Meet Your New Best Friends
Here at Studio98 we’ve assembled a team of rockstars! Each team member is a specialist in their respective position, providing YOU with the level of service you deserve. Our focus and common purpose is to help our customers create better lives for themselves AND their entire staff by improving their sales and profit. There’s a reason other Advertising Agencies, PR Firms and Design/Development companies come to us for help. We’re able to get projects done right – EVERY time and in LESS time.
We pride ourselves in being friendly and easy to understand without bombarding you with all the technical mumbo-jumbo. We’re here to help you rise to greater heights!
“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
Rafferty was born in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the tropical paradise of Clearwater, Florida. Between scuba diving, the prestigious Explorers Club and working on NASA projects (seriously!), Studio98 founder, Rafferty Pendery, hops off his motorcycle to develop selling solutions and SaaS that help business owners SELL more and PROFIT more! But money isn’t the motive…14 years ago, Studio98 was built with the intention of helping people. Period.
Serving thousands of companies across many industries, we believe that helping a business owner sell more not only makes their life better but also improves the lives of their families and their staff. It’s all about setting an example that inspires and motivates others to help their fellow human beings. It’s that ripple effect.
Rafferty and his uber-talented wife and business partner, Hana-li, value high ethics and integrity in their personal and professional relationships. Through these relationships and globe-trotting public speaking engagements, they’ve helped generate over a billion dollars in retail sales to date and have helped thousands of people improve their business and personal lives.
And by extension, and the ripples we may never personally see, that’s how we change the world.
Favorite song: Legend by The Score
Favorite movie: Top Gun
Favorite food: Mexican
Hobby: Scuba diving, skydiving and anything business
Hidden talent: Drumming and magic
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” – Henry Ford
Chris is a determined and goal-oriented individual. Whether that is for his personal growth or finding solutions for his clients, he always enjoys the challenge. With more than 15 years of sales experience, he has been able to build tens-of-thousand’s of long lasting relationships from all over the world.
When he isn’t working, he enjoys finding off-the-grid getaways with his beautiful fiancé, cutie-patootie daughter and his three big personality, but small, dogs. His other hobbies can consist of competing in international hip hop dance competitions, building Star Wars Lego while watching Star Wars Marathons or destroying noobs in video games.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
– Marianne Williamson
Devin grew up an athlete and has always been drawn to team environments. Originally from Vancouver, he spent the last 8 years in Toronto working in Sports & Entertainment and prior to that lived and studied in Montreal, where he earned a degree in photography from Concordia University. He enjoys reading, cooking, cycling, music, weight training, travel, fantasy sports and bilingual dialogues. He thrives in high pressure situations and loves to deliver beyond expectation.
The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust
Eduardo is the combination of an Explorer and a Magician. Since he was born he has been exploring the world in all its dimensions. He has been all over the world, from Shanghai to Paris, from Bogotá to Vancouver. He speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish, English and beginner Italian/German. Deeply curious, this gentleman loves to read and improve himself. He is a huge dreamer who is constantly making dreams come true. He is passionate about marketing as he believes the way to make dreams come true in this universe is through communication, specifically marketing.
Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind.
– Grand Master Carlos Gracie Jr
She goes by Elle (LE or L), and was born and raised in Victoria BC. Elle has always enjoyed being part of a Team Environment from her days as a competitive cheerleader in the CJFL, sailing around the West Coast on the Search and Rescue team, to being a Jiu Jitsu athlete. Her time off is spent usually wrestling a lion (Sumo her cat) – who believes that he is a world champion grappler, in the gym lifting weights, reading books (always 2, one for pleasure and one for learning), carving her signature in mystical rocky mountains with her snowboard, enjoying all of nature, or socializing with her amazing community. She is a dog person but has settled with a cat who has taken on the identity of a dog – best sales being that she knows. She spent the last 3 years down South in Texas learning about America, barbecue, and the competition world of Jiu Jitsu. Her core belief is how you do one thing, is how you should do everything. Life is fun, so your work should be too.
There are two types of people in this world. Those who think they can and those who think they can’t. They are both right.
– Henry Ford
Jonathan is originally from Toronto, Ontario. That is where he learned that charisma & heart will take you a long way. He first got into direct sales at the age of 18. Since then he has learned that failure is a stepping stone towards success, and everyday is another opportunity to be the change you want to see in the world. He enjoys sports such as basketball, boxing and football. He is always looking for new fruits and vegetables to stuff in his juicer. Most people would describe him as a bookworm who enjoys laughter and helping people win.
The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.
Nikka is a refreshing energy full of wit, love, laughter & heart-centred aspirations. She is a voice for the voiceless in many humanitarian matters as well as an avid listener. Being present with people & her two wild kitties (literally, a bengal and siamese) is her fuel.
