About Magical Teams

Read more about Magical Teams and how we can help you have a more magical team!

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We're passionate about building the most magical teams possible.

LEADERS

It's heart-breaking to invest in someone who doesn't produce quality work and can't seem to keep up.
It can feel lonely, frustrating, time consuming, and like all of the responsibility falls only on you.
If only you could have proper support, the business would really prosper!

We understand and support team building from BOTH sides.

Both leaders and team members are longing for proper support and will flourish when they have it.

We find that team members WANT to do more, to improve, and get results. But, leaders can’t, won’t, or don’t know how to support them in the ways that team members need to thrive.

Our mission is to bridge the gap and make it a win-win for leaders AND their team.

TEAM MEMBERS

You have more to give, but it feels like none of your bosses can see, wants, or nurture it.
Confidence and enthusiasm gets squashed when leaders "fix", give unclear direction, or are overly opinionated.
If only you could have proper support, you would really make an impact!

At Magical Teams, we are matchmakers and mentors.

Matchmakers between great talent and great small companies.

Mentors to leaders and teams so they have what they need to succeed, thrive, and have their own magical team!

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she/her/hersChristina Salerno

CEO and Senior Strategist

At my core, I’m a maker and a builder. I love to uncover the improvements that make the most impact and then build solutions other people can maintain. I’ve been nicknamed by clients the “all-seeing eye” and often get crushed on for my mad organization skills. I also have a personal passion for finding and empowering hidden gems in the hiring process – the folks who often get overlooked but are secretly wonderful team members.

MY MAGIC: Investigative puzzle solver. Coaching that feels easeful yet potent. Builder of products and experiences. Organizing all the things. Celebration and nurture of people’s potential.

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she/her/hersKathryn Kastrinos

Senior Strategist for Sales & Operations

I’m obsessed with helping business owners find their dream team. I’ve been helping online entrepreneurs and digital businesses for nearly a decade and know all about the intricacies of online business and struggles many business owners face. I also know the importance of hiring a solid team and how it can easily make or break your company! When I’m not making moves behind my computer, I can be found traveling (I currently live nomadically), hiking mountains, playing with my dog (and other dog friends) or luxuriating at spas. I love living the good life!

MY MAGIC: Infectious enthusiasm and positivity + a genuine care for others and creating relationships across the virtual space. I love making people feel welcome and heard.

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she/her/hersLudmilla Wallendorf

Senior Strategist for Finance & Operations

Fun and spreadsheets are not mutually exclusive, and if you ever thought so, I am deadset on proving you wrong.

After a stint in corporate as a Chartered Accountant, I traded high heels and pencil skirts for backpacking my way through South America. Along the way, I started a consulting business and helped dozens of entrepreneurs “lift the fog” when it came to business finances. 

I’m a certified Director of Operations, which means my advice is grounded in the day-to-day of you running your business – not as solely an accountant behind a spreadsheet.

MY MAGIC: Bringing order to chaos in your business numbers. If you’re too afraid to “look under the hood” of your business numbers, don’t worry, you are totally not alone! I’ll partner with you to demystify your numbers and build you a sustainable and profitable business. 

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she/her/hersCara Parrish

Senior Strategist for Marketing

I’ve helped grow over 40 companies in a wide variety of industries, including as an early stage investor. I founded 5 companies. I’m a philanthropist and an International Marketing Consultant with work in India, England, Estonia, South Africa, Canada, and the US.

MY MAGIC: Obsession with data-driven decisions. Always mapping what comes next. Doing the exact work I was meant to do.

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he/him/hisNick Hamilton

Senior Strategist for Tech Companies

From working in the intelligence community to over a decade in Silicon Valley to somatic coaching to master certified BBQ judge… I’ve been told by folks they never know what I will get into next. I’m a deep generalist. I believe what matters most is kindness, playfulness, good food, nature, and movement. I’m passionate about building teams with sustainable longterm strategy so they can be great without me.

MY MAGIC: Narrative storytelling. Distilling complex concepts into simple visual frameworks. Giving and receiving feedback. Expertise and experience across a wide range of industries.

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she/her/hersErika Sable

Strategist for Hiring and Operations

From Information Technology within large international corporations to marketing for independent small local businesses, I’ve worked with a variety of business types and sizes. The common denominator in my career path is being a Strategist – I want to help a business figure out “What’s the plan for success?” One of the biggest keys to that is a team that can help the business grow, and I love having a part in helping our clients find their own magic team.

MY MAGIC: I thrive on working with small businesses and helping them to build the right team that helps them grow and fulfill their vision. I also love working at a higher level on projects to sort through multiple moving parts and make it a streamlined process for my team and my clients. I’ve been fortunate to work in a number of industries and I’m beyond thankful for that experience and insight.

