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.
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.
Jing has been working in software since high school, where I fell in love with the daily challenges of the job. So much has changed, and so much has remained the same. Jing went to school at Virginia Tech, and received his masters at George Mason. Go Hokies!! Based out of Connecticut, Jing loves to travel, and spends a good amount of time China. Outside of software and travel, Jing loves ultimate frisbee and snowboarding, depending on the season. One day, he hopes to become a polyglot ... He's already halfway there! Spanish and Arabic are next :)
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).
Amanda Bowman is best known for her work in art, design, helping strangers at the grocery store, and her extensive knowledge of X-Files canon. After retiring from her six year experiment working in education, she launched a career in customer service as an effort to put her overly helpful tendencies to good use. You may remember her from such films as “9 1/2 Years Without Sleep” and “How to Tell a Joke (That No One Laughs at but You)” or from her many, many attempts at writing a novel. When not chasing down her adorable son from the clutches of Bob the Builder, she can be found writing, reading, designing t-shirts, and perfecting her Tom Jones impression.
Katie hails from Baltimore, MD where she had many adventures before relocating to Wisconsin to attend grad school. Katie has two theatre degrees- a B.A. in performance from Susquehanna University and an M.F.A. in costume design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Katie is a problem solver, writer, teacher and reluctant video game enthusiast. In her spare time Katie fought for the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg in 2003. She has also created marathon fashion for a super villain, a horde of alien fashionistas, and a magical dress that transforms from rags to rococo riches before your very eyes. Katie lives and works in Milwaukee with her husband and over 40 dinosaurs.
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.