Hana is our clients insights lead, which means she knows how our clients use Emma and uses that knowledge to make Emma better. Hana is also our pirate history insights lead, which means she knows a lot about the rich pirating history of the Atlantic Ocean and uses that knowledge to, uh, win twelve bucks and a half-eaten roll of Tums at the Tri-County Pirate Trivia Adventure Night? Not sure. Anyhoo, Hana came to Emma after several years of user experience and digital marketing work at Comdata. Prior to that, she earned her MBA from Vanderbilt, worked for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and did her undergraduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. [Editor's note: The spelling of "Vanderbilt" in this biography has been amended from the original, "Vand-ARRRR-bilt," which was deemed too egregious a pirate pun, even by our lax standards.]
Cody is our Integrations Manager. He holds a degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University and studied Film at Columbia College in Chicago. He’s co-written and co-starred in his own film, Make-Out with Violence (check it out at www.makeoutwithviolence.com), which was selected as an official entry in the SXSW Film Festival and generally better received than his much earlier work, Make-Out with Joan Rivers. Cody's interesting and varied resume includes stints as a carriage driver in Chicago (his favorite city, and who can blame him except perhaps Toledo), a tour guide for Nashville’s Ghost Tours, and a freelance writer for the Nashville Scene. Along similar out-of-the-box-occupational-lines, our friend Cody has also been a security guard, a knife salesman, a substitute teacher, and a cart pusher at Wal-Mart. Oh, and he loves the Ramones. Again, who can blame him? (Pipe down, Toledo.)
Besides having the hand-down coolest name of all our employees, Tate Eskew is also our senior systems engineer. The only thing cooler than Tate Eskew's name is the fact that, prior to Emma, Tate Eskew recorded all of the dialogue for seven seasons of The Simpsons. Tate Eskew's interests are varied, from sustainable farming to homebrewing to music to motorbiking to receiving compliments about his name, which, if we hadn't mentioned it already, is Tate Eskew.
Brian was once on The Price is Right. He's also a QA Analyst on Emma's Editor product team, but we thought his brush with Bob Barker-dom was more important than anything else we can say here. To clarify, he didn't actually make it onto the PIR stage, but he was positioned right behind the bidding stations and wound up on camera shouting at people to bid one dollar, one dollar, ONE DOLLAR! Smart, Brian. Smart. Like a number of his co-workers, Brian is a musician and was once a serious, touring musician, having jammed with Conan O'Brien (take that, Bob Barker) and gotten used to sleeping in the cramped corner of a touring van. It was really the sleeping in uncomfortable vans, not so much jamming with A-list celebrities, that led Brian to rethink his career direction. He still plays on the side in a band called the Foxymorons, and his nickname at Emma is actually Barry, so if you could please re-read this entire paragraph mentally inserting "Barry" any time it says "Brian," that'd save us a bunch of rewrite time.
Grey is our market strategist, helping guide the direction of Emma's product roadmap and the Labs effort to craft early concepts around those future opportunities. Speaking of crafting things, Grey is known for crafting beer in his own home, which means he's also known for crafting beer-related phrases like "raisin-fig nose" and "sweet malty breadiness" and "it's okay to drink in your basement." Is Grey also known for crafting actual crafts? He's asked us not to comment on the matter, which leads us to believe that his home-brewed beer bottles may come adorned with crocheted doilies and little yarn pom-pon thingies. Before joining Emma, Grey helped manage a post-production studio that handled a variety of editing projects for music-industry-clients. He's been an engineer, a producer, a recording artist and a secret maker of crafts. Oops. Sorry, Grey. Secret's out, buddy.
