8th Light

8th Light

WHY THAT IMAGE?

At 8th Light we place a high value on continual learning, both in our Modern Apprenticeship program and beyond. On Fridays, each of our team members leaves our various client sites to get together as a group in our office and learn. We collaborate on open source projects, write blogs and presentations, and host regular 8th Light University Meetups (pictured here) to share what we’ve learned, and to learn from others.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, React, Angular, Ember, iOS, Android, Java, C#/.NET, Python, Clojure, Elixir, Elm, AWS  
  • Service Offerings: Consulting, Design Training, Custom Software Development, Managed Services
  • Website: https://8thlight.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2006
  • Locations: Chicago, London, LA, NYC and Seattle
  • Approx Size: 112
  • Joined OpsConf: 2015

  "I like my eggs scrambled!"

"I like my eggs scrambled!"

Margaret Pagel, VP of Sales 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am Vice President of Sales. I lead all the sales and sales teams at all four offices.  I am also the second largest shareholder.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I look forward to building out a sales team and a repeatable sales process for all the offices

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Building curriculums for reading programs for grades 3-8 students

Ops-Conf 2018 Location: Cabin 10 (See Map)



Adorable

Adorable

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This is the most up to date group image we have, and it shows off Kelly's skills.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: React/React Native, Rails, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, Python, Elixir, D3, Webpack, Redux, HTML 5, CSS3, Git, Balsamiq, Illustrator, Invision
  • Service Offerings: Web Development, Design/UI/UX, Project Management, App Development, Software Architecture, Identity/Brand, and Illustration
  • Website: https://www.adorable.io/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2013
  • Locations: Madison, WI
  • Approx Size: 10
  • Joined OpsConf: 2017

  "I like my eggs with toast over easy and without toast scrambled."

"I like my eggs with toast over easy and without toast scrambled."

JENIFER REMSIK, DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE OPERATIONS

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Director of People Operations.  My primary focuses are Human Resources, CFO, and Marketing.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to recovering from 2017 and adding new talent to the team.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Art

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 18 (See Location Map)


 "I like my eggs over-medium,  but I am not picky."

"I like my eggs over-medium,  but I am not picky."

JIM REMSIK, PRESIDENT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the President of Adorable.  I work largely in business development for the company.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to the return of Madison+Ruby and paying off our line of credit.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

I liked Art/Drawing even though I am no good, I enjoy it.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 18 (See Location Map)

 


WyeWorks

WyeWorks

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Every year we do a company summit with the whole team, where we go through the numbers of the company, everyone exposes what we learned from different projects, analyze more strategic topics and brainstorm new ideas to improve the business. We had the pleasure to have Spiderman join last year and share his insights on the matter.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Ember, Elixir, Phoenix, Vue.js, React and React Native
  • Service Offerings: Expert consultancy in Rails and Ember, and Process Review and Coaching
  • Website: https://wyeworks.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2008
  • Locations: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Approx Size: 26 people now and 30 by end of year
  • Joined OpsConf: 2015

  "I like my eggs poached"

"I like my eggs poached"

SEBASTIAN MARTINEZ, VP OF ENGINEERING 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

VP of Engineering is my role at WyeWorks. My responsibilities are basically everything that has to do with running operations (hiring people, coaching, resource planning and making sure everyone is motivated and productive).  I also oversee all the projects to make sure everything runs smooth, keeping a communication channel open with clients to get feedback and strengthen their relationship with us.  I have been with the company a little over 9 years.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

On a personal level, maintaining the level of exercise I have been doing for the last few months.
On a professional level, exploring new service offerings aligned to our team's interests and professional development paths, as well as not only maintaining but enhancing our company culture and overall motivation as we increase the team's size.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Geography. I was really curious as a kid of the different parts of the world, something that still amazes me.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 3 (See Location Map)



Hashrocket

Hashrocket

WHY THAT IMAGE?

We don't mind spending time with each other - in fact, we enjoy it.  We're more like family than coworkers, and it shows in the work we create and the relationships we have with each other.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Elixir, React, React Native, iOS, and Android
  • Service Offerings: Web and mobile development, interface design, branding and identity, and 1:1 training
  • Website: https://hashrocket.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2008
  • Locations: Chicago, IL and Jacksonville, FL
  • Approx Size: 27 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2015

  "I like my eggs sunny side up!"

"I like my eggs sunny side up!"

MARIAN PHELAN, CEO 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the CEO of Hashrocket.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking most forward to a smooth year where everything seems to be clicking in place at home and work.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Art was my favorite class in school.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 13 (See Location Map)



Infinite Red, Inc

Infinite Red, Inc

WHY THAT IMAGE?

