Remember when a brush with someone changed your life?

Each of us can remember a time in our lives when a connection with someone we admired or respected changed our life’s path forever.

HATCH is creating those moments…. by bringing together the world’s top creative minds with tomorrow’s most promising talent, experiences are shared and horizons opened.  The mentors below came to HATCH on a mission to share knowledge and inspiration with our Groundbreakers and the entire creative community attending the HATCH Experience.  Learn more about how this HATCH Network uses the HATCH 360 Mentorship Model to facilitate meaningful, impactful relationships across the globe.



TIM DALY | @Timmydaly

President of International Creative Coalition, Emmy-nominated actor, Arts advocate

Perhaps best known for his roles as Joe Hackett on the TV series “Wings,” and Dr. Pete Wilder on “Private Practice”, Tim Daly is now the President of the Creative Coalition, the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, TCC is dedicated to educating its members on the First Amendment, public education, and arts advocacy. In 2008 he produced the Showtime documentary ‘Poliwood’ for TCC. Directed by Barry Levinson, the film chronicles the collision between politics, Hollywood, and the media during the last presidential race.

He has directed two PSAs for TCC, one for Blue Star Families to raise awareness about military suicides, and the Gracie award winning “Watch What you Watch” in collaboration with the Girls Scouts, to encourage media literacy among young woman. He is on the board of Inside Out Writers a Los Angles based non-profit organization that utilizes writing to help juvenile offenders repair their lives.

Daly is on the board of the Putney School in Putney Vermont where the first energy net zero, LEED’s platinum school building in the USA was recently built. In June 2008, Tim Daly was named the 2008 ambassador for Lee National Denim Day — a fundraiser for breast cancer, benefiting the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his performance on ‘The Sopranos”, a SAG award for “The Fugitive”, and is the recipient of Golden Satellite, Theatre World, GLAAD, Humanitas, and Peabody awards.


Visual Performer VJ CULTURE

Grant is an award-winning VJ ranked among the top visual performers worldwide. He gave up his collegiate ideals of working with deaf children over 12 years ago when he first experienced a live VJ environment in Black Rock City. As a Communications Disorder Specialist, he found visuals to be a unique way to interpret music for the deaf. Since then, under the name VJ Culture, Grant has provided sight and sound for audiences around the world.

As VJ Culture, Grant has worked with Beck, Mary J Blige, P-Diddy, The Rapture, Common, Eryka Badu, Jazzy Jeff, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, REM, Pearl Jam, and about every other top 100 DJ. Not only a visual artists, Grant also organizes large scale VJ related events across the US: Video Riot, VJ Battle and a number of VJ festivals. He is founder of Video Salon which has been an important non-profit organization providing audio-visual education and screenings since 2000.

Grant and his partner Xarene produced and released, ‘vE-“jA: Art and Technology of Live Audio Video, a book and DVD covering the global VJ scene. Grant is also featured in two other books on VJs and in numerous magazines.

WILL TRAVIS | @WillTravis

CEO/President of Sid Lee (HATCH BOARD MEMBER)

Will Travis is a leader of infectious passion, drive and tremendous insight, gleaned from leading global creative agencies, international exploration and motivational speaking. He is a long-term creative entrepreneur, with a hell-bent focus on creating unique brand experiences with the energy to deliver. He is also proudly a passionate father of four. Will presently sits as the US president and Senior Partner of Sid Lee, a leader in the marketing field for creating holistic consumer experiences through design, architecture, advertising, PR, production, social media and through its partnership with Cirque du Soleil, ground breaking experiences in the world of live entertainment.

Formally known for his pioneering role at ATTIK, Will lead the USA expansion of the agency into the USA, gaining clients Scion, Coca Cola, Nike, Boost, Sony and Microsoft and for driving the evolution of its Publication NOISE, an experimental platform and thought leadership publication that inspired design throughout the 21st century. On ATTIK’s acquisition, Will transitioned to the role of CEO for parent company Dentsu America, charged with evolving the vision, voice and its services in the USA, a division of the world’s largest agency brand from Japan. Equally critical in Will’s life is pushing his physical boundaries and as an explorer and mountaineer he has conquered several of the worlds highest mountains, ridden the worlds hardest land race The Dakar and motor-biked the worlds highest Himalayan pass.

He has partnered on numerous philanthropic causes with actress Emma Thompson on Safe, fashion designer Donna Karan and photographer Russell James on Global Nomad, and recently spent sixteen months living in central Indonesia supporting the creative exploration of raw materials for the betterment of the planet. His fearless hunger for pushing boundaries provides a unique and refreshing worldly perspective for the boards on which he sits, which include TED India, HatchFest, Eskuche, PromaxBDA and Sid Lee.

“Sid Lee is one of the top 5 performing agencies in the world in 2011” – Forbes.

MARC ENGLISH | @Marc_English


Marc English has over twenty-five years of experience in branding, corporate identity, packaging, publication, and marcom, among others. Marc has been lecturing from coast to coast, and beyond, for more than a decade. His lectures have earned critical acclaim to such a degree that he has been invited time and again to speak to audiences of repeat attendees, adjusting his talks to cover areas such as process, perspective, or identity and its role in business.  Unvarnished, humorous, with a penchant for revealing “what’s behind the curtain” of the real world of design.

