The EIF Team
Passion. Diligence. Experience.
We’re a fun and capable crew as well as a professional and tight-knit content creation company. Between all of us, we have a gathering of skills. Some of us love fiction, others love action and drones, and some of us love just brainstorming the next big idea. The one thing we all have in common is passion. We all love what we do, that is the energy that sets us apart. Give us something we can sink our teeth into, a way to represent our creativity, and our only focus will be making you a success. Let’s work together to tell your story.
Meet the teamOur Creative Minds
Erick LaGrouxCO-FOUNDER | PRODUCER | OPERATIONS | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Erick, an avid Chicago sports fan, is the operational head of E.I.F. with a creative background. After a 13-year career as a concert pianist and a stint in the medical recruiting industry, his entrepreneurial drive took over. Erick is back where he belongs in the entertainment industry with his co-founded company E.I.F. Skilled in sales, strategic planning, marketing, and business development, Erick has an eye for talent and leads his creative team with invaluable input in multiple facets of planning and production. As an entrepreneur, Erick knows what your company needs to break through.
Ilmir StefanidesCO-FOUNDER | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY | POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Ilmir is a self-taught storyteller and head of photography, filming, and editing. A bit of a prodigy, he picked up film making at 8 years old, learned lighting techniques at age 10, and was making videos for his YouTube channel by 6th grade. More recently, Ilmir studied under filmmaker Parker Walbeck and absorbed four years’ of film school in less than six months. Ilmir and Erick then decided to create E.I.F. Entertainment & Media, and the business was a success from the start. Ilmir’s videos rack up views and great ratings, and his clients are always thrilled with the results.
Melissa NagyWEBSITE DESIGNER | SEO | BRANDING SPECIALIST
Melissa has nearly 20 years of experience in graphic design and branding. A graduate of Kent State University, she studied visual communication design, advertising and marketing. She began freelancing her graphic design services while in college for small businesses and worked as a creative marketing specialist for nearly six years. Art and design have been her passion since she was a young child. Melissa was always determined to help others through her love of design. She now works full time running her freelance graphic design business, helping businesses narrow the scope on their goals and creating a cohesive brand.
Jeff KrausEDITOR | PRODUCER | SCRIPT WRITER
Jeff, also known by his pen and film set name JD, has been working in video production since 2014. He started as a production assistant at PBS and worked his way up as a video editor and producer in the entertainment industry. From being a crowd wrangler on American Idol to editing narrative feature-length films, he knows the whole production process through and through. Scriptwriting, pre-production planning, lighting, video capture, editing, motion graphics and animation are among his many talents. His love for storytelling has passed into the literary world where he wrote two published books entitled The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide and The Aspie College, Work, and Travel Guide. He won Silver for the Foreward Book of the Year Award in 2011 for The Aspie Teen’s Survival.
Proud Donor of
For the 2nd year in a row EIF Entertainment is a proud donor of the Night to Shine sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine creates an unforgettable prom night experience, for people with special needs each year.
Their mission is to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.