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About Inspired Expos

Inspired Expos was started in 2005. We produce two home expo events a year in San Luis Obispo, two per year in Paso Robles, two per year in Monterey and a health expo each year also in San Luis Obispo.

The vision behind the home expos is to create a location for local residents to meet face to face with local companies who can help them to create a beautiful living environment and increase the value of their homes. The health expo provides a location for residents to meet face to face with a variety of health, wellness, and fitness providers in the area.

Join us at an expo to

  • Meet local experts
  • Choose someone you trust
  • Bring your inspirations to life!

Meet the Team

Lani Colhouer
CFO & Co-Founder
Lani Colhouer is a co-owner and founder of Simply Clear Marketing & Media and is passionate about marketing and events. She was raised in the San Luis Obispo County and loves the area. Her background includes event management, advertising, marketing and sales, and exhibiting at international trade shows.  She loves to work with small businesses and help them grow. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family-husband and three children, reading, doing crafts and walking on the beach.

 

 

 

Bret Colhouer
CEO & Co-Founder
Bret Colhouer is a co-owner and founder of Simply Clear Marketing & Media and is passionate about Marketing, Events and Publishing.  He moved to San Luis Obispo 25 years ago immediately falling in love with the area, people and culture. He graduated from Cal Poly in 2001 with Bachelors of Science in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. He enjoys life on the Central Coast with his wife Lani and his 3 children, Cheyanne, Lily and Makena. In his free time, he plays golf, soccer, foot golf, and ping pong.

 

 

 

David Diaz
CTO & Co-Founder

David Diaz is a co-owner and founder of Simply Clear Marketing & Media. David heads the digital advertising division and is constantly traversing the digital landscape for innovative ways to help businesses grow in our county. David is a longtime local having grown up in Atascadero since 1972 and now lives in Nipomo with his family. He is a consummate entrepreneur who has worn many hats over the years from owning a Coffee Shop to creating his own Farmers Markets’. He likes to spend time with his wife and 5 children (all girls) as well as riding motorcycles, snow skiing and playing golf as much as possible.

 

 

 

Jessica Micklus
Sales & Marketing Director
Jessica has been with Simply Clear Marketing & Media since 2009 as a Sales and Marketing Director. She graduated from Cal Poly in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management. Jessica has a passion for community outreach and has volunteered with the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, Georgia Brown Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity, various local homeless shelters, and is always looking for more opportunities to help the local community. In her free time, she enjoys the active lifestyle. Some of her favorite activities are skiing, running, and hiking.

 

 


Dana McGraw

Senior Advertising Executive
Dana McGraw is the Senior Advertising Executive at Simply Clear Marketing & Media. Prior experience Dana has includes managing other publications such as the Atascadero News & California Horse Trader. With over 10 years of sales experience, she is confident that she can help your business get results and succeed! Originally from Ojai, CA, Dana moved to San Luis Obispo County in 2003, and started a family a few years later. She loves spending time with her family, friends and riding horses!

 

 

 

 Zorina Ricci
Advertising & Marketing Specialist
Zorina Ricci, is a Sr. Advertising & Marketing Specialist at Simply Clear Marketing & Media in San Luis Obispo, CA. She helps clients conceptualize effective marketing strategies in support of business goals. This includes proposals and marketing materials including website, email and direct mail, digital campaigns and print ads.  Zorina has always been a people person and retail sales was her first experience working one on one with customers. Later in college she studied Marketing, Copy Writing and Communications. Zorina has been successful in implementing various marketing strategies for companies within Los Angeles, Orange County, and currently San Luis Obispo, California for Simply Clear Marketing & Media. When she’s not working, she enjoys exploring photography, art galleries, reading, shopping, cooking and dining in her favorite San Luis Obispo County.  Zorina has a kind and friendly disposition, is a devoted daughter, sister, mother and friend. She finds her most joy in surrounding herself with creative people, going to concerts, attending church, and volunteering whenever possible. She’s always exploring new ways to grow professionally and personally and has a wonderful outlook on life.

Carrie Vickerman
Advertising Executive
Carrie Vickerman is an Advertising Account Executive for Simply Clear Marketing & Media, and loves living on the Central Coast!  She graduated with honors from Cal Poly with a B.A. in Theatre and Performing Arts. Carrie has worked in the advertising industry since 2006 in multiple fields, including Radio and the Internet.  When she’s not helping businesses connect with the community, she enjoys playing on a local Softball team and writing plays.

 

 

 


Rose Cutrer
Advertising Executive
Rose Cutrer, is a Sales Executive at Simply Clear Marketing and Media in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Prior to her current position at Simply Clear she had years of sales experience at the corporate level. What she enjoys most about her current role is working for a company that sincerely cares about helping local businesses grow and creating lasting relationships with the community. With a B.A. in Psychology, she knows how to listen to her client’s needs effectively and strategize together in finding the best path towards growth and success. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her dogs.

Theresa-Marie Wilson
Executive Editor of Media & Publications
Theresa-Marie Wilson was instrumental in starting the Coast News in 2004 and was the managing editor until 2016 when she became the executive editor for the media division of Simply Clear Marketing & Media. She is also a consultant for advertising campaigns and takes far too many photos of her cats, a few of which have been in the paper. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature from Humboldt State University.

