Founder & CTO
Todd Tobin is the former Vice President of Technology at ServiceMagic. During his six years with ServiceMagic, the site grew to generating over $500K per day in revenue. Prior to working at ServiceMagic, Todd held engineering roles at Level 3 Communications, Virtela Communications and American Management Systems. Todd holds a bachelor‘s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he studied Information Systems and Finance.
Founder & VP of Engineering
Bret is the former front end architect and senior software engineer at ServiceMagic. During his six years at ServiceMagic Bret was responsible for implementing and architecting many of the technological innovations that helped ServiceMagic grow to a $200M company. Prior to ServiceMagic Bret held design and development positions at MSR and McKenzie Scott Partners. Bret holds a bachelor‘s degree from the Art Institute of Colorado in Multimedia and Web Design.
Director, User Experience
Kirsten has over a over a decade of experience designing and building websites. Over the years she has worked closely with a wide range of companies including MapQuest, Goldman Sachs & Schwab (although she thinks Craftsy has been the most fun site to date).
Kirsten learned fashion sewing from her mother and grandmother, and has recently taken an interest in sewing vintage 40s & 50s patterns. She has reupholstered her couch 3 times (bad kitty, bad!). She is also an avid painter who has held gallery shows in both Minneapolis & Denver.
It’s also a little known fact that she’s a huge fan of the Dukes of Hazzard (the show, not the horrible movie). Yeeeehaw!
Prior to joining Craftsy, Jay spent over 8 years as a Software Engineer at ServiceMagic where he also held the title of world foosball champion. He has a degree in Computer Information Systems from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Jay grew up in Colorado and enjoys skiing, golfing, four wheeling, motorcycle rides and spending time with friends and family. He also likes cars…a little too much. Jay hopes to learn some new skills in sewing so he can continue work on restoring his 1977 IHC Scout II.
Director of Product
Rachel is the former Director of Product Expansion at ServiceMagic, responsible for developing and launching products within new vertical markets. Prior to ServiceMagic, as a Content Director at Leopard.com, she lead a team of writers, strategists and designers who executed online and offline marketing communications for high-tech clients including IBM, SAP, CDW, and Level 3. Rachel’s experience also spans teaching gifted kids at The Logan School in Denver, and a year at a web startup building a virtual world for ‘tweens. Rachel holds a BA and an MA from Stanford University. Most important, Rachel is a (sometimes sleepy) new mom and a beginner quilter, who loves to cook for relaxation and telemark for fun.
Vice President Development Operations
Matthew comes to Craftsy with over 14 years of systems and networking experience. He has worked in, and designed, both startup and enterprise environments. He loves the OSI model, linux, webservers, databases and clouds. When he is not grepping the inodes, he can be found in the kitchen hacking yeast or making something savory out of butter and onions. Matthew has no artistic talent or crafting ability whatsoever, but subjects his family and coworkers to spontaneous outbursts of song.
Previously, Matthew was a recreational sky diver, roller coaster enthusiast, and racer of automobiles. Finding these pursuits lacking in sufficient excitement, he and his wife produced a son, Ian, and a daughter, Cora, who together provide ample levels of joy and adventure.
Head of Mobile Development
Many years of dev
Mobile apps take world
Ed has 15 years of experience in software development. He has worked in several industries including real estate, insurance, automotive and home improvement, specializing in mobile development, web development, and enterprise architecture. Ed has a bachelors degree in Technology and Cognition from the College of Education at the University of North Texas, a program focused on learning with technology.
Nate, aka Natetron, but please call him Nate, has worked in start-ups in North Carolina, California, and now here at Craftsy doing user experience/user interface design work. He has a BA in Multimedia Arts and Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Nate’s from Pittsburgh, PA and loves his Penguins, hates the typeface papyrus, and loves independent films. His hobbies include hand-making cards and prints for friends, homebrewing tasty beer, gaming, and pretending to be a Top Chef judge when his girlfriend cooks dinner.
Known as the guy who rarely understands pop-culture references and never removes his hat, Ryan loves building front-end applications. When not working, you can find him spending time with his family or playing video games.
