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. 

 

Dan Parente

producer

As special events director at Maxim Magazine, Dan Parente helped create what would become “The Maxim Party.” Over the years, he has designed and managed iconic Super Bowl and Hot 100 parties.

Since leaving Maxim in 2006, Dan has been an integral part of the TOAST team, producing a variety of projects, including some for Mont Blanc, Belvedere, InTouch, and Rolling Stone. Dan has consulted with brands such as Elle Décor magazine, Club Monaco, Svedka Vodka, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Hard Rock Casino, Carnegie Hall, Gotham Magazine, and The Discovery Channel. 

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. 

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