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Our Mission

The RPS mission is simply to create exceptional experiences.

We care deeply about our impact on everyone we interact with as a company - whether it's the experiences of a guest at an event we've had a hand in, a client or vendor who has worked with us, or our own team of hardworking individuals.

Our History

Founded by Ed Mason as "The Prop Shop" in 1989, Ed's son, Royce, became sole owner in 1995 and has since lead the company’s exponential growth. Joined by a talented group of seasoned professionals, Royce's Prop Shop is dedicated to excellent customer service and creating unforgettable events.

The company re-branded in 2020 to "RPS Events," and today offers clients an unparalleled level of event design, strategy, and production. A Portland-based company with national reach, RPS is distinguished among its peers and industry colleagues as a team with creative solutions, innovative designs, and detail-driven event strategy.

Our Team

Royce Mason
President

A certified meeting planner and second-generation event producer, Royce Mason bought the original Prop Shop from his father, Ed Mason in 1993. Prior to becoming president of the Prop Shop, Royce utilized his education in civil engineering as a project superintendent for various East Coast commercial construction companies. Combining his knowledge of construction, design, and art, Royce developed a passion for producing events. Royce has won numerous local and national awards for his designs and commitment to the event industry, including Meeting Professionals International "Supplier of the Year," and the prestigious Event Solutions Magazine Spotlight Award for "Designer of the Year."

Octavio Pantoja
Director of Operations

Octavio Pantoja began his career in the event business more than 25 years ago. He started on the rental side of the industry before he was persuaded to join the Royce’s Prop Shop team in 2000 as lead foreman overseeing large projects on-site. As director of operations, Octavio is responsible for the crew and their successful installation of projects throughout the region and the U.S. Octavio's ability to solve problems and meet challenges is unparalleled, and he is consistently requested to run crews on-site, especially for our largest and most logistically complex jobs.

Justin Dean
Sr. Creative Director

Justin Dean began his career with Royce's Prop Shop about 10 years ago as a member of the production crew, and quickly established himself as an integral part of the team. After becoming an event producer in 2014, Justin has continued to develop his talents and now oversees hundreds of events per year. Justin specializes in events that require custom fabrication and the creation of new and unique design pieces. He greatly enjoys working with his clients to design and build items that perfectly fit their vision. 

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Elena Larrabee
Creative & Technical Director

Elena Larrabee has a passion for design. Whether it's the event itself or the software that makes it happen, Elena loves a good challenge and the satisfaction of a problem solved. During her time at RPS Events, Elena has been the producer on creative projects large and small, from complex corporate events to extravagant multi-day weddings. In addition to her work on event design, Elena  completely overhauled the company's software systems in 2017, building and continuously improving a custom project management program made specifically to suit the unique needs of RPS Events. She also serves as the in-house graphic and web designer, copy-editor, and technical director. Elena brings an eye for good design to every project in which she's involved.

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Carrie Thompson

Senior Production Manager

Carrie is an event producer and project manager with over 25 years of experience coordinating multi-dimensional programs with million-dollar budgets. With an impactful eye for shaping every detail around the attendee experience, Carrie has gained valuable industry knowledge having worked for boutique event agencies, Fortune 500 corporations and experiential marketing and communication firms.  During the course of her career, she has managed a department of meeting planners, large scale multi-day conferences, VIP events, trade events, company picnics, social gatherings and all the logistical elements in between. She is excited to join RPS Events where she will be producing programs curated by our Senior Creative Director, Justin Dean.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in communications.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out with friends, creating fun invite designs, fundraising for nonprofits, playing tennis and biking to Timber’s games.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Spotlight Award Designer of the Year

Event Solutions Magazine

Recycle Works Award Winner

City of Portland Office of Sustainability

Best Event & Floral Design in Oregon

Northwest Meetings + Events

Members of MPI, ILEA, ABC

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