The

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Team.

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MISSION

We're Here to Help You Succeed in Uncertain Times.

A limited-time taskforce of experts from finance to marketing, our goal is to join resources in response to the current needs of business owners while our community & economy is in limbo — giving you the outside braintrust & skillsets needed to keep your business afloat & help you grow during this difficult time.

WHY US

Experience Is The Difference.

From Fortune 500 to Local Brands

We have the experience to give you the insight & execution you need to succeed. Below is a sample of just a few of the brands our members have helped & we look forward to using our combined skills to help you reach your goals.

MEET THE TEAM

Our Experts

Our team of executives & business owners came together to help companies stuck in limbo due to our current environment — to reset and thrive.

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TRADEMARK LAW x STRATEGY

Nik
Sallie

BIO →

Nik has over 18 years experience in marketing and branding, having worked for Virgin records as a marketing rep in Dallas Fort Worth to support artists like Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz.

She has over a decade experience in law specializing in intellectual property, specifically trademarks. Nik has also worked at Facebook for almost a decade, first in Intellectual Property Operations and now in sales in the Global Business Group, advising Fortune 500 healthcare companies on their advertising strategy.  On average she manages and generates 8 figures per quarter in advertising revenue.

Additionally, she owns NikSallie.com, a trademark Law Firm supporting six figure women entrepreneurs in building and protecting their businesses so they can manifest their purpose into profits. Nik is also a Master Reiki Healer and was named a 2020 Woman to Watch by Austin Woman Magazine. Connect with Nik on social media @NikSallie

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EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING

Jane Claire Hervey

BIO →

Jane Hervey is a creative producer based in Austin, Texas. She’s the founder of group work, a boutique studio that helps creative start-ups, arts and entertainment organizations and nonprofits curate compelling experiences, tell stories and create truthful brands online and off. Over the last few years, she has launched a nonprofit, developed festival identities, produced conferences, managed tours, directed photo shoots, created social media personalities and so much more.

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OPERATIONS / COO

Christine Lopez

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Christine Lopez founded Blue Chiron with over 25 years of experience in operations, project and production management, workflow design and implementation. She has worked in both agency and in-house environments, managing teams to create integrated campaigns for Mercedes-Benz, Armani Exchange, Absolut Vodka, Verizon, and MillerCoors. Christine believes that a finely tuned workflow produces superior deliverables and maximizes revenue.

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CRO x FINANCIAL STRATEGY

Chris Sica

BIO →

Chris Sica went to U. Richmond and while earning a degree in Biochemistry, got his start in sales and marketing by building a sales organization that did over 1mm in revenue before graduating.  He then moved to NYC and was the Dir. of Business Development for a fintech startup, Vestorly, that completed it’s series A in 2017.  He then saw an opportunity in the college textbook market and built a textbook wholesaling business with reps in 28 states.  Not well versed in web development, but needing an app, he moved to Austin Texas and with his co-founder, started his idea of the perfect coding school, Austin Coding Academy.  It is the largest coding bootcamp in Texas by students.  He is currently the Chief Revenue Officer for The Ronin Society, a consultancy that helps business owners scale using budgets, forecasting, and weekly strategy sessions.

GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY x CREATIVE DIRECTION

Kana
LiVolsi

BIO →

CEO, Dos Mundos Creative

A believer in the power of media, Kana challenges our team, clients & partners to produce smarter & more inclusive content so that our efforts not only benefit the brand fiscally, but also earns some points with the Universe (aka “millennial equity.”)

For over a decade, Kana focused on entertainment media, working in production for companies such as NBC, HBO, Showtime, BBC, Nike & MTV before transitioning into the digital publishing industry where she created strategies for publishers & retailers such as Harper-Collins Publishing, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Cox Media, Conde Nast, Google, Apple, Sony & Amazon — to name a few. A pioneer in the eBook space, her creative campaigns as Marketing Director for BooksOnBoard included work with a wide array of partners from Tyra Banks, to the Daytime Emmys & Nascar. All of which, helped the virtually unknown eCommerce store grow to be the #1 largest independent eBookstore in the world —  #3 overall behind only Amazon & Barnes & Noble.

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INFLUENCER CONSULTING

Jane
Ko

BIO →

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. A Taste of Koko has been voted best local Austin blogger by the Austin Chronicle in 2018 and 2019 and has been featured in O Magazine, InStyle Magazine, OWN TV Network, and The New York Times. 

