MEET THE TEAM

Our team is dedicated to making your celebration dreams come true.

KELLY SIMPSON & JEFF BUZZELLI, FOUNDERS

Hi y’all! We can’t begin to express to you how thrilled we are to have been able to develop Poppin’ Cleveland and grow amazing relationships within our community. We believe in supplying exceptional customer service and going above and beyond in all that we do. We are honored and truly grateful for the opportunity to serve and celebrate with you! 

LIBBY KURFIS

Hello, I’m Libby Kurfis and I am a full-time employee at Poppin! I do balloon installation and delivery. I am also the creative director. I started working at Poppin in Summer 2020. I am originally from Rocky River, Ohio. I went to school at the University of Akron and graduated with a degree in organizational supervision and a minor in marketing. What I love most about working for Poppin is that I am able to use my creativity every day. I also like that everyone’s voice is heard and we learn from each other constantly. Something fun about me is that I am very clumsy and I always step on vinyl with my massive feet. I love just about every balloon color but my favorite would be either a custom color with a pearl balloon or literally any agate balloon. 

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SAMI WATTERSON

Hi, I’m Sami Watterson, Poppin’s Chief Operating Officer! I’ve been with Poppin since the Fall of 2019. I grew up in North Royalton, Ohio, and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University. I am recently married to my husband, Griffin, and we have two pups, Kevin the Corgi and Kota the Golden Retriever! My favorite thing about working for Poppin is working with our customers and clients every day to plan their special events and make their dreams come to life! A fun fact about me is that I am a college softball coach and I also have a black belt in Taekwondo. I wasn’t allowed to choose black as my favorite balloon color, so I’d have to say pastel custom colors are my favorite! 

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KAYLEE

Hi! My name is Kaylee and I am from North Royalton, Ohio. I am a part-time employee at Poppin where I do installs, deliveries, and manage our Poppin Tik Tok account. Currently, I am a junior at North Royalton High School. What I love most about working at Poppin is that I am able to be myself. Something fun about me is that I love to make balloon dogs. We have a ton of balloon colors, but my favorite is periwinkle!!

MALLORY

Hi everyone! My name is Mallory and I am a part-time balloon installer with Poppin’. Originally from Chicago, I moved to Ohio in 2014 to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation. Although I am currently a full-time Asset Protection Detective, I absolutely love working on the Poppin’ team because it gives me the opportunity to be creative and make our clients’ amazing visions come to life! I also love that Poppin’ is made up of an incredible team of strong and talented women. My favorite color balloon is periwinkle! One fun fact about myself is that I worked as an Investigator for the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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