Meet the Team
Crystal Walker, Owner & Managing Partner
As a founding partner of Idea Fountain, Crystal brings over 20 years of experience to the table in the hospitality industry. You can depend on Crystal to give her full attention to the details and deliver her commitment to excellence in customer service. Her passion to give her clients a unique experience ensures that you can focus fully on your guests and never sweat the small stuff. Gaining her immense respect among leading professional partners and contacts throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex, Crystal is an active member of NACE, TxACOM, RYP and the Dallas CVB. Her diverse skills include photography, catering management, transport logistics, and entertainment production. Her resources and skills allow her to stretch the limits for great events. She ensures that Idea Fountain continues to keep up with the latest trends in team building and casino events to suit the growing needs of modern business.
Charles Dyga, Co-Founder
Charles is one of the founding partners of Idea Fountain, with his 30 plus years of industry experience he is a true asset to the company. Charles is one you can depend on to bring reality to an event. Keeping an eye on the bottom line, he ensures his clients get the best possible experience with out breaking the bank. Born in New York and raised in Florida, Charles moved to Texas the first chance he could and has called Texas home for over 30 years. Charles has had the pleasure of managing high profile events with professional golfers all over the Metroplex. If you cannot find him helping out with an event you can bet he is somewhere on the back nine shooting for par. As a company we could not do this without his expertise.
Tashia Mahan, Operations Maven
Tashia came to Dallas via Mississippi and has called Dallas home since 1989. She joined the team as a shy Blackjack dealer and quickly came out of her shell, proving she was funny, eager and willing to learn everything she could about the company. She has worked for Idea Fountain for nearly three years, and is now our Operations Maven. Her work with the company does not only allow her to spend time with her team, it gives her an exciting and unique excuse to get out and see the town. In her downtime, Tashia likes to keep it pretty low key and either read fantasy novels or watch Doctor Who on Netflix. She also loves to spend time with her Pit Bull Beagle mix, Katherina Minola, and her cats Midnight and Indy. If you need to have a smile put on your face, give Tashia a call.
Ashli Graham, Program Coordinator
Ashli is Idea Fountain’s Program Coordinator or resident “Program Proposal Poet” as we call her most of the time. She is a whiz at a computer and if she is not sure how something works, you know she will be doing research to figure it out. In her 2 plus years working with the company, she enjoys the opportunity to be creative on multiple levels. She enjoys brainstorming sales, program ideas, writing proposals, and delivering on-the-spot solutions at events. She is an avid traveler, and has been all over the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, and Jamaica. In her spare time, she likes to do yoga, hike, geocache, hang out with family & friends, and, of course, be super lazy and veg with her fur-kids whenever possible. Ashli is a go-to problem solving fixer and we could not do this with out her.
Colby Whistler, Factotum
Colby our Factotum (jack-of-all-trades) joined Idea Fountain over 2 years ago and quickly became an crucial part of the team. You can find him at almost every event either dealing cards or facilitating a team building event with a smile on his face. “No” or “This can not happen” are words, he does NOT possess in his vocabulary. Colby is the first one to jump in and help figure out a way to make it happen. The entertainment factor is one major appeal to him for working with us, but at the end of the day, he appreciates the ability to work so closely with friends and family. Born and raised in Dallas, he has explored every inch of the city and can give you directions anywhere. He loves to play poker and not just deal the game. Colby is also a committed sports fan who loves to cheer for the Dallas Cowboys, but cheers the loudest when he is at one of niece or nephew’s baseball games.
Sue Banfield, Event Ambassador
Sue was born and raised in Painesville, Ohio moved to Texas in 19-cough-cough and made Irving her home some years ago. In only two years of working with Idea Fountain, she has helped nurture the family atmosphere of the company. The fact that the team works together to meet the common goal of satisfying our clients is one of the reasons she is so proud to work with Idea Fountain team. The opportunity to meet various new and exciting people at events makes each day like being on a professional-level playground. When she is not excelling in one of her many different roles within the company…she enjoys photography and has won top awards in several competitive shows. Sue has a special scrapbooking room in her house where spends numerous hours creating memories so her great great great great grandchildren will know what life was like in her lifetime.
Ryan Miller, Event Ambassador
Ryan is a native Texan from Houston, but was scooped up and relocated to California as an infant. His Texas roots were strong and he returned to Texas as soon as he could. He grew up with a love of games of all types -card games, word games, puzzle games. You name it he wanted to play, and now working with Idea Fountain it gives him the opportunity to play games all the time! With a teaching background, Ryan is a key part of our incredible team building activities. He knows how to get every person on the team involved and makes sure they have a great time. When he is not listening to great live music and helping celebrations, he typically will spend a relaxing evening watching TV with his Husky, Zelda. Or you can see some of his creative writing skills on our blog page.