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Dave Onkels will be MC'ing this years Circles Conference.
Everywhere, all the time. Like any good dreamer, it’s hard to get this guy to sit still. Dave Onkels co-leads Dotvita, a web design studio that mixes entrepreneurial thinking and a passion for beautiful, people-focused design.
With a diverse background that started in retail strategy and store environments, Dave has worked with many brands including Bose, Sprint, AT&T, Sears, Costco and Best Buy. He founded the online startup Magnt.com, one of the first personal landing page generators and serves as editor for Appvita, a curated blog for finding emerging web apps.
Dave has a deeply-rooted desire to help small businesses fight the odds and grow–and he's not afraid to take risks along the way. He works side-by-side with his wife and they have two lovely girls plus a plethora of pets. In his spare time, Dave likes to fly airplanes.
Josh Hemsley is head of design at MyEnergy.com where he handles product direction, visual design, and front-end development. Prior to joining MyEnergy in 2010, he co-founded a small design agency called Fixel, as well as led design projects for brands including Disney, P.F. Chang’s, Taylor Guitars, Asics and others.
Over the past few years, Josh has spent his additional time helping a few start-up companies get off the ground, most notably, Sevenly – a charity driven e-commerce platform featuring limited-edition awareness products.
Most are unsure of where Josh actually resides, but you can often find him either snuggling with his wife and two kids by a winter’s fire in the Pacific Northwest or at a Los Angeles Angels game in sunny Southern California.
Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Helsinki, Finland. She has studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has worked as a freelancer in both fields since 2006. After working for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram Design and RoAndCo Studio, Lotta is now a full-time freelancer based in New York City.
In 2010, Lotta received the Art Directors Club Young Guns award and was selected by Print magazine for its annual New Visual Artists review, highlighting 20 international rising designers under the age of 30. In early 2012 she received the esteemed Junior Award at the Best of the Year advertising and design competition in Finland. Lotta has given talks at the Apple Store in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and La Cambre University in Brussels, Belgium. She has illustrated for the likes of clients such as Hermès, New York Times, Volkswagen, United Airlines, International Herald Tribune, Monocle, Newsweek, Wired UK and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Morgan is helping the Dropbox team design ways to make your life easier. Before joining Dropbox, he led the visual redesign of Google+ that launched in April 2012. As part of the non-profits Participatory Culture and Politics Foundations, Morgan designed open tools to change and affect society for the better.
Cameron Moll is the founder of Authentic Jobs, a targeted job board for web and creative professionals. He's the co-author of the best-selling CSS Mastery (2006, 2009) and author of Mobile Web Design (2007), a self-published title.
Cameron's work or advice has been featured by HOW, Communication Arts, PRINT, Forrester Research, National Public Radio (NPR), and many others. One of his letterpress type posters, the most recent of which can be seen at ColosseoType.com, was the recipient of the HOW 2008 In-House Design Award.
Cameron resides in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife Suzanne and four sons.
Brad Smith lives in a small box on an island named Manhattan. By day he is the CEO & Founder of Virb; the social network turned DIY website builder. When the sun sets, he is an advisor, investor, end user of fine whiskeys, and Instagram addict.
In 2001, he founded Neubix Studios; a corn-fed, midwestern design agency, which became globally recognized for its simplistic, yet groundbreaking design — apparent on sites like The Big Noob: a big, blue blog about nothing.
Circa 2005, Brad took a hiatus from client work and moved his company to Boston, joining forces with the team at PureVolume.
Now hailing from New York City, Brad and his team have charted a course into the land of easy-to-use, do-it-yourself website builders.
To be continued…
The after party will be located at La Buena Vida. Dinner & drinks will be provided.
Enjoy some coffee as you connect with other awesome peeps just like you.
Patrick Mahoney has been using his imagination since childhood in hopes of making a living doing it. Through a lot of failures and some successes God opened doorways in spite of him. He and his wife have been serving at Mars Hill Church for over a decade and he's been the Associate Art Director and Mars Hill for a number of years. He now lives in the northwest with his wife and kids where there's endless play with home improvement, lego's and calico critters.
Megan began working as a business owner and designer straight out of college in 2009 beginning Hitch Design Studio with her husband, Mike in Traverse City, Michigan. Together they develop interactive websites, brand stories, and consult for creative businesses wanting to make a difference. Megan leads all consultation on the visual design and marketing strategy for their clients. She believes in the power of collaboration, story-telling, and the use of raw elements in design.
When not designing Megan is the editor and curator behind the design and lifestyle blog, The Fresh Exchange where she shares current inspiration, recipes, and personal thoughts on her life as a creative entrepreneur. Daily she uses the space as a creative outlet through using original images and hand done typography.
Outside of the office Megan and her husband spend long hours hiking and enjoying Northern Michigan.
Terry Storch serves as the Digerati Pastor for LifeChurch.tv. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, LifeChurch.tv is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.
Three dynamic areas of digital ministry reside under Terry’s leadership at LifeChurch.tv. They are known as YouVersion, Church Online, and the Church to Church resource teams. As co- founder of the YouVersion Bible App, which has currently been downloaded on more than 72 million devices, Terry enjoys seeing people around the world fall in love with God’s Word. Church Online allows hundreds of thousands people from more than 200 countries to attend church services online throughout the week. Additionally, the Church to Church ministry is resourcing thousands of pastors and churches with free resources such as sermon notes, curriculum, and worship materials through OPEN.lifechurch.tv. They also offer free web apps, such as the Church Online Platform and Church Metrics, which are tools created to assist churches in hosting their own church services online and to help churches manage attendance and giving trends.
Prior to joining the LifeChurch.tv team in 2007, Terry formed two technology companies, consulted with various large telecommunication start-ups, and has spent the last 15 years serving and leading in ministry. During this time, Terry co-authored The Blogging Church: Sharing the Story of Your Church Through Blogs.
A designer, illustrator, speaker and creative tinkerer living in Charlotte, North Carolina that believes you have to find ways to do work that you love, even if it means creating it for yourself. His MAX100 project grew from self-initiated web adventure, to Kickstarter project, to a published book sitting on coffee tables and in sneaker shops in over 25 countries.
He has created design and illustration for clients such as the NBA, Facebook, Nike, New York Magazine / Vulture, JJ's Red Hots, Wired Magazine, TBWA/London, The Salvation Army, The Designer Fund, and Dunkin Donuts. For clients big and small, he strives to create work that is effective, thoughtful and reflects a unique point of view.
Jeff Sheldon is the founder and designer of Ugmonk, a brand focused on creating high-quality, well-designed products. What started as a small side project to create simple, typographic tshirts has grown into a full-blown lifestyle brand which he now runs full-time. When he's not designing, Jeff enjoys hanging out with his wife and crazy boston terrier, Pixel.
Originally from Colorado, Matthew is a world class designer with roots in studio art. His professional career spans design work for clients like The Gates Foundation, U.S. Postal Service, Fox TV, and MIT. Matthew has led creative for top startups, began one of the most respected co-working locations in the country, and launched a conference that attracts top talent from around the world. The main dish on Matthew's plate is being the Creative Director at Relay Foods, with sides of speaking internationally, photography, and even some invention in the physical product world.
When he's not making waves in the creative world, you can find him at home in Greenville, SC, spending quality time with his wonderful wife and three cuter-than-life kids, or enjoying a fine bourbon by the fire.
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