Our Core Daymaker Team
Founder & Board Member | Black Mountain, NC
CEO & Big Little Kid | Atlanta, GA
VP of Products & Storytelling | Pittsburgh, PA
VP of Operations | Chicago, IL
Thomas is a co-founder of Daymaker, former CEO, and ongoing Chief Believer. He started Daymaker (then CommuniGift) as a student at the University of North Carolina with the core belief that giving to another can help us experience our mutual connection in a often makes us feel a sense of separation. We asked Thomas' parents for some input about him as a kid - 'Thomas always had a big heart for giving, loved fire trucks and sports, and loved being in charge.' ... some things never change!
Brent is the big little kid keeping the Daymaker team energized and moving in concert. Prior to joining, he worked at Uber and McKinsey with a focus on creating employment opportunities as automation changes the nature of work. His favorite game growing up was 2-on-1 driveway basketball with Dad and him dunking on the Little Tikes goal while older brother scored the big kid hoop, and he’s thrilled about the prospect of playing with his own little one on the way in Spring 2021!
Ariana (Ari, aka Dr. Brazier) is the play expert and visionary strategist. Her doctorate in Critical & Cultural Studies centers Black children and families, housing insecurity and poverty, and cultural play practices. Ari's most joyful moments have typically involved competitive games like basketball or football with her three brothers and cousins, as well as "girl time" — crafting, walking, and community building — with her mama.
Chris is the operations muscle keeping the Daymaker train on the tracks. Before joining, he started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan where he worked on corporate finance transactions. To this day, Chris loves football, basketball, and video games — all childhood interests of his that developed over countless days with his best friends.