Marc has clients in Hanoi, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Malawi, Atlanta, NYC, Paris, and a lot of small towns, too.  His clients include Whole Foods Market, The Criterion Collection, Chronicle Books, The University of Texas, Sarah Lee, Polaroid, The Austin Film Society, The Quentin Tarantino Film Fest, MARK Skateboards, and some you’ve never heard of, and never will. His much-awarded work can be found in collections in Germany, Mexico, and the U.S. As the author of “Designing Identity: Graphic Design as a Business Strategy”, Marc lectures across the U.S. and beyond. An educator for 20 years, English teaches graduate and undergraduate design and has served as juror for exhibits of local, regional, and national design and advertising.

He is an early member of AIGA, the Broadcast Design Association (BDA), The American Center of Design, and the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). Marc has been featured in Graphic Design America 2: The Work of Many of the Best & Brightest Design Firms From Across the United States. Of the 37 studios featured, only two from Texas were included, with Marc English Design being the only Austin firm. Feature article – The Way of the Design Shaman – in Step Inside Design magazine. Featured in Inspirability, a book on 40 designers and their sources of inspiration.

Marc has served with AIGA as president of the Boston chapter, founder and president of the Austin chapter, and served on their national board of directors. In 1999 he also founded AIGA/Austin’s Design Ranch, a national design retreat. Marc has also served on the board of directors for the Austin Film Society, and the advisory committee for Pecha Kucha NIght/Austin.


Novelist, Entrepreneur, Founder, Submittable

Michael FitzGerald is a novelist (Radiant Days, Counterpoint) and programmer. In 2010, he co-founded Submittable, a YCombinator-backed curation platform. Submittable is a powerful cloud-based online curation platform used by thousands of organizations, to curate digital content, applications, film and audio submissions. The application is SaaS (Software as a Service). It is robust, secure, simple to use, and saves publishers and organizations time and money.

The site has evolved to receive, store, and share any type of digital file from resumes to contest entries for 2,300 publishers and 150,000 individuals in 23 countries. “It blew our minds. All of our submissions flowed through that tool. We could assign them to people for review and editing.”— The Atlantic.

Submittable now integrates with Soundcloud and Bandcamp, empowering producers to engage with unsolicated work from a much larger world. This will ultimately make for a more rich and interesting music industry that has been closed for so long. But like many “overnight successes,” Michael has the road rash and scars to tell his up-start survival story – while keeping his sense of .

Mark Fewell

MARK FEWELL | @Fewelly1

Broadcaster, Attorney, Entrepreneur, Board Member for Movember

Mark Fewell has a diverse background as a broadcast host, creative entrepreneur, lawyer, and media producer, most within markets influenced by artistic expression.  His work life has been guided by his personal passions for creativity, new horizons, sport, travel and personal development. In the past year a few Mark’s adventures have been: hosting live TV shows about surfing from China, Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador; Riding a motorbike through the Cambodian jungle; and Meditating under a waterfall in Indonesia, and attempting to capture it all on his blog.

Mark’s business career over  2 decades has involved a variety of roles, but always with a passion for creativity, brand building, and entertainment.  He was co-founder of Boost Mobile in the US and led the business development, events, brand edge marketing, lifestyle content and PR divisions from start up to over 2 billion dollars annual revenue.  He co-founded the music and art inspired Eskuche’ headphone brand; and later ran the international division of Hurley, a global fashion brand owned by Nike. Many of the programs he led received extensive exposure, and were acknowledged as game changing.  He, and his teams, have received numerous industry awards in branding, communications, business and sport.

Anything truly successful came from activities with which he had a personal passion and connection. Mark’s media experience includes the Olympic Games, hundreds of internationally syndicated sports shows, and travel writing.  He once hosted a TV show for the Eco-Challenge, owned by Mark Burnett, which later morphed into Survivor.  Mark has represented Australia 4 times in triathlon, and has won Australian surfing titles. Mark’s next adventure is his first marathon in New York in November, in honor of his father (a grand adventurer) and to raise money for Movember.


National Director of SAGIndie

An M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producer’s Program at USC, as well as a USC President Samples Fellows, an honors program, Darrien Michele Gipson was formerly the Vice President of Production for Def Pictures. There, she shepherded such films as GRIDLOCK’D and HOW TO BE A PLAYER. Darrien began her career at SAGIndie as the Manager of Sponsorship and Development, where she traveled throughout the country to festivals, educating filmmakers and actors on SAG’s low budget contracts and all ensuing budgetary and distribution concerns.

As the National Director of SAGIndie, Darrien is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the SAGIndie Outreach Program. Her duties include creating the budget, grant writing, creation and participation in workshops and panels, sponsorship negotiations, national advertising campaigns, and – the organization’s online resource for independent filmmakers. A regular on panels and workshops, Darrien has spoken at numerous festivals and conferences. She has visited more than 30 states, 5 countries, and over 75 festivals to consult with independent filmmakers and actors.

