Meet the Team

Tyler Gates

CEO & Managing Partner

Tyler has spent over a decade as a visionary for immersive technology, spatial computing, and the exploration of the human experience in the virtual world. He loves the idea that there are endless possibilities with creative technologies and has spent his career building companies that passionately believe the same thing.  His technological prowess, in conjunction with his aptitude for behavioral psychology, enables him to seamlessly translate client needs into tangible concepts, through the use of immersive technology for training, consumer branding and enterprise solutions. He has adapted the company’s award-winning, highly immersive and interactive technology and under his leadership, Brightline’s highly skilled team of Creative Technologists guide clients through the effective adaptation of deep technologies, in order to allow organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing technology-driven world. 

Erik Muendel

Founder & Managing Partner

Erik has been a national leader in the creative technology industry for over 20 years and has a proven executive management track record, and over 20 years of experience as a national leader, in the digital marketing industry, focusing on innovative technology and user experience.

Currently, Erik oversees the wholistic creative process from concept brainstorming to activation installation. He has earned recognition as one of DC Inno’s 50 on Fire, which is a testament to his natural drive for creative solutions and leadership.


Jason Powers

Chief Creative Technologist
Jason has over 20 years experience in development, with a focus on interactive applications and blending cutting edge technologies to create great user experiences. An avid traveler and learner, Jason has built his career across the globe, and lived and worked in China. Jason has experience developing and overseeing VR, AR, touchscreen, mapping, and geolocation projects.  Jason is passionate about software development, and considers his career one of the best paid hobbies ever.


Sara Allen

EVP, Client Services
Sara is a strategic marketer with 10 years of experience creating, producing and leading innovative marketing campaigns and events for some of the biggest brands in the country. Her ability to quickly determine a client’s needs allows her to discover, manage, and deliver strategic offerings and services that exceed expectations. With her passion for people, Sara truly enjoys leading teams and overseeing all aspects of the client service and production departments.

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Alexandra Mellinger

VP, Strategic Growth


Robert Dough

VP, Production & Partnerships

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Nasrin Noory


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Vicki Sweet

VP, Strategic Initiatives & Staffing Operations

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Rob Madelmayer

VP, Global XR Sales


Daniela Friedson-Trujillo

Director of Design


Chris Crismond

Director of Development


Andy Kasinski

VP, Strategic Solutions

Kent Gilbert

Director / SME, Military & Law Enforcement
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Teddy Magrane

Marketing & Strategic Growth Specialist

Demetrios Soutsos

Technical Frameworks Engineer

Mike O'Brien

Director, Immersive Solutions

Lynne Calligaro

Account Director

Rico Santos


Piper Montesi

Production Assistant

Adam Maceika

Senior Immersive Technologist

Yash Iragattapu

Immersive Technologist

Brianna Ondris

Full Stack Engineer

Austin Payne

Immersive Technologist

Keith Boylan

Principal Technical Artist
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Natt Vatanasuchart

Immersive Experience Designer

Liv Sadler

Junior Immersive Experience Designer

Liz Shaw

Employee Relations Specialist

Ryan Scott

Operations Manager