Rick brings to the eXcelisys family a wealth of real–world eXperience. During Rick’s time in the United States Marine Corps, his main duties were security forces, counter terrorism and “Information Technology Man.” It was in the Marines that Rick learned you lead from the front.
Since leaving the Marines, Rick has worked in technologies from Mac to PC, from ACT to Microsoft Outlook, and held many titles, from Account Manager to Director of Sales to Director of Customer Service. While working in the security world, he dealt with customers ranging from small operations to nation–wide retailers, treating each with respect and holding close to the ethic that you “say what you mean and do what you say.”
When Rick isn’t taking care of customers, he can be found at home hanging out with his wife and kids, or out on the golf course.
Rick – VP
Solutions Services Consultant
1-866-592-9235 ext 802
Mark brings to the eXcelisys family a wealth of real–world eXperience. Mark comes to us not from the more traditional programming path, but from an eXtensive background in project management, wireless technology, and business solution sales in both public and private sectors. As a business owner himself, Mark not only understands the need for candor from both sides of the table during the discovery and solution process, but has gained a regional reputation for honesty and integrity and empathy for the needs of his clients. After careers in management, production and sales, Mark started his own B to B wireless sales company so he could work with clients in a non pressuring, respectful manner, on a timetable that made sense for the client more than for a production report. His attention to his customers after the sale is his trademark. He has a depth of eXperience in successfully solving communications problems for a variety of Federal, State and Local government, and private businesses of all sizes. Mark and his wife enjoy travel to those ‘off the beaten track’ sorts of places, particularly if they offer turquoise water and white sand.
Solutions Services Consultant
1-866-592-9235 ext 804
Coming from an eXercise and healthcare background, Levi has been building FileMaker databases since FileMaker 1.0. She has created primarily orthopedic and nonprofit applications. A quote from a friend sums up her attitude about FileMaker Pro: “Levi thinks everything can be solved with FileMaker Pro.” This belief leads her to dream up solutions for almost everything. Most recently she was an in–house developer for a spine rehab facility where she developed a state–of–the–art, touch–screen–driven, clinic management solution using FileMaker Pro. If you can disconnect her from her computer, you will find Levi pursuing her other love: anything active. She can usually be found on one of her bikes, under water eXploring, tromping through the woods somewhere, or chasing her dogs. Any activity from under the sea to the top of the mountain is fair game.
Solutions Services Consultant
1-866-592-9235 ext 805
Christo began his career in technology back in 1986, when he was given his very first Macintosh Computer to write a database solution for the Photo/Graphics department at the University of Notre Dame. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work with various large and small companies as a consultant, an employee, and a manager dealing with several computer platforms and a plethora of database and networking technologies. Christo has a unique way of understanding the needs of companies, as well as the individuals and departments within those companies. After working for several consulting firms both small and large, he decided to start his own, eXcelisys, with a strong emphasis toward customer service and quality. He continues to build a team of loyal and devoted people who have the same common goals, passions, and insight into building intuitive custom information management systems. When he is not running the company and doing the books, Christo enjoys spending time with his family, photography, and his passion for Harley-Davidson Heritage Springers.
Founder / President
Greg brings a plethora of skills to eXcelisys and its clients. Most recently as the director of technology for a leading systems integrator, Greg assisted a wide variety of clients from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He is a proven leader in advanced technologies and applications, providing clients with open state–of–the–art solutions that incorporate both eXisting and emerging technology. The father of three boys, Greg enjoys sailing, bicycle riding, basketball and just about every sport or outdoor activity. He brings to eXcelisys his eXpertise in all things geeky and a strong desire to find the perfect solution for his clients.
