Jennifer Houston • Founder • Los Angeles
Leveraging 20 years of experience, providing successful strategic and tactical leadership for major agencies and brands, Houston founded the bench with Musgrove in 2018. Jenn supports brands and agencies in the realization of their goals, overseeing the creative and strategy side of the business. view on linkedin
Sarah Musgrove • Founder • Los Angeles
A connector by nature, Sarah dove head-first into the gig economy in 2008, which honed her skills for the ever changing world of freelance. As co-founder of the bench, Sarah is responsible for brand relationships and company operations. view on linkedin
Kristy Suworoff • Regional Director • Nashville
Kristy brings her deep experience and a passion for delivering exceptional service, as well as her keen eye for operational details and strong project management acumen. Kristy, provides clients with top quality work in the creative and strategy space. view on linkedin
Sophia Patten • Regional Director • Los Angeles
Sophia spent several years as a news producer and reporter in Eugene, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona before she caught the experiential bug and channeled her producer skills into the events world. She produces live/experiential events for brands large and small, manages and oversees the Bench’s different productions in the Los Angeles area, and helps ensure working with the Bench is both seamless and enjoyable for vendors, freelancers, and clients all around. view on linkedin
Mike Van Hee • Regional Director • St. Louis
This 30 under 30 recipient, launched his award-winning career on the Anheuser-Busch experiential marketing team. Mike brings a deep, rich history in event management and experiential marketing to the bench. view on linkedin
Becca Weigman • Advisor • Dallas
Simply put, Becca is all accelerator and no brakes. Becca believes that “impatience is a virtue.” She expects results, and she expects them quickly. In a fast-paced industry such as advertising, it helps that we have equally fast-paced advisor in Becca. Becca brings over 20 years of experience in business, marketing, branding and advertising.
Some call her the “CMO Whisperer”
She directs, guides and oversees the high-level, business and marketing strategic brand thinking, bring over 20 years of experience. She insists that we over-deliver as an agency and that each client be consistently inspired with the results they are receiving from the bench. She pushes everyone to achieve more than they thought possible. In every sense of the word, Becca is a leader – one who leads by example.
Mark Musgrove • Advisor • Phoenix
Mark Musgrove is a serial entrepreneur. Mark has owned and operated several businesses spanning a variety of industries including, sustainability and engineering. Mark brings over 30 years of business operations to the bench and helps our ship run smoothly.
Jay Lenstrom • Partner • Chicago
Jay Lenstrom is a respected marketer with an extensive track record of building companies, accelerating brands and inspiring teams to overachieve. Throughout his professional career, Jay has held leadership positions in top US marketing agencies. Those experiences provided a tremendous education in launching new products (250+), working with 15 of the Top 20 Fortune 100 companies and developing impactful programs for 20+ Billion-dollar brands. He views the bench. as an integral resource in today’s marketing landscape. “The best people are leaving agencies, which are generally resistant to change,” he observes. “Freelance talent are seeking a winning team to play on and agencies need the support. Leadership of the bench serves as a guide who comforts agencies as they embrace what they already know is the logical solution.”
Jay who has led companies in CPG, Sports/Entertainment, Marketing Services, Media, and Healthcare believes.. “The talent on the bench is more passionate, affordable and driven to deliver results than the agency staff that are maintaining the status quo.”