Business Development

Mitch Lazar

Mitch Lazar

EVP, Corporate Development

Mitch grew up in the restaurant business so he can be pretty crafty (and messy) in the kitchen, especially when it comes to making homemade pizza. He married a pastry chef who now runs a cake pop business so the kitchen is the heart of their home.

Mitch is from Miami, Florida and that is about as far as his Latino roots extend. He was once seen playing a journalist on Miami Vice before helping create and launch CNN.com from under Ted Turner’s stairwell in Atlanta.

Mitch helped grow CNN’s daily viewership from 750 million people to over a billion people around the globe by pioneering the idea to put CNN on cell phones back in 1997. He traveled worldwide to create CNN Mobile and partnered with hundreds of operators giving mobile phone users the ability to get CNN on the go. He later built the mobile business for Cartoon Network and helped grow AOL’s international mobile distribution.

Mitch left Turner in 2005 to head up Yahoo!’s European mobile operations and successfully led the company into the mobile search and advertising business. In 2010, he joined Cambridge, UK based Taptu, a mobile search and technology company he repositioned into a news and information enterprise that gave users the power to be a “News DJ.” He led the successful sale of the company in September 2012.

After 12 years of gloomy skies and wet weather in London, England, Mitch and his family are fortunate to now call Colorado their home. There was something about the 300 days of sunshine a year that attracted them to the great mile high city, not to mention the consistently dry skin and parched palate.

Mitch began his career as a journalist in Seoul, South Korea and was also a writer and producer for CNN Headline News. He earned his degree in journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia with an emphasis in computer science. He later worked on his MBA at Georgia State University before moving to London.

Chris Hawksley

Chris Hawksley

Director of Business Development

Path to Craftsy: Boston > Chicago > Atlanta > San Francisco > Denver

Last summer: Hiked Half Dome and The Grand Canyon

Morbid curiosity: Goings on @ Neverland Ranch circa 1988-2009

Don’t leave the house without: Sunglasses and lip balm

I’d walk through broken glass for: A Cubs World Series Championship!!

Rachel Kiriakos

Rachel Kiriakos

Business Development Manager

Hailing from the Land of Lincoln, Rachel is a Midwestern transplant by way of Boston, where she got her MBA from Northeastern University and found her marketing groove for a large consumer products company. While she loved the coast, the sunshine and happy people of the West beckoned her home.

Rachel found her way back to Colorado in 2012, where she previously graduated with a B.S. from Colorado State University, settling in Denver. After spending a few months traveling to ten countries around Europe, she found her place in the dynamic startup world and is excited to have landed on the marketing team at Craftsy.

A lover of travel and adventure, Rachel’s wanderlust has brought her to an ever-growing number of countries. She can also be found practicing yoga, mastering iPhoneography, twirling at live music and playing outside. She hopes to up her amateur crafting status to skilled maker of beautiful things!