Building empowered teams and a leading network of OTF studios

OT Growth Partners is a private equity backed family operated business that focuses heavily on the development of our people. Empowering teams as well as creating opportunity within.

We foster an environment that encourages growth, by providing the information and tools to become successful as an employee and as a partner. As a company, we have the flexibility to adapt to new circumstances and embrace the distinct difference of others.

We are a transparent group of individuals that cares for our members and our people, and with them we continue to build a successful company that drives value and development.

We currently own the AR rights to Central and Eastern North Carolina, Indiana, and Iowa.

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Why OT Growth Partners?

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Meet The Team

Our vision is to expand the Orangetheory Fitness footprint through a multi-regional network to help more communities realize more Orangetheory leads to a longer, more vibrant life. Through our well trained and motivated team of professionals, we deliver a superior fitness training experience to help our members become the best version of themselves and create more life.

Kristie Shifflette

CEO OTGP

Kristie is a proud native of Chicago and alumni of Georgetown University. She met her husband, Matt, during her first job with Eli Lilly and went on to spend the rest of her corporate career negotiating with, selling to, and consulting c-level executives. Kristie has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and is thrilled with her decision to leave corporate America and join Orangetheory Fitness as an Area Developer in 2013. Kristie enjoys traveling, cooking, wine, and doing life with Matt and her 3 amazing kids!

Do you have any nicknames?
K

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I have a special knack for loading the dishwasher to fit the absolute most dishes that still come out all clean (probably from early years of Tetris!)

Toilet paper: over or under?
OVER!

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
sushi - extra wasabi!

What is your life motto?
Seize the day!

What is your favorite quote?
To thine own self be true

If you could have an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Thailand

What is your favorite book or book series?
Unbroken or Lone Survivor

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is _________.
Always do your best, no matter what it is

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve _________.
Cooking and wine

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
Burn that fire in the belly!

My favorite word in the English language is _________.
Win

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
Building a team and promoting people from within

The most important thing I learned before high school was _________.
Good sportsmanship

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be _________.
Teleporting

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d be a _________ when I grew up.
Fire fighter

Matthew Shifflette

President OTGP

Matt grew up in Hampton Roads (VA) and went to James Madison University. He was fortunate enough to meet Kristie during his time with Eli Lilly. Matt then moved to minimally invasive surgical sales with Stryker and spent 13 years working in the operating room where he learned the importance of corporate culture and taking care of your body. Matt considers Orangetheory Fitness to be a true blessing for his family and the community. When he is not at OTF, Matt is with his 3 kids cultivating their entrepreneurial activities, playing sports or just hanging out.

Toilet paper: over or under?
I never knew this was a thing until I got married. Still don't get why it matters.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Tacos

What is your favorite book or book series?
Into Thin Air

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is _________.
Don't be above your raising. -Dad

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve _________.
Eating, drinking, family and friends. So basically Thanksgiving.

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
If you like to work hard, enjoy team success, be developed and reach new professional heights then you will love this job

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
Consistently seeing individuals rise to the occasion and go above and beyond for our members and their team.

The most important thing I learned before high school was _________.
Always smile and be respectful

When I get home from work, the first thing I do is _________.
Track down my kids for a hug and thank God for them

Fred Bryant

Chief Operations Officer OTGP

Fred grew up on Long Island, NY and attended the University of Richmond. While in college, Fred started his first company, WealthForge. Upon graduating from college, Fred served on active duty in the US Army for four years and is an OEF veteran. After returning to the private sector, he has worked with a number of privately held businesses to help founders maximize and unlock equity value. Fred currently lives in Durham with his two cats and in his free time enjoys reading and attending OTF classes at least six days a week.

Toilet paper: over or under?
whichever way it falls

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
tacos

What is your life motto?
If it is worth doing it is worth over doing

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve _________.
Festivus

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d be a _________ when I grew up.
Soldier

Rob James

Chief Financial Officer OTGP

Rob was born and raised outside of Boston, MA and came south to attend Wake Forest University and has been in North Carolina ever since. Rob began his career with Ernst & Young and has subsequently worked with venture and private equity backed companies in senior finance leadership positions. He is married (Erin) with two children (Emma and Brady) and one dog (Banks). Outside of work and family, Rob likes to read and watch sports. He tries to golf when he can, but claims he is not very good.

