The Team

We are a team of hardworking, dedicated individuals.

  • Nickolas Downey

    CEO
  • Kirk Bauer

    VP | Engineering
  • Kim Kregloski

    VP | Business Development
  • Chris Loxley

    Senior Director | Strategic Sales
  • Candi Gentry

    Controller
  • Brent Abernathy

    Director | Product & Release Mgt
  • Adriana Addleton

    Director | Operations & HR
  • Ashley Crots

    Executive Assistant
  • Drue Biggers

    Executive Assistant
  • Patricia Voorheis Vargas

    Implementation Manager
  • Morresicia Coleman

    Implementation Manager
  • Kemble Hildreth

    Account Manager
  • Reggie Hunter

    Support Manager
  • Tess Zara

    Product Support Analyst
  • Moshe Jacobson

    Principal Architect
  • Mauricio Vives

    Principal Architect
  • Chris Autry

    Supervisor | Database
  • Jonathan Sheppard

    Supervisor | Front-End
  • Anthony DeGregorio

    Senior Engineer | Middleware
  • Stephen Dolan

    Account Engineer
  • Beth Crompton

    Senior System Administrator
  • Harrison Katz

    Senior Engineer | DevOps
  • Jabari Worthy

    Senior Engineer | Mobile
  • Alex Saltiel

    Senior Engineer | Middleware
  • Erik Ashley

    Senior Engineer | Middleware
  • Kateri Sheppard

    Senior Engineer | Database
  • Sarah Hughes

    Engineer | Middleware
  • Magnus Siwy

    Engineer | Middleware
  • Matthew Winters

    Supervisor | Middleware
  • Ty Foster

    Engineer | Mobile
  • David Wright

    Engineer | Middleware

Nickolas Downey

Nickolas Downey CEO

What is your educational background?
BS, Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

What is your professional motto?
Because of the customer, we exist.

Why do you do what you do?
I have a preternatural impulse to create, and I have an affinity for technology.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
I will be watching master zero-G ship builders working on our latest commission in my starship-yard.

Life would be a lot simpler if…
The cult of selfishness was shamed instead of being worshiped.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A chameleon. I like to able to blend into any community like I belong there.

Describe your hidden talent.
I love to dance, and people think I’m good at it!

Best place on Earth:
On the beach, with my family, my friends and my kite.

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
A clever remark about the depravity of modern television and the relative superiority of MacGyver to The Family Guy.

Kirk Bauer

Kirk Bauer Vice President of Engineering

What is your educational background?
BS Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech
MBA from Arizona State University

What is your professional motto?
Do not learn to be what you are not. Learn to be better at what you are.

Why do you do what you do?
I love technology and love solving problems.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Unobtrusively part of just about every moment of our day.

“You’ll never catch me…”
Smoking

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Onion rings/onions

Best place on Earth:
Tuscany

Nerdiest quality:
Over-analyze every situation

I spend my free time:
Playing strategy board games

Kim Kregloski

Kim Kregloski Vice President of Business Development

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science/Finance from University of Colorado. Summa Cum Laude

What is your professional motto?
Do not learn to be what you are not. Learn to be better at what you are.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I love it, and I get to work with a wide variety of extremely smart interesting and authentic people.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
The telescope.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A tiger. Agile, smart, fast, and delightfully unpredictable.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Born to run.

My first order of business as a super hero would be…
Settle the hearts and minds of lonely people.

Best place on Earth:
Where I’m with people I love.

Nerdiest quality:
I love astronomy.

Chris Loxley

Chris Loxley Senior Director of Stragtegic Sales

What is your educational background?
Hailing from Ithaca College in upstate New York and then later from CU Boulder out West, I have always felt a strong connection to music, math, and technology, and more interestingly, how they intertwine.

Degrees in music were always heavily supported by math curriculum, and early learning and understanding of music recording technology and software/hardware kept heavy ties between the 3 worlds. You can still find me today in my off time at the studio, engineering recording sessions, and enjoying intricacies of mic placement and its effect on the physics of sound.

What is your professional motto?
Be true to yourself. Do what you say you are going to do.

I am not sure if this is 2 mottos, but to me they are one and the same. Accountability and responsibility permeate our MerchLogix software, so it is fitting that I find this to be the single most important trait in people I work with, hire or manage, or even hold personal friendships with. Set a realistic expectation, then follow through to meet or exceed said expectation. Period. If you do this, you will have success in everything you do, personally and professionally.

