OUR MISSION

At Hotopp Associates, we approach the design for all types of projects the same way - as a lead member of a creative team.  Our designers collaborate closely with the entire production staff to deliver the unexpected, the exciting, and the fantastic, centered around the look and feel of the client's brand.  Our tools are digital, but our hearts are analog, resulting in a high-touch aesthetic that brings the best of two worlds together, both on the page and in the finished product.

BLENDING THE DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL WORLDS TOGETHER

At Hotopp, design, digital content, project management, and specialty fabrication are all in house. We also have many long standing vendor partnerships to bring to the table to supplement our own capability. All this gives us the ability to fast track the design, engineering, and fabrication process to create the opportunity for iteration, mock ups, value engineering, and streamlined execution. We have an understanding of industry challenges and look at the entire process holistically before we even begin to "draw pictures." With our in-house capabilities and partnerships, the communication gap is shortened, the time frames needed to solve design challenges are
compressed, and we deliver a more successful outcome.

 

Leadership

 

Gary Wichansky
CEO, Partner

 

Mike Hudson
COO, Partner

 
 
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Carrie Sefcik
Principal 

 
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Larry Brown
Principal

Dan Picard
Principal 

 
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Mike Webb
Head of Fabrication

Hector Caiazza
Principal

 

Cindy Raffety
Accounting Manager

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Josh Halperin
Executive Producer

 

Leah Ruby
HR Manager


 

Associates & Staff

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Abby Sinsheimer
Design Manager

 
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Brian David
Art Director

 
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Elke Schnittker
Designer

 
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Josh Chin
Fabrication Specialist

 
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Lauren Fremgen
Studio Assistant

 
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Paula Wang
Designer

 
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Ryan Hall
Designer

Alyssa Hostetler
Office Assistant

 
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Chelsea Brown
Accounting Clerk

 
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Greg Senner
Technical Producer

 
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Josiah Wood
IT Support Specialist

 
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Mark Schmidt
Drafter

 
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Parmida Ziaei
Designer

 
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Benji Todd
Designer

 
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Christina Fremgen
Designer

 
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Hallie Stern
Senior Project Manager

 
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Julie Bach
Designer

 
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Matt Kent
Director of Business Development

 
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Paul Maupoux
Shop Supervisor/Digital Fabrication Specialist

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Bill Hoffman
Designer

 
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Divya Murthy-Kumar
Designer

 
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Jon Haydock
Freelance Mgr/IT Asset Mgr

 
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Laura Holland
Project Coordinator

 
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Nick Vance
Design Production

 
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Rachel Goldberg
Office Manager

Emmy wins Include:
     Comcast SportsNet - Studio A Redesign - Set Design
     CBS Winter Olympics Studio- Lillehammer Games - Production Design
     CBS Winter Olympics Studio- Lillehammer Games- Art Direction
     CBS Winter Olympics Studio- Nagano Games - Production Design
     CBS Winter Olympics Studio- Nagano Games- Art Direction
     Sports Illustrated Television - 40 for the Ages - Production Design
 

Emmy nominations Include:

     ESPN UEFA Euro 2016 - Set Design/Art Direction
     ESPN Sports Nation - Art Direction
     ESPN Sports Nation - Production Design
     ESPN Summer Xgames - Production Design
     ESPN Summer Xgames - Art Direction
     Liza Minnelli Live From Radio City Music Hall - Art Direction

Hotopp's television credits include production design for major network and cable broadcast outlets (10 Emmy nominations, 5 wins).  Among these are ESPN’s World Cup 2010; SportsNation and Nacion; ESPN Classic; ESPN Sports Center; NFL Prime Monday; and ESPN's 1998 Presidential Town Meeting.  HAL also designed the scenery for the Fox Television network's launch in 1996; MSG Network/CBS Radio's Boomer and Carton Show; NY Times/Discovery Channel’s Political Dish; Golf Channel’s Drive Time; the Paralympics Opening Ceremonies Telecast; various Summer and Winter X-Games (Emmy nominations for Production Design and Art Direction); and The Oprah Winfrey Show.  CBS projects have included Presidential Inaugural Coverage; the Final Four; Eye on Sports; and Sports Control Center, as well as memorable television designs for CBS’s 1998 Winter Olympics coverage in Nagano (winner of two Emmys for Production Design and Art Direction); the CBS Winter Olympics coverage in Lillehammer (winner of two Emmys for Production Design and Art Direction); and the Winter Olympics in Albertville.   Hotopp was also awarded Emmy’s for the Production Design of the NBC broadcast of Sports Illustrated's 40 For the Ages; and the MTV commercial "I Want my MTV" with the iconic Tony Bennett.  Current TV projects include ESPN’s NFL 32 and NBA Studios at the Staples Center, and NHL’s televised draft and All Star game.


Much of the team at Hotopp Associates have their roots in theatrical design.  Together they have created memorable scenic environments for a number of theatrical events and attractions.  These include The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular; The Shoji Tabuchi Show; Enter the Night at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vagas; the Pokemon Live! Tour; Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Show, and the opening of the Animal Kingdom.  Concert events include Mariah Carey's Butterfly tour (as well as the corresponding album launch at Chelsea Studios); Simon and Garfunkel’s Concert Event of a Lifetime at the Paramount Theater; A Tribute to Marion Anderson at Aaron Davis Hall; and PBS's Liza Minnelli - Live from Radio City Music Hall, which garnered a 1993 Emmy nomination.