Meet the Team at Nxtbook Media

Nice to meet you!

We’re a unique group of creative strategists, success agents, developers, and designers that love helping publishers share their content with the world.

Master of Smooth Operations

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for a little bit of everything! Most specifically human resources,recruiting and retaining great employees, benefits, payroll, office management / operations, and event planning but I’m happy to to jump in and do whatever else is needed. Before joining the team at Nxtbook, believed that success was defined by climbing a corporate ladder, taking yourself very seriously, and “putting in the time”. It took me about 7 years in the corporate world before I found my home at Nxtbook Media. I’ve realized over the years that success is really defined by loving what you do and the people you work with, having fun and building lasting relationships with your clients (internal and external), stretching yourself to take on new challenges and try new things, and defining your own path based on your individual passions and goals. Before joining Nxtbook I never could have understood what it is to “Exist to Inspire” but that vision is what drives me every day.

What inspires you?
Helping people and being a resource!

What is your favorite quote?
If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well!

What is one random fact about yourself?
I was born in Germany and lived there for a few years before returning to San Diego where my family is from.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Invisibility

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Excellence – goes back to my favorite quote “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well”!

Any travel recommendations?
Maui – By far my favorite travel destination so far!

IT Wizard

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for keeping the technology that we have up and running so that our users can strive for success! My educational background is mainly in the IT field which began when I went to a technical high school to learn computer networking and cyber security. After that I learned from self-education and experience in the field. I hold several IT certifications and am working on my 6th right now, which is the Cisco CCNP R&S certification.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by those who are passionate about what they do in life and work hard to make their goals happen even when they seem impossible.

What makes you laugh?
A lot of things make me laugh, I try to find the humor in everything, but most of all I would say Dwight’s random comments to Jim on “The Office” are very funny.

What is your favorite quote?
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”
-Winston Churchill

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about doing my best each day and pushing myself to be the version of me that I would like to see in the future.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I am a car enthusiast! I race around in my Corvette Grand Sport on the weekends.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
It would be cool to be able to fly! I think I would probably do normal things like fly to the store or to work though. Maybe I could bypass all of the traffic while on the way home on Route 30?

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Integrity, I think it is very important to form positive integral habits at work, at home, and in just about every area of life. Here at Nxtbook we all try to go throughout our daily routines with integrity while working with clients and each other!

Visual Intelligence Operative

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for expanding the possibilities of digital publication on our various platforms, especially PageRaft. I implement creative solutions to make our client’s content come to life online.

What inspires you?
The vast unexplored reaches of time and space. My children. And a good old fashioned challenge.

What is your educational background?
BFA in Fine Arts, AS in Computer Animation

What is your favorite quote?
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Telekinesis. Think of all the possibilities!

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Integrity, because without it the rest falls apart.

Designer Extraordinaire
At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for creating your PageRaft masterpiece! Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I worked as an unarmed security guard.
What inspires you?
The people I meet, the places I go and the things I see.
What makes you laugh?
My dogs
What is your favorite quote?
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou
What is one random fact about yourself?
I have visited 39 of the 50 states
What are two things you can’t live without?
Books and yarn
Centre Forward of Sales
At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for building and maintaining lasting and valuable partnerships with our existing and potential European clients.
What inspires you?
New opportunities to learn and grow in both my work life and my personal life.
What is your educational background?
Gained a degree from Leeds Trinity University in English and Media.
What makes you laugh?
Family Guy, South Park, Phoenix Nights, Jimmy Carr, the list goes on…
What are you passionate about?
Football (or soccer), in particular Wigan Athletic. Music is also a big passion of mine.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to see into the future
Any travel recommendations?
Santorini – beautiful island
Systems & Cloud Engineer
At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for computer systems and applications, AWS cloud infrastructure, integration, automation, and creating technical solutions.
What inspires you?
Nature, improvement, innovation, creativity, ideas
What makes you laugh?
My Boston Terrier
What is your favorite quote?
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –M. Twain
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. –Bill S.
What are you passionate about?
Stopping to smell the roses.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Time travel; to witness where we come from and where we’ll go.
What are two things you can’t live without?
zeros and ones
Jack of All Trades

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for all accounting functions. Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I worked in many different areas, from healthcare to insurance to finance.

What inspires you?
Learning new things.

