Girard Diversified Interests

Jessie Lawson - 
Event Coordinator & Talent Manager
​Jessie has her ear to the ground when it comes to Austin's local music scene.  She has extensive experience in event coordination and management. Her versatility, keen attention to detail, and flair for hospitality make her a fantastic addition to the team.
Sam Keefe -
​Event Supervisor 

Sam has 10 years of hospitality experience to the GDI team. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality & Event Management at University of Wisconsin-Stout. ​


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.


Eddie Dunn - TenOak
General Manager

​Eddie has over 20 years in the service industry with a background that spans both front and back of house in restaurants, nightclubs, and convention centers. Currently, Eddie oversees the daily operations of TenOak, as well as the Catering department for all GDI entities. His flare for Southern comfort food and hospitality is a great addition to the GDI team.​

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