DANIEL GOODWIN | @ChasingCreation

Dan is an engineer, designer and entrepreneur based out of San Francisco. He has been involved with startup companies for six years, ranging from garage dwellings to VC-backed operations. Cross-pollination has been a motif to date – his experiences range from creating wireless devices to predict the collapse of burning buildings, to teaching computers to see as humans do with the Stanford Computer Vision Lab, and to hacking analytics at Streetview Labs (now known as the social-mobile gaming company Pocket Gems).  Most recently recently he was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at IDEO, assisting with client engagements while also exploring new opportunities in the mobile and data technology sectors.  He is currently pursuing a mobile services venture to explore opportunities in the passive tracking space. His not-so-secret dream is to design a business that is deeply and primarily aligned with helping people live more fulfilling, happier lives. A topic that Dan’s been brewing on recently is  “Human Centered Data”, digging on the idea that we are getting more and more comfortable with the idea of the data that surrounds/impacts/emanates from us.

LISA MAKI | @LisaMMaki

CEO/Founder, PokitDok

Lisa Maki started her career in the technical industry after noticing a group of friends who seemed particularly happy and wore t-shirts and jeans to work. While it involved computers and Lisa didn’t know how to turn one on, she thought she could figure it out, and they did too. It was 1989, that place was Microsoft, and the rest, well, is history. Lisa did learn how to turn on a computer, and went on to several roles at Microsoft, including Product Unit Manager for incubation of International Disaster Response and Recovery products, and Director of Program Management for all Consumer products.

After taking some time away from technology to learn landscape design and teach snow-boarding in Utah, Lisa co-founded BeliefNetworks, a predictive analytics and semantic intelligence technology startup focused on content and advertising optimization for customers like and BeliefNetworks was acquired by Benefitfocus, a health and benefits data company, in June 2010 where she and her team built the first semantic system for the benefits space.

With a new-found appreciate for consumer health, Lisa and her co-founder, Ted Tanner, created PokitDok, a social health marketplace where people can find information, share experience, get recommendations and buy a treatment or service for a price they can live with.


Filmmaker –

Royce Gorsuch (photographer) tells visual stories. From epic action adventure scenes with toy figurines in his childhood, to culture and travel magazines, to an article in USA today, to shooting motion picture portraits with Sir Richard Branson. He began working professionally as a film editor at Chisel Industries on various commercial projects.

From there he set out to make a short documentary for The Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, which garnered The Annenberg Foundation’s Explore Award for championing the selfless acts of others, and generated an unprecedented 250% increase in private donations for the non-profit. The success of that film propelled him into directing branded content series for Proctor & Gamble, Nestle, Dannon, and most recently the Olympic Games.


Founder, Mamalode

Elke Govertsen is a Montana entrepreneur and founder of Mamalode (magazine for moms, print, web and ipad). She has grown Mamalode from a free local publication to having subscribers in all 50 states and 10 other countries. She has been featured in Real Simple, Where Women Create, 406 Woman, Ad Tech, and

She speaks on a variety of topics, from social media to overcoming poverty. She also leads the Learn As You Go lecture series for small businesses and is passionate about economic development in Montana. Her special skills include extreme bootstrapping, overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities. Of the many things she has learned by doing Mamalode, her ability to work with absolute chaos/kids/mess just might be the best.


VP, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Global Consumer Insights & Research

Laura A. Gross is the Vice President of the Warner Bros. Global Consumer Insights & Research group. In her position, she has built a Global Consumer Research Team that manages groundbreaking research and consumer insight projects for the Home Entertainment leader across Movies, TV and Games product for digital and packaged offerings. Her team partners with all aspects of the business – Marketing, Sales, Finance, Strat Planning, CATMAN, R&D and Executive Management. The group’s focus is to help shape the digital content ecosystem of the future and provide WB consumers with the most robust, immersive and innovative content experience possible.

Prior to her promotion, Laura held the position of Vice President of International Research & Media, managing the top 9 territory teams for the organization. Before joining Warner in 2003, she headed up research for In Demand, the VOD pioneer and leader in transactional entertainment and was instrumental in launching VOD in the US. Laura worked in various broadcast television capacities from network programming to consumer research at Seltel, Inc. (station rep firm) in New York City and WAAY in Huntsville, AL.

Laura is active in education issues for women and was the President of the Stephens College Alumnae Board. She is also involved in key industry organizations such as the ARF, ESOMAR and

JESSE BARNEY | @TheJesseBarney


Jesse Barney is a founder of Red Brain Media, and Peach Street Studios, one of the most respected music recording and production studios in the North West. Jesse’s first band was The Halo Project, where quickly learned the ropes of the music industry, and shortly after earned a Master Certificate in Music Production with Pro Tools.

Jesse studied closely under Grammy-winning Doc Wiley for two years. While at Peach Street Studios, Jesse has worked with The Halo Project, The Dirty Shame, Little Jane and The Pistol Whips, Landlocked, Dub Sultan, Skavocado, and Produced last year’s HATCH Groundbreaking Musician Amber Tisue’s Solace and Fury.


Architect, Professor

John C Brittingham, AIA NCARB is a registered architect and full professor of architecture. Since 1997 John has taught at all levels of both the undergraduate and levels of the program at MSU. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in 1979, a teaching fellowship from Bowdoin College in 1980, an internship with Peter Eisenman at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in 1981, and a Masters in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1987. John has practiced architecture with in Boston with Machado-Silvetti and Associates for two years, and Antoine Predock Architect, FAIA in New Mexico and Los Angeles for five years with an additional twenty years of professional experience in Colorado, Montana and Texas.

