Our Team

Bob Mertzlufft


Inspired by the wonders and beauty of nature, problems in need of solutions, and learning from those who came before him, Bob Mertzlufft considers the outstanding event design team he has brought together to be his greatest accomplishment at HMR Designs. Providing his team with a nurturing, energetic environment, Bob readily recognizes that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and welcomes the challenge of being pushed in any unfamiliar creative direction. Inventive as well as influenced, a levelheaded daydreamer and a stickler for details, Bob has grown organically with his company, applying his own agrarian and technical upbringing to striking, unparalleled event design.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Bob grew up in a hands-on world. Early on he formed an affinity for nature’s offerings and developed a true love for visual design. Bob fortified his passions with continued education in the electrical engineering and lighting design fields; earning prestigious awards and acknowledgements for forward thinking and innovative design, including the Presidential Design Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985.

With over 25 years experience in the event design industry, Bob has consistently maintained a passion for details, the thoughtfulness and care to get things right the first time, and the discretion to surround himself with caring, positive, and exceptionally talented people. He’s thrilled that his efforts go toward creating the most unforgettable and joyful experiences in HMR’s clients’ lives.