The son of a potter and later a grocer, Rolly’s love for the sea and mobile development started at a young age. At the age of 12 he dropped out of school to enroll in the Royal Oats Navy where it quickly became apparent that Rolly was a veritable powerhouse on the seas. Steering a ship through twenty-foot swells whilst coding in objective-c earned him the respect of seafarers across the globe. After a tragic harpooning accident, “One Eye Rolly” decided to retire his sea legs, and joined the team at Sympoz.
When not performing two seemingly impossible tasks at the same time, you can find Rolly chowing down at Red Lobster, testing out the latest Old Spice scents at the grocery store, or just following the north star, living by his own rules.
Before joining the Craftsy team, Chandler spent the last 10 years developing web sites for real estate, travel, and entertainment. After spending 2 years in overly sunny Arizona, he has moved back to his home state of Colorado in order to enjoy the more outdoor-friendly climate with his wife and one year old son. When not experiencing the great outdoors, Chandler enjoys playing the piano and the accordion, or geeking out on various board games.
Noah studied Economics, Computer Information Systems, and Math at Metropolitan State College of Denver, while working for the college’s I.T. department. He had this crazy idea of becoming a college Economics professor, and moved across the country to pursue an Economics Ph.D. at George Mason University. But after one semester he realized he was not cut out for academia, and moved back to Denver to resume his previous dream of having a career in technology. Between then and now Noah worked at ServiceMagic for 7 years, progressing from Database Developer, to Data Architect, and finally to Director of Software Development.
Noah’s craftsy-ness is limited to building with Legos, assembling computers, some amateur carpentry, and being married to a knitter/spinner/weaver/sewist. Noah is a native Coloradan, and lives in Lakewood with his wife, son, and four(!) cats.
SEO Marketing Manager
Tory came to Craftsy with the things that we value most: personality, passion and purpose. She is truly dedicated to the craft of white-hat SEO, and we are glad to have her scouring our site with a fine-toothed comb, ensuring you can find the content you want!
Outside of work, Tory is a loving pet owner and jet-setter. She and her soon-to-be-husband have traveled to England and Ireland, and are hoping to add India, Japan and Croatia to that list soon. Her “pet collection” is centered around her two dogs, Obi (border collie + cattle dog) and Potus (Italian greyhound + chihuahua). She is… let’s call it “tolerant”… of her husband’s cats.
She’s always got another craft lined up, but the growing list of hobbies that Tory enjoys are oil painting, sewing, DIY projects for the house, and gardening.
Jill joined Craftsy in June 2012 as a Product Manager. In the months since, she has helped bring new features to life on the site, and had more fun at work than she ever thought possible. In her free time, Jill enjoys reading, learning new things, and staring longingly at unfinished crochet projects. Prior to joining Craftsy, Jill was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she helped Fortune 500 companies with strategic challenges.
Sam grew up a country girl in the wilds of rural Utah. She fled for the bright lights of the big city 13 years ago and has no plans of returning any time soon (aka never). Sam went through several degree paths including an Associates of Science and two years towards a bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering before settling on Computer Information Systems. In her spare time she enjoys photography, gardening, crazy socks, microbrew beer, and indulging her coffee habit.
Before finding his favorite job ever at Craftsy, Joey spent his last 12 years designing and developing websites such as Avis.com, Budget.com, Denverpost.com and Dexknows.com. He also spent some quality time with the local Denver design firm, TheFirmGraphics.com, sharpening up his design and print skills. He keeps busy with freelance design and print work and lately has been doing projects for the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Joey grew up in Denver and the surrounding areas, and most of his childhood was spent skateboarding, drawing and learning graffiti. Having lived here most of his life, he has pretty much eaten everywhere, so if you need to know of a good restaurant in a certain neighborhood, he is the person to ask. He and his wife are always on the move, either on weekend trips or vacations, and hope to one day fill up their passports. Oh, and don’t let the tattoos fool you, he is actually pretty reserved most of the time.
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Clint is a Colorado native from the small mountain town of Granby, but has only recently moved back to the Centennial State. Prior to joining Craftsy, he was building websites across the pond for 6 years in Buckinghamshire, England. Apart from sometimes driving on the left side of the road, mixing up dollars and pounds, and spelling color with a ‘u’, the transition back to his home state has been a smooth one.
When Clint is not busy making the website look good, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog (both British), skiing, hiking, and photography. He also spends a fair amount of time yelling at the Broncos and Rockies.
