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We are a crazy mix of designers, developers, strategists, mad scientists and everything in between, brought together in one fantastical environment to bring you the most engaging experiences possible.
Leadership.
  • Patrick Cousans
    Patrick CousansExecutive Director, Client Engagement

    Years of experience | 20

    9:00 – 5:00 | As Director of Engagement, Patrick manages the engagement between Smashing Ideas and our partner clients. From aligning product goals to establishing cross-team dynamics, he helps refine business objectives for clients to ensure product profitability and successful deployment. In partnership with the Production Team, Patrick helps clients and project teams as they scope, plan, budget, track, and launch a range of large-scale digital endeavors.

    Expertise | Patrick has a track record of converting ideas into achievable product deliverables by working with teams to define, and consequently redefine, a digital product’s best use of technology. Clients include Nickelodeon, Penguin Random House, Walt Disney Home Video, Fox Home Entertainment, and The Voyager Company.

    Past life | Life before SI saw Patrick as Producer at Screenlife, Senior Producer at Digeo, and Executive Producer at Reel.com

    The smarts | BA of Communications from the University of Southern California

    Hidden talent | Resident SI travel planner.

  • Lisa Dawson
      Lisa DawsonDirector of Production

      Years of experience | 21

      9:00 – 5:00 | As Director of Production, Lisa oversees the day-to-day operations of all cross-functional project teams, focusing on maximizing team performance, meeting company objectives, and ensuring the successful launch of large-scale, complex digital projects.

      Expertise | A Certified Scrum Product Owner, Lisa excels at guiding successful project teams through scope and budget management, cross-team collaboration, and the implementation of Agile methodologies. She is passionate about the growth and advancement of her team and is a seasoned veteran of effective personnel management, career mentoring, and mediation tactics. Her work spans the healthcare, retail, travel, technology, and cyber-security industries, and a sampling of clients include Swedish Medical Center, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and AT&T.

      Past life | Before leading the production charge, Lisa was the Director of Product Management at Internet Identity, Director of Project Services at Allyis, and Manager of Corporate Systems at REI.

      The smarts | Bachelor of Arts in Leadership & Organizational Studies from Antioch University
      Certified Scrum Product Owner

      Hidden talent | Award-winning Morse code translator.

    • Victor Allen
      Victor AllenChief Technical Officer

      Years of experience | 20

      9:00 – 5:00 | As CTO, Victor lends his technical expertise to the development of digital products that have the potential to impact human behavior. He leads the Development and Quality Assurance teams, as well as guides the agency’s overall technical strategy and development process standards. Victor always takes a client-first approach by providing consultation services on product realization for leading-edge partners worldwide.

      Expertise | Victor excels at technical team management, digital product realization, technical strategy, web application development, user experience (UX), and content management. He has provided mobile development, web development, and innovation strategy for such clients as Sony, Mattel, Nickelodeon, Discovery Channel, Coca-Cola, and Callaway Golf.

      Past life | Before leading the technical charge at SI, Victor was the Director of Development for The Buddy Group and Senior Flash Developer at Juxt Interactive

      The smarts | BA of English/Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine

      Hidden talent | Cat whisperer.

    • Lisa Forsyth
      Lisa ForsythDirector, Strategic Accounts

      Years of experience | 18

      9:00 – 5:00 | As Senior Manager, Lisa is responsible for the successful management of one of the agency’s largest clients. She leads and manages a highly skilled team of front-end and back-end developers, QA engineers, designers, and producers that support more than 70 sites in 20 different languages across the globe for Sony Pictures Television, Digital Media Networks.

      Expertise | From design, development, project management, strategic planning, and team management, Lisa’s expertise covers nearly every facet of a digital engagement, from an initial concept’s action plan to post deployment maintenance. She manages multiple projects and their corresponding deadlines and objectives with hyper-focus, ensuring continued project success that is aligned with her clients’ long-term business goals.

      Past life | Before SI, Lisa was the Director of Shared Application Engineering at msnbc.com, the Director of Tactical Development at msnbc.com, Program Manager at drugstore.com, and Software Engineer at Ignition Mortgage Technology Solutions.

      The smarts | MA of English and Film Theory from the University of Florida and BA of English and Visual Culture from the University of California, Riverside

      Hidden talent | Elephant juggler by day, published eBook content author by night.

    • Drew Erikson
      Drew EriksonDirector of Finance

      Years of experience | 20

      9:00 – 5:00 | As Director of Finance, Drew leads the finance and administrative teams that support the monetary health of the agency. From measuring and evaluating performance to identifying opportunities that optimize business growth, Drew helps guide SI’s economic strategy and forecasting.

      Expertise | Drew has a long-standing history in financial leadership for technical and creative businesses, centered around deep analysis and planning. His 20 years of experience include financial management with venture-backed start-ups and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

      Past life | Prior to SI, Drew was the VP of Finance and Operations for the Washington Technology Industry Association, a non-profit serving the Washington tech community.

      The smarts | BA of Business and Economics from Washington State University

      Hidden talent | Finding the deeply hidden logic error in a spreadsheet.

    • Brian Marr
      Brian MarrChief Strategy Officer

      Years of experience | 19

      9:00 – 5:00 | As CSO, Brian partners with client and internal teams to drive product and experience vision. He leads a strategy practice, focused on unearthing the insights and opportunities that innovate products and digital experiences for their customers. He is a strong believer in the use of Experience Mapping to create product vision clarity, and the practice of Motivational Design to create an engaged, loyal audience.