In her spare time painting, doing yoga, singing, and going on hikes with loved ones are the things to do.
Nikka has an extensive background in sales all the way from selling light bulbs, suits, to holistic-wellness based programs. Her core values are always intertwined with serving as it literally feels like her mission here on this floating rock.
Together we can take things to the moon & back, the sky is not even our limit.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
I’m Shannon, when I’m not in the office you can find me exploring the mountains, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, or debating philosophy and economics with my brothers. I love to discover new ideas and places, and never shy away from an intellectual challenge. I believe that personal responsibility and discipline creates freedom, and that free people create free societies. Friends describe me as warm hearted with a dead-pan sense of humor, and rely on me as their personal walking encyclopedia.
“There are things you do, and things you gotta get done.” – Rip Wheeler
Chris was born in Detroit, MI where he fostered an early love for the sport of baseball that’s stood the test of time. Playing ball in college while earning a Masters degree in Educational Technology, he then moved on to coaching the sport for 21 years.
While nurturing athletes’ talents, he also expanded his own, teaching himself graphic design and working as a freelance designer for the past 14 years out of his company, Tyrus Design.
His passion for guiding and helping others is always at the forefront of his mind, making him the perfect Director of Account Services. As such, he oversees all of our Account Managers to ensure each and every client gets top-notch service to help their companies grow.
Chris currently lives in Columbus, OH with his beautiful wife and their two children.
Favorite song: Trouble by Coldplay
Favorite movie: Seven
Favorite food: Nachos
Hidden talent: “I can ollie on a skateboard.”
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
– Walt Disney
MICHAEL FINDS GREAT JOY IN ORG CHARTS. SERIOUSLY. HIS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE FEED HIS PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS FULFILL THEIR DREAMS THROUGH THE CREATION AND GROWTH OF COOL COMPANIES. MICHAEL SOLVES PEOPLE PROBLEMS AND BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY WITH TECHNOLOGY. HIS MUSICIAN WIFE, MARISSA’S ARTISTIC PURSUITS BALANCE HIS BRAININESS (HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AT AGE 15) AND TOGETHER THEY ENJOY READING, MOVIES, MUSIC, PHOTOGRAPHY, SPORTS, BIKE RIDING, HIKING AND THE BEACH NEAR THEIR HOME IN CLEARWATER.
“HERE’S TO THE CRAZY ONES. THE MISFITS. THE REBELS. THE TROUBLEMAKERS. THE ROUND PEGS IN THE SQUARE HOLES. THE ONES WHO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. THEY’RE NOT FOND OF RULES, AND THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE STATUS QUO. YOU CAN QUOTE THEM, DISAGREE WITH THEM, GLORIFY AND VILIFY THEM. ABOUT THE ONLY THING YOU CAN’T DO IS IGNORE THEM BECAUSE THEY CHANGE THINGS. THEY PUSH THE HUMAN RACE FORWARD. AND WHILE SOME MAY SEE THEM AS CRAZY, WE SEE GENIUS.” – STEVE JOBS
HAVING STARTED HIS CAREER YOUNG, ETHAN BRINGS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXECUTIVE AND SALES EXPERIENCE TO STUDIO98. WHEN NOT BEING THE D/CEO EXTRAORDINAIRE, ETHAN ENJOYS CATCHING A TAMPA BAY LIGHTENING GAME AND SPENDING TIME WITH HIS LOVELY FAMILY AND 2 YEAR OLD SON. HE CAN ALSO WALK ON THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE, BEING A CAR-RACING ENTHUSIAST AND A LOVER OF ALL THINGS FUN! ABOVE ALL, ETHAN IS HAPPIEST WHEN HE GETS TO SEE OTHERS SUCCEEDING.
“What you have done is nothing compared to what you can do.” – Grant Cardone
MEET YOUR PROJECT MANAGER. JHETT RECOGNIZES SUCCESS AS NOT ONLY A GOAL BUT A DUTY OF EACH OF US, THUS HE STRIVES TO ENSURE ANY OF HIS CLIENTS GAIN HIGH SUCCESS THROUGH A PERFECTLY CRAFTED WEBSITE. HAVING GAINED INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELDS OF MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY, MARKETING AND DESIGN HE CAN ADAPT TO DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND CAN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVE, EVALUATE AND MAKE QUICK DECISIONS IN SOLVING ANY CLIENT’S PROBLEM. WHEN NOT RAPIDLY GETTING WEBSITES DONE JHETT TAKES PART IN ADRENALINE PUMPING ACTIVITIES WEEKLY INCLUDING SKYDIVING, BUNGEE AND RIVER RAFTING.
