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Ray had the pleasure of photographing President Bush while he inaugurated the Bush Presidential Library. He’s also had the chance to photograph a brain surgery, and capture the inside of the Texas Instruments clean room facility.
We consider ourselves lucky to have such an experienced photographer here at Eighty Three. Ray’s primary task while at work, is product photography. He enjoys the challenge of staging, lighting, and reflections. Like most artists, he enjoys seeing his work published and knowing it’s on a website thousands will visit.
Need some conversation starters? Ray is from New Jersey; the South Jersey Shore will always hold a special place in his heart. He loves Spring in Dallas, and all the wild colors that begin to bloom. He’s a reader, movie buff, and works out a lot.
“This is a great place to work because it encourages developing creativity. The culture is one of a family, where everyone is ready and willing to help others out, whether it’s learning a skill or assisting in project completion. Some of the most creative minds I have ever had the pleasure to work with are all under the same roof,” Ray says of working at Eighty Three.
Promotions Director and Account Manager
Our resident animal lover, Jen, always wanted to be a Veterinarian when she grew up. She was caught by her mom time after time taking in stray animals to feed and care for them. That piece of her heart is what we think makes her so great for the position that she has now. A few minutes with her, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been friends forever.
Even as a youngster, Jen was deeply interested in anything fashion related, so it’s not surprising she started her career at Fossil, where she helped them merchandise and open their Southlake, Texas store. She is a very dedicated and hard worker, and in her previous position saw a sales boost of almost $1 million in one year from a single account. She’ll tell you that one of her proudest moments was when she was personally referred by the Dean of her college to the President of Dallas Cowboys Merchandising, where she spent the next 5 years of her career.
You’ll never catch her without planner, and she’s probably already got you penciled in. Jen puts real effort into building solid relationships and holds herself firmly to never burn the proverbial bridges.
Need some conversation starters? Jen has two cats and a Mini Australian Shepherd. She loves a nice glass of red blend wine or a refreshing vodka press, kayaking, and her three favorite sports; football, baseball and hockey.
“We have one of the most talented teams of people that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. I learn so much from each person every day and I love the atmosphere. We are more like a family than just co-workers. We joke around, play games, have fun, and in doing so it allows us to be more creative,” Jen said of working at Eighty Three.
One of Kenna’s biggest accomplishments is a current project: updating signage for one of our client’s, City Electric Supply, at over 300 branches. From initial site survey, to working with group managers and approving final invoices, there are many steps involved and Kenna takes necessary steps to complete this extensive and ongoing project.
The most important lesson she learned from her mentor is to always be completely honest and transparent. It’s better to be upfront with what is happening. Someone will always appreciate honesty.
Her daily routine? When you swing by her desk, you will usually hear Kenna on the phone helping and directing our clients, you’ll also see a plethora of sticky notes and a Red Bull that gets her through the day.
Need some conversation starters? Kenna owns two Shih-tzu’s – Harley and Hailey. Kenna is a true Dallasite, she was born and raised in the metroplex. She enjoys classic rock, loves watching sports with her husband and friends, and her favorite season is summer as she hosts an annual crawfish boil and attends local golf tournaments.
“I’m a part of something that started from the ground-up. I’m very thankful to be at the beginning stages of something great! Our culture is completely different than any place I’ve worked before. We are a work family and are truly friends outside of work,” says Kenna of the team at Eighty Three Creative.
Jorge is a Studio Photographer for Eighty Three Creative, Inc. At a young age, he picked up a camera and started learning photography. Jorge loves to commit to his work and enjoys overcoming photo challenges that come his way.
Throughout his career, Jorge’s had the opportunity to feature some of his best work at a solo gallery as well as in other gallery exhibits. His work was also featured in magazines, stage plays, marketing materials, DVD movie covers, Dart buses, and websites.
When Jorge is not busy creating unique visual imagery for our clients, he enjoys working on side projects, taking Disney trips with his wife, and watching a good film.
“My creative and career-oriented teammates are what makes a difference here. The work environment is serious but in a fun, relaxed, and creative way,” says Jorge of working at Eighty Three.
Michelle is a native Dallasite and is passionate about the usability and interaction between users and a product. An advocate of the idea that form follows function, she likes to research users’ needs and create products that have reason behind the design.
Michelle grew up in the restaurant industry, her first job being a cashier at her parent’s restaurant. She learned a lot about customer service and hospitality from her parents but quickly knew that she did not want to continue the family business. She instead decided to pursue design in high school, a decision that led to her a degree in Communication Design from the University of North Texas.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys Netflix binging, working out, spending time with friends, and going to concerts.
On working at Eighty Three Creative, Michelle said “The building, our floor, and the open-spaced work environment make Eighty Three an amazing place to work. Also, everyone is extremely friendly and encouraging.”
