Team of Infusionsoft Experts
Small business – is there anything that says “American Dream” more than that? We don’t think so. In 2003, GetUWired was founded to give small businesses a fighting chance in the big-business world of internet marketing. In just over a decade, GetUWired has grown into a thriving internet marketing and automation powerhouse known worldwide as an elite agency. We’ve served thousands of small businesses, won a slew of awards, and count some of the most influential minds in business as our clients and friends.
The small business bloodline
We are passionate about fulfilling our mission, "To help small businesses succeed." Why? Because we ARE a small business. Our team members come from families who run small businesses. Our passion isn't just lip service. This stuff is in our blood.
Why we come to work every day
We love our jobs. Period. We love the opportunity to work our magic for business owners like you. To see them get results. To get their "I love GetUWired!" emails. Our jobs MEAN something to us that goes way beyond a paycheck.
Yeah, we could be in a cosmopolitan office park in Atlanta, but we don't want to be. Our cabin in the woods sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We walk out of the office at the end of the day and hear... peace and quiet. We play Frisbee in the front yard and listen to one of our engineers rock out on his banjo. Marketing is hard work. Our peaceful mountain home keeps our creativity up and our blood pressure down.
These friendly faces are going to make your marketing dreams come true. Don't let our good looks fool you. We are a whip-smart group of marketing and engineering professionals.
When CEO Melissa Allen started as an intern in 2008, she knew she wanted to own a business one day. Turns out, that business would be GetUWired!
Melissa has more than earned her spot at the head of the table as CEO and co-owner of GetUWired. She’s done it all: accounting, hiring & firing, project managing and everything in between. She’s been a huge part of growing our company from a small, local business to the industry leader it is today.
Ambitious and driven, Melissa was raised from a young age to believe that failure is not an option.
“Both of my parents had to work blue collar jobs because they didn’t go to college, and they wanted me to have better than that,” she said. “They held me to very high standards, and that instilled a solid work ethic in me that I use every day.”
But she’s not all business. She also spontaneous, funny, and openly appreciative of her team. Her management style manages to strike that perfect balance of high productivity and high morale in our cabin. Her team-centric leadership is a big part of why we all love coming to work every day.
In addition to owning her own business, Melissa’s other dream is to sail around the world with her husband and daughter, teaching her daughter all about different countries (and sending us pictures of her drinking umbrella drinks while we’re slaving away at our desks.)
CO-OWNER/V.P. of Business Development
When Dobbin Buck, our V.P. of Business Development, talks about working with clients, he doesn’t talk about profits, sales or bottom lines. He talks about connection.
Dobbin describes his approach to sales as having a “spirit of service.” Maintaining the right perspective is central to Dobbin’s character, not just in business, but life in general.
He’s passionate about keeping a sense of “childlike wonder” and “breathing excitement into daily life.” To that end, he’s a voracious reader, and avid hiker, and a collector of antiquarian books. He’s fascinated by the human psyche, metaphysics, and neurolinguistic programming.
“Sometimes there’s nowhere to go but ‘in,’” he says.
Dobbin is a licensed NLP practitioner, an honor bestowed upon him by NLP co-creator Richard Bandler and Master NLP Trainers John and Kathleen La Valle.
We’ll just add that to Dobbin’s long list of awards, including:
- Infusionsoft Top Sales and Revenue Generating Partner 2013-2014
- Platinum-Plus Infusionsoft Certified Partner
- Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer
- Instrumental in getting GetUWired clients into the Infusionsoft Small Business Icon Playbook for the last four years.
In Dobbin’s 20+ year career, he has been instrumental in projects for Greg Harrelson, Daymond John, John Acuff, Dr. Daniel Amen, Disney Imagineering, Kenneth Cole, The Guggenheim Museum NYC, U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, The Audubon society, NASA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, just to name a few.
Co-Owner/VP of Engineering
Bobby is the head of development at GetUWired. Respected and experienced, Bobby works closely with our clients to generate the best possible tech solutions for their needs. His impeccable eye for detail stops problems dead in their tracks during all stages of development.