Why do you do what you do?
To help people. If I don’t wake up every day believing that whatever I do that day is going to help others achieve professional and personal goals, I’m not getting out of bed.

Whether it is my work with Nead Werx and MerchLogix, or my charity/volunteer work, or the students I teach music to on my nights and weekends, I believe every minute of every day that I am helping others.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
The microphone.

Life would be a lot simpler if…
We all loved each other. Like REALLY loved.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A cobra.

Describe your hidden talent.
Cooking. I love to cook in my spare time. Through the years of experience of friends who are executive chefs helping me along the way, and lots of dinner parties, I am perfecting my craft. I actually have plans to one day start a food blog – that might have to wait a short while considering all of my other hobbies and interests.

Best place on Earth:
St. Martin.

Nerdiest quality:
My affinity for lists.

Candi Gentry

Candi Gentry Controller

What is your educational background?
BA Accounting & Business Management

What is your professional motto?
Work hard, play hard, equally – and rest in-between. Too much of either one gets you in trouble.

Why do you do what you do?
I honestly enjoy working with numbers and there was a need.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Indoor plumbing

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Imbedded in our person instead of external.

Describe your hidden talent.
I can make beautiful shoes from raw materials, using only hand tools.

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Love confidence. Can’t stand arrogance.

Best place on Earth:
Over open waters

Nerdiest quality:
There are so many to choose from… probably the nerdiest would be that I actually used to do the even math problems not assigned (b/c the answers were in the back of the book) for “fun” in school – and I actually liked showing my work.

I spend my free time…
As a new mom, I don’t have much free time these days.

Brent Abernathy

Brent Abernathy Director of Product & Release Management

What is your educational background?
Art Institute of Atlanta – Audio Engineering.

What is your professional motto?
Scientists say the universe is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. They forgot to mention morons.

Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I value relationships that have been built here. When the only thing I dread about work is the drive, I think I have found my place.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Mr. Bucket, the balls pop out of its mouth.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
The majestic honey badger.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Awesome Mix Vol.1

Sometimes people say I look like…
Zach Galifianakis.

My first order of business as a super hero would be…
To become the Super Villain.

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
The bat signal.

Adriana Addleton

Adriana Addleton Director of Operations & Human Resources

What is your educational background?
• Fire Management
• EMT-I
• Bachelor of Business Administration in Actuarial Science, Summa Cum Laude

What is your professional motto?
Under promise and over deliver. Never stop being curious and learning.

Why do you do what you do?
Because it makes me happy. My skills and abilities are optimally utilized- and I love the work environment. I’ve finally found my work “tribe”.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Language

Life would be a lot simpler if…
There were more than one of me. I have too many things I want to do and not enough time to do them all!

What is the soundtrack of your life?
A compilation of beats and harmonics… something without words.

Three things people would be surprised to know about me are:
1. I was a certified EMT-I in Georgia
2. I’ve had three houses burn down (none of them were my fault)
3. I have traveled to almost every continent

Sometimes people say I look like…
Wynona Ryder and Linda Fiorentino.

My first order of business as a super hero would be:
To make an awesome outfit. With a cape.

Best place on Earth:
Anywhere I can put up my hammock near running water, or anywhere I can call home.

Nerdiest quality:
I like analyzing numbers. I graduated GSU summa cum laude with a degree in Actuarial Science, passed a few actuarial exams, and was an actuarial analyst for as many years. I once had a house party for my classmates where you had to bring at least 3 calculators to enter.

I spend my free time:
Hammocking, Reading, Moving my body (cycling, backpacking, rock climbing, circuit training, etc) and being with friends.

My Values:
Honesty, Integrity, Transparency, Patience, Gratitude, Positivity, and Emotional Intelligence.

Ashley Crots

Ashley Crots Executive Assistant

What is your educational background?
I graduated high school and I only went to one year of college.

What is your professional motto?
If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

Why do you do what you do?
I love being the person that everyone can depend on and come to if they need help.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A dolphin.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Taylor Swift’s “1989” album

Sometimes people say I look like…
Kirsten Dunst.

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Love dogs. Can’t stand snakes, spiders, or cockroaches.

Best place on Earth:
With the people I love on a beach.