Nick is a Videographer for Eighty Three Creative, Inc., He focuses on creating bold designs and new concept ideas in order to improve brand experience.
Nick enjoys growing his capabilities such as photography and videography. He had the opportunity to photograph for Hillsong United and singer Lauren Daigle. If you happen to walk by his desk, you’ll find him focused on the next marketing campaign, and listening to indie rock tunes. Two things you’ll find on his desk: Typography magazines and a surfer documentary photobook.
When he’s not working on design concepts for ETC, you’ll find him working on other side projects for The Porch at Watermark Church or shooting photography for concerts in town.
“At Eighty Three, we are not ordinary people. We don’t do ordinary things. To me this isn’t just a career. This is my family I get to do life with, and we create the best product and content you’ll see and experience in DFW and beyond. To me, it’s our passion for excellence and the detail is what set us apart,” says Nick of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Blake is the Photography Assistant for Eighty Three Creative, Inc. He spends his day assisting other photographers and ensuring each photo session runs smoothly.
Blake has a keen eye (or two) for staying in focus when on photo shoots. He helps set up lighting, props, and scouts for new locations. He has previously won two photography contests, one was a reflection theme. He took a mannequin head and reflected it over black glass. The result was a creepy mirror image of two mannequin heads staring into the lens of the camera.
Swing by Blake’s desk and you’ll catch him staying hydrated with a tall cup of ice water. You’ll also find him listening to current music hits. Although Blake is originally from Fort Lauderdale, he still prefers winters over summers.
“I don’t just like Eighty Three, I love it! Everyone is like one big family, and if you ever need help doing anything, everyone is willing to help you,” says Blake of working at Eighty Three.
Juan is our Marketing Manager. He started his career in a small in-house graphic design team at Tamco, a lighting manufacturer based out of Florida. His passion for the creative process is when he gets the chance to share ideas and concepts with the team.
Juan gets his daily inspiration by seeing all the creativity that floats around the office. One of his accomplishments includes The Wire, a quarterly magazine publication for our client, City Electric Supply. He manages and designs the layout of the publication that has a circulation of 225,000 copies, and is distributed to 450 branch locations nationwide.
When he’s not busy working on new design concepts for Eighty Three Creative, he loves to cook, and spends his time chasing Chunky, his French Bulldog around Dallas.
“I love Eighty Three! It’s a place for growth, for both clients and for employees, and it’s where the team becomes family – where creativity flows on a daily basis,” says Juan of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Susan got her start working with creatives at a restaurant with singing waiters, where she was the assistant manager. It was her first experience working with creatives, and she has worked with them ever since. As an account manager, she gets to work with clients and the creative team, which she loves.
If you stop by her desk, you will quickly notice some form of caffeine, a pencil, Carmex, and gum. You’ll also find a planner and an assortment of Post-it notes, where she houses her to-do list.
In her free time, Susan enjoys binging on Netflix, playing board, card, and video games with friends and family, spending time with her dogs Lexi and Lola, and traveling. Her favorite place that she has been so far being Florence, Italy.
When asked what she loves most about working at Eighty Three Creative, Susan said, “The people. They’re super friendly, and there’s so much talent within these walls!”
Have you ever met that one person who is just beaming with creative talent? That’s Dustin. His biggest inspiration and greatest teacher? His Nanny. Whether it’s interior design, graphic design, painting or photography, Dustin loves the entire creative process.
After spending a few minutes with him, you would be shocked to know that he started his career surrounded by horses and team ropers, working as the lead photographer and a designer for a western wear company in North Texas.
Dustin has plenty of work to be proud of in his career. A few of his biggest accomplishments include logo refresh campaigns for a couple of high profile clients, including; Harding University, TeamRoper.com, and even our home base 400 Record.
Need some conversation starters? Dustin recently held his first art show here in Dallas. His Catahoula mix, Olivia (probably the cutest thing you’ve ever seen), doubles as his alarm clock. He loves music and enjoys a good red blend or a vodka press for those evenings on the patio.
“I like Eighty Three because of the people I get to call my coworkers. Everyone brings something creatively different to the team, and they’re just fun people I enjoy working with and grabbing drinks with after work. The scope of work we get to do here is exciting. There is honestly never a dull moment,” Dustin says of working at Eighty Three Creative, Inc.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Lauren has over 10 years of experience in project management, event planning, marketing, operations management, and client relations. She is passionate about helping companies grow and achieve great results through tailored project planning and the joy she finds in working with others.
Throughout her career, Lauren has installed a successful project management department, built an award-winning client services team from the ground up, and has helped to grow a leading industry conference.
Outside of the office, Lauren loves to spend time with her husband Oliver and their dog, Millie. You’ll find them playing tennis, hanging at White Rock Lake, or enjoying many of the amazing Dallas patios and rooftop restaurants.
