From the early 70s, Brian Winthrop had already worked in the entertainment, production, and food industries, giving him the experience and expertise to establish his company. In 1980, Winthrop and fellow agent Donny Epstein (Greater Talent Network) left New Line to found their own Epstein Winthrop International agency. After buying Epstein out the following year, Winthrop founded Brian Winthrop International (BWI).
In 1983, BWI closed a $350K yearly sponsorship contract with Kodak, touring a special event entitled Earthwalk, which would eventually tour 400 college campuses. During this time, BWI also started touring Wild Video Dance Party (WVDP) to universities, high schools, and military bases. WVDP was such a big hit with over four million students attending at their respective schools! With initial sponsorship from Bose and features in several Billboard articles, the WVDP package was sold to Coca-Cola for $2.5 million with Panasonic co-sponsoring the tour by providing $1 million in equipment. As the firm tripled in size, BWI moved from event production in NYC at 1995 Broadway (Lincoln Center) to Stamford, Connecticut.
In the 1990s, WVDP entered the corporate market and was the closing-night entertainment event at the Pow Wow in Miami, the MPI National Convention in Chicago, two PCMA National Conventions in Scottsdale and Orlando, the Special Event Convention in Orlando and Miami, the NACE Convention in Chicago and the Event Solutions Convention in Washington, D.C. Winthrop also received his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Liaison Council and his Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) from ISES in addition to a two-year run as president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of ISES, now ILEA, as well as publishing numerous articles on producing events and lighting.
At the same time, he partnered with his Swiss wife, Mariella, and founded Big Wave Event Productions, LLC, for event production throughout the state of Connecticut. They stopped representing acts and began to produce events in the university, association, corporate, fashion, benefit, and private party markets. Mariella specializes in design, and Brian is experienced in live production.
Today, Big Wave, one of the leading event planning companies in Connecticut, produces major events that provide clients with event management, layout, design, and state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, and décor.