Chris Olsen spent more than a decade in the television news business, working for both ABC and NBC affiliates in Kansas, Texas and West Virginia. Chris has been a Sports Anchor, Morning News Anchor, Weekend News Anchor, Reporter, Photographer and Producer. With experience at KSNT-TV, KVII-TV, WSAZ-TV, there isn’t a job in TV he can’t do! Besides hosting public events and TV shows, Chris has done freelance work for national networks covering violent crimes, forces of nature, and numerous elections. His reports have been seen by a global audience by way of TMZ, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC and many other global news outlets and as an individual broadcaster Chris has won dozens of state, regional and national awards.
With storytelling experience and an ability to connect a community using video, Chris is the spokesperson capable of marketing your business. Olsen’s newsroom experience puts him in the position to help your business grow by effectively communicating your message. He can shoot, produce, report, and send a message in very few words. No one knows the way a newsroom works better than a TV News Anchor who has been there, and that makes Chris the perfect person to help you get your message across.
In 2012 Chris was able to add a few startup accolades to the list, helping him build some street cred in the entrepreneurial community as FINDitKC was named one of Kansas City’s Hottest Startups by Tech Cocktail (Tech.co), he was named one of the Top Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in the United States by Under30CEO, and FINDitKC was also nominated as one of the KC Chamber’s Small Businesses of the year.
Outside of business Chris enjoys spending time with his family including his wife, Kristy, and daughters, Elizabeth Capri and Heidi Lee. He also enjoys a good hunt with his English Pointer Dixie (especially the Clark Family’s Annual South Dakota Pheasant Hunt in Aberdeen, South Dakota).
Chief Technology Officer
Shannon Griswold is a veteran of multiple engineering organizations and is a voracious innovator with a knack for team leadership. His experience ranges from start-ups to multinational R&D shops.
Griswold has a wide array of accomplishments, including:
- co-invented a patented algorithm and business model for The Gift Professor, a Lawrence-based startup
- his team invented a back-end automation system for Perceptive Software
- coached multiple teams in software development and agile project management methodologies
Client Relations Team
Krystal was born and raised in Overland Park and hasn’t ventured too far out of the area. She is currently a student at Johnson County Community College where she is pursuing her Sales and Marketing degree. Over the last year and a half she has been working at the Overland Park Convention Center where she is a Food and Beverage Supervisor. Her adventure at the convention center will be slowly coming to an end as she starts devoting more time to FINDitKC where she has found her passion in Client Relations. Krystal joined the FINDitKC family in May 2013 and has been working part time since then. As she transitions over from the Convention Center she will be working full time at FINDit so she can devote more time to taking care of our clients.
She has a crazy obsession with the color pink and will buy almost anything as long as its pink. She has 2 pups, Camo and Didgie, who are the coolest dogs in the world. In her free time she loves spending time with her amazing family and especially loves their weekend getaways to the lake in the summer. Krystal is so excited to be a part of the FINDitKC family and cant wait to see where this journey takes her.
Sarah Rucker – Manager
Nichole Schafer – Intern
Nichole Schafer is originally from Cleveland, OH and graduated from Ohio University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Communications for Video Production. After leaving Ohio Nichole went to Hawaii for an underwater video production internship where she spent her time scuba diving and shooting underwater video of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. Since then she has moved to the Kansas City area and currently works as a Producer for JCAV-TV at Johnson County Community College while also interning with FINDitKC. Nichole enjoys watching movies, singing karaoke and attending Michigan football games with her family every fall. One of her goals in life is to go cage diving with great white sharks and to capture it all on video.
Digital Media Consultants
Brendan Scarffe – Business Development Manager
Brendan Scarffe grew up in Lawrence, KS where he attended the University of Kansas after high school. Over the last 14 years Brendan developed a successful track record of sales and management, specifically in the media and advertising industry. Just prior to helping launch FINDit he had been running 3 small local magazines for 4 years. Brendan sold his company to help launch FINDit, because he saw the trends of effective marketing moving online. His passion for helping other companies grow is what drives him to share the FINDit difference. In his spare time Brendan spends time with his wife, two boys and daughter.
Jenny Manka - Digital Media Consultant
After completing her education at the University of Kansas, Jenny started her career in software and hardware consultation. She has over 14 years of experience in the Kansas City business community.
Jenny founded the highly successful jewelry design company, Jenny Louise Originals in 2003. Her line was in over 35 stores throughout the country, including locally, Standard Style Boutique. She was featured in the Kansas City Star and Women’s Wear Daily, aka “The Fashion Bible.”
Ty Wilson - Digital Media Consultant
Kelsey Debrick, a Digital Marketing Strategist at FINDitKC, graduated from the University of Kansas State in 2009 with a BA in Advertising and Electronic Journalism. Kelsey has a diverse work experience that entails everything from Account Executive to Event Coordinator to in-house Social Media Coordinator for several different companies before coming to FINDitKC.
When she’s not at the office you can find her at KC’s local restaurants pretending to be a foodie, hanging out with her family or getting her adrenaline-fix through extreme sports.