President, Creative Director, Optimist
Corner Booth’s founder, creative director, writer, producer and media consultant, Frank Swoboda brings a wealth of talent and experience to every project. Frank wrote and produced the feature film The Basket, Movie Guide’s Family Film of the Year in 2000. With over 26 years of experience in marketing, advertising, communications and entertainment, Frank is also an accomplished commercial director and his on set direction and interviewing skills are second to none. Frank’s award shelf includes a National Addy and a Best of Show at Show West, among numerous honors. Frank is a Spokane native, Gonzaga University graduate, proud dad of Nick and Emma and married to Johanna, the most beautiful redhead in the world. Frank has worked in 12 countries, in over 40 U.S. states and his all time favorite shoots were filming the Parthenon in Greece and the Great Wall of China. He also secretly thinks he’s Frank Sinatra…and sings like him, too.
Producer, Queen of Everything
From a boarding school in the Bolivian desert to a theology degree, Lori loves using her natural creativity and connections to keep things running smoothly. After many years in the nonprofit world, including sixteen years at Shriners Hospital for Children, she chose Corner Booth Media several years ago for the sheer love of joyfully being part of telling people’s stories and the opportunity to be in a relationship driven environment. Lori is the heart and soul of Corner Booth Media. She also manages projects, enjoying putting people at ease and knowing they are cared for. Ask her about her recent trek across Spain on foot – 580 miles and a backpack in 31 days.
Chief Catalyst, Grocery Store Aficionado
Laura joins us from the mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Raised in the hospitality industry, where her father managed a Relais and Chateaux, Laura learned the power of great service, exceptional products, and how to translate the guest experience into marketing material. Growing up she met people from interesting and different walks of life, all with a great story to tell. Laura graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, working with the marketing team for The Home Ranch before adventuring to San Francisco to work at Andrew Freeman & Co. She returned to Steamboat Springs, working at local Yampa Valley Bank for the past three years. Laura attributes much of her success to working in different industries, having an open mind, a great love of people and listening to their stories. Practicing yoga, laughing with friends and family, cooking, traveling, going to music shows, and trying new restaurants keeps Laura busy outside of work.
Production Manager, Editor and Videographer
Zack is a recent Gonzaga University graduate with a B.A. in broadcasting and electronic media studies and a minor in sociology. He is yet another CBM intern that came to us through Gonzaga’s vaunted broadcasting program. Zack is a multiple skilled threat for CBM as shooter, editor, designer and social media expert. The son of a high school coach, Zack loves sports, researching the latest in camera technology and making documentaries and videos in his spare time… wait, isn’t that what he does at work?
Dean is finishing his senior year at Gonzaga as an Act Six Scholar, with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Electronic Media. This honor is for emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. Born in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dean immigrated to Spokane as a baby with his parents. Dean is a passionate storyteller, editor and videographer with a huge love of laughter – both his and others. He’s a self-proclaimed could-be model and sarcasm specialist. Can sometimes convert Fahrenheit and Celsius.
Thelma Vanden Berg
Business Manager, Number Lover
What is a business without a strong financial manager? Thelma has 25 years in accounting, quietly keeping us impeccable in all matters financial. She is absolutely perfect in our eyes. Thelma happily spends time with her husband, three daughters, two adorable granddaughters, and mentors young girls as well.
Evan is a recent Eastern Washington University graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts (with high honors) in film, specializing in narrative cinematography and lighting. He’s a natural, growing up surrounded by the film industry. Shooting film photography, writing, shooting, and directing short films is a hobby leading his films to being selected for multiple local film festivals. He’s curious about exploring psychology and social culture through filmmaking.
Tech Guy and Social Media Coordinator
Chris is a recent Eastern Washington University graduate, with a Bachelors of Arts in film. He is from the East Coast and lived all over the US. For as long as he can remember, Chris was into computers ad technology. He loves cinematography, visual effects, building computers, and photography. One of his documentaries played at Spokane International Film Festival in 2017 and serves on their board. Chris is kind and patient, with the coolest hair and chucks.