“It’s truly collaborative. Everyone listens and cares about your opinions, and you feel valued right off the bat. You can tell they live up to the fact that they are an “employee-first” culture,” Lauren says about working at ETC.
During his college career, Jesse worked as a bartender. He used the extra cash from tips to purchase engineering and software books, thus laying his path and further fueling his interest in understanding how things work. Consequently, he is also our resident mixologist- cheers!
A bit of an entrepreneur, Jesse has a couple startups under his belt, including Connect2Car, Inc. and Gtrol. He keeps his problem solving skills sharp by continuously learning new things and cherishes the best advice his first mentor gave him: Stay hungry, Stay foolish! He also always stays caffeinated – you’ll never find his desk void of coffee.
Jesse keeps a whiteboard at the foot of his bed for his to-do list, making it the first thing he sees when he wakes up, and the last thing he sees before closing his eyes each night. He takes each day as an opportunity to learn something new.
Need some conversation starters? Jesse is from London and loves to travel. He will soon be adding a German Shephard into his family, he spends a lot of time at the gym, and listens to pretty much any music genre (with the exception of country).
“There isn’t a typical day at Eighty Three, because there’s always something new on your plate. The open-space office plan allows for ease of interaction and collaboration with other employees versus the cubicles I’ve been in at other companies. And the people here are really energetic,” Jesse said of working at Eighty Three.
Chris sharpened his graphic design abilities for several years before he decided to pursue graphic design as a full-time career. His accomplishments include entering and winning a logo design competition for a trade show in 2014, and designing a layout for a 135-page magazine.
Chris considers himself self-taught. Everything he knows about graphic design was learned through daily practice, online resources, and today, he continues to learn new things in order to hone his abilities. The most important lesson he’s learned is to never say never, and if there’s a will, there’s always a way.
He keeps his to-do lists right in his phone or on his laptop. On his desk, you’ll usually find a pen, a highlighter, and a set of brand guidelines he uses every day.
Need some conversations starters? Chris has a boxer/lab named Destin. He’s a country boy from Denison, Texas and now calls the big D his home. His favorite music is hard rock with a bit of electronic, and some hip hop jams.
“It’s okay to have fun, in fact it is encouraged, which makes for a very productive atmosphere! The view of downtown is great. Everyone looks out for one another, and I’ve felt like a part of the team ever since I arrived,” says Chris of working at Eighty Three Creative, Inc.
Print Production Specialist
What’s his day-to-day like? Mike facilitates the printing procedures and production of all our marketing materials. He’s very hands-on, so he stays productive throughout the day generally standing on his feet and finalizing jobs.
When he’s not busy printing projects and publications, Mike enjoys spending time seeing and doing new things, as well as walks to the park with his two Neapolitan Mastiffs. He’s also a husband, father of two, and a proud grandfather! Mike is originally from NYC and recently relocated from Orlando, Fla., so moving to Dallas felt like he was back in the big city again.
“It’s not about who has the biggest desk with the corner office or the best view. Everyone listens and are open to opinions and unique ideas in order to produce the best work for our clients,” says Mike of working at Eighty Three Creative.
At the tender age of 16, he took his first job at McDonald’s and learned this hard lesson: the customer is always right. He’s held onto the foundation through the rest of his years. Early in his career he had the opportunity to serve as an art editor for the Florida Department of Education while still earning his degree, and a short while later accepted a position as Creative Art Director with the Florida Hospital Association – two positions he’s proud to have held.
He’s a give-the-shirt-off-his-back kind of guy and always has a pair of drumsticks handy for tapping out a good rhythm. Walk by his desk and you’ll see a photo of his daughter at just 7 years old – she’s now in high school, but serves as a daily inspiration for him.
Need some conversation starters? Google this first: Pahokee. It’s his Florida hometown. He is a photographer and enjoys watching movies. He stays grounded in prayer and has a 120-gallon saltwater fish tank. He listens to all kinds of music, but says gospel is a bit like good gumbo, it’s got just enough of everything.
“Leadership here has selected a great group of creative guys and gals that work together as one. I appreciate that I am allowed high levels of creative freedom and like that the company cultivates and encourages everyone’s individual creativity. I appreciate the professional and personal relationships that have developed as a results of working here,” Quarterman says of working at Eighty Three.
DJ joined our team through the intern program. He loves communicating through the art of design and is passionate about illustration – it’s his form of expressing what goes through his head.
As a student, he was an editor and the chief of the campus design team at Centenary College. His experience includes working as a design intern for Crawford Design Group in Shreveport, LA. He was responsible for designing cover pages, ads, layout spreads, and articles for the Shreveport Magazine.
