Meet the Freemind team.
Owner | Principal
Melissa Bathum is the Owner and Principal of Freemind Seattle. She has built Freemind with the goal of providing unforgettable event strategy and marketing solutions right from their historic office in Pioneer Square, Seattle.
Melissa has been in the high-tech event business for over 20 years, holding both internal senior marketing positions and external contractor jobs with various groups within Microsoft. She is known for her vast knowledge on tradeshow integration, particularly in the high-tech space and has worked on many Microsoft product launches such as Windows 7, SQL Server 2012, Office 2010; and endless large-scale tradeshows of over 28k attendees worldwide. Melissa has produced many marketing awareness campaigns designed to reach communities in the millions worldwide, and is best known for quirky creative treatments, nimble execution, flexibility to make changes in real time, and ability to keep efforts well under budget. When she’s not traveling for work, Melissa likes to spend time with her husband and son, traveling to new countries, skiing in the winter, or biking and kayaking at the beach on sunny days.
Partner | Events
Kori Monson is the Marketing Communications Director, Events at Freemind Seattle and has been working in the event industry for over 10 years. A Puget Sound native, Kori found her way to the east side of the state but ultimately back on the west side due to her love for the community and people. She has an astute attention to detail, is client-centric and as such, has worked on a wide range of events from soft product launches to large scale events. Kori’s loves working directly with clients on achieving their ultimate goals and doing this with a unique approach that will wow their target audience.
Kori has an educational background that gives her a great understanding of organizations, managing teams, organizational change, and people in general. With a degree from the University of Washington in Ethnic Studies and a Master’s from the University of the Rockies in Organizational Psychology, she holds a passion for both the people, and the desire to exceed every expectation in all the projects that she works on. Her most rewarding projects include Microsoft Ignite – the global principal industry tradeshow for information technology. She has managed everything from the 20k square foot expo floor, to one of the largest onsite testing areas in the world. Her volunteer work includes children events, charity auctions, community engagement projects with an emphasis on diversity. She absolutely loves seeing all the hard work and ideas comes to life.
Quincy Henry is the Marketing Director at Freemind Seattle having joined the company by way of a chance visit to the office just across the hall while working a freelance project. An Industrial and Organizational Psychology Ph.D candidate, the colors, logo and layout of the Freemind Seattle office was enough to convince Quincy the company was doing something right (and at the very least, fun) and sparked a visit to the Freemind website where a job was recently posted. The rest, as they say, is history. When not working with small business, non-profit and music clients on custom campaigns, he can usually be found at tradeshow events lugging equipment and otherwise pretending to look busy.
Prior to joining Freemind and in a completely different life, Quincy was a Grammy nominated musician, freelance marketer and festival producer. In his spare time…if he had spare time…he’d love to travel to each of the 15 countries that make up his DNA and make music, but in actuality he can be found hanging with his beautiful bride and 3 gorgeous babies, trying to complete homework and maintain sanity. Quincy holds degrees in both Music Business and Marketing and is finalizing a Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University.
Projects Manager | Events
Jessica Tate is the Project Manager at Freemind Seattle. Jessica was born and bred in Washington State and grew up in Redmond. An avid traveler, Jessica has been fortunate to travel to all 50 states. She earned degrees in Recreation & Tourism Management with minors in Event Planning and Global Wine Studies from Central Washington University and is currently a graduate student at Colorado State University, Global Campus. Jessica’s background is primarily in managing special events and festivals from intimate networking events to beer festivals and everything in between. She has been involved with producing and marketing events since her first college internship and has worked with and advocated for many small businesses during her time in the non-profit and government sectors.
Jamal Layne moved to Seattle from Boston in 2015 to work as Project Manager for Microsoft Corporate. Prior to his move, Jamal studied Computer Information Systems/Business Management at Fisher College. Realizing he wanted to work in a smaller setting, Jamal found his lane at Freemind Seattle in 2017 as Marketing Manager. Jamal is a huge Patriots, Red Sox and Patriots fan. During his spare time, Jamal contributes to an up and coming sports blog, Sports Al Dente. Jamal is an avid lover of everything music and hopes one day he can work for ESPN or own his own business.
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