Koko launched her blog in 2010 and has been doing it full-time since 2015 and has worked with over 300 brands on influencer campaigns like Target, IKEA, Whole Foods, Best Buy, Visit Germany, and more. Tourism destinations include New Mexico, Miami, Michigan, Macau, California, Arkansas, and more.

Shop Koko is her very own line of foodie tees that help support local non-profits in Austin and she also self-published her first book, Koko’s Guide To Austin, a pocket-sized guidebook to Austin that’s sold in 40 locations in Austin.

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AUDIO BRANDING x STRATEGY

Tamara
Deike

BIO →

Tamara Deike has been a fixture in the entertainment space for more than a decade. Cutting her teeth at Om Records, overseeing 200+ releases. A former Vice contributor, booking agent, artist manager, promoter, and DJ. Her career has taken her from managing Rose McGowan during the MeToo movement overseeing her #1 New York Times Bestseller; to event production for Spotify, Facebook, and for artists like Beck, Sheryl Crow, and Cage the Elephant. Today, she resides in Austin, where she is the founder of Aces High – an agency focused on creative, audio branding, and media/event production. “Bring Music Home” is her latest endeavor, a book + podcast featuring 200+ music venues across 30 cities during the pandemic.

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INVESTOR STRATEGY x BIZ DEV

Elisa
Sepulveda

BIO →

Elisa is an experienced operator with specializations in growing early stage businesses and communities. She specializes in business development, go-to-market strategy and fundraising. She currently is growing the Data Board, a private community for Fortune 500 executives working in data strategy. She is also a local Director of Founder Institute Austin, a pre-seed accelerator where she has helped graduate 64 entrepreneurs. Elisa has worked at the intersection of technology, education, policy, and community for the last ten years with IBM, CognitiveScale, Galvanize, and the Riveter. When she isn’t advising startups, Elisa spends her free time with her horse Watson and miniature schnauzer, Lola “Potato”.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

Cara
Caulkins

BIO →

Cara Caulkins is the founder and president of Cara Caulkins Communications, a boutique PR firm based in Austin, TX specializing in media relations, events and marketing communications for consumer lifestyle brands and businesses. With over 12 years of experience working for award-winning global PR agencies, national consumer brands and for her own clients, Cara brings a wealth of knowledge to any marketing communications strategy and campaign execution. In Fall 2016, Austin Way Magazine, named Cara on “The List” -a who’s who of prominent Austin-based community leaders, business executives, athletes and celebrities. In 2019 and 2020, Cara was nominated for the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power, recognizing Central Texas women leaders. Cara and her team have produced and executed public relations campaigns and events for notable clients including Bumble, Kendra Scott, Away, CLEAN Cause, Teen Vogue and more.  Cara’s clients have been featured in media outlets nationwide including MSNBC, Real Simple, New York Times, Inc., Texas Monthly, and more! Cara Caulkins Communications merges her personal passions with her professional interests in supporting great brands that encourage others to look, feel and live the best version of themselves.

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EXECUTIVE COACH

Robin
Emmerich

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Robin Emmerich, D.PSc. is trained and certified as an expert in the subconscious mind through world-renowned psychologist, Dr. Coletta Long and ‘Creativity in Business’, the famed Stanford University master’s degree course by Dr. Michael Ray. Robin’s personal journey and professional knowledge led her to develop a unique method to help others discover their true desires and live a fulfilling life. She’s been featured as Inc Media’s first-ever invitee for ‘Ask Me Anything in Health and Wellness,’ Bumble Bizz first-ever Career Coach, and Austin Under 40 Award’s 2019 ‘Mentor of the Year’ finalist and recently launched her new book, “Love the Mess”, which premiered at number one on the Amazon bestseller list on both Death & Grief and Creativity Self-Help.

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DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY

Parker
Golson

BIO →

Parker is a full-time brand strategy savant and blatant Aries. Having started in social media management, with a background in psychology and consumer statistics, he’s constantly aiming to couple mission-driven brands to their tailored digital presence. Certified in Facebook Blueprint and Google Ads, he roots his work in analytics just as much as creativity.

Since starting his career in digital at Juice Society, Parker continues to thrive in diverse, female-led work environments. When he’s not jumping between apps or steering content production, Parker spends his time tending to his houseplants and burning through whatever new show just came out.