One of DJ’s graphic design pieces was selected as the top 15 in Louisiana, which was displayed at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery.
Need some conversations starters? DJ’s favorite thing to do in the morning is eat a giant bowl of cinnamon toast crunch. He also loves R&B, soul, and gospel music. He loves spending time with his friends and is a huge fan of the winter. His daily items? DJ never leaves his home without his sketch pad and his iPhone.
Why Eighty Three Creative? “The people. Everyone is a family and it’s genuine. I also get to do something different every day. I’m put into situations outside of my comfort zone and I love that! I see myself growing into an even more talented designer,” DJ says of working at Eighty Three.
Yolanda is the Eighty Three Creative, Inc. Receptionist. She’s always had a knack for client support. In fact, her first job was answering the phone for a manufacturing company at the age of 14. It was there that she learned as the first point of contact, she played a major role in ensuring the client had an outstanding experience and first impression.
Yolanda is passionate about helping people and takes pride in being able to improve someone’s day with a positive and sincere tone. In her free time, you can find her binge-watching Netflix with her husband, spending time with her kiddos, or crafting. Yolanda loves crafting so much that she once started her own online business making and selling her crafts.
Why does she get out of bed in the morning? Well, normally because her 3-year-old daughter is screaming “MOMMA” as loud as she can. But aside from that, she has fun at work and loves the group of people she works with.
“I have never been to a workplace that shoots nerf guns at each other! The relationships everyone has with each other is like no other,” says Yolanda, of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Senior Social Strategist
Beatriz has a passion for storytelling, the ever-changing digital world, and is fascinated by how brands evolve into new ways of marketing.
She graduated with a multimedia journalism degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and decided to pursue her passion in digital marketing. As an editor and reporter, her work was recognized by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association for best headline and breaking news package.
She keeps herself busy and cherishes the best advice her first mentor gave her: “Always look for ways to increase and learn new talents, whatever they may be.”
Beatriz loves to stay caffeinated. When you visit her at her desk, you’ll usually see some coffee, water, and a fruit that keeps her energized throughout the day.
Need some conversation starters? Beatriz is from the west Texas town of El Paso. She loves sports, especially FC Dallas, family time, playing with her cats, and cycling around White Rock Lake. She attends The Porch, a young adult gathering that comes together to hear God’s message.
“I love the creative environment and the culture I’m surrounded with. The open-space office plan we have opens the door to a lot of collaboration. I enjoy learning something new everyday, and have fun working on multiple projects,” said Beatriz of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Sam’s first job was working as a paper delivery boy. Having to wake up every morning to start his route helped Sam develop such a strong work ethic, something he brings with him to the office every morning. Beyond his strong work ethic, Sam is passionate about website development.
Sam has relied on himself to learn the tricks of the trade and constantly develop his skill set. He holds himself to the mantra “get better every day,” which has inspired him to learn at least one new thing daily.
When he’s not at work, you can find Sam spending time with his wife Natalie, and their two daughters, Sophia and Chloe, golfing, shooting hoops, or playing with the family pets.
On working at Eighty Three Creative: “The biggest difference at Eighty Three is the environment. I’ve worked at larger companies where the atmospheres often have a colder feel to them. It’s completely different here and I love it.”
Digital Marketing Manager
She graduated with a journalism degree from Baylor University and after a brief stint as a reporter decided to move to the marketing-communications side of things where she cut her teeth in the demanding franchising world.
Her most proud accomplishments include an Addy won for work on her first publication, managing the planning, content collection, and copyediting for 28 internal publications printing in one year, planning the redesign of the company’s intranet, and co-building what came to be the sought after local intern program for journalism/PR majors from Baylor.
Breezing past her desk, you’ll always catch a glimpse of her water bottle, red pen, and an obscene collection of sticky notes, where she houses her to-do list.
Need some conversation starters? Her dogs, horses, donkey, and future chickens. Is it a surprise that she volunteers much of her time with animal rescue and animal welfare organizations?
“Working on a small team means you get to wear a lot of hats. I love not being confined to one creative space or project. It means I constantly get to touch and learn new things, which keeps me energized!” she says of working at Eighty Three.
Junior Account Manager
Our favorite vision-impaired Eagle Scout, Cooper’s first job was at a vet’s office as a kennel assistant. Here, he learned that, despite his love for animals, he didn’t want to spend the rest of his days picking up dog droppings. So, he traded taking care of animals for taking care of clients’ needs instead.
As a junior account manager, Cooper loves engaging with clients and our team to make sure everyone is on the same page. “Synergy makes working fun,” says Cooper.
In his free time, Cooper enjoys playing video games, watching sports (he’s a huge Dallas sports fan), and hanging with friends.
