About Us

Gig Salad is the platform for simple gig booking, providing the ultimate experience for both the talent and the buyer.

What’s in a Gig Salad?

What isn’t? From acrobats to guitarists, magicians to caterers, impersonators to photographers, and everything in between, we’ve got amazing entertainers and services for hire across North America for every type of event.

Gig Salad makes booking performers, bands, speakers, and event services easy and accessible for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time event planner or a seasoned pro, Gig Salad is the #1 destination to book everything you need (and you won’t even have to leave the house)!

Our simple booking platform allows for an easy connection between event planner and talent, so we get to help both sides get the gig. With tens of thousands of skilled pros ready to be booked, Gig Salad provides the recipe for extraordinary events.

Our Manifesto

Each of us interacts with multiple businesses every day, from well-known brands to the mom and pop store on the corner. More often than not, it seems that the service we receive is less than remarkable. Once in a blue moon, a company really stands out. It’s different. It’s better. You just can’t help but to tell your friends about it. We want to be that company for you.

We are committed to:

Under-promising and over-delivering.
Creating exceptional customer experiences, every time.
Listening intently when given input, criticism or praise.
Taking the high road.
Creating things that make life better for our customers.
Doing it the right way, not the easiest way.
Going the extra mile.
Working hard, taking risks, and enjoying the resulting profit.
Having zero tolerance for mediocre work.
Innovating, creating, and improving.

Meet the team!

Mark Steiner

Co-Founder/CEO

Gig Salad co-founder and entertainment industry veteran; loves his family, the USA, and dreaming big. Having the time of his life.

Origin: High Bridge, NJ
Talents: Acting, Texas Hold ’Em, Varmint Shooting
Inspiration: “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

Heather Roonan

Site Administration

Entertainment know-it-all and avid laugher. Enjoys traveling, the movies, spending time with her friends and boyfriend, and watching more TV than any person should.

Origin: Camdenton, MO
Talents: Talking fast, making sarcastic comments, and reading Kasey’s mind
Inspiration: “Every song has a CODA, a final movement. Whether it fades out or crashes away. Every song ends. Is that any reason not to enjoy the music?” – One Tree Hill

Kasey Mathews

Accounting

A farm girl in the big city. Her life changed when Heather got her the best job ever at Gig Salad. When not crunching numbers, she enjoys smiling, attending concerts, and people.

Origin: Long Lane, MO
Talents: Finding things, and finding things out.
Inspiration: “You can’t trust every quote on the internet.” – Abraham Lincoln

Elody Tippie

Gig Salad Operations

Dedicated wife and mother, taxi driver for her 3 kids. Enjoys every minute of the chaotic life she has created with her husband, and loves to plan every detail of every day.

Origin: Portsmouth, VA
Talents: Mommy Powers
Inspiration: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Whitney Smith

Customer Relations

Passionate about people, aesthetics, and breakfast foods. Always trying out a new crazy hairstyle. Enjoys making people laugh. The baby of the Springfield office.

Origin: Springfield, MO
Talents: Baking, painting, furniture restoration, interior decorating.
Inspiration: “I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:1-3

JoAnna Carpentier

Brand Ambassador

New England native, INFJ personality type, dabbler of all things DIY, “Jack of All Trades & Master of None”. Inhabiting the space between too much TV and too many art projects.

Origin: Pittsfield, ME
Talents: Painting, cooking, DIY projects, starting conversations with strangers, hosting dinner parties, and ardently advocating for women’s & LGBTQ rights.
Inspiration: “Believe me when I tell you my soul has squeezed into narrow spaces.” – Anis Mojgani

Jonathan Clark

Site Administration

Fledgling fiction writer and literary critic. Obsessive reader. Has-been skateboarder.

Origin: Columbus, OH
Talents: Writing, Skateboarding, Guitar, Remembering opening sentences from novels.
Inspiration: “Art is work.” – Milton Glaser

Steve Tetrault

Co-Founder, Director of Design & Dev

Husband, father. Gig Salad co-founder. Standing at the intersection of design, technology and entertainment.

Origin: New Bedford, MA
Talents: Designing things, Wiffle Ball pitching, office free throw record holder.
Inspiration: “There is beauty when something works and it works intuitively.” – Jonathan Ive

Devin Wright

Senior Booking Agent

Busy booking celebs, fire performers, mariachi bands, and dancing monkeys. Loves movies, concerts, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Kylie.

Origin: Springfield, MO
Talents: Using an iPhone, losing keys, finding keys, booking people who actually have talent.
Inspiration: “It is amazing what you accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman

Destiny Greenleaf

Site Administration

Design enthusiast. When not working on design projects, Destiny can be found playing with her two pups or enjoying long walks on the beach, though those can be difficult to come by in Missouri.

