Cathy Hofknecht, managing partner

Cathy Hofknecht

Cathy Hofknecht

founder & managing partner

With over 30 years of experience in technology, marketing and design, Cathy understands the challenges of building brand awareness and developing innovative marketing campaigns that support company's goals. She held a variety of leadership positions at Agfa and GretagMacbeth. Later, as Vice President of Marketing at Geomagic, Cathy focused on getting maximum exposure for the company’s 3D software products.

Cathy started Neu Concepts in 2010, with a vision of collaborating with her clients to create thoughtful brand engagements that inspire, engage and delight with each and every interaction.

Rudy Hofknecht, managing partner

Rudy Hofknecht

Rudy Hofknecht

managing partner

With over 30 years of experience in exhibit industry, Rudy has been involved in all aspects of the business, including account and project management, booth design, site supervision, I&D, shop management, booth fabrication and cabinet making.

Throughout his career, Rudy has worked with numerous accounts, both large and small including Panasonic, Sirius Satellite Radio, Fujinon and Konica. He’s traveled around the country and across the globe to ensure his client’s events come together seamlessly. Rudy takes great pride in his attention to detail, his responsiveness and anticipating the needs of his clients.

Brittany Pelegrino, director of creative and account services

Brittany Pelegrino

Brittany Pelegrino

managing partner

Brittany is an alumnus of the University of Mount Olive. A member of the women’s basketball team, she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English communications. During her 11 years with Neu Concepts, Brittany has been instrumental in helping to establish the company as a full-service design and build firm that can take ideas from concept to reality. Brittany is involved in all aspects of the business, ensuring that every detail is attended to throughout the process.

Brittany loves all things design, photography and is passionate about finding creative solutions that will help clients connect with their audience.

Kelly Mooney Brown, senior account manager

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

manager, account services

Kelly is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and an alumna of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. At UNH, Kelly was a member of the women’s soccer team where she was voted captain her senior year. Her experience in project management is reflected in her attention to detail and her attitude towards building meaningful client relationships to ensure their vision is executed professionally and with ease.

Kelly loves to travel and learn about different types of cultures all over the world. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, trying local restaurants, and reading mysteries.

Kendra Niederkorn, art director

Kendra Niederkorn

Kendra Niederkorn

art director

Kendra is an alumnus of Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Fibers. Kendra has over seven years of experience in design with a portfolio that includes web design, textiles, graphic design and more.

Kendra lives in Durham with her husband and her rescue dog named Pasta. In her free time, Kendra enjoys cooking vegetarian dishes, listening to podcasts, and reading.

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell

creative services project manager

Elizabeth is a graduate from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Strategy. With over 6 years of experience planning and producing events, her can do attitude and adaptable mindset ensure smooth execution and great results. Elizabeth manages projects across our different departments to identify the best solutions for our clients and bring their brands to life.

In her free time, you can find Elizabeth embarking on an outdoor adventure, catching a sunset, or attending concerts and events in the area.

Frank Pray, shop foreman

Frank Pray

Frank Pray

production manager

Frank comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the exhibit and signage industry. His extensive experience allows him to make critical decisions that are important to the integrity of your project so that not only do they function as designed, but also are a joy to put together. Nothing thrills him more than a challenging project or a problem to be solved. He takes pride in putting 110% into everything he does and enjoys seeing all the completed details.

Frank is a native of Connecticut and moved here to be closer to family. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 boys. He also enjoys learning new technologies and reading a good book.

Helen Knepper, accounting manager

Helen Knepper

Helen Knepper

accounting manager

Helen has her Bachelor’s from the University of Mississippi and Masters in International Business from the Cologne Business School. She has recently returned to the States after five years working and studying in the UK and Germany. She comes to Neu Concepts with a passion for small businesses and their unique place in building communities.

In her spare time, she enjoys adventures with international travel or relaxing at home, needlepointing and visiting with friends.

Daniel Oeland, Designer

Daniel Oeland

Daniel Oeland

designer

Danny is a recent Raleigh transplant hailing from Washington, D.C. and alum of James Madison University’s budding industrial design program. During his time in school, he grew as a multidisciplinary creative and lived in the design studio and fabrication lab. Danny loves the deep satisfaction that comes with working with his hands, and embodies the creative-meets-craftsman mission of Neu Concepts. When he’s not supporting the production team with his detail-oriented approach to design and CAD expertise, he’s in the shop bringing designs to life.

After hours, you can find him home brewing his own beer, shooting film photos, or exploring the great mountain biking trails in the area.

Brendan Lough

Brendan Lough

associate project manager

Brendan is an alumnus of Appalachian State University, graduating with a degree in Art Education. While at App State, he was a member of the football team and spent the rest of his time in and out of various art studios. After graduating he pursued a career in education as a middle school art teacher, coach, and Athletic Director before joining us here at Neu Concepts.

In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, art projects and playing video games.

Leah Gates

Leah Gates

account manager

Leah is a 2021 graduate of UNC Wilmington where she studied business administration with a concentration in finance. She is a native of the Durham, NC area and is excited to be returning to the community. Leah developed a passion for building customer relationships at a young age while working in her father’s small business. Her methodical, detail-oriented approach ensures that the big picture comes together seamlessly.

When she is off the clock, she enjoys taking trips to the beach, cooking, and helping out on her family’s farm.

Nick Hofknecht

Nick Hofknecht

account manager

A recent New York City transplant, Nick joins the Neu Concepts teams after 16 years in the service industry leading various teams all throughout New York. A graduate from Queensborough Community College with a degree in business management, Nick is passionate about growing relationships and customer satisfaction.

During his off hours, he enjoys being outdoors, sporting events and spending time with family.

Felicia Kelly

Felicia Kelly

senior account manager

Felicia is a recent Washington D.C. transplant and Chicago native, coming to Neu Concepts with more than 15 years of experience in project management. Her expertise in planning special events, conferences, and meetings on a local and global scale has allowed her to join our team with a unique perspective for building relationships. Felicia is passionate about conceptualizing new ideas, creating memorable experiences, and problem solving.
Natiaya Neal

Natiaya Neal

Natiaya Neal

account manager

Natiaya is a North Carolina native and alumna of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An accomplished project manager, Natiaya has more than 20 years of experience with fast-paced, high volume and large-scale events. Natiaya’s passion and commitment to building stronger brands and creating captivating experiences for trade show exhibitors makes her an invaluable asset to her clients.

When she is off the clock, Natiaya enjoys spending time with her family and singing in a family gospel band, traveling, reading and enjoying time with her lovable dog Arlo!

Julie Mignerey

Julie Mignerey

business development manager

Julie has been responsible for global business development in the marketing, events, and hospitality sectors for over 20 years. She is an avid networker and strategic sales professional that has found her passion for connecting with others while cultivating authentic relationships. Julie is excited to be an extension of your brand to grow consumer awareness and loyalty.

The lines between her business and personal life overlap due to the genuine relationships she has built with clients as well as her love for participating in events, festivals, and unique experiences. A Midwesterner at heart, Julie and her family have resided in Atlanta for the past 17 years.