Bobby earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at University of North Georgia. An outstanding student, he was president of the Computer Council and earned the prestigious Marion C. Wicht Computer Science Award due to his exceptional performance and ability. His education was marked by a deep exploration of Java, PHP, CSS, HTML, Ruby, MySQL, C++, and Visual Basic.
His commitment to top-quality, innovative work and never-ending education have led him to present at various engineering conferences, including the International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications in 2008.
Bobby’s quirky sense of humor and contagious laugh are famous around our office. For our company Halloween costume contest, he blew all the other costumes out of the water (and nearly killed us all with toxic green smoke) with his audio-visual-pyrotechnic homage to the Wizard of Oz.
Senior Project Manager
As the senior project manager, Justin leads our ever-growing team of project managers. He is a whiz with WordPress and Basecamp and knows GetUWired’s multiple Internet marketing disciplines like the back of his hand. Justin’s clients appreciate his knowledgeable, cool-headed approach to project management.
Around the office, Justin is known for his affinity for all things outdoors. He is an avid hiker, hunter and fisherman. None of his GetUWired cohorts has ever hit a deer on the way to work, and we figure that’s because the deer know Justin works here and steer clear. Our car insurance companies have all sent Justin “thank you” notes.
Marketing Automation Consultant
Marketing consultant David Quinones personifies the adventurous spirit. An avid skydiver, kayaker, camper and traveler, he’s visited 11 countries and 38 states. But his most memorable trip involved getting lost in the remote mountains of Central Mexico.
“I saw boys 13 or 14 carrying AK-47s at a remote air strip used by the drug cartels,” he said. “There were no real roads, electricity or running water. We got stuck for three days because of bad weather and road conditions, and we were lucky enough to have a local family take us in. They made corn tortillas by hand and had chickens running through the house.”
“In the middle of the night, the doctor we were staying with disappeared after we heard some gunshots. The next morning, nobody said anything about it. They just were like ‘You gotta leave.’ Which we were glad to do.”
Today, David’s life is considerably more low-key. His future plans include doing more kayaking on the Nantahala and Ocoee rivers, writing a book, and owning his own business one day.
Marketing Automation Consultant
John Crocker has an aversion to dry land.
“If you had told me when I was a kid that I’d end up working behind a computer, I’d have said you were crazy,” he says.
Growing up, “Crocker,” as we call him, wanted to be either an astronaut, a pilot or a boat captain. When pilot and astronaut didn’t pan out, Crocker decided to spend a summer in the Bahamas crewing boats and chasing his boat captain dreams.
He hopped from yacht to yacht, polishing, cleaning and doing the maintenance that boat owners didn’t want to fool with. (Speaking of fools – Crocker’s calls “Fool’s Gold” “the coolest movie ever made.”) His ultimate plan was to spend enough time at sea to get his captain’s license, but alas, college came calling and Crocker put his sea legs to rest… for now.
His plan for the future is to be running part of GetUWired from “my villa by the sea – definitely somewhere with crystal blue waters and white sands. Now I’ll probably just own a boat instead of being a captain.“
Marketing Automation Specialist Chris Allen came to GetUWired with the best possible letter of recommendation – being married to our CEO, Melissa Allen.
“She told me she’d fire me on the spot if I messed up,” he said when he first joined our team, responding to our jabs about getting special treatment.
Chris is a perfect fit for our marketing automation department because, as an Army man, he knows all about order, structure, and logical discipline. Chris served in the U.S. Army for 7 years, including two deployments to Iraq. He planned on making the military his lifelong career, but marriage and a disabling parachuting accident (picture Chris hanging upside down with his parachute wrapped around his leg) put a spin on his plan.
“My first deployment, I was single and I loved it,” he said. “But the second one, I was married. I hated being away from my wife. And when they told me I couldn’t jump anymore because of my injury, I decided to change careers.”
When Chris isn’t working his Infusionsoft magic for our clients, you’ll find him hanging out with his family on their boat or hiking in the mountains. One day, he’d like to hike the Appalachian Trail all the way to Maine.
