Friends who juggle together, stay together
What do a highly accomplished engineer and former attorney have in common?
A love for juggling, magic, balloons ... and funny business.
Jugglers and balloon artists since college, Todd and Mark have been putting on shows and shenanigans for crowds large and small for over 25 years.
It was never solely about clowning around, though. Todd was an attorney, and Mark an engineer ... until they decided to combine their business expertise and love of all things joyful to create ManagerSal.
What started as a side hustle to get through law school became Todd's life's calling - from Harvard Square busker to full-time artist!
He's been on Mr Rogers' Neighborhood, Late Night With David Letterman, and The Tonight Show. Todd has worked on numerous Guinness World Record sculptures, and has even performed at the White House eight times for two presidents. He even made a balloon caricature of President Obama for President Obama at the White House and pet the First Dog!
However, it wasn't always easy; having passed the bar in 2 states plus the patent bar, Todd knows contracts. He literally wrote the book on contracts for small business entertainers, but when he was entertaining, he was too busy to write contracts and take deposits - ironic, right?
Todd took these struggles and teamed with his juggling partner Mark, applying his experiences to ManagerSal so that users can more quickly overcome their initial struggles and get straight to entertaining.
Todd now travels the world twisting balloons full time and uses ManagerSal to help him book entertainers for more than 200 events each year.
Mark's not just clowning around as the CTO. He's using his MIT big brain to think about your business!
He has 20 years experience as a Control Systems Engineer delivering real-time, real-world prototypes for underwater, off-road, airborne, and space-based platforms; he's also author of a textbook used to teach advanced controls systems. He has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at MIT!
He's a major tech nerd who enjoys designing technology-driven, reproducible marketing strategies.
Mark used his talents in the real estate market for nearly a decade, creating a custom database to manage lead conversion and marketing campaigns for lead generation, investment attraction, and buyers. As an innovator, Mark was fortunately unfazed by the 2008 real estate crash, shifting his skills to the .com marketing world as an SEO expert to develop backend tools from scratch generating over 500,000 unique pages for efficient keyword search, contact management, business tracking, and database continuity.
Being an entrepreneur at heart (who loves solving big problems), Mark was excited to help Todd build a solution to help entertainers with automatic gig booking.
Sal is the digital bits and bytes that does all the stuff you want someone else to do.
He, sometimes a she, hails from the engineering-lawyering-imaginations of Mark and Todd. Born in the fall of 2008. Sal will never forget our roots ... grad students struggling to turn passion into profits.
Sal is committed to building whatever needs doin' all the while thinking about how to share sage wisdom with colleagues and the next generation of entertainers a-like.