Red Frog Events

Location: Chicago, IL

Founded: 2007


Red Frog Events, founded by Joe Reynolds and Ryan Kunkel, is a live event production company based in Chicago, Ill. In 2012, the company hosted its inaugural Firefly Music Festival, the first major event of its kind for Red Frog.

Notable Products

  • Great Urban Race
  • Warrior Dash
  • Beach Dash
  • Firefly Music Festival

What to Expect

Red Frog Events has produced more than 160 events nationwide. The company found its footing by hosting challenge-based 5K race events, like the Great Urban Race, modeled after the CBS show Amazing Race. In 2012, Red Frog expanded its focus to host the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del. The three-day event featured more than 40 acts, including Death Cab for Cutie, John Legend, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Cake, Lupe Fiasco, and OK Go.

Since the company’s humble beginnings out of the living room of Joe Reynolds’ home, Red Frog Events has expanded considerably, garnering recognition and several business awards. Among them, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Red Frog Events as the Dream Big: Small Business of the Year award in 2011. Additional awards include 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for, Fastest Growing Company with up to 100 Employees, Top Places to Work by the Chicago Tribune, and Best Places to Work for Recent Grads.

Red Frog events attracts thousands of applications each month, and there is very good reason for that. Reynolds intended from the start to create an office culture that is fun, laid back, and encourages creativity. He has stated numerous times that his philosophy has been to foster an environment where people want to work. The office culture is founded on open-mindedness, giving back, contagious energy, being team-oriented, and giving “seriously good” high-fives.

As for having fun, there is no shortage around Red Frog. There is no formal dress code, but employees are urged to take part in theme days like Jersey Day, 90s Day, Pajama Day, and Plaid Monday. Yet, it is the office itself that is perhaps most joy inspiring: dubbed “Camp Red Frog,” the interior includes two full-sized tree houses, a Lego conference room complete with a table made entirely of Lego pieces, a rock climbing wall, a slide, and a s’mores station. If that isn’t enough, there is a bar equipped with two kegerators. Not too shabby.

To maintain the culture that been so carefully cultivated at Red Frog, the company only hires from within, ensuring each employee is thoroughly well groomed. To seek a full-time position within the company, candidates must first complete an extensive internship program. Internships are offered year-round, with a minimum of a three-month commitment. At Red Frog, interns are not relegated to coffee gopher; they are immediately thrown in the deep end of the pool, working on full-scale projects and taking on considerable responsibility. It is the belief of management that the best way to evaluate an intern for possible employment is to empower them to make decisions and follow their ideas through to fruition. Not all candidates will rise to the occasion, but those that do will graduate from “tadpole” status to a member of the Red Frog team.


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