Our Team2019-03-13T23:22:30-06:00

Our Team

Michael Girard
Michael GirardPresident & Founder
With over 20 years experience in the entrepreneurial world of Austin, Michael, President and Founder of GDI, has become locally famous for turning start-up operations into Texas-sized successes.
Caitlyn Schwab
Caitlyn SchwabBusiness 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
Karen LasherDirector 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. ​
Tori Tinnon
Tori TinnonPR & 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.
Kevin Shipp
Kevin ShippSpeakeasy, 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.
Carly Willaford
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.
Michael Girard
Michael GirardPresident & Founder
With over 20 years experience in the entrepreneurial world of Austin, Michael, President and Founder of GDI, has become locally famous for turning start-up operations into Texas-sized successes.
Caitlyn Schwab
Caitlyn SchwabBusiness 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
Karen LasherDirector 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. ​
Tori Tinnon
Tori TinnonPR & 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.
Kevin Shipp
Kevin ShippSpeakeasy, 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.
Carly Willaford
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.

Join Our Team

GDI, downtown Austin’s premiere restaurant, bar and nightclub group, is always seeking experienced team members. Join our growing team and enjoy a challenging and fun work environment.

​If you have what it takes and are looking for a fun place to work, please send your resume and a recent photo to Jobs@GDIAustin.com, or send your questions below.