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EVENTS x PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Ashland
Viscosi, PMP

BIO →

Ashland is the Founder of Creatives Meet Business (CMB), an event and podcast series in Austin for creatives of all disciplines to define themselves as “artists” and “creatives” AND “small business owners.” She also hosts, produces, and edits the Creatives Meet Business podcast and helps folks one-on-one with goal planning and various endeavors. 

Ashland values collaboration and accessibility of knowledge and information and wanted to create something unique for the community. The result was CMBXP, a three-day conference featuring 50+ workshops that help artists, creatives, and small business owners in real-time with Business, Marketing, Skills Development and Storytelling.

Before founding both CMB and CMBXP and dedicating her time to community building and transformative educational events, Ashland worked in film and production. She has produced several short films including the festival hit “Rat Pack Rat” (Sundance 2014 – Special Jury Prize for Unique Vision, SXSW 2014), and she was a Production Consultant for “TOWER” (SXSW 2016 – Documentary Grand Jury Winner & Documentary Feature Audience Award Winner).  

Concurrent with her work in film, Ashland honed her fundraising, marketing, and event production skills during her years at an arts-based non-profit. Ashland is also the Sponsor Relations Coordinator with the ATX Television Festival and previously served as the Director of Programming for Social Media Week Austin.

She LOVES connecting people (and actually teaches about it) brunch, cheese plates, and conversations. Invite her to brunch or happy hour if you want to chat!

Packages.

LEVEL 01.

High- Level
Assessment x Consult

Identify Core Issues x Pathways to Success.

$2.5k

Not quite ready to invest in a team or full-scale market analysis x strategy?

We have a low-barrier to entry package to help push you out of the rut and provide some guidance to point you in the right direction to navigate a few of the challenges you are facing — taking into account perspective from 2-3 of our expert departments that you need most.Our Level 01. Package provides an accessible way to utilize the experience x knowledge of our experts.

In this package we use your intake form and guided session to identify the root your issues x provide expert perspective on how to fix it from two different departments. We will identify obvious weaknesses x opportunities x provide insight on potential low-hanging fruit as well as big-picture changes to help you work through your existing issues. At the end, our experts will convene to create a comprehensive report based on the information given to identify a DIY path for you to begin to move the needle on the challenges at hand.

TAKEAWAYS

  1. High-Level Risk-Assessment to identify the what is causing the challenges you are facing.
  2. A DIY Solution Pathways Report with both some low-hanging fruit options to stimulate change more immediately as well as big-picture ideas for you to begin implementing over time to help you begin to build a solid growth.

PROCESS

  • 90 minute meeting w/ 2-3 of our experts (*assigned depending on issue)
  • Offline experts discussion and  combined report compilation.
  • 30 min meeting presentation of findings w/ personalized take-away report of findings x potential solution pathways.

LEVEL 02.

Assessment x
Quick Turnaround
Items

Begin to Move the Needle.

Starting at $7.5k

Need to start making some changes to loosen blockers, but don't have the team to implement?

Our Level 02 package has been crafted to help take you one step further, taking our deliverables and process from Level 01 and creating change with action. In order to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, for Level 02 we require a minimum of 2 action items from the high-level assessment that do not need the extensive research portion ( which would be part of a Level 03 or Custom package) to begin getting traction.

EXAMPLES OF THESE ACTION ITEMS INCLUDE

  • High-Level Assessment x report of findings 
  • Core PR Strategy 
  • 1 Time SEO optimization 
  • 1 Time Financial Strategy Overview 
  • Trademark clearance search 
  • Trademark federal application filing 
  • Texas LLC filing service 
  • 8-session Coaching Package
  • etc.

TAKEAWAYS

  1. High-Level Risk-Assessment to identify the what is causing the challenges you are facing. (Level 01 Package)
  2. A DIY Solution Pathways Report with both some low-hanging fruit options to stimulate change more immediately as well as big-picture ideas for you to begin implementing over time to help you begin to build a solid growth. (Level 01 Package)
  3.  Minimum of 2 Action items from the original assessment. (NEW)

PROCESS

  • 90 minute meeting w/ 2-3 of our experts (*assigned depending on issue)
  • Offline experts discussion and  combined report compilation.
  • 30 min meeting presentation of findings w/ personalized take-away report of findings x potential solution pathways.
  • Process will depend on action items identified

LEVEL 03.

Deep-Dive
Exploratory Package

Get Your Future-Proofed Strategies.

Existing Brands Starting at $15k
New Brands Starting at $25k

Looking to strengthen your foundation — now x in the longterm?