“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working” – Pablo Picasso
Dudley is an artistic genius who honed his skills in the fields of digital music production, performance and fine art. Combining his grasp of deeply technical things and aesthetic expression, he effortlessly brings together functionality and stunning design to create websites which truly catch the eye and deliver a great user experience. Dudley likes to spend his free time jogging with his son, planking and drooling over antique guitars.
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant
From the heart of Hollywood, California, Kim brings 15 years of traditional and digital marketing experience to the team. She is personable and friendly, and will probably tell you what her ‘coffee mug of the day’ is if you ask her!
When she is not helping others succeed, you will find her spending time with her husband and two young kids; watching the Los Angeles Lakers game; or hosting outdoor movie theaters for her family, friends and neighbors.
She now resides in Portland, OR where she and her family go on daily adventures exploring their new city!
IF YOU PROVIDE ENOUGH VALUE, THEN YOU EARN THE RIGHT TO PROMOTE YOUR COMPANY IN ORDER TO RECRUIT NEW CUSTOMERS. THE KEY IS TO ALWAYS PROVIDE VALUE. – GUY KAWASAKI
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Growing up in California between Palo Alto and the Bay Area, Claire developed a love of the arts at an early age and spent time acting and modeling before jumping behind the lens in photo shoot production.
After working concurrently in the entertainment industry and sales consulting, she found the common thread was that she was drawn to opportunities to help others become the best versions of themselves and achieve their goals to create ideal scenes in everything from their company to personal life.
Finding her home at Studio98, Claire takes great joy in becoming invested in whoever she’s working with and maintaining a high level of care to see them through to the attainment of their goals.
Recently engaged, she loves spending time with her fiance and their very loved (and mischievous) kitten. She enjoys spending quality time with good conversation. Rainy holidays in Malibu, telling stories with family and friends while sipping a good cup of coffee would pretty much sum up her perfect day.
Favorite song: Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Favorite movie: Notting Hill
Favorite food: Steak
Hidden talent: “I did musical theater so I can dance, sing and act.”
WE ARE STUCK WITH TECHNOLOGY WHEN WHAT WE REALLY WANT IS JUST STUFF THAT WORKS.” ― DOUGLAS ADAMS*
YOU’LL TYPICALLY FIND BRANDON SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS OF TECH, ASSIDUOUSLY DIGGING FOR CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR STUDIO98 AND OUR CUSTOMERS. ONE CAN MAKE A FAIRLY ACCURATE GUESS AT HOW INVOLVED HE IS IN ANY GIVEN PROJECT BY GAUGING HOW DISHEVELED HIS HAIR IS. WHEN HE ISN’T TACKLING THE GREAT WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY, YOU CAN FIND HIM ENJOYING DOWNTIME WITH HIS SOON-TO-BE WIFE, JILL, AND THEIR 4 DOGS.
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena
David hails from Ohio and currently resides in the sky-high mountains of Colorado & the flatlands of Florida when Colorado snows him out.
He is the epitome of an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience owning, running and selling companies and helping others do the same.
In addition, he serves on 13 business and non-profit boards of directors.
He built the 23rd largest retail home furnishings company in the USA, and sold it to a publicly traded company in 2001.
He then founded a Software as a Service (SaaS) ecommerce company with partner Rafferty Pendery and together they’ve grown it to over 3000 customers in 46 states and 6 countries globally.
While he is passionate about business, the most important work in his life is his incredible and happy 31 year marriage to wife, Amy, and the raising of their daughter Emma.
Favorite song: I Should Have Been a Cowboy by Toby Keith
Favorite movie: A River Runs Through It
Favorite food: Street food in Naples
Hobby: Fly fishing and all things “backcountry”
Hidden talent: Interior design
“BEVICI SU – IL BAR NON PORTA I RICORDI. SONO I RICORDI CHE PORTANO AL BAR.”
THE DUMBEST MISTAKE IS VIEWING DESIGN AS SOMETHING YOU DO AT THE END OF THE PROCESS TO ‘TIDY UP’ THE MESS, AS OPPOSED TO UNDERSTANDING IT’S A ‘DAY ONE’ ISSUE AND PART OF EVERYTHING. – TOM PETERS
IT’S ALMOST CREEPY HOW RODRIGO GETS INSIDE OUR CUSTOMERS’ HEADS. AS STUDIO98’S LEAD DESIGNER, RODRIGO MAKES IDEAS, CONCEPTS, FEELINGS AND DREAMS MATERIALIZE INTO GRAPHICS THAT MOVE THE SOUL. HE HAS THE UNCANNY ABILITY TO LISTEN YOUR VISION, RAMBLING AND RANDOM AS IT MAY BE, AND TURN IT INTO A STUNNING VISUAL YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR BRANDING, LOGO, WEB OR PRINT MEDIA. RODRIGO MAKES HIS HOME IN CHILE, WHERE HE LOVES OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ESPECIALLY ROCK CLIMBING, RAPPELLING AND TREKKING, WHILE YOGA KEEPS HIM BALANCED AND READY TO HANDLE ALL NEW CHALLENGES.
