Laurie De Jong
       
     
Adam Cook
       
     
David Steinberg
       
     
Nicole Avnet
       
     
Melissa Rasmussen
       
     
Dr. Timo Sandritter
       
     
Laurie De Jong
       
     
Laurie De Jong

CEO

A former Calvin Klein executive, Laurie brings over 20 years of event and business operations experience to LDJ, which has grown to a multi-million dollar operation under her leadership. As CEO, Laurie oversees the general strategic direction, complexion and structure of the company.

Laurie is sought after as a director of fashion, beauty and corporate events and spearheaded the recent transition of WME | IMG Fashion Week in New York City. As a longtime mentor of women and girls, globally, Laurie’s philanthropic efforts have led to the formation of the Paper Fig Foundation.

A member of the National Association of Female Executives, the Women’s Presidents’ Educational Organization, and the National Association of Professional Women, Laurie was recently selected “Enterprising Woman of the Year” by Enterprising Women Magazine. She has written multiple articles about growing a business and a foundation for the magazine and recently delivered the keynote speech at their annual conference. Under her leadership LDJ has held a spot on the Women Presidents Organization’s list of the “50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses in North America” for several years.

In addition to her duties at LDJ, Laurie is founder and President of the Board of Directors for the Paper Fig Foundation, which now encompasses all of LDJ’s philanthropic efforts. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Marist College, the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and the Great Lakes Arts Association, an arts collaborative in Eastern Africa.

Adam Cook
       
     
Adam Cook

CFO

Adam brings over 12 years of financial management experience to LDJ, ranging from small to large cap firms as well as non-profits and charitable ventures. In addition, he has overseen or consulted on the creation of multiple venture-funded organizations.

His career began in non-profit arts financing and capital campaigns where he was involved in raising over $35MM to purchase and restore a historical NY landmark building for MTC, one of New York’s largest non-profit performing arts institutions. He then worked in client finance for advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, servicing large corporate clients like Coca-Cola, GE Capital, IBM, TD Bank, Blackrock, and UPS.

Most recently, Adam was COO/CFO of venture-funded, and crowd-sourced record breaking Flint & Tinder, a American made men’s clothing company based in New York. Adam oversaw all financial activity leading to 200% revenue growth during his tenure, until they were recently sold to an online retailer.

Adam joined the LDJ team in early 2014 where his diverse financial experience uniquely positions him to view projects and initiatives from different strategic angles. 

David Steinberg
       
     
David Steinberg

Senior Vice President

David brings over 20 years of event operations and production experience to LDJ Productions. He manages the firm's most complex productions and services the WME/IMG, Shinnyo-En, Hearst and L’Oreal Accounts. Through his many years at LDJ, he has produced events for the company in Europe, China, Africa, Haiti and almost every state in the United States.

He was born in Monrovia, Liberia, later spending several years in the Central African Republic, (formally Zaire) and in the Ivory Coast as the son of a diplomat and a journalist. In between tours in Africa, David grew up in the suburban Washington DC area.

David participated in the inaugural class of the New Actor's Workshop where he was able to study with legends studied with Mike Nichols and Paul Sills. Following this program, David's interest in theater production expanded and he began to work in live event production and David joined LDJ Productions in 2002. He specializes in production management, set concept and design and technical direction with LDJ Productions. His broad experience and talent with complex event programming has been vital to the expansion and success of LDJ Productions.

Nicole Avnet
       
     
Nicole Avnet

Vice President, Business Development

Nicole brings 20 years of experience including such career highlights as corporate hospitality at the Beijing and London Olympic Games, project management for U.N. World Environment Day and her role as lead of the team transitioning New York Fashion Week from “The Tents” at Lincoln Center to its 2 new homes.

Her expertise lies in breaking down a project into its logistical components and figuring out how best to make them fit the event. She shines when working on large-scale, complex projects with infinite details. Nicole manages the firm's Event Management department servicing our clients' many event logistics needs, optimizing guest experience and flow.
 
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Nicole currently lives on Long Island, chasing passions such as sailing, live music shows and global travel.

Melissa Rasmussen
       
     
Melissa Rasmussen

Executive Producer / Creative Director / Owner, Untitled 8

Melissa has gleaned experience from 20 years of the unexpected events that happen “Only in Events.” She has worked with clients to create dynamic, motivating experiences for their audiences. Her broad expertise in entertainment events and corporate communications includes staging, live broadcast, tradeshow design & installation, design & execution of company-wide learning programs, digital media and corporate identity. For the past 10 years, Mellissa & the Untitled 8 team, have been recruited by Scripps Networks Interactive to produce their Upfront Tour with 7 major events in 7 different cities.

She has directed projects for a wide range of clients in varying industries including: Scripps Networks, CES, Saks Fifth Avenue, Abercrombie & Fitch, AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Channel Four Films, Cisco, Killer Films, Pfizer, Merck & Co., American Airlines, Campbell’s, Cendant Corporation, Samsonite and Canon.

When Melissa is not engaged helping successfully execute the Upfront Tour or various product launches, she has been known to assume the role photographer, DJ or independent film maker. Melissa is based in NYC, but left part of her heart in Minneapolis.

Dr. Timo Sandritter
       
     
Dr. Timo Sandritter

Managing Director

Timo brings over 15 years of C-suite and board experience to the LDJ ecosystem.  He is resourceful senior business executive and proven top performer with start-up and Fortune 500 experience. Highly capable of transitioning mix-generational workforce to meet tomorrow’s demands and ensure organizational readiness.
Strong track record in Business Leadership, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Legal Services, Sustainability, and Operations Management. Recognized for successfully building and retaining high-performance
teams across multiple industries and driving the internal capabilities of the organizations. Quick to identify and develop talents and strengths of team players to ensure high productivity and mission success. 

He most recently was Global Chief Operating Officer of the international Software Company, Haufe. Prior to that he was Chief People Officer at Digium, a communications technology company.  Timo was also a founding Partner of a boutique management consulting firm specializing in organizational help for small and medium size businesses in multiple industries and markets. His education includes a variety of degrees including a Law Degree, multiple Master degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration.  With his extensive background, Timo will oversee the operations of the business, manage the integration of Futures cohorts into the LDJ ecosystem and manage the strategic
operations of the company including mentorship to the cohorts.