Professor Brittingham’s work has been widely recognized and published in five international design competitions and includes original research on Richard Neutra’s Helburn House in Bozeman, Montana. This work has been published in Architectural Digest and exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He has spent the last eight years working in collaboration with Yellowstone National Park and JLF & Associates of Bozeman developing a new paradigm for approaching design work in the park system and is currently working on a book titled Re-Choreographing Yellowstone.

Brittingham has taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Arizona, and has spent the last sixteen years teaching at MSU. While at MSU he has directed the graduate program for five years and co-directed the School for two years. John has been the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship.


CEO, Clear Link

Phil has over twelve years of experience developing and leading strategies and teams in the interactive marketing industry. As CEO of Clear Link, Phil oversees business development, manages client relations, and is responsible for driving the company’s unique culture. Phil is an active member of the community. In 2010 he founded, a non-profit organization that connects like-minded individuals by facilitating small, localized events.  A frequent presenter, Phil regularly shares his ideas on acquisition marketing, culture and leadership. In 2011 Phil was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. He has also been featured as one of Utah’s 40 business leaders under 40 by Utah Business Magazine. CLEARLINK is the leading provider of content & conversion services for top consumer brands, including DISH Network, AT&T, Qwest & Verizon among others.

CLEARLINK offers a multi-channel marketing strategy that generates targeted consumer leads nationwide; an in-house sales center that is highly proficient at converting inbound leads into new customer sales; and proprietary data analytics & reporting tools that optimize media buying to sustain growth and profitability. Through proficiencies in technology & in-depth knowledge of the Internet marketing landscape, CLEARLINK owns an extensive content network made up of over 20,000 web properties and 9 million pages of unique content.


Founder, HL2 Agency; Co-Founder, Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Since 1983, Tom Horton has created strategic marketing, branding and communication programs for some of America’s most creative brands, including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Starbucks, Vail Resorts, K2 Skis, New Balance, Chart House, Taco Del Mar, Redhook, Cinnabon, and others. As Founder and President of Seattle’s iconic HL2 ad agency, Tom grew his creative staff from five to 85, making it one of the largest independent agencies in the Pacific Northwest.

Over the past 25 years Tom won numerous industry awards for creating legendary, non-traditional campaigns such as the running Rainier Beers and Ivar’s famous Acres of Clams. The HL2 website won a Best-of-Show award at the prestigious South by Southwest Conference. In a recent poll ranking the Pacific Northwest’s Top 10 TV commercials of the last 25 years, Tom had three commercials in the top six. Tom also directed the marketing efforts for New Balance at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

In 2010, Tom retired from the agency business to cofound a creative consultancy — Trust Your Crazy Ideas—with lifelong friend, mentor, fellow winemaker and award-winning writer Dan Zadra. Their mission is to guide and inspire individuals, companies and communities to become more creative, innovative and successful. Tom is an honors graduate from the University of Washington and lives on Mercer Island, just outside of Seattle. His hobbies include winemaking, shellfish farming, writing, fly fishing and general tomfoolery.


Plunkett + Kuhr Designers, Founding designers, WIRED

Barbara Kuhr and John Plunkett are American designers who are best known for their design of WIRED, a company they helped found in 1992. They describe themselves as ‘content-based problem solvers’, and work for both non-profits and business in a number of inter-related areas: Strategy, Branding and Publications; Signage & Exhibits; and Architecture. Their work includes projects for TED, the Louvre Museum, the Sundance Film Festival, WIRED, and Carnegie Hall.

Wired won three National Magazine Awards in its first four years, and the New York Times has named it one of “the century’s 50 greatest design hits”. In 1994 P+K helped lead the small team who created HotWired, the world’s first commercial website; and followed with several other early and influential sites, including Wired News and the search engine HotBot. These early efforts won the nation’s first National Information Infrastructure Award from then-VP Al Gore.

Before starting P+K, Barbara and John had the good fortune to work and learn from many of the century’s greatest designers, including Saul Bass, Colin Forbes of Pentagram, Louis Danziger and Deborah Sussman (John); and Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar (Barbara). Plunkett + Kuhr’s work has been featured in Graphis, CA, ID and Eye magazines. In 2002 Plunkett + Kuhr were included in Richard Wurman’s book, “1000. Who’s Really Who – The 1,000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA.” Those chosen “were characterized by their work outside of the box. Their ideas, work and businesses represent various convergences between technology, entertainment, and design”


Professor – University of Montana, Director MADE

A tenured member of the University of Montana faculty, Dr. Lawrence is the Poe Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow at UM. He holds a Ph.D. from the prestigious London School of Economics and completed a program at Harvard Business School. His academic research has been published in some of the leading journals in information systems. However, his real passion is transforming university-based business education. Aa strong proponent of shifting education to models that focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and invention, Dr. Lawrence has had his teaching innovations and commitment to excellence recognized at the University of Montana and beyond. At the London School of Economics, he was awarded the highest teaching award that can be bestowed upon Ph.D. candidates for excellence in the classroom.