As a web developer, Jon handles much of the code behind the website curtain. He graduated from North Georgia College & State University in 2010, majoring in computer science and minoring in both studio art and psychology, which contributes to his well-rounded mindset. Jon manages much of the email database work at GetUWired in addition to his web engineering projects and tends to be a go-to guy for random tech questions in the office.
Garrett Seymour is part of our development team at GetUWired. His passion for computers (“You’re only limited by your imagination and resources,” he says) gives Garrett the edge he needs to consistently create amazing websites for our clients.
Garrett first realized he had a flair for computers when he was in high school. In his first programming class, he managed to hack into his teacher’s files and see some of his friends’ grades. The administration at school quickly found out and had the system blocked the very next day.
When he’s not at GetUWired or working toward his IT degree at Southern Polytechnic University, Garrett is busy building his first WordPress theme. In the long run, he says, he would like to continue working with and learning all he can about computers. But he has no plans to be the next Bill Gates.
“I don’t think I could handle the spotlight and attention that Bill Gates receives,” Garrett says. “I could use a little bit of his money, though.”
Heather Grizzard is our lone woman in the engineering department. Being the only girl doesn’t phase Heather at all, though. She holds her own and then some when it comes to code.
Heather Grizzard, cousin of the late-great author Lewis Grizzard, is originally from Alabama but went to eight different schools before graduating high school. As a pastor’s daughter, Heather had to go where her father’s job required.
Heather got into coding by playing online games (totally girly ones, she says, about dogs), and she wanted to build her own. The game she designed, Eagle Valley Sim, allowed users to train and breed police dogs, therapy dogs, and certain breeds and watch them grow from puppies to adults. Before Heather pulled Eagle Valley Sim down to update it with new stuff she’s learning at GetUWired, the game had 6,000 players.
A similar game she designed, Eqcetera, was sold in 2013 and is currently making Heather’s car payments. NICE CAR payments! (The other engineers are jealous, as is the copywriter.)
But today, Heather is more interested in watching Asian TV dramas than playing computer games.
”I’m a drug dealer who doesn’t do drugs – I make computer games but I don’t play them,“ she said.
She’s looking forward to going to Taiwan in the next year or two, and she’s furiously studying Mandarin so she can converse with the locals when she gets there.
Ian Mackenzie is kind of a legend here at GetUWired. He started here nearly 5 years ago and amazed us all with his talent for code. But alas, we lost him to the demon called “school” when he decided to go back full time to get his degree in electrical engineering.
Now that he’s back with his degree from Georgia Tech, we’ve all been wondering… Where. Was. Ian. REALLY?
We have our theories – ninja training, CIA operative, Steve Perry lookalike career.
But it turns out the reality is even better than our stories – Ian spent that time not ONLY getting his degree, but inventing a way that regular humans like you and me can learn to ROCK the guitar like we do on Guitar Hero, but with a real guitar so it’s actually impressive.
Ian and three of his friends were invited to compete in Georgia Tech’s prestigious InVenture Prize competition this year. One of only six finalists, Ian and his team presented The Enlighten Music Trainer, which uses a lighted fretboard overlay to teach novices to play guitar. The frets light up to tell you when and where to put your fingers while you play a song. The best part of Ian’s design is that, unlike other similar products, The Enlighten Music Trainer is modular, so you can use it with the guitar you already love rather than having to buy a VERY expensive guitar with lighted frets built in.
They didn’t win the competition, but Ian is undeterred. He still plans on bringing The Enlighten Music Trainer to market as soon as he and his team work out the details. Rock on, Ian!
Astronaut space cowboy Jackson Hall IV joined us as a killer coder after mastering his family trade of blacksmithing.
I know you’re thinking “Who in the world is a blacksmith?” Jackson Hall IV, that’s who! After high school, even though he wanted to take the tech route, the family business called. Jackson worked as a blacksmith, metal sculptor and mechanical engineer for 15 years before returning to true passion – programming.
You could say Jackson’s got a way with metal in more ways than one. He’s played guitar in several heavy metal bands, but “nothing I want to mention that’s Googleable.”
His favorite band is Pantera, but that didn’t keep him from giving a nod to 70s disco while keeping up the family dynasty – and naming his son Jackson Hall V (Jackson 5, get it?).
