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In 1991, after spending 10 years as an Advertising Manager for daily newspapers, magazines and multi-media conglomerates nationwide, Darlene K. Gregory started her own company in Corpus Christi, Texas. EMW Productions, LLC, dba East Meets West Productions and East Meets West Financial Management grew from consulting and hosting local community events such as Career Fair, Heroes For Hire, U.S. Navy Blue Angels Air Show, and many others for local organizations to becoming a ‘one stop’ shop for businesses needing marketing and design expertise across many platforms.
The company offers full service advertising, marketing, PR and business consulting services, specializing in international medical, industrial and institutional accounts. In addition, the company designs business plans, and places commercial loans for small business with investors, banks, REITs and hedge funds. The team of 9 full time employees and a dozen experts in a variety of fields on a contractual basis also designs and hosts web sites, internet marketing campaigns, custom databases, custom Android applications, and manages and hosts major conferences, symposiums and events for clients such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Navy, and The Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, among many others.
EMW Productions received a small SBAExpress loan in May 2012 to get a jump start on financing and has since grown and expanded services and in turn sales revenue. Ms. Gregory has also conducted many seminars for SBA‘s resource partner- Del Mar College Small Business Development Center to help educate local small business owners. Darlene Gregory received SBA’s Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award in 2007 and serves on the SBA’s Corpus Christi Branch Office’s Small Business Week nomination committee.
EMW Productions is the proud recipient of many ADDY awards and International Film Festival Award for Industrial Film for its client, FMC/Moorco. Additionally, Darlene has won Editor and Publisher Magazine’s award for Best Promotion and the International Association of Newspaper and Marketing Executives Award for Best Publication. The company also won several national and regional Public Relations Society of America awards for the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Save Our Streets campaign in 2010.
Three of EMW Productions clients have won SBA Small Business Week awards. These include Bradley’s Hermetics - Small Business Exporter of the Year and CC Disposal Service - Jeffrey E. Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year, both in 2010. Ms. Gregory also nominated Gainco, Inc – which was named the 2011 SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for the Lower Rio Grande Valley District.
She is a frequent keynote speaker for organizations nationwide, most recently, Meeting Planners International and Choice Hotels Owner’s Group, on such topics as Increasing Attendance at Your Scientific Conference and Marketing to the Eagle Ford Shale.
Darlene is Chairman of the Uptown Neighborhood Initiative, and serves on the City of Corpus Christi’s Central Business District Planning Committee and the Brownfields Assessment Committee.