Sr. Accounts Manager
Sales Account Director
Chairman of the Board
Online Marketing Associate
Alex’s love for numbers and business management started as a teenager working summers at her father’s family business. Little did she know that learning how to balance the budget and keep operations humming would become her life-long passion. Alex is a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley and is known for maintaining a smile under pressure. When she’s not working on projections, she’s cooking for friends, enjoying a new wine and spending quality time with her family.
Andy makes "making things interactive" seem as easy as boiling eggs. From animating banners to writing complex logic for interactive floorplans and kiosks, Andy's knack for turning static to interactive surpasses most aspiring developers. Before joining Graphic Language and becoming the resident guru, he worked with diverse clientele like Macy’s, Wells Fargo, and the California Teachers Association. Originally from Minneapolis, Andy has an "Arrested Development" (the TV show, not the band) sense of humor and a deftness for completing even the most challenging crossword puzzles.
Whether it's inbound, outbound, or not-yet-in-the-queue, April's got her arms around it. April works closely with most Graphic Language clients. If she's not managing websites, spearheading quality assurance, expediting eblasts, or selling the latest features, she's checking on others to see where she can help. She's often overheard debating database design, user-experience strategy, server configuration, and CSS element positioning as well. April is recently the proud mother of a brand new baby girl and has plenty to do with her extra time.
A technical prodigy of sorts, Bret can whip up complex algorithms faster than you can say, "Is my form still working?". Bret and his team are the gears behind most Graphic Language technologies and they continue to research new ways of making the products more efficient. When his brain is not processing unheard-of lines of code, he's likely creating obscure electronic music software. Bret also enjoys brushing up on his Japanese and eating chicken curry while watching Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Denny is the company nice guy, and his work ethic and talent further attest to his character. Denny is the technical machine behind many GL projects. From producing dynamic websites to creating intricate jQuery functionality, Denny is an invaluable asset to the team and clients. When Denny's not at the office he enjoys hibernating but will take an occasional trip to the store for necessities.
Gabe has been in sales for over 13 years. He has worked for companies such as Reply, HomeGain, & Market Leader. He has almost a decade of high level, strategic sales experience. Gabe received his MBA from University of Phoenix and has a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. If he is not servicing our clients, leading our sales efforts, or managing New Home Feed on a day-to-day, you’ll find him spending time with his family, fishing, watching UFC, or eating seafood at a buffet restaurant around town.
Jeff, a long time advisor of Graphic Language, brings over 40 years experience to the GL board in land planning for new home development and management of his firm, The Planning Collaborative, while servicing the real estate and public land use planning sectors. Degrees include city and regional planning from Rutgers (BA) and community land planning and landscape architecture, (MLA) from UC Berkeley. As chief advisor on the TPC’s urban infill and master planned community development plans, Mr. Grote has guided clients through difficult entitlement projects. His firm’s 20 awards include the Gold Nugget Award at the 1999, 41st Annual Western Builders Show for Best On-the-Boards Site Plan, and the Best Land Deal, from the San Francisco Business Times, Real Estate Deals in 2000.
Jon has raised over $2 billion in debt and equity capital for small high tech companies and western U.S. real estate developers; he's been a senior executive of two technology firms and 3 national real estate companies; he founded and still operates his own real estate investment banking firm; he was a Marine Infantry Platoon Commander in Vietnam; he received his MBA from and was on the faculty of Harvard Business School; and he played football at Rutgers with his best friend, and original Graphic Language investor, who introduced Jon to Graphic Language in 2008.
Justin's ("Juice") innate creative talent is apparent in everything he does. Beyond cutting-edge interface design, his creativity shines through in his personality and everyday communications. And if there's ever a moment he's not being creative, check his pulse. Justin enjoys baseball, hiking, geeking out on the interwebs, modern architecture and design, driving highway 1 at unreasonable speeds, traveling, and cooking.
Kristen Penn brings a unique design perspective and expertise to Graphic Language. As the newest visual designer, her stellar aesthetics and no nonsense approach to design contributes greatly to a growing portfolio of client websites. After graduating from Montana State University, Kristen adventurous nature brought her out to the West coast where she is far less likely to run into a moose. Her time away from Graphic Language is spent drinking tea and having staring contests with her cats.
Maxime LEPERS-TASSY (aka Max) is dedicated to improving and monitoring GL's newly launched product, New Home Feed. Arrived in the bay area a year and a half ago from France, he's wrapping up his masters degree in Information Technologies, while deciphering complex code. From web development to systems administration, Max can adapt to any situation. When he is not at GL, Max is usually barbecuing, going to concerts, or just plain and simply watching TV.
Rick brings sixteen years of web strategy, interactive design, web-application development, and fundamental business know-how to Graphic Language. As the team's lead strategist, he relentlessly strives to find better and more creative ways to engage, retain, and convert web prospects to leads. Rick's management style is simple: give people the freedom to be creative, and they will be. When he’s not strategizing with a client, formulating a 45-page proposal, or upselling the latest features, he’s enjoying time with his family.
When Robert O’Shaughnessy gets to North Dakota, Arkansas, and Iowa, he will have been in all 50 states. That's a long drive, so Robert is actively soliciting clients in Fargo, Little Rock, and Cedar Falls. Also, Robert runs the online marketing show at GL and provides oversight to New Home Feed. He went to Boston University, got degrees in English & History, and spends his spare time in tents.
Teana helps keep the Online Marketing department running as a lean, mean, awesome machine and is the voice behind GL's social media efforts. She spends her days fielding requests from clients and vendors plus dishing out reports in support of GL's clients' Marketing goals. Teana has a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Saint Mary's College of California. When not knee deep in Google Analytics or writing blog posts, she can be found surfing or prepping for her next half marathon, or hunting down the perfect cupcake or cheeseburger. She loves her family, friends, and cheering on the Michigan football team.
Tessa "eagle-eye" Fish, is the company i-dotter and t-crosser. If something seems a pixel off, believe us, she’ll be the first to let you know. Around the office she wears a number of hats and can often be found in client strategy meetings one moment, and designing application interfaces the next. Because process is her favorite part of design she follows each design from concept to completion. When she's not scrutinizing details, Tessa enjoys laughing, snowboarding off mountain cliffs, crabbing from her kayak, and listening to tech podcasts.