Peter Kohlmann, Bio

With more than two decades of event production, neighborhood marketing and place-making, Peter Kohlmann formed PEKO productions in June 2000. His company specializes in developing, producing and managing large scale events, creating marketing strategies and promotional programs and providing strategic planning services for a myriad of clients whose projects require original concepts, creativity and efficient management.

Mr. Kohlmann has an extensive background in public service and has a special interest in using his production skills as a resource in community development and for cause-related projects. He has worked with corporate and not-for-profit companies seeking his help creating and presenting community oriented signature events. He also has vast experience at managing complicated government programs and special projects. In working with clients, the PEKO team is always composed of some of the finest professionals in the business. In recognition of his work, Mr. Kohlmann was inducted into The Biz Bash Hall of Fame in 2004- a national trade organization for event production and marketing.

Among the more notable recent PEKO projects have been: the NY/NJ Super Bowl- Mr. Kohlmann was retained as a senior advisor and producer responsible for planning some of the distinct features of the weeks-long celebration including key initiatives at the NFL's Media Day, a state of the art installation for Super Bowl Boulevard visited by over 250,000 guests as well as a multi–faceted /high end Media Lounge for the 6000 credentialed media; and the executive production of the Celebrate Israel Parade and TV broadcast- the largest event of its kind in the world with over 35,000 participants and special projects for the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway's Tony Awards.

Other memorable projects include: the development and production of the Carnegie Corporations 100k in10 STEP Summits in New York, Chicago and Washington, The New York Times “ Great Read in the Park” - a celebration of books featuring live entertainment and readings attended by over 25,000 guests; in cooperation with the Downtown Brooklyn Alliance, production of the acclaimed art installation designed by artist Paul St. George – The Telectroscope, an interactive transcontinental experience; Save the Children's 75th Anniversary show featuring Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush and the Save Darfur Coalition's concert in Central Park attended by over 25,000 supporters.

PEKO also developed and produced for 10 years one of New York City's largest outdoor winter festivals for the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District attended by over 25,000 people held in more than a dozen venues and also created CultureFest for NYC & Company featuring 100 of the City's major cultural organizations attended by over 30,000 visitors.

PEKO has had the honor of producing and creating some New York City's once in a life time events. For the City's Olympic Bid Committee NYC2012, PEKO coordinated the multifaceted four day visit of the International Olympic Committee and was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar budget and creating an organization of more than 200 staff to facilitate the visit. For the 2004 Republican National Convention-New York City Host Committee PEKO directed the operations, managing a $10 million budget working with a multitude of City agencies, vendors and staff. After 9/11, PEKO produced in cooperation with the Mayor's Office and the U.S. Congress, a Special Commemorative Joint Session of Congress in New York's Federal Hall.

The Back Story

Immediately prior to establishing PEKO Productions, Mr. Kohlmann was the Vice President of Marketing and Special Events for the Times Square Alliance (TSA), the business improvement district that was created by the property owners in Times Square, to improve and enhance this world-famous entertainment district. As one of the founding employees of TSA, Mr. Kohlmann created many of the TSA's signature marketing and promotional programs, events, public relations strategies and tourism initiatives – all of which contributed to the dramatic improvement of the neighborhood. During his tenure, the neighborhood witnessed a dramatic turnaround – which was heralded by The New York Times as “one of the greatest examples of urban reclamation in the world."

While at TSA, Mr. Kohlmann created and produced Times Square's major events including Broadway on Broadway, the annual Broadway music extravaganza attended by more than 50,000 theatre lovers; Taste of Times Square, an outdoor food festival enjoyed by 15,000 people; and of course, New Year's Eve in Times Square, the annual celebration attended by more then 750,000 people and viewed by hundreds of millions of people on television and via the Internet.

Mr. Kohlmann was also Executive Producer and creator of Times Square 2000, which was attended by two million people and viewed by billions on television around the world. The 24-hour $5 million celebration was one of the largest millennium events in the world and was the highlight of his eight-year tenure at TSA.

Prior to joining the BID, Mr. Kohlmann was one of the producers of the 20th Anniversary of Earth Day in New York City. The event, which included a concert in Central Park, was attended by more than one million people. Following the Gulf War in 1991, he produced one of the country's largest welcome home celebrations. Troops from all the allied nations paraded up lower Broadway through tons of ticker tape. For his work, Mr. Kohlmann received a civilian war medal from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. Kohlmann began his career in the first administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch and continued to work for the Mayor in various positions, including Advance Man and Assistant to the Mayor, through 1989. During his association with the City, he was involved in many projects and events and served as the Mayor's liaison to Mother Teresa.

For more information, contact Peter Kohlmann at peter@PEKOcreative.com.