Greg – VP
Technology / Project Manager
Kurt began developing software in high school and continued in college, learning Pascal, C++ and various forms of BASIC. He started designing databases professionally in dBase III using Clipper to customize, install, and train his company’s sales departments on custom solutions, including others he developed in Access, Paradox, FoxPro and Lotus Notes. Kurt has worked for several successful consulting firms, selling, customizing and training sales, telemarketing and customer service departments on both DOS and Windows versions of Telemagic. In 1994, using FileMaker Pro 2.1, he built a successful commercial sales force automation product that he continued to eXpand and update as new releases of FileMaker emerged over the years. Kurt broadened his knowledge of RDBMS systems by installing/configuring, customizing and training users on sales solutions with back–ends in Oracle, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server. He then went on to work as a successful independent FileMaker developer, as well as a senior/lead developer for three of the leading FileMaker development companies. Kurt joined the eXcelisys team after spending several years as an IT/Operations manager at an architectural firm, where he was responsible for the development and administration of 5 FileMaker servers hosting more than 700 databases.
Kurt – VP
Production / Project Manager
Doug began his career automating routine tasks in OpenVMS, DOS, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. This lead to an eXtensive prepress automation project using AppleScript to manage files and data in QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop, saving the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most of all, this helped him develop an appreciation for cost-effective solutions that provide substantial benefits to end users. This core purpose has served him well as a FileMaker Pro Developer since the late 90’s. He occasionally finds time to relax when he’s not building solutions for clients, fixing computers for friends and family, attending his sons’ sporting events, running races in upstate New York, or hiking through the Adirondack Mountains.
Doug – VP
Products / Project Manager
Lisa was in first grade the first time a teacher offered praise for her writing. By sixth grade, her family had procured an Apple ][ home computer and she started dashing off words daily and winning American Legion essay contests. Lisa continued her wordsmithing in college, graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She spent several years in the newspaper business—as a writer, photographer, page designer and copy editor.
In 1998, Lisa struck out on her own as a freelance word-maven-for-hire (so she could commute to work in her slippers via the coffeepot!). Since then, Lisa has written enough words to circle the earth 52 times if you stacked all of her sentences end-to-end. Lisa works with publishing companies, universities, magazines, local start-ups, multimedia conglomerates and emerging authors to produce magazine articles, business brochures, internal newsletters, encyclopedias, training modules, web content and technical manuals.
Whatever your word needs, Lisa can string ’em together. With more than two decades of eXperience, she understands the necessity of having a well-worded website that is user friendly, emotive and on brand.
Lisa is a word-stewing, coffee-quaffing, saxophone-blowing, bike-riding mother of three boys. When she is not attacking the keyboard, she can be found in the side yard playing catcher for her middle son as he perfects his two-seam fastball … or counting rhythms for the little cello-playing guy … or sending in tuition payments for the big guy. A foodie, Lisa loves local farm-fresh foods and can do freakishly fabulous things with kale.
Copywriter / Marketing
After earning his history degree in 1998, Ken began work with a small manufacturing firm, where he was introduced to FileMaker Pro. Shortly thereafter, he became an in–house developer and, by the end of 2003, was maintaining, retrofitting and enlarging a 75+ file solution that powered a 12–million–dollar company. After moving to Texas, Ken developed a custom solution for a Cingular wireless retailer. When he is not buried in work, he can be found in his wood shop, tooling around his Texas house, or watching yet another History Channel program. However, it is his hands–on eXperience that affords Ken an in–depth understanding of the facets of large–scale FileMaker projects.
Sr. FileMaker Developer
Rob is an accomplished lead Certified FileMaker Pro Developer who produced his first solution way back when big hair and mullets were just going out of style. His passion for FileMaker Pro programming runs so deep he’s crossed state lines over the years to follow his craft. He brings a vast eXperience of developing vertical market solutions for companies like 14 Floor, LLC and their PrintStar Print Management solution and Medovation, LLC with their RadRunner solution. He has also been an in–house developer for a large domestic logistics company and the photo industry incorporating solutions to handle sales, repairs, and inventory management. With his breadth and width of eXperience Rob is a huge asset to eXcelisys with the ability to provide FileMaker Pro development and consulting for our vast array of our clients and their solution requirements.
In his spare time Rob is a Father, winemaker, beer brewmeister, and an ordained minister who also happens to be a third degree black belt and instructor in Kajukenbo. His favorite saying is “Knock ’em out first, pray later.”