IF YOU WANT TO VIEW PARADISE, SIMPLY LOOK AROUND AND VIEW IT. – GENE WILDER
WHETHER ITS WITH A MOUSE OR A PEN IN HAND, BONNIE IS AN ARTIST THROUGH AND THROUGH. HER UNCANNY ABILITY TO TRANSLATE A CUSTOMER’S WORDS INTO DIGITAL AWESOMENESS HAS ENABLED HER TO ADVANCE QUICKLY IN THE DESIGN WORLD IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. A 2011 GRADUATE OF TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, BONNIE CURRENTLY RESIDES IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHERE SHE ENJOYS (SURPRISE) DRAWING AND DESIGNING IN HER SPARE TIME. ON RARE OCCASIONS WHEN SHE PUTS DOWN THE TOOLS OF HER TRADE, BONNIE CAN BE FOUND HAVING ADVENTURES WITH HER TWO CATS, AND OCCASIONALLY HER HUSBAND, KEVIN.
IF AT FIRST THE IDEA IS NOT ABSURD, THEN THERE IS NO HOPE FOR IT. – ALBERT EINSTEIN
BORN AND RAISED IN PORTLAND, OR. ANDY LOVES ORGANIZATION, MODERN TECH TRENDS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS. YOU’LL FIND HIM ORGANIZING HIS FILES, RESEARCHING THE LATEST AND GREATEST IN TECHNOLOGY, IN A FITNESS CLASS OR STROLLING ONE OF FLORIDA’S BEAUTIFUL BEACHES WITH HIS WIFE AND THEIR LONG-HAIRED CHIHUAHUA, TITAN.
I’M NOT GOING IF I CAN’T BRING MY DOG
BORN AND RAISED IN TAMPA, FL. BRITTANY LOVES ART, EXPLORATION, HER DOG AND HER FAMILY. ON ANY GIVEN WEEKEND YOU’LL FIND HER AT THE BEACH, ON THE ROAD TO SOME LOCATION SHE HAS YET TO SEE OR TAKING HER DOG AND HUSBAND FOR A WALK AT THE PARK.
TOO WEIRD TO LIVE, AND TOO RARE TO DIE – HUNTER S. THOMPSON
I GUESS YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD FALL IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE BY JUST LOOKING
AT HIS PICTURE. NOW YOU’VE MET BRYAN. IF HE LOOKS LIKE THE NEXT PETE WENTZ,
THAT’S BECAUSE HE IS. WHEN NOT HANDLING SUPPORT TICKETS, YOU’LL FIND BRYAN
DRIVING FANS CRAZY FROM A STAGE WITH HIS ROCK STAR FLAIR AND HIS
PUNKY-FUNK-ROCK MAD GUITAR SKILLS.
ANY PROBLEM CAN BE SOLVED WITH A LITTLE INGENUITY.
DON’T LET HIS PYROMANIAC TENDENCIES SCARE YOU. LAUREN LOVED BLOWING STUFF UP AS A KID LIVING IN THE MIDWEST, NORTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST, BUT HE’S COOLED OFF NOW (WE HOPE). LAUREN MAKES BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, LITERALLY: HE’S A SELF-TAUGHT GUITARIST AND PIANIST. LAUREN IS ALSO INTO MOTORCYCLES, CARS AND BASICALLY ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR AND MOVING PARTS. AS STUDIO98’S SUPPORT DIRECTOR, LAUREN IS EXCITED ABOUT WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT DOES EVERYTHING “ON PURPOSE” WHILE HAVING FUN AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE…
TAKE THE RISK OR LOSE THE CHANCE – UNKNOWN
WENT NOT BEING A MARKETING NINJA, SHERRI ENJOYS HELPING PEOPLE IMPROVE THERE HEALTH THROUGH FITNESS AND HEALTHY EATING. SHE HAS 3 FEARLESS BOYS WHO KEEP HER ON TOES. SHE RECENTLY RELOCATED HERE FROM CT AND HAS A FUN PASSION WITH HOUSE PROJECTS AND FINDING NEW FRUIT TREES TO PLANT.
“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was about to happen” Winnie the Pooh.
When not in the office. Michaela loves to enjoy quality time with her 3 cats and future family on the way. She loves to travel where ever there is a beach and hiking. A big Disney fanatic; she has been going to Disney since she was 2. She has lived all over the State of Florida, although she is originally from Miami. She loves to read books and learn new information everyday.