I spend my free time…
Reading. I am currently reading The Shack by William P. Young.

Drue Biggers

Drue Biggers Executive Assistant

What is your educational background?
BA in English, MA in Education

What is your professional motto?
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Why do you do what you do?
I love helping people achieve their goals.

If you were and animal, what would you be?
Horse.

Describe your hidden talent.
Knitting with my eyes closed.

Best place on Earth:
the English countryside.

Nerdiest Quality:
I always want to read be reading.

I spend my free time:
with my children.

Patricia Voorhies Vargas

Patricia Voorhies Vargas Implementation Manager

What is your educational background?
B.S. International Affairs, Latin American Certificate / / Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. International Affairs (research focus: computational modeling, studies focus: East Asian Economies) / /Georgia Institute of Technology

What is your professional motto?
Kick #$%.

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy interesting problems, a good team, and helping people reach mutually beneficial outcomes. Seeing through the symptoms and coming up with a robust solution to answer the true need of a client is fun to me.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Samurai Sword- art, strength, beauty, lethalness, power, history, tradition, honor- all in one.

Life would be a lot simpler if…
People always saw each other as valid human beings with different skill sets and life experiences.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
Dragon

What is the soundtrack of your life?
La Boheme

Nerdiest quality...
Everything is super-organized- wallet, sock drawer, bottles under every sink, inside my glove compartment, toolbox, etc.

I spend my free time...
Motorcycling.

Morresicia Coleman

Morresicia Coleman Implementation Manager

What is your educational background?
Master of Business Administration - Finance; Bachelor of Science in Engineering

What is your professional motto?
Although I am not a genius, I attempt to work as one. “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” - Albert Einstein.

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy challenges and appreciate working with individuals who are equally eager to beat the odds.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
GPS - I have no sense of direction.

If you were and animal, what would you be?
Bird

Describe your hidden talent.
I can dance pretty good. At least I think so.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Donnie McClurkin

You'll never catch me...
in deep water.

Nerdiest quality:
I actually enjoy reading white papers.

I spend my free time:
Listening to music and reading

Kemble Hildreth

Kemble Hildreth Account Manager

What is your educational background?
During my time at The Georgia Institute of Technology I studied Computer Science. However, my informal education has encompassed building a tiny-house, blacksmithing, authoring an outdoors column for a local magazine, building an ecommerce business during my college years and illustrating my own short stories.

What is your professional motto?
Listen well, communicate often, work hard, and keep things simple.

Why do you do what you do?
Working hard provides for my family, self-education grows my mind, and building useful things satisfies my desire to create. I do all of this because it is good and worthwhile.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Gutenberg’s printing-press. Earl Grey tea comes in at a close second.

Three things people would be surprised to know about me are:
I flew a Cessna 172 prior to driving myself in a car. I am hopelessly addicted to British TV shows such as Downtown Abbey and Poldark. I have been working for years to perfect my fried green tomatoes.

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Selflessness & gratitude/Entitledness.

Best place on Earth:
Sitting beside my Ruth on a mossy boulder, overlooking a mountain stream in North Georgia, with good books and tea. With nowhere to go, and no place to be. For those who don’t know, Ruth is my lovely wife.

You'll never catch me...
Bored (i.e. without project or purpose). This world and all it contains is so very intriguing and entirely fascinating. There is so much to do and see... and so little time to experience it all.

I spend my free time:
Writing short-stories, reading about faraway lands, playing with our German Shepherds, learning how to cook, exploring Georgia with my wife Ruth and playing guitar while she plays Ukulele.

Reggie Hunter

Reggie Hunter Support Manager

What is your educational background?
BA of Science with a concentration in Philosophy.

What is your professional motto?
Work hard or don’t work at all.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I love what I do!

What is your favorite invention of all time?
The internet.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Thinner and smaller.

“You’ll never catch me______.”
Sleep at my desk!

Sometimes people say I look like…
A high school student.

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
A straw stick figure with a hair piece and a metal bow tie.

I spend my free time…
Gaming

Tess Zara

Tess Zara Product Support Analyst

What is your educational background?
BS Environmental Policy and Behavior – University of Michigan

What is your professional motto?
Being right and kind can occur simultaneously

Why do you do what you do?
I feel challenged by what I do not know and am fulfilled by understanding.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
soap

If you were and animal, what would you be?
A stingray, they are like graceful, docile birds of prey of the ocean.