Do you have any nicknames?
No true nicknames. My parents/family call me Robbie, despite me trying to grow out of that name in fifth grade.

Do you have any interesting phobias?
Bees - I stepped on a nest when I was younger and I've been afraid ever since. I know it is irrational, but I still can't help it.

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Unlimited Tacos - I'm not a fan of sushi and I love tacos.

What is your life motto?
Treat others how you want to be treated

If you could have an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
I am not picky - a warm and quiet beach with a golf course nearby

What is your favorite book or book series?
Fiction - East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Nonfiction - Red Notice by Bill Browder

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is _________.
Try your best and focus on learning as much as you can early on in your career. Don't worry about the small stuff or recognition, it will come later.

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve _________.
The Monday after Super Bowl Sunday

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be _________.
To control time.

When I get home from work, the first thing I do is _________.
Get changed out of work clothes and start chasing my kids around.

Ashley Torres

Marketing Manager

My name is Ashley Torres, I was born and raised in Colorado springs, Colorado. I grew up playing volleyball and went to play D1 in El Paso, Texas where I also got my bachelors in Marketing and in Finance. I currently live in Colorado again with my husband Stephen and my 1 month old daughter Isabella! Fitness is my passion and Orangetheory has created an avenue for me to help others reach their goals.

Do you have any nicknames?
My first name is actually Elizabeth but I go by my middle name Ashley

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I'm pretty sure I'm a dog whisperer … or I just think dogs listen to me very well.

Do you have any interesting phobias?
I don't like leftovers... I am scared I am going to get food poisoning.

Toilet paper: over or under?
I've done both lol

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
SUSHI!!

What is your life motto?
When someone says you cant do it. Do it twice, and take pictures 🙂

What is your favorite quote?
The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. Its a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. Its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!
-Rocky Balboa

If you could have an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
I would have an all inclusive snowboarding trip to the Alps with all my friends and family!

What is your favorite book or book series?
I've read almost all the Nicholas sparks books.. hopeless romantic.

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve _________.
A full 24 hours of sleeping so we could all catch up on our lack of sleep.

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
Be creative and eager to learn. Continue to remind yourself that all the work you are doing is potentially giving someone MORE LIFE!

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be _________.
Flying!

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d be a _________ when I grew up.
Veterinarian

Leigh Cunius

Director of Policy

Do you have any nicknames?
Nope, my name is already short enough.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Unlimited sushi for sure.

Do you have any interesting phobias?
Any bug bigger than a fly.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Doing your personal best is more valuable and memorable than being perfect.

If you could invent a holiday, what would it involve?
Cats, wine, friendship, Netflix, and pop culture

What is the most inspiring part of your job?
The people and learning something new and valuable each day.

What was the most important thing you learned before high school?
Be kind to others, it's important.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Healing powers

When you were 5, what did you think you would grow up to do?
A veterinarian or an actress!

What is the first thing you do when you get home?
Say hi to the cats- Buffy and Fred!

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Elbows- they're versatile!

Lindsey Baranko

General Manager NC and IA

Lindsey has a background in Exercise Science and started with Orangetheory Fitness as a Sales Associate. Once she saw the growth opportunity and developed a sincere admiration for the product, she got serious and made Orangetheory her career. As a Studio Manager and Coach, she learned how to run a studio and then grew into the Territory Manager and now General Manager role. As the GM, Lindsey is responsible for the development, maintenance, and dissemination of a management philosophy to guide all studio personnel toward optimal operating results, employee morale and member experience.

Do you have any nicknames?
LB

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Unlimited tacos

What is your life motto?
Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.

What is your favorite quote?
We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.

If you could have an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Spain

What is your favorite book or book series?
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
When the philosophies I've instilled in the team start to click and become a part of the leader they are.