What is your educational background?
Business school graduate and life experiences.

What is your favorite quote?
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

What are you passionate about?
My grandchildren – love to be with them every chance I get.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Be able to fly – when I’m going somewhere I want to get there quickly and I hate dealing with traffic.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Raising my two daughters.

Any travel recommendations?
Take a cruise.

Puppet Master

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for pulling the strings on the design and production of our projects. I oversee the team that creates the replica digital editions, PageRaft and Design for Digital products.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by creativity. Being a creative myself, I love seeing what others are capable of and how they’re inspiring future designers.

What is your educational background?
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Media Communications and Technology

What makes you laugh?
Watching the TV show Friends…or Seinfeld…or Frasier.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to clone myself. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be in two places at once.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Excellence. I believe that if you’re going to take the time to do something, you might as well do it right, and to the best of your ability.

What are two things you can’t live without?
My wife and kids…and my Jeep.

Client Advocate

In my role, as Sr. Business Development Manager, I am responsible for increasing business, through educating Publishers on how to drive revenue through their Digital Editions.

What inspires you?   Helping my client’s drive revenue

Favorite place in the entire world: The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale AZ

Family Situation: Married with 5 adult children

Best Advice Received: Always do a little more!

One thing that drives me crazy: Corrupt Politicians

Surprising fact about me: I still hold my High School Long Jump Record

Favorite Tech Gadget: My iPad

In my spare time, I like to: Watch Lacrosse

Favorite Meal: Turkey Club Sandwich

Prized Possession: My Wife and Kids

Favorite subject from School: Logic

What makes me laugh: Marx Brothers Movies

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

 

Traffic Controller
The Solutionist

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for our strategic marketing initiatives, whether that be creating a Facebook campaign, working on our blog or reaching out to current clients about product innovations. My hope is for our current clients, who are in need of marketing strategy, to be able to receive consistent information on how to be successful in a crowded content landscape. Before joining the team at Nxtbook Media, I worked for multiple marketing agencies and the United Way.

What inspires you?
The opportunity to help someone be successful.

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and MBA in Marketing

What makes you laugh?

My wife making fun of the way I laugh.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I speak fluent Argentine Spanish

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying. This means I could travel anywhere in the world at any time.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Creativity

What are two things you can’t live without?
Relationship with God and being able to climb mountains from time to time.

Any travel recommendations?

Paris, Cinque Terre in the northwest part of Italy, and Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia!

Product Development Director

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for coordinating the efforts of Nxtbook’s talented software development team, ensuring that each member’s unique abilities and insights make their way into our products. I also head up research and development on new concepts and ideas in digital publishing, so that Nxtbook can continue providing best in class products and services far into the future! Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I spent fifteen years honing my craft with many diverse teams in various industries as a software engineer, consultant, and freelance web developer and designer.

What inspires you?
Innovation in digital publishing. Connecting the dots and guiding small and seemingly disparate efforts and ideas into a much larger, smooth running machine.

What is your favorite quote?
Understanding is joyous. – Carl Sagan

What are you passionate about?
Finding possibility in the impossible, and kayak fishing.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Integrity. Integrity is at the core of my personal philosophy; the foundation on which all other values that guide my work and my life are built.

What are two things you can’t live without?
My family and a kayak

Creative Captain

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for finding the right solution for new clients with our team and products. Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up.

What inspires you?
My family and being a part of the success at Nxtbook

What is your educational background?
B.A. in Communications at Elizabethtown College and some graduate work at Academy of Arts University

What makes you laugh?
My dog

What is your favorite quote?
Life is Good.

What are you passionate about?
Beer

What is one random fact about yourself?
My top front 4 teeth are fake

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation. Go anywhere, anytime.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Collaboration. It takes a village…

What are two things you can’t live without?
My wife and my son

Any travel recommendations?
Maui, Hawaii

Obstacle Buster
Chief Inspiration Officer

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for inspiring the company in any way I can, both large and small ways. It’s a full time job! Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I owned another company called Reprint Management Services.

What inspires you?
The amazing people I work with every day and their commitment to our clients and the company at large.

What is your educational background?
Graduated from Stevens College and F&M

What makes you laugh?
Animals doing crazy things. Ridiculousness and really clever comedy.

What is your favorite quote?
Help people find their way and they will show you yours.