The team is 100% of Infinite Red (IR) and we were somewhere beautiful.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: React Native, Elixir and Ruby on Rails
  • Service Offerings: Design and Develop for iOS and Android, React Native, Elixir, Phoenix, React JS and Ruby Rails
  • Website: https://infinite.red/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2015
  • Locations: Portland, San Francisco, New Orleans
  • Approx Size: 27 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2018

  "I like my eggs scrambled soft, almost runny!"

"I like my eggs scrambled soft, almost runny!"

Ken Miller, Founder, CTO and CFO 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am a founder, the CTO and the CFO at Infinite Red.  I handle legal and HR as well.

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

I am looking forward to the second year of our conference, Chain React.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

My favorite course was music appreciation.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 15 (See Location Map)



One Design Company

One Design Company

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This is from our 2017 retreat. I am not in the photo because I was a month into being a new dad and had to head out early, but I think it speaks to the camaraderie that makes our team special.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby, JS, PHP (woohoo) and many of our projects utilize Craft CMS. 
  • Service Offerings: Strategic design and development studio, draw quantitative and qualitative insights from research to do brand messaging, identities, websites, software solutions and more.
  • Website: https://onedesigncompany.com/ 

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2014
  • Locations: Chicago, IL
  • Approx Size: 26 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2018

  "I like my eggs over easy!"

"I like my eggs over easy!"

Noah Bernsohn, Operations

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am responsible for Operations at One Design Company and have also been leading the technology side of our practice the past year. I typically help lead our product oriented strategy engagement, work on business development and try to ensure we have the right people in the right roles.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

We are promoting people internally to take on more leadership roles in the organization. We are also planning to implement EOS to provide a better framework for accountability.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

I was a Political Science major so basically none of my courses had much to do with my profession, however I would probably pick Japanese cinema as one of my favorites.  Ironically, it may be the most relevant to what I do today as we produce video for a decent number of our projects.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 7 (See Location Map) 



Cultivate

Cultivate

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This is a photo taken from our office window, which is looking North to Edinburgh Castle.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Elixir/Phoenix, Rails, React or plain request-response.

  • Service Offerings: UX Discovery and Validation, Web application development.

  • Website: http://www.cultivatehq.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2014
  • Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland with 2 remote employees in Aberdeen and Winchester
  • Approx Size: 11 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2015

  "I like my eggs scrambled!"

"I like my eggs scrambled!"

PAUL WILSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am CEO, CFO, COO and CTO...the latter being the role I am best at.  I have been with Cultivate for 7 years.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I will see what 2018 brings!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Parasitology

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 1 (See Location Map)


 "I like my eggs soft scrambled!"

"I like my eggs soft scrambled!"

Andy Robinson, Chief Commercial Officer

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Chief Commercial Officer at Cultivate.  Business development and anything related to sponsorship, PR or our relationships with the communities we are apart of. I also enjoy human management/HR things from time to time.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to taking advantage of all the great opportunities available to us!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Irrational human behaviour in psychology and behavioural economics

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 19 (See Location Map)



BendyWorks

BendyWorks

WHY THAT IMAGE?

We made the Big Green Button (center) as an IoT device that wirelessly transmits a signal to take a picture, and upload it automatically to Facebook with the event logo. We use the BGB like a photo booth, and make appearances at tech events and charity galas to build buzz around the event, promote BendyWorks and give back to our community. 2 of our developers, Will and Pearl are pictured with our CEO, Brad, all wearing glasses as we compete in NeXXpo's Most Innovative Company competition, as a tongue-in-cheek way of explaining that our NDAs are so strong we practically have DOD clearance.  In the middle is Israel Lopez, founder of Chins Up, a not-for-profit for whom we have donated hundreds of pro-bono hours over the last 2 years.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Clojure, Elm and Ember
  • Service Offerings: Web and mobile application development, senior level staff augmentation, rails rescue, and (occasionally) skunkworks 
  • Website: https://bendyworks.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Approx Size: 14 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2015

  "I like my eggs over hard!"

"I like my eggs over hard!"

STEPHEN ANDERSON, COO 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am a co-founder of BendyWorks.  I see myself as the grease in the wheels for work without a defined role that is responsible.  I have been with BendyWorks for 9 years.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to paying off our loans.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

My favorite course was Intensive Portuguese.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 16 (See Location Map)



Sahaj

Sahaj

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This image is from one of the office events. In short talking about the people culture at Sahaj - A community who are more friends / family than being just colleagues. We try to reflect this philosophy in our people practices which include, continuous feedback, no formal appraisal process, open salaries, profit sharing (twice annually), esops, no designations/roles. 


