Lacey fell in love with the idea of transporting guests into other worlds through physical spaces during her first job as a production assistant with a museum-design firm. After gaining international marketing and branding experience through stints with both Universal Studios’ Creative and Warner Bros., this boss-lady soon found a way to combine her skillsets in Experiential Design. She went on to spend five years as the Design Director for an event agency in LA and NYC, executing events for brands such as Harry Potter, Zappos, DC Comics, New Balance and Chapstick. With an intense passion to be back in the studio and to be “making stuff,” she started Crush Studio in 2016 so that she could build a team focused on the design & production process.
When she isn’t rearranging the office, you can find her practicing Spanish, south of the border, preferably somewhere with salty air and big waves.
Chennelle’s extensive background in hospitality, special events, and conferences inspired her to join the TedxMileHigh team, which eventually led her to Crush. We couldn’t be more pumped to have her, Never one to shy away from adventure, Chennelle has just the right amount of experience, passion and muscle that makes her perfect for the bananas world of events and design. Her background in hospitality quickly becomes apparent as this woman is the studio champ in patience. She likes her timelines and budgets but loves keeping us in line even more—and does it all while keeping a consistent focus on the creative vision of any project.
When she’s not writing one of us a to-do list on a sticky-note, you can find this mama cooking up some GF-AF goodies, or taking her puppies and hubs on a long Colorado hike.
This NYC native was immersed in the world of design and architecture at a young age while simultaneously learning the art of navigation in the New York City Subway. After graduating with a degree in Interior Design, Karla realized that experiential design was an opportunity to cultivate environments that speak to both the emotions and senses. Throughout a project, she develops project concepts, creates 3D renderings, and makes sure everything looks just-so on-site. We challenge you to find a set dimension she hasn’t memorized by heart.
When she’s isn’t cruising around in an F150 blasting some Kacey Musgraves, you might catch a glimpse of her on two planks floating down the side of a snowy mountain, or hitting up the latest restaurant recommendation in NYC or Denver.
This native Angeleno started her career as a production assistant on a music video shoot, running between the production and costume department— sewing and stapling. And she was hooked. She did a lap around the Big Apple, working her way up in a PR and brand management firm ultimately landing the role as Account Executive to companies such as Google, Sleep Number, Nickelodeon and Oath/Aol. She now guides our clients through the various stages of a project life cycle. Her bubbly personality and high energy make her a natural fit for cultivating relationships with both new and existing clients, while her creativity brings a spark to kick off any new project.
Once her color-coded calendar is organized and set, you can find her bouncing around the boxing gym or speeding down the city streets via her favorite mode of transportation, a Bird.
Nicole started her career at a boutique PR firm specializing in publicity for independent films—which is where she fell in love with the entertainment business and events. She hopped over to Chicago for a hot minute and worked as the Director of Publicity for Metro and smartbar, while also secretly studying the elements of stage production. Today she brings the buzz at Crush by ensuring that all our events are dialed-in and photo-ready. This mama coordinates all the nitty gritty project details and usually with certifications and structural drawings in her back pocket. At the end of the day, she’s just psyched to wear a fanny pack to work.
When she’s not navigating a cargo van down The 405, you can catch her rock climbing at the nearest crag, mapping out her next backpacking trip, and partaking in any Type II fun
This little angel landed on our doorstep fresh out of college and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her. With her experience interning at Hallmark, we knew she would be able to work her magic with some paper crafts. She earns her keep by creating patterns, graphics, illustrations, and layouts galore for all of our event needs. She can frequently be found using her savvy craft skills to install vinyl graphics and style spaces.
When she isn’t drawing at the office, you can find her drawing out of the office—likely in the good company of her hubby and their small family of four furbabies.
Prior to Crush, Leah ran marketing and events for a variety of small businesses in Denver. When she’s not running around town making our pillow and prop dreams come true, this feisty chica keeps Crush running smoothly. She’s responsible for keeping the lights on and our studio well-stocked with Gaff tape—and also manages our growing list of inventory and storage. She has an uncanny knack for knowing where all the things are, at any point and time. In addition, Leah is one of the voices behind our Instagram accounts, where she highlights the rad projects we are producing! and It would mean a lot to her if you followed us on Insta @crush_studio.
When she’s isn’t organizing a room full of boxes over her head, you can find Leah at a dive bar listening to live music, on a grassy, sunshine-y knoll listening to live music, or at an art festival ...listening to live music.
Nicole comes to us from the world of TedxMileHigh, where she served as the Operations Director and COO. She also worked in the Obama Administration and partnered with Secret Service and local stakeholders to create seamless events with tailored messaging. So yeah, we trust her. You might not see much of her, but Nicole plays a big advisory role to the Crushers and makes sure all of us are rowing in the same direction. She dials in our processes and procedures on the day-to-day level, streamlines communications, as well navigates the intricacies of working in a fast-paced and intense industry. Nicole additionally serves as a senior producer on special projects.
When she isn’t GS*!D and tagging her emails, Nicole can be found traveling, laughing, and brunching with her husband and two daughters, Vera and Rosalie.