Girard Diversified Interests

Carly Willaford -
Event Supervisor 

Carly began her career in the event industry in 2014 after graduating from UT Austin. Her warm southern background, passion for detail, and creativity combined make her a positive force for the GDI team. 

Tori Tinnon -

PR & Social Media

For over 20 years, Tori has been part of the landscape of all things social in Austin. She founded Social Communications PR firm in 2011 and handles all things media related for GDI. 
Contact Tori for any of our social media, online marketing or PR related inquiries.

Kevin Shipp - Speakeasy General Manager

Kevin has 10 years of experience ranging from owning and operating his own restaurant to bar and nightclub management. With vast experience in bar management during events and festivals he looks forward to being an asset to the GDI brand.


Caitlyn Schwab - 
Business Manager

Caitlyn joined the GDI team in 2010 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the GDI office.



Karen Lasher -
Director of Events & Marketing

Bringing calm to the chaotic world of events, Karen's background includes experience in not only events, but restaurant management as well. ​

Michael Girard -
President & Founder
With over 20 years experience in the entrepreneurial world of Austin, Texas, Michael, President and Founder of GDI, has become locally famous for turning start up operations into Texas-sized successes.

Our Team