Meet our talented, dedicated and dynamic professionals who have a passion for success
"I want everyone to be my friend, which is what drew me to this
role initially. I was amazed that I could make a career out of
talking all day."
Most people are interviewed by their bosses in order to get a job, but for me it was a bit backwards. As a communications major at Temple University, I had to pick a local event to write about for my journalism class. I opted for a pub crawl called Brews for Boobies, which was started by Neil and Melissa to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I spent the night interviewing them and somehow charming them enough to land an unexpected internship. Almost 8 years later, they are still stuck with me. So is Brews for Boobies–I run the crawl now.
Being a project manager came naturally for me. I want everyone to be my friend but I also know how to get down to business, which is what drew me to this role initially. I was amazed that I could make a career out of talking all day and keeping clients and our team organized and on track. By collaborating we can crank out some awesome work! When I’m not living in my inbox or my calendar, you can find me crying into a beer over the Eagles (or any other Philly sports team), meandering around the city with friends, hanging out with my dog, Lucy, visiting my family, or daydreaming about my next travel destination.
"When I came to Inverse Paradox, I knew nothing about websites, other than that I used them all the time. Now… I know next to nothing about websites, but I’m learning more every day!"
I grew up in Bucks County – I’ve been in the area most of my life. After graduating from Pennsbury High School and spending a brief amount of time attempting to sell apartments, I started working in an accounting firm. Most people credit their knowledge to a college, I have to give mine to the firm.
When I came to Inverse Paradox, I knew nothing about websites, other than that I used them all the time. Now… I know next to nothing about websites, but I’m learning more every day! Things like SSLs, server migration, knowing all of these helps me to better understand what it is that we do here and how to better serve both our clients and our team.
Around the office, I assist with our day-to-day operations: evaluating data, assessing budgets and risks, helping to answer payroll questions and helping to keep everyone zen. When I’m not staring at numbers, you can find me at home doing yoga, going to concerts, and spending time with my friends, family and pet fish.
"I was hired as Inverse Paradox’s very first employee, where I was asked to join Neil and Melissa in their "office," in Neil’s mom’s house, in the woods, at the end of a curvy, narrow road, on the edge of a steep hill above the water. Totally not creepy."
Once upon a high school summer, I was bored and decided to help a friend out with a website by making some fancy data tables in Microsoft Word and exporting them to HTML. That went about as well as you might expect it to. Undeterred, I figured that if I was going to do it I might as well learn to do it properly, and thus my interest in building websites was born.
Many a nested table later, I set coding aside and went to college for architecture. That turned out to be a lot more interesting in theory than it was in practice, so I decided to give turning my website hobby into a career a go. I was hired as Inverse Paradox’s very first employee, where I was asked to join Neil and Melissa in their “office,” in Neil’s mom’s house, in the woods, at the end of a curvy, narrow road, on the edge of a steep hill above the water. Totally not creepy.
When at work, you can usually find me working on making Magento sites look spectacular (having been booted off the WordPress train a few years ago). When I’m not at work, I’m likely to be at home reading things (all the things!), or attempting some home improvement project or other (there are still a few paintable surfaces left…).
"I started to learn about computers as a kid when my father gave me my first PC. Of course, it didn't run the games that I wanted to play, but I was happy with it."
I grew up in Balneário Camboriú, a beautiful beach city in the south of Santa Catarina – Brazil. I started to learn about computers as a kid when my father gave me my first PC. Of course, it didn’t run the games that I wanted to play, but I was happy with it. By the time I was a teenager, I already had some knowledge about hardware and software, so I started to work in a computer maintenance store. After working at the store, I decided to study Computer Science and am currently working on getting my Bachelor’s degree.
I started to work developing websites as my first internship in 2012 for a company that specializes in e-commerce sites. This is when I began to learn Magento, Neil found my profile online and I was offered a great opportunity to work for Inverse Paradox. My job responsibilities include building new Magento websites (I specialize in back-end development: installing/customizing extensions, build new functionalities, etc.) and helping to maintain existing sites IP has built.
When I am not working, I like to ride my bicycle and play competitive games with my friends, such as CS GO and Dota 2.
"Turns out I prefer working in an office over a sauna,
who’d have thunk?"
Finding myself disillusioned with what I thought to be my dream job, sweating over a grill at Ruby Tuesday for 12 hours at a time, I decided to take Neil up on his offer of a summer internship at Inverse. Turns out, I prefer working in an office over a sauna, who’d have thunk? Over the course of a year I transitioned from an intern, mainly doing content addition and coffee-making, to my current role of account manager/quality assurance–keeping clients happy and testing our development sites are my specialties!