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she/her/hersDeb Radloff

Coordinator for Hiring and Management

Five things: 1) Blending Coffee, milk, and ice together in a magic bullet does make it taste better, 2) The best discussions are the ones that can make you do a little “discussion jig” that isn’t quite a dance, but isn’t standing still, and if you aren’t audibly saying “YES”, you’re thinking it, and 3) I think everyone deserves to feel valued, trusted, respected in life, and the work they choose to do. 4) Did I find Recruiting, or did recruiting find me? 5) All skills are transferable, you just have to find out how!

MY MAGIC: I’m an actor (who still acts) turned recruitment coordinator who genuinely loves to connect with people. My magic is a strong desire to get out of my own comfort zone, which means I’m often good at inspiring others to get out of theirs! Also handstands…

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she/her/hersOlivia Wirick

Coordinator for Hiring and Operations

When starting my career in the real estate world, I accidentally fell in love with recruiting even more than selling houses. If I’m not researching candidates and reviewing applications, I’m likely road tripping across America to the mountains, beaches, and everywhere in between. Fueled by my crippling coffee addiction, love to photograph breathtaking destinations, and longing to find the best hole in the wall restaurants that the locals adore.

MY MAGIC: A lover of new challenges, I bring my toolbox of lessons learned, skills mastered, and yearning to make the world a better place with me everywhere. Connecting someone with their dream job. Marketing the latest and greatest ‘built in the basement’ boutique. Blogging the best restaurants in town. Making a house a home. I love it all.

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she/they/iaFrançoise Danoy

Coordinator for Hiring and Marketing

I’m a Franco-Māori American-Australian (yes, I have 4 citizenships!) who started out as a knitwear designer and coach in the fiber industry. My experience as a small business owner allowed me to to accumulate multiple skill sets, which I can bring to the table in helping other small businesses achieve their goals and dreams. My core value is infusing aroha (love, compassion, empathy) into everything I do and I operate from a Māori mindset whenever and wherever possible. I enjoy challenges and throwing myself into the deep end of the swimming pool and learning how to adapt quick!

MY MAGIC: Taking sticks and string and transforming it into wearable items. Finding the silver lining in every scenario. Observing the best marketing practices across multiple industries and adapting them for specific niches. Nurturing people’s transformations. Transmuting words into stories that resonate.

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she/her/hersMaica Angelica Miculob

Operations Manager

I am a generalist who’s happy place is anywhere there is coffee. I enjoy the process of closing loops, devising new ways to enhance performance and upgrade how things are done. Outside work, I’m a fulltime mom with a mission of using my grit to get the most out of life—even with three kids. Life has been colorful and messy. But at the end of the day, there’s so much beauty and love.

MY MAGIC: I love reducing processes, procedures and plans to their most basic parts. I love spotting minor flaws others fail to notice and figure out what needs to be fixed upgraded and updated. My calm response to chaos reassures others and helps me respond to what people need.

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she/her/hersTrisha Bustamante

Admin Assistant

Living up to my “Gemini” sign, I thrive in being part of different things – collecting new recipes, joining seminars and workshops I find interesting, attending an event that I passed by on the street, picking up a book, or just making friends with the person beside me. I see everything as a double-edged sword which gives me a good judgement of what is too much and too little. In everything I do, I am motivated to become the best sister I can be to my brothers, that includes Chupee and Issy, our furbabies.

MY MAGIC:  You can find me adding my own “flair” to every task I’m in, communicating new ideas and strategies, and always retaining a good foresight on what may or may not happen, because problems will always come along the journey of learning, but it is with the preparation that success will be assured.

They helped us "see into the future" by using their unique hiring campaign.
Michelle V.

“Hiring is usually stressful because you feel like you have to make a big decision based on brief flashes of information. However, Magical Teams helped us “see into the future” by using their unique hiring campaign to uncover things you normally don’t find out until after you’ve hired someone. I felt at ease watching them captain the various stages of recruiting and evaluation. The whole process was more thorough than anything we would have come up with on our own. They also helped us sort through the factors that would end up mattering most to a small team like ours. Our new hires integrated seamlessly into our team, and they really hit the ground running on day one. Looking back, we know with confidence exactly why each person was hired.”

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OUR VALUES:

COMMUNICATION

EXPERIMENTATION

KINDNESS

FREEDOM

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They're truly one of a kind!
Ginny LouloudesExecutive Director of A.R.T./New York

“Christina and her team are gifted. They truly listen when their clients speak and make remarkable observations from their words. The insights are always thoughtful and illuminating. Best of all, they infuse their work with a sense of joy and playfulness. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them; they’re truly one of a kind!”

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The Missing Piece for Your Business to Thrive

Is your growth bottlenecked by building your operations and team?

We help early stage startups or established online businesses with small / micro teams on their priorities, people, and processes:

Prioritize what matters the most.
Work through the biggest bottlenecks and opportunities.
Build key systems and processes across business operations.
Find and manage the people to implement the vision.

We take an integrative coaching approach where we work closely with leaders to understand what matters most and problem solve through implementation.

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