To our clients, HGI is an event management company with a brand for every occasion, known for our award-winning service, innovation and creativity.

Inside HGI, we know that first and foremost, our “secret sauce” is our people. Talented people for sure, but more importantly dedicated, can-do individuals who wake up in the morning ready for greatness. When problems arise, they rise to meet the challenge. Working as a team, on-site and in support services, HGI people deliver a flawless, memorable experience for our clients.

Our Origins

From the beginning, HGI was more than a company – it was a mission, too.

During his senior year in high school, Kevin St. John lost a friend who was involved in a drunk-driving accident. Determined to create something positive from the misfortune, Kevin began producing alcohol-free/drug-free graduation parties. By the time Kevin was in college at the University of Washington, he was working as a mobile disc jockey as well, earning enough to help pay for college.

Kevin focused on producing well-organized, creative events, and his two small businesses were a hit. As an entrepreneur at heart, he saw the potential to produce events in other categories.

Fast-forward 30+ years and see Kevin’s vision realized: The Howard Group, Inc., the Northwest’s premier event management company.

HGI grew from Grad Nights and Sounds Unlimited to include five additional event management brands: Premier Entertainment (bar & bat mitzvahs), Events Northwest & Fantasy Casino Parties, Premier Weddings, Seattle Party Shots (photo booths) and St. John Photography.

HGI not only provides superior service to its clients, but also leads the industry in event management innovations. HGI’s training programs consistently produce the highest-level talent in event services. The company’s proprietary software allows clients to outline their preferences and plan their events from their homes and offices. And HGI cutting-edge production tools -from wireless LED uplighting to projection video to surround-sound acoustics- keep the company in the forefront of the event business.

Not the Norm – Thank Goodness!

Most businesses focus first on revenues and profits. At HGI, revenues and profits are the result of our good work and high standards. By Putting People First and embracing our core values, we excel: we consistently lead our industry in growth and profitability.

We Give Back to our Community

We love Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. As members of the business community and as neighbors, we are committed to doing our part. Through donations, as volunteers and as advocates, we help strengthen our communities and show our respect for our diverse cultural traditions.