Origin: Camdenton, MO
Talents: Breathing above water, balancing on one foot, and reciting lines from 30 Rock.
Inspiration: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

Megan Frisbee

Brand Ambassador

Reading and writing fanatic. Lover of movies, music, tv, frappuccinos, the beach, and the color pink. Thrives on chaos, loves making people laugh and is a huge romantic.

Origin: Carthage, MO
Talents: Writing country songs, saying the alphabet backwards in under 5 seconds, bargain shopping, and collecting shoes I never wear.
Inspiration: “If my life weren’t funny, it would just be true. And that is unacceptable.” – Carrie Fisher

Joe Batty

Creative Media

Husband, father, creative junkie. If not spending time with his family, Joe is usually found behind the camera or in front of the computer.

Origin: Osage Beach, MO
Talents: Photography, Filmmaking, Possessing very little belongings
Inspiration: ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Brad Ramsay

Customer Relations

I am constantly in search of answers to questions that no one asked. I like trivia, television, and almost any board game imaginable. I spend most of my free time hanging with my girlfriend, watching television reruns, and playing Words with Friends. I also once wrote a book.

Origin: Crawfordsville, IN
Talents: Logically solving problems, trivia, finding anything on the Internet, reciting quotes from various movies and television shows, as well as walking AND chewing gum.
Inspiration: “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” – Roald Dahl

Shirene Chehrazi

Brand Ambassador

Recently traded in yellow cabs and city strolls for sweet tea and the salty sea breeze. Presently in a long-time love affair with style, music, words & all things design.

Origin: Elon, NC
Talents: Using my imagination. Celebrating the little things. Finding treasures in thrift stores. Making houses feel like homes.
Inspiration: “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

Locke Bircher

Lead Engineer

A happy-go-lucky programmer. An entertaining mix of wit, sarcasm, geekiness, and talking in the third person.

Origin: Morehead City, NC
Talents: Biking, Digital Art, Fossil Hunting
Inspiration: “Simplify, simply, simplify!” – Henry David Thoreau

Matt Gartz

Software Engineer

When not coding magic for Gig Salad, can be found on the links battling against par and opening cans of spinach with his bare hands.

Origin: Rochester, NY
Talents: Can solve Rubik’s Cube in under 2 minutes.
Inspiration: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

Joey Esquibel

Brand Ambassador

Everything music! Writes, records, plays, produces, books & promotes. Loves spending time with his beautiful daughters Iliana & Audrina. Crossfit.

Origin: Ellettsville, IN
Talents: I can sing, play guitar, play some piano, and write songs.
Inspiration: “So be good with what you’re given
For it’s all you have to give
We are only passing shadows
In a mighty wind.”
– Noah Gunderson

John Bacon

Front End Operations Engineer

Front-end specialist with a love for web performance. Grows an awful mustache once a year for charity.

Origin: Morehead City, NC
Talents: Solving problems and creating problems.
Inspiration: “Art is the proper task of life.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Kory Urban

Software Engineer

Bassist in the band Museum Mouth. Avid player of nerdy board games. On an eternal search for new music.

Origin: Texarkana, TX
Talents: Laughing. Guitaring. Programming.
Inspiration: “Don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman

Geoff Davis

Account Advisor

Always ready to experience life. Loves the logistics of things, finding out how stuff works and solutions more than problems. Is an avid dog lover and when isn't hanging out with his French Bulldog he can be found watching movies, listening to music or going to concerts and festivals.

Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Talents: Guessing at stuff, improvising, cooking, playing sports instead of watching them.
Inspiration: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

Stephen Pollock

Account Advisor

Avid adventurer and outdoorsman. With an eye on the next horizon, his powder’s always dry. Fond of camaraderie, campfires, acoustic guitars, and bourbon.

Origin: The Ozarks
Talents: walking hard, unsnagging lures, climbing mountains, flying planes, making music
Inspiration: “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Interested in working here? Contact Us

Where and When

It all began back in 2007 when Gig Salad was founded by Mark Steiner and Steve Tetrault, who set out to create a way for talent buyers to connect with talent. What started as a simple online directory is now a revolutionary booking platform and a leading source of gigs for performers and event vendors.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC

Our office on the east coast is where the behind-the-scenes tech and design stuff takes place. We have a great space on the banks of the Cape Fear River in the historic downtown area along the coast. Even with the distraction of our awesome environment, we still manage to get quite a lot accomplished here.

Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO

The midwest office is Gig Salad’s official headquarters. From members needing technical support to talent buyers looking to book talent for events, our Midwest team is busy meeting the need. Our support personnel and booking agents are real people, not automated answers. We really care about making our customers happy.