Andrew Preble founded Delaporte Ventures in 2014. A native of Abita Springs, he has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Before starting Escape My Room, he opened a New Orleans restaurant in Berlin, Germany. He returned to New Orleans in 2012, and produced large-scale, city-wide events that combined actors, mystery, and intrigue. He also co-owns the Abita Springs Hotel which opened in 2018.
Since joining Escape My Room in 2015, Katie's tireless work with stories, puzzles, props and set design has helped Delaporte Ventures expand Escape My Room from one game room to four, develop and build the new Escape Extinction: Sharks project at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, create the new immersive-theatre puzzle solving mystery Saintsbone, and design the puzzles and games for Audubon Zoo’s brand new lion exhibit.
Nicole Mast brings 14 years of technology, operational, and customer service experience to her role at Delaporte Ventures where she serves as Operations Director. Nicole is a veteran project manager, having previously worked for The Idea Village, Grok & Banter and ARB Meetings & Events.
General Manager, Escape My Room
Nathan Sutter joined Delaporte Ventures in 2017, and serves both as the General Manager of Escape My Room as well as the Director of Saintsbone. Before working with Delaporte Ventures, Nathan was a professional yo-yoist, juggler, body piercer, creative director, and marketing strategist. He is a student of baking and spends an inordinate amount of time showering his plants and lovely dog Ruby with water and affection, respectively.
General Manager, Escape Extinction: Sharks
Cyrus Cooper is a comedian and improviser in New Orleans that has been part of the Delaporte Ventures team since 2018. Cyrus is the General Manager of Escape Extinction: Sharks, an interactive educational experience at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Cyrus has hosted and produced the stand-up showcase Comedy Beast since 2012, now one of the longest running comedy shows in New Orleans. He is also a member of Dean’s List, a New Orleans based comedy group founded in 2013 known for their monthly multimedia live sketch comedy show, Fake News. Cyrus also has a blind pug named Wally.