Our Team

At Stretch Shapes, we’re passionate about creating beautiful experiences. This passion articulates itself in many ways. Many of our team members were producing events before they came here. From local fashion shows, to corporate conferences, to international music festivals, most of us have been behind the scenes in one respect or another for quite some time. Because of this passion, we all found our way to the Stretch Shapes team — where we’re known for passionately producing outstanding event décor. We got our start in stretch fabric when our founder, Niko, started using it in his events. He had an event production company before Stretch Shapes, and was drawn to stretch fabric because of its versatility. As he used it more and more, he felt there was an opportunity to create a higher quality product. That passion for quality is what led to the birth of our company, and what has guided us ever since.

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As our company has grown, our capabilities have grown with it. We have a highly skilled creative design team that works in the latest graphic and structural design platforms. We have a team of highly skilled seamstresses with decades of combined experience. When it comes to precision, our patterning department brings it to the table. Our aluminum fabrication department is made up of innovators and masters of their craft. We utilize the best tools available for producing our product, like dye sublimation printing, the best Juki sewing machines in the industry, and our Autometrix Radian CNC fabric cutter. We have a highly trained sales and service department that strives every day to ensure we provide the best advice and service to our valued clients.

It’s our passion that drives us- our passion for beauty, our passion for service, and our passion for people. We can’t wait to put that passion to work for you.

At Stretch Shapes, we’re passionate about creating beautiful experiences. This passion articulates itself in many ways. Many of our team members were producing events before they came here. From local fashion shows, to corporate conferences, to international music festivals, most of us have been behind the scenes in one respect or another for quite some time.

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Because of this passion, we all found our way to the Stretch Shapes team — where we’re known for passionately producing outstanding event décor. We got our start in stretch fabric when our founder, Niko, started using it in his events. He had an event production company before Stretch Shapes, and was drawn to stretch fabric because of its versatility. As he used it more and more, he felt there was an opportunity to create a higher quality product. That passion for quality is what led to the birth of our company, and what has guided us ever since.

As our company has grown, our capabilities have grown with it. We have a highly skilled creative design team that works in the latest graphic and structural design platforms. We have a team of highly skilled seamstresses with decades of combined experience. When it comes to precision, our patterning department brings it to the table. Our aluminum fabrication department is made up of innovators and masters of their craft. We utilize the best tools available for producing our product, like dye sublimation printing, the best Juki sewing machines in the industry, and our Autometrix Radian CNC fabric cutter. We have a highly trained sales and service department that strives every day to ensure we provide the best advice and service to our valued clients.

It’s our passion that drives us- our passion for beauty, our passion for service, and our passion for people. We can’t wait to put that passion to work for you.

