"Frank Sinatra" serenades ICF International at the National Air and Space Museum.
Washington, DC
ICF International's holiday party at the Newseum.
Washington, DC

Throughout our careers, the Gardner/Mills Group, LLC principals have worked with countless businesses and corporations – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. We have worked internally in various capacities as well as supported companies with marketing communications, cause-related marketing, trade show coordination, business to business strategies, media relations, press conferences, product launches, special events, and more. Our clients know our capacity for creating strategic corporate events that stay on message, target key audiences, keep goals top of mind, and offer a solid return on investment.

ICF International

Since 2009, coordinated ICF's 2,500 employee holiday party. At the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, a "flight crew" greeted guests as they entered the museum, where they were dazzled by an array of surprises including a rock band/karaoke stage, an interactive robot, a dancing astronaut and 'Frank Sinatra,' backed by a 17-piece orchestra. At Washington DC's Newseum, coordinated catering and entertainment that included a jazz trio, DJ, and dance band performances on three floors of the museum. In 2013 and 2014, the event was held at the National Museum of Natural History. For 2015, the National Museum of American History provided the backdrop for the annual holiday party with a traveling Dixieland jazz quartet, DJ, and menu featuring cuisines of the U.S. The 2016 event was held in the National Air and Space Museum with DJ, string quartet, astronaut and interactive robot and sushi conveyor belt. The 2017 and 2018 events were held at the National Museum of Natural History with a roaming a capella group, steel drum, DJ, Latin jazz combo, and costumed animals.


LexisNexis Authors Event

For nine years, secured venues and organized seated dinners for 300 legal authors at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC), the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Piedmont Driving Club (Atlanta, GA), the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA), the National Headquarters of the National Daughters of the American Revolution (Washington, DC), the National Geographic Society Headquarters (Washington, DC), the Rainbow Room (New York, NY), the San Diego Air and Space Museum (San Diego, CA), and the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park (New Orleans, LA). For 2011, LexisNexis changed the format of the event to a cocktail reception, which was held at The Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA).

  National Geographic Society

Arbitron Inc.

For six consecutive years, conceived and organized all aspects of a 3-day annual incentive trip for 100+ guests for this Fortune 100 company headquartered in Maryland.

  • Key West, Florida: Teams darted around Key West on a golf cart Scavenger Hunt with lunch at the Truman Little White House, cruised on a glass bottom boat followed by dinner at the Audubon Home and Gardens, and danced at a private nightclub following dinner at Antonia’s.
  • San Francisco, California: Guests teamed up for a wine blending exercise and lunch at Viansa Winery, sampled a tasting menu at the Asian Art Museum, viewed the city from the Top of the Mark and danced at the Great American Music Hall.
  • Naples, Florida: A drum cafe and tented lunch were held at Ngala private game preserve, guests cruised in a private yacht charter and enjoyed dinner and dancing at Yabba Island Grill and dinner at the Naples Museum of Art.
  • San Diego, California: Guests enjoyed a beach party at the private La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, al fresco lunch at the Orfila Winery, and special activities from photo safaris to whale watching.
  • Los Angeles, California: Itinerary included private Universal Studios backlot tour and lunch, beach party at the private Jonathan Club on Santa Monica Beach, and 1950s supper club at Cicada with a Frank Sinatra impersonator.
  • New Orleans, LA: Trip included private Preservation Hall concert followed by dinner at Galatoires, swamp tour with Cajun cookout, and dinner dance at the Pavilion of the Twin Sisters in City Park.
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L-3 Communications

For this leading supplier of defense and aerospace equipment, GMG provided in-depth venue research and identification to support a high level meeting in Washington DC.



Assisted with invitation list development and follow-up, and consulted on logistics and production process for the opening of Google's new Washington DC office, including a VIP reception.

  Goldman Environmental Prize

Boston Life Sciences

Secured venue and coordinated logistics for an intimate event, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History, for Boston Life Sciences to engage a key group of medical specialists.


Young Presidents' Organization (YPO)

GMG organized two social evenings for 1,500 international CEOs at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and National Building Museum, respectively. Each event was themed with multiple simultaneous performances from jazz and swing music to the President's Color Guard and U.S. Marine Band. Also provided talent for the Opening Ceremony and consulted on the Spouse Program, expanding the activities offered.

  Goldman Environmental Prize

Just Enough Anxiety Book Party

Organized the launch of Dr. Robert Rosen’s newest book for 250 guests at the Signature Theater in Arlington, VA.

  Goldman Environmental Prize


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