What are you passionate about?
Nxtbook Media being the place I always wanted to work but could never find.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I love history, especially the civil war. I find it fascinating.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Time travel. I’d go talk to President Lincoln.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Creativity – The world needs more creativity in it and people that let creativity into their lives.

What are two things you can’t live without?
Love, love is all you need.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being a Dad to four grown adults and watching them make their way in the world.

Any travel recommendations?
Go anywhere, just go. When you do, be there and nowhere else. Stay in that moment and you will make a memory for a lifetime.

Senior Business Developer

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for bringing to content creators a better digital reading experience utilizing Nxtbook’s services and features. My 30 years’ experience has been in providing publishers Content Licensing programs to extend the reach of their brands and generate new revenue.

What inspires you?
The ability to collaborate with clients to create new revenue generating opportunities.

What is your favorite quote?
If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

What is one random fact about yourself?
I can organize and throw fabulous parties.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying as I need to be in too many places within a 24 hour day.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Helping to raise my 8-year-old grandson.

Software Alchemist

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for designing, implementing, testing, documenting, and maintaining software.

By implication, I am responsible to care deeply for those who use our software.

Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I worked on software startups that never reached solvency, worked as a software dev in gigantic corporations, and did everything in between. I mean, I did a lot of other stuff too, but that’s the one-sentence summary of my career pre-NXTbook.

What inspires you?

J. S. Bach’s compositions (especially The Well-Tempered Clavier), the Gospel of John, the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, sunsets, Ratatouille, Sigur Rós, my parents’ old Steinway, Ecclesiastes, The Incredibles, Ben Burtt’s sound design, Dorothy Sayers’ writing (especially the Peter Wimsey books and The Mind of the Maker), M83, my Nord Stage, Emacs, the Revelation of John, The Prydain Chronicles, stars, the Bourne film trilogy, downtime spent with my family (particularly singing or reading aloud together), the way Mike Burkholder wields his Fender Stratocaster, my Nord G2X, and the love of Jesus Christ.

What is your educational background?

I was homeschooled through high school, did my first two years of undergrad at HACC, and finished my BS in computer science at Penn State Harrisburg.

What makes you laugh?

The Emperor’s New Groove, unfailingly. The Princess Bride. My children. My wife. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Unreadable code, when I manage to retain a sense of perspective. It just makes me cry if I lose that.

What is your favorite quote?

This is an incredibly difficult question. There are so many wonderful ones, and they’re all wonderful for different reasons.

So let’s go with “The peasant! At the diner! …he didn’t pay his check.”

What are you passionate about?

Sustainability and aesthetics. The two often find themselves in polar opposition, but I find it hard to let go of either one.

What is one random fact about yourself?

I once beat the original Halo on Legendary in a single sitting. It took about eight hours.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to selectively ignore momentum, because it could be used in interesting ways (if you knew you were being targeted, you could be virtually unshootable).

Or possibly nigh-invulnerability.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?

Excellence, because it’s something I care about a great deal.

What are two things you can’t live without?

Oxygen and water.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I’d have to understand the entire universe in all respects to know which of the things I’ve done was the most valuable.

Any travel recommendations?

Ricketts Glen State Park has a lovely three-mile hike that’s jam-packed with waterfalls.

Accounting Specialist

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for managing accounts receivable, providing daily financial reports and information, and helping to keep the accounting office running smoothly. Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I worked in a number of construction-related jobs.

What inspires you?
Random acts of kindness

What is your educational background?
Associates degree in Accounting

What makes you laugh?
Puns, sarcasm, and dry humor

What is your favorite quote?
“A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.”

What are you passionate about?
Middle Eastern politics and culture. Also tennis and Frisbee sports.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I spend way too much of my free time studying international news and events, both past and present.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation: that way I could travel anywhere, anytime.

Any travel recommendations?
Galeton, PA during the 4th of July. For a small town, they have one of the best firework shows around.

The Client Crusader

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for maintaining relationships and supporting our clients to provide all readers with the best Nxtbook experience possible. I have a Bachelor’s of Communications/Broadcasting from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

What inspires you?
Faith, music, family, friends.

What makes you laugh?
Satire, sarcasm, my wife.

