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Meet the Team

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Arsen Tujian

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Arsen Tujian is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Empire Lakes Productions. Arsen is a dedicated and versatile music composer and has composed for several independent films, TV series, and podcasts. While studying at Northwestern University, he also appeared in numerous performances within the Bienen School of Music, in choral and operatic settings as well as having his original compositions featured in concerts. He has combined his passion for the arts with his entrepreneurial drive in order to provide safe and affordable entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic by co-founding his own event production company, Empire Lake Productions. At ELP, Arsen oversees business operations and growth strategies in addition to managing client relations, business development, marketing strategy, and company finances. When he is not working, you can find him playing music, going to the movies, traveling, and biking.

Luke Bonham

Co-Founder & Director of Operations

Luke Bonham developed a passion for music and the entertainment industry when he started drumming for his high school band in La Canada. While studying at the University of Oregon, Luke was able to expand on his interest in construction and design by experimenting with various projects using wood, metal, and glass. As a Co-Founder of Empire Lakes Productions, Luke has applied his passion for the arts and construction. At ELP, Luke oversees event management and technical aspects of the company, working closely with on-site staff members at venues to facilitate unique entertainment experiences for the community. In his spare time, you can find him on the hiking trail, playing music with his fellow musician friends, and developing his French cooking skills.

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Valerie Fong

Director of Communications

Valerie G. Fong is a rising senior at Northwestern University studying Communication Studies, International Studies, and Integrated Marketing Communications. Inspired by the power of brands to drive impact through purpose, Valerie is passionate about uniting values-driven communications, strategic planning, and data-driven solutions to build brands that connect with audiences authentically and employ marketing as a force for good. This summer, Valerie is supporting American Express’ Corporate Affairs and Communications Business Unit as an Analyst Intern, developing and executing a strategy to align the company’s Philanthropy and Colleague Engagement frameworks with its ESG priorities. An avid fan of film and live entertainment, Valerie also serves as the Director of  Communications of Empire Lakes Productions, where she leads partner and talent acquisition and launched the .MOV Film Festival to highlight the work of young independent artists. Prior to American Express and ELP, Valerie has interned with Facebook, Bevel PR, Sullivan & Co, Ecolution kWh, and Northwestern Global Marketing & Communications. Outside of work, Valerie can be found kickboxing at her local studio, planning her next travel adventure, enjoying a Broadway show with her family, or exploring small businesses. 

Sam Liu

Social Media Manager

Sam Liu is the social media manager at Empire Lakes Productions. Born in Miami and raised in both Florida and Fuzhou, China, Sam is now based in Evanston, IL. She is a senior at Northwestern University studying communications, environmental policy and culture, and integrated marketing communications. Her interest in social media and digital communications began with her first work-study job as a social media assistant in Northwestern's Global Marketing and Communications department. Sam's experience in digital communications ultimately fused with her passion for sustainability and environmental justice, which is leading her down a career path that includes the intersection of those two things. She is currently the digital communications intern at The Climate Reality Project, and prior to that, worked in communications at Northwestern’s Office of Sustainability and Seven Generations Ahead, an environmental non-profit in Chicago. In her spare time, Sam enjoys practicing taekwondo, exploring Chicago with her friends, and taking photos when she can get her film camera to work.

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