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW:

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Cryptography, Distributed Ledger Technology, Distributed Computing, and Micro Services
  • Service Offerings: Tech Advisory and Consulting, Custom Software Development, Product Development. 
  • Website: www.sahajsoft.com

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2014
  • Locations: San Francisco Bay Area, Raleigh, Bangalore and Chennai, India
  • Approx Size: 65 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2016

  Favorite eggs to come!

Favorite eggs to come!

sudhindra rao, solution consultant/engineer/builder

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am a Solution Consultant, Engineer and Builder at Sahaj.

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

Soon to come!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Soon to come!

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 2 (See Location Map)



Atomic Object

Atomic Object

WHY THAT IMAGE?

It is a photo that was taken at our 3rd all company conference. The conference is called AtomicCon and it is a few days of presentations and social team building time. We run the conference like a legit conference (conference chair, CFP, etc).


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: React, React Native, Node, GraphQL, Postgres
  • Service Offerings: Software product development - integrated human centered design, development and product management
  • Website: https://atomicobject.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2001
  • Locations: Grand Rapids, MI and Ann Arbor, MI
  • Approx Size: 60 currently, 66 by June
  • Joined OpsConf: 2016

  "I like my eggs over medium!"

"I like my eggs over medium!"

MICHAEL MARSIGLIA, MANAGING PARTNER - GRAND RAPIDS, VP

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Vice President and Managing Partner at Atomic Object.  I co-manage our Grand Rapids office. My responsibilities include clients, Atoms, sales and facilities. I also act as Atomic's de facto CFO.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to building more structure and discipline with our office management team.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Chemistry

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 5 (See Location Map)


  "I don't like eggs, but I like making my kids egg-in-a-hole."

"I don't like eggs, but I like making my kids egg-in-a-hole."

SHAWN CROWLEY, VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER OF GRAND RAPIDS OFFICE 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the a Vice President and Managing Partner at Atomic Object.  I co-manage our Grand Rapids office. My responsibilities include clients, Atoms, sales and facilities. I also take on initiative work each year focused on prioritized enrichment/improvements.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I look forward to building more structure and discipline with our office management team.  I also am looking forward to continued roll out of our people management job of Career Development Manager.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Too hard to pick a favorite. 

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 5 (See Location Map)



PunchKick Interactive

PunchKick Interactive

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This was taken at our most recent quarterly event, where we take the afternoon off to do something fun together and celebrate all the hard work we have put in for the quarter.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies:  Tech stacks are LEMP and then Swift and Java for mobile native. We also leverage a variety of Javascript frameworks in our web apps.  We are using React as well.
  • Service Offerings:  Service offerings are mobile native development, web development, design, user experience research, and consumer experience strategy. 
  • Website: https://www.punchkick.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2006
  • Locations: Chicago, IL
  • Approx Size: 40 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2017

  "I like my eggs in a spicy breakfast burrito!"

"I like my eggs in a spicy breakfast burrito!"

ABBY GARTNER, HEAD OF CLIENT EXPERIENCE

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Head of Client Experience at PunchKick.  I oversee all of our client relationships and ensure that PunchKick is operating in such a way to sustain happy, long-term clients and smart growth.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to taking a trip to Germany with my dad to explore our ancestry.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

I enjoyed International Human Rights class. The topics were something you could get passionate about, and the professor threw wine parties at this house once a month.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 6 (See Location Map)


  "I like my eggs scrambled!"

"I like my eggs scrambled!"

BILLY COLLINS, PRINCIPAL/STRATEGY LEAD

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Principal/Strategy Lead at PunchKick.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to our growth trajectory, streamlining our reporting, making reporting a key part of decision-making, and raising the bar for quality execution.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Endurance Running was my favorite course.  I took this as my Human Performance elective one year in undergrad, outran the entire class, and started skipping—WITH THE TEACHER—to go run on our own. The teacher and I also met every Friday morning to do long runs because running around Waco, Texas before 5 a.m. is an awful idea, but is made slightly less awful if you have someone to share it with. 

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 6 (See Location Map)



Developer Town

Developer Town

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Every employee has a tiny house that they can make entirely their own. Some have in-wall aquariums, others have custom HVAC, two are wrapped in barn-wood, one is painted to match a raspberry pie. All of them are on wheels, so we can dynamically rearrange the space to accommodate project team needs, events, and to play pranks on one another. 