      Expertise | Brian is a marketing strategist, business leader, and educator highly adept at discovering and applying the triggers that motivate customer behavior towards a desired business outcome. His strong history in software product management, digital media, and advertising has resulted in the opportunity to work with clients including Mattel, Wilson, Seattle Sounders FC, Windows Phone, and Pepsico.

      Past life | Life before SI included roles as Managing Director/Director of Digital at the Wexley School for Girls ad agency, Group Marketing Manager of Emerging Media at Microsoft, and Senior Product Manager for Windows x64 at Microsoft. He also worked at a few Silicon Valley startups you probably (and unfortunately) never knew about.

      The smarts | BA of Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz

      On the other side of the podium, Brian teaches two graduate courses in the Master of Communication Leadership program at the University of Washington.

      Hidden talent | Riding bicycles fast, ideally in the mud.

    • Brian Burke
      Brian BurkeCEO

      Years of experience | 20

      9:00 – 5:00 | As CEO, Brian manages the daily operations of the agency and leads the overall direction, development, and implementation of SI’s long-term growth and market strategy. Built upon his extensive experience in early and late-stage start-ups, Brian guides the agency to develop innovative design and technology-driven solutions that help our partners thrive in competitive markets and engage at a deeper level with their customers.

      Expertise | Brian’s specialty in growth strategies and keeping content and product companies ahead of the shifting digital landscape has resulted in a partner and client list that includes Mattel, Adobe, Sony Pictures Television, GE, British Airways, Nickelodeon, Panasonic, HBO, and Turner to name a few. Furthermore, his expertise in the digital content ecosystem, media, platforms, mobile and devices, and design trends has positioned SI as a strategic partner and digital arm to several Fortune 500 companies. He has spoken at numerous conferences, from CES to SXSW and GDC, on topics ranging from the future of mobile gaming to the impact that technology has on our collective experiences as consumers.

      Past life | There was a time long, long ago, where Brian worked outside of SI, helping build digital companies such as Atom Entertainment (AtomFilms/Shockwave) as Vice President of Syndication and at Zango, as Senior Director of Business Development.

      The smarts | Master of European Studies from K.U. Leuven, Belgium and BA of Communication Studies from Seattle University

      Hidden talent | Punk rock singer, guitarist, and drummer.

    • Chad Otis
      Chad OtisExecutive Creative Director

      Years of experience | 23

      9:00 – 5:00 | As Executive Creative Director, Chad inspires and leads the Creative Team to design the most visually appealing and user-centered experiences possible. For nearly 10 years at SI, Chad has helped create a collaborative environment where personal and professional growth go hand-in-hand, resulting in the creation of innovative and disruptive solutions for our clients.

      Expertise | Chad’s an idea guy – generating blue sky thinking that produces creative results, while solving both consumer and business needs. From best practices for user experience and internal production methodologies, to interaction and visual design tenets for desktop experiences and mobile interfaces, he guides the agency towards creative solutions that produce measurable results. A sampling of clients include Discovery Communications, Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Penguin Random House, Disney, and the Cartoon Network.

      Past life | Life before SI saw Chad as Art Director for Cricket Moon Media and Art Director/Lead Designer for the Edmark Corporation

      The smarts | BFA in Visual Communication Design from the University of Washington

      Hidden talent | Extreme word un-jumbler – once the #1 ranking global word un-jumbler for the top word game app in the world.

    • Charlie Barr
      Charlie BarrSenior Director, Business Development

      Years of experience | 15

      9:00 – 5:00 | Dedicated to helping companies define their digital strategy, Charlie has nearly 15 years of experience developing deep partnerships in the digital and brand ecosphere. His commitment to forging strategic partnerships with clients and digital partners helps companies define their digital engagement and transformation strategy.

      Expertise | Charlie has extensive history in project management, sales strategy, research analysis, mobile strategy, client management, agile work flow, UX, and sales/marketing. A sampling of clients include American Greetings, Getty Images, Microsoft, Shutterfly, BBC, and the New York Times. He also helped build pitch/zoom, a mobile consulting and development agency catering to global Fortune 500 companies and consumer brands.

      Past life | Prior to SI Charlie was a Business Development Advisor at Lilipip and Director of Business Development at pinch/zoom

      The smarts | BA of Marketing from Gonzaga University

      Hidden talent | Pro representational artist, specializing in acrylic and cement on board.

    Senior Team.
    • Heath Lombard
        Heath LombardQA Manager
      • Matt Murphy
          Matt MurphyEngagement Manager
        • Drory Ben-Menachem
            Drory Ben-MenachemCreative Director
          • Brittany Carlstrom
              Brittany CarlstromMarketing Manager
            • Devon Burns
                Devon BurnsSenior Strategist
              • Amanda Alleson
                  Amanda AllesonEngagement Manager
                • Chris Hannon
                    Chris HannonDesign Director
                  • Telford Burtts
                      Telford BurttsSenior Producer
                    • Adam Michel
                        Adam MichelCreative Director
                      • Guy Borgford
                          Guy BorgfordDirector of Business Development
                        • Jessica Barnes
                            Jessica BarnesCreative Director
                          • Bill Wright
                              Bill WrightTechnical Director
                            • Paola Reyes-Sanchez
                                Paola Reyes-SanchezDesign Director
                              • Lisa Smith
                                  Lisa SmithSenior Producer
                                • Andrea Pollock
                                    Andrea PollockTalent Manager/Recruiter
                                  • Darren Kovalchik
                                      Darren KovalchikAssociate Technical Director
                                    • Clemente Miller
                                        Clemente MillerSenior UX Designer
                                      • Steve Markey
                                          Steve MarkeySenior Producer

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