THE HUMANS BEHIND

THE TECHNOLOGY

CALL US IDEALISTIC, CALL US CRAZY, BUT DON'T CALL US NAIVE.

We know for a fact that our passion for storytelling is what makes us unique in this world of servers and shared storage and we couldn't be more proud of that. As we work alongside you to create video content, we remain confident that the solution isn't to add more technical complexity to the process, it's to add more humanity.

WHAT DRIVES US.

Our core values are the heartbeat of who we are and the framework for the decisions we make. They both anchor us and give life to possibility. Watch out, they're contagious.

  • 01

    CURIOSITY

    We believe in challenging assumptions and the status quo.

  • 02

    EMPATHY

    We believe LumaForge brings a human element to an IT issue.

  • 03

    INTEGRITY

    We believe in doing what we say we're going to do.

  • 04

    POSSIBILITY

    We believe in doing what others say can't be done.

  • 05

    INCLUSION

    We believe everyone deserves to tell their story.

WHAT MAKES US HUMAN:

  • Josh Minney

    CEO | Bio

    Josh Minney

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    Josh Minney is a leader in bringing innovative products to market through strategic partnerships with top brands. He has raised several rounds of capital for his respective ventures, developed lasting relationships with his investors and created organizational cultures that experience high growth with extremely low turnover. Josh’s ability to leverage community influencers to increase brand value in e-commerce and enterprise technology led to the successful exit of his previous company in 2014. Josh holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University.
  • Sam Mestman

    Chief Filmmaking Officer | Bio

    Sam Mestman

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    Sam Mestman is a leading expert on professional video workflow in media and entertainment. He pioneers workflows for video departments across the world and teaches them to thrive in the face of ever-evolving technology requirements. He began his career as a professional editor and colorist, working on hundreds of shorts, features, web series and media content for companies such as Apple, ESPN, Glee and Break Media. He then transitioned into high-end workflow integration and training, building installations and teaching video departments for companies such as DirecTV, TED Talks, Swiss TV, Warner Brothers and Google. In 2009, he founded We Make Movies, the world’s first community-funded production company and one that is responsible for hundreds of original productions. He remains passionately involved in that organization. Sam has a B.A. in Film Production from New York University.
  • Eric Altman

    CTO | Bio

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    Eric Altman spends his days at LumaForge passionately designing the future of shared storage, workstations and related technologies in the world of post-production. He also oversees the development of software initiatives for the multi-national film collective, We Make Movies, including development for web, mobile and tablet applications. His prior roles include media manager at ABC Entertainment and four years as production assistant at E! Entertainment Television, where he helped with the production of a variety of shows and specials. Eric studied computer science, programming and math at DeVry University where he earned a 4.0 GPA and was on the Dean’s List.
  • Krysta Masciale

    CMO | Bio

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    Krysta Masciale is a seasoned brand strategist and thought leader on brand culture and communications. In her prior leadership role, she was CEO of Los Angeles based brand agency B!G DEAL BRANDING which led the way in strategic design and messaging for both small creative organizations and multi-billion dollar corporations. The result of her work led her clients to experience an increase of revenue as high as 147% within six months of their rebrand. Krysta holds a B.A. in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Wichita State University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
  • Richard Bergrin

    VP, Finance & Accounting | Bio

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    Richard Bergrin has more than a decade of experience in corporate finance and accounting. Prior to joining LumaForge, he was head of accounting at Wag!, a wildly popular on-demand dog walking app. In that role, he participated in two rounds of fundraising totaling $340M, helped grow the team from 90 to 360 people and helped expand the service from 14 cities to more than 100. He was also a senior financial analyst at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group where he supported five finance managers overseeing +$325M in revenues in six countries. In addition, he worked in operations and finance for Wolfgang Puck Catering and helped them open and operate ESPNZone @ L.A. LIVE, a 32,000 sq. ft. food, beverage and entertainment venue with more than 200 on-site staff. Richard has a B.S. in Finance and Management from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
  • Kayla Garza

    Office Coordinator
  • Raibar Chener

    Senior Workflow Engineer
  • Loren Mally

    Account Executive
  • JJ Powell

    Account Executive
  • Tyler Heron

    Graphic Designer
  • Dash Scarborough

    Lead Software Engineer
  • Jake Schwartz

    Lead Software Engineer
  • Gergana Angelova

    Dir. Customer Experience | Bio

    Gergana Angelova

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    Gergana Angelova is a leader in architecting customer experiences that increase the video editor’s ability to operate more efficiently. Prior to joining LumaForge, she was a post production supervisor and head of the editing department at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria where she led 12 team members through hundreds of video projects. In 2016, she was presented with the “Best Editor” award by 48Film Festival for her work on the film "Insight." As a thought leader and active participant in the film industry, she was invited by TEDxNBU to give a presentation on Professional Happiness, a philosophy and approach she applies to the LumaForge customer experience.
  • Patrick Southern

    Lead Editor & Producer | Bio

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    Patrick Southern has been editing for 12 years, working for companies such as National Geographic, A&E, Smithsonian Channel, Riot Games and Lifetime Movie Network. His work on the film “Challenger Disaster: The Lost Tapes,” won him an Emmy in 2016. As Lead Editor and Producer at LumaForge, he provides countless hours of content for fellow editors to stay on the bleeding edge of the industry. His presence in the editing community has made him a trusted collaborator with nonlinear editing giants Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and DaVinci Resolve. Patrick holds a B.S. in Mass Communication and Media Studies.
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