BS in EP • Perl • PHP • JS/AJAX • MySQL • VB • C++ • IDL • Matlab • HTML • Salesforce.com (APEX/VisualForce)
Aliases: Mikey, Ninja Zer0, Lion-O
Mike’s evolution into the tech space all started with a Tandy TSR-80 that he first played with until becoming bored and then tearing it apart- while scratching up his mother’s countertop.
From there, it was all downhill; Visual Basic apps, basic tech support, outside service tech, Perl/PHP/MySQL programming, database engineering, remote system administration, discovered online marketing, technical backend for large scale online marketing efforts, process optimization, technical ninja for online marketing processes.
Mike just also happens to be a Rocket Scientist (yea, big surprise /sarc>). Mike received a degree in Engineering Physics from Embry Riddle in 2004. Even though Mike is a marketing ninja, he also has a passion for going to space! More importantly, he wants to build a summer home on Mars and drink Pan-Galatic Gargleblasters with the coolest cats on Betelgeuse.
Aliases: Gidget, Bear, Boo-Boo
She has known Mike a looong time and has enjoyed watching Tech Guys grow into the business it has become. Bridget’s post college life involved 6 years working as a Program Manager/Analyst, aka Desk Pilot, for the Air Force. While sitting at her desk in a full combat uniform, she dreamed of the day when she could wear jeans and sandals to work. The good thing is, the Air Force taught her a lot about leadership, discipline, and what NOT to do when running a business. While her undergrad is in Engineering Physics, Bridget is one semester away from finishing her MBA and is really looking forward to putting that new knowledge to work. After her recent separation from the Air Force, Bridget is happy to be with Tech Guys.
When not sitting in front of a computer, Bridget is either exploring or working out. She is an avid Crossfitter and can probably Snatch more than anyone on the team. She has also travelled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Iraq, and much of the US. This past summer she even worked as a river rafting guide to refine her customer service skills.
But the thing she loves most in the world is her mini Shar-Pei Hubble.
Junior Tech • Visual Basic • C++ • C# • Assembly • UDK/Unity Engines • PHP • HTML/XHTML • Java
In the darkest depths of space, lurking and studying all the evil knowledge to take over the universe was this lone Sith. Everything from computer programming to video game development and even the occasional way to make costumes. With these unusually unconnected skills he was planning to one day run the universe with his iron fist, his super manly ability to use Bondo along with a surplus supply of mountain dew. When one day he was debating his best course of action to take over the galaxy he proposed a question and to that question he received an answer, from a surprising source. That source was none other than the Dog Whispering, PBR drinking, same school in the middle of nowhere graduate, Casey. Who then offered up the opportunity to present his knowledge of the various force skills and to lay down the cowl of evil and submit himself to becoming a Jedi of the Tech Guys order.
Upon researching this option he quickly realized that the fastest way to take over the Galaxy was to join these vastly skilled knowledgeable Jedi’s of everything important to the world. Putting pride aside he decided to offer himself up as a Padawan tech and now strives to prove himself worthy in their eyes. Through their tutelage this abundance of oddly unconnected skills will become putty for the Tech Guys to create the next best weapon in marketing and programming.
Aside from his studies to become a Jedi here, you will find him frequenting nerdy places such as Anime and Comic Conventions where he proceeds to wear his underwear outside of his pants like all heroes. Meeting and talking to voice actors, and somehow managing to drink with the bands and famous folk. Usually those who meet him at such events remember crazy nights, lots of drinking, and experiencing things like “party vaters” which is essentially a rave on an elevator. Waking up in the morning to wonder where he had disappeared to and wondering when they will ever see him again. If you’re lucky he will give you his gamertag or other means of joining him in his constant war against the 13 year olds on Xbox live and the League of Legends.
Bobby is an all over multitasking, do everything, all the time, deadline eating machine who is geared up for nothing more than setting the internets on fire and achieving rockstar galaxy ruling status and Tech Guys are the masters.
In addition to the analytical side of Alex, he aspires to one day become a polyglot – one who knows many languages. Besides English and Spanish, he has been learning Mandarin Chinese. He can speak to almost half of the world! Next in line to learn is possibly Hindi. Alex wants to travel the world and eventually the universe. Learning the prominent languages on Earth will suffice until Klingon becomes relevant.
Aliases: Jedi Tom, Hank Rearden, Snarf, Culpasaurus
Thomas is our lead designer and marketer. He specializes in bridging marketing aggressiveness with clean, functional design. He’s always in favor of removing the dogma from marketing and putting things to the test.
When he’s not flying through marketing funnels and coloring outside the lines, Thomas loves spending time with his wife and disproportionately ornery 2 year old daughter (payback!).
The amount white-space that will be left beneath this text will drive him absolutely nuts.
Ron’s background is actually in biology (BS and MS) and genetics (MS and PhD). He came to the tech world through an interesting route. He is, as he explains, “a programmer by necessity…not design.” His field of study, population genetics, is shall we say, a not a very lucrative field for software companies. Learning to program was an essential part of being able to analyze the data. Ron eventually found that he actually enjoyed programming, so after leaving the academic world, programming and web development felt like the most logical career path.
