Gerardo Encinas moved to Columbus from Mexico in 2002. He owns one of the few all-service event planning agencies in Ohio which is also fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Versatile in his ventures, Encinas organized his first fashion show in 2013 as a launching celebration for his modeling and makeup studio. In 2014, Gerardo became co-director of the Miss Ohio Latina pageant, which allowed him to become further integrated in the world of design. He has presented collections during the finale shows of Fashion Week Columbus in 2016, 2017 & 2018 and the Opera Columbus Gala 2019.