Dennis and Eric are social entrepreneurs who have a knack for turning visionary ideas into real, impactful experiences through action and implementation. After meeting in the City of Angels in 2013, Eric and Dennis decided to join creative forces and seek new and challenging opportunities. Their jump into festivals, events and experiences stems from a shared passion for celebrating the arts, cultivating relationships, building communities and bringing people together in Los Angeles and around the world.
Their first foray into festivals was with Night on Broadway (NOB) - an annual celebration of the Bringing Back Broadway economic development initiative, a free arts & music festival planned in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles. They understood the importance of playing a role in the revitalization of the historic district and seized the opportunity. The impact of the festival can be seen in the glittering eyes and smiles of 75,000 people's faces and witnessing Angelenos fall in love with their city all over again.
Not long after their first experience with NOB, Eric teamed up with a group of passionate residents and business owners to bring Downtown LA’s very first LGBT festival to life. They had a huge challenge ahead of them but in 4 months they accomplished more than they could have ever imagined. In its inaugural year, the festival was attended by 10,000 people and awakened a dormant community and established Downtown as a new LGBT mecca. DTLA Proud’s main mission is to celebrate and redefine diversity, and this strongly resonates with Eric and Dennis' passions.
The corporate, startup and non-profit world provided them with a foundation for their venture into social entrepreneurship. Eric is a core team member of the Sixth Street Viaduct Project (picture below). He has an undying passion for iconic infrastructure projects that connect communities and make the world a better place to live. Dennis is grateful to have worked within brilliant eco-systems of philanthropists, scientists, visionaries, community leaders, executives and artists that help build "bridges" and create opportunities for humanity to thrive.