Describe your hidden talent.
I am double jointed and I have a green thumb.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Pulp Fiction

Three things people would be surprised to know about me.
I few up near the border of Canada, I love gardening, and I have worked at Waffle House.

My first order of business as a super hero would be:
Making all social services free.

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Marshmallows/Brussel Sprouts

Best place on Earth:
Lake Michigan

Nerdiest Quality:
Watching "How it's made".

I spend my free time:
running, hiking, listening to music, being with friends.

Moshe Jacobson

Moshe Jacobson Principal Architect

What is your educational background?
In 1986, I started first grade. It was a wonderful year. In 2002, I received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech summa sans laude. More recently I taught computer class to elementary school students for over four years.

What is your professional motto?
Timely communication with the customer is more important than timely resolution to their problem.

Why do you do what you do?
Because that is what the little voices in my head told me to do. And because I like the challenge of creating new things and solving new problems every day.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
I see us heading toward a time of less and less reliance on our bodies. Perhaps we will develop a way to move our consciousness from body to body.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A mountain lion, no doubt.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Chariots of Fire by Vangelis

Three things people would be surprised to know about me are:
I am a pretty decent violin player.
I am a terrible swimmer.
I am made of star dust.

Best place on Earth:
High in the Rocky Mountains.

I spend my free time…
Exploring my consciousness and going backpacking in the woods.

Mauricio Vives

Mauricio Vives Principal Architect

What is your educational background?
BS Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University

What is your professional motto?
“My heart is in the work” – Andrew Carnegie

Why do you do what you do?
to help people bring their ideas to life.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
the LEGO brick

Where do you see technology in 2060?
the Futurama eyePhone

If you were and animal, what would you be?
the beaver, nature's engineer

Some people say I look like...
Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller

Best place on Earth:
Bavaria in Spring.

Nerdiest Quality:
I like reading board game rule books.

Chris Autry

Chris Autyr Database Supervisor

What is your educational background?
BS Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech

What is your professional motto?
Success in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.

Why do you do what you do?
I find it challenging.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Internet Service Providers and Wireless Carriers still have data caps. No flying cars.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
My spirit animal is the norovirus

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Highway to the Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

Three things people would be surprised to know about me are:
1. I am an ex-Soviet spy.
2. I and fluent in 5 languages.
3. I am a mediocre liar.

Sometimes people say I look like…
Chris Farley or Mikey from Recess

Best place on Earth:
A hammock covered in kittens.

Jonathan Sheppard

Jonathan Sheppard Front-End Supervisor

What is your educational background?
B.S. in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech, Certificate in Internet Programming from Aiken Technical College

What is your professional motto?
Form follows function, even in digital interfaces.

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy making interfaces easier to use.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
The next evolution of 3D printing- might not be replicator technology, but will be a lot closer.

Life would be a lot simpler if…
People stopped using outdated web browsers.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
“Arrival to Earth” by Steve Jablonsky, Transformers OST

Best place on Earth:
Lake Maracaibo, where the Catatumbo Lightning phenomenon results in a thunderstorm with active lightning over half the year.

Nerdiest quality:
I enjoy painting D&D miniatures.

I spend my free time…
Working on random creative projects and playing video games.

Anthony DeGregorio

Anthony DeGregario Senior Middleware Engineer

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Georgia Tech

What is your professional motto?
Be Prepared.

Why do you do what you do?
I work as a software engineer because I love creating things from the ground up. In software engineering, virtually nothing is impossible. I play basketball and snowboard because they are two of the best sports in the world. I participate in obstacle course races because they are fun and challenging. I work at Nead Werx because my colleagues are awesome and I enjoy the challenges presented to me each and every day.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
The snowboard.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
I think neurotechnology will take over, replacing and upgrading all of the technology we have today. I hope we will find a more efficient and more powerful alternative energy source. I think it is highly unlikely we will, but if we did then everything would change. Space travel would become much easier, flying cars would become feasible, and I could finally finish my Iron Man suit.

Life would be a lot simpler if…
No one discovered electricity and how to use it.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A wolf.

Three things people would be surprised to know about me are:
Even though you can’t see them, I do have eyelashes. I can jump pretty high. In the past, I have eaten 27 slices of pizza in one seating.

