MEET THE TEAM

 

TOAST is an event and entertainment production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. We have spent the last decade working with some of the most iconic brands and industry leaders, and we have created and curated some of the most preeminent projects and events in North America.

TOAST houses a team that exudes creativity, passion, and technical mastery to guarantee jaw-dropping, exhilarating experiences. Our wealth of corporate, sports, and entertainment savvy assure attention-grabbing productions for our clients. Almost anything can happen in TOAST’s custom-designed environments and often does. Our events are carefully planned and flawlessly executed. For at the core, TOAST is, was, and always will be about imagination. 

Partners


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Kimberly Krouse 

Partner & Director of Talent Relations

In this business, celebrity attendance and strong media relationships can make or break an event. Kimberly Krouse has spent the last decade building a wide network of contacts. As it turns out, her diverse background of international business, Internet marketing, and high-end fashion were all important building blocks for creating the perfect red carpet quarterback! A former model herself, she oversees red carpet arrivals and celebrity wrangling efforts and serves as our press agent with the entertainment media. In addition, Kimberly works closely with several of the top public relations agencies in the world, producing electronic press kits that are distributed internationally following the conclusion of our events. KK has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Oprah, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, and Yoko Ono. Prior to joining TOAST, she was the senior vice president of business development for About.com. Kimberly graduated from the University of Southern California where she majored in international relations and marketing. She also received her Certificate of Mandarin from the Beijing Language and Culture Institute, Beijing. 


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Todd Cooper

Partner & Executive Producer

Todd Cooper loves what he does and it shows. It is a pretty cool gig. He produces and directs large scale, interactive events for some of the biggest brands in the world, including MTV, Rolling Stone, MAXIM, Pepsi, Coors Light, ESPN, Oprah, NASCAR, and Vanity Fair. From celebrity product launches to red carpet premieres to live concerts, Todd has the adept ability to design and manage a successful event for 200 or for 20,000. His background in video and film production has influenced many of the interactive special effects experienced at most TOAST events. Todd often integrates live music into events and has worked with artists like Kanye West, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Pitbull, LL Cool J, Ludacris, Camp Freddy, Run DMC, Wyclef Jean, L.M.F.A.O, Lupe Fiasco, Gym Class Heroes, Blake Shelton, LoCash Cowboys, Jane’s Addiction, and The Roots. Todd graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV. 


Team Members


Ryan Nowlyn 

Production Manager

Ryan has been producing high-profile and red-carpet events, corporate meetings, and theme parties for the better part of two decades. Since joining TOAST in 2005, his creative direction and unique insights have made him an integral part of the team. His talent for integrating interactive ideas and concepts gives him an edge when serving as production manager for events that include Rolling Stone Super Bowl parties.

Previously, Ryan was an account manager for an international themed event company specializing in set design and event logistics.

Ryan loves to be deep in the mix on all of his projects, making his expertise and focus a fundamental part of TOAST’s planning process and event execution.

 

Erica Lake

Producer

Erica is the straw that stirs the drink for TOAST. She plays a vital role in every project, from working with the creative team on the initial sales pitch to supervising the load-out. Erica coordinates a variety of elements in our programs, including venue selection, stage management, and talent direction.

In her time at TOAST, she has already co-produced events for Rolls Royce, Coors Light, the NCAA, The United States Olympic Committee, SuperDraft, and The Justice Ball. Her multi-faceted background in TV (Dr. Phil and The Doctors) makes her an asset to every TOAST event. 

 

AMANDA PIERCE 

PRODUCER & DESIGNER

Amanda Pierce has been involved in the planning industry for the past eight years and brings her unique ideas and passion for creativity to all events. Amanda and her art department understand that every event has a concept that deserves its own personal, one-of-a-kind style. That style has previously gained her rave reviews at a CoverGirl launch event, Inc. Magazine's GROW CO Conference and the InTouch Weekly VMA Bash. 

Danielle O’Connor

Art Director

Originally from Germany, Danielle came to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue a degree in visual communication at California State University of Long Beach. Since joining the TOAST team, she has proved herself to be a valuable asset, producing innovative designs and demonstrating an ability to work magically and seamlessly with every brand. She prides herself on her ability to partner with TOAST’s clients and fully understands their goals and challenges.

With over 15 years of experience in the design field, Danielle knows how to take a project from concept to final delivery. Her German conscientiousness and organizational skills ensure that budgets and schedules are being kept tightly on track. 

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raquel rodriguez

designer

Raquel has more than 18 years’ experience as a graphic designer and artist. A School of Visual Arts alumna, Raquel comes from a long line of print industry pros. She has design in her DNA. For the past two years, she was responsible for the design and branding for Jersey City’s Fourth of July festival and now the New York Pizza Festival. She also provides Jersey City with graphics for its Innovation Team, a department focused on conservation, smart growth, and entrepreneurship. 

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Arvind jayaram

social media strategist

Arvind Jayaram has 12+ years of experience in integrated marketing and branded content. He’s a marketing visionary focused on building programs that engage, inspire, convert, and provide an amazing consumer experience. Arvind’s deep understanding of media includes social, mobile, ad networks, and digital ecosystems. He is a trusted adviser to clients such as ESPN, Disney, EA, Kellogg’s, FOX Entertainment, Ford, and Toyota. Experience in both media and data combined with a sharp business and analytical acumen are why Arvind is a one of a kind member of the TOAST team. 

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kevin pierce

production designer

For over 25 years, Production Designer Kevin Pierce has excelled at transforming ideas into colorful sets and landscapes that stir the senses.

Kevin has successfully managed to balance his boundless visual creativity and love for design with a disciplined awareness of budgets, schedules and crew management. Luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey and Spike Lee as well as diverse clients such as the NBA, Playboy, HBO and AMC hit TV series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have all relied on him to create spectacular, multidimensional sets and environments. 

Over the years, Kevin has enjoyed working on numerous projects for the NBA, including commercials and television programs directed by Adam Levitt, Steve Michaud as well as live events for various All-Star Weekends. They include: NBA Legends, NBA Hall of Fame Roundtable, NBA League Pass and NBA Up All Night. 

Whether he's designing a 30-second television spot for BET, a music video for J Lo, a feature film for Disney, a theme party or awards show environment for Hollywood or an Afghan village for military training, Kevin possesses the rare ability to work calmly and methodically through would-be problems while maintaining the vision and confidence necessary to see the finished product – long before it has been completed. It is this marriage of equanimity and imagination that allows him to adapt quickly under pressure and lead his crew of talented artisans through the obstacles inherent in any creative process. 

Kevin can usually be found working, playing and enjoying life in Los Angeles, New York or at home in the high desert of New Mexico.     


team Credits

TOAST photo & video credits include, but are not limited to: @samschneider, @jbjakubek, @tampabob@okroque, @youknowme_rp, @photosmith_official, @petersvenson1@bikiniteamtv, @thehalocam, @benshaniphotos@1012creative