As one of the highest-rated School of Business Administration members, Dr. Lawrence has been selected as Outstanding MIS Faculty Member and unprecedented five times. He has also been honored twice by the University of Montana’s Division of Student Affairs for his work with UM students. A member of the Admissions and Curriculum Committeefor both the MBA program and the Master’s of Accountancy program, Dr. Lawrence also completed a term on the University of Montana’s Faculty Senate. He is also a successful and active entrepreneur and leads the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs (MADE), which promotes and encourages entrepreneurship in Montana. He sits on several boards, including the Clark Fork Coalition and Planned Parenthood of Montana, and has also served a term on the Board of Directors of Vann’s, Inc.


Innovate Montana

Liz Marchi is the Fund Coordinator for the Frontier Angel Fund, LLC, Montana’s first angel fund (, and is working with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to build the Montana Angel Network and Innovate Montana. Liz is also a cofounder of Northfork Strategies ( Liz has a background in legislative and public policy issues related to business growth and development at both the state and federal levels.

She is a proven leader and relationship builder and has served as President of the Montana Ambassadors, Trustee of Hollins University, and President of the Hollins University Alumnae Association. She served for seven years as President and CEO of Montana West Economic Development and the Flathead County Port Authority, focusing on marketing, communications, and access to capital for economic and entrepreneurial development.

She is on the Advisory Board for the Montana Meth Project, the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, and the Greater Polson Community Foundation, where she is Vice Chairman. She has been recognized for her vision and courage in bringing the entrepreneurial imperative to rural areas.

SEAN MCDONALD | @Sean_McDonald

Designer, Entrepreneur (

Sean McDonald wants you to talk with him about stories – especially those stories that start in a database, as so many do these days. McDonald is a designer and entrepreneur working at the intersection of data visualization, interactive software and lesson-based storytelling.

Currently, he is active in the LA-based startup community, providing expertise in product design and prototype development for startups and established companies; in the past he has served as CEO, CMO and designer for companies he started. As a co-founder of Sweet Spot, an angel-funded startup, McDonald was a pioneer of sociographic analysis of human relationship networks, providing services to marketing and finance executives, and later partnering with a Fortune 500 company.Recently, he co-founded another data visualization project, The COLORBOX Project, which fuses high-end photography, live event experiences, and fabric art.

Additionally, he co-founded a science-art collective, The Reality Inspectors, which built a “kinect hack” piece that was featured at the 2011 World Science Festival and will continue to tour internationally. McDonald has also served as co-chair of The Bob Moog Foundation, held volunteer positions at HATCHfest, served as a National Field Organizer for The Children’s Defense Fund, and served as a project coordinator on a $24 million dollar nonprofit capital campaign while working at a philanthropic fundraising consultancy. He attended UNC-Asheville, where he received a B.A. in “Ethics and Social Institutions.” He lives and works in “Dogtown” – Venice, CA.



Phil passionately constructs story’s that provoke, challenge, and inspire. He seeks to make a difference in the way people think and perceive the world. “We have this unbelievable gift of being able to reach so many people on an intimate level, in their homes while they sit on their couch, but what will we tell them? Teach them?”

Phil began his career rather unusually, walking on to the set of an indy-feature in his hometown in Vermont at the age of 13. In 2006 Phil won the Hatch journalism groundbreaker award. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is actively pursuing a career as a Director & DP. He has had work featured on National Geographic, CBS, CNBC, PBS, NBC Sports, Versus and countless other new media platforms. His recent projects include a first ever film shot entirely at 35,000 feet for Virgin Airlines; and an interactive game for Nat Geo and Xbox Kinect that allows kids learn and interact with wildlife as they watch TV.

When not exploring new ways of inspiring the frame, he can be found seeking insight from the outdoors; discovering new lines to ski in the backcountry, climbing in the Tetons, surfing, or just curiously exploring the world around him.

In 2007, while still in school, Phil and fellow Hatch filmmaker Zach Osterhout found themselves traveling to the jungles of Belize to produce a privately funded tourism campaign for computer mogul John McAfee. An adventure that was only made possible through networking at Hatch, where catching gators with award winning Director Ang Lee, filming from ultralite trikes (think Kite with motor), and diving on secluded reefs became the norm.

Though still in the infancy of his career, Phil continues to return to Hatch each year to inspire younger filmmakers to get out and tell stories with meaning, to change the world simply by teaching others how great it really is.



Corrie Francis Parks is a designer, animator and photographer based in Montana. An alumna of Dartmouth College and University of Southern California, her award-winning films have been exhibited at over 100 national and international film festivals on every continent except Antarctica. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso, and Klondike Goldrush International Historic Park, a Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, and a recipient of a Sierra Foundation Grant for her work in experimental photography. Her work maintains an organic connection to natural materials and traditional production methods while fully integrating digital technology. The dialogue between technique and content informs every frame. She is an advocate for visual storytelling and a promoter of good animation in all areas of life.

When not in her studio, you can find Corrie seeking inspiration in the closest mountain range on skis, bikes, or boats.


Designer, Allsteel

Paron-Wildes is an advocate for making interior environments places of healing. As senior A&D manager for Allsteel, she works with designers nationwide in a variety of work settings and educational programs. Outside of this role, her passion is designing spaces for autistic children and others with sensory issues to ensure environments that are correctly designed with their needs in mind.


