After emigrating to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine in 1979, Ross dreamed about starting a technology business. For 13 years prior to crowdSPRING, as a successful trial attorney, Ross counseled and represented clients (from small internet startups to Fortune 100 companies) in complex disputes involving intellectual property in United States state and federal courts and before the World Intellectual Property Organization. In 2006, Ross was named an Illinois SuperLawyer® and one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” for intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Passionate about technology and realizing that his former law firm would never allow shorts and sandals at work (he tried), Ross decided to pursue his dream (and to change his wardrobe). You can reach out directly to Ross on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.
Lauren is just a small town girl living in a digital world, taking that marketing train anywhere the team will let her. A former competitive public speaker and debater who sometimes forgets about the "former" part of that equation, she studied Corporate and Organizational Communication at Western Kentucky University before taking her gifts of gab and snark back home to the small businesses of Chicago. When she's not plotting to help crowdSPRING take over the world, you'll find Lauren singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack, chasing after her wild child of a daughter, binge watching Gilmore Girls for the billionth time, or obsessively following the latest political happenings on Twitter.
Chris studied Religion, Philosophy and Anthropology before realizing that he really wanted to focus on Web Design (he first achieved the rank of Eagle Scout). Chris worked as a Web Designer at MSU Virtual University, was the Online Creative Director at The State News, a Web Designer for Jackson Community College and freelanced for some time before we persuaded him that he was making very risky career decisions and should come work instead in a stable environment of a brand new startup. Chris has a life-long passion for music, and when he's not playing with pixels at crowdSPRING he can usually be found listening, writing or recording in his spare time.
Bryson was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where for the last 12 years he has put his programming skills to work in candy, advertising, nightlife, and gaming. He was also a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps (0331), serving for 8 years. Bryson's an aspiring world traveler and has so far traveled Mexico, Iraq, Ireland twice, France, and Italy. When he's not globe-trotting, he spends as much time as possible camping in the mountains outside of Vegas or driving his Jeep in the dirt. Bryson has also almost finished Netflix.
Kuba wanted to be a software engineer since he was a little kid in order to build games and hack computers like in the movies. Even though he ended up focusing on the web instead, you can find his games here and there (but none signed with his own name as he’s too ashamed of his monstrous creations ) and he still owns a gaming PC. Trying to avoid being labeled a computer-nerd, Kuba started lifting weights over 10 years ago. If not in the gym, you can find him wresting on a mat or playing with his two cats - Luke and Leia. They often help him do the rubber duck debugging.
Audree grew up in suburban Chicago, and holds an undergraduate degree in art and a master's degree in teaching. She started her adventures at crowdSPRING as a creative, participating in logo and print design projects. After a year, she joined the Crew to serve as Community Liaison, bringing her creative skills to the table when needed. Audree's past experiences include working at a sign and design studio, as an elementary school art teacher, and as an editorial cartoonist. Audree loves movies, British TV, and the Sunday morning Political shows. She hopes to spend her retirement years working as an extra in film and television.
A Chicago native, Brittany graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a B.A. in Mass Communication and minors in both Film Studies and Art. In addition to her sweet gig at crowdSPRING, Brittany also works as the Producer of an independent film and as a Candid Photographer around Chicago. Six things you should know about Brittany: she's the biggest film nerd she's ever met, a closet bookworm, loves super spicy food, is addicted to music, is a bit of an adrenaline junky, and firmly believes that she's the clumsiest person in the world.
According to the Witness Protection Program, “Keri” hails from New Hampshire, where her childhood collection of jelly shoes still holds legendary status. “Keri” has a B.A. in theatre, but has never worked in the food service industry, which makes one question the validity of her degree (and arguably revokes any street cred she may have had). In her free time, “Keri” seeks out live music and unique museums (her favorite thus far, hands down, was the JELL-O Museum). “Keri” may or may not moonlight as a champion of secret warehouse hula hooping competitions, but you didn’t hear that from her. Shh... Oh, Keri is also crowdSPRING's Head of Ridiculousness (which does give her some street cred).
Mike is an Emmy Award® nominated Producer, and Production Manager with more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the film and television production industry. He has worked on dozens of feature film and television projects including "Wall Street," "Bull Durham," "Steven King's The Stand" (Miniseries), and "Men in Black II." In prime-time dramatic television, he supervised on TV series such as "New York Undercover" and "Third Watch." Mike has received numerous honors individually and as a team member, including an Emmy Award nomination, DGA awards, and a George Foster Peabody Award. Mike received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.