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Meet Shawn Hill of Merestone in Irving

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shawn Hill.

Shawn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Our company was created by Ted and Camille Hill over 40 years ago. This was a culmination of Ted’s experience in the entertainment, movie and production industry and Camille’s profession of scenic design. The duo was a perfect match for the event industry. Ted got his start in photography in California. Ted owned a top commercial photography studio in Hollywood, servicing all of the major studios as an independent still photographer. Ted worked on such films such as “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Waterhole Three”, and “Pocket Money”. He also had photographed most of the Rock and Roll artists of the 60’s, including Sonny and Cher, Buck Owens, and Freddy Cannon. Camille had a master’s degree in scenic design with several off-Broadway projects under her belt. Ted and Camille met in Arizona, creating a full-service production company. Ted and his wife Camille started Merestone, putting his entertainment and her scenic and design expertise to work to develop one of the most sought after meeting, branding and production companies in the industry. I am their son so, was born in the proverbial Event Industry “trunk”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course. Not struggles though…challenges. As an equipment rich house, we are constantly chasing better more productive, more dependable state-of-the-art equipment. We established our own in-house repair ream to stay on top of manufacturers issues. Training is constant. At one point, we considered out-sourcing the training but have found using our existing staff to translate our Merestone “Way” was the most powerful.

Please tell us about Merestone.
Merestone is an award-winning, full-service production company that specializes in creating experiences that help the world’s best brands educate, communicate, inspire and elevate the people who mean the most to your company: your employees, your customers and your vendors. WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!

We produce one-of-a-kind, live and interactive events and environments that provide your audience with a true brand experience. We communicate your brand message through event and experiential campaigns that deliver a true impact and elicit response.

Our portfolio says it all.

From corporate events, conferences and business meetings, to star-studded ceremonies, product launches and trade shows; Merestone is your single-source production company that offers in-house direct services and a versatile staff to glue it all together.

We have many answers for our busy clients.

Established in 1974 under Unique, Inc., Merestone has built one of the top event companies on a unique structure that utilizes unparalleled talent and experience.

I am an Executive Producer in the Dallas office. I am responsible for securing clients and making sure the clients we have are very, very pleased with our services.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My parents might not think this is their best memory but, it is mine. We have always had huge warehouses. In my junior year of High School, I planned a huge secret party in warehouse and invited all my friends who then invited all their friends. It was a private theme party with everything you can image! Bars with adult refreshments, huge props, audio systems, DJ’s, lighting systems, projection, staging….it was a bash! We were caught of course. All the parents had to come by and pick up their kids. I think I am still grounded…but, at the time my Mom said; “you are in serious trouble buster…but, your planning and execution was excellent”

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