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Lawrence Griffith
CEO
Lawrence has been breaking new ground in digital for more than 15 years. Leading diverse digital and social initiatives for companies like Procter & Gamble, Hasbro Inc. and Nokia, Lawrence is an innovator having founded three successful businesses. A serial entrepreneur, he has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Who's Who, Bloomberg Businessweek, and National Public Radio.
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Adrian Delancy
CTO
Adrian has developed and managed all facets of technology from optics to wireless communications and from energy sustainability to information technology. A master of the software development life cycle, he completed scientific research and development on major projects for institutions such as Purdue, Harvard, Princeton, and Accenture.
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Vikas Wadhwa
CIO
Vikas has over a decade of experience in information technology consulting and management. He also possesses deep creativity and a love of innovation—Vikas is the founder of several film and video production companies working on projects for such companies as Allstate, Accenture, and Slalom Consulting.
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Jerry Caggiano
EVP - Brand Content Strategy
As an Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett and as Chief Creative Officer of his own advertising agency, Jerry has managed brands that rely on using many media channels to reach their audience: webisodes, social, branded entertainment, ambient media, DRTV and direct mail on top of a steady diet of print, television and outdoor. He has led award-winning campaigns for clients like General Motors, U.S. Army Recruitment, Procter & Gamble, and Allstate Insurance.
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David Thierry
EVP - of Design Content
As a former big advertising agency Creative Director, and Chief Creative Officer of his own advertising agency, David Thierry has a long history of being a conceptual and literate art director who challenges himself and teammates to achieve the best possible outcome. He has an exceptional visual and graphic sense and brings a passion for design to all of his work. He has led award-winning work for clients like Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and A-1 Steak Sauce.
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Alan Tsao
VP - of Revenue Forecasting
Alan is a seasoned financial executive who has led small to large finance and accounting teams for billion dollar divisions at such companies as Nielsen, Kraft, Tenneco Automotive, and Pentair. Alan specializes in business analytics, revenue optimization, corporate due diligence, process excellence, and mergers & acquisitions. His passion is in driving the top and bottom lines of the P&L through strong financial and accounting stewardship.
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Mary Cleveland
EVP - Organizational Development
Mary is an excellent business woman with an extensive career in for-profit and non-profit operations. She has experience in business development, management, analysis and human resources. She has started multiple businesses in the service and digital industries and is an active advocate for healthcare innovation. Mary has an empowering approach to business that makes her a shoe-in at DF!
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Jason Young
VP - Experiential Content
Jason is extremely passionate about developing immersive & engaging experiences through his mastery of cinematic storytelling and technology strategy. With 27+ years experience in the field of cinema production, app development and digital marketing, this seasoned creative executive searches for industry pain points to design luxury ecosystems that connect brands to their customers for conversion.
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Aleya James
Chief of Staff
Aleya is chief of staff at Digital Factory. Throughout her career, she has gained many areas of expertise in strategic business planning & development, operations management, and crisis management just to name a few. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Arts Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College. At Columbia College, Aleya was actively part of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Media & Entertainment, Inc. She demonstrated her leadership qualities as a life skills coordinator at Covenant House of California when she helped by turning around underperforming operations, programming through team leadership and by building key alliances and implementing quality control management systems.
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Vivek Wadhwa
Director - Product Deployment
Vivek has over 15 years of IT experience. His passion for technology parallels his dedication to apply and deploy it for Digital Factory and its clients. With his extensive background in computer and mobile technology, Vivek has served as principle network engineer for three of the largest computer software companies in the U.S.
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Patrice Brown
VP - Training and Development
With over 20 years of experience in sales & marketing, Patrice has an impressive and successful background in developing client strategy, project and change management, goal setting, retention, recruiting, organizational leadership and training. She is also a certified contract advisor from State of Ohio Athletic Commission. Patrice graduated with a bachelors in communications management from the University of Dayton and she holds a masters from the University of Phoenix. Patrice's work experience proves that she is capable of leading, managing, developing, and executing strategies that are powerful and effective to any business.
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Surya Balarajan
IT Manager Android
Suryadevi has a background in app development and has worked for many international brands. She has led mobile development projects in the Healthcare and Food industry and has created coding for various applications. Suryadevi brings a valuable, diverse skill set to Digital Factory.
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Jason McVey
Web Developer
Jason has a background in computer science and marketing, which helps him bridge the gap between technology and business. He has started a marketing agency and has extensive website development experience. Jason also has worked for both a corporate team at TCF Bank and many nonprofits and startups.
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Geena Jacobson
Human Resources Associate
Geena is certified in Human Resource Management. She has worked and volunteered for multiple organizations as an administrator for talent recruitment and employee development. Geena is great at getting people together to work towards a greater goal. Her people person personality fits well into DF’s culture.