In his free time, Ron loves to ride and work on bicycles (he currently has three Italian road bikes) and play guitar (heavy metal) and is no stranger to craft beer, Italian wines, and cocktails. If that’s not a winning combination on this team…we’re all doomed!
Omaroti is your average Software Enthusiast. Passionate about technology, computers and tech Stuff. He cannot say no to a puzzle: he is always looking for fun ways to learn new things. If you need to look at a real life problem, and look for a solution in the virtual world for it, he’s your guy. He loves planning, structuring, and looking for ways to make things work. He is a recovered game addict, so please don’t recommend new stuff he can fall for it again.
Omaroti is a Rock Musician, Bass Player, he’s always into something in the music world, his current band, Chaman, is well known in his Country. You can check it out at: Chaman
Senior Project Manager
“I came here to drink milk and kick ass…and I’ve just finished my milk.”
Her management style focuses on providing clients with stellar service while continuing to encourage and foster the quirky work environment that is so uniquely Tech Guys.
She’s also a content web writer and self-professed geek in training. When not taking turns scaring her, the developers at her last company gave her geek points every time she reached a new achievement. These achievements included but were not limited to:
1. ) Dying for the first time on WOW by standing in friendly campfire.
2. ) Not breaking the Internets or the Google, not even once.
3. ) Believing there were gigabumps in her car speakers and that BPM really stood for Bumps Per Minute.
In her other life, she enjoys acting, directing and writing.
She has a Masters level teacher’s license from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She loves traveling and has been to England, France, the Czech Republic, Cyprus Greece, and Poland. She’s also driven through Gary, Indiana but doesn’t like to talk about that.
She’s worked in Chicago, Indiana, and Ohio for a variety of companies including a summer breaking up fights and dodging weave and high heels as an Audience Coordinator on the Jenny Jones Show.
In June of 2003, soon after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in advertising, Bill disappeared into the jungles of Costa Rica for 10 long years.
Little is known about his time there, but local authorities maintain that he was often sited with one of his cronies – Tech Guys project manager Shawn (alias Koko) – entering a fortified compound known to deliver world class software and marketing solutions for online gaming companies. But that wasn’t all they did – the facility’s true purpose wouldn’t be discovered until much later.
Investigators have now uncovered that under the dark green canopy – on the brink of madness – Bill toiled for years honing his skills in search engine marketing, SEO, copywriting and graphic design – while simultaneously conducting other, “special”, research.
But when locals heard rumors of a project to weaponize sloths, they’d had enough. They stormed the compound and Bill, or “El Mas Loco” as he was known locally, narrowly escaped into the Caribbean in a custom-built hovercraft which he cryptically dubbed “The White Lobster.”
He recently surfaced back in his hometown of Atlanta, GA, and after receiving extensive psychiatric care – and a haircut – he teamed up with Tech Guys to form a marketing powerhouse focused on providing maximum value to clients through high-quality marketing campaigns. Just be careful of one thing – don’t mention the sloths.
Mike Honderich (Hondo)
Hondo loves games of all kinds. From video games, to sports, to board and card games, common and obscure, it is likely the only activity that took up more time in his youth than patiently listening to his mother complain about the things he should be doing instead.
However, these days his perpetual involvement with theater ranks above that, where Hondo first met Laura in 2005. Over the course of six years, she nudged him into various acting, directing, and now producing roles at a local community theater, and just as he was beginning to wonder how deep a rabbit hole she was leading him through, Laura introduced Hondo to Mike and Casey.
Now a resident of the virtual wonderland that is Tech Guys, Hondo brings his own blend of detail-oriented organizational skills and flair for quality assurance to the team. Just as Atticus Finch always encouraged his daughter Scout to see things from other peoples shoes, don’t be surprised to find Hondo stomping around in yours. Don’t worry. If he breaks them, he promises to make Casey build you a nicer pair…with rocket boosters and retractable toe blades.
Lori brings 25 years of banking and sales experience to the Tech Guys team. She’s worked as the Assistant Bank Manager at 1st Source Bank, Vice President of Mortgage Lending and served as a Board member and Chair of Lacasa.
When not crunching numbers for the team, she enjoys fishing, playing games on the computer, entertaining friends and sewing clothes for her little yorkie babies Odie and Bella.
BS in EP • VB • C • C++ • RoR • MySQL • Matlab • Maple • Mathematica • Salesforce.com (APEX/VisualForce) • HTML • CSS • JS • Linux Guru
Aliases: Spacemalu, The Mongoose
Afroz is basically a vagabond. He loves to travel and doesn’t like staying put for more than a few years. He’s traveled all over the world, and currently lives in China. Where will be move to next? We’d offer up the suggestion on the United States, but hey, Afroz can give us a little Multi-Culti street cred eh? Afroz is also multilingual, being able to speak: English and Spanish, and hold a conversation in Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Hindi, and Japanese. Missing from the list: Piglatin, but hey, no one’s perfect right? Except maybe Afroz.
Afroz isn’t just a well traveled man, but he’s one of those rare people that learns about everything he can. Mythology, ninjutsu and psychic abilities to lasers, space stuff and quantum physics, business and the stock exchange to name a few.