Jackson’s next goal is to buy a motorcycle and visit New Zealand (though he clarified that he knows New Zealand is an island you can’t get to on a motorcycle).
Who knew our “ninjaneer” Jordan Quattlebaum would have so much “cool” under that quiet exterior?
He spent a year in Italy (his stepdad was in the Navy) and went to Rome once a week via train. Jordan says he loved the “family friendly” attitude of the Italians.
“We’d go out to eat and we’d be the only ones there. Everyone else was at home eating with their families,” he says.
But when Jordan turned 21, his military passport expired, and he had to either come back to the States or leave Italy, so he bought a Eurail pass and tramped through Europe for a few months before finally returning stateside.
World travelling aside, Jordan also attending a performing arts school, builds websites for fun, and plays “terrible music” on the weekends with his brothers in law.
When Jordan isn’t trudging through the code trenches in our developer den, he’s at home with his wife and two daughters planning a future trip to China.
“The Governor,” as we affectionately call developer Kevin Pope, brings a little bit of English sophistication to our backwoods office.
Kevin’s high-achieving personality has lead him to succeed in a number of different industries before landing behind the developer’s desk at GetUWired, including:
- Working for defense companies that serve the U.K., Singapore, and Austria
- Leading the most-funded defense communications project in the history of the U.K.
- Owning his own communications consultancy company by age 24
- Writing the first reference design for a dial-on-demand modem for Motorola back in the late 90’s
With a resume like that, you’d expect Kevin to be a buttoned-up, high-strung Type A, but nothing could be further than the truth. Kevin left his high-stress life in London to pursue a more peaceful life in the North Georgia mountains.
And he says he’s found it. Coding by day and painting by night (you can see his paintings at Canvas & Cork in Dahlonega), Kevin says his life today is “exactly the right thing.”
Kevin is also locally famous for being the “one British guy in Dahlonega” and singing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” at Wiley’s karaoke.
Mohammad Khan wins the “Most Languages Spoken in Our Redneck Cabin in the Woods” award. As well as knowing all the coding languages we use, Mohammad also speaks English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and a little bit of Spanish.
Mohammad was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Qatar before moving to the United States for college. It was his time in Qatar that lead to him mastering such a long list of languages.
“In the Middle East, there’s a very big south Asian presence,” he said. “Because there are so many people from different places, you just pick up the languages. I learned a lot by mingling with kids of other nationalities and watching TV. They only teach English and Arabic in school.”
The biggest difference between here and Qatar, he says, is the climate. Regular temperatures in Qatar are around 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is very little greenery. So living in North Georgia is a big change – and he loves to take his wife and son outside to enjoy our mountain greenery as much as possible – hiking, rafting, and fishing.
Travel is a huge part of Mohammad’s life. He and his wife once took a three-month road trip all over America. He says if he won the lottery, he would travel all over the globe.
“I wouldn’t spare a single island,” he said.
Engineer Ryan Holt has always had a knack for computers. When he was in elementary school, his parents would ask him to do things on their family computer because he knew more about it than they did.
“I like the way computers make so much information available on demand,” Ryan says.
When he’s not crushing code in our developers’ den, you can find Ryan anywhere in the outdoors: hiking, camping and backpacking. He even worked for an adventure company that catered to troubled youth. Ryan spent more than three years taking kids on trips that functioned as “outdoor therapy.”
“Some of them really enjoyed it, and their behavior got a lot better,” he said. “But some inner city kids didn’t like it at all. They were like, ‘Get me out of here.’”
Ryan is excited about furthering his programming education and one day being an entrepreneur, or at least owning enough commercial property to allow him to “sit back, relax and live life to the fullest.”
Developer Bryan Cooney is our in-house brush with fame … times 3. His grandfather, a successful restauranteur, was once asked to go into business with a man who owned a burger joint. He turned down the offer. That little “burger joint” grew up to be McDonald’s.
Later, he was propositioned by another man who owned a chicken restaurant. Bryan’s grandpa thought to himself “Who would want to eat chicken 365 days a year?” and turned him down. That man was Colonel Sanders.
And his aunt worked along with Jonas Salk in developing the liquid polio vaccine.
