DAM Team

Executive Team

DAM Team

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

T.J. Summers

Email: tj@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tjsummers
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

T.J. has dedicated his career to fueling the growth of companies and individuals in the interactive entertainment industry. The journey started in 2000 when he co-founded Digital Artist Management. T.J.’s fingerprints can be found on almost every facet of the business including operations, sales, hiring, training, and employee development. T.J. now devotes his time to augmenting DAM’s service and services offerings to continue to add value to the global gaming market.

Hometown

Saratoga, CA

College

St. Mary’s College of California, BA Government
University of Southern California, EMBA

What you enjoy about your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job has been shaping the career trajectory of the talent in the games industry and the growth of the employees at DAM.

Pro Sports Teams I Root For

San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Forty Niners, USC Trojans, St Mary’s Gaels

General Manager

Justin Stark

Email: Justin@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jstark
Twitter: https://twitter.com/damstarky
DAM Location: Las Vegas, NV

Bio

Justin joined the DAM Team in January of 2004 and has served proudly as the company’s Swiss Army Knife. He has been involved in every facet of DAM’s core business including recruiting talent, acquiring and managing accounts, launching new divisions like DAM Consultants, developing new business verticals, training the recruiting corps and helping to define DAM’s overall sales and business strategies. Today, Justin is focused on training and developing the most knowledgeable and well-respected recruiting salesforce in the electronic entertainment industry in addition to enhancing operational efficiency companywide and growing and managing the Las Vegas recruiting office.

Hometown

Woodland Hills, CA

College

University of California, Berkeley

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry?

Making a positive impact on someone’s career

Most Memorable Placement

Spent two years getting an engineer to consider taking a job opportunity in a city he wasn’t completely fired up about…he finally took the job and went on to make $1.5 million in bonuses the following year…

Favorite Mobile Game

Plants vs. Zombies, Drop 7

Favorite Console Game

Borderlands

Favorite Movie Quote

“Put that coffee down…coffee is for closers only.” – Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross

DAM Team Members

Senior Account Manager

Chris Scanlon

Email: Chris@damagents.com
Phone: (310) 773-0976
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/damscanlon
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Chris joined DAM in 2005 and throughout his tenure has built an extensive professional network and wealth of industry knowledge. Chris was named DAM’s ‘Top Producer’ in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and attributes his success to the deep level of commitment he provides clients and candidates alike. As a trusted advisor to his partners, he consults on a host of topics ranging from product development approaches, company growth strategies, full-time and contract recruiting services, and individual career guidance. Chris is an avid paddle tennis player and is nationally ranked in the sport. In his free time, he can be found competing on the courts of Venice Beach.

Hometown

Los Angeles, CA

College

San Jose State University (Go Spartans!)

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry?

I enjoy competing on behalf of the companies and individuals I represent.

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Playing paddle tennis in Venice Beach walking my dog Weezy in the park.

Account Manager / Recruiter

Allison Pratt

Email: allison@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/allisonpratt
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AllisonPratt
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Allison joined DAM in 2004 and she possesses over a decade of agency recruiting experience in the games industry. Allison loves recruiting because it allows her to be involved in one of the most important aspects of people’s lives. Allison has placed hundreds of candidates throughout her career and she loves adding value and influence to the career trajectory of the talent in games.

Hometown

Indianapolis, Indiana

College

California State University, Dominguez Hills

5 words that describe you best

Supportive, generous, trustworthy, sympathetic, integrity

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry?

I can’t draw a straight line, solve complex math problems or write a good storyline to save my life; however, I provide a valuable service to the digital entertainment industry. In recruiting I witness firsthand amazing stories of passion, grit, and sometimes disappointment. I am inspired by persistence and often triumph of developers putting 110% of their heart into making games and consumer products.

Most Memorable Placement

My first placement. It was a long and hard road for my candidate and me. He made it to E3 that year and we celebrated at Gordon Biersch.

Senior Account Manager

Daisy de la Cruz

Email: Daisy@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/daisydelacruz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DaisyATdam
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

With nearly a decade of experience in staffing and recruiting, Daisy brings a wealth of expertise and fierce dedication to her role as a senior account manager & digital talent agent on DAM’s seasoned recruiting team. Though just a noob to the space when she started with DAM in 2012, Daisy quickly cultivated a robust network of industry talent, earning the trust of hundreds of games & interactive entertainment professionals who have come to rely the high-touch, consultative approach she takes to helping them climb to new heights in their careers. With a commitment to customer service excellence and a solid track record for delivering on some of DAM’s most challenging searches, she’s proven herself an invaluable resource to a multitude of our high caliber clients, from smaller startups to established groups with more than 500 employees.

Personal Branding Statement

I bridge partnerships between AAA-talent and development teams aspiring to level up in the games & interactive entertainment space.

Hometown

Dallas, TX

College

Loyola Marymount University. Go Lions! Rawr…

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry

I love learning about people’s passions and having a unique opportunity to play an integral part in helping them in their journey toward finding happiness in their careers & lives overall.

