Our Team

"None of us is as smart as all of us."
— Ken Blanchard

Managment

Nina Phillips

Co Founder & Managing Partner

With a background in marketing & business from Texas State University, Nina eagerly jumped at the opportunity to co-create Alliance in 2006 with her husband. She was integral in the groundwork that gave clients confidence in the company and also made them fall in love with Alliance’s now famously-known fresh-baked cookies!

Currently, she enjoys a more creative role by leading social media and branding. Bringing her 3 children, James Kate and Jack, to the office when possible has been truly fulfilling to her! “I love that they will always have memories of going to work and seeing it all in action,” Nina says.

Fun fact: she LOVES self-help and motivational books!

Michael Phillips

Co Founder & Managing Partner

As the co-founder and very present managing partner, Michael is both the foundation and life of Alliance. His smart business planning, thirst for industry knowledge and love for making real life connections has been the perfect recipe for branching out into entrepreneurship and the company’s success. He is a graduate of Texas State University where he also met his beautiful wife. Their 3 kids, James Kate and Jack, keep them very busy and super happy!

“Branching out” is the perfect phrase to use for Michael as he is a lover of trees. His friends joke by calling him a “tree hugger” and there may or may not be photos indicating he does hug them, lol! He grows them, plants them around the neighborhood for friends/community and donates them for charitable causes!

Crystal Savage

Director of Operations

Crystal joined the Alliance crew back in 2014 and immediately upgraded the company’s production and operation processes! As Director of Operations she is responsible for everything from vendor negotiations, forecasting, purchasing, budgeting, operational strategies and the production floor! She says the best part of the job is “Our clients!” “Our team, its not really a team, it feels much more like a family!” Her biggest accomplishment is going back to school to earn her degree while raising two kids. During her free time she takes care of her two Australian shepherds (Gypsy & Vienna), loves exercising, brunching and hitting Vegas to play Texas Holdem!

Favorite quote: “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”- Will Rogers

Director of Business Development

Director of Business Development

Austin Davis drives the strategy for client relationship development and management. He is dedicated to a collaborative environment conducive to pinnacle service delivery. One of Austin’s most esteemed imperatives at Alliance is the company’s ability to be pivotal and resourceful ensuring well-planned and calculated solutions for complex client assignments.

Austin is a graduate of Rice University. He enjoys cheering on the Rice Owls’ Baseball team and playing pickleball with his wife, Kimberly, and their two children.

Favorite Quote: “Be quick, but don’t hurry!”

-Coach John Wooden

Sales

Jonathan Gil

Account Manager

Jonathan’s favorite part of his job is getting to meet new people and keeping clients happy. Raised in Katy, TX, Jonathan played football at Katy High School (Go Tigers!) He received a B.B.A. from Texas State University in 2013 and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. In May of 2016 he joined the Alliance team! He says, “I live and party in the Heights, like to travel, fish, and go to McIntyers!”

Daniel Meadows

Account Manager

Daniel procures client relationships through proactive lead generation and prospecting. His commitment to hands-on productivity and strategic solutions give clients a dependable and dedicated resource for their business objectives. The team-player mantra and family culture at Alliance are attributes Daniel values most, and he instills this approach to his clients as well!

“Control what you can control” is an iteration that Daniel lives by, with the recognition that hard work and effort are controllable factors that steer in the direction of success.

Daniel is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Angela, and their three children.

Aleks Sike

Account Manager

Aleks joined the Alliance sales team in February of 2019 after graduating from Texas State University in 2018. His customer-focused approach is key to his role within the company. Aleks says, “I’d have to say my favorite part about working at Alliance is the family culture which truly makes meeting my clients’ needs effortless.”

Outside of the office he most enjoys spending quality time with his beautiful wife Sydney and daughter Emersyn. He also has two Australian shepherds that keep him very active! During his rare spare time, you can find him playing his piano!

Production and Office

Christian Velasquez

Production Team Member

Joining the Alliance family back in 2013, Christian is a treasured and seasoned Production Specialist! Born in El Salvador and moved to Houston at the age of 14, he says his favorite part of the job is “helping others!”

In his free time, he can be found spending time with his children and kicking the soccer ball around as much as possible. His family inspires him and he says “going to Spain to watch the Clasico game” is on his bucket list!

Shaira (Red) Guerra

Lead Production Specialist

Her name is Shaira Guerra aka “RED”
Red has been with Alliance for almost 5 years and states “I still LOVE coming to work!” She is THE lead production specialist here and most certainly isn’t afraid of any custom finishing and/or bindery. With 20 years in the printing industry under her belt she can get any job done, done faster and done better than her competition!
Red is also eager to mention “I’m a new grandma of a baby girl, Izabella, and it’s a different kind of WONDERFUL feeling!”

Delia Zarate

Production Team Member

Born and raised in the 5th Ward of Houston, Delia still loves being a part of this great city. At Alliance, she assists with running print jobs as well as binding finishes and much more!

Starting with the company in 2019 she says her favorite part of the job is “how we all get along, love everyone like family?” Free time is always spent at her mother’s house, who she refers to as her biggest influence, where a generous number of family members gather regularly!

Juan Ascension

Production Team Member

Since 2018 Juan has made Alliance proud as an exceptional large-format finishing technician/installer. Born in Mexico and raised in Houston, his biggest life influences are his parents who moved here without knowing the language to better the lives of their children.

During his free time, he can be found playing football with his son or BBQing with the family! “Working with my coworkers, management always looking out for us and encouraging healthy lifestyle” are my favorite parts of the job, says Juan!

Samantha Terrazas

Office Assistant

Samantha jumped onto the Alliance train in 2020 as the company’s Office Assistant! Her dedication to the team, orderly work processes and attention to detail ensure everyone is squared away at all times. Born and raised in League City her family still gathers at Grandma’s on the weekends for BBQ, games and sports! Inside the office she says the best part of the job is “everyone is so friendly, always working together to get a job done, no matter what there is always someone willing to step in to help!”

Marta Menendez

Production Team Member

Marta is Alliance’s newest member starting right before the calendar flipped to 2021. She supports many areas of production but focuses mostly on small format prepress and printing. Good design inspires her. She says “working as a team” is the best part of the job!

From San Salvador, El Salvador, free time in Houston is spent playing with her dogs, family time, and expanding her plant collection!