(Bryan swears all these stories are true. We’re not so sure, but they sound cool.)
Despite all the near-fame in his family, Bryan likes to keep his life low-key. When he’s not pounding the keys for GetUWired, you’ll find him and his wife out hiking, jet skiing or smoking up some killer BBQ on his Big Green Egg.
Thomas Pirkle joined the GetUWired team in October 2013, just three months before he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of North Georgia. The GetUWired leadership team snapped Thomas up before he could even graduate because they could see his passion for all things code. Thomas is fascinated by the powerful things computers can accomplish, and he works every day to put that power to use for our clients.
Thomas’ fascination with computers is “inherited,” he says, from his father, who also has a degree in computer science. Thomas grew up with computers and has fond memories of himself and his dad playing around on their family computer.
Originally from the tiny mountain town of Suches, Ga., Thomas attended Woody Gap School, the smallest public school in Georgia. His graduating class was only 10 people! Luckily for him, his wife was one of those 10. He and his wife welcomed an adorable baby boy in March 2013.
When Thomas isn’t hard at work behind his computer or juggling the joys of raising his son, you can find him in the great outdoors hiking, target shooting, or helping his wife care for their three horses.
Zac Brechbill thought he blew it when he said “I want to own my own software development company one day” during his interview. Silly Zac. That’s probably helped! (We love small business owners, especially our own.)
He’s also a wiz with code, beginning his self-training at 12 and selling his first app by 15. He started learning how to code by checking out books at his local library, which is so Americana-adorable. A computer whiz that still uses the library – what’s not to love?
Zac is the oldest of 10 kids, and his family is the center of his life. He makes sure to spend as much quality time as he can with his younger siblings, some who are nearly two decades younger than him.
“There’s such an age difference, so it’s important that I take time out for them,” he said. “If I don’t make an effort to see them, they won’t even get to know me, and I want us to have great relationships.”
His fantasy (which he stole from his dad) is to win the lottery and move his whole extended family to a “neighborhood” of mansions somewhere off the grid in Montana. That way they could spend as much time together as they want.
Project Manager Chris Johnessee was so seduced by Atlanta’s weather and Southern hospitality that he left his native Pennsylvania (and shoveling snow) for good to become a full-time Georgia boy.
Life’s moved fast since flying south. First, he met and married a local girl who was “wary of me being from Pennsylvania, but when she found out I was born in Virginia, she knew it was OK and she could tell her family I’m actually Southern.”
Then, he earned his business administration degree from University of North Georgia, and as chance would have it, stumbled upon Melissa Allen and John Crocker at a career fair at the school.
“Their enthusiasm for the company was contagious,” he says. And so he was lured a second time – this time to GetUWired.
Today Chris is a happy man. A loving wife and daughter and a great job in a state he loves. He says he’s just enjoying his life at the moment with no plans for big changes in the near future.
“I’m the kind of guy who takes it day by day. I try and do the best job I can today to make tomorrow a little better,” he says.
James Wall, our jack-of-all-trades engineer, brings a buffet-style skill set to GetUWired. Aside from being a killer coder and an Infusionsoft trainer with excellent “computer-side manner,” James knows a thing or two about bombs.
As an Air Force aircraft armament system specialist (that’s “bomb guy” for the laymen), James was responsible for the maintenance of weapons systems on F-15 fighter jets in summer 1999. Location: Saudi Arabia.
“When a pilot pulled the trigger, it was my job to make sure something blew up,” he says.
For a former weapons specialist, James is surprisingly gregarious and funny, bringing the perfect punchline to our inter-office jokes on a daily basis. Of course, it doesn’t hurt his popularity that his mom sends us handmade chocolates all the way from Wisconsin, too. Thanks mom!
In his free time, James is working on a side project building a language-learning app with a linguist friend.
“If I could turn that into a game that teaches English and makes me a million dollars, I’d take it,” he says.
If you’re lucky enough to get Stephanie Furnas as your GetUWired project manager, you can thank the great state of Massachusetts. On little more than a whim, Stephanie moved to Massachusetts to attend the Hallmark Institute of Photography when she was 20. Moving 1,000 miles away alone helped Stephanie kick the insecurities of youth right in the teeth.