Paul started his professional life as an accountant, at a firm that had a FileMaker Pro 3 database doing their cost accounting. While it did the trick, the usability and interface left a lot to be desired. Paul started digging into the guts of the database, and found this to be more fun than accounting. Within a year, he was starting to develop his own solutions and garnering a client base part-time; a few years later, he quit accounting for good and went into the geeky and nerdy field of custom FileMaker Pro database application development and consulting!
He started out building software for clients in the graphic design industries, then he eventually eXpanded into helping non-profits and schools. Since then, Paul’s eXtensive business and financial training combined with his ability to come up with creative problem-solving solutions has served him well with consistently impressing clients from different industries and markets throughout North America.
In his spare time, Paul has become a regular on the folk music scene in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, playing banjo and mandolin while he sings songs about love, murder, and hard times.
Joe brings fresh new blood to the eXcelsys development team. Already a Certified FileMaker Developer, Joe decided to leave his comfortable position as an in-house developer for the more intellectually satisfying field of consulting. Joe has primarily developed solutions in the medical manufacturing industry, an industry where the paper work never ends and the terabytes add up. In this venture, Joe has created fully custom ERP systems, document management systems, as well as labor and work order tracking systems. Joe is very passionate about developing creative solutions to not only fill his customer’s needs, but also systems they love to use.
Joe is a two time New York Catholic State Basketball Champion and loves to play and coach in his free time. If not playing basketball one can usually find him at your local rock climbing gym, or at the local chess club giving the grandmasters (more likely the 10 year olds) a run for their money. If chess is not nerdy enough, one can find Joe at Barnes and Noble’s history section looking for his next biography to read.
David was driving a forklift for a Fortune 500 financial-print shop when life said to him, Let’s see if we can do something different. So he worked his way into supervisory roles and soon found himself analyzing production processes for high-stress print jobs (think SEC filings). To manage operations, David turned to FileMaker. After developing several in-house solutions (including time-sheet, production and quality-control trackers), he decided to pursue FileMaker consulting full-time. It was a natural progression, as David had already studied computer science at Millersville University.
Duane has been developing successful enterprise Web Sites and web–integrated FileMaker solutions since 1996. He has developed numerous solutions involving SyncDek, Lasso, PHP, and MySQL integration. He has been a member of FSA/TechNet since 2003 and is a regular FileMaker Devcon attendee. In addition to his development work, Duane is a dedicated Mac user. He serves as treasurer and Web Master for his local Macintosh User Group. In his spare time his creative outlets are as a musician and photographer. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family.
FileMaker / Web Developer
Mary began her career as the Editor of agency publications for Nationwide Insurance, where she learned how to design print materials. Mary then worked for several advertising agencies before becoming Communications Manager at a software company and eventually a full-time Consultant/Designer, focusing on web and digital marketing. She understands the importance of integrating marketing strategy with graphic design and uses her expertise to help clients drive sales and obtain the results they want.
When not creating pixel-perfect designs, Mary enjoys reading, creative writing, movies and traveling with her two sons and husband Scott, who is also a member of the Excelisys team.
Website Graphic Designer
Abhi has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, awarded by the University of Southern California (USC). He has several years of Software Development eXperience and has previously worked in the capacity of a Software Consultant and Programmer–Analyst. Abhi specializes in Custom Software Development and likes to involve himself in various facets of the development life cycle, including Requirement Analysis and Architecture Design. While working as a Consultant in Los Angeles, Abhi designed and engineered a cutting edge Process Automation System for a legal recruiting firm. He has developed several data–intensive applications with a strong focus on data mining and profile–based recommendations. In his free time, he likes to watch Formula–1 racing.
Web App Developer
Web App Developer
Michael is just a fantastic dude and working as a web developer since 1993 with many years of eXperience in all sorts of different technologies but these days he mostly focuses on web apps. Michael’s background is just as diverse as his skill set workings with giant’s such as IBM, Raymond James Financial and SeaWorld Orlando in many different roles and continues to add new skills with hopes of becoming AWS certified in 2017. He brings with his code, a positive attitude and keeps an eye on several crucial keys to online success such as UX/UI, SEO and just plain flexibility to keep things clean and efficient. Michael has been referred to as the The Swiss Army Knife of web development and has the ability to build anything you can dream up (within reason).
