Our Team

 
 
 
Erik Johnson - Partner & President   Growing up in a Mega Church I instantly fell in love with the AV and the production of big musicals. Over the past 12 years I have worked inside 2 different Direct Sales companies leading Marketing & Events teams to produce company events from hotel ballrooms to football stadiums.  In the last 3 years I have had the privilege to produce shows for multiple direct sales companies, both large and small. Direct Sales is my passion as I love to see distributors walk across that stage and have their lives changed.  I'm a husband to my incredible wife Laura and a father to our two sons, Brayden & Cooper. I enjoy attending sporting events and concerts with my family.

Erik Johnson - Partner & President

Growing up in a Mega Church I instantly fell in love with the AV and the production of big musicals. Over the past 12 years I have worked inside 2 different Direct Sales companies leading Marketing & Events teams to produce company events from hotel ballrooms to football stadiums.

In the last 3 years I have had the privilege to produce shows for multiple direct sales companies, both large and small. Direct Sales is my passion as I love to see distributors walk across that stage and have their lives changed.

I'm a husband to my incredible wife Laura and a father to our two sons, Brayden & Cooper. I enjoy attending sporting events and concerts with my family.

Jay Taylor - Partner & SVP of Operations   Jay Taylor, partner and SVP of Operations at Katapult, started in the event business when he was 14.  "I started volunteering at a small church doing everything from audio to projection to video. In a few short years, that little church became a MEGA church with elaborate stage production, satellite broadcasts and thousands attending every service. That experience running every part of a show has been invaluable whether its working on the College Football Playoff Halftime Show, Essence Festival, or one of the over half a dozen Direct Sales I've worked on in the last two years. Bottom line it's about the audience experience."  My amazing wife Jennifer, our son Cole and daughter Macey are honorary members of the Katapult team!

Jay Taylor - Partner & SVP of Operations

Jay Taylor, partner and SVP of Operations at Katapult, started in the event business when he was 14.

"I started volunteering at a small church doing everything from audio to projection to video. In a few short years, that little church became a MEGA church with elaborate stage production, satellite broadcasts and thousands attending every service. That experience running every part of a show has been invaluable whether its working on the College Football Playoff Halftime Show, Essence Festival, or one of the over half a dozen Direct Sales I've worked on in the last two years. Bottom line it's about the audience experience."

My amazing wife Jennifer, our son Cole and daughter Macey are honorary members of the Katapult team!

Scott Beelman - Partner & SVP of Production   When SVP of Production Scott Beelman isn't working, you'll probably find him performing music in and around the New Orleans area playing the upright bass.  With over a decade of experience in lighting, video, and sound design... he has worked on some of the biggest shows in the world, including ESSENCE Festival & Lollapalooza.  "What I love about Direct Sales events is the crowd energy. Without question these are rock concert level events. So, what we do is combine all of our experience with festivals, concerts and large events and bring that level of production to energize your field, and the resuIts speak for themselves."

Scott Beelman - Partner & SVP of Production

When SVP of Production Scott Beelman isn't working, you'll probably find him performing music in and around the New Orleans area playing the upright bass.

With over a decade of experience in lighting, video, and sound design... he has worked on some of the biggest shows in the world, including ESSENCE Festival & Lollapalooza.

"What I love about Direct Sales events is the crowd energy. Without question these are rock concert level events. So, what we do is combine all of our experience with festivals, concerts and large events and bring that level of production to energize your field, and the resuIts speak for themselves."

 
 
Erik Wieder - VP of Video Production   Erik is an award-winning filmmaker and storyteller. He brings to KATAPULT 20 years of knowledge and experience while continuing to direct and produce content for broadcast networks such as ABC, ESPN, BBC, & NatGEO.   Erik is a father, husband and world traveller.

Erik Wieder - VP of Video Production

Erik is an award-winning filmmaker and storyteller. He brings to KATAPULT 20 years of knowledge and experience while continuing to direct and produce content for broadcast networks such as ABC, ESPN, BBC, & NatGEO.

Erik is a father, husband and world traveller.

James Tackett - VP of Communications   James Tackett has done work for more than 50 of the top direct sales companies in the world, including billion dollar brands Avon, Herbalife, Oriflame, and Primerica. Having produced well over 1,000 videos in various languages including Chinese, Spanish, and most recently Hindi, it is estimated that his videos have been seen by as many as 250 million people worldwide.

James Tackett - VP of Communications

James Tackett has done work for more than 50 of the top direct sales companies in the world, including billion dollar brands Avon, Herbalife, Oriflame, and Primerica. Having produced well over 1,000 videos in various languages including Chinese, Spanish, and most recently Hindi, it is estimated that his videos have been seen by as many as 250 million people worldwide.

Gena Bohl - Event Director   Gena has over 25 years of experience in theatre production and event directing. She’s written, directed and produce stage plays, has produced fundraisers including galas and fashion shows, has worked in operations and logistics on large broadcast events, music festivals and corporate shows. She’s written for television programs and has also spent time in front of the camera as well as on stage. She’s an avid coffee drinker and Buckeye football fan, and while she finds her work exciting, her greatest joy comes from her husband Toby, and their four children.

Gena Bohl - Event Director

Gena has over 25 years of experience in theatre production and event directing. She’s written, directed and produce stage plays, has produced fundraisers including galas and fashion shows, has worked in operations and logistics on large broadcast events, music festivals and corporate shows. She’s written for television programs and has also spent time in front of the camera as well as on stage. She’s an avid coffee drinker and Buckeye football fan, and while she finds her work exciting, her greatest joy comes from her husband Toby, and their four children.

Juliana Cabo Llano - Director of Incentives   Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, but through my work I have had the opportunity to travel the world. With a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and specializing in Corporate Events, I entered the Hospitality business running small events in my home town. After this, I leaped into the big leagues and loved it! Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines was my home for 9 years, where I was able to execute all areas from managing budgets to running a show. Alongside my years with Royal Caribbean I have also done Freelance work as a Program and Event Manager executing Incentive programs for many clients. Every part of what we do from beginning to end is an adventure and every day with its challenges is what makes our profession so exciting.

Juliana Cabo Llano - Director of Incentives

Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, but through my work I have had the opportunity to travel the world. With a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and specializing in Corporate Events, I entered the Hospitality business running small events in my home town. After this, I leaped into the big leagues and loved it! Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines was my home for 9 years, where I was able to execute all areas from managing budgets to running a show. Alongside my years with Royal Caribbean I have also done Freelance work as a Program and Event Manager executing Incentive programs for many clients. Every part of what we do from beginning to end is an adventure and every day with its challenges is what makes our profession so exciting.

 

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