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our values & team

We’ve been described as nimble and kind. We dig those kinds of compliments. Though we set out to make stellar creative we believe in being good people and that leaving things better than we found them is important.  We love partnering with people who wholeheartedly think we are part of their organization, and the feeling is mutual.

NMCO Studio member, Tina

Christina Ballew

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Tina, as a co-founder of NMCO, has been on a relentless mission to redefine creative services in the southwest. Building a creative studio from the ground up was a formidable challenge, but her vision and determination have transformed NMCO into a beacon of professionalism and innovation, known for its people-centric approach and out-of-the-box thinking. While she’s taken on nearly every role in the studio, Tina’s next ambition is nothing short of global. She’s poised to take on the world with her creative endeavors.

NMCO Studio Co founder, Lucky

Lucky Gonzalez

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

When you have a wealth of creative content, you need someone like Lucky with 18 years of business experience to guide you on where to put it. He’s our media placement guru, with the expertise and know-how to maximize your impact. Whether it’s digital banner ads or broadcast TV, Lucky can take any budget and transform it into impressions and conversions. He’s dedicated to finding solutions for your unique challenges, making him an invaluable asset to our team.

NMCO Studio member, Steph

Steph Preciado-Shelton

Studio Director

Steph is the epitome of focus, determination, and an almost superhuman level of attention to detail, making her an invaluable asset to our team. She’s the one you want in your corner, ensuring our clients are delighted and our team remains on track. Remarkably, she strikes a harmonious balance in her life as a certified yoga instructor, blending her easy-going and cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor with her relentless “get things done” attitude.

NMCO Studio member, Katrina

Katrina Chandler

Creative Director

Katrina’s decade-plus journey in the creative realm has been nothing short of remarkable. With a diverse background spanning production, radio, animation, and design, she possesses the expertise to execute comprehensive campaigns seamlessly. Katrina is not only a driving force behind our studio but also a catalyst for our team’s continuous growth in technology and creativity. When she’s not leading the way, you’ll find her crafting nostalgic 90’s-inspired illustrations and spending quality time with her delightful kiddos.

NMCO Studio member, Dana

Dana Apodaca

Senior Graphic Designer & Art Director

Dana’s journey with NMCO has been nothing short of impressive, starting as a design intern and progressing to become a designer who now plays a pivotal role in assisting with art direction. Her dedication keeps our graphics department on track and ensures our processes are efficient and business-ready. Dana’s knack for creating identity systems has resulted in some of our most recognized work. And, if you’re fortunate enough to listen in, she’s consistently voted the best playlist in the studio.

NMCO Studio member, Jenna

Jenna Dunlap

Graphic Designer

When we first interviewed Jenna, we recognized her talent and intelligence, but little did we know just how exceptionally gifted and bright she truly is! Jenna has been consistently wowing us since day one with her breathtaking graphics. Her talents, however, span far beyond the design world; she’s also an extraordinary songwriter and vocalist, the proud parent of over 60 house plants, and has an affection for our amphibious friends, frogs! Jenna is the embodiment of creativity and skill, and we’re fortunate to have her on our team.

Michelle Bautista

Graphic Designer

Michelle is a true artist whose work is a visual delight. Her graphic designs are nothing short of incredible, and her illustrations are masterpieces. With a determined and thoughtful approach, Michelle’s creations are the result of meticulous research and careful planning. She also claims the title of “Best Dressed” in the office, thanks to her unique sense of style featuring shark socks and her mom’s handmade earrings that add an extra touch of flair to her exceptional talent.

NMCO Studio member, Annakat

Anna Kat Hollis

Senior Web Developer

Anna Kat is the driving force behind NMCO’s web development endeavors. With a sharp intellect, unwavering efficiency, and a keen eye for goals, she is the go-to expert for crafting everything from sleek landing pages to nationally acclaimed e-commerce sites. Anna Kat not only serves as your trusted web developer guide but also, if you look closely, you’ll notice she’s always impeccably color-coordinated with NMCO’s brand – a true testament to her attention to detail and commitment to the company’s image.

Blanca Martinez

Digital & Studio Designer

Blanca, our ever-smiling dynamo, tackles every task with enthusiasm. As our Digital & Studio Designer, she effortlessly transitions from crafting beautiful and functional websites to producing captivating social media graphics. Blanca’s positivity and expertise shine through in every project she touches. When she’s not at NMCO, you’ll likely spot her showcasing her work in art shows or cherishing precious moments with her delightful canine companions. 

NMCO Studio member, Sam

Sam Palm

Video Specialist & Photographer

Meet Sam, our resident photographer extraordinaire, who effortlessly transitions into the roles of Director of Photography, editor, color specialist, and an all-around Jack-of-all-trades. With an innate talent for capturing picture-perfect moments, Sam’s versatility knows no bounds. Beyond the camera, you’ll find him cruising the Southwest, embracing life to the fullest. Oh, and did we mention he boasts a head of truly great hair? 

NMCO Studio member, Jonathan

Jonathan Tatum

Video Specialist & Producer

Our Cayman Island Castaway, Jonathan, washed ashore in early summer 2022 and immediately made a lasting impression. Upon introducing himself at our studio, his charm and capabilities left us no choice but to hire him on the spot. Jonathan plays a crucial role in our team, excelling in location scouting, talent recruitment, and other pre-production tasks for our video projects. Plus, he unquestionably holds the title for the brightest smile under our roof.

NMCO Studio member, Arron

Aaron Walterscheid

Video Specialist & Cinematographer

Meet Aaron, NMCO’s “Silent Assassin.” Despite his quiet demeanor, Aaron is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to videography, editing, color grading, drone operation, lighting, and crafting unforgettable cinematic experiences. His remarkable talent and expertise shine brightly, leaving an indelible mark on every project he touches.

NMCO Studio member, Kahlo

Kahlo

Door Greeter & Cookie Eater

Kahlo is our gentle, friendly, office pup! He loves his belly rubbed, sniffing absolutely everything, and hasn’t found a treat he wouldn’t eat! Be sure to say hi, he loves the attention!

NMCO Studio member, Kelsey

Kelsey Gentile

Web Specialist

Once those websites are complete, Kelsey is our web maintenance manager. From regular updates, security checks, and content updates, Kelsey keeps our websites running smoothly, secure, and in tip-top shape.

Zac Wittstruck

Animator

If you’re needing quality animation, Zac is your guy! Motion graphics, custom character rigging, and 2D animation are some of Zac’s specialties. Zac always wears a smile and is truly one of the nicest people you’ll meet. When Zac isn’t whipping out great animations, he plays bass guitar for a local jazz band! What a cool cat!

NMCO Studio member, Ralph

Ralph Diaz

Senior Video Specialist

Don’t confuse Ralph with Academy Award-winning actor Johnny Depp. Although there’s a close resemblance, Ralph is much more talented behind the camera. He’s done it all from VFX to animation, to producing, directing, and editing some of our most memorable productions. It also should come as no surprise that he’s mastered the technical and practical aspects of videography, giving him the nickname, “The Doctor.”

NMCO Studio member

Dawn Franco

Studio Manager

With a background in journalism, file archival and organization, Dawn is our client onboarding extraordinaire. From contract preparation, to project management, account direction, and reporting, Dawn stirs the pot for most productions, making sure it’s served hot and on time.