A former Museum Director & Design Director for The National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., with more than 35-years of experience, Mr. Jeffrey A. Dering is an internationally recognized consultant to both Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organizations & For-Profit Business Sectors.
Since 1991, Mr. Dering serves as Principal Owner, Dering Design & Fine Art Consultants, Sarasota, Florida, USA, with specialized expertise in the Design, Development, Production, Marketing and Management of:
- Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organizations, including master planning, business development, education programs, capital fundraising, strategic partnerships, visitor experience, profit centers, research, grants, sustainability and operations with P&L responsibility.
- Museum-quality Fine Art Assets, including Contemporary, Modern Masters and Old Masters for international museums, foundations, governments and private collectors, including marketplace analysis, financial transactions, authentication, appraisals, provenance, conservation, scientific forensic analysis, historical research, imagery, insurance, security, handling and transport.
- Cultural Attractions, Exhibitions and Museums, including Science Centers, Special Events, Sports Venues, Zoos and Aquariums.
- Media and Publishing, including Digital, Film, Graphics, Interactive, Optical Disc, Print, and Video, as well as, Intellectual Properties and Licensed Products.
From 1972 to 1987 Mr. Dering served in executive positions to both private and public corporations with expertise in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, as well as, Architectural and Industrial Design.
In 1988, while serving as Museum Director and Design Director for The National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., Mr. Dering pioneered many new, emerging, interactive “hands-on” media technologies, and produced the GEOGRAPHICA Interactive Science Exhibition for the Society’s Explorers Hall Museum, which included Earth Station One, an audience-controlled, interactive, multi-media classroom theater, featuring an 11-foot globe, floating on air.
In 1989, Mr. Dering negotiated the “First” US-USSR Cultural Business Joint Venture between The National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. and State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
This historic US-USSR Cultural Business Joint Venture Agreement paved the way for Russian museums to independently control their financial operations; establish financial and cultural joint ventures with Western corporations and museums; and, establish funding opportunities for restoration and conservation of specific art and artifacts, such as the State Carriage of Czar Catherine II with funding contributed by Federal Express.
Furthermore, the US-USSR Cultural Business Joint Venture Agreement provided opportunity for Mr. Dering to develop the first of many international blockbuster cultural exhibitions, including the highly acclaimed tours of Catherine The Grea and Nicholas II and Alexandra: Last Czars of Russia.
As a result of his efforts, Mr. Dering was honored in 1989 as “First” American Museum Director to serve upon an active committee (the Marketing Committee) of a Board of Governors of a Russian museum (then Soviet), State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1991, Mr. Dering was contracted by the Orlando Science Center as Director of Long Range Planning, and Director of Exhibitions, with the responsibility to design, develop and produce a long-range master plan for a $40 Million, 200,000 SF science museum and $12 Million in educational, interactive exhibits to serve Central Florida well into the 21st Century.
Since 1997, Mr. Dering serves as consultant on cultural-entertainment attractions, exhibitions and museums to F. Steven Lewelling, Principal, LEWELLING & ASSOCIATES, Corona del Mar, CA. Mr. Lewelling is former VP of Operations for The Walt Disney Company, whose career credits with Disney include Tokyo Disneyland and Paris Disneyland, as well as, projects for Disneyland International and Universal Theme Park, Osaka, Japan.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Dering was contracted to serve as Director of Marketing of The PhilanthArt Foundation, a London-based, private philanthropic foundation with responsibility for marketing and management of a collection of more than 1,000 Museum-quality Fine Art Assets.