I spend my free time…
Training, watching Netflix, playing video games, spending time with friends and family, and planning adventurous weekend trips.

Stephen Dolan

Stephen Dolan Account Engineer

What is your educational background?
Graduated from Georgia Tech in Fall 2015 and excited about starting a career with MerchLogix.

What is your professional motto?
Hard work trumps talent every day

Why do you do what you do?
Because I enjoy being around my coworkers and solving difficult problems.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Wearables

“You’ll never catch me______.”
Sleeping in on a weekend.

Sometimes people say I look like…
Jason Biggs from American Pie

My first order of business as a super hero would be…
To find an arch nemesis

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
A lethal way to inhale gum

I spend my free time…
Programming in Ruby on Rails, trying to make cool stuff!

Beth Crompton

Beth Crompton Senior System Administrator

What is your educational background?
MS, computer science, Rice
BS, computer science, Berry

What is your professional motto?
Laziness is a virtue; there’s always an easier way.

Why do you do what you do?
To fund my dancing career.

Life would be a lot simpler if…
I could just have a three-minute training montage and then do everything perfectly.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
Cat

What is the soundtrack of your life?
A Russian opera

My first order of business as a super hero would be…
Standardize global measurements, outlets and overhaul the calendar

Best place on Earth:
Ireland

I spend my free time…
Dancing, stretching, or reading a book and complaining about how sore I am.

Harrison Katz

Harrison Katz Senior DevOps Engineer

What is your educational background?
Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology with focus in Computational Theory and Artificial Intelligence.

What is your professional motto?
The three virtues of a great programmer (Larry Wall):
1. Laziness
2. Impatience
3. Hubris

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Agrarian Society

Describe your hidden talent.
I can see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

You’ll never catch me:
Ship

Nerdiest Quality:
I spend my Friday nights playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
A lifelike bust of Macgyver.

I spend my free time…
Playing video games, rock climbing, biking, going to the dog park, watching video games being played

Jabari Worthy

Jabari Worthy Senior Mobile Engineer

What is your educational background?
I received my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

What is your professional motto?
I did not realize this was a thing. I will come up with one now.
Motto: Don’t rely on auto-correct.

Why do you do what you do?
I became a software developer because I love the challenge of solving new and exciting problems. I am glad to have landed at a company such as Nead Werx. When you work for a company that is willing to push the newest technologies to its boundaries, there is no lack of interesting and exciting obstacles for the developers to overcome.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Heated seats in vehicles!

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
Wallaby

What is the soundtrack of your life?
Harrison’s drumming

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Love puzzles. Can’t stand when I can’t solve them.

Best place on Earth:
Bed

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
Trash!

Alex Saltiel

Alex Saltiel Senior Middleware Engineer

What is your educational background?
BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech

What is your professional motto?
Work Hard, Play Hard

Why do you do what you do?
I have always loved computers and programming since I was young. That passion only increased as I made my way through Georgia Tech and surrounded myself with others that enjoyed it as well. Programming keeps me curious, up-to-date on the newest developments and will always be needed in this constantly evolving, digital world.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Technology somewhat biologically integrated. Ex: Computer control and navigation with eye/hand movements (Minority Report); Phones embedded in your hands (Total Recall);

There is always a bit of truth for the future in the most advance Science Fiction stories.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A Tiger if in Asia or Africa, otherwise a Penguin.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
No particular album, but I like to live by the words of “Lie in Our Graves” by Dave Matthews Band.

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Love almost all types of music. Can’t stand country music!

Best place on Earth:
Anywhere in the mountains.

I spend my free time…
Playing / Watching Sports, Listening to music, Going to Concerts/Music Festivals, Playing guitar, Playing Video Games, Watching TV, Rock Climbing, Spending Time with Friends and Family.

Erik Ashley

Erik Ashley Senior Middleware Engineer

What is your educational background?
Berklee College of Music

What is your professional motto?
Always strive to learn more

Why do you do what you do?
To inspire myself and those around me.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
Language and communication.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
I see huge improvement in mapping nerve systems causing us to move towards bionic prosthetics.

Sometimes people say I look like…
Ashton Kutcher

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
Wolf

Life would be a lot simpler if…
Human beings did not have to sleep.

