Maria Frantz, Managing Partner

Maria has extensive experience in high-level strategic messaging and presentation development. She loves the intellectual challenge of simplifying complex stories and creating those “wow” moments for her clients. Her 18 years of presentation experience includes clients in technology, financial services, biotech and education.

Prior to founding Hat Trick, Maria was a partner with Stone Communications. Her career also includes strategy management consulting, investment banking and marketing with Goldman, Sachs & Co., Gemini Consulting, and Scholastic, Inc.

She received her M.B.A. from Stanford University and her B.A. with honors in Economics/Managerial Studies from Rice University. Maria serves on the boards of Menlo School and The Carey School. When she’s not developing presentations, you can find Maria on a yoga mat or swimming laps.

Nicky King, Managing Partner

A native Brit, Nicky’s flair for helping clients develop and deliver presentations comes from her passion for the theatre, her curious mind and strong business background. Her expertise here over the past 16 years spans the gamut of young, entrepreneurial and more mature companies across the U.S. and beyond.

Nicky’s career prior to founding Hat Trick includes management consulting, investment banking, strategic planning and product development in the healthcare industry at Bain & Company, Sola Optical, Goldman Sachs & Co. and Stone Communications.

She received her M.B.A. from Stanford University and her B.A. with honors & M.A. degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. An avid mountain biker, Nicky can often be found on the trails of Marin County come rain or shine.

Elena Madsen, Managing Partner

Elena enjoys the challenge of architecting a unique story that helps each of her clients be successful. She has been developing presentations for 17 years, working with companies in the technology, healthcare, venture capital, semiconductor, and clean tech industries.

Before co-founding Hat Trick, Elena was a partner for 13 years at Stone Communications. Elena’s background includes management consulting and business strategy at Ernst & Young and Williams-Sonoma.

Elena received her M.B.A. from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.