In Level 03, we create an in-depth look at your company, industry x evolution to build the roadmap for a strong foundation that withstands foreseeable issues. Through our process we define potential pathways for innovation & potential internal & external pain points to prepare for.

TAKEAWAYS

  1. All Level 01 to address immediate x obvious issues
  2. Analysis of both your Industry x Complementary Industries for opportunities x threats.
  3. SWOT of your company
  4. Brand Covenants
  5. 12-24 month Roadmap of strategic pathways
  6. Other specific items TBD based on your company’s state x needs

PROCESS

  • 4-6 Weeks interactive and immersive deep-dive into your company and industry
  • Offline experts discussion and  combined report compilation.
  • Team of experts will be built around finding from our first high level meeting and intake form
  • Presentation of Findings, Brand Covenant x Roadmap of Strategic Pathways

CUSTOM

Enterprise Package

Leverage Our White-Glove Approach.

CONTACT US TO GET STARTED

Create a clear prediction of your business future x execute on the most effective plan for optimizing business objectives for success.

Book a time to discuss your needs. For maximum effectiveness, custom packages are typically retainers or Large-Scope Project (min 6-24 months with maintenance packages available for after as needed)

Packages.

LEVEL 01.

High- Level
Assessment x Consult

Identify Core Issues x Pathways to Success.

$2.5k

Not quite ready to invest in a team or full-scale market analysis x strategy?

We have a low-barrier to entry package to help push you out of the rut and provide some guidance to point you in the right direction to navigate a few of the challenges you are facing — taking into account perspective from 2-3 of our expert departments that you need most.Our Level 01. Package provides an accessible way to utilize the experience x knowledge of our experts.

In this package we use your intake form and guided session to identify the root your issues x provide expert perspective on how to fix it from two different departments. We will identify obvious weaknesses x opportunities x provide insight on potential low-hanging fruit as well as big-picture changes to help you work through your existing issues. At the end, our experts will convene to create a comprehensive report based on the information given to identify a DIY path for you to begin to move the needle on the challenges at hand.

TAKEAWAYS

  1. High-Level Risk-Assessment to identify the what is causing the challenges you are facing.
  2. A DIY Solution Pathways Report with both some low-hanging fruit options to stimulate change more immediately as well as big-picture ideas for you to begin implementing over time to help you begin to build a solid growth.

PROCESS

  • 90 minute meeting w/ 2-3 of our experts (*assigned depending on issue)
  • Offline experts discussion and  combined report compilation.
  • 30 min meeting presentation of findings w/ personalized take-away report of findings x potential solution pathways.

LEVEL 02.

Assessment x
Quick Turnaround
Items

Begin to Move the Needle.

Starting at $7.5k

Need to start making some changes to loosen blockers, but don't have the team to implement?

Our Level 02 package has been crafted to help take you one step further, taking our deliverables and process from Level 01 and creating change with action. In order to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, for Level 02 we require a minimum of 2 action items from the high-level assessment that do not need the extensive research portion ( which would be part of a Level 03 or Custom package) to begin getting traction.

EXAMPLES OF THESE ACTION ITEMS INCLUDE

  • High-Level Assessment x report of findings 
  • Core PR Strategy 
  • 1 Time SEO optimization 
  • 1 Time Financial Strategy Overview 
  • Trademark clearance search 
  • Trademark federal application filing 
  • Texas LLC filing service 
  • 8-session Coaching Package
  • etc.

TAKEAWAYS

  1. High-Level Risk-Assessment to identify the what is causing the challenges you are facing. (Level 01 Package)
  2. A DIY Solution Pathways Report with both some low-hanging fruit options to stimulate change more immediately as well as big-picture ideas for you to begin implementing over time to help you begin to build a solid growth. (Level 01 Package)
  3.  Minimum of 2 Action items from the original assessment. (NEW)

PROCESS

  • 90 minute meeting w/ 2-3 of our experts (*assigned depending on issue)
  • Offline experts discussion and  combined report compilation.
  • 30 min meeting presentation of findings w/ personalized take-away report of findings x potential solution pathways.
  • Process will depend on action items identified

LEVEL 03.

Deep-Dive
Exploratory Package

Get Your Future-Proofed Strategies.

Existing Brands Starting at $15k
New Brands Starting at $25k

Looking to strengthen your foundation — now x in the longterm?

