An Interactive Creative Company Built to Communicate, Activate and Emotionally Connect Business to an Audience.

We are artists. We are the creators of technology. We are industry leaders in an interactive digital content world.

At AOFTHEI, our culture is built around the diverse talent and skill set of each individual within the Artists of the Industry family. Our team has collectively created a unique, one of a kind company with products and services designed to assist many industries with digital content, training, sales, and marketing platforms. We activate emotional connection through creative technology designed to build the bridge from product and service to an audience.

FOUNDERS

DUANE TORNQUIST

Executive Producer | Chief Creative Officer | Co-Founder

Duane has been in a creative role for most of his lengthy and diverse career as a Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, VP of Sales, Executive Leader, Visual Content and Music Producer in the arts, entertainment, and corporate meetings and events industries.

Creating Artists of the Industry (AOFTHEI Interactive) in 2016 was his next logical step after the company he helped build into one of the world’s fastest growing creative technology firms in the hospitality and corporate events industry was sold to the firms largest competitor.

Always looking to surround himself with talented, creative and innovative people, Duane finds inspiration in his collaborations and teams to be a key driving force when building new technologies, content, and productions for his clients. From theme, graphics, film production, theatrical staging to original music composition, script, creative design, virtual and augmented reality and storytelling through the use of new technologies, Duane and Artists of the Industry have become the trusted partner of some of the world’s most iconic brands, associations, and foundations.

Music is at the heart of Duane’s creative passion and process, whether designing a campaign, show or platform. When asked about the steps in the building process of a project, Duane explains it’s like creating a song, or a complete musical composition. You need first a story to tell,  then a structure, beginning, middle, climax, and crescendo that will emotionally connect the message to the audience, leaving a lasting impression in their hearts. minds and souls.

“What I like best about this business is the diverse challenges brought to me in need of solving. Whether our client is looking to tell a story about a new product, shift a narrative or culture in a new direction, or find new and creative ways to increase or celebrate a companies success, it brings me great pleasure to help them complete this vision.” – Duane Tornquist, Chief Creative and Executive Producer

DUANE TORNQUIST

Chief Creative Officer | Co-Founder

Duane has been in a creative role for most of his lengthy and diverse career as a Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, VP of Sales, Executive Leader, Visual Content and Music Producer in the arts, entertainment, and corporate meetings and events industries.

Creating Artists of the Industry (AOFTHEI Interactive) in 2016 was his next logical step after the company he helped build into one of the world’s fastest growing creative technology firms in the hospitality and corporate events industry was sold to the firms largest competitor.

Always looking to surround himself with talented, creative and innovative people, Duane finds inspiration in his collaborations and teams to be a key driving force when building new technologies, content, and productions for his clients. From theme, graphics, film production, theatrical staging to original music composition, script, creative design, virtual and augmented reality and storytelling through the use of new technologies, Duane and Artists of the Industry have become the trusted partner of some of the world’s most iconic brands, associations, and foundations.

Music is at the heart of Duane’s creative passion and process, whether designing a campaign, show or platform. When asked about the steps in the building process of a project, Duane explains it’s like creating a song, or a complete musical composition. You need first a story to tell,  then a structure, beginning, middle, climax, and crescendo that will emotionally connect the message to the audience, leaving a lasting impression in their hearts. minds and souls.

“What I like best about this business is the diverse challenges brought to me in need of solving. Whether our client is looking to tell a story about a new product, shift a narrative or culture in a new direction, or find new and creative ways to increase or celebrate a companies success, it brings me great pleasure to help them complete this vision.” – Duane Tornquist, Chief Creative and Executive Producer

JIM CARLSON

Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder 

For over 22 years Jim owned and operated one of North America’s most well known event technology firms. After successfully selling his company, Jim became the CEO and Co-Founder of Artists of the Industry with his long-time friend, SVP and former CMO, Duane Tornquist. Jim has always aligned himself top talent and believes in surrounding himself with experience, creativity and likeminded individuals in pursuit of excellence. Once recognized by INC. 500 as one of the fastest growing privately help companies in the United States, Jim believes Extreme Customer Service was the key ingredient for his former success and will be front and center, setting the stage for what is ahead for AOFTHEI and its partners throughout the hospitality and corporate communication industries.

JIM CARLSON

Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder 

For over 22 years Jim owned and operated one of North America’s most well known event technology firms. After successfully selling his company, Jim became the CEO and Co-Founder of Artists of the Industry with his long-time friend, SVP and former CMO, Duane Tornquist. Jim has always aligned himself top talent and believes in surrounding himself with experience, creativity and likeminded individuals in pursuit of excellence. Once recognized by INC. 500 as one of the fastest growing privately help companies in the United States, Jim believes Extreme Customer Service was the key ingredient for his former success and will be front and center, setting the stage for what is ahead for AOFTHEI and its partners throughout the hospitality and corporate communication industries.

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