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Meet and Greet with Keddy Russell-Curry

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Meet Keddy Russell-Curry:

Keddy is one of Digital Operative’s latest and greatest! Joining us as our Paid Media Specialist, Keddy jumped headfirst into the marketing team where his quick wit and great sense of humor made him a perfect addition to the team. We want you to get to know Keddy too, so we’re going to let him tell you a little bit more about himself. Take it away, Keddy!

Well hello! I’m Keddy, let’s get started… I grew up in Merced, CA, where I spent most of my time playing in Mexican soccer leagues (as the only non-Mexican) and leaving town as often as possible, either to head down toward the snow, or to play gigs around the state as a punk musician. I got my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara before joining Teach For America, where I taught 7th/8th grade Reading, Writing and Math for two years at low income, low-performing schools in Phoenix, AZ. After deciding I did not want to stay in teaching, I moved to San Jose to get back into the business, before deciding to pursue my MBA with an emphasis in Marketing here in San Diego, where I simultaneously began working in Paid Media… and here I am!

Let’s get to know Keddy a little better with a few RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS:

  • Website You Visit The Most: espnfc.com
  • iPhone or Android: iPhone/apple e’erythang
  • First thing you do when you get to the office: get judged by the marketing team for only eating protein bars for breakfast
  • How Do you take your coffee: I exclusively drink Americanos
  • Fun Fact about yourself: my lung has collapsed twice
  • Something you say frequently: “you know what really grinds my gears?”… or “ALL DAY” exclaimed as obnoxiously as possible
  • Favorite thing to do on a Saturday: play pick-up soccer
  • Cats or Dogs: dogs… especially if it’s someone else’s
  • What would you sing at Karaoke night: Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin”
  • Do you have a nickname, what is it: no nicknames that have stuck, Keddy is weird enough and already sounds like a nickname
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Meet The Team: Jessika Sobanski

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Meet Jessika Sobanski:

Jessika Sobanski is Digital Operative’s Director of Project Management. She has been working with the team for over a year and everyday tries to make Digital Operative’s project management process a little better. Along with Project Managing some clients here at Digital Operative, Jessika also teaches. She is a PMP instructor on the side and also just got certified as a dog trainer and works for SmrtDog in Ocean Beach. But, when Jessika isn’t at her desk, you can find her running meetings or throwing her dog, Theodore’s bouncy ball back and forth down the office hallway.

Let’s get to know Jessika a little better with RAPID FIRE:

  • Website You Visit The Most: I think it might be BarkPost these days. They always entice me right into their site: 17 Dogs Out to Ruin Your First-Day-of-School Photos. I’m not even in school, but I am compelled to be forewarned… just in case…
  • iPhone or Android: Android. I’m rocking the Galaxy SIII.
  • Favorite Phone App: Instagram. I love the engagement, kind words and connections. It makes my day.
  • Favorite Industry related Website: Neuromarketing  I’ve always been fascinated by neuroscience. When I was younger I liked studying it on the molecular level (my mom surprised me with a Neuropshychopharmacology book once and it was my fave present). In grad school I did my Instructional Design (educational) research projects by also drawing from psychology, marketing, and other disciplines. If an advertising study can come up with the ideal amount of time text needs to be on screen to be remembered after watching a video, why not use that in designing for education? And now I am part of DO where we specialize in marketing and educating the consumer.
  • If you could only visit one website for the rest of your life, what site would that be? Hmmm, I would say: YouTube. I came up with this answer because I turn to the web for current information, education, entertainment, healthy lifestyle ideas, and connecting with friends & family. Though not an avid YouTuber now, this would be my answer should you decide to impose this restriction on me.
  • Something you say frequently: *!@$ 
  • First thing you do when you get to the office: I unzip a bag full of fluff. My dog, Theodore, can’t get into his bag fast enough when I ask him to come to work with me.
  • If you could have any job in the world, what would it be: I am not quite sure, but it would involve helping dogs.
  • How Do you take your coffee: In a can… marked “Celsius.” To answer seriously, I unfortunately had to cut back on caffeine, so I tend to get decaf soy cappuccinos these days.
  • Fun Fact about yourself: I was once on an episode of MTV Real High School Stories. I played a lunch lady (sans the hair net, which I was actually disappointed about). I had helped to cast the episode and was asked to take the lunch lady role, so I did, thinking I’d be off in the background somewhere scooping slop (whilst sporting a hair net). As it turns out, guess who cracked the case? Yep, the lunch lady!
  • Favorite thing to do on a Saturday: Wake up to puppy cuddles (+ cat cuddles), go do hot yoga with Andre Houle… followed by some time by the pool / hot tub with my daughter Jade.
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Meet The Team: Cody Brown

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2015 has already been a busy year for us at Digital Operative, and we continue to add to the team. We would like to welcome Cody Brown into his new role as Senior Visual Designer, based in our San Diego, CA. office.

