Founding partner of Backyard. Family man. Loves to ski. Made Super 8 films as a kid. Plays the drums. Moved Backyard from Chicago to LA a long time ago. Always looks ahead while staying true to his past. Loyal friend and smart businessman. Blair embodies every quality that Backyard was built on.
The New York Yankees. Mountain Biking. Dancing at Weddings. Emma Zander. Whippoorwill. Radiohead. Ben Zander. Musicals. Fez the dog. Julie Zander. Lemonade. Urban Exploration. Snowboarding. Paolo the cat.
Kris is half Latvian and half Indian, and is without a doubt the real Most Interesting Man in the World. He is a single speed mountain bike enthusiast, and attacks the trails near his home in Topanga Canyon with happy abandon. He owns properties in the California mountains, Costa Rica, and Latvia. He likes to camp on Mexican beaches. If you have a question about anything, he has an answer for you. He hasn't repeated the same story twice in all of his years at Backyard.
Born and raised in New York, Emily moved to the West Coast in a quest to find the perfect cheeseburger. Seriously, she keeps a list. You might find her adventuring in South America, on a long run through her West Hollywood neighborhood or wielding a hammer with Habitat for Humanity. Still, she’ll drop whatever she’s doing for a great political debate. A fun fact about Emily: she can recite any oldies song ever created word for word. Test her – we dare you.
Backyard’s “Cash Flow Doctor” is usually quite busy maintaining his practice keeping the patient healthy. However, taking care of business is only the tip of James’ iceberg! A passionate home cook, James can often be found shopping for ingredients to whip up a new dish. If he’s not returning your texts he may be sweating it up in a torturous cardio class. Or it’s quite possible that he can’t hear you because he’s got his guitar cranked up way too loud! But more than anything, as a devoted dad, James loves tending to the needs of his teenage daughter Maya.
Although she was born in Colorado, Daniella is a Parisian at heart. With a love for all things French, she is fulfilling her dream of fluently speaking the language of love and becoming a master of the French culinary arts when not cutting checks, adding up numbers, and dishing out petty cash to the production teams. With hopes of one day living in Paris, this gal has big dreams and courageous aspirations. She’s also a great pen pal.
Whether it's making things happen at work, building her own furniture, hand-crafting birthday presents that put everyone else's to shame, or putting together elaborate LEGO sets with her roommate, George - who just so happens to be a 7 year-old English Bulldog - Dawn is a maker. Which is why we couldn't be happier to have her on the production team here at Backyard. It has nothing to do with the fact that she has a mustache tattooed on her index finger. Nothing. Maybe nothing.
Elvin is our resident Puerto Rican. He loves movies; especially notoriously bad movies, and movies from the 1980's… which are sometimes synonymous. You'll see him working in the vault as our assets manager. Oh, and he also works in accounting... or is it his evil twin brother Nevil? *cue dramatic music*
From backpacking in Europe to solo cross country drives, Mary is an adventurer. After living in New York City and Nashville, she has returned home to Southern California and joined the Backyard team. She’s a “people person.” There are no strangers in her book, just new pals to be made. You’ll probably find her enjoying the outdoors, tearin’ up the dance floor in a hip hop class, or following puppy accounts on Instagram.