When asked what he loves about working at Eighty Three Creative, Cooper said “I love the laid-back, yet incredibly professional vibe in the office. I also love how everyone supports each other. It’s empowering.”
Chief Executive Officer
His passion for creativity was born during his first job, when working at a warehouse collating boxes, sweeping floors, and packing product. He would see various kinds of artwork ranging from packaging design to business cards, and knew that he could offer something much more creative.
Working through the ranks to become the Marketing Manager at one of the largest electrical wholesalers in the U.S., he was able to achieve one of his greatest accomplishments. He and his team successfully carried out a national rebrand for their company, which later on they received an award for. Thomas was also recently given the opportunity to reposition an 18-story high rise in downtown Dallas.
Within minutes of meeting Thomas, you’ll notice a couple of things about him. 1. He is infatuated with all things technology (Apple products to be exact). We’re pretty sure he has almost every product Apple has on the market right now, at his fingertips. 2. He sure does love coffee. If we didn’t know any better, we’d think he had stock in Starbucks. And last, but certainly not least, he is one of the most genuine and laid back people you will ever meet. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, which is why we think he’s been so successful in his career.
Looking for conversation starters? He’s from Wolverhampton, England (we checked, it’s a real town). He’s a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan, and even named his dog (Toews) after their captain. As for his music taste, let’s just say it is eclectic, cold weather (Christmas is his favorite season), and most of all, his gorgeous wife.
“I don’t like Eighty Three, I love it! I love everything Eighty Three stands for and I love the look on a client’s face when we present them with a finished product, knowing we have exceeded expectations. It’s all about culture here; we are a family. And family is the most important thing in the word,” Thomas says of working at Eighty Three..
Alaycia is a graphic designer and passionate about finding new ways to make ideas become realities.
Her first job was as a casino hostess when she was 18 years old. Where, standing at 4’11” and asking people 20 years older than her for their ID, she realized that it’s not her size that matters, it’s her voice. From this, she learned to be more outspoken and confident – that as long as you work hard, someone will notice.
If you stop by Alaycia’s desk, you’ll find random pieces of paper with doodles on them, either complete or unfinished. Somewhere among the doodles, you’ll also find a to-do list, a yearly calendar, and her favorite Pantone 012 yellow water bottle.
In her free time, you can find her digitally painting, binging on Netflix/YouTube tutorials, or spending time with her two dogs, Reese and Jase.
When asked what she loves about Eighty Three Creative, Alaycia said, “The overwhelming creativity, the openness to ideas, suggestions, and acceptance. Plus, there’s a ping pong table in the break room!”
Ben’s passion for creating functional websites that make peoples’ lives easier began early in life.
A self-proclaimed military brat, Ben was born and raised in Augsburg, Germany, where he started teaching himself the basics of web development and design at the age of 11. His interest persisted through high school and eventually led to him obtaining a bachelor’s in interactive media from the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg.
His favorite childhood memory is visiting his family every year in Orlando, Florida. During this time, he fell in love with the United States, a fact that would later inspire him to move to Dallas and start a new life.
In his free time, you’ll find Ben fishing, off-roading, or spending time with wife Breanna, and their three children Benjamin, Alessandra, and Annabella.
When asked what he likes most about working at ETC, Ben will tell you, “the team spirit, the atmosphere, the office, the location, the amenities — pretty much everything!”
Director of Client Services
Kalie is a highly-accomplished, creative strategy and marketing professional with a quantifiable record of consistent growth in brand development, market share, profitability, and client satisfaction.
She has managed the development of multimedia campaigns, marketing activities, social media content, communications strategies, project milestones, and marketing budgets for clients ranging from Guidelive, Sportsday, The Dallas Morning News, FDLuxe, and Savor Dallas.
In her free time, you can find Kalie outside spending time with her husband, kids, and two black labs, enjoying a glass of chardonnay with friends, or curled up on the couch watching a good movie.
She enjoys being a part of the whole creative process, which explains why she’s passionate about account management – Madeline gets to work with clients and be involved in the entire creative process all while building and maintaining great relationships.
She helped launch two magazines while working in Chicago. The unique and rewarding experience allowed her to write and design page layouts.
The lesson she brings from her previous mentor is that anything can be fixed. If something goes wrong, there’s always new ways to make it right.
She keeps her to-do list in various places – in a notebook, loose paper, or on her iPhone. Two things you’ll always find around her desk: a coffee mug, and a collection of sticky notes.
Need some conversation starters? Madeline is new to Dallas. She grew up in Michigan and lived in Chicago for the past five years. She enjoys reading and watching documentaries about food and baking. Madeline enjoys dancing and yoga classes.