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Brian Castro
Human Resources Associate
Brian is an enthusiastic, self-driven individual who thrives in a team environment. He is always eager to please his customers and serve his community. Brian is experienced in detail-oriented tasks and accustomed to carrying administrative responsibilities. He is also empathetic towards people of all backgrounds and with disabilities. Brian is currently studying at the University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC where he is majoring in economics and statistics.
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Enrique Rivero
VP - of Finance and Accounting
Enrique hails from an Accounting background and specializes in analysis, financial reports, and auditing. He also has solid ground floor experience in bookkeeping. With Enrique’s extensive Accounting knowledge, he is a great asset to the Digital Factory team.
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Maliik Cleveland
Software Engineer - Python Webservice API
Maliik is an aspiring software engineer who has the gifted ability of speaking multiple programming languages. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in Python, C/C++, R, Java, MySQL, PHP, and Apache UIMA Ruta just to name a few. Maliik is also a fresh graduate from the University of California where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. At his most recent internship, he built pipelines for extracting overlooked health data from medical records using CLAMP. Maliik’s previous projects involved creating process control blocks & designing SQL databases.
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Katherine Wang
Social Media Analyst
Katherine has a very robust & impressive background in international business, economics, marketing research, data analysis, and programming. She is currently finishing her graduate studies in Marketing Analytics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Katherine is very experienced with achieving calculated results through building simulated models and analysing competitors & shopping behaviors for well-known brands such as Lancôme, L’Oreal, and Alibaba in her previous internships. Her background proves her to be meticulous and very detailed oriented. She is Digital Factory’s newest Facebook analyst.
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Nadeem Alqerem
Digital Writer
Nadeem is a creative digital writing intern at Digital Factory. He is a recent honors graduate from Roosevelt University with a burning passion and desire for developing new skills and accumulating knowledge in the dynamic field of Marketing. Nadeem is skilled in digital marketing, SEO, copywriting, and email marketing. He also enjoys writing and generating ideas for content creation.
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Stephanie McNiel
Programmer
Stephanie is an accomplished designer and recent graduate who will be leveraging her machine learning background to teams dedicated to cutting-edge research and intelligent systems applications. Her passion revolves around experimenting, prototyping, and providing researched reports to companies seeking solutions that utilize natural language processing, data science, and design. Stephanie is Digital Factory's newest programmer.
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Tiffani Wills
EVP - Client Engagement
As the Director of National Accounts in North America for Adhesives Systems, Tiffani strategically pursued new growth markets, adding major accounts with Kraft, Coca Cola North America, and MillerCoors. She also signed and implemented an advanced inside sales and service structure, reducing sales expenses by 25%. Throughout her career, Tiffani has achieved the ability to bring large-scale projects together with clients by defining a clear set of requirements, translating products and services complexities into practical business solutions. She holds an MBA from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
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Jess R. Semple
Human Resources Associate
Jess is a human resources associate at Digital Factory. With skills in quantitative research, statistical analysis, and problem resolution, Jess is a talented young professional who is very experienced in human resources and psychology. His latest work experience involves developing a qualitative coding scheme used in the analysis of open-ended survey data. Jess is currently a research assistant at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
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Gokul Rajakumar
Data Science Engineer
Gokul is an experienced analytics consultant who is skilled in Python, R, SQL, Data Engineering, Data Cleansing, and Data Visualization. He is a detail-oriented individual with a statistical mind and a programmer who develops well-documented code. Gokul is a graduate student from UNC Charlotte where he worked on several projects and research in Data Science related disciplines. His previous role involved designing and developing programmatic solutions and simplified data processing at Tiger Analytics. Gokul is Digital Factory’s newest Data Science Engineer.
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Michael Baer
Business Development Consultant
Michael Baer graduated from the University of Louisville in May of 2001 with a Bachelor's in Finance. After spending years in the financial and technology industries, his passion for Fusioncorp got the best of him. In the technology field, Michael focused on growing Fusioncorp latest spin-out, Gamifi, LLC, or PIVT, a software platform designed to create immersive experiences utilizing Augmented Reality and other technology integrations. Michael is the Chair of the Board for the IT Career Path for the Academies of Lexington. He also focused on the evolution of our technology sector in our local community sitting on the board of The City of Lexington Jobs Fund Initiative, Commerce Lexington, Bluegrass Community, and Technical College, The Technology Association of the Bluegrass (TAB), and The Muhammad Ali Center. Michael is Digital Factory's newest employee.
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David Fatherree
VP Growth Strategy
A strategist with over 15 years of experience delivering best-in-class business, digital marketing, IT strategies, and implementations for CPG, Retail, and Healthcare Fortune 500 companies. By identifying promising white space and anticipating the impact of emerging technologies, David aligns client business goals with unmet customer needs to reinvent categories; discover new revenue generation models, streamlined organizational structures, and introduce new immersive brand experiences.
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Beth Miller
Creative Designer
Beth has worked as a photographer, a graphic designer, and now is working in UX and interface design. She also has a degree in history, and so is hoping that her jack-of-all-trades career approach has a happy outcome. In her spare time, Beth worries about having spare time. For now she’s excited to be interning at Digital Factory.