He has taught English in China, been a math instructor, started a private language training school, import/export business, the list goes on…but now, he’s mostly a progammer and a pretty good one at that. He fast, dependable and always willing to crack the whip when we do stupid stuff. He’s kind of the professional among us! )
Account Executive • AdWords
Aliases: Spontaneous road tripper, self-appointed team hair stylist, supersecretbicycleninja
Casey had a serendipitous evening in Ann Arbor while he was on a date. Trying to show the cute young lady a good time, he takes her to the sleaziest dive bar in town, and promptly purchases a pitcher of PBR with the change and belly button lint he acquired from a self-patdown, The intention was to show this girl a good time by introducing her to all of the Couch Surfers in town, including the couple that were surfing from out of state.
Not a moment after he gracefully defended his title for Supreme Ruler of the Air Hockey World did Casey strike up a conversation with a few of the Couch Surfers in the corner. Most people bored him, as his intelligence is far beyond anything a sentient being can comprehend… until he found Mike Cline. Now, Mike was unassuming. Wielding his own pitcher of PBR, Casey and Mike did an initial chat regarding why he’s in Michigan and where e and his girlfriend were heading to. Casey’s eyes glazed over from the details until he almost choked to death on the Blue Ribbon when Mike announced that he was familiar with the Internets and had used the Google before. Casey was falling in love.
After a rendezvous at Burning Man in Nevada, where Casey was appointed Sir Octopus of Tacos, a relationship was built. It mostly involved yelling at each other, Mike & Marie waking him up countless times before any sane and sensible human would, and short chats about how good Casey would look in a pink skirt, rather than a blue and white one.
Since then, Casey has made habit of standing on tall things and pointing at people. Not the Disney-2-finger-point, just his index finger and a smirk.
If you find yourself bored and need to escape a mundane life, or have a comfortable couch and reasonably clean kitchen, please call Casey and he will rush to your house and sleep on your couch and eat everything edible from your refrigerator.
This character was born in the Great Plains yet raised in the good ole dirty south. He just returned from living abroad for the last 7 years in Costa Rica aka The Dream. ♪♫♭He has traveled the world and the seven seas. ♪♫♭ El Calafate, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Santiago, Bocas Del Toro and Seoul just to name a few exotic locations. ♪♫♭Everybody’s looking for something.♪♫♭ Right?
While living in Costa Rica, he found a passion for managing multiple projects and the cross functional teams that were behind the great ideas. He believes transparency and open communication are key to being successful and that an Eagle Scout is always prepared. Let’s work together and build exactly what you are dreaming.
He loves music, football and fútbol. The great outdoors and tossing a ‘couple’ of beers back. If you happen to be at a music festival and spot a person wearing beads with monkey faces and bananas, don’t hesitate, that is me. Go Dawgs! Sic’em.
Pura Vida Mae!
SEO analyst and strategist • AdWords Microsoft Ad Center • Facebook Ads • Architect of Analytics • World Builder • Victorian Astronaut • Enthusiast Amateur • Haberdashery Patron • Content Writing
Aliases: Das Pirate Dude, Phil, Phill, Philly VSteak
Some people were raised by wolves. Phil’s like that, except he was raised by words. No, seriously. He knows what a grue’s favorite diet is. Armed with this accursed knowledge, he nevertheless still seeks grand adventures in the realms of marketing and SEO optimization. If you see him screaming and throwing a double-edged sword into the darkness, don’t be worried – it’s for your protection!
Blending over a decade working in MMO game design focused on building a loyal userbase with a solid grounding in years of traditional and online marketing, Phil is a 7-hit combo marketing assassin roundhouse kick to the face. Not YOUR face. Someone else’s. Pinky promise!
When Phil isn’t building reams of keyword lists, keeping up with search algorithm trends, or tinkering with metrics and conversion rates, he’s usually got his nose smooshed up against his Kindle, because he still misses real books sometimes. He also fancies Dobsonian telescopes and good company under a clear evening sky. People either mistake him for a mad scientist or a really great cook – he says the high-powered blowtorch is for creme brulee, but the mad gleam in his eye when he uses it clearly screams that it’s FOR SCIENCE!
Many moons ago, Ryan began his journey in sales as a call center agent for a mass marketing company in the pleasantly boring town of North Canton, Ohio. He quickly learned that talking in an overly enthusiastic voice to people all day was what he did best. The years that followed presented a path of call center supervision (talking enthusiastically to agents on his team) and call center management (talking enthusiastically to EVERYONE). Life. Was. Good.
It wasn’t until his initial conversation with Casey Stanton that Ryan began to think the grass could easily be a brighter tint of green. After discussing sales with Casey and Casey’s amazing beard, he quickly fell in love with Tech Guys Who Get Marketing and the rest is history.
Ryan still lives in the pleasantly dull town of North Canton, Ohio with his wife and lazy cats. In his free time, he influences young children by teaching 8-string guitar at a local music shop and records albums for local Christian rappers. He still loves talking in an overly enthusiastic voice to people all day and looks forward to doing so until the rise of the machines.