Why Eighty Three Creative? “Besides the Nerf wars? Definitely the people. While I’ve gotten to work with some pretty awesome folks, I’ve never felt so welcome and part of the team as quickly as I have here and that is all to do with the people,” says Madeline of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Cory began honing his app development skills in 2008 and since then has proudly been involved in publishing hundreds of apps in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. Applications that he has personally built have been downloaded more than one million times and have even been featured on their respective stores.
No need to shout if you need him to work on a project, just shoot him an email. His inbox is his home base for all project to-do’s and since he’s always wearing his headphones, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t hear you anyway.
Need some conversation starters? He has two dogs, a cat, and a saltwater fish tank. Cory is originally from Phoenix, Arizona (which is probably why he loves winter) and can’t be called a morning person.
“We have a great mix of corporate importance, with startup scrappy mentality. It allows us the resources to do a great deal more, but without the soul-crushing that many corporate jobs end up providing. Never have I worked at a company where the term ‘work family’ meant so much,” he says of working at Eighty Three.
Junior Presentation Specialist
A junior presentation specialist, David is passionate about designing visuals that help people communicate with impact.
David first took an interest in graphic design in high school while working as an intern at HKS, a Dallas-based architecture firm. In fact, it was being introduced to Photoshop that spearheaded his decision to pursue graphic design instead of architecture.
Originally from Dallas, David’s roots are in El Salvador, which could explain his love of pupusas. He also loves burgers, tacos, wings, and — well — food in general.
If you ask him to brag, he will likely tell you about the scoreboards he designed for NBA teams such as the Houston Rockets, the Denver Nuggets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When asked what his favorite thing about ETC is, David said “The opportunity for growth. I feel like I can grow a lot at this company because it’s filled with talented people who love what they do.”
Senior Graphic Designer
Reese joined us through the intern program. He likes to dwell in design and he loves the conceptualization process. He enjoys coming up with strong visual solutions and then plugging them into his designs.
As a student, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Tianjin, China – he was part of a Cross-Cultural Design Exhibition at the Tianjin University of Technology. Reese worked with fellow designers who combined their work with the Tianjin design class.
His daily essential items include his sketchbook – because when inspirations hit, Reese is ready to sketch it out! Music also plays a big role in his creative process – it’s his other way of getting inspired as he designs. His daily goals consist of making the world a more visually beautiful place and his favorite part of the day is when he gets to work on branding projects.
Need some conversation starters? Reese is also a musician who rocks at the drums. His favorite superhero is either Batman or Spiderman – it really depends on the day.
“This company is a diamond in the rough. Eighty Three consists of a team that puts out daily exceptional work by truly genuine creatives. The amount of teamwork and comradery generated really makes this place act as a family. To me, that is the best way to get the job done,” Reese says of working at Eighty Three.
Sarah is the ETC office Yooper, which means she was born in that little strip of almost-Canada known as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In her first job as a “sandwich artist” at Subway, she learned that the details make all the difference, even when it comes to fast food sandwiches.
In college Sarah majored in journalism, where she fell in love with everything that surrounded writing, especially editing. As the junior copy editor, Sarah is responsible for getting things right — or at least making sure they aren’t wrong. Jokes aside, Sarah believes that sometimes it’s the smallest things that people really engage with, whether it’s a perfectly phrased product description or clear, concise instructions, and is excited to help create that kind of engagement for ETC’s clients.
Stop by her desk on an average day and you’ll likely find a cup of tea, a red pen, and probably her latest attempt at plant care. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling with her husband Adam — especially to Texas State and National parks (they’re big hikers). If she’s stuck at home, she’s probably cooking or baking something, with varying degrees of success.
When asked what her favorite thing about ETC is, Sarah replied: “the collaboration. Every project is truly a team effort, and everyone involved stays engaged throughout the entire process.”
Megan’s got a good eye for color correction and likes the challenge of making a photo stand out and be the best. She has an MA and MFA in photography and was selected for an Artist Residency in Michigan right after finishing school.
She’s inspired by the lesson she learned from her mentor: “If you meet your goals, you’re doing your bare minimum. Always put forth your best effort, aim to blow past your goals, not just to meet them.”
She keeps busy handling daily tasks and challenges that come her way. Three things you’ll see at her desk: headphones, coffee, and a water bottle. These essentials keep her focused, caffeinated, and hydrated!
Need some conversation starters? Megan has a cat named Cameron Frye, listens to indie alternative, and enjoys a good cider on the weekends.
“I think the camaraderie more than anything, is what makes Eighty Three different. Everyone is happy to be here, enjoys their work, and is super friendly. It really makes a difference when everyone has a positive attitude and makes it a great place to be. When it’s positive like that, you actually want to go to work!” she said of Eighty Three Creative.
Merchandising Project Manager
Kelli has come a long way since her first job as the “bread girl” at Spring Creek BBQ, and she has learned some valuable lessons along the way. She was taught early on that character counts. “It’s all about how you treat people; whether they are a janitor or a cafeteria worker, you treat them like the CEO,” Kelli says.
