creating meaningful experiences.
It’s about creating value and helping you connect with your audience.
At Neu Concepts, our top priority is to deliver web sites, exhibit experiences and marketing programs that consistently meet and exceed your expectations. We understand that it’s not about simply creating a beautiful design. It’s about delivering solutions that will help you grow your business.
We start by identifying the response you want to get from your prospects and customers. Next we focus on creative design solutions that will convey your message and engage your audience. Lastly, we are perfectionists when it comes to execution. In web design, this translates into making sure we have the right development resources for the job. In exhibit fabrication, it means combining fine craftsmanship with the need for easy assembly and shipping.
founder & managing partner
Cathy Hofknechtfounder & managing partner
With over 30 years of experience in technology, marketing and design, Cathy understands the challenges of building brand awareness and developing innovative websites that scale with her clients needs.
She began her career selling personal computers, before moving into marketing in the digital imaging industry. 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, focusing on website design and development with the goal of delivering solutions to her clients that could grow and evolve with their businesses.
Rudy Hofknechtmanaging 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.
director of business development
Ryan Mitcheltreedirector of business development
Ryan has more than 15 years of leadership, design and production experience gained through studies at Oregon State University, the Los Angeles Film Program, his service with the United States Marines and his time at Neu Concepts.
Ryan is actively involved with helping local start-ups to Fortune 500 companies continue to increase their brand presence in the market place through innovative design and marketing solutions.
director of creative and account services
Brittany Pelegrinodirector of creative and account services
Brittany is an alumnus of the University of Mount Olive where she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English communications. At Mount Olive, Brittany was a member of the women’s basketball team, co-founder and co-editor of the school’s e-publication, The Trojan Times, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and active participant in the honors program.
Brittany loves all things design, photography and web development. She is passionate about finding creative solutions that will help clients connect with their audience.
director of operations
Kregg Stephensondirector of operations
With nearly 10 years of experience in the exhibit industry, Kregg excels in engineering finished products from conceptual designs. Striving for perfection and paying close attention to detail are some of the trademarks of his work.
An alumnus of Appalachian State University, Kregg studied industrial drafting and design. He is highly skilled in creating 3D CAD drawings and easy-to-follow setup instructions for his clients. Whether translating a conceptual design for a simple kiosk or a large scale custom exhibit, Kregg is an innovative problem solver, designing solutions that are both functional and aesthetically engaging.
Chris Stretchaccount manager
Chris joined the Neu Concepts team as one of Neu Concepts’ first account managers. With more than 10 years of retail and event management experience, he brings an extensive history of quality customer service and attention to detail that is reflected in the way he manages clients projects from initial production through execution on the show floor.
Chris is an alumnus of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Recreation Management with a focus in Commercial Recreation and Tourism. Away from the office, he can usually be found working on a project of his own ranging from preparing his dirtbike for the next race or fabricating and fixing something on his rockcrawler.
senior web developer
Vince Djaniantssenior web developer
As an alumnus of UNC-Charlotte, Vince graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Vince joined Neu Concepts as a web developer who is adept at HTML5, jQuery, PHP and WordPress.
With several years of industry experience, Vince understands the process of molding client vision into a final product. Outside of NeuConcepts, Vince enjoys many of life’s simple pleasures; but none more so than playing guitar and spending time with his family.
senior account manager
Kelly Brownsenior account manager
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 Niederkornart 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 five 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, reading and creating fine art.
Josh Siemieniecaccount manager
Josh brings over 10 years of experience in event and account management. His extensive background in corporate events and wedding planning drives his passion for making his client’s vision for success a reality.
Josh is a native of Portland, Oregon and attended Whitworth University where he studied both philosophy and computer science. During his junior and senior year at Whitworth, Josh was captain of the track and field team. He currently lives in Durham and in his spare time enjoys tinkering with electronics, backpacking, and home brewing beer.
Mitch Davisproject manager
Mitch joined the Neu Concepts team with over seven years of experience in custom marine and furniture production. His unique experience lends itself to creative problem solving and the output of exceptional products. Mitch strives to exceed the expectations of his clients and finds fulfillment in the success of every project.
Growing up on the coast of North Carolina, Mitch enjoys the water and being outdoors. In his spare time, he likes camping, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family.
Elizabeth Mitchellaccount coordinator
Elizabeth is a graduate from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Strategy. She has a passion for small businesses and fostering their growth and success. Elizabeth is excited to apply the skills she learned in previous internships and work experiences to find the best solutions for our clients.
In her free time, you can find Elizabeth embarking on an outdoor adventure, catching a sunset, or attending concerts and events in the area.
senior account manager
Jerry Peterssenior account manager
Jerry has gained a wealth of experience in branding, public relations, event planning and project management following his graduate studies at Appalachian State University. His skills have been developed in various industries including advertising, sports and entertainment, as well as non-profit. Jerry served as Vice President of Brand Advancement for Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina before joining Neu Concepts.
When not acting as his two sons’ personal traveling secretary for their various school and sports activities, Jerry works as an NHL Commercial Coordinator during Carolina Hurricanes’ home games.
Carrie Reavisaccount manager
Carrie is an alumnus of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Merchandising and a minor in Business. Carrie has extensive knowledge in marketing, trade shows and event coordination. She understands what is important to her clients and ensures they are well taken care of throughout every project.
Carrie lives in the Raleigh area with her cat Peanut. She spends her free time exploring all things fashion, beauty, travel and home.
Frank Prayshop foreman
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.
Matthew Moseleyaccount manager
Matthew joined the Neu Concepts team with over 8 years of experience in the high-end marine industry. From his previous roles as the operations manager to director of purchasing, Matthew has gained a wealth of knowledge in client relations, project management and logistics. Matthew understands the needs of his clients and strives to provide them with outstanding customer service from beginning to end on every project.
Matthew moved to Raleigh after growing up on the coast of North Carolina. He enjoys surfing, mountain biking and golfing in his spare time.
Helen Knepperaccounting 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.
Gray Keithgraphic designer
Gray graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Graphic Design. Gray Loves experimenting and exploring design in all forms and he’ll definitely talk to you about his favorite fonts.
Outside of design, Gray likes to read, watch Star Wars, and learn about analog forms of art like sign painting and darkroom printing.