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

I wander flea markets, I’m a bake-aholic, I hike, I hit tennis balls (or attempt to), hot yoga is my jam…also, I love live music, beating you at scrabble, and discovering new delicious beer.

Account Manager / Recruiter

Lonaeja Kautzman

Email: LK@damagents.com
Skype #: 702-475-5592
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lonaeja
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Lonaeja
DAM Location: Las Vegas, NV

Bio

Lonaeja developed 5 years of sales/customer service experience before joining DAM in 2013. Lonaeja operates a ‘full desk at DAM‘ working as both a recruiter and account manager. Lonaeja’s background in customer service, sales, and business operations adds valuable insight to both candidates and clients. A passion for games and a dedication to helping others has enabled Lonaeja to provide excellent career guidance within the industry.

Personal Branding Statement

I help developers turn experience points into gold coins

Hometown

Mandan, ND

College

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

5 words that describe you best

Personable, Honest, Musical, Competitive, Responsible

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry?

I love helping people better their current situation, whether that’s in terms of work/life balance, monetarily, or otherwise.

Favorite Console Games

Borderlands, Gears of War

Favorite Movie Quotes

“But this one goes up to eleven!”
“I’m in a glass case of emotion!”
“I immediately regret this decision.”
“60% of the time, it works every time.”

Recruiting Coordinator

Jacqui Markowitz

Email: jacqui@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jacquimarkowitz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Jacquidam
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Jacqui is originally from Connecticut, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Western Connecticut State University. She moved to Hermosa Beach in 2013 and began her career with DAM as a Recruiting Coordinator in early 2014. Her primary desire is to help people identify and achieve their career goals. She is a great communicator, trustworthy, dependable and passionate about her work. When she is not at DAM she enjoys being outdoors hiking or hanging out at the beach, and you will rarely find her without her two French Bulldogs at her side

5 Words that describe you best

Optimistic, Supportive, Humorous, Outgoing, Curious

Hometown

Danbury, Connecticut

Favorite Movie Quote

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” (Dead Poets Society)

Favorite Mobile Game

Bubble Mania

Pro Sports Teams I Root For

New York Giants, New York Yankees – A New York girl at heart!

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Hiking, Beaching, Anything outdoors, Trying to Cook, Reading, Learning new things, Documentaries, Major Health and Fitness Enthusiast!

Account Manager / Recruiter

Arman Jivani

Email: arman@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/armanjivani
DAM Location: Portland, OR

Bio

Arman joined the DAM team in 2018 to combine his video game QA background, love of the industry, and more recent technical recruiting experience into the dream opportunity. Arman provides a high-degree of personal attention to candidates, and is a business resource to many companies seeking talent to grow their capabilities to the next level. Arman has years of experience working with Engineers to open new doors and guide them on their career paths in both passive and active engagements. His competitive spirit comes from traveling the country to play in competitive flag football tournaments and continues to be an athletic-nerdy hybrid.

Personal Branding Statement

I help talent in the video game industry stay in demand and happy with their career!

Favorite Console Game

Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Travel the country playing flag football, playing an absurd amount of games, going on adventures with my wife

Pro Sports Teams I Root For

All Dallas everything; travel yearly to cheer the Cowboys on the road!

5 words that describe you best

Husband, outdoorsman, quarterback, gamer, includer

Favorite Movie Quote

“Don’t let him pull that move, don’t let him pull that move! That’s the move! Oh that’s the move!” (White Men Can’t Jump)

Recruiter

Alex Caldwell

Email: alex@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alexandracaldwell
DAM Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC

Bio

Alex joined the DAM team in May 2018, and though she is new to the gaming industry she brings extensive IT industry recruiting experience and more than 10 years of sales, account management, and communications experience to the team. Her favorite thing about being in talent acquisition is the fact that she is bringing about positive change in people’s lives – whether it’s getting a candidate an increase in pay, finding someone a job with their dream company, or allowing them to live closer to family – her specialty is finding her candidates a career, not a job. Alex is also able to leverage her background in writing and communications to help candidates rebrand in order to take the next great step. From resume creation and editing to portfolio strategy and interview preparation, she has a knack for helping candidates put their best foot forward.

Personal Branding Statement

I specialize in long-term, consultative partnerships to help you grow your career in the gaming industry.

College

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Pro Sports Teams I Root For

Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs (Anthony Rizzo has a special spot in my heart), and the Carolina Hurricanes

Favorite Movie Quote

“There’s no crying in baseball!” – Tom Hanks (A League of Their Own)

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Watching baseball (currently on a mission to see a game in every major league stadium), running, traveling, and pampering my rescue dog Ginger.

Account Manager / Recruiter

Brandon Clapp

Email: brandon@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bclapp1
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Brandon successfully adds value by connecting candidates to clients with aligned motivations and goals.

Personal Branding Statement

A deliberately collaborative business partner.

Words that describe you best

I can get you the best talent with the right culture fit, at your budget, but time kills deals.

Favorite Mobile Game

RETRY (Rovio Entertainment)

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Ping G30. Old Pac 10 Conference. A Padron Aniversario 1926