Jerry Wilson

National Operations Director

Jerry has been in the fitness industry since 1992 fulfilling a variety of roles, from trainer to owner. He spent 7 years in the Navy as a corpsman and graduated from the Naval School of Health Sciences. Jerry has been a lifelong athlete with a crazy competitive spirit, and he lives his life with unapologetic consistency. Jerry’s greatest values for himself and those around him are honesty, integrity, loyalty, and work ethic. Jerry resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Dana.

Do you have any nicknames?
"J-Dub" (for JW)

Do you have any interesting phobias?
I won Fear Factor - I'm truly afraid of nothing except maybe failure...

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Sushi

What is your life motto?
I live my life according to the Japanese concept of Ikigai (the tattoo on my calf)

What is your favorite quote?
I have a few -
"If yo keep doing what you've done you're gonna keep getting what you've got"
"Let your advance worrying become advance thinking and planning"

If you could have an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Tahiti - off the grid!

What is your favorite book or book series?
Leaders have no rules, Above the line, The Other 90%, Effective Executive,...I cannot say just 1.
Ultimately anything Human Performance or Business Performance related I'll read it!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is _________.
Listen - you can't hear what someone is saying if you're talking
I just need to do it more...

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve _________.
Sports, costumes, alcohol, and no 2nd place trophies!

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
Don't be shy, run your shit, have thick skin, and know that we care more than we show sometimes!

My favorite word in the English language is _________.
Integrity (no BS) it's absolute by definition yet vague for most. It's a moving target but shouldn't be. It can be demonstrated with actions and words and if someone lacks integrity it tells me a lot about them as human beings.

My favorite word that has no direct English translation is _________.
'numbnuts'

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
When I 'connect' with someone I know, with absolute certainty, that they will be a better business/fitness professional as a result.

The most important thing I learned before high school was _________.
Hard work pays off, do your chores before playing, and start early - don't stop til the job is done!

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be _________.
I can only draw a correlation to the superhero that I align with - Deadpool! Whatever he has is what I would have, especially the crude sense of humor

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d be a _________ when I grew up.
Athlete

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Cavatelli - it's unique, not on your average menu, and it's got a cool name

When I get home from work, the first thing I do is __________.
Plug my computer in, grab a snack, then log back on...no joke!

Georgia McRae

National Operations Manager

I grew up in Hillsborough, NC, and went to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While I was in college, I worked at the OTF in Wilmington and loved it. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I decided to stay with OTF instead of going into teaching because I shared a passion for the brand and saw a lot of opportunities for growth within the company. In my free time, I like to try new recipes, take OTF classes, read psychological thrillers, and go to the beach.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Sushi!

What is your life motto?
You are your only limit

What is your favorite quote?
If you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine

Do you have any interesting phobias?
I hate blood/wounds and will pass out if I see a bad injury or cut. Once I passed out from looking at my own stitches a few days after surgery.

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Italy! I would love to spend a week eating pasta and drinking wine!

What is your favorite book or book series?
The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

When you were 5, what did you think you would grow up to do?
A camp counselor! I was a camp counselor for 6 summers in high school and college

Josh Pruitt

IT Coordinator

Brandon Kemps

Regional Recruiter

Recruiting and HR professional with a passion for helping companies grow with the right people, and helping people grow with the right companies. Outside of the office, I have a love for cars, sports, and fitness.

Do you have any nicknames?
English

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
SUSHI!!

What is your life motto?
Never Give Up. Never Lose Hope. Always Keep Going.

What is your favorite quote?
"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

If you could have an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Hawaii! I have never been and have always wanted to go!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is _________.
Life is too short to be unhappy. Do what makes you happy.

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
Embrace every second that you are here and have fun!

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be _________.
The ability to fly

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I’d be a _________ when I grew up.
Fighter Pilot

Alex Thurston

Payroll and Benefits Administrator

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Tacos

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Travel around the world.

