We call it experience design, but at core Middle West is a team of talented, passionate, multi-skilled individuals working towards a common end. The "magic" is a direct result of the joy we find creating together and the commitment we have to a collective vision.
Jamie Kirby - The one who brought us all together in the first place. The one who constantly challenges us to get better, cooler, sharper, more hospitable. The one who sees potential everywhere and in all of us. The who manages a global brand, throws the midwest's coolest weddings, and still has time on the side to start an experience design business. She's our nose for the new, new thing, our taste manager, and the person who makes sure we all survive each project. More about Jamie.
Peter Jacob - Our resident design genius. His aesthetic capabilities never cease to amaze but thats just the tip of the iceberg for what he brings to the team. He's our problem solver, our tone setter, our "yes, it's harder but that's the right way to do it" reminder-er. And by the way, he's also a contract furniture designer whose products are sold around the world and the co-owner of Grand Rapids' most fabulous bakery. He also dresses better than anyone we know. And he can sing. More about Peter.
Ted Velie - The one who tries to keep all the balls in the air. Our communication department and resident storyteller. Ted spent ten years out and about in the world before returning to the Midwest and finding his passion. Since he's been back, he has run a family business, started a furniture business, become a freelance writer, and discovered a stupid joy in putting it all together and calling it an "experience." He's our dreamer and what-ifer and why not-er. He's the one who calls you in the middle of the night because you just have to hear this idea.
Peter Fox - Our minister of sound and resident A/V wiz. The guy who makes sure everything is plugged in and ready to actually work. Pete runs Stone House Recording in Grand Rapids, MI and he's been with us from the beginning making sure our projects can literally sing. He's a get his hands dirty kind of guy who we've seen climb out of windows to run a wire and get behind the wheel of a 26' truck to move a House to Texas.
Bethany Rabbitt - The welcoming face of a Middle West project is our girl, B. She brings exuberance and passion and killer dance moves to everything she does, and we're so much better for it. Bethany is the one who makes sure our talent is where it's supposed to be and feeling good when they get there. She's the one who tells us about new bands or sounds or passionate people that we really need to get to know. When we think about what we want our experiences to feel like - it's pretty damn similar to being around Bethany Rabbitt.
Ryan Murphy - Kitchen magician, mixologist supreme, expert furniture mover/light hanger, truck co-pilot, and unparalleled reacher of high things, Ryan is our youngest and perhaps most talented member. He used to run special events for ArtPrize when we weren't running him into the ground, so he has experience years beyond his age. Ryan gives us a culinary edge that we're just beginning to fully take advantage of, and he has an energy that we would be lost without. More about Ryan.