Our Team

After working together to establish an in-house creative team for a multibillion dollar corporation, we wanted to expand our reach to a variety of other organizations. Tandem Creative is built on our successful partnership, proven best practices, elite skill set, and an extensive network of writers, designers, photographers, and videographers.

Debbie Butler

Creative Director + Co-Founder

Debbie Butler

Creative Director + Co-Founder

Melissa Vivari

Creative Director + Co-Founder

Melissa Vivari

Creative Director + Co-Founder

Rave Reviews

Sarah Cody

Chief Marketing & Development Officer

“Melissa developed innovative approaches to deliver industry-leading proposals and presentations. She led her team to become, in my opinion, one of the most influential teams to support the company in securing and retaining airport dining contracts. 

Melissa worked tirelessly with her team, always on extremely tight deadlines, and with a positive attitude that helped offset the challenges of the work environment. Melissa will be a strong asset to any organization looking to develop and reach its goals.”

“I have known and worked with Debbie for more than 15 years. In every capacity, Debbie has been proficient, helpful, a team player and a joy to work with. In her most recent role in Proposal Development, Debbie found her stride. She was amazing at creating content that was compelling and creative. She worked extremely well under pressure on crazy deadlines. Her proposals were both creatively driven as well as tedious and Debbie never missed a detail or opportunity for HMSHost to shine. 

She vacillated between both areas with ease and expertise. Debbie was a wonder in being able to wrangle her consultants, brands, and her internal team to provide what she needed and do it in a timely manner. I have never seen Debbie without a zest for her job and a smile on her face. I truly looked forward to working with her on every project.”

Jennifer Reynolds

Ideation Design Group

Renee Tedesco

Vice President, Business Development
Paradies Lagardére

“I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Melissa while I was at HMSHost.  I remember when she interviewed, amongst other qualified candidates, to lead the proposal development team.  

She stood out.  Because she was level headed, soft spoken but had a no nonsense way about her. I knew she was a get-it-done type.  

She proved to be that and more.  Super organized, great leader, very supportive of her team and always took on an active role in getting the job done – not just a good delegator, she did that – but she worked – hard.” 

“[Melissa] always brought deep native intelligence and curiosity to her work, plus a natural ability to master and communicate new concepts, to feature these concepts through focused messaging and rhetoric, and to guide her teams accordingly. 

She’s also just a great pleasure to work with. I recommend Melissa unreservedly to any organization whose operations or new business would benefit from sharp, clear, and persuasive communication.” 

Matthew Smith

Proposal Developer
IBM Watson Health

Debbie Butler

Whatever you do, don’t tell Debbie that something “looks good enough.” She pushes each project–no matter how big or small–to be the best it can possibly be. 

Debbie has worked with more than 200 national and local food and beverage brands to tell their story to create customized winning bids through menu development, photography, and persuasive storytelling. 

As a project manager, she has led digital content development teams and corporate video development projects. She also has extensive experience in the construction industry as a successful local small business owner providing services to private homeowners and large residential builders.

Melissa Vivari

After everyone told her she’d never get a job with a graduate degree in literature, Melissa discovered the worlds of project management and proposal development. 

She thrives on developing matrices, leading team reviews, and creating persuasive content! She knows her projects in and out and will keep you honest in sticking to the requirements while cultivating creativity to produce a dazzling final product. 

She has earned an MA in literature from American University, a Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders Certificate from Yale School of Management, and ITIL v3 Foundation Certification.