Hood envisions, designs and produces immersive branded environments that help our clients deepen engagement with their customers.

We’ve been in business for over twenty years. We started out making trade show exhibits and museum fixtures, and we’ve grown into retail and multi-channel experiential projects.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest, most exciting brands on the planet like Sony, Levi’s, Coors, Francis Ford Coppola and David Copperfield.


At Hood, we’re creating a new breed of branded environmental design – a company that’s innovating at the intersection of physical spaces, technology and brands.

We serve the new world of brands. Brands who believe that all contacts with customers increasingly need to be consistent and coordinated. Brands who want to marry the physical, face-to-face interactions with technology to create deeper customer engagement

We love complex projects. We love simple design. We love to build things.


We believe in listening -- to your needs, to your marketing strategies, and to your customers to understand their mindset and the conditions that drive purchase.

We believe in collaboration – you can count on us to ask the right questions and offer an informed point-of-view.

We believe in the power of brands – which is why we will study your brand in depth to clearly understand its relationship to consumers and your marketplace.

We believe the experience is everything – our passion is seeing people enjoy the experiences we create, and how that makes our clients more successful.

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Dave Hood

Dave Hood

Dave Hood is a visionary exhibit designer with a unique talent for skillfully aligning client aspirations with design aesthetics, functional engineering, and the customer experience. Over 25 years, Dave has earned the reputation as the go-to-resource for more challenging assignments requiring breakthrough design solutions.

Before founding Hood Exhibits in 1991, Dave worked as General Manager with Plant and Bay Area exhibit maker Bluepeter, managing numerous commercial build-outs for clients like Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo and Crowley Maritime. He has led design and fabrication teams on assignments requiring state-of-the-art digital technology solutions for IBM, PacBell, Levi’s, LeapFrog Toys and The Smithsonian. Dave’s work has set industry standards for museum case design and artifact preservation working with clients like the Getty Museum, the San Francisco Academy of Sciences and the Oakland Museum. He’s managed corporate and private collections for Apple Computer, Wells Fargo, David Copperfield and Francis Ford Coppola.

Dave’s ability to seamlessly integrate the multiple disciplines of structural design, engineering technology, brand strategy and customer experience has earned numerous industry accolades including the HOW International Design Award, the B2B Ace Award, the Exhibitor Design Award, as well as awards from the Western Art Directors Club and POPTIMES magazine.

Ruth Wagner

Ruth Wagner
General Manager

In her role as General Manager, Ruth has an amazing talent for balancing the financial, creative and human aspects of our business. Ruth started her career managing residential and commercial properties in San Francisco and Florida, from small commercial buildings to luxury residential complexes of 1,000+ units. She had P/L responsibility and oversaw sales, accounting, and maintenance staffs. She negotiated extended stay contracts with large clients such as Price Waterhouse, large engineering and legal firms, film production companies on location, and even the U.S. Army. Ruth joined Hood in 1996 as General Manager and has been instrumental in the company’s continued growth trajectory. She is responsible for day-to-day operations including accounting, finance, personnel, IT and anything and everything that helps us run as an efficient and profitable enterprise.

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