What is your favorite quote?
“The single atom in the atomic bomb can lay waste to a city. Maybe one note of music holds within it the power to end war.” – Michael Gungor

What are you passionate about?
Music – making it, listening to it, talking about it. Sports – baseball & basketball foremost. Social justice. Learning new things. Sharing joy with people.

What is one random fact about yourself?
As a child, I had a toy truck that was given to my father by Ronald Reagan

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
To never get sick like Superman.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Integrity. Without integrity, nothing else seems to work.

What are two things you can’t live without?
Cheese and guitar pedals

Any travel recommendations?
Frisco, NC in the Outerbanks, a tiny stretch of land surrounded by the sound and the ocean on all sides. One road in and one road out. A return to simpler times.

Wizard Behind the Curtain

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for solving any technical question.

What inspires you?
Nature’s beauty

What is your educational background?
Software Engineer

What is your favorite quote?
Carpe diem.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I am a First Lego League coach.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Téléportation

Any travel recommendations?
Spend a week in a Swedish forest near a lake.

Queen of Fairness

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for inner workings, like working with HR, Accounting, Production, and Client Engagement group

What inspires you?
Seeing progress and change inspires me. People with enormous Faith inspire me. People that have overcome great challenges and adversity and remained positive throughout it inspire me.

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Fine Art Fines Painting and Drawing and Master of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology

What makes you laugh?
Babies make me laugh actually smile I guess. Comics like Kathleen Madigan make me laugh out loud.

What is your favorite quote?
Your first friend is within you.

What are you passionate about?
Being a good person, and trying to improve myself each day and make someone’s day a bit better in some way. Being a good partner to John, being a good daughter, being a good sister, aunt, great aunt, being a good leader, a good friend, just being there for others when I am needed.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I feel like I’m still in my twenties, but I know it isn’t the case!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
It would be cool to visit different time periods as an observer and come back to present day with that knowledge.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Collaboration would be a favorite. Working together for the betterment of our clients, our technology, our community and each other.

What are two things you can’t live without?
Air and Water and LOVE.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
My Loyalty, My Work Ethic, are two things I treasure

Any travel recommendations?
See the world and see the US whenever you can. Take a chance and do something out of your comfort zone.

Success Team Super Hero

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for creating happy faces by providing solutions. Before joining the team at Nxtbook, I went through a three stage interview process 🙂

What inspires you?
Life, music, nature, animals and an occasional craft beer

What makes you laugh?
Being tickled

What is your favorite quote?
The best way to predict the future is to create it – Abraham Lincoln

What are you passionate about?
Life, music and animal welfare.

What is one random fact about yourself?

I play guitar upside down

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Fly, fly, fly. I would love the freedom of not being bound to the earth by gravity.

What is your favorite Nxtbook Value and why?
Integrity. It is hard to lead or follow unless trust is established

What are two things you can’t live without?
My guitar and orange juice

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Raising an awesome son and surviving it!

Any travel recommendations?
Go where your heart tells you.

Interactive Media Designer

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for designing digital magazine, brochures, handbooks, and more!

What inspires you?
Travel and Photography

What is your educational background?
York College of PA

What is your favorite quote?
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Calvin Coolidge

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about traveling. I am always thinking about where I want to go next and what I want to see.

What is one random fact about yourself?
I have the movie A Few Good Men committed to memory.

What are two things you can’t live without?
Music and Caffeine

Any travel recommendations?
If you visit Scotland, bring midge spray. If you don’t know what midges are, consider yourself lucky.

Sultan of Success

At Nxtbook, I’m responsible for leading our amazingly talented Client Engagement Group (CEG) who help make our Digital Publishing Partners efforts as effective as possible. I hold a B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and currently working on my Master’s Degree. (Also constantly learning from Nxtbook Media.)

What inspires you?
Helping others in any way I can…reach their potential, become more effective, etc…
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What is your favorite quote?
“Smile…it makes people wonder what you’re up to.” -various sources

What are you passionate about?
Lots of things…Life (Family/Friends/People); Sports (Philadelphia Eagles); Travel; Food and Drink

What is one random fact about yourself?
My facial recognition skills are off the charts freaky (but my name recollection skills needs some work).

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Marrying my wife, Jodie and growing through life’s challenges together.

Any travel recommendations?
The Big Island of Hawaii…it’s simply breathtaking!

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