Stride Consulting

Stride Consulting

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Because we consult in the client office, embedded with their teams - one of our core attributes is our collaborative, open, and supportive culture.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Javascript (Node/React/Vue), Python, RoR, Java

  • Service Offerings: High-end staff augmentation, embedded player/coach consulting, product and project delivery

  • Website: https://www.stridenyc.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2014

  • Locations: New York City

  • Approx Size: 70

  • Joined OpsConf: 2019


"I like my eggs fried or poached”

"I like my eggs fried or poached”

Ken Judy, COO.

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

Ken Judy (1 yr) Chief Operating Officer. I am accountable for Stride's long-term technology strategy and implementation, management and professional development of the company's technical consultants, as well as operational support for hiring, retention, and service delivery

What was your first job?

Newspaper deliverer

Ops-Conf 2019 Location: Birch Grove 3



Simple Thread

Simple Thread

WHY THAT IMAGE?

We like to have fun, we like to stay hydrated, and we are really bad about taking group pictures.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Rails, JavaScript, AWS, React, Vue, Elixir, C#

  • Service Offerings: Software product development - technology strategy, UI/UX design, software engineering, DevOps

  • Website: www.simplethread.com

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2010

  • Locations: Richmond, VA

  • Approx Size: 13

  • Joined OpsConf: 2019


"I like my  eggs scambled with cheese

"I like my eggs scambled with cheese

Justin Etheredge

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

I am one of the founders of Simple Thread. I do a little bit of everything these days... engineering, sales, marketing, invoicing, strategy, and beverage retrieval

What was your first job?

Worked on a farm picking vegetables

Ops-Conf 2019 Location: Birch Grove 10


“I like my eggs over medium”

“I like my eggs over medium”

Al Tenhundfeld

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

I am the other founder of Simple Thread. My responsibilities are mostly around engineering, client management, strategy, and party planning.

What was your first job?

Customer support agent for a bank

Ops-Conf 2019 Location: Birch Grove 11



Pernix Solutions

Pernix Solutions

WHY THAT IMAGE?

People working in our office - you can see the amazing mountains and the green behind us


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Java, C#, Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, React, Angular, iOS, Android, AWS

  • Service Offerings: Consulting, Design, Custom Software Development, Managed Services

  • Website: http://www.pernix-solutions.com

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2009

  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Approx Size: 62

  • Joined OpsConf: 2015


"I like my eggs over easy"

"I like my eggs over easy"

Carlos Sirias

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

Co-founder and CEO

What was your first job?

Software Developer

Ops-Conf 2019 Location: Birch Grove 12



8th Light

8th Light

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This picture was taken at our recent apprentice welcome week. We brought together the new apprentices from all of our offices for a week in Chicago where they got to know each other, learned about the past, present and future of 8th Light, and shared their energy and enthusiasm with the rest of the company. And experienced deep dish pizza, some for the first time.


 
 

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 Madison

  • Approx Size: 150

  • Joined OpsConf: 2015


"I like my eggs over easy"

"I like my eggs over easy"

Claudia Richman, COO and Chief Talent Officer.

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

I've been at 8th Light for 1.5 years. I focus on pretty much everything that doesn't directly involve clients - org design, change management, internal communication, operations, talent and HR...

What was your first job?

My first full-time job was communications coordinator for the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Ops-Conf 2019 Location: Boho Luxury Nest (Salt Marsh 68)



WyeWorks

WyeWorks

WHY THAT IMAGE?

It shows a good mix of work, collaboration, presentations, discussions and relax, that was generated spontaneously by a group of team members to work on OSS projects.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Ruby, Elixir, React

  • Service Offerings: Staff Augmentation, Coaching

  • Website: https://wyeworks.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2008

  • Locations: Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Approx Size: 27 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2015


"I like my eggs poached"

"I like my eggs poached"

José Ignacio Costa,

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

Co-Founder, CEO

What was your first job?

Web design for a car dealership as a teen .

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 4



Hashrocket

Hashrocket

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Shows our collaboration, love for communication and hard work with a little bit of stylistic flare thrown in.