Michael and his family of 2 daughters, 1 son and wife all enjoy the theme parks of central Florida in his “offline” time and he’s also a nightclub video DJ with gigs in the Orlando area.
Web App Developer
With a never-ending stream of creative energy, Justin’s passion for all aspects of web development really shows in his work. Whether it’s building new functionality, converting a website to a modern style, graphic design, or any other aspect of the creation process, he masterfully pieces together any obstacle that comes his way. Even while he isn’t working he likes to keep his mind constantly stimulated. In his free time he can be found playing strategy board games with his friends and family, or hiking through nature. Justin has been responsible for the development of countless websites, having worked for lawyers, chiropractors, podiatrists – you name it! As a bonus, some of his favorite work has been graphic design opportunities such as logos, emoticons, and banners. One final fun fact about Justin is that he has a peculiar fascination with odd meter and music theory!
WordPress Web Wizard
Scott’s a graduate of DeVry University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology. After graduating, he spent a few years working for Boeing, leading a team of programmers who worked on the programming and trajectory for ground-to-air missile systems.
Scott’s been building web sites for over 15 years, focusing mainly on WordPress, Drupal and Woocommerce solutions. He’s great at digging into difficult projects, dealing with technical issues and working with customers who come to us with challenging problems. When he’s not working in front of his PC, he likes to take his family to the movies or go on a drive in the country.
Zach started programming at 12, lured by the need to build a small website. Learning the necessary HTML and CSS fundamentals to complete the project fueled his interest in programming and development. Zach mastered the LAMP stack and the .NET framework and felt confident enough in his abilities to start his own full stack web development company at 18. The venture prompted Zach to eXpand his capabilities, moving over to the MEAN/MERN stack, along with native development. As he worked to gain client trust, Zach delved into UI/UX design, SEO and consulting.
Owning his own company gave Zach the opportunity to work with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. As Zach says, “My passion has always been to help others so that they can succeed, regardless of how much time and effort it takes. This has paid off for me, and I hope it will continue to do so. There is always a solution to the problem. You just have to be sure it’s the right one.” In other words, Zach knows firsthand that the easiest and most obvious solution is not always the right one and by digging deep into a project, golden ideas emerge.
When he’s not tapping away on his keyboard helping clients optimize operations, Zach can be found tapping out rhythms on the drums, guitar or bass. An avid sports fan, Zach follows the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues. But most important in his life is his family. As Zach says, “My wife and my son complete me, and they are always by my side. For that reason alone, I’m grateful.”
Web App Developer
I’m a designer who codes, or maybe a coder who designs. I’ve worked overseas, in-house and remotely on web projects for leading brands, government agencies, startups and charities, including luxury car brand websites, digital publishers and local eateries.
My artform is creating useful, world-class (and beautiful!) products that help people and make the internet intuitive and informative. As a jack of all trades, master of many, you can find me on the front-end and back-end, digging into design, and everywhere in between.
I’ve been full-stack for about 15 years and consider myself largely language, platform and API-agnostic, but specialize in PHP, .NET, AJAX, REST, Python, Perl, Java, JS, jQuery and WordPress. I have eXpertise with several popular web mapping APIs across both web and iOS platforms. My technology list grows longer with every project. I’ve been on the front lines of first transitioning to Web 2.0 and responsive design, to now leaning more toward “web software” and portable app-like experiences with the goal of ensuring a unified, seamless user eXperience across web apps and native mobile apps.
I’m an amateur craftsman who’s renovated every surface of his home, even adding a 2-bedroom, 1-bath addition with my own brains and brawn. Nothing makes me happier than digging into a house or yard project. I spend my spare time snowboarding with family from Michigan to the Rockies, or cruising the Northern Michigan waters by boat.