Meet the team creating workplace heroes today!
Behind every innovation is a team of passionate people. fieldXperience was born out of a vision for a new workforce full of eager, prepared and inclusive professionals.
This passion has brought us together to create something new. Our team has created the only educational platform that combines mobile-based micro-learning with a series of micro-work experience opportunities to demonstrate and solidify new power (soft) skills.
We are reinventing the path to career readiness by focusing on transferable skills training and practical application to create workforce heroes. Simply put, we are reverse-engineering the talent development, acquisition and engagement process.
Meet the team
For over 25 years, Sharyn has been a high end producer in sales, business development, operations and production in the live events industry including sports, entertainment, conventions, politics and luxury travel. She is a well-connected professional who builds partnerships with organizations that translate into enhanced customer experiences and higher net returns. Sharyn is a recognized leader for the ability to turn around an organization by improving process, driving strategy and building high performance event teams. Some of the key organizations Sharyn has held positions include PrimeSport, National Football League, Georgia Dome, Four Seasons Hotels. Sharyn has a strong track record of success in the strategy and event execution for organization at some of the world’s most prestigious, widely viewed and well attended sports and entertainment events, including but not limited to: (25) Super Bowls, (48) NCAA Championships, (38) College Bowl Games, (13) BCS/CFP Championships, (17) PGA Championships, (1) Olympics, (2) Presidential Campaigns/Inaugurals, (8) A-List Concerts.Sharyn's superpower: X-Ray vision that sees through obstacles to spot opportunities and connect invisible dots.
Over the past 13 years, Dr. Bialkowski has developed, proposed and launched 6 undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport & Hospitality Business as well as Organizational Leadership and Administration at three accredited institutions of higher learning (NCAA and NAIA).Dr. Bialkowski’s passion for empowering and creating professional opportunities for students to develop, both in and out of the classroom, as tomorrow’s industry leaders is immense. Throughout her career, she has procured experiential learning opportunities and partnerships with numerous organizations including the Super Bowl, PrimeSport, ESPN Wisconsin Sports Awards, the NCAA Final Four, and many more. Through these partnerships combined with Dr. Bialkowski’s hands-on approach, students have been given the platform for professional development and live-event experience.Dr. Bialkowski holds a Bachelors in Sport Management from Brock University in Ontario Canada, a MBA in Sport Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo New York, and completed her doctoral degree in Leadership Administration from Concordia University Chicago in Chicago Illinois.Joey-Lynn's superpower: A magical gardener planting seeds in people to be empowered by their strengths.
Chris Traeger is the Chief Revenue Officer for fieldXperience. Chris is a sport and entertainment executive with diverse experience at a top 5 global sales agency (Legends), a top 5 sports league (NASCAR), a top 15 sports sponsor (Bank of America) and a top 5 sports marketing agency (Octagon). “Swiss Army knife” professional who can apply a unique mix of tools in a multitude of areas to deliver record-breaking results.Experience on all sides of sports marketing, sponsorship deal making and activation. Demonstrated effectiveness in providing vision, leadership and strategic problem solving in a global, fast-paced, rapidly changing environment. Unique ability to connect the dots, solve complex issues and find creative solutions. Passion for mentoring and coaching others to achieve unprecedented results.
Deep Kalina is the Chief Product Officer for fieldXperience. Deep started his professional journey after obtaining a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 2005. He has worked for the past 16 years in technology and product development and remain passionate about helping businesses grow and develop to their full potential. He now brings his personal experience and passion to a team of skilled and passionate developers to help businesses create stunning products and applications.
Grant Edwards is our Chief Financial Officer. He has been the CFO for multiple small and mid-market companies. These include an energy company, an entertainment and theatre company, a durable medical equipment company, a receivable factoring business and an executive travel company.His Big 4 CPA experience includes consulting positions with Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen.Mr. Edwards is a professor of entrepreneurship and finance at Georgia State University. He holds a Masters in Accountancy from East Carolina University and is a licensed CPA in Georgia and North Carolina.
Chris Davis is the Vice President of Business Operations for fieldXperience. With over 8 years of experience in the startup space, Chris has extensive experience managing business units, introducing new mobile app solutions to market, developing programs, managing projects, speaking at industry trade shows and conventions, and solving complex challenges to drive results. Chris comes to us with industry experience, previously working to connect some of the country’s top brands to top high school academic and athletic talent through mobile app-powered events. Chris holds a BA from Duke University, where he served as team captain of the Blue Devils Football Team, and a MBA from Emory University. Chris is passionate about introducing young students and athletes to opportunities they traditionally would not have access to.Chris' superpower is: : Supernatural active listening powers. He is our Batman with his head down in the fieldX lair and always there to help when we turn our bat light on!
