Meet Our Team

See the experience, feel the joy

 

Michelle Metter

Michelle Metter

Partner and Owner

In 2004, Michelle and Ken broke open a bottle of Ken’s good wine and settled into his dining room ready to solve the world’s problems. Instead, a few hours later, Fast Forward made its official launch. As a passionate event and PR pro, Michelle had dedicated her career to the industry and knew there was an opportunity to create an agency where heart mattered as much as results, making JOY central to the Fast Forward ethos. With 20 years’ experience in event production, event launch, experiential activations, sponsorship sales, marketing and public relations, Michelle’s leadership, vision, and focus on growth and new business development have since led the agency to become one of the most widely respected in the industry. Michelle is often recruited as a speaker at industry conferences and quoted throughout event and public relations trade publications.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
My family, my team, travel, martinis, yoga, hiking, running, stinky cheese, our clients, coffee, scuba diving

Ken Loyst

Ken Loyst

Partner and Owner

As Partner at Fast Forward, Loyst brings 27 years experience in event production, operations, and event launch experience to the agency. As a former producer of one of the country’s top 200 tradeshows, Loyst is the agency’s operations guru and launch strategist, directing all vendor relationships and managing contract negotiations. With almost three decades in event management experience, Loyst spearheads the agency’s Operations & Logistics division and also plays a vital role in the creative development of new events produced by Fast Forward.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
San Diego Bay, 3 dogs (poor Pearl)

Karen Mrvich

Karen Mrvich

Director, Finance & Human Resources

As Director of Finance & Human Resources, Karen is a member of the senior leadership team at Fast Forward, guiding the agency’s financial management as well as helping to shape the company’s workplace and culture. It does not hurt that her husband is an Internet YouTube sensation and grill master which, of course, fits right in with our foodie obsessed office.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Family, friends, food, wine, beach

Chris Finn

Chris Finn

Associate Director, Sponsorship Development

Chris oversees sponsorship sales and development across all of Fast Forward’s properties. From auto to whiskey, sports drinks to yogurt, brands of all size and scale have joined productions by Fast Forward due to his national relationships and understanding of the activation process. He currently holds the office record for the most logged phone hours, moonlights as our resident DJ, and can out-plank us all.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Family, friends, dogs (Annabelle), San Diego, traveling, festivals, sports, beaches, fitness & sarcasm

Haley Messner

Haley Messner

Account Executive, Public Relations and Marketing

With a knack for developing newsworthy and compelling story angles, Haley brings an editorial mindset to Fast Forward, letting creativity guide her messaging tactics. Savvy and results driven, Haley garners targeted media coverage for Fast Forward clients and events, with recent placements including: Coastal Living, Robb Report, Los Angeles Times, Shermans Travel, Union Tribune San Diego, Smart Meetings, and Westways. Haley is a sharp-tongued wordsmith and is known around the office for being a fast creative thinker. She is also perhaps the luckiest person you will ever meet and has won just about every contest she has ever entered. But we’re not jealous.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Sunny days, a good cup of coffee, San Francisco Giants, traveling, classic movies, eating and drinking, a good pun, the latest issue of Travel & Leisure

Nikki Kennedy

Nikki Kennedy

Marketing + PR Assistant

After completing Fast Forward’s internship program, we knew it was a match made in heaven and had to keep Nikki onboard. Most likely to be voted Miss Congeniality by her team, Nikki’s enthusiasm and drive is infectious making her the one you want both in the dugout rooting the team on and on the field bringing home the win.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Seattle Seahawks, rainy days, traveling, food, friends and family, The Notebook, and of course wine

Jamilia Popov

Jamilia Popov

Coordinator, Events & Sponsorship

Hailing from Seattle, WA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Language Literature and Culture, Jamilia is a San Diego transplant with extensive VIP event experience. Her passion for the industry makes her an asset to the sales and sponsorship activation team at Fast Forward. She’s the kind of team member you want on your side both in the office and in a dark alley. Yes, she practices Kung Fu.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Delicious food, great dance music, friends and family

Rachel Hernandez

Rachel Hernandez

Administrative Coordinator

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Rachel helps keep the Fast Forward team equally balanced and, as our Administrative Coordinator, office running smoothly. Rachel brings 20+ years of Administrative experience to the table and assists Human Resources and Finance.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Dancing, music, gardening, nature, family and connecting with people

Think you’re one of us?

From Wellness Wednesdays to our Field Research Program, Floyd our Flying Pig, catered taco lunches, furry team members Annabelle and Pearl, life at Fast Forward is anything but ordinary. Take a look… we may be hiring!

Think you’re one of us?

From Wellness Wednesdays to our Field Research Program, Floyd our Flying Pig, catered taco lunches, furry team members Annabelle and Pearl, life at Fast Forward is anything but ordinary. Take a look… we may be hiring!