Hurricane promotes Nick Nittoli to Director of Operations


Hurricane Productions prides itself on developing and rewarding homegrown talent. And Nick Nittoli’s recent promotion to Director of Operations is that narrative in action.

Nick officially started the full-time position role in May.

But Nick’s journey at Hurricane began over six years ago as a freelance photographer after he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

As he grew his photography portfolio, the company grew in step – seeing an increase in corporate and University events.

Nick sensed the shift. As a self-starter, he learned more about production. He taught himself how to shoot video. He operated photo booths. He enabled himself to fulfill as many needs as possible.

Nick developed into the ultimate utility team member.

“I invested in myself and that provided me with new opportunities within the company,” Nittoli said. “If you would have told me on my first day that I’d be where I am now, I’d have thought you were crazy. The truth is, I couldn’t be happier because I know the company is on the cusp of exploding into the next level and I’m just happy to be a part of that.”

As Director of Ops, Nick oversees all of the company’s events with a focus on staffing, equipment and internal technology.

“When you’re growing a company, you have to grow your brain trust,” said Hurricane’s CEO Vincent Velasquez. “And there’s no one that knows the event business, specifically our business, better than Nick.”

Go further back than six years ago, Nick and Vincent played baseball together as classmates at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, NJ. Hurricane’s co-founder/owner – Strato Doumanis – also graduated from SJV.

Nick is part of the company’s recently developed ‘front office,’ which includes full-time positions held by Velasquez, Doumanis, Media Director Austin King and Administrative Assistant Chelsea Rutkowski.

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Wanted: Freelance Video Editors

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We are currently searching for talented freelance video editors to join our team.

The candidate must be proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro and be familiar with codecs, compression, frame rates, and basic audio editing.

Experience dealing with large amounts of content is recommended.

Proficiency and/or knowledge of PluralEyes, Audition, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects is a plus.

Must be able to work with multiple video and audio sources.

Owning Adobe Premiere Pro and a computer capable of editing on is preferred.

The candidate will mostly be responsible for editing private event media (weddings, sweet 16s, etc.).

Please send examples of work and resumes to [email protected]

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Nate Hawley to Take Over Turntables at Rutgers Football Games


PISCATAWAY, NJ – Nate Hawley – a senior at Rutgers University –  enters his final year ‘On The Banks,’ as the RFootball DJ inside High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Newark native became a staple within the RFootball program once Head Coach Chris Ash took the reigns last winter – waking up with the team to provide music for their offseason workouts.

DJ Nate Hawley

But Nate is no stranger to DJing at RU.

He’s headlined events like Dance Marathon, Club Alex (where the Alexander Library transforms into a nightclub) and other Student Affairs related events.

Simply stated – if you hear music on campus, Nate is not too far away.

And Nate is as focused in his studies as he is ‘in the mix.’

He plans to graduate with an Information Technology and Informatics degree. He is a teacher’s assistant at a Coding Bootcamp – a Continuing Studies Program affiliated with RU.

“DJing at the stadium was my biggest ‘DJ goal,’ as an incoming student,” Nate said about the 52,000 capacity stadium. “I walked into the stadium my first year and said, ‘Wow, that’s the biggest stage on campus.”

He also helped open Rutgers newest landmark – The Yard @ College Avenue – with its first RFootball Away Game Watch Party.

As an homage to the art of DJing, Nate will use turntables (Technics 1200) as his tool to entertain the players, recruits and fans.

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Corporate Events hosted at Rutgers Football Recruiting Pavilion

Corporations seeking a motivational and hi-tech space for an upcoming event should look no further than High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. The home of the Scarlet Knights features a number of event spaces – including the Brown Recruiting Pavilion – that can accommodate a variety of corporate functions of all shapes and sizes.

The pavilion is accentuated by tall glass windows and an outdoor deck that overlooks the football field.

Hurricane Productions provides audio and visual solutions for the unique space as well as other locations around Rutgers University.

At a recent event hosted by Allstate, Hurricane helped the insurance leader integrate its own technology with existing technology operated by the University.

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8 Groundbreaking Moments of 2014

This list usually stands as our annual “Top 25 Live Events.” Although that feature is wildly popular amongst our private event clients, we felt like it was time to move away from that format.

Hurricane continues to evolve and the question always arises: What else does your company do?

This list is a true snapshot of who we are, what we do and where we are heading in 2015:

8. Vincent and Strato launch Hurricane Innovation LLC, offer social media consulting to small and mid-sized businesses.

Starting another business isn’t just about creating a website or coming up with a name. We needed clients. We needed a vision. So with the help of some of our existing web clients, Rutgers University and the addition of Journal Multimedia, Caesars Entertainment, and The Olde Mill Inn, we evolved into a social media and video consulting firm.

And we have our former General Manager, Julia Crimi, to thank for making sure that Hurricane Productions operated at full strength while we jumped into our new endeavor.

7. We get more social (and accessible) to our clients with #HurricaneSocial

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Every company should do this: Let your employees be themselves … and share it on all forms of social media.

With the help of a company-wide hashtag, we implemented a way to aggregate all of this content from each popular social media platform and display it in real-time.

If you want a true snapshot of what we’re doing, where we’re going (as a company and individuals) please visit or just type #hurricanesocial into your favorite social media platform.

It looks great on Instagram.

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