About Salvo

I love to engage both my left and right brain. If creative and analytical work were polarized like handedness, I’d count myself among the ambidextrous. 
I believe they are not mutually exclusive, however, but meant to reinforce each other.

I’m always learning. My personal interests include writing, music, books, design, technology, science, math, economics, psychology, education, entrepreneurship, yoga, cycling, travel, current affairs, movies, comedy, and food.

SalvoLavis.com is a digital reflection of my personal passions.

Work

I thrive when moving between different modes of thinking. Through my working life, I have combined my passion for storytelling with expertise in digital strategy, media production, and project management to create interesting experiences in a variety of domains.

Recently, I co-created World of the Weasel, a series of picture book for kids. The first book, Once Upon a Weasel, debuted in November 2016. Our second book, Wild Wild Weasel, came out in 2018.
I co-founded Spitball Studio to produce and publish the project.

See my profile on LinkedIn for a detailed rundown of my work experience:

TL;DR
I produce and project manage at Greenlight Media & Marketing (part of Live Nation), directed internet strategy at Cohen Media Group, produced marketing and web content at Disney and Yahoo!, designed e-learning at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, and wrote and reported for Marketplace on public radio.

I am an excellent verbal and written communicator with an ability to synthesize diverse ideas. Professionally I have engaged with university professors, public radio listeners, Army officers, film producers, nurses, software developers, concertgoers, elementary school kids, and journalists. My communication skills have been exercised as a writer, editor, producer, project manager, public speaker, radio broadcaster, live event emcee, moderator, and teacher.

I love technology, science, and mathematics. I spend a great deal of time reading about those topics.

Trivia

Growing up I performed as a professional magician, started and ran a mobile DJ business, raised money for a film production company at my high school (the real-life Rushmore), and studied for a summer in Ecuador.

At the University of Texas at Austin, I majored in Economics and Plan II Honors and minored in mathematics. While at UT, I co-founded, produced, and anchored the current affairs program on KVRX student radio. I also wrote my senior honors thesis on perceptions of college and the effectiveness of its goals.

Connect

Get in touch with me here. Thanks for visiting!
Salvo