At the helm of Creatio are music industry veterans combining more than 60 years of recording and production experience:
Jeff Lockhart, founder of the Creatio Institute, provides solid leadership as Executive Director. As an exceptionally seasoned music business veteran, Jeff's experience in the industry stretches back more than 25 years. Jeff is also the drummer and manager of the popular Northwest band Crème Tangerine. This group of five professional musicians, known internationally for their authentic covers of Beatles classics, has played the largest sporting and corporate events in the Northwest. This year, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, declared January 29, 2010 to be the state's official Creme Tangerine Day. In addition to his work as a professional musician, Jeff has acted in such diverse roles as church planter, youth leader, stockbroker, and as a Vice President at Northwest University.
Steve Smith, Creative Director of Creatio, is a 35 year veteran recording engineer in the music industry. Smith's credits read as a "Who's Who," which includes numerous platinum and gold albums and two Grammy award winners (D.C. Talk and Steven Curtis Chapman). Steve is also well known throughout the recording industry as having pioneered the motion picture and video game music recording industry in the Pacific Northwest. (The "Medal of Honor" series, "Gears of War," "Myst" and "Dungeon Siege").
Steve brings a level of expertise and wealth of experience unparalleled in the recording arts educational field. Under his guidance, Creatio students will receive "industry best" training in the "Recording Arts and Technology" courses. Under his mentorship, they will experience extensive hands-on opportunities, working alongside Smith on professional projects. Their skills will be honed and their passions will be realized in these real world settings.
Smith's background in church production, as Audio Director for Pastor Jack Hayford at "The Church on the Way" and Technical Director for Overlake Christian Church bring the perfect complement to "Worship and Ministry Technology" courses that are currently in development.