Outside of the office you’ll either find me at home, cooking way too much food with my roommates or exploring the city, eating way too much food with my roommates. When I’m not blowing my entire paycheck on the finest food Philly has to offer, I’m usually wandering around, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. I like to think that these walks are for clearing my head and just enjoying Philadelphia for what it is, but in reality I’m just my plotting my next route on the path to eating literally everything in the city.
"I’ve learned the value of well-designed functionality and I am a firm believer in holding the virtues of form and function in equal esteem."
Having studied art history at Temple University, I’ve always valued beautiful art and design. That still holds true for me, after gaining professional experience in the fields of fine art, architecture, and advertising. I’ve learned the value of well-designed functionality and I am a firm believer in holding the virtues of form and function in equal esteem.
As a project manager, I get to put this belief into practice by working with both the design and development teams to create beautifully functional websites.
Outside of work, I spend my time reading, taking long(ish) walks with my dog around my Fishtown neighborhood, and trying to bake weird stuff – sweet potato brownies, anyone?
"In my professional life, I aspire to do my service to the world by
providing mind-blowing work in the places where others will say,
'Wait - people get paid to do that???'"
I’m a problem-solver, a builder, and a dreamer, fascinated with movement and motion. In my professional life, I aspire to do my service to the world by providing mind-blowing work in places where others will say, “Wait – people get paid to do that???” In my personal life, I love playing video games (Legend of Zelda and Tomb Raider are my favorite series), bike riding, and just generally being a weird person. I guess I bring a little of that to my professional life as well.
I’m on my second go of interning at Inverse Paradox. This time around, I do Quality Assurance testing for the sites we create, put content onto those sites, and occasionally do some design and social media work! I like to keep busy and they like to keep me busy. Everything works out in the end.
"I find development to be the perfect balance between creativity and logic - a creative logic if you will."
Once upon a time,in the beginning days of Yahoo, Netscape and Geocities, a girl found her love for web development… However, this girl took a small detour and journeyed down the path into the world of communications. After graduating with a Public Relations degree from Rowan University, I spent the next 5 years (minus a 1-year hiatus to Australia), working in the marketing strategy, tech and automation realm. During this time, along with my marketing responsibilities, I wound up working with development teams, assisting in building new websites and improving software programs – rediscovering my love for building the internet and engineering the systems we work in. I find development to be the perfect balance between creativity and logic – a creative logic if you will.
In a decision to switch career paths, I combined my marketing knowledge with technical capabilities to consult for businesses, assisting them with their websites and marketing automation strategies before finally landing at Inverse Paradox after a dazzling call with Neil while sitting at a winery. I’m excited to be a part of this awesome team and help our clients achieve their business goals on the web! Outside of work, I travel as much as humanly possible to all corners of the planet – 20 countries and 15 states so far and counting. When not on the road, I spend my time exploring all the fun Philadelphia has to offer, playing in local sport leagues, and cheering on (or yelling at) my Philadelphia Eagles, E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!
"As a newly full remote employee, I believe my coworkers will
eventually come to view me as a wizard-of-oz-style floating head."
I have always been oddly fascinated with language. Even the traditionally boring stuff like grammar, syntax, and vocabulary I personally find very interesting. I know, nerd alert – but it has served me quite well, especially since I discovered it applies relatively well to programming languages.
When I went to Penn State, I decided to study both Computer Science and Chinese – a little of both worlds. I ended up taking classes in Arabic and American Sign Language as well.
Since graduating, I’ve done a fair share of both traveling and programming. But I am now living in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which I promise you is an actual, real place. As an established full-remote employee, I believe my coworkers have come to view me as a Wizard-of-Oz-style floating head.
"Inverse has always been home to me. Mostly because of the people
and atmosphere, but also because of the coffee and foosball table."
After high school, I went to Temple University and earned a Bachelors in Film. Realizing after the fact that movies actually cost money to develop, I needed a job. So I landed with Anheuser-Busch as a Sales Representative. Although sales was great, it wasn’t for me. After a few years, I needed a change. I went back to school to learn how to make websites. I interned at Inverse in 2011 and was a Web Developer for three years. I left for almost two years to explore the field a bit, but Inverse has always been home to me. Mostly because of the people and atmosphere, but also because of the coffee and foosball table.
Outside of work, ideally, I’m on a beach with a margarita, camping and hiking, or bouncing around the city finding new watering holes. Oh, and Coale has designated me the water cooler changer, so I’ve got that going for me, which I guess is nice.
"I was always involved in three things: art, creating, and organizing.
These interests led me to discover my goals and put me on an
awesome career path."
Growing up in Scranton (you may know it as home of the TV show The Office), I was always involved in three things: art, creating, and organizing. These interests led me to discover my goals and put me on an awesome career path.
