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Southpaw Ventures brings a true working partnership and in-depth involvement making every project a successful  experience.

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                     No matter the need  we bring connection, experience and innovation that set the stage for success.

In association with our non-profit partner

The Thompson Family Foundation ( a 501C3)

we are able to provide many approaches.

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Here’s Our Team!

About Us

The SouthPaw team has over five decades of experience in the planning, development, logistics and execution of performance, motorsports, hospitality and general event production.


Our team has brought together, over the years, all the influences necessary to produce a well-run, successful event or project.


Whether it’s music production, live performance, logistics or any facet of event execution, we can provide the experience, resources and partnerships for a successful outcome.


Bill and Pam Thompson

SouthPaw Ventures brings years of experience to every project.

Services We Offer

Flexibility is important to us. We know it’s important to our partners.

Whether we’re needed to propose and develop the aspects of an event, or are needed to provide specific services, we take great pride in serving as a resource to connect the right people and organizations to create success.


A Resource for Your Next Event or Project

From the performing arts and music to sports and community special events, our team offers a full range of services to make each event a true experience for attendees and our partners alike!

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Event and festival planning

Project design and implementation



Sound & Lighting

Food and beverage

Merchandise and More

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Throughout their career, Bill and Pam have developed a dependable reputation in everything they do. They are strong supporters of Des Moines and have been active members of local neighborhood efforts, including serving on the Riverview Project planning committee.


They are members of the Parks Area Foundation board of directors, which was chosen as 2019 Volunteer Organization of the Year for the state of Iowa.


They are also Advisors to Riverview Park Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage Project and Advisors to Captain Roy’s at Birdland Marina Project.


Bill brings extensive experience in motorsports, entertainment, real estate, and event creation/management. For several years, Bill oversaw facets of the Ruan Greater Des Moines Grand Prix event that involved coordinating 700 sponsor signage placements for ESPN race course camera angles and exposure. Bill helped manage a GM race team for six years, which won five national IMSA championships in the process. 

During the Ruan Grand Prix, Pam served as the event’s chief registrar and was instrumental in overall event planning and management activities, including operations and logistics.

Paul Thompson

Paul is deeply involved with a wide range of industry aspects, including artist relations, performance technical production and execution, tour crew coordination and services, sound, lighting and music coordination, development and production. Paul has many years of experience as a live performance, recording studio and teaching artist.


Elizabeth Spain

Elizabeth is an energetic and organized force in any event she becomes involved with. While she has a wide range of talents and experience, Elizabeth specializes in areas such as project operations and logistics development and execution.


Wade Thompson

Wade is very engaged in a full spectrum of activities, including artist relations, performance technical production and execution, tour crew coordination and services, as well as sound, lighting and performance logistics, development and production. Wade also has many years of experience as a live performance and recording studio artist.

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Our team has extensive experience in project production and a ASCAP catalog of over 300 original songs  available.

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Connect         With Us

SouthPaw Ventures, LLC

3000 Grand Ave Suite 1017 Des Moines, IA 50312


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Artists, Organizations and

Facilities We’ve Worked With!

We’ve been honored to work with many of the best names in the business.

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  • Dolly Parton

  • Paul Rodgers

  • Sawyer Brown

  • Tanya Tucker

  • Bad Company

  • Weezer

  • Allman Brothers Band

  • CenterStaging

  • Paisley Park Studios

  • Capricorn Studios

  • Shannon Curfman

  • Howard Leese of Heart

  • Prince Rogers Nelson

  • Sports Car Club of America Pro-Racing

  • General Motors Corporation

  • Farm Progress Show

  • Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones)

  • International Motorsports Association

  • LeRoy Parnell

  • Slipknot


  • ESPN

  • Col. Bruce Hampton

  • Jay Leno Show

  • CTK Management

  • Thunder Audio

  • IMG Lighting

  • Monsanto/Farmers Hybrid Company

  • Jimmy Jam Studios

  • Blue Buffalo Records

  • Kirk West Photography

  • Troy Luccketta (Tesla)

  • Winefest Des Moines

  • Ruan Greater Des Moines Grand Prix

  • Oldsmobile Division of GM

  • Castrol Motor Oil Company

  • Valvoline Motor Oil Company

  • AC Delco Company

  • IndyCar

  • FIA Formula One

  • Trans Am

  • We’ve worked with motorsports race courses like Road America, Sebring International Raceway and Mid-Ohio Race Course.  

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