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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
Dev Ops Manager
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Social Media Manager
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.
Jr. Art Director
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Karen’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
VP of Operations
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.
Sr. Project Manager
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.
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.”
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!”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Digital Marketing Manager
When he was 16, Rafa and his family moved from Costa Rica to New Jersey, where he went to school and eventually worked in the event staging industry. During this time, he learned the basics of customer service and how to work with people from all different walks of life. He also learned the benefits of working hard and staying humble, two things he has carried into his position as social strategist for Eighty Three Creative.
Professionally, Rafa is passionate about creating social micro experiences that can potentially make our world a better place. He loves to bring brands’ and businesses’ stories to life and find the best communication vehicles to share them.
In his career, he has had the opportunity to produce events for world leaders, like President Bush and Tony Blair, and celebrities, like Tommy Hilfiger and Carmen Electra. He has also worked with well-known brands in the pharmaceutical, fashion, and entertainment industries.
In his free time, Rafa enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and reading. When asked what his favorite thing about ETC is, he replied, “I love the vibe, the people, and the potential of what we can do together.”
VP of Marketing
Our VP of marketing, Charlie, is passionate about design and typography, and uses the fundamental elements and principles of design as his guiding compass. As he sees it, his primary job is to encourage creativity, inspire passion, and bring people together with a unified purpose.
Born in LA, Charlie started his working life in the military, which took him all over Europe. He had an incredible time traveling the world and learned a great deal of discipline at a young age. When he got out of the military, he went to school and completed a BFA before starting his professional career as a freelance designer and photographer. It wasn’t long after this that his biggest client brought him on full-time.
In his free time, Charlie enjoys painting, photography, and skateboarding — and while he’s not known for his skills in the kitchen, he makes a mean batch of buttermilk biscuits.
When asked what his favorite thing about working at ETC was, he simply stated: “the people, of course.”
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Alex is a project manager at ETC and is passionate about solving problems and improving processes. While his first job was as a bank teller when he was a senior in high school, Alex has had a variety of positions ranging from campus security to intern at Walt Disney World, where he helped produce 18 promotional videos.
An avid traveler, Alex has been to 45 of the 50 states and to eight different countries. He enjoys taking videos on his GoPro when he travels, which he uses to create trip highlight reels afterwards. His love of adventure led him to pursue a degree at BYU-Hawaii, where he swam with sharks — yikes — and developed a taste for POG (passion, orange, guava) juice — or, as he refers to it, “the nectar of the gods.”
In his free time, Alex enjoys watching the best TV show ever created (The Office, of course), longboarding on the Katy Trail, and spending time with his fiancée, Mirtha.
When asked what his favorite thing about ETC is, he cited “the creativity, ingenuity, and hospitality of the people here.”
Social Media Strategist
A native Dallasite, Ashley worked both for Ann Taylor Loft and as a tv/film extra while finishing her bachelor’s in public relations at The University of North Texas. Through her post-graduation internship, she found her passion working as a social media strategist for Eighty Three Creative.
As a social media strategist, Ashley enjoys content creation, writing blogs and copy, and implementing her ideas to help create successful and engaging content for her various accounts.
“Social media is part of your digital credibility and normally it’s one of the first things people search for when they’re looking into a company, besides the website. People may see paid social as an afterthought, but truthfully, it’s just as important — if not more than any other marketing efforts,” says Ashley.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys traveling, reading, shopping, trying new restaurants, and watching indie films.
When asked what her favorite thing about working at ETC is, Ashley said “It’s a really great company culture with a ridiculously talented team.”
Senior iOS Developer
Eric was born and raised in Dallas and went to high school in DeSoto, where he landed his first job as an event support representative. Through setting up conference rooms for events, serving food, and tending to guests’ needs, he learned the value of hard work and making the best of a bad situation.
As a senior iOS developer, Eric is passionate about creating experiences for people that feel like magic and become an extension of their life rather than a hassle. He loves being able to make something that can change someone’s life and looks forward to coming to work every day because he never knows what challenge he will get to solve.
In his free time, Eric enjoys building apps and exploring technology, and spending time with his family. When asked what he likes about working at ETC, Eric said “Eighty Three has a startup feel, culturally, and in its ability to always have a new challenge, which I am used to and love, but also has the security of a big company so there’s no day-to-day uncertainty that the company you work for might be gone the next week. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Office army brat, Esteban was born in Anchorage, Alaska and bounced around for the first decade of his life before settling in Killeen in 1994. Ten years later he moved to Denton for school and has been there ever since.
