Shumaker PDT is a full-service special-event production company based in Lancaster, PA. We take pride in turning ordinary events into extraordinary experiences.
Our state-of-the-art multimedia and audiovisual capabilities, custom lighting designs, lounge furniture, fabrics, and decor packages allow us to cater to virtually any event size, type, and theme. Combine our team's proven expertise with a passionate commitment to customer service, and it's guaranteed that any event Shumaker touches will be an unforgettable success.
Rodney Shumaker is the founder and owner of Shumaker PDT. For the past 14 years Rod has led Shumaker PDT’s initiatives to Plan, Design, and Transform events across Central PA. Along with his talented team, he’s grown the company from a small startup to an award-winning, full-service event production company.
Rod’s interest in event planning and design extends back beyond his company’s founding. While attending high school, Rod became interested in theater and got involved in the technical side of his school’s productions. After graduation he traveled around the country with musician and entertainer John Bressler, assisting with the technical set up and stage design of Bressler’s shows. Rod gained even more experience in the entertainment industry when he was asked to travel with the late Canadian jazz musician Maynard Ferguson and serve as his personal valet.
Eager to establish some roots, Rod returned to Lancaster in 1998. He began working for the Fulton Opera House and Clair Brothers and continued to grow his technical expertise and creative vision over the next five years. In 2003, Rod drew on his industry experience and entrepreneurial spirit to found Shumaker PDT.
Even as a young entrepreneur, Rod’s vision for the company was clear. “When I started the company, I used the word “transform” in the name because while planning and design are critical, the ability to take an ordinary event space and make it magical—make it more than the client actually thinks it can be—is what I wanted Shumaker to do,” says Rod. “I wanted our clients to understand that when they choose Shumaker, they get a visionary company they can trust. My goal is to always exceed expectations.”
Rod and his team meet this goal time and time again. Whether at weddings, corporate or non-profit events, or private parties, Shumaker PDT dazzles clients with technical know-how, creative insights, a commitment to safety, and impeccable planning.
“We think the mark of a great event is when you forget we’re there,” says Rod. “When the audio is perfect, the lighting creates the mood, and your guests are in awe of the experience you created, then we’ve done our job perfectly!”