Even though I started out as a photographer and graphic designer, I always had an interest in HTML and CSS and began doing small websites for friends. Slowly, web design and development became my leading passion and I began working as a web developer!
At Inverse I help with a variety of web projects. When I’m not working on websites, you can find me belly dancing and performing with my troupe, binge-watching TV shows, practicing yoga, traveling, and hanging out with friends at the bar.
"By applying some prior experience, while also learning more
and more every single day, I've been able to help hundreds of
clients grow their company. "
After graduating from St Joseph’s University and jumping directly into the pharmaceutical industry with Johnson and Johnson and Astrazeneca, I soon found out that working directly with business owners was where I was meant to be.
Having been bribed into working at Inverse Paradox by my wife and her business partner Neil, I soon found out that there were a lot of businesses and organizations who needed serious help with their online presence. By applying some prior experience, while also learning more and more every single day, I’ve been able to help hundreds of clients grow their company.
When I’m not in the office, I can be found at a networking function, in an ice hockey rink, playing with my awesome son, Zach and perfect wife, Melissa, or in front of a television rooting for the greatest sports teams out there: Mets, Nets, Devils, and Giants.
"I found that I wanted to pursue a career
in 'creating beautiful things.'"
I’ve always had an eye for looking at things and thinking, “Hmm… something doesn’t look quite right,” which makes perfect sense now that I am a designer! I always want to take everything I see and try (keyword: try) to make it better by messing around with sizes, colors, typography, and any other way I can change it into something new.
My love for all things design started when I was in middle school and was obsessed with taking every art class possible. In high school, I found that I wanted to pursue a career in “creating beautiful things.” Throughout college I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to “create,” until a happy accident occurred and I ended up at Inverse. Now I get to work with a wide variety of clients, creating beautiful things every day! Design has such a wide variety of options that I never get bored. I’ve designed everything from sitemaps to print materials to websites and there is always something new.
If you don’t find me at my computer with almost the entire Adobe Creative Suite open, I’m probably in my kitchen experimenting with crazy new cupcake flavors (I think the French toast with bacon flavor wins at our office!) or getting into some kind of shenanigans with my family.
"I finally found my way as a full-blown WordPress developer at
Inverse, where I work on some of our larger and more
technically-complex WordPress projects."
After a few years bouncing around between web development, 3D animation, and graphic/web design, I finally found my way as a full-blown WordPress developer at Inverse, where I work on some of our larger and more technically-complex WordPress projects.
When I am out of the office, I usually spend my time on the lake fishing for bass, smoking (and eating) endless amounts of meat, working on my saltwater reef aquarium, and “hockeying!” You can also find me in Las Vegas at least a few times a year, where I frequent the Texas Hold’em poker tables, and look for that big underdog payout at the UFC events.
"After several years of working behind multiple televisions and
tape decks, I came across the opportunity to work in front of a
different type of screen all day."
As a child, I always enjoyed watching television and using my Commodore 64. I knew that I wanted to contribute something creative to these fields. Design is not my strong suit, so a “behind the scenes” technical job seemed like the logical choice. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Telecommunications, I moved to New York City to work in television post-production.
After several years of working behind multiple televisions and tape decks, I came across the opportunity to work in front of a different type of screen all day. As a front-end developer, I worked for several companies before arriving at Inverse Paradox to join their support team. Outside of work, I enjoy loud music, good beer, the disappointment of being an Aston Villa supporter, and spending time with my wife and two daughters.
Connect, Define, Create & Support
We connect personally & professionally. We define overall goals & expectation. We create compelling designs & code. We support quality, talent & communication.
Inverse Paradox began its journey to become a digital agency 10 years ago built upon a fundamental belief that most small and medium businesses approach their web & graphic design needs without the ability to fully realize their goals & objectives. They use stock art for their brand. They use a pay-by-month turnkey website solution that doesn’t sell their services. Or they end up working with an agency that overcharges and under-delivers.
And this isn’t to the fault of the client. We always tell our clients that they will always know more about their industry than we do. But we know effective design. We know the Internet and the underlying technology. And we know the role this plays in marketing. It takes collaboration between the agency and the client rooted in honesty and mutual-education to have a successful project that is accomplished with a reasonable budget.
At Inverse Paradox, we are a team of passionate individuals with big-agency talent looking to make a real impact on and off the web for all of our clients. Our people use the same processes and technology as some of the largest agencies and companies use. And our cornerstone of education pushes everyone on our team to continue to learn and advance with every project they take on. They apply their skills and professional growth to accomplish the goals of small and large projects alike. This ultimately results in a highly successful product.