While his background is in music, Esteban has worked as everything from a car salesman to a birthday clown. But he left the life of clowning behind to become a web developer, where he’s able to bring digital designs to life for clients.
In his free time, Esteban enjoys going to movies, reading, and singing, and will never pass up a cup of Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. When asked what his favorite thing about ETC is, Esteban answered “Eighty Three empowers its employees to be their very best. They will give you whatever you need to succeed.”
Marketing Automation Specialist
Marketing automation specialist and self-proclaimed data nerd, Lilia is passionate about integrating data and creating personalized email journeys that resonate with and reach customers at the right time.
Lilia fell in love with marketing during her first job at PANDORA while working as an assistant to the marketing manager. Here she learned about human behavior and how powerful the right words can be. She also learned the importance of hard work and perseverance.
Born in Venezuela, Lilia enjoys traveling, crafts, and kickboxing in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats, Bella and Simba, and her dog, Loki.
When asked what her favorite thing about ETC is, she replied, “the people! Everyone here is very talented, driven, and friendly.”
Simon is the motion graphics designer at ETC and loves telling stories through creative animated pieces. He has directed, storyboarded, and animated short films for both his school film festival, where he won an award for best animated short, and for the Kitchen Dog Theatre here in Dallas.
Born in West Virginia, raised in Orlando, Florida, but now living in the DFW area, his first job was a cashier at a Kroger Food Store in Arlington when he was still in high school. His time there helped him gain valuable experience working with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life; essentially, learning how to be part of a team.
In his free time, Simon enjoys playing old school video games with friends, movies on opening night, hiking, and road trips as well as creating new animations for his Instagram. When asked what his favorite thing about ETC is, he said, “I love the atmosphere and the team! I feel the environment and culture here caters to the creative mindset.”
Charles’ induction in to the world of project management was far from traditional. His background is actually in music and production, where he worked for several years during and after graduating from UNT. He has worked as a production assistant and producer on projects ranging from commercials and music videos starring everyone from Kevin Sobro to Boys like Girls. He even won best original score for a short film in 2014!
Eventually he was hired full time as project manager by a small agency after working with them on an animation project, but he is still very passionate about music. In fact, he still produces music and does film scores in his free time. When he’s not binging every Netflix original series, you may find him lost in VR.
Stop by his desk on an average day and you’ll likely find multiple beverages, at least one of which will be Pepsi or Dr. Pepper, and a set of headphones that could easily double as a weapon.
When asked what his favorite thing about ETC is, Charles said, “It’s definitely a friendly environment in an awesome workspace.”
Arturo is an iOS Developer and is passionate about the endless learning that comes with developing in iOS. For him, writing code doesn’t feel like work because there is always some problem that challenges him or technology that he needs to learn, which keeps him on his feet and allows him to dive deeper and deeper into his greatest passion: technology.
His first job as a process engineer at Samsung gave him the opportunity to work in hardware right after he obtained his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. However, he developed a passion for software while still in college, and that spurred a career change.
Originally from Mexico, Arturo moved to the US when he was 17 years old. He loves extreme sports and enjoys flying his drone, working out, and reading in his free time.
Originally from Canyon, Texas, Brad is a copy editor for ETC and loves everything about his job. Improving messaging through voice, syntax, and grammar is what gets him out of bed in the morning. Well, that and a cup of coffee.
In his past life, Brad managed a team of graphic designers, proofreaders, and customer service reps for Allgoods, where he learned a lot about himself — including that he doesn’t really enjoy working 70-hour weeks. While he was there, he helped boost customer retention, satisfaction, and overall quality by creating a style guide for their Campus Box Media Guides. He also helped the company go paperless. Go Brad!
Brad lives by the motto “take ownership of your work.” He takes pride in everything that he does and approaches every job with a no-excuses attitude that he believes has helped him get where he is today.
In his free time, he enjoys going to the dog park with his husky Zero, cooking with his girlfriend Sharon, and binging Korean dramas on Netflix.
When asked what he likes about working at ETC, Brad replied, “Can I say everything? The culture, the office, the people—it is so much more than just a job to me. I can truly say I’m happy here doing what I do.”
Sketcher, golf enthusiast, and web developer, Sengathit graduated with a degree in architecture. With no prospects due to the recession, he began teaching himself web programming, a skill which landed him his first job as a freelance web developer.
Originally from Laos, Sengathit’s motto is “the more you learn, the less you know,” which inspires him to stay humble and remember that no matter how much you know, there’s still a lot to learn.