“ALL OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE, IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO PURSUE THEM.” -WALT DISNEY
WITH MARISSA’S YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE SALES AND MARKETING FIELD AND HER LOVE OF HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED, SHE IS A GREAT FIT FOR STUDIO98. WHEN SHE ISN’T HELPING COMPANIES SUCCEED, SHE IS ACTIVELY LIVING HER LIFE AS A MUSICIAN, SPENDING ALL OF HER FREE TIME WRITING/RECORDING/REHEARSING AND TOURING AROUND THE US WITH HER BAND. SHE LOOKS AT ALL THINGS IN LIFE AS A FORM OF ART AND LOVES TO IMBUE THE CREATIVITY SHE PUTS INTO HER MUSIC INTO EVERY ASPECT OF HER LIFE. HER OTHER HOBBIES INCLUDE GOING TO LOCAL MUSIC SHOWS, HIKING, RUNNING, OBSESSING OVER GOOD COFFEE, PLAYING WITH HER BEAGLES, DRESSING AS A HIPPIE, FINDING SECRET BEACHES ALONG THE WEST COAST AND EMBARKING ON TRAVELING ADVENTURES WITH HER HUSBAND.
“EMPTY YOUR MIND, BE FORMLESS, SHAPELESS — LIKE WATER. NOW YOU PUT WATER IN A CUP, IT BECOMES THE CUP; YOU PUT WATER INTO A BOTTLE IT BECOMES THE BOTTLE; YOU PUT IT IN A TEAPOT IT BECOMES THE TEAPOT. NOW WATER CAN FLOW OR IT CAN CRASH. BE WATER MY FRIEND.”
BORN AND RAISED IN CLEARWATER, FL, FAVORITE HOBBIES ARE BASKETBALL, WATCHING SHARK TANK AND EATING SUSHI. WHEN I AM NOT DESIGNING WEBSITES I AM BUSY TEACHING TAEKWONDO, WATCHING THE UFC FIGHTS OR TRAVELING.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Johan was born in a small town called Empangeni – a Zulu word meaning ‘grabbed’ thought to refer to crocodile attacks in the nearby Empangeni stream. He and his gorgeous wife have 3 beautiful daughters – “What a lucky man I am indeed.”
Always fascinated with computers and technology, growing up he loved to watch his older brothers setting up video games or upgrading computer software, observing and absorbing everything they did. When they went off to university, his dad brought home a new computer and he taught himself the new operating system (Windows) within a day. He knew then and there that he’d be working in the tech space as a career. Fast forward and he’s mastered Software Support, Web Design, Graphic Design, SEO and Pay Per Click Ads Management.
He was even on a team for a UK based, money transfer company that spent over a million pounds on Facebook Ads over a 3 month period. The growth was so incredible that they used his data to win their Series A investment of approximately 18 million dollars!
Now, as our Studio98 COO, he is just as engaged and excited working with clients and helping their businesses grow through software and technology as he was when he got that first Windows computer.
Favorite song: “I have 100’s.”
Favorite movie: Independence Day
Favorite food: Thai food and eggs. “I could eat these 2 every day of the rest of my life and never complain.”
Hobby: Skateboarding, bodyboarding, singing and playing guitar
Hidden talent: “I can do pretty decent impersonations of cartoon characters.”
Funny quirk: “I have a funny wonky ear that can pop in and out like these popit fidgets.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
When not studying code/tech or handling your support tickets, you’ll typically find Gage either on the drag strip destroying what’s left of his 21 year old motorcycle or at a hole in the wall coffee shop playing the blues. Gage is crazy about the tech world and is always striving to learn more about his field.
Katie graduated from high school at just 15 years of age and dove right into working and contributing to society. She started in the field of sales and has never looked back. Today, she is one of Studio98’s rockstar sales girls!
In addition to sales, she’s achieved a myriad of other accomplishments including being on a world championship dance team and volunteering at a non-profit organization for 40+ hours a week while working a full time job and even walking in the esteemed Paris Fashion Week.
Always a go-getter and adventure seeker, she began traveling the world at her own expense at 17. It’s this initiative and can-do attitude that make her such a dream to work with.
Favorite song: Thunder Road by Johnny Cash
Favorite movie: 80’s movies, Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings
Favorite food: Pasta and pastries!
Hobby: Trying new coffee shops and restaurants at least once a week!
Hidden talent: “I can do headstands! Even if I haven’t practiced them – I am always successful when I do one!”
Funny quirk: “I will ALWAYS have the windows down when I am driving even if it’s freezing out!”
“No one is you and that is your power.” – Dave Grohl
Challan is a completely self-taught graphics and web designer. His talent and tenacity led him to work in the design field for 8 years until making the switch to project management 4 years ago.
