Russ McGillivray President/CEO From creating start-ups in new markets to providing senior-level leadership at a billion-dollar company, Russ boasts a wealth of business experience and expertise that guide him as he leads this award-winning team of professionals in producing exciting exhibits. Because Russ believes each project and each client is unique, he places a high value on listening to client needs and designing a custom plan for value-added services and strategies. 

Russ McGillivray
President/CEO

From creating start-ups in new markets to providing senior-level leadership at a billion-dollar company, Russ boasts a wealth of business experience and expertise that guide him as he leads this award-winning team of professionals in producing exciting exhibits. Because Russ believes each project and each client is unique, he places a high value on listening to client needs and designing a custom plan for value-added services and strategies. 

Fred Paris Chief Operating Officer/Principal As COO, Fred directs the strategic development, operations, and financial focus at Formations. A veteran expert with over 20 years of hands-on management experience, Fred is an insightful business strategist with an established leadership track record in film production, media, finance, and general contracting industries. He has worked in project management, channel sales, business development, and strategic alliances for companies including CBS Broadcasting, Merrill Lynch, and Pavilion Development. 

Fred Paris
Chief Operating Officer/Principal

As COO, Fred directs the strategic development, operations, and financial focus at Formations. A veteran expert with over 20 years of hands-on management experience, Fred is an insightful business strategist with an established leadership track record in film production, media, finance, and general contracting industries. He has worked in project management, channel sales, business development, and strategic alliances for companies including CBS Broadcasting, Merrill Lynch, and Pavilion Development. 

Stephen State  Director of Design/Senior Exhibit Designer Stephen has been an essential member of the Formations team for over 20 years and has had a hand in nearly every company project. The one responsible for overseeing all design drawings, shop drawings, and graphic elements, Stephen brings an eagle eye for the little details, ensuring that each exhibit is of the highest quality. Just as importantly, he brings an engaging sense of humor and a belief in open communication, which means the entire process—from design to final production—will be a smooth, enjoyable journey for every client. 

Stephen State 
Director of Design/Senior Exhibit Designer

Stephen has been an essential member of the Formations team for over 20 years and has had a hand in nearly every company project. The one responsible for overseeing all design drawings, shop drawings, and graphic elements, Stephen brings an eagle eye for the little details, ensuring that each exhibit is of the highest quality. Just as importantly, he brings an engaging sense of humor and a belief in open communication, which means the entire process—from design to final production—will be a smooth, enjoyable journey for every client. 

 
Phil Buettner  General Manager In the machine of Formations, Phil keeps the cogs turning. As general manager, he is in charge of making sure each project stays on budget and on schedule. With nearly 20 years at the company, Phil is the go-to guy for many of the questions that arise during each project’s design. Phil’s vast experience and expertise in quality control help him tackle challenges of any size. And if he doesn’t know the answer off the top of his head, he’ll use his interdepartmental communication skills to find an answer.

Phil Buettner 
General Manager

In the machine of Formations, Phil keeps the cogs turning. As general manager, he is in charge of making sure each project stays on budget and on schedule. With nearly 20 years at the company, Phil is the go-to guy for many of the questions that arise during each project’s design. Phil’s vast experience and expertise in quality control help him tackle challenges of any size. And if he doesn’t know the answer off the top of his head, he’ll use his interdepartmental communication skills to find an answer.

Jeff Dowell Graphic Studio Manager In order to lead the graphics department, Jeff wears many hats— graphic artist, storyteller, and, sometimes, clairvoyant. Jeff has an uncanny ability—aided by decades of design experience—to design the look and feel each client wants, even when the client isn’t yet sure what that is. Along with a team of adept graphic designers, Jeff creates easy-to-read, attractive graphics that tell each client’s story and engages visitors of all backgrounds and interests.

Jeff Dowell
Graphic Studio Manager

In order to lead the graphics department, Jeff wears many hats— graphic artist, storyteller, and, sometimes, clairvoyant. Jeff has an uncanny ability—aided by decades of design experience—to design the look and feel each client wants, even when the client isn’t yet sure what that is. Along with a team of adept graphic designers, Jeff creates easy-to-read, attractive graphics that tell each client’s story and engages visitors of all backgrounds and interests.

David Hancock  Senior Project Manager David knows that, without precise attention to detail and flawless execution, even the best designed project can quickly run amuck. That’s why he uses his 25 years of experience in project management, fabrication, and installation to ensure quality control in all Formations projects. Working closely with Formations personnel and subcontractors, David ensures timely deliverables, maintains schedules, and enforces budgets to make sure every project is a success.

David Hancock 
Senior Project Manager

David knows that, without precise attention to detail and flawless execution, even the best designed project can quickly run amuck. That’s why he uses his 25 years of experience in project management, fabrication, and installation to ensure quality control in all Formations projects. Working closely with Formations personnel and subcontractors, David ensures timely deliverables, maintains schedules, and enforces budgets to make sure every project is a success.

 
Cary Jentzsch  Office/Accounting Manager Cary manages accounting, human resources, and all other administrative functions for Formations. With over twenty years of accounting experience, Cary has an in-depth knowledge of administration through all stages of a project, making him a highly valued member of the Formations team.

Cary Jentzsch 
Office/Accounting Manager

Cary manages accounting, human resources, and all other administrative functions for Formations. With over twenty years of accounting experience, Cary has an in-depth knowledge of administration through all stages of a project, making him a highly valued member of the Formations team.

Chris Williams AV Hardware Specialist Chris has over 25 years of experience in audiovisual, computer, and specialty electronics components, including former positions at leading national museums of science and industry. This background has given him the know-how to bring together the right balance of technology to fit each project’s needs and design objects, producing exhibits that are cutting edge and long-lasting, no matter the project.

Chris Williams
AV Hardware Specialist

Chris has over 25 years of experience in audiovisual, computer, and specialty electronics components, including former positions at leading national museums of science and industry. This background has given him the know-how to bring together the right balance of technology to fit each project’s needs and design objects, producing exhibits that are cutting edge and long-lasting, no matter the project.