A people person through and through, Kelli graduated with a master’s in law from Texas State University before deciding she was too happy and animated for that world. She decided her real passion was for people and organization, which is what lead her to pursue a career in project management.
Voted most charming in high school, you’ll always find Kelli with her beloved planner in hand, a smile on her face, and a fresh cup of coffee in tow.
Need some conversation starters? Her favorite drink is an iced caramel macchiato, she’s originally from Rockwall, she has a 160-pound Newfoundland named Ares, her favorite season is spring, and she loves naps and mimosas.
On working at ETC: “Everyone is so welcoming. I’ve felt like I have ‘come home’ ever since I arrived. Plus, each person is exceptionally talented in their field. It’s amazing to be around so many creative people.”
Darrell began honing his computer skills at an early age – early like when Oregon Trail was still a relevant game on the 3.5 floppy drive Mac. At that time, he didn’t know about the magical program Adobe Photoshop.
He’s inspired by the art of photography and all that it encompasses. He spends his day-to-day retouching and refining photos. He’s got a couple of awards under his belt, like an Addy Award from the AMA in photography and he was a Fujifilm/Sailor strap contest winner.
He cherishes the advice learned from his high school drama teacher: “If you want to be rich, learn from a rich man. If you want to be poor, listen to a poor man.”
He remains focused throughout the day wearing his Beats headphones, though as soon as the occasional Nerf fights start, he never misses it.
Need some conversation starters? He’s from Waco, Texas and his favorite music is English Rock. Darrell will tell you anything you want to know about physical fitness, he likes to stay in shape.
“It is a family-like environment. People here seem to really care for one another and want everyone to be the best and do the best they can,” says Darrell of working at Eighty Three Creative. “At previous jobs, people were treated as simply a warm body. Here, people are treated with respect.”
Junior Graphic Designer
House DJ, cat dad, and Halloween enthusiast, Jonathan is a junior graphic designer at Eighty Three Creative and is passionate about solving real world problems with design. He loves taking something that people wouldn’t put much thought into and making it eye-catching and exciting.
Even though he is just starting his career, Jonathan has had the privilege of designing for brands such as the Dallas Zoo and DART. Seeing his work all over DFW for the first time is an experience he will never forget. In fact, he almost had a wreck the first time he saw one of his billboard designs.
A native Dallasite, Jonathan absolutely loves to laugh and has a strong sense of humor. He believes it’s important to be able to make fun of yourself and takes pride in being the “oddball” in the group.
When asked what he loves about Eighty Three Creative, Jonathan said, “There is truly a sense of creative freedom here. I feel like all forms of design are welcome, and that there is no wrong way to do something. I finally feel like I can be myself and create in a way that works for me.”
While his formal education is in interior design, Reynan’s first job was working as a visual merchandiser for Diesel, where he learned that he can apply both fashion and interior design together. Ever since then, Reynan has been passionate about creating appealing and convenient atmospheres that drive business.
After being awarded best visual design in his Diesel district, which consisted of 7 stores, Reynan went on to work with several noteworthy companies including Barneys New York, Jonathan Adler, and Nike.
Born is Saudi Arabia, Reynan moved to Texas from San Diego 20 years ago, and now considers himself a full-blown Texan. In his free time, you can catch him hanging out with friends and family — his kids are a huge source of inspiration for him — creating art, or eating.
“The team, energy, and atmosphere are my favorite aspects of working at ETC. Instead of confining themselves in a cubicle everyone interacts with one another — it’s a super chill environment.”
Senior UX / UI Designer
Xenia’s favorite part about design work is the final execution of a project and watching customers seamlessly interact with her intuitive design. An interesting and controversial piece she got the chance to work on actually made its way to international news outlets like The Telegraph and BBC.
The most important lessons she learned from her first mentor are that good things don’t happen to those who stay in their comfort zone and always invest in your education.
Her daily routine? Swing by her desk and you’ll catch Xenia designing web prototypes. She always has water on her desk and a loaded Nerf gun ready to fire at whoever interrupts her routine.
When she’s not busy designing the next client website, she likes to paint and spends time with her son and husband.
“Eighty Three is a young and fun company that has a lot of accomplishments and awards that inspire me to push harder. People really care about what they do and it’s not about their ego,” says Xenia of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Karen is a Campaign Strategist for Eighty Three Creative. Her very first job was to sell balloons at the mall… so now we know why she loves party planning!
Karen’s passion includes planning marketing campaigns. From a simple idea to the final execution, she’s passionate about seeing campaigns flourish so they’re able to meet the clients’ needs.