His combined background of design and management along with his communication skills and teamwork make him the perfect fit here at Studio98. He brings these crucial elements together, seamlessly, to care for clients and ensure their projects are carried out with the utmost attention to detail.
Favorite song: My Hero by Foo Fighters
Favorite movie: Fight Club
Favorite food: Mexican
Hobby: Digital and 3D art, cartoon drawing, creative writing and mountain hiking
Hidden talent: “I can whistle like a bird.”
“It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.” – Unknown
As a qualified educator and semi-professional cricketer, Rickus is passionate about knowledge and always strives to learn new skills and disciplines in life. He dove into Web Design and Development while working on a personal project and the bug bit immediately. He continued to enhance his skills and decided to take it on as a full-time career.
With his love of knowledge and care for helping people, he found a perfect home here at Studio98. “My time with Studio98 has been life-changing, the skills, knowledge, and experience have been invaluable and there is still so much left to discover with an absolutely amazing team wanting to make a difference!”
Rickus and his beautiful wife recently welcomed a newborn son into their family.
Favorite song: Don’t Mind Me by Walking on Cars
Favorite movie/series: Ozark
Favorite food: Sushi!
Hobby: Anything active, mostly playing cricket!
Hidden talent: “I am actually a great chef!”
Funny quirk: “I can sing with my mouth closed while breaking a mean eyebrow dance!”
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll
Amanda has travelled and lived all over the world, from England to Toronto and the Congo to Los Angeles which makes her world-wise and a great storyteller!
She attended the National School of the Arts in South Africa where she acquired her incredible design skills even though she graduated in drama. So, not only does she know visual and graphic design, she also knows all about the stage including set design, lighting design and more. She’s even done work in event styling!
Her incredible eye and gift for relating to people make her an incredible Account Manager and we are so happy to have her on our team.
Side note…she has 2 amazing cats – Daisun (named after a Swedish actress) and Buchanan.
Favorite song: Gypsy Opera by Jeremy Loops
Favorite movie: Love Actually and The Thomas Crown Affair
Favorite food: Sushi
Hobby: Calligraphy and walking on the seafront and beaches of Cape Town
Hidden talent: Public speaking
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Billy Ocean
Although most of Bianca’s upbringing was in the inner city, she has a deep love for the coast and countryside. She is happily married and the mother of a beautiful little boy. If you were to ask any of her friends or family how they perceive her, they would say, “She is the mother of the group.”
After her matriculation she completed a degree in Educational Psychology and stepped into the educational field where she specialised in Additional Language Application for six years. It was during this time that she familiarized herself with various graphic design platforms and it became evident that she had an eye for design. She now loves bringing people’s vision into a virtual reality here at Studio98!
Favorite song: Sleep on the Floor by The Lumineers
Favorite movie: Any movie with Bradley Cooper
Favorite food: Tacos and sushi
Hobby: Photography, design and content creation for social media
Hidden talent: “I make a killer Mexican meal – tacos, quesadillas, nachos…you name it – I can cook it!”
Funny quirk: “I am super gullible and have believed the most ridiculous things. For example: that a big Boeing plane could make a snow angel.”
“Do not try to fix whatever comes in your life. Fix yourself, so whatever comes, you will be fine.” – Jaggi Vasudev
Joseph has an incredibly deep care factor, which is what drew him to Studio98 and us to him! From an early age he wanted to work with people and has always been fascinated by the results of a team working together to achieve their goal.
His career path evolved from Hospitality Management to global hospitality systems technology, supply chain management, life coaching, psychology and computer science.
His endless curiosity, thirst for knowledge and love of people has led him to find a happy home here at Studio98 helping clients succeed!
Favorite song: Pneuma by Tool
Favorite movie: The Lion King
Favorite food: Pasta
Hobby: Exercise, hiking, yoga and contact sport/martial arts
Hidden talent: I have been told I am a great chef.”
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron
Jetro’s training and work experience started the day he joined the ranks at Studio98 as this is his first official job. And might we say – he is killing it! Over the last several months he has been training on our courses and working to help clients while always bringing a smile and his infectiously positive energy.
He loves learning new things about computers and technology and is an incredible team player.
Favorite song: Don’t Speak by Hidden Citizens
Favorite movie: Dracula Untold
Favorite food: Sushi
Hobby: Hiking and reading fantasy novels.
Hidden talent: “I remember everything I watch in movies.”
Funny quirk: “The only thing I am mildly allergic to is popcorn.”
“Never lower your target, increase your actions.” – Grant Cardone
Jenn was born in the beautiful, coastal, paradise city of Cape Town, South Africa and has always loved traveling and a good adventure. From catching piranhas in the Amazon Rainforest to swimming with dolphins in Jamaica and stingrays in Mexico, she loves the thrill of experiencing and learning new things.