Jesse spent the last decade in Los Angeles, and after visiting Colorado several times he decided this is where he wanted to live. He loves snowboarding and the outdoors, and couldn’t think of anywhere else that he would rather live. After 6 years of systems programming at LoopNet he started developing iOS apps a few years ago independently. Most recently he worked with FortyDigital to release the Trivia game Stumped, which has been one of his favorite projects. He has enjoyed watching it grow and continues to learn more about the mobile marketplace. His passions are software development, music, and experiencing life to the fullest.
Mike is originally from Buffalo, NY, where he grew up in the lakeside frozen tundra. He has always been in love with the outdoors and started snowboarding at the age of 12. Mike has taught snowboarding for 3 years, and is certified (AASI) American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Level 1.
Mike moved out to Colorado in 2006 to experience the best “outdoor playground” in the US. He has made a few batches of homemade beer and is always open to “test” others creations. When he’s not pushing pixels or discussing tech, Mike likes to play racquetball, cycle and hike.
Amy has recently returned to Denver after spending a year in San Francisco. While she claims to be “from” Colorado, she actually grew up in St. Louis, where she acquired a great appreciation for the game of baseball and an understanding that it’s okay to put ranch dressing on most foods. Her upbringing also nurtured a creative spirit and a love for all things DIY.
As part of the Internal Tools team, Amy loves coming up with innovative ways to make her co-workers’ lives easier. Outside of the office, she loves exploring the city and the mountains with her fiancé and their dog, Biggie. Her other passions include yoga, Motown and soul music, expensive cheese & cheap wine.
Ryan is a former freelance Graphic Designer with a focus on websites, email campaigns and visual identity systems. Throughout his 9 years of experience, Ryan has worked through many different mediums of design both domestically and abroad. After traveling the world and spending a year freelancing (and surfing) in Costa Rica, Ryan returned to his hometown of Denver and joined the Craftsy team.
He graduated with a BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Kansas… and his fiancé describes his obsession with KU basketball as “unhealthy.” And don’t let him into an all-you-can-eat sushi joint. DON’T DO IT.
Quality Assurance Engineer
I came to Craftsy after spending nearly 8 years in the gaming industry, I attended the Art Institute of Portland with a dual focus on Game Art and Design and Apparel Design. Being artsy and crafty is in my blood and my hobbies include knitting, sewing, crochet, painting, cooking and gardening. I have two cats, one large dog and an extremely tall husband.
Desktop Support Technician
Travis recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Management Information Systems. In his free time he enjoys both watching and playing soccer as well as snowboarding and taking naps.
Eric is Colorado raised since the age of four. He was brought to Craftsy by the great technology team. Eric’s hobbies include cooking, electronics tinkering, gardening and putting together models. He is very passionate about Sci-Fi, comic books and PC gaming.
In Eric’s most recent project, he successfully made a USB charger that runs off of AA batteries, built into an old Altoids tin.
User Experience (UX) Engineer
Nick comes to Craftsy with 5+ years of Web & UI/UX Design and Development experience. He’s done design work for the outdoor insutry, the vacation industry, the apartment indusrty, and the entertainment industry. Nick holds a BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and looks fondly on his time going to school in Amish country. That being said, he has found his true home here in Colorado and considers himeslf a permanent “Transplant.”
Prior to starting his career in UX, Nick spent time as a Whitewater Rafting Guide, Professional Photographer, and Ice Hockey Referee. As a Rafting Guide he spent 6months living in a tent, and has since continued his passion for the outdoors via Cycling, Climbing, and Snowboarding. Nick has a passion for vintage BMW motorcycles, and is currently restoring/customizing a 1983 BMW r80rt.
Nick wore the same suspenders he wore on his wedding day to his interview at Craftsy. He firmly believes that it aided in the hiring process, and establishment of his office nick-name “Suspenders.”
Prior to joining Sympoz, David was a sysadmin at Louisiana Tech University, supporting particle physics research for the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He has a BS and MS from Louisiana Tech where he studied Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics.
He’s passionate about Linux and automation. In his free time, he can be found drinking tea, reading, or expanding his personal army of virtual machines.
