DAM Team

Executive Team

DAM Team

CO-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

CO-FOUNDER

Andy Cheren

Email: andy@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/andycheren
DAM Location: Austin, TX

Bio

Andy is the co-founder of Digital Artist Management. Under his co-direction, DAM is now recognized as the most respected recruiting and staffing firm dedicated exclusively to the digital entertainment industry. Andy is responsible for leading DAM’s business development initiatives where he plays an integral role in sourcing new market opportunities and supporting existing client relations. In 2007, Andy co-founded Production Road, DAM’s sister company where he’s directly responsible for representing several of the industry’s top development teams, publishers, investors, licenses and IP for PC, Console and Mobile projects. Most recently, Production Road represented Eat Sleep Play to Zynga for a multi-game publishing deal to develop “Stampede Run” and “Looney Tunes Dash” for the Apple iOS and Google Android. Andy and his family recently moved to Austin, TX to open a new office for DAM and Production Road with the goal to strengthen business relationships and add value to business partners east of the Rocky Mountains.

Hometown

Encino, CA

College

St. Mary’s College of California

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry?

Simply put, I love the people and the business. Our clients and talent network are intriguing, passionate, highly creative, and interesting. I get to be a trusted advisor to help people’s career aspirations become a reality and our clients are world-class.

Favorite Console Game

Serious Sam

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Spending time with my family & friends, golf, video games

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.

Business Development Manager

Greg Bauman

Email: greg@damagents.com
Phone: (512) 813-7751
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gregbauman
DAM Location: Austin, TX

Bio

Hometown

I was an Air Force brat, so I have lived pretty much everywhere. That followed me into my adult life, and I have called many cities home over the years. But Austin is my Forever home, and I won’t live anywhere else.

College

Hard Knocks U.

Enjoy most about recruiting industry

I love the games business. I have been blessed with amazing opportunities and really fun projects to work on. This industry has been very good to me, and now I get to help other people benefit in the same ways I have.

Favorite Game

I’m old school. I enjoy the consoles but I play PC all the time. If it has RPG involved, I’m all over it. I also enjoy shooters – but mostly I’m about playing with a team. In an MMO, I’m usually the healer making sure no one dies. In shooters, I’m usually the medic reviving as fast as I can before the enemy finally picks me off!

Things I do when I’m not recruiting

RPG’s, zombie games, shooting, and I love camping & hiking too.

5 words that describe you best

Energetic, motivated, honest, direct and fair

Account Manager / Recruiter

Allison Pratt

Email: allison@damagents.com
Phone: (310) 773-0977
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.

Account Manager

Daisy de la Cruz

Email: Daisy@damagents.com
Phone: (310) 773-0993
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/daisydelacruz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DaisyATdam
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

With nearly a decade of experience in the world of staffing and recruiting to her credit, 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 her career with us 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 on her and the high-touch, consultative approach she takes to helping them climb to new heights in their careers. Having also established a solid track record for delivering on some of DAM’s most challenging searches, she’s proven herself to be an invaluable resource to a multitude of our high caliber clients, most notably those with 500+ employees whose continued growth she’s supported with a level of commitment to customer service excellence that’s resonant of the core values we strive to instill in each member of our team.

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, playing scrabble, and beer tasting Belgium’s…mmmmmmmn.

Account Manager / Recruiter

Anelisse DeFilippis

Email: anelisse@damagents.com
Phone: (310) 773-0980
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/anelisse/
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Anelisse started in the recruiting industry in 2013. Having graduated with a B.S. in Business Marketing, Anelisse excels at communicating the skills and value of highly qualified candidates to prospective companies within the video game industry. She is highly successful at aligning the goals and needs of individuals with the goals and needs of the client, creating a win-win situation. Anelisse is excited about her future with DAM, and to be an integral part of an industry which continues to challenge and push innovation through creative thinking.

Hometown

I’m from Encinitas, CA home of the best burritos to indulge in on a beautiful 75 degree day.

Personal Branding Statement

Guiding video game programmers, designers, producers and artists throughout their careers with personal relationship building and industry knowledge

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry

Working with DAM has given me the fulfilling opportunity to connect talented professionals across the nation to positions that challenge themselves and grow their experience within the gaming industry…it couldn’t be more rewarding!

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

I love being outdoors from hiking to camping to biking. I also am passionate about fitness; Barre classes are my addiction!

5 words that describe you best

Passionate, loyal, energetic, dedicated, honest

Pro Sports Teams I Root For

San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears

Account Manager / Recruiter

Lauren Patton

Email: lauren@damagents.com
Phone: (310) 773-0989
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laurenpatton1
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LaurenAgents
DAM Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Lauren began her career at Digital Artist Management in 2013. During her time here Lauren has supported high volume staffing initiatives for a leading domestic eSports game studio, augmented the growth of an international mobile publishing partner, and has assisted talented professionals in the interactive and video game industries advance their careers while doing what they love to do. She is passionate, enthusiastic, and diligent. Lauren is a California native who graduated with her Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Long Beach State in 2012.

College

Long Beach State

Personal Branding Statement

I am an ally in helping you develop your career potential and find a position you love.

Favorite Mobile Game

Disco Bees

Favorite Console Game

Mario Kart Racing. Go Toad.

Favorite TV Quote

“There ain’t no party like a Liz Lemon party ’cause a Liz Lemon party is mandatory!” – Liz Lemmon (30 Rock)

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

Michelle Heck

Email: michelle@damagents.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michelleheck
DAM Location: Las Vegas, NV

Bio

Michelle is a dedicated and motivated professional with a diverse background in Sales, Account Management, Business Administration, Internet Marketing, and Recruiting. After years of successful experience consulting on multifaceted projects, streamlining internal processes, and fostering positive relationships with a wide range of corporate clients and key business partners she found a passion in recruiting. Michelle is a focused and determined recruiter, offering entrepreneurial stamina and wisdom to drive individuals to make the most of their strengths. She prides herself on cultivating business relationships built on respect, loyalty, and trust. Michelle aspires to be honest, supportive, dependable and straightforward in her recruiting efforts with candidates and clients.

Personal Branding Statement

Helping individuals and companies make the most of talent in a team effort. Specializing in sourcing, social recruiting, internet research and productivity tools.

Hometown

Fort Wayne, IN

College

BA, Business Administration, Bethel College, Varsity Soccer 4 years. MBA, Management, Indiana Tech (in process).

What you enjoy about the recruiting industry?

Changing people’s lives. There are few events in life that have a bigger impact on an individual and their family than landing or missing out on the perfect position.

Favorite Movie Quote

“Why are you so sweaty?” — Dale “I was watching Cops.” — Brennan

Pro Sports Teams I Root For

Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Colts

Things I do when I’m not Recruiting

Working out, cooking, watching movies, poker, and spending time with friends and my dog.

Account Manager / Recruiter

Brandon Clapp

Email: brandon@damagents.com
LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view
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