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Founder, Chairman and CEO
Frequently described as a visionary and serial entrepreneur, Nicolas Styles has years of experience in creative design, marketing, production, and distribution systems within start-ups and established organizations. Nicolas manages the day-to-day strategic planning and execution of both companies’ organic initiatives, content development and corporate operations. As the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Creative Styles, Nick’s mission to redefine the culture of children toys and devices. He is driven by his passion to ultimately help as many underprivileged children as he possibly can. In 2010, Nicolas enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs to obtain his mid-career masters in Leadership and Education. Unsatisfied, he then again furthered his education by enrolling in the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management to obtain his second masters in Business Administration and hone his analytical skills. Nicolas is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Thomas, College of Education.
Sam Barsness is the Communications Director for both CreatiCUBE and Children Story Time. His responsibilities include, directing the content flow for our blogs, emails and newsletter programs, as well as helping to develop our investor relations department.
Sam is also a small business owner and current student at the University of St. Thomas, studying entrepreneurship and real estate. He spends his free time fishing, hunting and hiking, thus spending most of his free time enjoying the leisure pursuits of outdoors.
Chief Illustration Officer
Nehemiah Nesheim was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota. A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he currently works as a freelance illustrator and designer in the twin cities. He gets his creative nourishment from exploring the city on his bicycle. He is passionate about architecture, creating worlds, and learning.
Ross Clanton is a strategic technology leader that consistently builds high performing organizations in corporate environments. He currently leads New Innovative Solutions and Strategic Initiatives at Verizon Corporation. Ross is a known leader in empowering engineering culture, modernizing technology architecture, advancing technology practices, fostering innovation, and driving organizational transformation.
He is also passionate about DevOps and LEAN culture, mindset, and practices. Ross is an active leader in the engineering community and helps influence industry-wide transformation of how technology is leveraged to drive competitive advantage.
Associate Brand Manager
Liz Legatt is a Junior Music Business Major at the University of Saint Thomas. Liz came on as a part of the Creative Styles team in October of 2016 and is working as a branding intern. Liz is also a Campus Representative for First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, as well as a Student Ambassador for Orchestra Hall. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, getting coffee and going to concerts with her best friends, and playing instruments.
Advisory Board Member
Peter is owner and founder of Timbercraft Enterprises, Inc, in New Brighton, MN, a residential design/build construction and real estate development company. He has been an Executive Member of the Minnesota Teen Challenge Board for 11 years and serves on numerous committees. Peter is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he has served on the parish council and is actively involved at Totino Grace High School. Peter enjoys practicing martial arts, restoring vintage cars and relaxing in outdoor leisure pursits.
Sertan Saltan is the master behind Cute Explode, an independent toy design firm specializing in creating innovation and creativity for all ages of children. Sertan is a toy designer of many years and recently decided to start his own consultancy. His previous years of experience includes designing toys and games for companies such as LEGO, Hasbro, Mattel, Fisher Price, Disney, Spin Master, Mega Brands and many more! Sertan uses his experience to help companies with their design tasks.
Here’s his website and contact information
Marko Dewhurst is a recent graduate from the Hamline University School of Business. He graduated with degrees in Marketing and Professional Writing. Marko is passionate about building brands from the ground up and brings enthusiasm to every project that is thrown his way. His intuitive nature gives him the inspiration to build a solid brand strategy for any small business or start-up.
Social Media Strategist
Mark Pumper has been serving as our Social Media Strategist since May 2016. Mark is currently a junior undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business who is majoring in entrepreneurship and marketing. Some of Mark’s other experience includes working as an independent consultant for the past two summers as a nanny, operating a self run consignment business with a focus in high fashion/streetwear since 2013, being a sales associate at Nike, and working as a mentor for students @ the school of entrepreneurship. His hobbies include health, fitness, music, and business. Mark deepest aspiration is to get involved with as many business ventures as possible, while gaining the knowledge necessary to craft a strong foundation for entrepreneurship development. In his own words “I am looking to do this in an effort to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of different businesses so that I may successfully start my own business one day.”
Senior Design Engineer
George Cook is a mechanical engineer and is one of the world’s best design, engineering, and manufacturing innovators. In 2013 he launched 123DESIGNS, which focuses on new development of consumer products and electronics. George has passion for helping other entrepreneurs grow, and is proud to be a driving member of the CreatiCUBE team. George Cook is a mechanical engineer and is one of the world’s best design, engineering, and manufacturing innovators. In 2013 he launched 123DESIGNS, which focuses on new development of consumer products and electronics. George has passion for helping other entrepreneurs grow, and is proud to be a driving member of the CreatiCUBE team.