Team Members

We encourage you to take a few minutes and get to know our team. Our team values each opportunity and will work hard to earn, and keep, your business. Thanks again.


Michael Willett

Owner / Founder

Michael Willett was born and raised in rural Arkansas where he learned the small-town values of hard work, dedication and caring for others.  After seven years of college, Michael realized he was an entrepreneur.  He started in the real estate industry and after many years of success, the 2008 recession hit hard.  He then turned his entrepreneurial skills to the event world and began laying out a plan for how he could create affordable, unique customer event experiences. As an idea guy, he quickly found himself drafting patents and filing trademarks that would later become the foundation of the Atlas Special FX brand associated with trust. Many friends and family questioned the decision to start a business during the recession, but Michael had confidence in his ability.  He handled every facet of the business and even taught himself how to build his first website. In 2010 he employed two of his neighbors and began to expand his business model.  See, Michael is driven by a passion to succeed rather than a passion for money, and he loves a challenge.

Since that day he’s taken one snow machine, 2 neighbors and a lot of elbow grease, and turned it into a business that supplies event services and equipment to over 90 countries. Currently his team has offices in 6 states and continues to create jobs, while teaching others how to work for themselves. This start-from-scratch business continues to bring high quality, low cost special effects to all walks of life.  It goes without saying, but hard work really does pay off.  To learn more about how join this team, feel free to call him on his personal cell.


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Spencer Phillips

Owner/ Operator

Spencer Phillips is the master of networking a room.  He’s more than just pretty face ladies, he’s an industry intelligent conversationalist.  Mr Phillips is most comfortable in a room full of strangers, because by the end of the day, he will know them all.  He’s just one of those rare people that’s full of charisma and southern charm.  As a team leader and owner of Atlas FX Nashville, Spencer demonstrates the highest level of courtesy and customer service that you will ever find.  He has dedicated himself to our product line knowledge, and how to use the knowledge to create “out of this world” event for you.  Never met a single person that didn’t just fall in love with him. Just click now and call!


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Justin Beneke

Owner/Operator

“The Man Behind The Beard” Justin Beneke, an owner and operator of the Atlas Denver office has 17 years of live event experience.  As one of our team leaders, Justin can tailor a show from start to finish efficiently while keeping the production within budget. His extensive knowledge of how to create and facilitate ideas is what led him to become one of the most trusted consultants in the biz today.  Beneke is fluent in the mechanics of sound, stage, lighting and effects.  His appetite for success allows him to bring the larger than life event, even to a kids party.  His favorite thing to do is blow away your friends, family and neighbors.  Justin is a rock solid solution for your festival, concert, convention or tradeshow. Make The Call Today!


Tommy Maloney

Lead FX Technician

The Man Behind The Smile. Tommy Maloney was born and raised in Georgia and brings life to every event he touches. Mr. Maloney not only brings extensive knowledge from working in the Georgia film industry as a special effects technician, but he brightens the stage floor with his positive attitude. Tommy makes it a joy for each and every client he meets. Maloney is also a people person technician driven by family values that keep him bringing out the best in everyone. Here at Atlas, we consider Tommy to be a “model” member of our team. And not just because of his pretty looks, but because of his “go getter” attitude. Tommy travels the nation for our team making sure our customers are left with an amazing memory of our service. We are lucky to have this child of God on our team, and you will be too!


Erik Johnson

Southwest Sales / Marketing

Erik Johnson heads up Atlas Special FX Dallas operation, and brings to the team an extensive career installing and operating AV and intelligent lighting. Born and raised in Central Texas, Erik has been professionally involved in event production in the Texas rental market, and surrounding states for the past decade.  Now, wearing a multitude of hats, Erik oversees operations for the lone star state for DFWSFX and also runs the AV division for Atlas Special Effects.  With a multitude of special events to his credit, Erik brings a well rounded skill set of electrics, rigging, audio, video, lighting, and all things production to the our central region team.


Eric Jansen

Sales and Marketing SE

Eric Jansen with Atlas FX Orlando is just a wealth of knowledge when it comes to production questions.  His level of comfort and experience is unmatched in the South Florida Market.  Eric grew up in South Florida and has been in the live production industry for over a decade.  He started in the events industry in 2004 when he created a DJ business providing event support to clubs and weddings from Miami to Wilmington, North Carolina.  He attended Fullsail University in 2011 and received an Associates in Recording Engineering, along with a Bachelors in Recording Arts and Show Production.  After starting his own Central Florida based Audio Visual company,  Eric went on multiple nationwide tours as head Lighting Designer.  He has since been LD for a multitude of large corporate events including Pepsi, Dilloite National Symposium, and Novo Nordisk USA.  Eric is excited to be representing one of the largest special effects suppliers in the nation.  His lighting and live production background will be invaluable to the cause of creating the top notch events, with incredible customer service.


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Amanda Vander Iest

Executive Accounts | Business Development

Some say there are no words to describe Amanda, but we disagree.  If our team had to sum it up in one phrase it would be “Absolutely Amazing!” There are few individuals on this planet that connect with customers like Amanda, and her southern charm.  And there are even fewer that put in time like her.  She will literally work from dusk to dawn to make sure the event is organized and under control.  Her outgoing personality, and electric energy create a client relationship that is unforgettable.  And if you are searching for an account representative that will make sure your event is put first, then look no further.  Amanda is your rep.  Amanda’s extensive background in sales and customer service is what truly shine to our customers, and make each event unforgettable.  And we are sure you will not fail to notice her follow up commitment is just as strong as her sales drive.  Oh we almost forgot to mention that Amanda loves attending, and even working at her clients events….That’s right she takes pride in making sure each call goes from intro to load out.  Give us a call today!

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