Creative Collective LLC PROVIDES CREATIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND connects creativity, community, and commerce across the North Shore. 


TEAM

JOHN ANDREWS

OWNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, TECH OBSESSED, CREATIVE CONSULTANT, FORMER CHEF

John is the owner of Creative Collective, Creative North Shore and John Andrews Photography. John has spent the past five years unraveling the mystery of why there is an unbalance and gap between traditional and ‘creative’ businesses and has established the collective to work with modern, open minded businesses looking to make the world a more artistic, cultural and creative place AND close that gap. A lover of the underdog, all music that gives you the “feels” Doctor Who, and community in general.

Jill Thompson

Director of Memberships & Creative Growth, Dog-Mom, Knitter, Type-A Pisces


Jill is a Kentucky girl who happened to fall into membership management almost 10 years ago while finishing grad school. She really enjoys checking off her daily to-do list, overseeing programs and projects to completion, and asking tough questions like, “Is that part of your mission?” or, “What’s for lunch?” When Jill has some free time, she loves to take hikes with her dogs, explore cute New England towns, and knit her own clothing.

Joey Phoenix

Managing Editor, Manic Scribbler, Professional Faerie, Guinea Pig Enthusiast


Joey is a professional faerie character performer with a passion for big creative ideas, biodegradable glitter, and the oxford comma. They joined Creative Collective as Managing Editor in late 2018 to help the team tell stories about what’s up and coming in the North Shore Creative Economy.  When they’re not interviewing creatives or scribbling stories in the wee hours of the morning, you can find them photographing animals or performing songs about nature for children of all ages.

Kati Nalbandian

Marketing Manager, Events Extraordinaire

Kati is the Assistant Director of Creative Development - working in the land of social media and IRL (in real life) she helps us with everything in events and marketing. She loves meeting new people and making connections!  She also organizes some great events and parties- including weddings. Outside of the Collective, you can find her singing at a local karaoke spot, rallying Salem’s feminists, enjoying some New England nature, or taking a much-needed cat nap. 


CREATIVE CONSULTANTS

ANDREW BUONFIGLIO/ OCTOCOG

BRANDING, WEB DESIGN, MUSICIAN, SEO

Andrew spent years designing for sports franchises in the NHL, MiLB, ECHL, NBA, and food & beverage networks such as Sysco, MillerCoors, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Diageo, Tito’s Vodka, and more. In the past year alone, Andrew & his team have helped hundreds of businesses realize the importance of design, branding, and their online presence. Andrew’s diverse background, original ideas, efficient creativity, and insane work ethic has proved to be vital in today’s fast-paced environment.

MIKKI WILSON/ DOT CONNECTOR

ADVOCACY, COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS, FUNDRAISING, EVENT MANAGEMENT

Mikki Wilson is a creative entrepreneur, and her medium is community and connections which she has transformed into an art form. Working with non-profit and for profit organizations and connecting them to creativity for the benefit of all Mikki has developed an integral new tool in the establishment of a union between artists/creatives and the rest of the world.

 

 

JOEY NICOTERA/RETONICA

LIGHTING EXPERT, EVENT PRODUCTION, SINGER

Joey started playing with light at a very young age. His first inspiration and fascination was with the color organs of the 1970's, and the advent of the "disco light" craze of the 1980's. During that time it was not uncommon to see his bedroom windows glowing from streets away. In his teens he began experimenting with electronic kits, and quickly learned what a short circuit was. From strobe lights to early color-changing installations with Christmas lights, his portfolio was already growing.


ADVISORY COMMITTEE

JASON CONSALVO/ SALEM FIVE

“I’m a Vice President and Community Business Banker at Salem Five, where I’ve worked with business owners and consumers for 15 years; the last 5 in Salem.  During my time in Salem, I’ve engaged with the community in many ways; most notably as Salem Chamber president in 2015 and 2016, and as Rotary President in 2017-18.  I began at Salem Five just before college, when I worked part time while attending Massachusetts college of art.  I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration.  These days my creativity consists mostly of doodling in the margins of post-it notes and DIY projects/woodworking around the house.  I live in Beverly with my wife and two sons.”

RICH THORNETT

Rich wanted to play pro basketball when he grew up, but found himself trapped in the body of a software developer. He played to his strengths and has been building software for the web since its early days. He’s worked at blue chips and startups, but is best known as co-founder of Dribbble, a popular online community for designers, where he led product design and software development for eight years until selling the company. He’s currently advising startups and wondering what to be when he grows up.

He loves puns, podcasts, and living in downtown Salem with his wife and kids. And still plays basketball.

J. CASEY SOWARD/ THE CABOT

Casey’s early attempts at becoming a theater actor growing up on Cape Cod as a youngster were thwarted with his harsh rejection for the lead role in “The Velveteen Rabbit” in favor of his best friend.  Casey has been the Executive Director of The Cabot Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit performing arts organization and steward of the historic Cabot Theater in Downtown Beverly since 2015. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Beverly Main Streets and as an Advisory Council Member for Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative and for Creative Collective, LLC. Casey’s love of old theaters started after college when he took at job working on the stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston and he never looked back. Casey loves the intersection of the arts and urban planning and lives in Downtown Beverly with his wildly talented musical girlfriend, Jacyn, and his two beautiful children, Laurel and Oliver. He feels that he is an incredibly lucky human being.