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About Us

Who is GigSalad?

GigSalad is the marketplace for booking bands, musicians, entertainers, speakers and services for parties, productions, and events of all types and sizes. With tens of thousands of performers and professionals for hire across the U.S. and Canada, we provide an easy and secure way to create an extraordinary gathering, whether you’re a first-time event host or a seasoned pro. Book something awesome!

Where and When

It all began back in 2007 when GigSalad co-founders Mark Steiner and Steve Tetrault set out to create a way for party hosts to find the perfect entertainment for their unique events. What started as a simple online directory is now a revolutionary booking marketplace and a leading source of gigs for performers and event service providers across the U.S. and Canada.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC

Our East Coast office used to only house the tech and design staff. Behind-the-scenes stuff, mostly. Since then we’ve grown. We’ve added members of the marketing team as well as new developers and event specialists. Our office faces the banks of the Cape Fear River in the historic downtown area. Even with the distraction of our totally awesome environment, we still manage to get quite a lot accomplished here. Most of the time, anyway.

Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO

The Midwest office is GigSalad’s official headquarters. From members needing technical support to event planners looking to book talent, our Midwest team is the center of our universe. They interact with customers personally--GigSalad is made up of real people, not automatons. We care deeply about making our customers happy.

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


Mark Steiner is the co-founder and CEO of GigSalad. As chief visionary, he leads the company’s business and marketing strategy, focusing on building a strong customer-centric team and connecting with strategic partners. His career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than thirty years, including a decades-long stint booking high-level talent for performing arts centers, festivals, concerts, and corporate events through the agency he founded. Mark is the recipient of the Goodwill Games Peace Prize for a product he created to teach racial equality to children.

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

Quality Assurance Specialist

Entertainment know-it-all and avid laugher. Enjoys traveling, reading, 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


A farm girl in the big city. Her life changed when Heather got her the best job ever at GigSalad. 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


Dedicated wife and mother, taxi driver for her three 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

Joe Batty

Senior Video Strategist

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

Director of Customer Happiness

Constantly in search of answers to questions that no one asked. Likes trivia, television, and almost any board game imaginable. Spends most of his free time hanging with his wife, watching television reruns, and playing Words with Friends. He 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

Digital Marketing Strategist

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 and 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

Shawn Shelton

Customer Happiness

Chain reader, musician, and free spirit. Always makes time to stop and smell the roses.

Origin: Little Rock, AR
Talents: Singing, baking, writing, and reading things that are written backwards.
Inspiration: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

Brian Keith


Enjoys photography, tinkering with computers and thinking about exercising. Managed an above-.500 fantasy football team for one out of the last two years.

Origin: Carolina Beach, NC
Talents: Taking things apart and not putting them back together.
Inspiration: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

Kerri Bilyeu

Customer Happiness

A loving wife and mother. When Kerri isn’t enjoying time with her family, she is relishing time away from them. She’s comfortable and happy at a concert, on a beach, camping, or just relaxing with a book.

Origin: Raymore, MO
Talents: Singing, smiling, encouraging others, and falling for practical jokes.
Inspiration: “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

Steve Tetrault

Co-Founder/VP Product

Steve Tetrault is the co-founder and Product VP for GigSalad. His creative energies are focused on overseeing the GigSalad brand, while leading the design and development teams to create world-class user experiences. After earning degrees in graphic design and advertising from FIT (with additional studies at RISD and SVA), Steve started a design firm to tackle branding and web development projects for startups, musicians, and corporate clients.

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 Brassfield

Search Marketing Strategist

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

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


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

Origin: Goldsboro, NC
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. Avid dog lover. When he 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

Shawna Batty

UX Strategist

After humbling adventures and big city life, Shawna now lives in a quaint midwest city with her film enthusiast husband and their three little babes. She has a weakness for pastries and self-education.

Origin: Camdenton, MO
Talents: Multi-tasking, Googling, and perfecting a New York accent when stuck in traffic.
Inspiration: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

Ryan Westeren

Customer Happiness

Lover of: music and scents, conversations with coffee, making playlists, being rational, intuitive, keeping up with friends and family, live performances. Oregonian at heart.

Origin: Redmond, OR
Talents: Musician, storyteller, your personal DJ.
Inspiration: “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Vic Vaughan

Account Advisor

Servant, husband, father, friend, singer, musician, gardener and horse wrangler. Spends his free time Gourd Dancing at pow-wows and creating leather bags and Native American weapons. Enjoys playing with his two Aussies and studying Cherokee. Loves watching movies about New York City, Indian Heritage, martial arts and the underdog winning.

Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Talents: Singer, writer of songs, plays guitar, Native American flute, electric bass and percussion.
Inspiration: “You can have everything you want in life, if you just help enough people get what they want!” – Zig Ziglar

David Hazan

Marketing Consultant

Marketing consultant David Hazan has consistently conceived and executed breakthrough entertainment marketing campaigns for his tech, brand, agency, event and entertainment clients throughout his extensive marketing career. Having held senior positions at Universal, Warner Music, VH1, and The Orchard, David is currently focused primarily on the intersection of technologiy with the live music and festival sectors.

Origin: New York, NY
Talents: Drumming, ping pong, solving problems.
Inspiration: “Great ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s the ability to make things happen that counts.”

Locke Bircher

Lead Engineer

As a partner and Lead Engineer, Locke Bircher champions GigSalad’s development team, overseeing its tech strategy and implementation. While in high school, Locke built a file sharing website which had over 200,000 members in virtually every country in the world. He earned a degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina.

Origin: Morehead City, NC
Talents: Biking, digital art, fossil hunting
Inspiration: “Simplify, simply, simplify!” – Henry David Thoreau

Matt Gartz


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

Origin: Rochester, NY
Talents: Can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under two 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 and promotes. Loves spending time with his beautiful daughters Iliana and 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 Gundersen

Whitney Smith

Customer Happiness

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

Digital Marketing Strategist

New England native, INFJ personality type, dabbler of all things DIY, “Jack of All Trades and 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

Creative Writer

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

Cory Dinwiddie

Event Specialist

Loves watching movies and playing softball. Proud to be a nerd. When not at work, Cory can be found updating his fantasy sports team, listening to podcasts, or enjoying the occasional game of Magic: The Gathering.

Origin: Camdenton, MO
Talents: Laughing at everything, alphabetizing anything, and enjoying terrible horror movies (yes, that takes talent).
Inspiration: “People is more important than anything, even grammar.” – Dan Harmon

Kevin deLeon


Husband, friend, music maker, New Orleanian. Full-stack programmer with a borderline unhealthy obsession with music and the New Orleans Saints.

Origin: Bogalusa, LA
Talents: Pretty good at guitar and bass. Can flip eyelids inside out.
Inspiration: “Awesome ain’t easy.” – Steve Gleason

Tessie Barnett

Content Strategist

Traveler, thinker, obsessive reader, sketcher, laugher, and lover of nature. Annoyingly curious about everything.

Origin: Springfield, MO
Talents: Playing the same four chords on most stringed instruments, colored-pencil sketches, and maniacal laughter.
Inspiration: “Never trust a man in a jumpsuit.” – Charles Bukowski Hot Water Music

Brian Jenkins

Customer Happiness

Loves music, reading, and binge-watching TV and eating pizza with his wife. Has three amazing kids. Believes that life is about questions, not answers.

Origin: Little Rock, AR
Talents: Turkey frying, trivia contests, writing
Inspiration: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but never simpler.” – Albert Einstein