Who we are.

Gotham is a creative, collaborative and committed mix of people with a shared passion for the power of storytelling and live events. Our eclectic backgrounds and experiences pull from all facets of the entertainment and events industry.

What we do.

Gotham Artists helps organizations secure the world's most influential speakers and entertainers for all types of events. From college campuses to corporate boardrooms to large festivals, we help you create and deliver impactful live and virtual event programming.

Why choose us.

Finding the perfect speaker or entertainment act can be challenging and time-consuming. Gotham Artists exists to streamline and simplify this process for you. We pride ourselves on our relationships with all of the major bureaus, agencies, musical entertainment, and independent speakers from around the world. Because of these relationships, the recommendations we provide are curated specifically for our clients with no other thought but of who is the best fit for you– regardless of their affiliation.

Don't just take our word for it

With more than 600 events every year including with Fortune 100 companies and the most prestigious universities in the country, we must be doing something right, at least according to these:

Meet the team

Whether you're booking talent for the first time or you're a seasoned event planner, it's ALWAYS good to know the people who are working for you! Our team is a creative, collaborative and committed mix of people with a shared passion for the power of storytelling and live events.

Alec Melman

CEO & Co-Founder

Alec was raised in Brooklyn, NY, long before it became cool (the 1980s). He is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, the University of Maryland and New York Law School (and might also be an ordained minister via the internet). He is a member of the NY State Bar and is also a notary for some reason. He loves to ride his bike to work (and everywhere). He lives in Leonia, NJ with his wife, son and daughter. He'd like to add a dog to the mix but has been outvoted 3-1.

Samantha Conine

Chief Operations Officer

Samantha was born and raised in Westchester, New York (which is not upstate). She received her B.S. in Film and Television from Boston University and worked in script development, casting and production before joining Gotham in 2012. At Gotham she puts all of these skills to use to make sure client and talent needs are met, always going the extra proverbial (and sometimes actual) mile for them. She lives in a constant state of happy chaos with her husband, sons, and two Shiba Inu dogs.

Michael Gottesman

President, Lecture Division

Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Mike attended The Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire before venturing to New York where he received a B.A. from Hofstra University. During college, Mike became intrigued with the entertainment industry and interned at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., MTV Networks, and Sony BMG. After graduating, Mike moved to New York City and began pursuing his passion. He has worked for The Agency Group, Central Entertainment Group, Scott Rudin Productions, and Paradigm Talent Agency. Mike's interests include music, film, sports, politics, and travel. He currently resides in Washington D.C.

Ben Anshutz

President, Entertainment Division

Ben was born at a very young age in Newport Beach, California. Heading east for college, he double-majored in English and Music at Tufts University while also discovering that wearing sandals in the snow is a bad idea. Days after graduation, Ben moved to Brooklyn to pursue his passion for music and fell backwards into a career booking keynote speakers and entertainers– the happiest accident of his life.

Laurie Barnett

Director of Creative Services

Laurie Barnett was born in NYC. She is a veteran talent agent, manager and event producer with deep roots in the performing arts and the food and restaurant business. She became a lecture agent with the Royce Carlton Agency in 2001, and in 2011 she created a unique collaborative talent division with Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. Laurie is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and resides in Harlem.

Jim Oliver

Senior Agent

Jim grew up in sunny Virginia Beach, VA and graduated in 2008 from James Madison University with a degree in History and Philosophy. He moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, landing a job in the mailroom at WME in 2012 and subsequently joining the WME lectures division - where he first got to know the Gotham Artists team. Jim then moved to Innovative Artists where for two years he helped build out Innovative’s personal appearance division in New York.

Dustin Jones

Senior Agent

Max Smilen


Max was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He received his B.S. in Music Industry Studies and Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans. While studying in New Orleans, Max was a professional musician and played all across the city of New Orleans. He brought his talents back to the city of Manhattan and gigs regularly with his band, Smilen. Max loves going to see live music whenever possible.

