Derek Bierman, Owner/Web Developer of Shockra Multimedia and Design in Norfolk, NE. Derek Bierman is a Web and Multimedia Developer. He is the Web Development Manager for Northeast Community College and owner of Shockra Multimedia and Design. Derek has co-developed and designed hundreds of web sites for businesses and organizations for 14 years. His expertise includes online marketing, user interface design, Flash and multimedia development, and application development. Derek has won awards both locally and world wide for his design and interactive development work.
Sara Brownwood, CEO of Impact! Media and Marketing in Inavale, NE. Sara Brownwood has nearly 13 years of experience in the marketing field. As CEO of Impact! Media & Marketing Sara oversees multiple projects as well as managing her own projects. Wearing both hats allows her to experience the two things she enjoys most: teaching and mentoring new business professionals and designers, and building relationships with clients.
Sara started her career in marketing as promotions manager for KKIA The Moose in Storm Lake, Iowa. Her career took off from there taking her across the United States to Raleigh-Durham North Carolina to work as an Event Manager for a pharmaceutical management company. She moved back to the area in 2005 to take on the role of Regional Marketing Director for American National Bank in Wyoming. Sara has had many great experiences as an independent contractor or employee of some top notch companies. Her vast knowledge of the marketing field comes from working with such companies as American National Bank, The Archway Monument, The Imperial Mall, CBL Properties, Comstock Festivals, Empire Entertainment, S & R Communications, and KHAS TV.
Ryan Cole, owner of Three Pillars Media in Lincoln, NE. Ryan Cole founded Three Pillars Media with business partner Matt Sherman and has been developing the business full time for about seven years. Ryan has been married to his wife Molly for six years and the two enjoy spending time together and with family and friends. Ryan’s faith is a vital element in his life and he enjoys developing and sharing it. Day-to-day, Ryan enjoys creating, developing, and learning and appreciates opportunities to meet new people and bring his client’s media visions to fruition.
Kelly Diekmann, CCO of Perfect 11 Solutions in Lincoln, NE. Kelly Diekmann is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Perfect 11 Solutions. A Lincoln native, Kelly graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan in 2002 with a degree in Information Systems and went on to receive her MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kelly competed on the Track & Field teams for both schools and claimed the titles of NCAA Division III Pole Vault National Champion and Verizon Academic All-American. In 2004, Kelly formed KDesign, providing web site and graphic design solutions for clients throughout the Midwest. In 2010, Kelly joined forces with local advertising professional, Jennifer Lundgren, to form Perfect 11 Solutions. Kelly is the lead designer for Perfect 11 and enjoys both the creative process and the technical coding involved with web sites. Kelly and her husband, Casey, have a daughter, Charly.
Kurt Gutner, owner of Blue Collar Design Studio in Omaha, NE. With 10 years corporate marketing experience, Kurt brings a unique blend of creative technical expertise and marketing prowess to both print and internet marketing projects. He has worked with local businesses Hancock & Dana, Carl Jarl and Ear Specialist of Omaha as well as regional power houses DTN, Pimsleur and Conn's Appliance & Electronics. Kurt has won a regional ADDY as well as being a NAMA National finalist in Digital Presentation. He earned his degree from Lamar University.
Melody Hansen of Sublime Artistry in Stapleton, NE. Melody has has nearly fifteen years of freelance experience with print and web design. She received her degree in Visual Communication and Design from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1999. Sublime Artistry has developed over the years as a productive home-based business with a clientele list that spans across the country and continues to expand through the referrals of enthusiastic clients and hard work. She has done graphic and web design work for non-profit organizations, design firms, banks, schools, entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, corporations and many more. Her husband, Travis, runs the family ranch, and she has 2 daughters, Trinity and Tessa.
Lance Hedquist of South Sioux City Economic Development in South Sioux City, NE. Lance has served as City Administrator since 1980, has dedicated his life to public service and cares very much about the community, its citizens and employees. He works tirelessly to make South Sioux City a better place to live, enriching the quality of life for all and always planning for the future. Lance is recognized as a leader and innovator in the tri-state area and across Nebraska for his foresightedness to lead one of the most progressive cities in the state. Due to his leadership and foresightedness, the City of South Sioux City has succeeded in receiving the 2003 All America City Award, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards and the 2003 Nebraska Showcase Community Award, the state of Nebraska’s most esteemed award.
David Hefley, owner of Meridian Consulting, Inc. in Lincoln, NE. David Hefley is the owner of Meridian Consulting, Inc., a leading computing and
networking consulting company helping businesses deploy and utilize
technology to become efficient and effective. He has over ten years of experience in the technical world and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. He is also certified in various Microsoft products and is a GIAC certified incident handler. David also teaches Search Engine Optimization classes through Southeast Community College in Lincoln.
Doris Lux, director of the entrepreneurship center at Central Community College in Columbus, NE. Lux has been the director of the E-Ship Center for 32 years and spends quite a bit of her time helping young entrepreneurs learn the ropes. She is a SCORE member, and she owns a scrapbook and ceramics business. Lux has recived over a dozen teaching, business and community service awards.
Erik Miller, owner of CleanSheep Design in Lincoln, NE. Erik started CleanSheep his Junior year in college as a spring break project. He graduated from Peru State College with a degree in Computer Management and is currently employed by Campus Crusade for Christ. He and his wife Lynn have a 1 year-old son Abraham and another child expected in October. He has over 4 years of experience in design and development in both digital and print mediums and 2 years of experience with photography.
Angela Stueckrath, owner of Angela Stueckrath Consulting in Lincoln, NE. Stueckrath got excited about graphic design and computers back in elementary school, and she's developed that passion to help others with their web marketing. She enjoys helping businesses become more efficient and working to reflect personality in web design.