Lisa Johnson is the Director of Learning and Leadership Development for fieldxperience. With over 18 years in educational planning, teaching, professional development, and career guidance, she supports a love for lifelong learning and brings dynamic leadership strategies as she engages with learners. Lisa holds a MA in Leadership and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is passionate about helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals by setting them up for success as they explore their unique strengths.Lisa's superpower is Being s peacemaker who brings harmony and empathy to interpersonal relationships and teams in order for the team to work better as a whole.
Steve brings over 20 years in publicity, promotions, marketing, event management and public relations for entertainment and sports. Over the years, Steve has represented celebrities, coaches, athletes, television shows, production companies, non-profit organizations and manages red carpets for major events. His thought leadership comes from his past executive level positions at major Hollywood studios such as Universal Television Group at Universal Studios, Sony Pictures and Fox Cable Networks. Steve is also an adjunct professor teaching Journalism and Publicity in the Sports Management Master’s Program at the University of San Francisco.
Joanne de Visser is a veteran marketing professional from both the agency and client-side worlds. Joanne brings a strategic skill set honed through a career at Coca-Cola Canada as senior manager of interactive, Brand Strategy and Digital Integration lead at McCain Foods and senior roles with mobile and social start-ups. She continues to put her passion for an ever-improving world to work through her involvement with the female venture fund SheEO and now with fieldXperience where she leads and coaches the company and clients on a strong path for the future.
Jonathan is the Marketing Operations Coordinator for fieldXperience. He graduated from Concordia University Ann Arbor May 2019 where he received a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Business. He also has completed an MBA in Strategic Marketing. Throughout the duration of his college career, Jonathan had the privilege of doing 10+ internships and experiential learning opportunities through organizations such as PrimeSport, Kreate Inc., CMPR, and more. As a result from his studies and experiences, Jonathan brings a vast array of knowledge in the fields of business, marketing, branding, etc. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing and watching sports as well as spending time with his friends and girlfriend.
Ashlee brings over 5 years of successful wedding planning experience with exceptional feedback from each of her clients. Ashlee loves running events for her young professional's group and traveling to new places.Ashlee’s superpower skill is Preparedness: with her ever-ready tool belt, she brings the essential skills to any situation to encourage others and maintain a positive mindset.
Tyler Langston is a former student athlete at LaGrange College where he was the men’s basketball team captain. He graduated with a BBA and has gained exceptional sales experience in the sport industry.Tyler’s superpower skill is Intangibility: The ability to “go through obstacles” to get better, help others and achieve an end goal.
Dr. Haertel is a Learning Scientist with fieldXperience. She has over 15 years of experience in assessments, training, leadership development and coaching. She is passionate about working with individuals and teams to create a growth mindset as well as, helping them find the right tools to accomplish their developmental goals. As a member of the fieldX team Kerry creates microlearning courses focusing on development in the areas of emotional intelligence, teamwork, critical thinking, work ready soft skills, and any client specific trainings.Kerry completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. In her free time Kerry enjoys reading, running, volunteer work and spending time with family and friends.
Carrie Richardson is a Learning Scientist with fieldXperience. With over 25 years’ experience in the event and project management industry as well as higher education, she is a results driven industry leader seeking to effectively drive organizational strategies, develop and implement innovative leadership approaches. Carrie believes in providing exemplary individualized and engaging educational experiences for students and business professionals. As a member of the fieldXperience Learning and Development team she develops micro learning courses that focus on career preparation and customer service.Carrie completed her undergraduate work at Eastern Michigan University. She completed her graduate work at Concordia University and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration. In her spare time she enjoys travel, teaching management courses in higher education, reading and working on her hobby farm with her family.
Mackenzie Johnson is a student athlete at Auburn University. He just completed his undergraduate degree in Finance and is currently working on his masters degree.Mack's superpower is Discipline: He holds a persistent attitude and work ethic.
Lucy Outtrim is a Georgia Institute of Technology senior studying Biochemistry and interning as a Learning Scientist.
Luke Pittner is a Georgia Institute of Technology senior studying Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Chemistry and interning as a Learning Scientist.
McCarty Simmons is a Concordia Ann Arbor junior studying Mass Communications and Sport Business, interning as a Marketing Operations Intern.
Luke Konkel is a Concordia Ann Arbor senior studying Business and interning as a Marketing Operations Intern.
"I’ve worked with Sharyn and her team for many years and I have never found a more professional consummate executive."
"These events have given me amazing insights into what it takes to work in the sport industry."
"fieldXperience is making this journey more accessible than ever for today’s students and 'young professionals'."