Kate DesRosier

Director of Business Development

Kate is a Washington, DC transplant (Statehood Now!), originally from Seattle, and finally gets why they call her home state the "Other" Washington. While her addiction to black coffee and all things grunge (the music! the clothes!) are her birthright, it turns out she's an East Coast soul who was mistakenly born out West. An extreme extrovert who loves people and building relationships, she fittingly has a master's in counseling psychology from Arizona State University (and lived through nine summers in the Phoenix hellscape). Because she loves to read and write personal essays, she chose English lit for her bachelor's from University of Washington (Go Dawgs!). On weekends you can find her catching up on back issues of the New Yorker, going to rock shows, or taking long walks around the District with her husband while their cat Lucky waits patiently at home for their return to the couch.

Samantha Vanderhoof


In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the Playground is where she spent most of her days... OK, she is not actually the Fresh Prince, but Sam Van could be considered the Queen of Contracts. After 13 years of denying bands their bowl of green M&Ms working at a music festival in Milwaukee, she made the epic move to Brooklyn to become the New Yorker that had always been in her heart, and found her way to the Gotham Artists family in March of 2019. After work you can usually find her catching a film at a local theater, sipping a craft beer at a brewery or shooting pool at a dive bar

Rachel Javorsky


Rachel was born and raised in America’s #1 exotic vacation destination— Cleveland, Ohio. She has her BA in Filmmaking Practices from Arizona State University and only saw a scorpion once (squished in a parking lot). Rachel is a comedian, writer and now knows how to kill a cockroach with her boot. As a new resident of New York, Rachel is excited to bring her passions and expertise and somewhat extensive bug knowledge to the big city.

Theresa Ferron

Event Logistics Coordinator

Not many people can say that they are from "The Village of City Charm," but Theresa Ferron has called Manchester, CT home for most of her life.  After spending almost a decade in the insurance industry (as every good Connectican does), Theresa stumbled upon the speaking industry and fell in love!  When Theresa isn't nailing down all of the tiny details that make logistics feel effortless, she is loving life with her two sons (age 10 and 6) - juggling flight delays and soccer practices with ease all while expertly conversing in Minecraft and various video game languages.  And when it's time for a break, she will meet you on any beach at any time.

Liz Cooke

Agent Assistant

Liz grew up a valley girl in Los Angeles, a music, movie and cat lover! She headed down the 405 to the 101 to the 5 to sunny San Diego where she got her bachelors in psychology at UCSD along with a love of beaches. As her adventurous side kicked in while studying abroad in London, city life was calling her name. After college she packed up and moved to New York, home to her career in several industries including entertainment, comedy and client services. She is excited to bring her many years of experience, positive energy and love of bringing people together to Gotham Artists. And she still beaches it any chance she gets.

Riina Dougherty

Agent Assistant

Danielle Lamb

Agent Assistant

Born and raised in the small town of Dowagiac MI Danielle has her B.A. in theatre production and history from Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame. Danielle joined the Gotham team in May of 2020. Since, she has put her theatre passions to work here at Gotham and is loving it. After work if Danielle is not in the theatre you can find her on the farm working with her draft horses.

Katie Gonzalez

Event Logistics Coordinator

Katie was born and raised in the small town of Bolton, Connecticut. She received her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from Central CT State University and worked in Sales and Event Management for Marriott Hotels for the last 16 years. Her passion for detailing and executing events is what brought her to the Gotham Team! While most of her free time is devoted to her family (most notably her energetic 2 ½ year old Son), she also enjoys cooking and traveling abroad.

Cullen Resolute

Agent Assistant

Hailing from Edmond, Oklahoma, Cullen attended the University of South Carolina where he received his bachelor's in Sports and Entertainment Management with a minor in Music Industry Studies. Throughout his professional experience, he has worked with concert promoters in a variety of capacities to learn the ins and outs of the live music industry. Cullen joined Gotham right after moving to Virginia Beach to be the assistant for Gotham's latest expansion. He also works security for a local music venue on weekends to stay close to the live music side of the business. Cullen loves long walks on the beach and listening to his records in his free time.
Gotham Artists

33 Nassau Avenue, Suite 24, Brooklyn, NY 11222

(646) 798-9651