 
 

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: 20 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 what your first job?

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 50


I like my eggs Over easy!

I like my eggs Over easy!

David Hilburn

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

Vice President, Strategy & Consulting. Assists primarily with all things growth.

What what your first job?

Sales & Marketing for NASCAR

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 52



Infinite Red, Inc

Infinite Red, Inc

WHY THAT IMAGE?

We like to do good work but not take ourselves too seriously.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: React Native, Rails, Elixir

  • 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: 2013

  • Locations: Portland, San Francisco, New Orleans

  • Approx Size: 25 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2018


"I like my eggs scrambled.”

"I like my eggs scrambled.”

Ken Miller, Founder, COO

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

I am a founder and COO.

What was your first job?

Tomato Plant Measurer (research slave)

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 5



One Design Company

One Design Company

WHY THAT IMAGE?

It showcases how much we value our craft and collaboration with our team and clients.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Craft CMS (and other content management systems), Ruby, React.js, Node.js

  • Service Offerings: Website Design, Web Application Design, Branding & Strategy, Logo & Identity Systems, Social, Front and Backend Web Development, iOS (iPhone & iPad) Development, Android Development, API Integrations

  • Website: https://onedesigncompany.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2014

  • Locations: Chicago, IL (with a few remote)

  • Approx Size: 30 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2018


"I like my eggs scrambled, sometimes over medium, definitely as a ‘toad in the hole’.”

"I like my eggs scrambled, sometimes over medium, definitely as a ‘toad in the hole’.”

Colleen Carroll, Director of People, Process, and Culture

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

In my role as Director of People I work with the Partners and Directors to formulate and execute company vision, goals and objectives. My priority is to cultivate and maintain a healthy and happy culture and champion diversity and inclusion within the company. I will have been there 2 months by the time the conference hits. I'm looking forward in 2019 to fostering a structure that celebrates the talents and growth of the team and scales the culture as we grow. My favorite course in college was Chinese Philosophy.

What was your first job?

Technical Support Help Desk for the Art Institute of Chicago .

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 19



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: JavaScript (React, Angular, Node), Rails

  • Service Offerings: Software Development

  • 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, C0-Founder and 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 was your first job?

Newspaper delivery - carrying a bag of newspapers as heavy as me. :)

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 54



Atomic Object

Atomic Object

WHY THAT IMAGE?

This picture was taken at our internal conference in 2017. I love this photo of everyone together, bringing their best selves to a group gathering.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: Generalist -> React + React Native flavor du jour

  • Service Offerings: Software design and development for desktop, mobile, web, embedded

  • Website: https://atomicobject.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2001

  • Locations: Grand Rapids, MI and Ann Arbor, MI

  • Approx Size: 66 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2016


"I like my eggs over hard.”

"I like my eggs over hard.”

jonah bailey, managing partner - Ann Arbor

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

I am the managing partner at our Ann Arbor location

What was your first job?

McDonald’s

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 51


"I like my eggs scrambled.”

"I like my eggs scrambled.”

Jeff williams, managing partner - Grand Rapids  

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

I am a Managing Partner at Atomic Object in the Grand Rapids office. I've been with AO for 2 years.

What was your first job?

My first job was "Special Projects" - 1st software developer at a law firm.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 56



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: Swift, Kotlin, PHP, .NET Core, React JS, Angular

  • Service Offerings: UX and User Research, Custom Software/Product Development, Business Intelligence

  • Website: https://www.punchkick.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2006

  • Locations: Chicago, IL

  • Approx Size: 35 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2017


:I like my eggs in a benedict with lots of hollandaise!”

:I like my eggs in a benedict with lots of hollandaise!”

ABBY GARTNER, HEAD OF CX and operations

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

I am the head of CX and Operations and have been with PunchKick for 5 years.

What was your first job?

Lifeguard.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Coastal Comfort (Salt Marsh 67)


"Eggs, I love ‘em all!”

