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.

SalvoLavis.com is a digital reflection of my personal interests, including:

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Work

Work to improve our collective understanding of each other and of the world in which we live.

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

I co-founded Spitball Studio to produce and publish stories for kids. World of the Weasel is our first project, 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.

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

TL;DR
I currently produce and manage projects and accounts at Greenlight Media & Marketing (part of Live Nation). I 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 companies in media, consumer technologies, food & beverage, and apparel; professors and administrators in higher education; public radio listeners; Army officers; film producers; nurses; software developers; concertgoers; elementary school kids; journalists; and more. I’ve employed my communication skills as a writer, editor, producer, project manager, public speaker, radio broadcaster, live event emcee, moderator, and teacher.

I particularly 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.

I speak fluent Spanish.

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