Pop by his desk and you will no doubt find a sketchbook and an assortment of pens — he’s current using Micron Pigma pens with 003 and 005 tips.
Senior Account Manager
From his younger days as a Dairy Queen cashier in the small town of Gilmer, Texas, to a few years down the road when he was a bartender in Houston, Dakota knew he was destined for a career in marketing. Starting out as a Jr. Designer for a downtown firm, Dakota later moved into an operations position with CES before ultimately landing at his current home, Eighty Three Creative.
As a Senior Account Manager, Dakota is passionate about building relationships with clients and working directly with employees in an operations role. With his vast operations experience, Dakota knows how important it is for employees to have support from the corporate level, saying that, “Communication and making people feel valued goes a long way.” As one of his favorite work accomplishments, Dakota helped to build the City Electric Supply Orientation program, which received amazing feedback and increased employee retention.
When he’s not snuggling on the couch and binging Real Housewives of Dallas with his dog, Scruffy, Dakota can be found attending a happy hour or slaying the stage of a karaoke bar. As far as fandom goes, it’s hard to find a bigger Britney Spears fan than Dakota. He has been to Las Vegas six times over the last few years to see her, and he was even lucky enough to be brought on stage to dance with the Pop Queen herself!
Erik always knew he wanted to be in advertising. When he was in high school in Fort Worth, he often said, “I want to be the guy who comes up with commercials.” Though he didn’t know anything about marketing or what his job title would be, he just liked the thought of being the person who came up with ideas. However, his path to becoming a copywriter wasn’t short or easily navigated. From his first job as a party host at Main Event to a shop assistant at a country club, Erik eventually accomplished his lifelong goal of being the coolest substitute teacher of all time. It wasn’t until 2013 when Erik finally made it to the ad industry.
After graduating from the University of North Texas, Erik was hired on to a small Fort Worth agency as a copywriter. There, he was exposed to the advertising world in all types of capacities. From billboards to radio spots, Erik covered it all in his first year and a half in advertising. Since then, Erik has worked for several different creative shops, writing for big national brands such as PepsiCo, Dannon, and ESPN, and he has even received national recognition for his work with TCU Women’s Basketball.
Erik is happy to join the ETC team as our copywriter and share his creativity with the world. Although words are his forte, he’s most passionate about coming up with big ideas for clients and seeing them through. He loves coming to the table with a blank slate and being asked to fill it.
Of course, writing for basketball comes naturally to Erik. An avid pick-up player, if he’s not playing, he’s probably watching his Dallas Mavericks or consuming all things NBA through various podcasts. Erik also happens to be a DJ who goes by DJ RIKKI DONT (all caps, no apostrophe). He’s had two Grammy-nominated artists attend his sets, and he claims it’s “one of the most fun side hustles” a person could have. He also wrote this bio about himself, so that was weird for him.
Results-driven and hardworking, Daniel Davenport is bringing his SEO/PPC expertise to Eighty Three Creative. While working at McDonald’s as his first job, Daniel learned lessons in patience and set his goals high. He knew he didn’t want to be in fast food his whole life, so he focused on his grades, and went on to graduate from TCU.
He’s incredibly happy to be a part of the ETC team. Previously, he successfully grew the brand awareness of several clients through social media and pay-per-click campaigns. “I like to be able to see how my hard work pays off,” he said. It’s this philosophy that makes him passionate about his job.
Daniel loves Eighty Three Creative because of the fun we have, and the way ETC makes business a pleasure. Originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, Daniel enjoys a classic Texas fall no matter how short it is. Outside of being an SEO/PPC master, he loves a good, lazy weekend, practicing his DJ skills and watching sports.
Known in these parts as the “Network Ninja,” Jon Sprinkle connects potential clients to ETC to help them reach their dreams. A man with a crazy diverse background, Jon has managed event sales for large companies, professional sports, and the government —but that’s just scratching the surface. Jon also has experience as a first responder, serving as an EMT, firefighter, and a member of the tactical rescue team.
A native of Southeast Texas, Jon has always had a stellar work ethic. Starting as a dishwasher at a steak house when he was 15, it only took him a year to become the head cook. Stories like that go right along with his mantra: “You get out what you put in.” No wonder he’s been able to accomplish so much.
You’ll always catch Jon with a smile on his face. When he’s not on the road, Jon enjoys hiking, live music, and hanging out with his friends and family. And even though he’s seen what it’s like behind the scenes, Jon just can’t say no to a good steak and a glass of wine.