"Eggs, I love ‘em all!”

michelle woods, scrum master and head of delivery

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

I am Scrum Master and head of delivery. I have been with PunchKick for 6 years.

What was your first job?

Pizza maker.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Seagrass 3



Developer Town

Developer Town

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Each of our employees works in a tiny 8x10 house - on wheels - in a 30k sqft warehouse. We can dynamically rearrange the space by product team / project.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: .NET, Node, Rails, React

  • Service Offerings: Innovation Consulting, Product Development, Fixed Teams

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

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2010

  • Location: Indianapolis, IN

  • Approx Size: 55 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 9 years and am the closest position to a CEO that we have.

What was your first job?

Stock boy.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 51



Echobind

Echobind

WHY THAT IMAGE?

We close shop for an entire week once a year in order to build our skills and team up on building a product. Last year, we took the team to Scottsdale and hiked up, down and all around Papago Park.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: React, React Native, Ruby, Node, GraphQL, TypeScript

  • Service Offerings: Strategy, Architecture, Web and Mobile Development, User Experience and Design

  • Website: https://echobind.com/

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2015

  • Locations: Remote (Larger presence in Boston and Louisville)

  • Approx Size: 17 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2017


“I like my eggs cooked1”

“I like my eggs cooked1”

MICHAEL YARED, CEO

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

I am the CEO.

What was your first job?

Bagger of groceries and shopping cart retriever at Kroger.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 6


"I like my eggs spicy!"

"I like my eggs spicy!"

CHRIS BALL, CTO

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

I am the CTO.

What was your first job?

Started a lawn mowing biz in middle school, McDonalds first w2.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 7



Test Double

Test Double

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Team improv workshop hosted by Jessie, in which we laughed hysterically for 8 hours.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Founded: 2011

  • Locations: All of them

  • Approx Size: 41 people

  • Joined OpsConf: 2018


"I like my eggs scrambled, with hot sauce, ideally in a breakfast burrito.”

"I like my eggs scrambled, with hot sauce, ideally in a breakfast burrito.”

TODD KAUFMAN, CO-FOUNDER/INTEGRATOR

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

I am the co-founder.

What was your first job?

Retail department store in a small town .

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Seagrass (Salt Marsh 64)


"I like my eggs scrambled.”

"I like my eggs scrambled.”

Christine McCallum-Randalls, Director of operations

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

I have been the Director of Operations since October, 2018.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a cashier at Burger King.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Seagrass 2


“I like my eggs scrambled, with no gross egg water”

“I like my eggs scrambled, with no gross egg water”

Christine McCallum-Randalls, Director of operations

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

Director of Employee Engagement and Growth

What was your first job?

My first job was at Burger King.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Seagrass 1



Highland Solutions

Highland Solutions

WHY THAT IMAGE?

Florence and Charissa focus in a moment of calm during a design sprint. This photo captures the duality of our work: cycles intense collaboration punctuated with periods of deep focus.


 
 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

TECHNICAL NOTES:

  • Favorite Technologies: LAMP, Laravel, Vue.js, React, Swift, OutSystems, SugarCRM

  • Service Offerings: Web/Mobile Development, UX Research & Design, CX Consulting, CRM, Lean Innovation

  • 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 am the President at Highland and have been there for 12 years.

What was your first job?

Auto-car part delivery person.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 13


“I like my eggs over ramen!”

“I like my eggs over ramen!”

Tyler Etters, Director of Software Development

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

I am the Director of Software Development and have been with Highland since 2013.

What was your first job?

As a child, volunteer steward for nature preserves in northern Illinois.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Birch Grove 18



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, Colorado, Seattle

  • Approx Size: 45 people

  • Founded 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 was your first job?

Teaching tennis.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Wildflower (Salt Marsh 65)

 


"I like my eggs scrambled.”

"I like my eggs scrambled.”

Patrick Turley, principal and DevOps lead

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

I am the DevOps lead and have been with Table XI for 2 years.

What was your first job?

Glass worker.

2019 Ops-Conf Location: Luxury Tent - Salt Marsh 51