Kari is an Emma Scrum Master, coaching and supporting our development team as they craft new Emma features. But Kari moonlights as the organizer of the Superhero Quest, an adventure race and scavenger hunt that probably involves some literal moonlight. It's not unlike the TV show The Amazing Race, one that Kari hopes to be on one day. In the meantime, she's beefing up her qualifications by bungee jumping (720 feet), traveling the world (12 countries and counting) and running marathons (okay, we're getting tired just listing this stuff). She has earned a B.A. from SUNY Geneseo, a Masters in Education from Salem State University, and the undying love of her mini golden-doodle puppy named Melvin.
Jim stymied chili experts everywhere by uniting the meat-laden, cheesy, gut-bombing tradition of a chili cook-off with something as ridiculous as — wait for it — celery. This auspicious moment occurred during Emma's own chili cook-off, where Jim's Buffalo Chicken Chili recipe handily earned him the title of reigning chili champion. Jim's also known around these parts as a sometime product owner and sometime member of the Emma Labs team, ensuring that the products we aim to build are the products our customers really want us to. And if those products should somehow involve celery, well then all the better. Before joining Emma, Jim served as a partner in an insurance and financial services firm, having earned his degree in finance from Belmont University, and he continues to participate in his family's business, Wampler's Farm Sausage, whose delicious new Celery Sausage will no doubt be available soon at a grocery store near you.
Do you know anybody who owns Christmas tree lights for their car? Yes, you do, and you're reading about her now. Kelli is a part of our customer support team, where she regularly delights clients not only with her knack for troubleshooting and friendly service but also with videos of her dance moves which she, masquerading as a mysterious "Leslie," will never regret having posted here. Kelli's kinesthetic talents also extend to the kickball arena, where a portion of her uniform, we're told, involves a tutu. Prior to Emma, Kelli worked at artist management shops around Nashville, supporting the marketing efforts of up-and-comers like Kanye West, Tim McGraw and Alicia Keys. Kelli is one of the few notary publics in the Emma shop and, we're assuming, the only tutu-wearing notary public within 50 miles. Kelli holds a degree in advertising from the University of Southern Indiana, where she graduated summa cum laude. Summa cum laude is Latin for with a tutu, we're almost positive.
Before Jeff joined Emma's User Experience team, he owned an agency that used Emma for its clients. Isn't that a coincidence! Was it enough of a coincidence to use an exclamation point? Probably not, now that we think about it! That customer experience has given Jeff a unique perspective on the needs of Emma agencies and their clients, and he's applying that perspective to how we design for - and serve - those agencies and the rest of the Emma community. Other things that give Jeff a unique perspective: Lost (don't get him started), '80s metal bands, The Letter People, and IndyCar racing. In fact, Jeff grew up thinking he would be a racecar driver. What a silly, stupid dream. Just kidding, Jeff, and other children who dream about becoming things! Jeff now spends more time dreaming about creating user experiences that are "brilliantly simple and beautifully usable," and we're glad he's making that dream come true at Emma. Also, racecars shmacecars.
Josh is a member of our application development team, hailing from California and Cal Poly (or California Polytechnic State University, if you prefer). He's a developer, and a DJ, and a writer. And he has a Radiohead tattoo, which makes us think he likes Radiohead. Or maybe he hates Radiohead and it's his ultra-ironic commentary on how the cult following bands inspire is nothing more than corporate commercialism at its most devious. Or maybe he just likes Radiohead. You're right. Josh's love of music shows up in other ways, too, like his involvement in Buzzgrinder.com and GhettoblasterMagazine.com, sites for which he has written, edited, designed, developed, reviewed albums, and interviewed artists and industry figures. His self-described music geekdom is matched by his computer geekdom, his writing geekdom and his web comic geekdom. The man has seen a ton of live shows and has eaten his fair share of cheese. We mention cheese only to point out the fact that Josh once made a pact with a friend in which they agreed they wouldn't eat cheese for two years, apart from the occasional cheese "emergencies" that would inevitably arise from time to time. There are apparently more cheese emergencies than you might expect, and Josh has learned what the rest of us knew all along - that pacts with friends involving cheese never end well.