What is your favorite word in the English language?
Plethora

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Immortality

When you were 5, what did you think you would grow up to do?
Police officer

What is the first thing you do when you get home?
Pet my dog

James Xenos

Accounting Manager

I grew up and lived in Queens, New York my entire life until I moved to North Carolina in February of 2020. I went to Fordham University for undergrad and majored in Economics. I am currently enrolled in UNC's Master of Accounting graduate program and will be graduating in 2022. Before OTF I worked in accounting and operations for several small to midsize start-up companies across a variety of different industries. These industries included fashion, technology, and hospitality. I decided to work for OTF because fitness and health play a major part in my everyday lifestyle. Besides the gym, during my off time I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places/food, binge-watching series/movies, and have recently started to look into real estate investing.

Do you have any nicknames?
Everyone outside of work and teachers at school has always called me Jimmy.

Toilet paper: over or under?
I personally never noticed but according to my wife, it is always over, so that is what I follow.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Definitely tacos. Sushi is probably the one food I don’t eat.

What is your favorite quote?
Tough times don’t last, tough people do.

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
South Africa for the safari and beaches.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Live in the present. The moment you stop chasing happiness you will become happy.

What is the most inspiring part of your job?
Knowing the work the accounting team is doing and the data we are preparing has a significant impact on the company’s long-term success and strategic planning.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Ability to teleport. So much of life revolves around getting to your next destination. This would open up extra time in a day and come in handy being that I enjoy traveling.

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Lasagna. It has a lot of layers and is not like your other typical pasta. I don’t think I am what most would refer to as a typical accountant.

Mike Swartz

Financial Planning and Analysis Analyst

I grew up in Elmira, NY, and moved to Raleigh, NC after high school to attend college at North Carolina State University. Before OTF I worked for Etix as a financial analyst. I decided to work for OTF to expand my FP&A skills with a smaller company while gaining experience implementing new financial software, and learning more about the fitness industry. It is also fun to work with such a great team! In my free time, I enjoy live music, playing guitar, piano, chess, hiking, and snowboarding.

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over. Under is just strange.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Unlimited sushi. Tacos would get boring after a while, but I do not think I would ever get sick of sushi.

What is your favorite quote?
“Love many, trust few, paddle your own canoe.”

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Probably New Zealand. The landscape looks amazing and it seems like a cool place to explore.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Being able to teleport would be great because I could travel to many places and experience a lot of new things in a shorter time span.

When you were 5, what did you think you would grow up to do?
I remember thinking that I wanted to be either a pilot or a professional musician.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
If you have fun at your job, you will never work a day in your life.

Sarah Stansell

Staff Accountant

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up in the suburbs just south of the city. I lived in the same house my whole life until I moved to Raleigh to attend NC State University. I spent four years at the university and one summer session studying abroad in China. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in international studies. My first job out of college was a Junior Accountant role with a tractor distribution company. I worked there for about four years before I decided I wanted a change of pace. The OTF culture really drew me in – I love the small company feel with a large company impact! It’s great to be surrounded by hardworking, dedicated individuals who truly enjoy what they do!

In my free time, I really enjoy being outdoors. During the summer, I spend a lot of time at my family’s lake house boating, tubing, kayaking – anything in or by the water! In the cooler months, I enjoy hiking/backpacking and snowboarding! I also like to paint and try to always have a project to work on as a way to decompress.

Do you have any nicknames?
One circle of friends calls me Syrah - no good reason why, we were drinking Syrah wine one night when one friend realized it sounds similar to Sarah but ‘is more fun to say’

Toilet paper: over or under?
Over

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
TACOS! Vegetarian tacos > Vegetarian sushi

Do you have any interesting phobias?
I’m not sure it’s a phobia but I really dislike tags. They make my skin crawl! Ever since I was a kid I need to have them removed from my clothes and blankets/sheets.

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Iceland! I’d love to snowboard out there and see the Northern Lights.

When you were 5, what did you think you would grow up to do?
I really wanted to be a vet! Then I realized a vet doesn’t get to play with puppies and kittens all day and that was a major setback in my career plans.