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby on Rails, Javascript and AWS
  • Service Offerings: New Product Launch (design, development, marketing, product coaching, and business strategy), Corporate Innovation (ideation, rapid prototype, business model validation), Project Rescue (primarily design, development, agile coaching).
  • Website: http://www.developertown.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2010
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN - possible second office in southeast soon
  • Approx Size: 63 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2017

  "I like my eggs over easy!"

"I like my eggs over easy!"

MICHAEL KELLY, MANAGING PARTNER 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am a co-founder of Developer Town.  I have been here for 8 years and am the closest position to a CEO that we have.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Coming soon!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Philosophy

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 11 (See Location Map)



Echobind

Echobind

WHY THAT IMAGE?

"The best fried chicken in the world brings us together!"


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Elixir, React,  React Native, Ember, Rails
  • Service Offerings: We help companies develop web and mobile applications in greenfield or team augmentation settings, and provide strategic direction, training and audits.
  • Website: https://echobind.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2009
  • Locations: Virtual
  • Approx Size: 6 people plus many subcontractors
  • Joined OpsConf: 2017

  I like my eggs cooked!

I like my eggs cooked!

MICHAEL YARED, MANAGING PARTNER

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am a Managing Partner that oversees business operations, strategic opportunities and new business. My primary focus is leading our consulting business.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

 I look forward to traveling in 2018! I am visiting several new places (including Sedona!) for both work and pleasure.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Astronomy

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 14 (See Location Map)


  "I like my eggs spicy!"

"I like my eggs spicy!"

CHRIS BALL, FOUNDING PARTNER 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am a Managing Partner that oversees our front-end / mobile technology direction, open source initiatives, and new business. My primary focus is leading the product side of Echobind.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to furthering our push into mobile, products, and the addition of several new team members.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

I enjoyed Video Post Production and Audio Recording

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 14 (See Location Map)



Test Double

Test Double

WHY THAT IMAGE?

We are remote so we don't have a lot of images. That was from a retreat where we brought a photographer in and it felt really cheesy/staged. Like a Test Double stock photography session.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: A lot of Ruby and JavaScript with a focus on test automation. We've done iOS, Elixir, Elm, Clojure, Java, .NET, Go and Rust as well.
  • Service Offerings: Consulting is the primary offering. We like to embed our agents within a client team, help them deliver business value and grow along the way.
  • Websitehttp://www.testdouble.com/ 

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2011
  • Locations: 0 locations or 29 locations if you look at remote
  • Approx Size: 29 full timers, 15 subs
  • Joined OpsConf: 2018

  "I like my eggs scrambled with hot sauce!"

"I like my eggs scrambled with hot sauce!"

TODD KAUFMAN, CO-FOUNDER/INTEGRATOR

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Co-founder / Integrator, but really I do a lot of the things in support of our people and clients (finance, HR, operations, account management, sales, recruiting, and employee engagement).

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to hiring some new people into non-delivery roles to free up time and focus for more strategic initiatives.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

I took a course in college called Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union which was fascinating. I tend to really enjoy history.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 15 (See Location Map)


  "I like my eggs all kinds of ways, as long as there is cheese and salt!"

"I like my eggs all kinds of ways, as long as there is cheese and salt!"

AMBER CONVILLE, COACHING AND EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

We really do not have titles at Test Double, but what I do is a lot of coaching and employee engagement, as well as focus on diversity and inclusion within the company.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I have never been to OpsConf before, so I am most looking forward to seeing what happens there and what it is like!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

My favorite course was photography.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 15 (See Location Map)



Vodori

Vodori

WHY THAT IMAGE?

As the work week ends, we often meet in the kitchen for a happy hour to share snacks, drinks and friendship.  At the end of hard weeks it is a great way start to unplug and relax, at the end of big weeks it is a time to celebrate.  All levels of people come and socialize, which helps increase communication across teams and reinforce the open nature of the company.  I also like this picture since it shows the Chicago flag signs that a team here built, painted and hung during one of our "Someday" creative project days.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Java (Spring), Clojure, AngularJS, SemanticUI, ReactNative for Mobile
  • Service Offerings: Web and Mobile development, User Experience and Visual Design, Digital Strategy, Content Strategy and Creation, Program and Project Management, SaaS Content Management System (Pepper Cloud), SaaS Content Review Tool (Flow) 
  • Website: https://www.vodori.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2005
  • Location: Chicago, IL (West loop) 
  • Approx Size: 40 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2017

  "I like my eggs over easy!"

"I like my eggs over easy!"

