The Team


From our base in California (but bi-coastal), we bring over 20 years’ experience to talent development, both in learning and development, human resources and recruiting strategies. The intense and practical knowledge of every aspect of the business makes the solutions we create both immediate and sustainable.

Whether you’re an independent looking to expand, a national chain in need of a training department re-vamp or an investment firm looking to turn around a brand, Elevate is the proven choice in hospitality consulting.


Kristin Burk |
Principal Consultant

I believe that technical training paired with guidance towards personal development allows individuals to become truly resourceful and generates long term success. Every organization needs a thought partner in this modern day of learning; trends are hitting fast, and you’ve got to implement quickly. All day, every day, I dream up learning experiences that elevate team performance. With Elevate you get strategy and implementation.

Out-perform your competition. Who you are on the inside of your organization is how your team treats the outside (your guests).



  • National Restaurant Association, ServSafe® Writing Committee and New Program Development Adviser

  • Speaker and member of The Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers (CHART)

  • Former Board Member, Association of Talent Development (ATD)

  • DiSC® Assessments Facilitator

  • Certified Hospitality Trainer by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute


Brandi Leite |
Human Resources & Recruitment Consultant

Brandi brings the “HUMAN” to Human Resources. She strengthens the link between people and strategy.

Brandi’s personalized approach is unique to HR and focuses on engagement, empowering leadership to succeed in critical moments and red-carpet recruiting strategies.

She firmly believes that only through comprehensive HR training and development can an organization truly reach its full potential.


Audrey Benet |
Captivate Creator

A wiz when it comes to taking paper programs to modern online learning whether domestically or internationally.

Audrey’s passion for training blossomed when she started her career with Walt Disney.

She’s delighted when she knows her work grows confidence and knowledge for the learner.


Kristin Shimamoto |
Office Manager

The most organized and efficient person, ever! Kristin keeps projects moving at fast speeds for our team.

For fun, she manages the transportation of elite sport horses across the country.