Magic Flight Studio’s Story

Magic Flight Studios was originally founded under the name Market Compass in 2015 with the mission to help emerging companies accelerate their growth through market research, marketing strategy and execution services. Since that time, it has become abundantly clear that one of the most fundamental needs for growing companies is powerful storytelling that engages, persuades, and ultimately converts audiences to loyal customers. We have since evolved our business model to integrate and emphasize storytelling alongside insightful market research and growth-focused marketing strategy and execution.

The name Magic Flight Studios was inspired by Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, a storytelling framework for some of the greatest stories including the Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Toy Story, and Lord of the Rings. The ‘Magic Flight’ is the part of the Hero’s Journey where an ordinary person makes a choice to become something more – a hero. Similarly, we want to help emerging companies go from average to something great.

Magic Flight Studios has worked with over 25 growing companies primarily in the business-to-business, technology, and non-profit industries.

Our Team’s Story

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Chris Deardorff
CEO and Founder

A driven and creative marketing professional of over 10 years, Chris possesses in-depth global marketing and sales experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Avnet Technologies, MedTronic, TerumoBCT, and Seagate Technologies. He also has consulted and worked with fast-growing emerging companies including Kickfurther, Pixmoto, EvolveLab, Zometool, CBST Adventures, Fanzee, DMI.io, and Agile Partnering.

Throughout his career, Chris has been responsible for developing marketing and business strategies that have generated rapid, double-digit financial growth. His experience includes developing marketing and business plans, product roadmaps, and go-to-market initiatives that have helped companies effectively launch, market, and grow new products.

Additionally, Chris has extensive experience in developing and executing product value propositions, positioning and key messaging strategies and tactics while driving the development of dynamic sales and marketing assets spanning from traditional marketing materials to innovative web, mobile-based, and interactive marketing tools.

Chris is currently a student in the Stanford Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Chris has earned an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Chris also has an undergraduate degree in Business Finance from the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he was a scholar of the selective Presidents Leadership Class.

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Emily Deardorff
Head of Strategy and Ideation

Emily is a saavy strategy, operations, and client-facing professional with over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was working as a Client Success Manager with Welltok, a digital health company recognized as the 74th fastest growing company in the nation according to Deloitte and was named top funded startup in Colorado. Before that, Emily worked as a manager at National Jewish Hospital, the number one respiratory hospital in the world.

Emily’s background is in Speech Language Pathology where she has worked in numerous settings include schools, hospitals, and other clinical arenas. Emily has her Masters in Speech Pathology from University of Texas at Austin and her Undergraduate Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Leah Bury
Social Media and Content Marketer

Leah is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, where she studied Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship. Throughout her time at Northeastern, she took advantage of the co-op program and completed three six-month full-time internships at a multinational travel company, an education technology startup, and a nonprofit. She has held a number of marketing positions for organizations of various types and sizes, and is very interested in helping mission driven businesses grow through impactful marketing and communications. She is currently living in the Philadelphia area, and in her free time she loves to travel, read, and listen to music.

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Sarah Olson
Marketing Intern

As a sophomore at Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, Sarah is fascinated with what makes an organization or company find success. Sarah has an interest in effectively communicating with others and has experience in distributing digital communications within the Presidents Leadership Class at the university and working face-to-face with clients as a peer advisor in Leeds’ Career Development Office.

Her love for spreading a message that affects action in others draws her towards effective marketing practices and sharing such practices with businesses that can implement them.

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Bode the Brown Dog
Office Mascot

Bode is our loveable pup who is an endless source of fun and joy around the office.

Strategic Partners


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Steel Rock Films is a full-service video production house that is dedicated to creatively crafting the client’s story through film. Brandon Lied, Founder, started Steel Rock Films in 2009 after graduating from the University of Colorado. His experience in TV production and storytelling are superior, allowing him to create dynamic and informative videos for businesses like NBC, Carson Daly, BK Media Group, and Lennar.

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Join Our Team

We’re always on the lookout for creative and driven marketers and storytellers who are passionate about working with growing companies. If this sounds like you, check out our current position openings and apply.

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