NAVIGATION

Meet The Team

 

Owners

We have a fantastic group of fearless leaders that design the road map, set the expectations, and manage the company as a whole. Combined, these owners represent more than 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Get to know them a bit more by reading their bios below.

Jeff Schilling
Founder
Starting this business came from the inspiration I got from my grandpa right after college. He encouraged me to use my experience in business, creativity and construction, to build a business that would be able to give back its time, talents and treasures. This was the spark that ignited the idea to create this company and build upon the legacy of my great grandfather who was a master craftsman and cabinetmaker back in the late 1880’s.
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Kimberly Schilling
Facilitator of Fun
One of the most important things I’ve continued to do as the company has grown over the years is to be relentless about building our culture and spending time with people individually to know their story. Infusing fun in the work environment has also been something that I’ve continued to strive for as we build this EPIC team to succeed both personally and professionally.
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Armando Lanuti
President
I value creating memories with my family above all else. Even if the world changed tomorrow, memories are something we will all have and share forever. I'm also a huge technology geek, an avid consumer of audio books, and I'm always looking for ways to inspire our team. I am a big proponent of giving back and I instill that in our culture at Creative Works, using our team's unique talents to provide for those who are less fortunate.
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Amy Lanuti
Leader of Fun
I was 18 years old when I started in the FEC word. I managed a laser tag facility in Carmel, IN for several years. My passion for children and encouraging play began in college. I love being part of Creative Works where we help our customers build an inviting center where children can be creative, energetic and create friendships. It is a wonderful gift to bring all around the world with our products.
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Leadership Team

 

Russ Van Natta
VP of Sales
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Empowering
Driven
Competitive

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Energetic
Curious
Nerdy
Danny Gruening
VP of Marketing
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Challenging
Creative
Caring

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Curious
Adventurous
Resourceful
Melissa Cameron
Senior Project Manager
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Inspiring
Entertaining
Evolving

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Empowering
Resourceful
Reliable
Mark McLaughlin
Director of Support
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Creative
Fun
Rewarding

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Driven
Diligent
Innovative
Katie Ross
Director of Creative Design
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Family-Oriented
Innovative
Nurturing

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Detail-Oriented
Creative
Versatile
Sean Williams
Production Manager
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Fluid
Diverse
Dedicated

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Driven
Passionate
Invested
Rachel Richard
Director of People and Culture
3 Words to Describe our Culture
Empowering
Collaborative
Family-Oriented

3 Words to Describe my Personality
Advocate
Empathetic
Community Builder

Sales Team

 

Athena Symonds
Experience Consultant
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Email: athena@thewoweffect.com
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Kelly Lonzo
Experience Consultant
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Email: kelly@thewoweffect.com
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Nick Salfity
Experience Consultant
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Email: nick@thewoweffect.com
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Billy Quan
Experience Consultant
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Email: billy@thewoweffect.com
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Ryan Woodruff
Experience Consultant
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Email: ryan@thewoweffect.com
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Production Departments

We bring your ideas to life with a talented team of designers, sculptors, craftsmen, painters, and artisans. Our 30+ team members belong to multiple departments that make sure every piece we build supports our mission of delivering the WOW Effect to you.

  • Design – This is where every project starts, and where ideas are put onto paper. It’s also where you can expect to see toys and figurines peeking out from every nook and cranny…they say it’s for creative inspiration, but maybe they just like to play with action figures! When they’re not busy playing with toys, our designers create concept sketches and renderings to make sure we capture your vision. These designs are the north star that every other department uses to bring your ideas to life. Our designers also create all the architectural layouts and plans that you’ll need for planning and build-out.
  • Wood – These guys love the smell of saw-dust in the morning! The carpenters are comfortable with any tool, whether it’s an advanced CNC router a good old-fashioned hammer. This team creates the bones and infrastructure of many of the props and pieces that we build for our clients.
  • Foam – Did you know that we build props using foam? Many people don’t. In fact, most people wonder how it’s possible to create anything with structural integrity using foam. Our sculptors cut and stack layers of foam and carve the rest of the design by hand. Then we apply the magic hard-coat that turns the soft foam into an unbreakable structure. The foam department looks like a winter wonderland because every surface is covered with little specks of foam that look like snow!
  • Paint – Our painters are magicians with airbrushes. Their work tends to be most noticeable to clients because they apply the “eye candy” to every piece and prop. And it’s all the more impressive when you learn they paint in black light using only 7 colors. Your typical home improvement store has thousands of colors, but black light paint has a very simple palette. From only 7 colors, our artists create unbelievable murals and landscapes.
  • Quality Control – Quality control checks every prop, structure, and fabricated piece before they leave Theme Factory. This team wraps and packs everything to make sure your deliverables arrive to your facility in perfect condition.
  • Support – Our support techs are troubleshooting and technical masters. They provide all the electronic guts for our props, repair components, and help clients with technical issues. Simply put, they make things work and they keep things ticking.