 

 

 

Neil Farrell
Managing Editor of The Bay News
Neil Farrell is Managing Editor of The Bay News and a 22-year veteran reporter and editor in the Estero Bay Area — Morro Bay, Los Osos and Cayucos. He’s a six-time California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Award winner for Spot News Reporting (twice), Sports Feature Writing; Community Service (twice), Enterprise Reporting; and Criticism Writing. Originally from Los Baños, Calif., Neil is a graduate of Cuesta College and attended Cal Poly. He started his community journalism career on April Fool’s Day 1992 with the Sun Bulletin and worked with the Tribune/Sun Bulletin until January 2004. He started with The Bay News in February 2004 when the newspaper first went to a weekly edition. He is married to wife, Lorraine, and they live in a second-story apartment in Morro Bay with a lovely view of Morro Rock. Life is good.

Camas Frank
Managing Editor of The Coast News
Camas Frank came to the Central Coast from the Northern California town of Willits in May 2006 and graduated from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo in June 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism and a Sociology minor. After several freelance magazine and news ventures he started with a small role at Simply Clear Marketing & Media while still at the college.  He has since played a variety of roles covering news, business and occasional feature stories.  He currently writes on topics not handled in depth by the dailies or affecting too few individuals to make statewide headlines. Off duty he classifies himself as an unremittingly intellectually curious, but nice, guy. Considered to be mostly harmless, he’ll still ask you a ton of questions.  If you want to make his day you can send compliments on his work, Carl Sagan and Mark Twain quotes, or general allusions to Star Trek, to his private twitter feed: @Camasf.


Mark Diaz
Business Reporter
Mark Diaz is a business reporter for Simply Clear Marketing & Media. He primarily writes for Avila Beach News, Coast News, and SLO County Business Matters. He posts business news daily to slocountybuisnessmatters.com that relevant to the central coast business community. After being raised in San Luis Obispo county, Mark spent almost a decade living in Washington D.C., as well as, two years living abroad. Mark has recently returned to his hometown of Atascadero with his exuberant son Donovan and his truly amazing wife Christy. Always the avid writer, Mark is honored to report fair and unbiased news to the central coast.

 

 

 

Kelley Braga
Operations & Events Manager
Kelley has been with Simply Clear Marketing & Media since December of 2009 as the Operations & Event Manager.  She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2005 with a BA in Speech Communication and Advertising.  Since then she has been working in advertising and marketing and enjoys working with people, organizing events, and excel spreadsheets.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, wine, and taking her dogs to the beach.

 

Tina Mitchell
Controller & Sales Assistant
Tina Mitchell is a true local to SLO, born and raised in San Luis Obispo County! She has spent the last 10 years refining her processes in Administrative Services at the City of Paso Robles. She recently changed careers to explore the private sector and is enjoying her position at Simply Clear Marketing as Controller and Sales Assistant. She is utilizing her Bachelors in Accounting and knowledge from the Administrative Services Department as well as her friendly personality to prosper in a position that assists the company in accounting and lead generation. She is passionate about the health industry especially but has found it incredibly fulfilling to help small businesses grow and prosper by educating the community about their specialties. Tina enjoys living on the central coast where we are close to the beach but not far from the mountains. She spends her weekends at music festivals, hiking and exploring, and taking her dogs to the beach.

 

Justin Stoner
Director of Marketing & Digital Production
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Mike Lee
Digital Team Lead
Mike comes to Simply Clear Marketing & Media with 20 years of sales and marketing experience. For 12 years he ran a local Integrated Marketing firm with his wife Pamela. Fluent in web development and online marketing as well as traditional channels Mike has a deep understanding of the marketing mix and uses his perspective to the benefit of each client. While attending Cuesta College he earned the rare Web Development Technologies Certification and served on the advisory board for that program. Mike likes to work with each client as if he were a “partner in their business.” A resident of the Central Coast for over thirty years Mike loves many of the outdoor activities that it has to offer.

 


Karita Harrskog
Marketing & Event Assistant
Karita has been the Marketing & Event Assistant at Simply Clear Marketing & Media since relocating from the Pacific Northwest. She graduated in 2015 with a BA in Advertising Management from Portland State University, where she served on the PSU American Marketing Association board and was a finalist in the 2013 AMA Case Competition with her team. Prior to Simply Clear, she did marketing for a nonprofit. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking and making art.

 

 

 

Michelle Johnson
Art Director
Michelle wants to live in a world where kindness prevails, everyone properly uses the words “your” and “you’re”, and wine and tapas breaks are mandatory at work. As a graphic designer with 20+ years’ experience, she’s been applauded for her dedication to each project and ability to intuitively create designs that are ‘spot on’ what the client envisioned. When she’s not beautifying the world one design at a time, you can find her searching for unique thrift store and garage sale treasures and spending time with her husband and four children. Her creative team brings three publications to you biweekly, as well as 3 magazines published twice a year.

 

Christy Serpa
Editorial Designer
Christy Serpa is a graphic artist, mother of 2 boys, avid surfer and Central Coast local. She enjoys being outdoors, but spends more time in front of a screen.  She also enjoys working with print media and has worked in the newspaper industry since 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

Christi Downs
Web & Editorial Designer
Christi has been designing for over 8 years, and has worked as a senior designer for many local and Los Angeles based companies, including her own. Style, color, and typography are very important to her, as she utilizes these assets in all of her work. In her spare time she enjoys creating art in any form, and especially favors acrylic painting with pastel illustration. She is also an avid traveler, entrepreneur, disc golf player, and animal lover.

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