Six brands. One mission.

The Haute Companies team is comprised of strategic marketers, problem solvers, brand stewards, innovators, hospitality professionals, and experience designers. Whether you’re building campaigns with our Haute Rock Creative team, designing a major conference for 10,000 people in Dubai with EventWorks, planning a corporate concert activation at Haute Spot, injecting conversation and shared experiences into your events with our Haute Dokimazo crew, taking your merchandising to the next level with SwagHub, or engaging with us on another level—we’re ready and waiting to make magic with you.

Jeff Haynes

CEO, Haute Companies

Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Haute Companies, a family of brands impacting the world in their own unique way. Jeff’s background in branded merchandise, event and experiential marketing, and bringing big ideas to life led him to create the Haute Companies family. Jeff built Haute Companies with one singular focus: to change the way humans connect with one another.

Liz Lathan, CMP

CMO, Haute Companies

Liz is co-founder and CMO of Haute Companies, overseeing marketing for all of the Haute brands. With a background in corporate marketing, she has led event marketing strategy teams at several Fortune 500 companies. She was nominated for the Event Marketing B2B Dream Team, is the winner of the Smart Women in Events Entrepreneur award, and is a past president of the Corporate Event Marketing Association. 

Alisa Walsh

CEO, Haute.

Alisa is the Chief Executive Officer of Haute, our full-service creative and event agency. Alisa is a live event and experiential marketing expert with 16+ years in the hospitality and event industry. She brings her leadership and creativity to award-winning strategic event programs across the globe from Dubai to Cancun and everywhere in between. Alisa is an avid public speaker and has held various leadership roles in industry associations, paving the future of marketing and events.

Chris Sommella

Chief Creative Officer, Haute.

Chris is co-founder of Haute Companies and Chief Creative officer of Haute, our full-service creative agency. A media creation and marketing storyteller with a diverse marketing background, he is also an accomplished designer, web developer, and photo and video producer who has led account and creative teams for Dell, AT&T, Cintas, Harry & David, FAO Schwarz, as well as other national and international brands.

Nicole Osibodu

Chief Community Officer, Haute COmpanies

As Chief Community Officer for all of the Haute brands, Nicole’s zeal for genuine human-to-human connection, building strong communities and brand partnerships is the heart and soul of our Haute Companies family. Her fearless pursuit of meaningful business relationships that can be a force for good is one of the reasons she was voted one of Smart Meetings’ Event Planners of the Year in 2019.

Tom Spano

CEO, Haute Spot & Haute Motorworks

Tom leads the lifestyle and entertainment division of Haute Companies, overseeing our premier concert and event venue, Haute Spot, as well as our high performance speed shop, Haute Motor Works. Tom is an experiential marketer who has been involved in some of the most forward-thinking and memorable events in the world, including SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, and Cannes Lions. 

Melissa Callaway

Director of Operations, Haute COmpanies

Melissa has been a marketing professional for over 20 years, serving as an analyst, event coordinator, and program manager in the financial industry. After taking some time off to be a full-time mom, she returned to corporate America as a human resource professional. Melissa now oversees operations across all of the Haute Companies brands through our Haute Business Services team.

Ted Bowers

Strategic and Technical Consultant

Bowers’ 35 years of experience and proven track record in the event industry has supplied him unmatched expertise in staging unusual and logistically challenging projects. Bowers has a passion for the technical aspect of event production, aided by his formal education in engineering, technical theater and business. Ted co-founded EventWorks in 1998 and led the team through multiple award-winning events. EventWorks was acquired by Haute Companies in 2020.

Lindsay Norris

Controller, Haute COmpanies

Lindsay leads our accounting team with over 15 years of experience, including private/public accounting for start-ups, large corporations, and small businesses. She is an innovative, highly analytical problem solver who is passionate about information accuracy, sound business practices, and leadership by emotional intelligence (EQ). Through Haute Business Services, Lindsay’s role spans across all of the Haute Companies brands.