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John McGrath
Operations Coordinator
John is the newest member of the Digital Factory Sales Team. John has had some fascinating and diverse experiences. He had an internship with Illinois State Police, where he participated in ride-alongs with state troopers to learn daily procedures and protocols and assist with investigations. John has also been a substitute teacher for Mokena School District 159 as a substitute music teacher. With such a unique background, John understands people and is a natural fit for working in Sales.
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Daniel Adjel
Software Engineer-DevOps & Deployment
Daniel has five years of combined experience working with Database Management Systems (Oracle, MySQL), Software Development (PHP, Python), DevOps (Git, Anisible, Docker, Jenkins, Nagios) and Linux Server Administration (CentOS, Ubuntu). He’s also held a variety of positions with the Government of Ghana with a strong focus on improving their technology infrastructure and developing and improving ways for Hewale Hospital Management System to manage user load and data on their mobile app. We are delighted to have his know-how working for the Digital Factory team.
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Kelsey Wang
Financial Analyst
Kelsey received her Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from Northeastern University this past summer. Before that, she graduated Cum Laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Some of her previous experience includes Equity Research Analyst for China Securities. Sector Manager for 360 Hunting Fund - a student-run mutual fund that manages 1MM in Northeastern University endowment—and working at Prepare4VC, where she built financial models with operational results forecasts and exit valuations for tech startups in both seed and venture capital stages. She is a valuable addition to Digital Factory.
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Annika Guinta
Creative Designer
Annika is currently attending the Loyola University of Chicago. She has successfully created and coded an app for the medical field for checking insulin levels for people with diabetes. She also owns a custom clothing line for a women's nonprofit organization in Chicago. Annika also enjoys working with a horse farm in Wauconda called Partners for Progress. This stable specializes in physical therapy for children with autism. She also enjoys painting on canvases and doing DIY artwork for her home. Her tech and art background are a great addition to Digital Factory.
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Charlie Wang
Software Development Engineer
Charlie is a results-driven, highly organized, and analytical bilingual Software Development Engineer with experience in design, development, integration, and delivery of web applications and analysis. He creates compelling, custom software solutions that solve challenging problems using a combination of industry-standard and cutting-edge technologies. Charlie has superior academic qualifications that include near completion of a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a completed Master of Science in Power Mechanical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Digital Factory is delighted to have an out-of-the-box, analytic thinker who pushes creative limits to solve complex technical issues and optimize project outcomes.
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Krikor Herlopian
Research Assisitant
Krikor is an innovative and analytical professional, offering hands-on experience in mobile development, with proven capabilities in developing successful applications for Android, iOS, and Blackberry devices. He is highly effective in creating and implementing innovative solutions, essential in achieving customers' satisfaction. He has an in-depth knowledge of Android SDK and UI encompassing design principles, patterns, and best practices. On the none technical side, Krikor has exceptional communication and interpersonal aptitudes in building rapport with colleagues and professionals of all levels. He is also multilingual in English, Arabic, and Armenian.
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Jiachen Xiong
Social Media Analyst
Jiachen is a recent graduate from Boston University with a Master’s degree in Applied Business Analytics. She is profoundly passionate about marketing analysis and has a great interest in applying data-driven insights to market growth. Jiachen was working as a Research Analyst Intern in a Fin-Tech company based in New York. While there, she conducted market research, performed industry trends analysis, and built machine learning models. She has also worked in a global healthcare insurance company as a Digital Data Analyst Intern, performing customer segmentation, validated website new features, and increased conversion rates by 12% using A/B testing. She is an excellent addition to Digital Factory.
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Ishani Bhansali
Data Science Engineer
Ishani recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master of Science in Information Systems, focusing on Data Science and Machine Learning. She is a self-motivated and process-oriented individual with a demonstrated ability to deliver and scale valuable insights and expertise in quantitative analysis, machine learning, and data visualization. She is passionate about building products that bring joy to the user while adding value to businesses. Her specialties include quickly learning new skills, programming languages, the MVC method of organizing code, and problem-solving. Ishani is fluent in Python, Java, JavaScript, SQL, AWS, Git/Github, and frameworks such as Django and Flask.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

At Digital Factory, we believe that all people have untapped gifts of talent that only need a helping hand to unlock. Training and education are keys to growing future leaders of the community, regardless of race, color, or creed. To this end, we are committed to working with local, underserved communities, colleges, and universities to lift up those individuals who have the work ethic, the drive, the heart, and the big dream. We hire local for a reason -- We Believe.

60
YEARS
of combined tech expertise in creating and managing multimillion-dollar, mission-critical projects.
75
YEARS
of combined marketing and advertising experience ranging from fortune 100 clients to tech startups.
40
YEARS
of combined analytic experience managing, developing design and procedures for metric reports and market analysis.
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