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)

Colleen M. Connor, CMP

Colleen M. Connor, CMP

Associate Vice President

As Associate Vice President, Colleen oversees the Operations Department, which includes, conference management, event operations, and sponsorship activation. Colleen brings over 17 year’s experience in event production and sponsorship management for both large scale and boutique events to Fast Forward. She’s a diehard Sister Hazel fan, will drive an extra 50 miles for Dunkin Donuts coffee, and knows more sports trivia than anyone in our office… or San Diego, for that matter.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Kindness, traveling, live music, the ocean, paddle boarding, dogs, friends, wine, and the number 19

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

Joyce Agagas

Joyce Agagas

Associate Director, Events

Joyce leads event operations and logistics for a multitude of the agency’s productions. Whether organizing a nationwide race series, negotiating with multiple vendors and venues, conducting industry research, and establishing the creative vision for each event, Joyce’s innovative thinking and organizational skills are a key agency asset. A natural-born multi-tasker and perfectionist, Joyce finds her energy from having a job that is constantly changing and keeping her on her toes. Joyce is a grammar guru with an occasional southern twang. Also, never challenge Joyce to Pictionary. She will win, y’all.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Tropics, quick wit, uncontrollable laughter, undefeated Florida State football seasons, field passes to sporting events, impeccable grammar and spelling, and the Oxford comma.

Chris Finn

Chris Finn

Associate Director, Sponsorship Development

Chris has been with Fast Forward for five years and 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

Maura O’Neill

Maura O’Neill

Associate Director, Events

A master problem solver, project manager, and event zealot, Maura is as comfortable in the trenches as she is guiding strategy for her productions. Events are her passion, and her favorite moment is event day when the hard work comes to fruition and sees all of the guests reveling in the experience. She makes a mean guacamole and had 10-minutes of fame on Elimidate, where, as she admits, she was Elimidated.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Wine, food, wine, food, wine, food… and occasionally beer

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

Caitlin Purkey

Caitlin Purkey

Senior Coordinator, Events

Caitlin is known equally for her wizard-like multitasking skills and seemingly superhuman ability to look incredible even in the most harrowing of event production environments, leaving us all asking, “How does she do it?” She joined the team in 2013 with six years in the service industry and after graduating from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She has quickly risen through the Fast Forward ranks and is a vital part of the operations and logistics team. In 2015, she obtained a Meeting & Event Planning Certificate from San Diego State University.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Travel, wine, doing sudoku puzzles in pen, and a well-timed idiom

Elizabeth Pun

Elizabeth Pun

Senior Coordinator, Events & Sponsorship

As the agency’s lead sponsorship activation manager working with major brands like Lexus and John Hancock, Cooking Light and Health, no detail is too small – no request too big, when it comes to making sure their programs are executed without a hitch. In addition to her extreme attention to detail, Liz is known to be a voracious reader and a diehard Disneyland aficionado.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Books, new restaurants, live music, family time, Disneyland, my puppy brother

Ivory Melone

Ivory Melone

Account Representative

Ivory is a sales pro who knows food and wine having spent time as a former brand representative for mega spirit brands in Hawaii and stateside. She adds a fresh energy to Fast Forward with a great ability to align our client’s goals and objectives with solutions found within our productions and PR programs. A certified yoga instructor, Ivory can be caught leading the team in pop up yoga classes and de-stressing meditations. Namaste.
WHAT BRINGS ME JOY:
Family and friends, yoga, hiking, traveling, camping, the beach, live music, margaritas, and festivals

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

Nikki Kennedy

Nikki Kennedy

Marketing + PR Assistant

Nikki will be completing her last semester at the University of San Diego in Marketing and Communication Studies in 2017, but 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

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!