Emmy-Winning Producer – CNBC

Born and raised in Montana, Jeff Pohlman has spent the past 20 years producing investigative reports and in-depth profiles for CNBC, NBC, and CNN. He currently runs the investigative unit at CNBC, where his team delivers content to dayside, primetime and digital. He recently oversaw the production of Filthy Rich, a report about global kleptocracy fronted by Scott Cohn, for which his team traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan, Paris, Dubai, London and Los Angeles. His unit also produced Cyber Espionage: The Chinese Threat with CNBC anchor David Faber and Ripping off The Rich with Scott Wapner.

Jeff has traveled extensively around the world overseeing productions in India, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Central America, Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia. He has gone undercover numerous times for hidden-camera reports, has produced two White House interviews with President Bush, and has interviewed Presidents Clinton and Gorbachev and dozens of other politicos. He has produced dozens of specials ranging from NASCAR to America’s Cup Sailing to Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay to the OPEC conference in Vienna to live reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Pohlman created “In Profile” at CNBC, anchored by Ron Insana, featuring leaders in entertainment such as Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Michael Lynne; businessmen like Warren Buffet, HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and George Soros; fashion gurus Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang; and musical talents, including Ozzy Osbourne, Clive Davis, and Russell Simmons.

Jeff has written, produced, and directed award presentations and marketing reels for Pepsi, Coach, Maxim, Music Choice, and NARSAD. Pohlman has been honored with numerous awards including an Emmy, a 2011 UCLA Gerald Loeb Award, an IRE top honor in Outstanding Investigative Reporting, a 2011 Scripps Howard Foundation finalist award and a SABEW Radio/TV feature first place award – all of those for “Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation.” Jeff has also won three National Headliner Awards, a SAJA award and another Emmy nomination in 2006.

SAN RAHI | @BurnBox

San is co-founder and CEO of Mantrii, where he’s using technology to disrupt the way local businesses connect with consumers. He also serves on the Board of Directors. An Emmy® award winning marketing executive seasoned in both the advertising and entertainment industries, San has overseen the strategic and creative development for global brands for over a decade. In addition, he has considerable experience with Television networks and Cable channels and sits on the Board of PromaxBDA, the preeminent marketing organization for the global television media industry.

As Co-Founder of Think Creative, which he merged with Dentsu – the world’s largest agency brand – he led integrated projects for consumer brands such as Daimler Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Hershey’s, Mitsubishi Motors, Subway, T-Mobile, Toyota and Verizon as well as entertainment networks including NBC, abc, CBS, FOX, E! Networks, ESPN, FX Networks, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Universal. As SVP, Executive Creative Director for Dentsu’s Los Angeles office, his teams created cross-platform advertising campaigns for clients including Bandai, Canon, Chandon, Chapman University, Famima!!, Hass Avocado, Major League Soccer, Nissin Foods, Sutter Home Wines and Union Bank, several of which included new accounts wins for his agency. Prior to starting Mantrii, San was SVP, Head of Content Strategy and Development for Dentsu Network West, working within Dentsu’s Strategic Development Group and collaborating with Dentsu agencies across the Americas and Europe to create cross-media marketing models built around original, shareable content and bespoke technologies.

San has taught at SCI-Arc and Carnegie Mellon/Heinz School of Entertainment Industry Management. Along with his Emmy , he’s also been honored with several Tellys and PromaxBDA muses.


Founder of the MAPS Media Institute

During his 30-year career as a writer/producer/director/editor and/or executive, Peter’s credits include feature films, television series, and documentaries. Whether it be at Columbia Pictures, Disney, ESPN, National Geographic, FOX or CBS, Peter was fortunate to have many mentors to guide him along the way. In 1992, Peter purchased a home in Darby, Montana. Ten years later, he retired and moved permanently to ‘the last best place’. During this period, the arts in Montana public schools were experiencing severe financial cutbacks. In response, Peter founded MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) in 2004.

MAPS’ parent company, the Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation, secured funding, and MAPS became a reality. Among MAPS’ first donors was the Montana Arts Council, and over the last 10 years, there have been many others to thank. In 2005, MAPS and its students acquired its first fee based client – the Ravalli County DUI Task Force. Since then, a steady stream of companies have followed suit, including State Farm Insurance, Montana’s Office of the Governor, The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, Marcus Daly Hospital, Montana PBS, Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Department, Ravalli County DUI Task Force, S.A.F.E., the Ravalli County Health Department, The Center for Disease Control, and Montana Student Assistance Foundation. In 2009, MAPS expanded and opened its doors as an after-school program.

Today, MAPS artists come from the Hamilton, Corvallis, Stevensville, Darby and Victor School Districts. MAPS is unique in that students are immersed in the real world of professional media production from day one. Whether it be producing statewide or national assignments or executing pro-bono projects for local community organizations, MAPS award-winning students are mentored to prepare them for 21st Century careers. For more information, please visit our website.


President, Talent For Humanity

“I believe that each and every one of us can achieve something, by using our talent, whatever it may be, to help make this world the place we dream to live in.” Self-taught, of an enthusiastic nature, and with a strong imagination, Sanchez had the opportunity to create and develop a large number of projects with amazing people. Back in 1979, he joined the largest concert production company where he worked with international artists.

Next he became Executive Producer of several shows in Paris before flying on his own by creating companies like Rock MC, which became the leading company of concert ticket sales; and Music Point, a network of 8,500 outlets for CDs and videos. After holding a management position on the Soccer World Cup ‘98 and co-producing several shows in Europe, Sanchez then left France for the United States. There he developed a concept for a well-known philanthropist based on “courage and its various interpretations in the world.”