“I would have never been brave enough to come back to Atlanta and cold call people without the experience of moving to Massachusetts all by myself,” she said.
Since graduating, Stephanie has held a number of jobs that prepared her for project management. She’s an expert people-on-the-brink-of-breakdown manager (she learned this as a wedding coordinator), carries heavy projects loads with ease (photography assistant), knows how to call the shots (photographer), and keeps everything hot and fresh even on tight deadlines (caterer).
Best of all – Stephanie knows how to “make it work” without much – a skill she learned roughing it on a desolate island on Lake Huron. With no electricity, running water, or cell service, Stephanie and her husband battled brutal weather and complete solitude for eight days of unplugged bliss.
When Stephanie isn’t juggling her projects like a pro in the office, you can find her wandering the aisles of Home Depot with her husband and 2-year-old son.
As a project coordinator, we needed someone with the desire to do a lot of different things at once, and Dylan Meredith is a perfect fit.
Dylan got his degree in psychology, and he’s in the midst of getting his second bachelor’s degree in marketing and before that he studies economics. He’s worked in a machine shop, a golf course, and lots of restaurants. Dylan’s mind is constantly curious about the world and the people in it, which makes him the ideal candidate for a job where his eye for detail and inquisitiveness are key.
When you talk to Dylan, vibrates with enthusiasm for life. He loves to cook, swim, and learn about people. He’s energetically describes his love for nature, the beach, and anything to do with water. In an ever-cynical world, Dylan’s zest for life is refreshing if not inspiring.
He’s got a passion for travel that, just like all his other interests, rests in his curiosity about people. He wants to travel to places very different from the U.S. to experience the small but significant variances in cultures. “Like eating a hamburger,” he says. “Here, it’s just lunch. But in India, where cows are sacred, eating a hamburger would be a horrifying event for someone to see.”
We hired Elizabeth Buck because we knew she could handle any kind of weirdness we threw at her. She’s married to our VP of Biz Dev Dobbin Buck, after all. So we knew she’d be up to the task of acting as our CEO’s right-hand woman as Operations Coordinator.
Beth calls herself well-rounded (such an understatement). She’s worked in a variety of industries (including being Montaluce Winery’s Director of Sales and Events); went to school for nursing; wants to learn to play the mandolin, bass and guitar; and loves to garden and grill. She’s a 21st century Renaissance woman with the romance-novel hair to match.
The thing she likes best about working at GetUWired is the brainpower. “Everyone here is so smart,” she said. “I feel like it’s keeping me sharp. It’s amazing what I’ve learned — your brain truly is a muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it gets.”
According to Greg Loebick, landing in the designer chair at GetUWired is the end of a “long @#$%& road to get back where I wanted to go.”
Possessed by passion for design since he was 14, Greg had to enlist in the Army to get the money he needed to pursue a graphic design degree. But after four years as an Army network tech (one of which was spent dodging bombs in Iraq), he was sick of technology, so he ended up going back to school for biology.
Degree in hand, Greg set out to work in conservation, but when that didn’t pan out, he ended up returning to his first love – design.
Today, Greg and his wife April (our administrative coordinator) live a peaceful “hobbit-like” life at their house in Cleveland. When asked what his goals are for the future, Greg says “I’ve really got everything I wanted: an education, a house and a great job. I’ve accomplished everything I set out to do.” How many people can say that?
Karla is a Designer with an edge – her former experience and skillsets as a Project Coordinator at Check Free includes organization skills, QA, bug tracking, and beta testing development. She also features 4 years of Photoshop proficiency, 5 of Web design, and certifications in both Web development and design alike.
Her background in business administration and clear Web experience help to complete the team, and as a Junior Designer she creates the visual aspects of landing pages, websites, logos, email headers, sales pages, ads, and animated banners. She also continues on her original QA quest and Web development, fixing bugs and wielding HTML and WordPress with the same deftness as her designer “paintbrush”. Karla even assists our developers with Automated Sales funnels – no mean feat to say the least.
