Who We Are

Lucas Mendieta

Raised in South Carolina, Lucas went from being homeless as a teen to launching the Cutting Edge Elite, now with offices in multiple cities … he truly is living the American dream.  Lucas brings his street smarts and people skills to the table which has proven a priceless skill in the sales & staffing departments.  He is a lover of tattoos, bow ties & horror movies.  His favorite thing to do is travel abroad – ideally to a desolate island.

Nathan Perry

Nathan  was born in Guatemala. A Duke University alumni, he moved to NY and encountered a love for business in founding the Cutting Edge Elite event staffing firm in 2007.   He consults in various industries and is always looking forward to the next unexpected challenge.  Nathan’s philosophy focuses investment in his personnel; specifically with training, direction, and teamwork.  He seeks to advance his businesses by innovating their service and value to both clients and employees and believes all leadership must hold itself to those standards.


Office Manager

Originally from Dominican Republic, Marcos joined the Cutting Edge Elite as Office Manager in 2016 with a background in Luxury Hospitality and Event Management. He’s worked in wide a range of industries with a heavy emphasis on team/project management, philanthropy and communications. Marcos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College. He lives Astoria, Queens and has a corgi/terrier-mix dog named Rocky. He loves sea-salt caramel, and all things Beyonce


HR- Head of Enlistment

Teresa Davi manages the enlistment and the Cutting Edge Elite staff community throughout the NYC, ATL, LA, and MIA area. She is passionate about vegetable planting, scuba-diving, and traveling. If she’s not at the office she is most likely blasting Milky Chance while drinking a Heineken. Teresa’s favorite part of this job is meeting people who come from all different walks of life and creating a positive work community which contributes to the Cutting Edge Elite’s growing success.

Leona Clark

Admin Coordinator

Reigning from the Las Vegas desert, Leona handles all things admin for the Cutting Edge Elite. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNLV and a passion for art, make up and Steven Universe. Leona has a 9-year-old fluffy tabby named Jasper and spends a lot of her free time with her niece and nephew playing video games or hiking the mountains near her house.

David Rodriguez

Staffing Officer

David first started with Cutting Edge Elite working events and bartending. After leaving for a few years to finish up his Bachelor’s Degree, David has returned and his helping us deploy highly motivated and talented teams throughout the country. Born and raised in Queens, NY David’s top 3 hobbies are reading, eating Reese’s Puffs cereal, and going to the gym (occasionally).

James Hutsler

Staffing Officer

Until recently, James lived his entire life in St. Louis, MO. Jumping from a variety of occupations in his attempts to be a jack of all trades, James offers a unique outlook to the business and hones in on his team building skills along with his years of customer service to deliver an outstanding professional and personal experience. James has a passion in all things literature, animation, and music related, the majority of his spare time is dedicated to his Husky/German Shepherd mix, Shiva.


Senior Barktender 

Gideon joined The Cutting Edge Elite as a mere pup and is now widely considered the leader of the pack.  After a rigorous and challenging 6-week training program, he rapidly mastered many essential skills in event planning and execution, including seating, dining and good grooming. He is a graduate with pedigree from Woof University and also studied at the Culinary Kibble Academy.  While he likes to toy around, he tackles every challenge as if it is his favorite bone, which it often is.  He has extensive experience in menu taste testing (invited and uninvited), social media cuteness and nap environment enhancement.