Later, he joined Franco Dragone Entertainment Group as a Creative and Executive Producer for various projects worldwide, including work with Cirque du Soleil. All his choices have taken him towards discovering the world in priority and meeting with other people. He is passionate about everything that surrounds him and curious about what he has yet to discover. Talent for Humanity is for him a place where the art of inventing a world without frontiers is continuously encouraged, as are imagination, creation, and talent.


Co-Owner and President of Salient Technologies, Inc.

Stephen studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Montana State University-Bozeman. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a SolidWorks Certified Professional. After working for a Fortune-200 energy producer and then an internet software startup, Stephen joined Salient Technologies, Inc. in 2000. At STI, he has developed thousands of innovative product designs for a wide range of companies both inside and outside of Montana, being named on numerous patents in the U.S. and abroad. Stephen specializes in ergonomic and user-centric design, 3D virtual simulation, and design for manufacturing.

Since 1998, Salient Technologies, Inc. has helped inventors and manufacturers develop products and technologies that are ahead of their time. STI specializes in consumer product design, 3D conceptual design, prototyping and analysis. STI has designed products that have accounted for over a billion dollars in sales and its designs have accumulated countless awards. STI values creativity in design, encouraging its employees to be active in the community and cultivate other creative outlets. Stephen is a musician, singing and playing guitar, bass, and saxophone, and leads music at Journey Church in his spare time. He also is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, biking, skiing, and hiking with his family of four in beautiful Bozeman, Montana.


Paramount Pictures

Jeremy Sauter discovers and distills the engaging stories inherent in the people, brands and everyday experiences all around us. In his years of marketing with Paramount Pictures, Jeremy has helped to craft the message for many hundreds of successful motion picture campaigns. Over the past year, he helped to develop and launch the mobile social media app Ptch which is empowering people around the world to tell their own stories and connect through multimedia conversations.

At the MAPS Media Institute, Jeremy mentors students in filmmaking, design and music as each finds their unique voice and serves their community. Jeremy serves as an advisor to the University of Montana in Integrated Communications as well as the schools of Business and Journalism.


Principal, Creative Entity and founder of Incredible PlacesInto Outside, and Noble Profit

Amy’s multidisciplinary background includes being an internationally published photographer, digital media and technology geek, filmmaker, and musician. She has created transmedia, internationalized websites, award winning broadband specials, and interactive games. Amy has been an internationally published photographer in magazines including Time, Newsweek, and RollingStone, and is a Nikon Professional photographer. Her music has been played on the radio globally, and her music videos have been broadcast VOD. A multimedia pioneer, Amy has created some of the first websites for entertainment studios, corporations, and exhibitions, including ones for UN World Environment Day, as well as advised NPS Pacific North West Technology Committee on emerging media.

Most recently, Amy created Into Outside a multimedia youth program in partnership with Breaking Barriers, a National Park Service collaborative with multiple academic and non-profit organizations. Now Amy is exploring how digital media and technology can help communicate and expand awareness of nature and culture through gaming, mobile, and immersive experiences. She sees unique patterns emerging within multiple fields, and has used them to create Noble Profit, a transmedia series on clean tech and sustainable business.

As a complex and prolific creative, Amy is also paints, writes music and dabbles in experimental media. She received a Meet the Composer Award from the NY Counsil for the Arts in 2010. Followed by a scientific visualization artist fellowship in 2011 with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute in Yosemite where, along with Into Outside and her work with youth, she created content for a book on patterns of nature and a series on water. Amy is currently evolving her first chapter for Instruments of the Forest using the water footage and photography as part of AIR (resident artist) at the Vortex Dome and c3 in Los Angeles as a 360 immersion art and music piece. This unique work combines many disciplines of art that informs and inspires the artist under one completely round roof.


Michael Spencer, born and raised on a family run cattle ranch in Willow Creek, Montana, graduated Montana State University in Bozeman with a B.A. in Environmental Design (Architecture) Summa Cum Laude. During his last semester at MSU and following graduation he helped launch Habihut, a start-up company that designs and manufactures rapidly deployable disaster relief housing and entrepreneurial water infrastructure for developing countries. The company currently has projects in Kenya, Haiti, and the USA, and was recently highlighted in the New York Times for their groundbreaking work in low-cost, small-scale housing.

In the fall of 2010, Spencer founded Studio [Re], Inc. a design firm focused on [re]thinking the way in which the built environment is designed and constructed. The firm is currently working to develop and implement a number of large scale projects in Tanzania and Kenya that strategically explore the intersection of social, economic, and environmental sustainability in the developing world. Part of that work includes the new growing homes initiative, a Kenya-based business aimed at introducing highly affordable homes to the third world market that are produced from 90%+ rapidly renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering materials.

In the spring of 2011, Spencer, with fellow [Re] designer Tymer Tilton and MSU engineering student PJ Kolnik won a competition to design the proposed Bozeman Ice Tower, a multi-use outdoor events center for concerts, climbing, lodging and the venue for the 2013 Ice climbing world cup. The Studio [Re] team is now working with the project organizers to complete the design and develop the business plan for the two million dollar project.


