CEO & Co-Owner
You can either find Nicole on a plane forging global customer and supplier relationships or at Star Innovations (PhotoBall’s parent company) headquarters working with her sleeves rolled up. With her laser-like, energetic focus, she assures that we deliver creative solutions for our customers.
A Rice University graduate and seasoned Wall Street exec and investor at JP Morgan, Brown Brothers Harriman, Price Waterhouse, and Carpere Group, Nicole had been searching for years for a great brand to purchase and grow. It was an unexpected, yet serendipitous curve ball when this KC native stumbled upon BallStars as a customer while visiting family in the Midwest.
Since her passion is to empower young girls and women through financial inclusion, she serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s World Banking and has toured the world to fully understand the needs of female entrepreneurs in the developing world. She also is the National Chair of the Phillips Exeter Academy Parent’s Committee and on the Board of Komen NYC. She may be on the New York Minute, but she’ll always have the heart and work ethic of the Midwest.
Equipped with Harvard undergrad and Columbia MBA degrees, Inger launched a bi-coastal career investing in media, retail and consumer product companies. She manages Arbor Capital and honed her skills at Chase, Schroeder Wertheim and Wells Capital.
Looking for that perfect opportunity to combine her sports passion and business acumen, Inger teamed up with Nicole, a close friend from their early days on Wall Street, to acquire Star Innovations (PhotoBall parent company). Grounded in her East Coast roots and currently working on the West Coast in Menlo Park, she makes sure PhotoBall stays attuned to its chief customer needs and apprised of the latest technological enhancements to their experience.
Grateful for her own educational and professional experiences, Inger serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s World Banking to advance opportunities for women in the developing world. Locally, she volunteers with youth sports programs as a coach and with the Common Ground Speaker Series, a parent education collaborative of 10,000 families in the Bay Area. Inger carries a belief that we all bounce higher through teamwork and staying focused on the goal at hand.
Already an experienced portrait and event photographer as owner of Faces of Love Photography, Lisa has seamlessly expanded into commercial photography. She has a knack for looking at the world through her camera. Lucky for us, when she is not educating middle schoolers, she works for PhotoBall. Her can-do and creative enthusiasm is contagious! She works her magic and can make anything look good with her intrinsic aperture. Who needs PhotoShop when Lisa is behind the lens?
Beatriz pretty much does it all as a bilingual team player. With her enthusiastic and friendly personality, she oversees the warehouse. One day she can be printing balls, and then she'll be working on a graphic design. Her skills are not limited as she helps translate and helps our office manager supervise the production process. With a smile on her face, Beatriz will always be a key component to our PhotoBall Team!
Every company needs an engine. That special leader who keeps everything going, acting as a well-oiled machine. At BallStars, that would be Susan! Her can-do attitude and friendly, warm smiles breathe life into the office. She perfectly reflects what this company stands for and how we intend to look doing it. She may have a passion for antiquing on the weekends, but she keeps us thinking forward during the work week.
Alicia is the newest member of the BallStars team. She was hired from a staffing agency to help out during a busy production period but we liked her so much we decided to bring her on permanently! She now runs a team of women who prepare each ball before they go through the BallStars printing process.