Some of her accomplishments include putting together a successful Eighty Three Creative onboarding kit and City Electric Supply’s CES Cares campaigns. The lesson she learned from her mentor is to, “Learn to do the job before you get the title.”
Swing by her desk and you’ll notice two things: copies of the latest social media calendar for CES and that she’s probably opening another bottle of kombucha. On the weekends, Karen enjoys yoga in the mornings and takes walks around White Rock Lake with her two dogs, Bella and Brie.
“I love collaborating and being surrounded by so many creative people in the office. It’s a unique place where we get to do what we love for a living.” says Karen of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Delfin’s specialty is animation. He loves to create and make things live and breathe. He’s passionate about moving an audience through an animated experience and instilling empathy for something created by a digital pencil.
The most important lesson he learned from his mentor is that rust never sleeps; always be in motion and always be animated – that way you never lose the talent. When you swing by his desk, you’ll see (almost) the entire small Disney characters collection that keep him inspired daily. You’ll also see a pencil and drawing paper.
Need some conversation starters? Delfin owns a black cat named Alley. He loves to exercise, and prefers triple-digit temperatures to the Texas winters. Delfin is originally from Paris, Texas. He loves eclectic music – from hip hop, to metal, to country. He just can’t stand Polka. In the mornings, Delfin is ready to start the day – he says there’s no time to waste, which is something his father taught him.
“It’s a truly magical place, I think the people make it that way. We all have something to offer one another, regardless of background. It’s unlike any place you’ve ever been or seen. There’s no such thing as an outsider here. You’re all one and the same,” says Delfin of working at Eighty Three Creative.
Web trafficker, growth hacker, search nerd — these are just a few names for Parker, Eighty Three Creative’s resident Inbound Manager and conspiracy theory enthusiast.
He graduated from Texas A&M University with a communications and journalism degree, where he wrote a feature story in the university publication about bacon (he’s proud of that).
His last job was at an insurance firm where he was responsible for managing content, redesigning their website, and optimizing it for web.
When Parker is not busy geeking out to SEO, you can find him reading, watching Game of Thrones, playing with his Boston terrier Kirby, or wasting the day away on Reddit.
When asked what he loves about working at ETC, Parker said, “the vibe is awesome, the people are dope — they even let me have a gun (Nerf) — and unlike my last job at the insurance agency, no one is dying.”
Josh loves to make people laugh and is a particularly loquacious individual. If you ever catch him actually being quiet, he either hasn’t had his coffee yet or is plugged in, tuned out, and engrossed in his craft.
He graduated from the University of North Texas’ Mayborn School of Journalism with a degree is strategic communication. Here, he developed a penchant for the art or copywriting and visual design. His favorite piece of advice he ever received from a professor? “Show them, don’t tell them.”
Three things you’ll find at his desk: Cartoons of The New Yorker Calendar, a colorful assortment of Pilot G-2 pens, and an AP Stylebook – you know, a copywriter’s essentials.
In his free time, you can catch Josh trying out new recipes (he loves to cook), attending concerts and comedy shows, or planning his coming vacation. The next destination on his list? New Zealand.
“I’ve never worked somewhere with such a sense of community. The office is an amazing space filled with some truly brilliant creative minds, and it makes coming to work everyday fun,” says Josh of working at Eighty Three.
His passion for how things work began at very young age when he began tinkering with toys, taking apart and rebuilding them – this curiosity is what fuels his work here. David has built hundreds of website platforms including e-commerce, nonprofit, personal, and corporate in many sectors.
He enjoys establishing new workflow environments that improve the development process. If you saunter by his desk, you’ll see a Monster energy drink at all times and his iPhone, the keeper of his to-do list.
Need some conversation starters? His dogs, a shihtzu and a frenchie, double as his alarm clock. They must be prompt because he’s never late! He’s a golfer, a cook, and always enjoys a good science documentary. His parents last names are combined to form his own.
“This is a company that thrives on challenging their employees to produce the best quality of work possible. We work hard and play harder. Before this, I worked remotely, so the collaborative environment here is a really positive change,” David says of working at Eighty Three.
Liz’s foray into the professional world began as a copier sales representative for Xerox (humorous now for the personality misfit). Regardless, winning several awards in top sales, she excelled.
Her crowning moments, however, were the 17 years she stayed home to raise her children and she’ll gladly tell you now they’re self-supporting adults and out of the house. We’d say she was very successful at that, too!
Need some conversation starters? Her two kids. She loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to see many different places all around the world. Liz plays tennis, enjoys reading, and in addition to dogs and cats, she has over the years shared her home with a parakeet, hermit crab, pet rats, and one very mean gerbil.
“The collaboration here is awesome. Everyone in the office pitches in to help on various projects and are very supportive of new ideas,” Liz says of working at Eighty Three.