We love our work and are considered among the best, if not the best, at what we do. We value and welcome the challenges our clients bring us, which provide the new opportunity to collaborate, synthesize ideas, design and build unique and innovative expressions of creativity – an essential characteristic of any meaningful work.
Managing partner John Marhoefer gives you insight into our beginnings, our philosophy, growth and commitment to our work and to you.
Read our story to learn even more of our history, meet some of our key management team members, learn about our award-winning projects and our Innovation Partners with whom we’re always exploring new methods and ideas.
When you need something built that has never been constructed before, Entech Innovative Engineering finds a way to execute it. From the intricate complexity of the display mechanism for the Smithsonian’s Hope Diamond to the magnificent grandeur of Walt Disney Company’s Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary Iconic Regalia, Entech can make anything! Creating the dynamic, captivating, compelling, educational and innovative for the industries we serve is our passion and focus at Entech Innovative.
After two decades of accomplishment, our award-winning work is installed worldwide and our reputation for leading innovation in our industry continues to grow.
From Humble Beginnings
Founder John Marhoefer chose the challenge of starting his own company on the principles learned as a young engineer of sound structural and mechanical design, cost-effective problem solving and on the basis of customer commitment. From our humble beginnings in a mother-in-law suite over a garage to our 30,000 square foot office and fabrication facility of today, Entech Innovative has grown in response to the needs of our varied clients. To meet our clients’ needs, we approach each project with a combination of creativity and practicality to create design solutions that deliver the client’s vision while making engineering and financial sense.
One early example is a project we, as a small young company, created for the Universal Studios Hollywood Flintstones Stage Show. The Pterodactyl Airline, a truly complex element, “flew” over the audience carrying performers, making the quality and durability of the design and construction essential to public safety during performances. At the same time, the creative representation had to be believable within the story of the show.
After convincing the visiting project executives we had the resources to take on the job, John and the team got together and built what proved to be the first in a long line of what Entech Innovative would come to specialize in: complex, engineered, iconic elements other companies avoid or are not sure how to create.
To A Reputation For Leading Innovation
Since then, Entech Innovative has helped scores of clients realize their visions; helping them navigate the design build process, developing innovative solutions to fabrication and engineering problems, suggesting alternatives to established processes when it makes sense for the success of the project and always seeking the challenge of the project we have not done before. In each case, Entech Innovative uses our rare combination of innovative insight and no-nonsense solution sense to develop an end result that exceeds the expectations of an impressive client list which includes Disney, Universal Studios, FAO Schwarz, Ford, Hard Rock and The Smithsonian Institution.
Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)
2000: The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man at
2001: Men In Black Alien Attack at Universal
2005: Mission: Space at Walt Disney World's Epcot
2009: The Simpsons Ride at Universal Orlando
2010: Toy Story Midway Mania at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando
2011: Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando
2015: Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Interactive Wands at Universal Orlando
2018: Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando
2020: Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando
Associated Builders & Contractors Central Florida Chapter
Excellence In Construction
2013: Disney's Art of Animation Resort
2016: Walt Disney World HUB Enhancement
2017: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Heroes And Legends Ramp Canopy
2018: Miami Design District Urban Jam and Caryatids
Safety Training Evaluation Process - Gold Award
2019: SeaWorld Orlando Infinity Falls Interactive Canopies
Safety Training Evaluation Process - Platinum Award
American Composites Manufacturers Association
2012: LYNX Bus Shelters, International Drive, Orlando
Award For Composites Excellence - Most Creative Design Application
Meet the Team
Owner and Chief Engineer
John Marhoefer, the firm’s managing partner and chief engineer, has more than three decades of experience developing successful projects for the entertainment industry. John has an extensive background in many disciplines including structural, dynamic mechanical, controls and power distribution systems. The rare combination of knowledge and skill provides him with the tools necessary to successfully integrate a wide variety of disciplines into cohesive projects – a vital skill set for creating complex environments, systems, creative icons and structures. John attended Lehigh University on scholarship and graduated with a BSCE degree and subsequently earned an MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.
Jeff has experience in communications, marketing, writing/editing, social media and graphic design experience with newspapers, magazines, Web sites, public affairs, a theme park and corporate communications.
He has professional marketing, communication plan, and change management experience as well as project management experience in the hospitality industry. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Florida.
Ian has more than 20 years of experience in project management, operations management and production in the construction and visitor park industries. Additionally, he is skilled in the fabrication, assembly and troubleshooting of mechanical components and field installation.
His fabrication and integration management responsibilities include hands-on direction of the project management, engineering and production teams, prioritizing workloads, and ultimate accountability for the profitability of Entech Innovative. Ian is experienced and skilled in all areas of the custom design build process and has the depth and breadth to effectively and proactively identify project elements which may pose challenges and devise plans to avoid them. Ian has a proven ability to assess the situation and make effective decisions to resolve obstacles to keep the project moving.
Senior Project Manager
Shane Gray has been involved in production, project, facilities, and production management for more than 20 years. He has held many positions over that time due to his practical and technical knowledge, aesthetic acumen, people skills and fabrication abilities. Those roles include Production Director at a theming company; General Manager of an FEC/amusement park where he was responsible for the grand opening and operation of the park during its first two seasons; and Project Manager of many complex custom design-build projects for Entech, including the award-winning Blue Horizons show set for Sea World San Diego.
With hands-on experience at every level of the custom design build industry, he truly leads by example. His flexibility and facility with stepping into a project at any stage of development and taking ownership ensures that every project will meet the client’s goal.
Business Development and Estimating Manager
Since graduating with his Mechanical Engineering degree in 2012, Justin is been able to say, “My engineered work has been a part of some of the largest expansions in themed entertainment history.” He has worked on projects for the many Disney and Universal parks, the Daytona International Speedway, and multi-use commercial spaces. For Walt Disney, he was part of the design of some of the water features for “Voyage of The Crystal Grotto” at Shanghai Disney and the restoration of the Empress Lily and its conversion into the Paddlefish Restaurant.
The Paddlefish project entailed restoring her original glory with modern flair and the addition of the paddle wheel and smoke stacks. During the construction of Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, he was part of the development of the show action equipment elements.
Eric Roehl has a bachelor's and master's degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. During his sophomore and junior years at Florida Tech, he did an internship with Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. There he had the opportunity to do hands on engineering work on Los Angeles Class Attack Submarines and the construction and overhaul of Nuclear Aircraft Carriers.
After graduating, Eric when to work at the American Bureau of Shipping in New Orleans. At ABS, he was responsible for the plan review of structural, mechanical, electrical, piping, and safety system of ships, barges and yachts.
After three Years at ABS, he returned to Florida to become an engineer and project manager at Structural Composites. In his 16 years there, he worked on a variety of projects for theme parks, defense contractors and the