In Level 03, we create an in-depth look at your company, industry x evolution to build the roadmap for a strong foundation that withstands foreseeable issues. Through our process we define potential pathways for innovation & potential internal & external pain points to prepare for.

TAKEAWAYS

  1. All Level 01 to address immediate x obvious issues
  2. Analysis of both your Industry x Complementary Industries for opportunities x threats.
  3. SWOT of your company
  4. Brand Covenants
  5. 12-24 month Roadmap of strategic pathways
  6. Other specific items TBD based on your company’s state x needs

PROCESS

  • 4-6 Weeks interactive and immersive deep-dive into your company and industry
  • Offline experts discussion and  combined report compilation.
  • Team of experts will be built around finding from our first high level meeting and intake form
  • Presentation of Findings, Brand Covenant x Roadmap of Strategic Pathways

CUSTOM

Enterprise Package

Leverage Our White-Glove Approach.

CONTACT US TO GET STARTED

Create a clear prediction of your business future x execute on the most effective plan for optimizing business objectives for success.

Book a time to discuss your needs. For maximum effectiveness, custom packages are typically retainers or Large-Scope Project (min 6-24 months with maintenance packages available for after as needed)

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OUR SERVICES

Areas We Offer Assistance

Our team was hand-picked to help best serve the business community with a variety of skills across departments to assure you have an effective custom plan for your business needs.

Digital Marketing

SERVICES →

  • Website Development & Design
  • Graphic Design
  • SEO
  • SWOT & Market Analysis
  • Data Analytics
  • Cross-Marketing Strategy
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Video / Photography
  • Digital Advertising
  • Copywriting
  • Partnerships
  • Creative Direction
  • Art Direction
  • Motion Graphics

Legal Consulting

SERVICES →

  • Trademark clearance search
  • Trademark federal application filing
  • Texas LLC filing service
  • Deep Dive session/consulting on business plan, project management and/or branding from legal perspective

Events / Community

SERVICES →

  • Talent curation & management for virtual events, concerts (musicians, performing artists, etc.)
  • Talent/casting for content-related & digital campaigns (like artists, small business owners & other identity verticals)
  • Community engagement development (connecting company to appropriate nonprofit & managing charity relationship; ensuring charity relationship has a storytelling & content-related, marketing component)
  • Transitioning physical experiences into virtual experiences
  • Event Planning & Production
  • Pivot to Virtual Event
  • Event Programming & Speaker / Talent Curation
  • Sponsorship & Sponsor Event Integration
  • Event Marketing
  • Volunteer Best Practices & Volunteer Management
  • Event Communications Strategy

Financial Strategy

SERVICES →

  • Financial Planning
  • Forecasting
  • Budgeting
  • Goal Tracking
  • Capital Raising

Public Relations

SERVICES →

  • PR Strategy
  • Brand Partnership (including influencers)
  • Event Support & Coordination
  • Pitch Plan Research & Drafting
  • Content writing & messaging aligning with brand
  • Press release creation & distribution
  • Strategically promote brand to local media outlets
  • Oversee general media outreach, pitching, media relations & communications
  • Coordinate & secure media coverage including newspapers, magazines, online publications
  • Coordinate TV appearances
  • Implement social seeding & influencer marketing tactics
  • Develop unique promotions aligning with brand
  • Coordinate strategic community marketing of events & notable/newsworthy partnerships

Digital Media

SERVICES →

  • Podcast Production
  • Video Production
  • Motion Graphics
  • Brand / Commercial Photography

Operations

SERVICES →

  • Integrated Project Management
  • Executive Production (broadcast, digital, audio, print, experiential)
  • Vendor Selection & Management
  • PM Training & Development
  • Workflow Audit, Recommendations & Deployment
  • Integrated Software Platform Recommendations & Deployment
  • Proposals, Pricing & Scope of Work Development & Counseling

Influencer Marketing

SERVICES →

  • Influencer marketing
  • Social media strategy
  • Blogger relations

Executive Coaching & Workshops

SERVICES →

  • CONSULTING
    Create breakthrough results on a personal or professional challenge
  • WORKSHOPS
    Empower your team to authentically lead their best lives
    Boost morale and productivity
    Shift your team’s mindset to increase revenue
    Create healthy communication and culture
    Decrease stress and cultivate work/life balance

OUR PROCESS

How It Works.

From Fortune 500 to Local Brands

We have the experience to give you the insight & execution you need to succeed. Below is a sample of just a few of the brands our members have helped & we look forward to using our combined skills to help you reach your goals.