In her personal life, Karla enjoys cooking, laughing, living the lake life with her husband and 2 kids (plus an adorable grandson), traveling, and using her quick wit to keep us smiling rain or shine
Designer Cassie Reichert adds a happy dose of passionate talent to the creative department. The SCAD grad came to us with a portfolio we’ve all ohhed and ahhed over. Cassie’s outspoken personality fits in just right with our crew of marketing mad scientists.
Cassie’s animation degree helps her think not only aesthetically, but three-dimensionally and logically as well. That’s one reason she chose the major — because there’s such a huge spectrum of things she can do with that degree. And seeing her designs, we know that’s true.
Her ultimate career goal is to “Make cool stuff with cool people.” Looks like she found the right place!
I am the “words department” here at GetUWired. All that amazing, highly converting copy you’ll get when you hire GetUWired to revamp your marketing? That’s all me, baby.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2006, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the “Journalism Graduate of the Year” award. After that, I worked for newspapers, magazines, websites, travel guides — you name it — absorbing everything I could learn about the business of writing.
From the moment I leave on my VERY scenic commute to Dahlonega, to spending all day with an incredible group of creative coworkers, to crafting copy that helps businesses like yours grow and thrive, I love every minute of my day at GetUWired! How many people can say they love their jobs? Not many! So I feel truly blessed to be part of this team.
When I’m not pounding my keyboard at GetUWired, you’ll find me and my 3-year-old daughter hard at work remodeling our first house. (She’s 3 and learning to do drywall. I am so proud!) It’s the world’s tiniest little 1945 bungalow and my plan is to love it back to its former glory. It even has an original doorknob. I think I bought that whole house just for the doorknob.
Traveled to 39 states and 13 countries on 3 continents
Met the BeeGees, Richard Simmons, and Ashton Kutcher, in that order
Foiled a kidnapping
Had a park ranger yell at me through a megaphone, “Put the whipped cream down!”
Our future New York Times bestselling author April Loebick, who slums it during the day as our administrative coordinator, is one name to watch for. And avid writer, April is more than just an “aspiring novelist.” She’s got the degree, the experience and the drive to take her dreams to the bank (or at least Barnes and Noble).
April’s DNA is pulsing with generations of storytellers. Her grandfather, a mountain medicine man, and the other members of her family would mesmerize listeners with local tall tales about the land they grew up on (bought for $10 and a coat) and life in the mountains.
She’s also been a part of the Dahlonega Literary Festival since 2010, and has been instrumental in bringing big-time talent such as “Under the Tuscan Sun” writer Frances Mayes and Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, to our sleepy mountain town.
Running the University of North Georgia Press, giving workshops on book publishing, and getting her own work published were no small feat either.
Look for April in the “speculative fiction” section of your favorite bookstore. She loves to write fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural-type stuff.
Oh yeah, and I have to mention something about her Corgis. April is nuts about her Corgis. She has commissioned artwork of one of her dogs wearing armor. Yes, really.
When we get an employee from the same area as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Jimmy Carter, we know we’re getting somebody pretty extraordinary.
Office Manager Kyle Waddell keeps our office in perfect harmony. His accounting degree means he’s a wiz with our numbers, and his laid-back personality make us feel less terrified of paperwork and taxes and stuff.
Kyle got this job over serendipitous beers at a local Mexican restaurant. Sitting at the bar, he overheard CEO Melissa Allen complaining about the salsa being too hot but not wanting to ask the mild version because she “didn’t want to look like a wuss.” He cracked up, they started talking, and after hearing his incredible resume and getting a strong recommendation from our own CPA, Kyle was hired.
This job suits him, because Kyle hates suits. “It’s culture shock in a good way,” Kyle says about working here. He like that this job gives him a chance to show off his collection of ridiculous T-shirts.
But don’t let Kyle’s accountant status fool you. He’s no boring pencil pusher. Once, dressed as Teen Wolf, he tried to steal a kickball trophy from a church team. (“They were my friends and they weren’t even chasing me!” he said.) But alas, he was immediately smote … falling over a concrete wall and breaking a rib. That’s what you get, Kyle.
When Kyle isn’t here, you can find him saving orphans from fires and rescuing ugly kittens from gas stations.