With that love of diverse experiences, she’s worked in many fields including administration and teaching. She found her passion here at Studio98 where she uses her wide range of knowledge to head up our Support Division, ensuring customers are always well taken care of.
She currently lives in Johannesburg with her boyfriend and their 3 cats, Alison (aka Bunny), Batman and Strawberry.
Favorite song: Classical music and punk rock
Favorite movie: Aquaman
Favorite food: “Anything that I don’t have to cook.”
Hobby: Reading old classical books and family time
Hidden talent: “I can make my eyes shake!”
“Fortune favors the bold.” – Unknown
Leon, our amazing Finance Director, was born and raised in….nope, you didn’t guess it…Alaska!
He received his accounting degree from the University of Alaska and then decided to head to the much more humid climate of Florida where he lives today, growing pineapples, with his 2 cats – Lucky and Buddy (aka Little Black Kitty)!
Leon is like a smooth sea – stoic, calm and steady. His work ethic is impeccable, his attention to detail remarkable and he always gets the job done.
Favorite song: Sad Songs Say so Much by Elton John
Favorite movie: The Last Samurai
Favorite food: Ribeye steak
Hobby: “Gardening. I grow pineapples!”
Funny quirk: “I prefer to ride my bike whenever I can.”
“And so we admire the bold, and prefer to be around them, because their self-confidence infects us and draws us outside our own realm of inwardness and reflection.” – Robert Greene
Adam is in the business of helping wherever he can. Born and made in Hungary and raised in Denmark, he brings an original European flavor to the table.
His PR and sales training, multilingual skills and genuine love of people, combined with extensive world travel, has given him unique insight and communication abilities, allowing him to help virtually anybody.
A true salesperson to his core, what matters most to Adam is helping customers by providing the solutions to help realize their goals. His greatest satisfaction lies in ridding his customers of their barriers and seeing their problems utterly destroyed!
Favorite song: Lose Yourself by Eminem
Favorite movie: Ender’s Game
Favorite food: Spaghetti bolognese (extra cheese please!)
Hobby: Video and photo editing
Hidden talent: “I’m great at creating awkward situations.”
“When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.” – Simon Sinek
Andrea grew up with strong family ties. Because of her childhood, she firmly believes that the lasting fulfillment we achieve when we serve others is much more meaningful than the short moments of happiness we feel when we put ourselves first.
After their mother’s passing, Andrea took in upon herself to put her brother and herself through college, where she majored in Broadcasting. There she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.
She went on to work in Broadcasting equipment distribution for three years as a sales executive bringing in 7 figures.
She believes her work experiences over the last 10 years have shaped the person she is today. Each experience offered a new skill and perspective and ultimately made her more creative, outgoing and detail oriented – all of which make her a great fit here at Studio98!
Favorite song: Sword and Pen by Regina Spektor
Favorite movie: Buy Bust
Favorite food: Any savory dish with coconut milk!
Hobby: Baking and creative writing
Hidden Talent: She taught herself graphic design and video editing to bring her stories to life.
“You’ve gotta let it simmer.” – Michael Jackson
Hana-li was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up traveling the world with her mother. She now lives in the beach haven of Clearwater, FL with her husband and business partner, Rafferty.
In an ever changing landscape of culture, art and technology, Hana-li looks for the universal specificity that unites us in being human. Reminding people to stay true to themselves amid the constant bombardment to fit in, she believes that being unique is what makes us whole and what ultimately unites us.
As an internationally acclaimed artist, public speaker and co-owner of Studio98, her passion lies in inspiring and helping clients (and all people) to achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. “We can always change our destiny and the world around us…sometimes we just need to be reminded.”
With so many people fighting for a spot in the world, Hana-li and Rafferty have simply made their own.
Favorite song: Earth Song by Michael Jackson
Favorite movie: Avatar
Favorite food: Fruit, sushi and potatoes in most forms
Hobby: Working out – more specifically, hand balancing and partner acrobatics
Hidden talent: “Interior design, animal whisperer and I can fit anything into a suitcase!”
“Try everything. Make magic. Sing hallelujah. Reflect grace.” – The Draschil Family Rules
Nate’s upbringing was homegrown and American-made. However, some of his work may surprise you! He has a degree in Soviet and Russian Studies and as part of that, he co-founded and ran a microloan organization in St. Petersburg, Russia for a while.
Since then, Nate has been a technical consultant for 22 years, specializing in the direct selling industry. Today, he is an invaluable member of the Studio98 family, helping our direct selling clients expand their businesses.
He’s a father to 6 kids – 3 of which were born at home with no doctor or midwife!
