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. Encinas organized his first fashion show in 2013 as a launch for his modeling and makeup studio. In 2014, he became co-director of the Miss Ohio Latina pageant. Encinas has presented collections at Fashion Week Columbus in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and the Opera Columbus Gala in 2019.