Linda Stewart was one of the first women in the commercial production business to become an executive producer-owner of a studio, Cucoloris Films. She has produced over 120 campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, from Coca Cola’s global Olympic Campaign to Volkswagen’s Drivers Wanted. With over 100 industry awards, Stewart has piloted twenty-seven Clio Award-winning campaigns and two campaigns honored with the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Lion. Linda has mentored the New Media Academy of Pacific Palisades High School and The Work Force LA CBS Summer Film Program, receiving a Certificate of Honor from the Pasadena Art Center.

In 1997, Stewart received the Certificate of Honor for Public Service from the City of Los Angeles for her work with underprivileged children. She has served on the board of the Environmental Media Association and was one of seven founding members of the NRDC Action committee. Linda also sat on The Leadership Council of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has produced over 20 public service commercials, including “Farm Aid”, which won the MoMA Permanent Collection Award. Linda also produced the first Energy Saver campaign for the EPA, which won awards for best Public Service campaign for three years. Linda co-wrote and produced The Earth’s Best Defense, a three-minute film for the first NRDC ʻEarth to LAʼ event, and produced an Internet project ‘Imagine’ for the NRDC with Cameron Diaz.

In 2005, Linda received her second Certificate of Honor for Public Service from the City of LA for her part in producing “Arctic Warning”, which appeared in 128 media outlets and caused The Inuit Circumpolar Conference to take up Global Warming as a Human Rights Issue. After 20 successful years, Linda closed Cucoloris Films to take over as General Manager of, a division of the Annenberg Foundation. In 2011, Linda received her third Certificate of Honor for Public Service from the City of Los Angeles for building The Berrics Westchester Skate Park and promoting other projects for at-risk teens. While at Explore, Linda also partnered with The Tony Hawk Foundation to build a skate park in South Central LA, Jack Johnson for the 2010/11 To The Sea World Tour, and sponsored the All At Once initiative for environmental commitments.


HATCH Alumni Nat Kendall {from Lovers and Ghosts & Songbird Sing} has teamed up with kindred spirit, Lauren Stark, to bring his latest collection of songs to life, and will be bringing their stories and songs to HATCH from San Francisco.

“You can hear a bit of Cocorosie in the lyrical abstraction, some XX with the duet vocals, people always say Band of Horses guitar, maybe a bit of Ratatat crunk… but don’t try to pack us in to some genre box, won’t happen.” For now, SYMBOLS OF THE WEST is starting their live music tour at HATCH, and will have their hot-off-the-press EP in hand.

RICHARD WHITNEY | @Jenesaisdiq


Richard Whitney builds the future. He brings together multidisciplinary knowledge and practical skills to craft working examples of technologies and products for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Richard also advises startups on tech and business strategy, and creates interactive art focusing on human behavior and capturing otherwise-invisible instants in time.

He previously headed Idealab’s Prototeam, designed UI/UX for Samsung, and worked on micro-helicopters for NASA. His latest startup, Consolidated Pixel, blends high tech sensors and quality photography into a new breed of webconnected, hyperactive photo-booths. Richard graduated from the MIT Media Lab with an SM, and Johns Hopkins with a BS in biomedical engineering.


Designer, Inventor, M.E, Director of Creativity, and Co-Owner Salient
Technologies Inc.

Driven by creativity, David received a Mechanical Engineering Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University. With an imaginative point of view, he pursued the world of consumer product design. His first designs to hit the marketplace altered the archery industry winning awards including Product of the Year. With a passion to positively influence the lives of youth, he spent five years traveling abroad. Splitting time between New Zealand, Costa Rica, Europe, the South Pacific, and other pockets around the world, he guided service projects and expeditions. As he traveled, creativity never stopped but rather expanded as the world around him shrunk and his invention journal grew.

Returning to Bozeman, David co-purchased a product design firm, Salient Technologies Inc. Formed in 1998, Salient offers product development, industrial design, marketing renderings and animations, and engineering drawings for manufacturing. He spends nearly every day of his life inventing unique solutions for everyday problems. Named on many patents, he has helped develop hundreds of products for other independent inventors and large corporations; from lines of wheelchairs with worldwide distribution; award-winning, environmentally-friendly pet toys that boast indestructibility; breakthrough cryogenic valve technology highlighted in NASA Spinoff Magazine; a revolutionary cycling power meter called the iBike Dash that is now available at the Apple Store.

David is also currently a Season 5 finalist for the Emmy award winning show Everyday Edisons which highlights inventors and their innovations. David loves to help turn ideas into products. Being able to turn an idea, napkin sketch or even transform a pet peeve into a product, virtual prototype, photo-realistic rendering, rapid prototype, production ready drawings, or even patent drawings keeps his world new and exciting.


Founder of Compendium, Founder, Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Dan Zadra is the Founder and Creative Director of Compendium, Inc., one of the nation’s foremost creators of inspiring books and gifts. He has written several award-winning books and best-sellers, compiled more than fifty inspiring quotation books, and served as a communications or creativity consultant for dozens of the nation’s best-known brands, including several Fortune 500 companies.

The mission of Compendium is to inspire, educate, motivate and celebrate the world we love and live in. We will strive to set an example of hope, passion, and creativity in everything we do—from the products and programs we create, to the ways we can make a difference for our clients, customers and community.

“There has never been another you. With no effort on your part you were born to be something very special and set apart. What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make.” – Dan Zadra