Georges Henri Issa
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Entrepreneur, Business Leader (1969 - ) is a leading exponent of the temporary architecture industry and event making.
Founder of Production Factory Group best known for its Global Solution Design Company, Georges Issa dreams big and aligns passion to ambition.
Born in Lebanon in 1969, he earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. (ALBA) His career grew out from the making of the first building material and construction equipment trade fair “Sibatech” at a time where exhibitions were risky and unknown to a country emerging from decades of civil war.
He was a pioneer in a new and growing industry: He laid the groundwork of a business that will quickly and relentlessly be rewarding to all the stakeholders. Backed up with a well acquired architectural knowledge, a strong mind and an avant-garde vision of change, he was determined to enhance the offered experience. “An eye for details” granted him with a competitive advantage, combining the unleashed creativity with a simple comprehensible project delivery.
Early Life & Career
Georges Issa showed early entrepreneurial promise by building and managing the first exhibition venue in Lebanon, Beirut Hall (1996); which morphed into the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center, BIEL in 1999. Shortly after, driven by the impetus to start a business, he set up his own “one stop shop”. He was keen on raising the local market to a global level.
He understood the market needs and had a fierce determination to place Lebanon on the world’s map of exhibitions and worldwide events.
His knack for perfection propelled him up the ranks of untainted reputation and success.
He was prompted by regional and international event makers for the design and execution of most intricate set-ups.
A Successful Entrepreneur
Success is not linear. It is a quilt of many experiences.
Turning unconventional experiences into entrepreneurial successes, Georges Issa proved that one can succeed in business and still maintain an ethical profile.
He stood as a reference in the industry of design and technical supply of temporary events, acting as a curator of experiences and mentor.
He reasoned that in order to succeed, he should surround himself with the experts and technical spearheads and that is what he did.
He became a successful business leader by linking the dots, providing diverse services and streams, tackling the complementary aspects of events and offering the integral expert solution.
His methodology is based on synthesizing the steps required to produce the desired outcome:
From generating the essential activities, analyzing implications, identifying required resources and third party suppliers, establishing guidelines, timelines and deadlines, all tasks are monitored from planning to execution and carried out according to plan.
His company quickly expanded to new locations in the region. He continues to thrive, fueled by an experience gained through decades of hard work. He also intervenes as a consultant for organizations located internationally.
Who is Georges Issa?
Resourceful, competitive, outspoken and proactive, he has a strong appetite for risk. He conveys a growth-oriented mindset. He is also fearless, perceptive, well-informed and charismatic.[no citations needed here]
Upholding core values of excellence, Georges Issa inspires his team and his stakeholders.[no citations needed here]
He is a distinctive signature forged of multiple experiences in the design, organization, execution, communication, management and consultancy of major events and public performances in the Middle East, Africa and around the world.[no citations needed here]
Before the year 2000, He built and managed Beirut Hall exhibition complex and Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure center BIEL. These venues housed regular exhibitions and shows, offering the best design showcase of projects and products of major local and international companies. His role was primary in generating those shows and exhibitions in addition to managing exiting ones and ensuring successful execution and continuity.[no citations needed here]
Since 2000, Georges Issa gained his experience in the music world organizing concerts for international stars and some of the biggest music festivals in Lebanon and the Arab countries. He thrived in bringing international stars, famous musicals and world known shows (Cats, Mamma Mia, Notre Dame de Paris, West Side Story, Elton John, Roger Walters from Pink Floyd, Guns & Roses, Phil Collins, Mika, Shakira, Ravi Shankar, Feyrouz, Julia Boutros, Caracalla, Roger Hodgson from Super tramp, Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, …). He planned and executed ceremonies like Miss Europe Beauty Pageant Elections, the 9th Francophone Presidents’ Summit and the Francophone Games Opening Ceremony.
In 2005, he expanded in the design and execution of exhibition stands and pavilions in the Arab countries as well as the technical staging and seating supply of the UAE National Day (Abu Dhabi) and Qatar National Day.
2010 presented a diversification of projects with the design and making of studios for regional TV shows as well as News Room sets for major TV stations (LBCI, KSA1 TV…) and producing TV sets and mobile studio stages in the midst of trade fairs, exhibitions and public events.
Another opportunity of expansion emerged from the organization of Kohar Stars of Armenia Tour and the role of Technical Management exercised in Armenia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
From 2008 till date, Georges supplies the prominent local and regional festivals with grandstands, artists’ management and technical supply in terms of stages, logistic equipment, light, sound and effects. His motto is to offer a tailor-made solution and a turnkey delivery that maintain the balance between the satisfactory execution and the set project budget.
In 2015, he conceived and managed the “13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice” held in Qatar as well as Hamad Port Official Opening Ceremony (2017) and Qatar Motor Show prominent stands from 2015 onwards.
His latest achievement is the build-up of a self owned Venue Ballroom that hosts all types of audience events, weddings and corporate gatherings in Lebanon (O-Ciel Venue).
Georges Issa gained momentum by aligning creativity, expertise and unfailing project delivery.
Today, Georges Issa is an active partner in the following companies:
Production Factory Group – Global Solution Company (since 2007)
Grandstands – Events equipment rental Company (since 2008)
GAT Middle East – Corporate events Solution Company (since 2014)
O-Ciel Venue – Wedding and corporate venue in Lebanon (since 2016)
Integrated Security – Access Control Company (since 2017)