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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

Co-Founder/CEO

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

Destiny Brassfield

Data Analyst

Wife and mother of two dogs, Kaele and Kolby. Enjoys camping, traveling, painting, and watching way too much TV.

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

Product Manager

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

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

Brian Keith

Engineer

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 Agent

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

Megan Frisbee

Community Manager

Writer, avid reader, Netflix fanatic, hopeless romantic. Lover of chocolate, funny movies, and people who laugh a lot. Addicted to Starbucks and cheap clothes.

Origin: Carthage, MO
Talents: Saying the alphabet backwards in under 3 seconds. Embarrassing herself when meeting famous people.
Inspiration: “If my life weren’t funny, it would just be true. And that is unacceptable.” – Carrie Fisher

Mark Bembnowski

Engineer

Programmer and perfectionist who values the path of least resistance. The phrase “keep it simple, stupid” was first uttered to him.

Origin: Beaver Falls, PA
Talents: Writing code that writes code and cuddling dogs weighing less than or equal to ten pounds.
Inspiration: “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” – Albert Einstein

Steve Tetrault

Co-Founder

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

Matt Gartz

Engineer

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 Esquibel

Customer Happiness Manager

A woman of few words and many facial expressions.

Origin: Ozark, 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

Shawn Shelton

Customer Happiness Agent

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

Vic Vaughan

Customer Happiness Agent

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

Charlotte McCoy

Partnerships Strategist

Happily married and proud mother of two successful children. She’s a marketing and event planning enthusiast who loves to serve and laugh with family and friends. She’s living her dream life.

Origin: Springfield, MO
Talents: Green thumb, trying new recipes, and enjoying the little things.
Inspiration: “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.” – Harvey Mackay

Matt Holland

Customer Happiness Agent

Loves music, foreign languages, writing, traveling, and being with his wife. Drinks too much coffee and once spent three months roaming around Europe with only a backpack.

Origin: Joplin, MO
Talents: Drums, guitar, writing, and making guacamole.
Inspiration: “I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” – John Steinbeck

Jennifer Wampler

Event Specialist

Enjoys having fun with her husband and three kids, and is completely convinced she needs more days with her feet in the sand. When not helping at GigSalad, she runs an online clothing boutique and oversees a non-profit that supports refugees.

Origin: Stevens Point, WI
Talents: Training for and completing half-marathons (three so far), and seeing the best in people.
Inspiration: “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver

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 Wilmington.

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

Kasey Mathews

Bookkeeper

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

Human Resources Generalist

Dedicated wife and mother of three. Learning to transition from a busy life with young children, to having teenagers with lives of their own. A big city girl living in a small world. Loves Jesus, family, friends and her giant mutt!

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

Kory Urban

Engineer

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

Ryan Westeren

Customer Happiness Agent

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

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

Destin Harrison

Customer Happiness Agent

Art lover, part-time musician, and full-time suit separates enthusiast. He enjoys hot tea, Autumn weather, and laughing at any given opportunity.

Origin: Springfield, MO
Talents: Singing and playing guitar, MMA, rapping at a mediocre level.
Inspiration: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

Corey Cowan

Client Relationships Specialist

Interested in epistemology, electricity, physics, and making things. Has always been inquisitive and celebrates new information.

Origin: Aiken, SC
Talents: Music, guitar making, philosophizing, and effortlessly discovering secrets.
Inspiration: “Success is aligning capablities with opportunities.” – Lex Sisney

Jeremiah Chaney

Senior Designer

Self-proclaimed artsy fartsy nerd and a lover of all things design-y. Among many other things, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, cooking up tasty food dishes, making music, going to concerts, and traveling the world.

Origin: Scottsdale, AZ
Talents: Designing visuals, playing instruments, cooking, and doing goofy things that make his wife laugh and say “What am I going to do with you for the rest of our lives?”
Inspiration: “Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.” – Charles Eames