Chris Hoyt grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has spent the majority of his life in Seattle. He attended the University of Washington where he obtained a finance degree from the Foster Business School. While in college, Chris began traveling and building websites for companies in Central America. After graduation, Chris worked at Microsoft, as an analyst and marketer. He left Microsoft in 2013 to found LanguaTravel, an online marketplace for language immersion travel. Chris runs this business from The Pioneer Collective when he is not making coffee or watering the plants. In addition to work, Chris serves on the board and volunteers for Invest in Youth, a Seattle non-profit.  When in Seattle, you will find Chris biking around his neighborhood, playing guitar, surfing, and staying involved in the community  with his daughter and dog in tow.

Audrey Morton Hoyt grew up in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in International Relations. She spent five years working in the investment industry before leaving in 2013 to pursue her own business interests.   Audrey is passionate about the arts and has studied sculpture, architecture, interior design, furniture design, and woodworking. The Pioneer Collective is the first project by Endgrain Studio, a small design and development firm specializing in community-focused projects. In addition to her own business, Audrey is a registered RYT-200 yoga instructor and continues to stay engaged in finance and economics. Beyond The Pioneer Collective and being a mother to Georgia Isabel, Audrey loves playing outdoors, working on DIY projects, practicing yoga, gardening, and traveling.