From the impassioned fingertips of a composer and pianist to the meticulous precision required of a master production specialist, Danny Ward is the epitome of excellence in both fields. As the helmsman of Ward & Ames Special Events, Inc., Danny directs the day-to-day operational aspects of the firm and is the quintessential go-to-guy and managing director for the company’s most complex projects. His dedication, attention to detail, and inexhaustible drive are the catalysts for attaining the level of perfection he strives to achieve for Ward & Ames clients.
Danny’s accomplished and extensive personal knowledge of the performance and concert industry needs, and its vagaries, gives him a unique advantage in the requisites of managing and producing Special Events. He can integrate both worlds and translates the most complex jargon into precise terminology for loyal clients who have entrusted their events to the company for over 35 years. He has produced and directed events for 5 American Presidents and innumerable Foreign Leaders, Dignitaries, Governors and Mayors as well as many iconic talents such as Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Bernadette Peters, Shirley McClain, The Beach Boys, Santana, Momix, Audra McDonald, Placido Domingo /Linda Ronstadt, Yo Yo Ma, Lady Gaga, and too many other performing artists to name.
Ward & Ames Special Events, Inc. is the combination of Danny Ward’s directional acumen and Nancy Ames’ incredible flair for creating masterpieces of dramatic design and excellence. Along with the talented Ward & Ames staff and planning team, the firm has attained an enviable position in producing of some of the most high profile events throughout the country and abroad since 1982. As a virtual pioneer in the special events field, Ward & Ames is acknowledged as one of the industry’s most respected event planning, management, and production firms. The proof is evident, not only on the company’s website, www.wardandames.com, but also because they enjoy a retained status with the majority of their clients.
Outside of work, Danny is a master vegetable gardener and has won first place in every tomato contest he’s ever entered. As a lauded wine collector, he was inducted into La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin at the Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy, France in 1989. Many of Ward & Ames’ clients rely on his and Nancy’s expertise in the culinary arts when selecting menus and accompanying wines for their events. Like Nancy, Danny is involved with a multitude of charitable organizations, associations, and boards and regularly donates his time to worthwhile causes and philanthropic endeavors throughout the country.