What is the first thing you do when you get home?
I usually clean, do laundry, prep dinner, etc. – I like to be productive when I first get home because I know if I go straight to the couch I’ll stay there for way too long and won’t get anything done.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?
Purple, just because it has always been my favorite color

Rachel Bullock

Junior Accountant

I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2018, I graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BS in Accounting. Before OTF, I worked at Wells Fargo as a Research/Remediations Representative in the Auto Department. I decided to come to Orangetheory because it’s a great company that’s growing rapidly. It’s a big company with a start-up feel that’s completely different from the corporate environment I’m used to. In my free time, I like to watch sports, specifically soccer and basketball. My favorite teams are Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, and Dallas Mavericks. I also love to watch movies, listen to music, learn languages, and playing instruments.
Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Unlimited tacos

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Buenos Aires

What is your favorite quote?
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down - Charles Chaplin

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
My superpower would be being able to teleport anywhere in the world at any time

If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?
Robin’s egg blue because it was one of my favorite crayons growing up

When you were 5, what did you think you would grow up to do?
When I was 5 I thought I would be an actress

What is the first thing you do when you get home?
Greet my fur babies!

What is your favorite book or book series?
Lord of the Flies

Brittany Griffin

Accounts Payable Specialist

Born and raised in the NC triangle. Briefly studied marketing and graphic design at Wake Tech before earning the opportunity to pursue a career in accounting, which ultimately led me to OTF.
I decided to work for OTF because I am passionate about fitness and healthy living, which makes the job even more fulfilling. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, painting, and home DIY projects.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Tacos!

What was the best advice you were ever given?
If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you!

What is the most inspiring part of your job?
Being part of a company that advocates being active and stepping out of your comfort zone.

If you could have an expense paid vacation, where would you go?
Anywhere tropical

What is your favorite quote?
"You can find an excuse or you can find a way."

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Flying

Toilet paper: over or under?
I like to switch it up

Job Opportunities

At OT Growth Partners, we are seeking motivated, career driven, and fitness-minded individuals who have a passion to positively impact the lives of others while striving to reach their own goals. As a member of our team, you will participate in the daily operation and success of a fast-paced fitness studio while building relationships with Orangetheory Fitness members and the community. You will also be responsible for providing studio members with a best in class customer experience.

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STUDIO MANAGER

Due to our rapid regional expansion, Orangetheory Fitness is currently seeking a dynamic Studio Manager (SM) to be a leader for one of our amazing studios.  As part of a senior member of the leadership team, the Studio Manager will directly oversee the daily business operations, staff production and development, consistent delivery of our brand of fitness, and drive Orangetheory Fitness growth goals and the overarching theme of #Morelife for our members.

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ASSISTANT STUDIO MANAGER

Due to our rapid regional expansion, Orangetheory Fitness is currently seeking dynamic Assistant Studio Managers (ASM) to be leaders in various locations throughout North Carolina. As part of a Studio Leadership Team, the ASM will assist the Studio Manager and Head Coach in managing the daily business operations, staff development, and drive the overarching theme of #Morelife for our members.

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SENIOR SALES ASSOCIATE

Orangetheory Fitness is currently looking for intelligent, outgoing, and passionate Senior Sales Associates to join our rapidly growing sales team! Due to our rapid expansion in North Carolina, our studios are seeking qualified sales professionals that are eager to provide our members with excellent customer service at our professional group fitness training facility.

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SALES ASSOCIATE

Orangetheory Fitness is currently looking for intelligent, outgoing, and passionate sales associates to join our rapidly growing sales team! Due to our rapid expansion in North Carolina, our studio is seeking qualified sales professionals that are eager to provide our members with excellent customer service at our professional group fitness training facility.

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GROUP FITNESS COACH

Orangetheory Fitness is currently seeking a motivated, high energy Group Fitness Coach for one of our amazing studios. As part of the Coaching Staff, the Group Fitness Coach is responsible for delivering 60-90 minute, scientifically predesigned group workouts. This position requires the utmost coordination and multi-tasking skills with the ability to simultaneously coach, manage time rotations, and motivate multiple clients in a group setting. A Group Fitness Coach with Orangetheory Fitness must focus on functional fitness, including endurance, strength, and power, using the tools given to optimize the client’s experience and fitness results—all while delivering of our brand of fitness, and drive Orangetheory Fitness growth goals and the overarching theme of #Morelife for our members.

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OT Growth Partners currently operates and oversees more than 50 studios and is expanding quickly

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