JAMIE MENAKER Editorial Director, Written Content
A Northern California native, Jamie has a deep love for New York city life (there’s something to be said for being able to walk everywhere), and can be found happily reading in parks all over the city. Other favorites include spending as much time in the fresh air as possible, getting her #sweat on, any music with a fiddle or a good beat, (sun)dresses, and reading real, hard-copy books. Jamie has a Master's in Magazine Journalism from NYU, and Bachelor's in English from UC Santa Barbara. Previous to The Sweat Life, Jamie worked as a writer & editor at Brooklyn Magazine, The L Magazine, and Babble.com (owned by Disney) here in NY, as well as at The Santa Barbara Independent, Diablo Magazine, and San Joaquin Magazine in CA.
LACY WITTMAN Director & Co-Producer, Video Content
Lacy’s passion for filmmaking started young and was recognized early, when she received a Regional Student Emmy Award for her work in high school. After earning her BA at Montana State University’s Media and Theater Arts Program, she has spent the last 9 years working in Los Angeles and New York on a wide range of film, television, commercial and web projects, both on-set and in post-production. She served for 3+ years as the Post Production Producer for CollegeHumor.com in New York City, where she had the privilege of being on the cutting edge of web-based media, and is excited to embark on The Sweat Life’s video production team. She gets her #sweat on as an active runner, completed her first long race (LA Marathon in 2011), and she continues to pursue her PR race times in the half-marathon.
RYAN STUMPE Director of Photography & Co-Producer, Video Content
Ryan Stumpe is a Director of Photography for Motion Pictures, Television, and Advertising, as well as the Creative Director and Principal Producer of AVERingenuity LLC, a design and specialty production company. He has led a smart and devoted crew through the storms of productions large and small for over 10 years. A product of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, Ryan's work ethic runs deep and is only challenged by his sense of humor. Known for ideas that increase the efficiency of the way things get done, his talents behind the lens have generated a handful of awards, all of which he sends to his mother's house to be kept safely in the attic with the rest of his good memories. Ryan is internationally traveled and holds a current passport. He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Madalyn, and is an avid cyclist and telemark skier.
ADAM DRAKE Creative Director
Adam is a former four-year varsity rower for the University of Miami, and currently rows for the Maritime Rowing Club. He is the co-founder of Kayak for a Cause, a charity event based in Connecticut. As a writer, Adam has developed television shows for Comedy Central, Bad Boy Worldwide, and Sky, written ad campaigns for clients such as Bacardi, Starbucks, Dove Men+Care, and HBO, and was a contributor to the pop culture site YesButNoButYes. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, boating, and working on his tremendous collection of unfinished novels.
CHRIS FANNING Photographer
Chris was born in California and raised in Florida on a diet of red hot chili peppers and salt water. A highly versatile photographer, Chris's rich and dramatic images reveal a cinematic style that spans fitness, fashion, portraiture, and contemporary art. Through the years Chris has established a signature style allowing many to recognize a "Fanning Photo." No matter what kind of job, he works hard from beginning to end, working with the client to make sure they get what they need, and more. His work has been utilized for ad campaigns, as well as major fitness, fashion, and lifestyle publications. Chris calls New York City home along with his wife and daughter. He travels worldwide with the help of triple espressos.
AGENT JADE LLC Corporate Development
Agent Jade LLC is a corporate development firm, founded in 2012, purposed with launching and participating in the operations, monetary injection, branding, and growth of start-up ventures in the consumer products, entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle markets. www.agentjade.com
YOUME AGENCY Conceptual design and creative direction by YouMe Agency, Stockholm.