President and Technical Architect
Distinct Value: Steve's distinct value is his ability to deliver results-oriented expertise. He is ambitious, focused, confident, competitive and results-oriented.
Core Competencies: Technical Architectures, Project Analyses, Scalable Business Development, eCommerce Consultation, Project Management, Pay Per Click Marketing.
History: Steve co-founded Dotcomjungle in 2003 with his partner, Bob Bestor, and bought Bob's half several years later. One partner has since come and gone, and another, Stephen Sendar, joined the team in April of 2014, providing his unique experiences in real estate, contract negotiation, c-suite executive coaching, crisis management and human resource management to the Dotcomjungle team.
Steve has worked in retail for over 35 years as a taco slinger, busboy, waiter, floor manager, buyer, store manager, owner, president, CEO, and business consultant. There are few business hats that he has not worn, including janitor. His unique set of experiences allows him to see the human connection between systems, data and the goals of a company. His ability to establish the true needs of an entire company's management team in support of the goals of the company, and synthesize them into actionable priorities that the entire team can get behind is extreme.
Personal: When he's not in the office, Steve can be found rock climbing, skiing, rafting rivers, fly fishing or exploring the great outdoors in some other way with his wife Tara and one or more of his awesome three sons, Julian, Jackson and Kellen. He has a passions for listening to and playing many types of music, from folk and bluegrass to alternative rock, Bluenote Jazz and more. He is known to play numerous stringed instruments poorly. And thanks to the wonders of digital editing, his poor recordings of his poor playing techniques can actually come out pretty good sometimes.
Core Competencies: Real estate, contract negotiation, c-suite executive coaching, crisis management and human resource management
History: coming soon
Personal: coming soon
Head of IT & Back End Development
Core Competencies: Project management, partner engagement and education, ERP and CRM customizations and integrations, Programming language assimilation, Magento, WordPress, and all of the necessary programming languages that one would expect a well-rounded web developer and ERP integrator to know!
History: Kelly worked in several consumer facing industries until deciding to go back to school to take advantage of his naturally analytical and mathematical mind in search of a career in programming. His first custom website sold tickets for a local movie theater and integrated with its POS system. Luckily for Dotcomjungle he landed here in 2012 and has been making hay for our partners ever since. Kelly has shown extreme competence in learning and assimilating very disparate systems and languages while connecting and integrating them for the benefit of our partners.
Personal: In his 'youth', Kelly was a ripping guitarist for punk rock bands. His musical passions include a studying and playing classical guitar, flamenco guitar, sitar, punk guitar and his little Moog Grandmother! He still plays rock and all of these instruments like a madman, and is very shy about his skills, though they are truly formidable. He has a strangely keen ear for musical tones and can tell you spectacularly true things about the sounds coming out of an amp, how they were made or who played what and when on which record and why.
He can be found most times when not at work either playing music solo or with his lovely wife, Cynthia, and his clone-son Julian, or playing board games with those same two fantastic individuals.
Head of Front End Development
History: Matt's adolescence mostly consisted of enduring the screech of dialing modems, troubleshooting custom PC hardware issues, and exploring the undeveloped frontier of the early internet. This classic tech guy origin story took an unexpected turn when he studied psychology and art history at Willamette University. It slowly got back on track at his first job out of college, managing the marketing for a local nonprofit, and eventually working in a small IT department at another nonprofit. He recently returned to the Rogue Valley, where he found a vocation that allows him to use all that he's learned to solve different problems every day.
Matt's time in marketing taught him the importance of streamlining routine tasks to take less time and headspace to accomplish. His time in information technology taught him the importance of mitigating risks, reducing complexity, and improving institutional memory. His time as a front-end web developer has taught him to make sure anything he does also works in Internet Explorer.
Personal: Matt's two main pastimes go together like oil and water.
He and his wife Sydney enjoy taking advantage of the many wonderous trails and campsites that can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest. They each have enormous backpacks that they hope to fill with everything they need for week-long outings in the wilderness. For now, they are content to take in the awesome views found at the end of forest trails.
When he's not doing all that naturey stuff, Matt is likely to be found playing a game of some sort, usually something electronic. He has been a longtime fan of computer games, with a long history of custom-built PCs to prove it. Recently he's gotten into tabletop gaming such as Gloomhaven and, yes, Dungeons & Dragons.
Matt also forgot how to ride a bike, so he doesn't use that saying very often.