Ward & Ames Special Events is a National Emmy Award-winning full-service special events and video production firm headquartered in Houston, TX. Since its inception in 1982, the Ward & Ames team has garnered respect as one of the most creative and innovative event planning and production companies in the country whose strength is in the ability to design and create singular, flawless events and videos that continually exceed clients’ expectations.

Ward & Ames counts philanthropic organizations, corporations, government leaders and national associations among their many clients. In addition to corporate and philanthropic events, our production team specializes in ceremonial, experiential and sports related events.

We augment our projects with carefully selected exceptional contractors for each needed specialty. In the implementation phase we master-coordinate logistics between the venue and all the selected contractors through detailed organization and efficient time management on behalf of the client. We plan and manage all aspects of each event so that the myriad of participants also experience the remarkable productions for which Ward and Ames is renowned.



  • Creative concepts, event theming and strategic planning
  • An integrated approach to event design, management, and production
  • Specialization in Pageantry, Opening/Closing Ceremonies, and Final Banquets
  • Site and venue research, survey, selection and coordination
  • Event layout, design, and logistics coordination
  • Entertainment, celebrity/speaker procurement, production and direction
  • Creation and production of scenic and set designs and CAD diagrams
  • Coordination of protectees, dignitaries and VIPs
  • Sub-contractor and vendor selection and management
  • Food & beverage design and implementation
  • Logo design, graphics concepts, branding, invitation/program design and coordination of production
  • In-house video conception, story-boarding, filming and post-production
  • Sound & light design for live and televised events
  • Design and management of audio-visual production, services, and direction
  • Design, coordination and implementation of décor, musical and theatrical entertainment, scenic elements, special effects
  • Event budget consultation, construction, and management
  • Adherence to national and international protocol requirements with coordination of VIPs and dignitaries
  • Coordination and implementation of event security including USSS
  • Event photography and management of media and press needs
  • Coordination of labor requirements
  • Development of production installation and de-installation timelines
  • Ancillary materials development emphasizing the theme and guest experience
  • Management of Run Of Show, Program Timelines, Stage
  • Management · Coordination of Volunteers, Transportation, and Housing Needs
  • Adherence to City and State codes
  • Parking and Transportation Logistics
  • Emergency Contingency Planning
  • Assistance in Fundraising and Sponsorship-related cultivation
  • Invitation design, programs, and other event-specific materials