Conrad had a previous life. Then he found the web.
At a midpoint in his life, Conrad Strabone visited the internet and never looked back.
He became a leading web strategist in New York City’s Silicon Alley, after starting off at Drexel. One success led to others, and he went on to direct projects for massive corporations like Sumitomo Corp. and Lehman Brothers. In outside hours, he played all-star level hockey, where he learned a few things about tenacity and competition.
In 2001, he founded and ran a successful software development company—sold in 2006. Conrad felt a natural inclination toward helping smaller businesses, where he could leverage past successes and make a bigger difference. A year later, e9digital was born.
Conrad’s role is to help businesses grow. He oversees all client relationships and helps identify strategic online marketing needs. This agrees with him.
“I live, eat, and breathe developing websites. I love sitting in my sunlit loft office in New York and watching as our work makes a real-world positive impact on our clients and their businesses,” he says. When he’s not working, he rides bikes in Central Park and plays tennis from time to time.Connect with Conrad Strabone
Travis: Not a math geek. That said, he is partial to differential equations, and prefers to think of math as the logic that runs the universe. By pure coincidence, math was one of his majors, along with new media and computer science (and a minor in literature).
Like any non-geek, he revels in improving the elegance of his code. Meticulousness aside, he embodies a departure from the stereotype—exhibiting a bullheaded pragmatism that serves our clients well. (See, coding makes sites work well.)
Travis’ high-profile projects have included enterprise-wide e-commerce applications, and work for an array of non-profits and Fortune 500 companies, among them Comedy Central.
To sum up, he’s a guy that grew up on a farm. “You might say I have a normal farmer’s work ethic, crossed with a tendency toward the obsessive.”Connect with Travis Cox
Jina loved designing. So much so that the Hawaii native migrated to New York City and spiraled up, rising to VP, Creative Director at the New York office of Saatchi & Saatchi.
There, she helped to shape strategies for numerous brands. You may have heard of some of them: Tide, Folgers, American Express, Pepsi, Cheerios…
The problem: Creative Directors at worldwide agencies don’t get time to design.
In 2008, wanting much more hands-on creativity and with an eye on the wide-open, ever-evolving web, Jina followed her passion and co-founded e9digital. Now, she gets to design as much as she wants, while still being able to shape the overarching brand strategies and solutions.
“I actually listen to the client(!) and view everything they do (and don’t) give me. If you do all you can to get inside the client’s head, the solution will take shape.” Jina says. “And if for some reason it doesn’t, I just walk outside and let New York City fuel my imagination.”Connect with Jina Kiem
When the rest of the e9 team is rolling out of bed in the morning, Steve has already been up for hours, probably sipping on his third cup of tea. At least, that’s what we imagine he’s doing over there in England. Yep, that’s right, e9 is global. Meet our London office: Steve Martin.
Steve’s coming to us with 8 years of Project Management experience in a various range of environments, from market-leading multinationals to small startups. This, paired with a formidable proficiency in web and mobile tech, a degree in computing and Artificial Intelligence, and vast knowledge of football (or in American speak, “soccer”), makes Steve a bit of a Renaissance Man. Which isn’t a bad quality for someone who’s tasked with wrangling designers, writers, and developers alike, not to mention clients across every industry.
When Steve’s not keeping the entire e9 team in check with his steadfast pragmatism and pleasant British accent, he’s hanging out with his horse and rodents (we’re too scared to ask what kind), playing and writing music, and watching the footy.
Web designers have a unique set of skills. They have to be highly digital and detail oriented, but also capable of thinking out how to compartmentalize information, so that your company’s story is presented both logically and in a visually compelling way.
Tim was born as one of these people. When he was an infant in Kansas, he made it known that he wanted bolder crib colors. We will skip his happy youth until university, when he went to Fort Hays State in Kansas City and received a BSc, already firmly on the informational design and web track.
After graduation, he worked for Plattform Ad Agency in Lenexa, KS where he worked on digital ad campaigns. We know that at some point he materialized again in New York City, because we hired him.
Now he designs amazing websites for our clients. He knows a massive number of programs that enable this. In his spare time, he enjoys making music, participating in sports and taking “roadtrips,” having visited 40 of the 50 states. Unfortunately, now that he’s working for us, these trips have come to an end. Our clients like his work too much.
Why does Cheney have two job titles? Because she’s too dang talented for just one. Seriously, though — when she’s not designing, managing, and just generally gracing every one of e9’s projects with her creative genius and steadfast efficiency, you can find her playing multiple instruments, painting, sketching, ripping through novels at breakneck speed, and winning slam poetry competitions. Talk about multi-talented.
If that’s not enough to make it apparent that Cheney devotes her life to creating beautiful things, her background serves as proof. She began pursuing her passion of becoming an architect in highschool before, like many voraciously left-brained people, deciding she wasn’t the biggest fan of the math component. She eventually found the perfect fit in graphic design, which she studied at Pittsburgh Technical College.
If you happen to be lucky enough to catch Cheney on the phone, don’t forget to say hello to her cat, Pangur Bán, who spends all of Cheney’s phone calls standing on her lap with her paws around Cheney’s neck, for constant encouragement and moral support.
The pursuit of a degree from Pittsburgh Technical Institute brought our designer Jordan out of the backwoods of Pennsylvania (bet you can‘t pronounce “Dubois” like the locals) and into the complicatedly wonderful world of web design.
His design career started at the age of 14, when he first coded a website and began designing art for local bands’ albums and shirts. He’s upgraded since then, and now spends his days designing and developing websites (after he’s been sufficiently caffeinated, of course).
As a musician, Jordan understands harmony. Lucky for us, that understanding extends beyond his ears to his eyeballs because when it comes to knowing how to find harmony between the creativity and logistics of web design, he just gets it. While he usually prefers the creative freedom of design, he also appreciates the structured nature of coding to tell him when something is wrong, and how he can make it right.
When Jordan isn’t designing for e9, he’ll probably be recording music from one of the many instruments he plays, chillin’ with Chief and Fievel, his cat and rat (yes, from “An American Tail”), or challenging an unsuspecting bystander to pinball. While Jordan admits that his pinball playing skills are not yet at “Wizard” level, we let it slide because what he lacks in pinball skills, he makes up for in web design. And that’s kind of important, we suppose.
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