Meet the Team
Claire M. Takamatsu
Omar K. Bradford
George Barnes is a natural leader, evolving through the ranks to master giving life to conceptual agencies. George holds a B.S. in Philosophy from California State University, Northridge. Working for world class agencies and brands, George was brought in to APE. to bring the expertise needed for an experience of this magnitude by running all operational needs.
Joey Steger is an experienced marketer with over 15 years of experience across brands of all sizes from all levels of maturity, touching all facets of the marketing mix. Early in his career he experienced the fast paced world of startups and saw a company from inception to sell in just under 5 years. He was also a part of developing the concept and launch of Mark Wahlberg and Sean Combs AQUAhydrate, where he worked on packaging design, distribution, go-to-market strategies, athlete endorsements, brand partnerships, and Public Relations initiatives. He has also experience with billion dollar brand marketing from his days at CLIF Bar and Company where he was a part of the Marketing Leadership Team managing 40+ people to integrate Digital Marketing, Communications, Experiential, Product Innovation, Sports Marketing, and Media across CLIF Bar, LUNA Bar, and CLIF Kid brands. Joey is an expert at connecting the dots from brand initiatives to consumer needs through authenticity while maximizing resources to deliver impact at all levels. His passion for sports, fashion, music, and family allow him to identify with many consumer groups and infer natural connection points for brand integration.