and turning it into something that connects with an audience."

Steve is co-founder of Creative Producers Group and oversees all of the agency’s production and creative operations. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Steve has seen and done it all for countless Fortune 500 brands – from producing concerts for thousands to experiential tours to booking A-list talent to launching Middle Eastern fighter jets to meetings in nearly every major hotel in the country. Steve has helped shape CPG since our founding and continues to be the intellectual and creative fuel behind many of our projects.

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Fred Bendaña

SVP, Sales & Marketing
"I love bringing new ideas to life with my clients by day and reading stories to my kids at night."

Serving as our chief client advocate and key member of the senior leadership team, Fred oversees new business development, strategy, and brand communications for the agency. With a passion for building brands and authentically connecting people, Fred brings diverse marketing and thought leadership expertise in employee engagement, loyalty marketing, and customer experience solutions across Retail, Lodging, Gaming, CPG, and other people intensive verticals.

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Andrew Deutschmann

VP, Finance & Operations
"I love building--be it constructing a team, a business or a literal building."

As a member of the executive leadership team, Andy focuses his energy on helping fuel growth, promote innovation, and increase productivity across the agency. In his role he oversees operations, finance, information technology, human resources, legal, and administrative services. Andy’s agency experience and blend of skills enable him to function in both strategic and executional capacities, with the ultimate aim of serving as a problem solver and steward of progress.

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Neale Rebman

Director, Events & Entertainment
"I love making clients look good with a flawless project."

We lean on Neale to do everything, literally. After more than 20 years with the agency, she has produced, managed, budgeted, booked, negotiated, planned and executed nearly anything you can think of in the experiential and live event business. Her attention to detail and organizational skills make her an invaluable asset who continually rocks clients’ worlds.

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Matt Glarner

Creative Director
"I love bringing stories to life, bringing life to stories, and ofttimes, doing both at once."

Matt's been telling compelling stories for over 20 years as a Writer, Producer, Creative Director and leader. Starting young, Matt was raised in the wilds of Chicago marketing, and in his varied career, he's written and produced award-winning content for some of the world's largest and most beloved brands. Matt's a compulsive creator who brings unique perspective, fresh energy and boundless curiosity to every project.

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Gary Damian

Director of Creative Resources
"I love discovering new technologies and ways to apply them."

With over 20 years of experience in the creative development, digital media and events industry, Gary brings passion and enthusiasm for his work, and remains constantly focused on emerging technologies that better meet the needs of our clients. He manages a team of designers and developers who produce an array of digital content for projects.

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Sharon Reus

Director of Client Experiences
"I love collaborating with clients and the CPG team to create experiences that move and motivate employees, franchisees or customers."

Sharon leads CPG’s team of Account Directors and Experience Producers. An accomplished producer and creative strategist with more than 25 years of experience, Sharon has led creative and production teams to produce large-scale meetings and projects for clients such as AB-Inbev, Ford Motor Company, Monsanto and Sherwin-Williams. Sharon is passionate about using strategic content to engage, inform and move audiences, with a unique ability to grasp big-picture business objectives while remaining focused on the details that make a good experience great. She brings that same passion to leadership of the Experience Team, supporting account directors and producers in creating high-quality experiences that exceed customers’ expectations.

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