Meet Cody Brown:

I’ve always been a very artistic person, and have been working in the advertising/design space for the past 5 years or so. In my early design years I created a ton of custom illustrations and poster designs for bands and gigs. A few of my more notable designs were tour posters for The Lumineers and Imagine Dragons in 2012. I recently worked at BBH LA where I learned a lot about digital advertising, mobile apps, and technology related platforms. Some of my recent passions are lifestyle photography & shooting short films.

Let’s get to know Cody a little better with RAPID FIRE:

  • Website You Visit The Most: designspiration.com

  • iPhone or Android: iPhone

  • Favorite Phone App: Instagram

  • Favorite Industry related Website: dribble

  • If you could only visit one website for the rest of your life, what site would that be? reddit.com

  • Something you say frequently: Yeah, totally

  • First thing you do when you get to the office: Sip on my delicious coffee

  • If you could have any job in the world, what would it be: Get paid a ridiculous amount of money to travel the world and take amazing photos and videos

  • How Do you take your coffee: Pour over of course, with a splash of almond milk and a pinch of raw sugar. 

  • Fun Fact about yourself: Lobster is all I think about

  • Favorite thing to do on a Saturday: Hang by the beach,  maybe take some photos, and have dinner and drinks with my friends. 

If you’re interested in joining the DO family, check out our job listings here.

New Employee Chato Ramirez

Meet The Team: Chato Ramirez

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2015 has already been a busy year for us at Digital Operative, and we continue to add to the team. We would like to welcome Chato Ramirez into his new role as Senior Developer, based in our San Diego, CA. office.

Meet Chato Ramirez:

I began my professional career in 2005 as a digital designer, providing creative direction for a Swiss watch company. In 2006 I decided to make a career shift and began developing online stores for an ecommerce agency in San Diego. I quickly learned I could apply my design knowledge during the development process to provide a better final solution for my clients. After 9 years in the ecommerce industry working across several platforms and with every type of client, I have been involved in building and maintaining hundreds of successful online businesses.

Let’s get to know Chato a little better with RAPID FIRE:

  • Website You Visit The Most: Whiskeymilitia.com

  • iPhone or Android: Android

  • Favorite Phone App: Google Now

  • Favorite Industry related Website: Stackoverflow.com

  • If you could only visit one website for the rest of your life, what site would that be? Quora.com

  • Something you say frequently: “NO”.. to my 2 year old daughter

  • First thing you do when you get to the office: Check my email

  • If you could have any job in the world, what would it be: I love what I do now

  • How Do you take your coffee: Frozen, in ice cream

  • Fun Fact about yourself: I once rode a bike from San Francisco to San Diego

  • Favorite thing to do on a Saturday: Surf in the morning and hang out with my wife and daughter all afternoon

If you’re interested in joining the DO family, check out our job listings here.

Amanda Russell

UX Designer From Vail Resorts Has Joined The DO Team!

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It’s been a great year for Digital Operative and as we continue to expand, we continue to add to the team – we would like to welcome Amanda Russell into her new role as User Experience Lead.

CEO, BJ Cook says, “Amanda has a keen sense of how the user experience should improve over time for a customer. Her experience and skillset are a huge value to our team and clients. We’re excited to enhance our user experience practice at DO.”

Meet Amanda:

I earned my BA in 20th Century Chinese History but have been working in the technology space for the last 5 years. During my time as a consultant in Washington, D.C., I worked as a business analyst, designer, developer and tester. I realized that I loved all aspects of technology projects, but User Experience could bring them together to help deliver an amazing solution. I moved to Denver in 2012 and officially started working as a User Experience Designer, working with local clients like Vail Resorts and Charter Communications. Every website has a user experience; my job is to make sure it’s a great one!

Welcome to the Team Amanda, we look forward to working with you and know that you are going to be a huge asset to our growing DO family!

If you would like to work for us at Digital Operative, check out our available jobs and apply to be part of the DO team!

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Meet the team: Reena Leone

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As we continue to expand, we continue to add to the team – Digital Operative would like to welcome Reena Leone into her new role as Content Marketer, based in the San Diego, CA. office.

Reena is a great addition to our growing practice around Content, Commerce and Community. Her experience creating campaigns with solid content foundations, social media triggers and measurable ROI made it a no-brainer for us. We’re excited to have her onboard and helping DO’s clients realize revenue from social media and content marketing.

– CEO BJ Cook

Meet Reena Leone:

I graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business but upon moving to San Diego, I made the switch to Digital Marketing. I got my start in 2008 as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of another San Diego digital agency, Digitaria and through his mentorship, moved on from admin and into marketing and social media. I spent the last 3 years as a Senior Social Media and Social Commerce Specialist for Sony Electronics. It was at Sony that I discovered my passion for writing and photography which lead me to move full time into content marketing.

Welcome to the Team Reena, we look forward to working along side of you and know that you are going to be a huge asset to our growing DO family!

If you would like to work for us at Digital Operative, check out our available jobs and apply to be part of the DO team!

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