MICHAEL SULLIVAN, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I came from the engineering practice, but my current role is focused on managing the process by which we concept, pitch, plan and execute the work we do. I have been in this role formally since January 2016, prior to that I was managing the different engineering teams we have.  In 2017 I began taking over the 'controller' role which means setting up and managing our budgets, reviewing expenses and making sure we're making wised investments.  I have been with the company 11 years in May.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

We are ramping up sales of our new SaaS products and getting our mobile development practice going.  These are both poised to provide us with a real launchpad for growth this year and in the future.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Anatomy of the Lower Extremity - full human leg dissection lab.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 4 (See Location Map)



Highland Solutions

Highland Solutions

WHY THAT IMAGE?

All 30+ of us--in the office and remote--gather for 30 minutes every Monday morning for personal check-ins and the current state of our sales pipeline and team projects. It gives everyone a regular way to stay connected to each other's lives and work as we grow.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: PHP, Javascript, some Swift and Ionic, OutSystems (low code platform)
  • Service Offerings: Consulting on Experience Design, Design Thinking & Business Model Innovation; Product & Service Design; Custom Web & Mobile Software Development; CRM
  • Website: http://www.highlandsolutions.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 1999
  • Locations: Chicago, IL
  • Approx Size: 35 people
  • Joined OpsConf: 2017

  "I like my eggs over easy!"

"I like my eggs over easy!"

JON BERBAUM, PRESIDENT 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I've been at Highland for 11 years, and have been fortunate to do some of almost everything. This last year our founder asked me to become the President, so now I am almost a year into that role. I work on strategic planning, lead business development and our core leadership team, tend to culture, and, of course, a whole bunch of other things as they come along.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Successfully hiring another business development team member. Doing this well is hard. Plus my twin girls are headed to kindergarten this fall, so we will have no preschoolers at home for the first time in 11 years!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Physics.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 17 (See Location Map)


 "I like my eggs many ways, soft scramble, over easy, most omelettes!"

"I like my eggs many ways, soft scramble, over easy, most omelettes!"

GLENN BERNSOHN, DIRECTOR, DELIVERY AND CLIENT SERVICES

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

 Director, Delivery and Client Services.  I'm responsible for our project work, process, tech staff recruiting and I'm our internal EOS implementer. 

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

My 3 week trip to Namibia.

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Physics in the Arts.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 17 (See Location Map)



Table XI

Table XI

Why that image? 

We have a private chef on staff and serve incredible home made meals every day. The chance to walk away from your desk and break bread with others allows people to generate creative new ideas and collaborate more easily throughout the day.

Plus it smells great here around 11:30!


 
 

Company Overview

Company Highlights:

  • Founded: 2002

  • Locations: Chicago, IL

  • Approx Size: 35 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2015

Technical Notes:

  • Favorite technologies: Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Mobile (iOS and React Native)

  • Service Offerings: Design, Web and Mobile development, Dev/Ops + Hosting, Project Management and Digital Strategy, Maintenance

  • Website: http://www.tablexi.com


  "I like my eggs scrambled for sure, with bacon"

"I like my eggs scrambled for sure, with bacon"

MARK RICKMEIER, CEO 

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the CEO of Table XI. I focus heavily on sales and business development, while still playing a significant role on the management of the business. 

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I am looking forward to re-branding the company this year!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

I took a music history course in high school that changed my life. As a direct result of that course (when I was 14 years old) I am now on the Associates Board at Ravinia and am working to bring music education to underfunded schools across Chicago. Music has had a big impact on my life - and now I am having an impact (through music) on others. 

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 8 (See Location Map)

 


 "I like my eggs over easy with hot sauce!"

"I like my eggs over easy with hot sauce!"

DAN HODOS, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN OFFICER

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I've been with Table XI for 3 years. By title I'm the Chief Technology and Design Officer, but I'm essentially in charge of how we "do the work": development, design, mobile, devops, and project/product management.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Coming soon!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Acting

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 12 (See Location Map)


  "I like my eggs scrambled or poached!"

"I like my eggs scrambled or poached!"

ALICIA DRUCKER, DIRECTOR OF SOFTWARE DELIVERY AND HEAD OF STAFFING, mANAGEMENT TEAM

What is your role and what do you do in the organization?

I am the Director of Software Delivery and Head of Staffing, Management Team at TXI. I do project/product management and also determine who goes on what projects. I also do some other operational tasks like building the level model, handling vacation requests, consulting on the Management Team decisions, etc.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Celebrating 10 years of marriage!

What was your favorite course in school that has nothing to do with your profession?

Scottish Women's Literature of the 20th Century, and a philosophy/literature/jazz fusion course.

2018 Ops-Conf Location: Cabin 9 (See Location Map)