You’ll never catch me:
Complaining

I spend my free time:
Reading books and writing music

Kateri Sheppard

Kateri Sheppard Senior Database Engineer

What is your educational background?
B.S. Computer Science from Georgia Tech

What is your professional motto?
Everything will be ok

Why do you do what you do?
To me, programming has a magical quality that makes it fun.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A cat. Meow! :3

Describe your hidden talent.
If I did, it wouldn't be hidden anymore, would it?

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Summer/Winter

Best place on Earth
Anywhere with family

Nerdiest quality:
I wrote a Java app to help me cross stitch patterns, and I have plenty of plans to improve it and add more features.

I spend my free time:
Most often crocheting/knitting/cross stitching, but also playing my flute.

Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes Middleware Engineer

What is your educational background?
Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Tech

What is your professional motto?
Happiness is doing something you love with people you love

Why do you do what you do?
I love being able to solve problems and create new things every day.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
Wearable, sound-based personal tech that’s less of an activity and more of a life assistant. Meat that’s grown in a lab instead of on a farm. Cars that drive themselves and cause less car-related deaths than humans. More focus on using tech to improve the environment.

If you were and animal, what would you be?
Red Panda

What is the soundtrck of your life?
Composed by Bear McCreary. Lots of string instruments.

Three things people would be surprised to know about me.
1. I go to Dragon Con every single year.
2. I love a wide variety of music but my favorite driving music is hip-hop.
3. I was a huge band nerd and was in marching band for 7 years.

Best place on Earth:
Anywhere on vacation with your friends

I spend my free time:
Hanging out with my friends, going to concerts, watching my favorite TV shows, playing video games.

Magnus Siwy

Magnus Siwy Middleware Engineer

What is your educational background?
BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech

What is your professional motto?
Have you tried toggling the flow of electrons? (Turn it off and on)

Why do you do what you do?
As a kid I enjoyed building with LEGOS, the problem solving of chess, and playing computer games. Now I can do a combination of all 3 by developing software.

Where do you see technology in 2060?
A glitch occurs in the national self-driving car system. Everyone is stranded because no one knows how to drive anymore. Fleets of Amazon drones deliver hot coffee to the millions stranded.

If you were and animal, what would you be?
Mongolian Eagle

What is the soundtrck of your life?
Odesza: In Return

My first order of business as a super hero would be:
to help expand space exploration.

Love____. Can’t stand____.
Orange Juice/People who are rude to their waiters.

I spend my free time:
going to concerts, running, and playing Destiny.

Matthew Winters

Matthew Winters Middleware Supervisor

What is your educational background?
BS CS, Georgia Tech, 2005

What is your professional motto?
Don't Panic.

Why do you do what you do?
I love creating useful systems from nothing.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
The wheel.

Life would be a lot simpler if:
Everyone put others first.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
A human.

Describe your hidden talent.
I am capable of sleeping through fire alarms.

Best place on Earth:
Atop any mountain.

You have a safety pin, gum and a straw. What can you make?
Fresher breath and a highly ineffective shiv.

Ty Foster

Ty Foster Mobile Engineer

What is your educational background?
Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelors Degree in Computer Science

What is your professional motto?
Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible.

Why do you do what you do?
I love the challenges that software design entails. There is nothing more satisfying than building something from scratch and seeing an application come together after all of the time spent working on it.

What is your favorite invention of all time?
The Phonograph / Record Player

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
An alien.

What is the soundtrack of your life?
"Playin' with the boys" by Kenny Loggins

Three things people would be surprised to know about me are:
I have played in signed metal bands, and toured around the southeast.
I have been all over the U.S. playing in travel baseball tournaments.
I recorded my first album when I was sixteen.

Best place on Earth:
Asheville, North Carolina

Nerdiest quality:
I'm not sure how many times I have read the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, but it is a lot.

David Wright

David Wright Middleware Engineer

What is your educational background?
B.S. Computer Science from Georgia Tech

What is your favorite invention of all time?
My favorite invention of all time is the bicycle.

Describe your hidden talent.
I can eat a head of lettuce in under 3 minutes.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be?
If I was an animal I would be a polar bear.

Sometimes people say I look like...
Sometimes people say I look like my younger brother and often shout "Will" while I am riding my bike trying to get my attention.

Love____. Can't stand____.
Love coffee. Can't stand caffeine.

Nerdiest quality:
My nerdiest quality is that I love reading manga.

I spend my free time...
I spend my free time rock climbing and learning Korean.

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