About Our Team
Christina has been working with alligator skins for over 12 years. She is originally from Kaplan, LA. Her favorite leather working tool is the hydraulic clicker, but she likes her job because she enjoys working with her hands. One of her favorite products to make is the humidors.
Gayla Hebert Rudd
Gayla has been working with alligator skins for over 7 years. Her leatherworking skins, which she continues to develop, have all come from on the job training. She likes making products and being crafty. When she is not at the workshop she is taking care of her children, Kierra & Dontae, and her loving husband Steven.
Maddie has been building alligator products for over 5 years. She is originally from Lafayette, LA. She comes from a family of artists which has helped her develop her skills. Her favorite part of her job is hearing that a customer is pleased with something she has made.
Zoe has been working with alligator for over 6 years. She started when she was just 15 years old! Her favorite part of her job is that she gets to have fun and create things. She likes the hydraulic clicker – but she is our hand stitching expert.
Lead Purse Maker
Allison has been working with alligators and alligator skins for 42 years. She learned about alligators and how to work with the leather through her husband Mark and lots of on the job training. While she isn’t helping with the alligator business she’s busy being a super Mom to her three daughters and their husbands, and a super Nana to her seven grandchildren. Her secret talents of making balloon animals and carving Thanksgiving turkeys comes in handy with her family.
Sharlene is our trusty administrator, front line on the phones, and organizer. She has lived her whole life in Lafayette; and shares her free time with her husband of 19 years, her 15 year old daughter and her twin 2 year old boys. When she gets to try her hand at leatherworking she likes the hole punches because she gets to hit the mallet really hard. She loves seeing all the beautiful work created – especially the purses.
Mark has been working with alligators and alligator skins for 46 years. He obtained a PhD in Biology that led him to the alligator and crocodile farming industry. Later, he started selling and working with finished alligator skins. He credits much of his success to his wife Allison who has always been supportive of his unusual career path. After they traveled around the world to work with different crocodilian species, they settled in Lafayette, LA, to start the original Mark Staton Co. selling tanned alligator and crocodile skins to manufacturers. With Mark’s knowledge of the skins and Allison’s ability to sew and build products they began to create products. Later they added employees to grow the team’s abilities and output. He finds it a joy that his daughter Karin Marie Hebert and her husband Clint are part of this team and successful business. When he is not working hard at the business (which is usually is), he enjoys gardening and refurbishing a newly acquired sailboat.
Karin Marie Hebert
Karin Marie has been selling alligator skins and working with alligator products officially for 12 years – before that she was unknowingly gleaning knowledge from her dad. Her favorite part of her job is getting to see the entire process of raw alligator skins being turned into beautiful leathergoods. She also enjoys getting to work in a family business with husband, parents, and co-workers who have helped her raise her kids.
Clint has been selling alligator skins and alligator skin products for over 5 years. Previously, he was a waiter, a teacher, and a baker. His favorite part of his job is presenting finished products to customer and watching the satisfaction on their faces. While he is not wrestling alligator skins he spends time with his wife and their three wonderful children.