Niko Mantele
CEO and Founder
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
On hot summer weekends I love taking a long river tube float with friends.
What inspires you?
I see creating a business as an opportunity to influence the lives of our clients through incredible service and products, as well, improving the lives of our team members by creating an exceptional work experience. This opportunity is what inspires me to forge ahead through each day.
Where have you traveled to?
In my mid 20’s and early 30’s traveling was my top priority, racking up 50+ countries throughout the globe. Travel has given me great perspective on life and liberty.
Kyle Holland
Sales Manager
Favorite social media platform?
Instagram — give me all your memes!
Most episodes of a show binged watched?
The entire first season of Brooklyn 99 — 22 episodes — don’t judge.
Favorite food?
Burritos — all the burritos, every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Justin Thompson
Relationship Manager
Are you an over or under when it comes to your toilet paper roll?
The correct way — OVER!!!!
Best vacation you ever had?
Baja with my childhood best friend on our motorcycles.
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Paddle boarding.
Mike Yakel
Relationship Manager
Favorite winter activity in Oregon?
Leaving Oregon and going to California or Florida.
Standard or electric toothbrush?
SoniCare all the way with a WaterPik for support.
Favorite food?
Pizza. Hot. Cold. Veggie. Meat. All Pizza. All the time.
Dave Youngman
Relationship Manager
Favorite show growing up?
TMNT.
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Camping with my dogs!
Best vacation you ever had?
3-month trip traveling through Europe.
Andrew Barker
Production
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Disk golf.
Are you properly prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Yes.
If you’re stranded on an island, what two things would you want with you?
Knife & rope.
Dora Bustillo
Production
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Honduras.
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Getting exercise.
Do you prefer takeout or homemade food?
I do prefer my own homemade food.
Alice Clemans
Production
What or who inspires you?
Lately, it is an Instagram artist called kahnselesnick — two men (Kahn & Selesnick) who are amazingly creative when it comes to creating visually wonderful tableaux.
What is your spirit animal?
Chicken.
What’s the longest road trip you’ve taken?
Portland, OR to Rome, NY.
Araceli Cobian
Production
What is your favorite show or movie?
The 100.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Paris.
Favorite Food?
Sushi.
Maria Erazo Mata
Production
What is your favorite social media platform?
Facebook.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Spain.
Favorite show growing up?
El Chavo del Ocho.
Mack Hall
Production
Any strange and unusual hobbies?
Harmonic beatboxing.
Why do they put braille on the drive through bank machines?
To remind people how lucky they are to still have eyesight before making that deposit.
What is the longest road trip in hours or miles that you’ve taken?
3,000 miles, Alaska to Oregon.
Alysse Hennessey
Production
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Xena.
Most interesting thing about me that can’t be found on social media?
My former drag king performance days…
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Kayaking!
Consuelo Portillo-Melendez
Production
How would rate your memory?
My memory is 100%.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
The place where I was born.
If you ruled the world, what would you change on day 1?
I would provide a place where children and adults can find sanctuary, nurturance, comfort, compassion, and community.
Karla Ramos
Floor Manager
Are you properly prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Yes, I am! I’ve played the game Resident Evil many times and I’ve watched Zombie World War Z, I’m ready!
Do you own pets?
Yes, I do. I have a fluffy, big, handsome black cat. His name is Nino.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Amsterdam or Ireland.
Roberto Ramos
Production
What is your favorite social media platform?
Discord.
Morning or night person?
Night person.
What is your favorite season?
Winter.
Cuahutemoc Rojas
CNC Operator
Any strange and unusual hobbies?
I run up Spencer Butte religiously.
What or who inspires you?
Mother: she taught me that great things are achievable through hard work.
Your house is on fire and you have time to grab one thing, what would it be?
A bottle of Milagro Tequila, lime & salt!
Brenda Sifuentes Diaz
Production
Do you prefer takeout or homemade food?
Homemade.
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Drive-through Safari.
Favorite show growing up?
Sailor Moon.
Phoebe Thomas
Production
Any strange and unusual hobbies?
Collecting colorful, dim ambient light sources for my home.
What’s your go to food when you’re starving?
Cheese enchiladas.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
An upcycled fashion designer/non-profit manager working to get garment factory workers ethical working conditions.
Tiffany VanKlausmeier
Swing Shift Lead
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
I really enjoy sailing. It’s so exciting and it makes me feel like a pirate!
What is your spirit animal?
I always feel like my spirit animal is a wolf or a unicorn.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a costume creator!
Rebecca Welton
Master Pattern Maker & Quality Check
What is the wallpaper on your phone right now?
Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan.
What’s your sign?
Stop.
What’s your favorite show or movie?
Preacher on AMC
Sage Winfree
Patterning Assistant / QC Lead
What is the wallpaper on your phone right now?
A dahlia from my garden with a honey bee, legs round with pollen.
Do you have any nicknames?
Ug, short for ugly duckling. My father had an interesting sense of humor.
Favorite show growing up?
RENT.
Jessica Bengtson
Marketing Department Manager
Favorite food?
Fruit. All the fruit. And then, more fruit.
Best vacation you ever had?
I spent a magical month in Thailand, but I wouldn’t say it was a your typical vacation — it was a traveling experience. While I was there, this crazy thing called a travel bug bit me, and I’ve had an insatiable desire for travel ever since.
Are you an over or under when it comes to your toilet paper roll?
Is it bad that I’ve never noticed people had preferences about this until recently? Oops!
Carrie Chupp
Graphic Designer
Favorite summer activity in Oregon?
Backpacking the Eagle Cap Mountains!
What is your most embarrassing social media post from your high school days?
I painted glasses and a scar on my face, took a photo and captioned it “Carrie Potter”.
How would you handle your workspace if we hired a giant elephant to just hang out in the office?
I would cover my desk in peanuts. My new primary goal would be to make that elephant my best friend.
Paul Driskill
Manufacturing Operations Director
What is your favorite season?
Oh, I love the fall, with the soft light, long shadows, and the crisp mornings.
Are you an over or under when it comes to your toilet paper roll?
Over, just like the patent drawing for toilet paper illustrates.
How would you handle your workspace if we hired a giant elephant to just hang out in the office?
I would stockpile peanuts, so I could have all of the elephant’s attention.
Kai Evoniuk
Facilities Coordinator
Best vacation you ever had?
Backpacking through Europe: Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Greece.
In your professional opinion, what was the best thing before sliced bread?
Unsliced bread.
Do you own a pet? Tell me more!
Stella is an 11-week-old (as of now) Border Collie/Pointer mix. She’s an awesome little troublemaker.
Alex Hopkins
Shipping & Receiving Agent
Who inspires you?
Happy people!
Go-to food when starving?
Coconut, all the coconuts.
Coffee or tea?
Both, all the time, forever.
Morgan Lewis
Web Developer
How would you handle your workspace if we hired a giant elephant?
As long as he doesn’t sit on my desk, we won’t have a problem.
Best vacation you ever had?
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Oklahoma
Favorite season?
Autumn — not too hot, cold, or wet, and nothing’s making me sneeze.
Jade Mangiafico
Creative Department Manager
Any strange and unusual hobbies?
In a past life I was a Professional Firedancer
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wait… I have to grow up?!
What or who inspires you?
Anyone dedicated to their own brand of happiness!
Kathy Mazzocco
Accountant
What is your spirit animal?
Dragon
In your professional opinion, what was the best thing, before sliced bread?
Love
Any strange and unusual hobbies?
I feed / photograph squirrels
Alisha Moreno
Marketing Assistant
Do you volunteer outside of work?
Yes. I coordinate a crew for the Oregon Country Fair year-round! I also volunteer with LIVESTRONG at the Y and Positive Community Kitchen whenever I’m able to.
Do you have any nicknames?
Leesh (drop the A’s!) or Gypsy.
What is the longest road trip in hours or miles that you’ve taken?
Over 5400+ miles, when I spent a summer road-tripping around the Western US — it’s what brought me to Eugene!
Rachel Saxton
Graphic Design Department Manager
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Beyoncé. I’ll settle for Kelly or Michelle though.
What’s your favorite conspiracy theory?
That Rebecca Black’s hit single “Friday” is about the JFK assassination. Seriously. Google it.
Do you own pets? Tell me more!
My perfect sassy one-fanged black cat pretty much runs my house.
Andrew Simila
Human Resources Generalist
Are you an over or under when it comes to your toilet paper roll?
If I see an “under”, I will change it to “over”!
Best vacation ever?
Any and all theme parks, I’m a thrill seeker.
What is your favorite holiday?
It’s a tie between Halloween and Christmas.