Front End Engineer
Zachary was raised in Minot, North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo. In Fargo he earned his bachelors degree in computer science. Zachary enjoys snowboarding, wake boarding, travel, and most importantly getting lost in code. He spent 13 months in New York City advancing his development skills before moving to Denver to join the Craftsy team. Creating solutions for problems, and developing new concepts are his favorite parts of the work he does.
Product Manager – Mobile
Chandler is excited to join the Craftsy team and help push the digital education revolution forward – especially on tablets and phones. Prior to Craftsy, he spent the last few years in Boston and Singapore working for TripAdvisor, first as part of their rotation program and later as a product manager on the mobile + tablet product team. While at TripAdvisor, he helped grow the mobile + tablet suite from 1 MM to 60 MM monthly unique visitors and launched products on the iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia Symbian, Blackberry, and yes, even Palm’s WebOS. Chandler has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Outside of work, Chandler has a weird mix of hobbies which merge his Ohio childhood with recent years in Vermont/Boston such as skiing, sailing, traveling, talking about cool ideas and politics, watching his Bengals (Who Dey!), cooking, and good bourbon.
Front End Engineer
A background in the Liberal Arts can be a dangerous thing—especially when said Liberal Arts major applies his grammar-police tendencies to tightening up unruly UI code. However, when Jamie is not nerding out about the latest webby whatchamacallit, he can be found (or not found) somewhere out in the Colorado wilderness. An avid trail runner, Jamie prefers the relative solitude of the backcountry races to the crowded road marathons of the city. In 2012 he completed Silver Rush, his first ultra-marathon, and is looking forward to many more in the future.
Born and raised in Kansas, Jamie literally “got the hell out of Dodge” in the early 2000s, and spent the next eight years travelling and living in Europe, New Zealand, and Canada before deciding to see what Denver had to offer late 2009. Here, he was unable to escape the feeling of “home” and has since bought a house in the city where he swears that one day he will finally get to that lawn thing.
After growing up in a forrest on a hill with no neighbors in a small town in New Hampshire, Neil has been slowly making his way toward the West Coast. However, he has discovered that Denver is a wonderful place and so the journey may have come to an end. He studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and after graduating joined an organic LED and solar cell start-up, developing prototypes and conducting experiments. The next stop was the west side of Michigan and then to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was a representative for a lab equipment company. It was during this time that he started to really pursue software and web development and decided to make a career out of it. After working on several independent projects, Neil moved to Denver and a year later found his way to Craftsy. He is really excited to be back at a start-up. When not nerding out at work or on side-projects, you can find him playing hockey, strumming a guitar, or snowboarding.
Front End Engineer
Chris’ interest in technology began in high school when he began producing music videos for local bands around his hometown, New Haven. After high school, Chris studied Computer Engineering at Villanova University with a focus in computer hardware design and architecture. Chris moved to Colorado shortly after graduation to participate in a hybrid car research project at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Realizing he preferred working in industry over R&D, he became involved in the Web Development scene in Denver and has provided his services to both local and nationally recognized companies. Joining Craftsy in the early part of 2013, Chris brings his years of diverse technological experience to the engineering team. When Chris isn’t being serious about engineering, you may be able to find him riding his bicycle around the Denver area or enjoying a fine gin martini somewhere around town.
Product Manager Member Experience
Despite spending some time on each of the coasts, Susan is a Colorado native and loves to call this state her home. She has 10+ years of product management experience with an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and most recently, an MBA from Boston University. She’s passionate about traveling, the outdoors, learning, and running (though she is a bit of a klutz).
User Experience Engineer
Born and raised in Iowa, Katie studied Visual Communication and English at nearby Iowa State University. After college she caught a ride from a friend to Colorado and decided to make it home. Katie’s been in the design industry for 10 years working in both print and web. She’s worked mostly with agencies and is a self-taught developer. Outside of the office, she enjoys live music and yoga. Though Katie loves to paint and draw, she can usually be found chasing after her daughters, Milly and Grace.
Back End Engineer
Shelly was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2005. Shelly believes that online learning is the future of education and is very excited to be involved in helping realize it. After living in 3 other states she landed here and loves it. She enjoys many outdoor activities, advocating for various alternative lifestyle groups, and a little modeling in her spare time. She is always trying to learn new things, professionally and personally.