Who We Are

CUTTING EDGE ELITE IS MORE THAN AN EVENT STAFFING AGENCY.

We are an extension of you. CEE has been in the industry for 14 years and counting. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our incredible field & corporate staff as well as our loyal client base. Through leadership, dialogue, and honesty, we build teams and communities with the power to meet any expectations. When staff work with CEE they are a part of our family and more then just a “number”. We take care of our team so they can take care of our clients.

Read on to learn more about our amazing corportate staff!

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 peaceful 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 on 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.

MARCOS CHALJUB

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

EMILEE ELOFSON

Marketing Coordinator

Emilee is a Minnesota-born New York City transplant who joined the CEE team in 2021. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a background in Marketing, Administration, and Photography. She is passionate about her favorite movies and TV shows, and will voluntarily get sucked into a Forensic Files marathon any day. She loves working with such an amazing, positive, and friendly team and can’t wait to see where this CEE journey takes her.

SIERRA BARRICK

Relationship Manager

With a long history of training in gymnastics and kung fu fighting, Sierra Barrick comes to New York City by way of California and Colorado. She brings experience in sales and events to her role as Relationship Manager at CEE She is an idea girl, paint-by-number artist and lover of wine who brings her creativity and enthusiasm to the job to think fast, keep focused and exceed client expectations.

LEONA CLARK

HR Coordinator

Reigning from the Las Vegas desert, Leona is one-half of the administrative coordinator team here at the Cutting Edge Elite. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNLV and a passion for art, makeup and Steven Universe. Leona has a rag-doll kitten named Moonstone and spends a lot of her free time with her niece and nephew playing video games or hiking the mountains near her house.

MARIA HENRIQUEZ

Administrative Coordinator

Originally from New York raised in Colombia. Maria joined the Cutting Edge Elite Administrative team at the beginning of the 2020 year. She obtained an Associate Degree in Health Services Administration and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. When Maria isn’t at the office, she’s probably traveling to another country, eating her usual burger and fries order off of a restaurant’s menu, watching her novelas (soap opera), playing on her Nintendo Switch or walking and playing her 11-year-old Yorkshire, Max.

CHYNNA CRUMP

Administrative Coordinator 

Chynna (pronounced Shy-na) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her passions include Vintage consignment hunting for archives such as Dior and Prada, Photography, and Surfing. Her favorite thing about working for Cutting Edge Elite is the amazing team she get to work with everyday… Oh, and also the awesome events they get to be a part of.

BEATRIZ SWELLEN O’LEARY

Recruiter

Beatriz is originally from Brazil and moved to the USA in 2020. She has a background mostly in customer service. Her greatest passions are animals, fitness/health, and rock n’ roll! Her favorite part of her job is getting to know so many cool people from different parts of the world; they all have a different story to tell. Diversity is what makes the world beautiful and interesting.

TIM BERRYMAN

Consultant

Tim is Cutting Edge Elite’s resident Brit and Consultant and has a background in Event & Production Management and Staffing. He’s a huge fan of the ukulele, board games, and dogs, and will often be joined on calls by his pup “Sir Jasper”.