And now for a game! How about two truths and a lie?
- He was kidnapped by the Russian Mafia.
- He was a juggler in the circus.
- He produced the largest outdoor concert in Provo, Utah.
Favorite song: Sometime Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event
Favorite movie: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Favorite food: Lebanese street shavermas
Hobby: Stained glass making
Unique quirk: “I haven’t worn a pair of pants in 2 years (back surgeries). Thank goodness I have 6 or 7 kilts!”
“Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.” – John Wooden
Andrei was born in Romania, and now lives between his birth place and Cluj-Napoca – Europe’s main Digital hub. He’s a straight A student but decided to drop out of university as it greatly disappointed him.
From there, he’s been mostly self-taught. Through watching tons of YouTube tutorials and even more trial and error, his grit and perseverance won out! It’s this dedication to results that we love and our clients love! With determination and wit combined, he pretty much achieves whatever goal he sets his eye on.
Hidden talent: He’s a living, breathing human lie detector!
“I never learned anything while I was talking.” – Larry King
Marvi strongly believes in the power of empathetic listening. The patience to listen to others without preconceived ideas or pre-decided outcomes and to genuinely try to understand where they’re coming from and work out a solution that benefits everyone.
Because of this mindset, Marvi has become an incredible leader. She puts people first and always strives to learn, embrace, help and grow together. This is why we love her!
She also highly values family and is a mother of two handsome boys.
Favorite song: Dreams by The Cranberries
Favorite movie: About Time Directed by Richard Curtis
Favorite food: Fried Chicken
Hobby: Nail Art
Hidden talent: Hair styling and drawing
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
Ralph was born and raised in Ilocos Norte, a province in the northern Philippines. He later moved to Manila after he graduated from college to pursue his career goals.
Ralph believes that every problem has a solution and we at Studio98 couldn’t agree more! Instead of asking why problems happen, he asks what can be about them. This opens the door to finding solutions to even the most “impossible” problems, which in turn leads to successful outcomes. He applies this approach to problems our clients are facing and always helps them find the perfect solution!
Favorite song: Fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra
Favorite movie: Pursuit of Happiness
Favorite food: Burgers and pasta
Hobby: Cooking and leisure travelling
Hidden talent: Acting
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore
Denysse is a proud geek and an old soul. She loves making people smile and has an infectious joyful energy.
In her free time, you’ll find her solving sudoku puzzles or collecting Funko Pop and vinyl records. Her quick mind and artistic flare make her a phenomenal Marketing Specialist.
Fun fact: Our girl here is a pseudo celebrity as she has one of the most followed vinyl record Instagram accounts in the Philippines!
Favorite song: If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
Favorite movie: The Harry Potter series and Mama Mia
Favorite food: Tempura
Hobby: Collecting vinyl records
Hidden talent: Singing
“Winners don’t make excuses when the other side plays the game.” – Harvey Specter
With his go-getter personality, Mark can achieve whatever goal he sets to accomplish. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in four short years while also working.
Mark always loves a challenge, whether it’s physical, mental, work or play, and he has a real passion for helping others achieve their goals as well! It’s this hunger for results and team attitude that our clients love.
Favorite song: Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver
Favorite movie: Suites
Favorite food: Adobo & Salmon Sashimi
Hobby: Working out, playing basketball and watching TV shows
Hidden talent: He can play the guitar!
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
Claudio, his artist and comic-book-loving wife and their quirky Yorkie, Layla, live in sunny South Africa. He’s the son of Italian and Portuguese immigrants and, thus, speaks fluent Portuguese. He is a voracious reader and loves history and amateur archaeology and has even been on several dig sites around Southern Africa.
Working most of his life in customer service and retail management, he considers himself a real people’s person and is always interested in the journeys and stories of people’s lives and the lessons they can bring us. “I believe we cross paths with every individual for a reason.” His super power? – The ability to strike up a conversation with anybody! He’s currently completing his education in International Supply Chain management.
Since he was a young boy, he’s been fascinated with the stars in the night sky, leading to an interest in astronomy and a love of all things tech-based. “It is our ability to adapt that will one day take us to the final frontier!” Claudio loves anything with the word “star” in front of it – Star Wars, StarGate, Star Trek, you name it – even Starbucks! As such, he’s a true coffee lover and has become a connoisseur of the delicious beverage in all its shapes and forms.
And last but not least…he holds a brown belt in Shotokan Karate!
Favorite song: Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite food: “I swear by the 3 P’s. Pasta. Pizza. Popcorn!”
Hobby: Reading, playing tennis and squash, spending time with family and friends
Hidden talent: “I consider myself not too shabby with a pen and paper and like to write when my muse comes knocking.”
Funny quirk: “Things that are non-symmetrical bother me!”