Meet Your New Best Friends
We have put together an incredible team of specialists in each of their respective positions. With this focus and the common purpose of making the web great, we are able to get projects done correctly every time and in less time. There is a reason other Advertising Agencies, PR Firms, Design and Development companies come to us for help. We are friendly and easy to understand. We won’t bother you with a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo, we’ll just help you get your website and marketing done so you can do what you do best.
THE ONES WHO ARE CRAZY ENOUGH TO THINK THAT THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ARE THE ONES WHO DO.
– STEVE JOBS
BETWEEN SCUBA DIVING, THE EXPLORERS CLUB AND WORKING ON NASA PROJECTS (SERIOUSLY!), STUDIO98 FOUNDER RAFFERTY HOPS OFF HIS MOTORCYCLE TO DEVELOP SELLING SOLUTIONS AND SAAS THAT HELP BUSINESS OWNERS MAKE MONEY ONLINE. MONEY ISN’T THE MOTIVE: IT’S ABOUT SETTING AN EXAMPLE THAT MOTIVATES OTHERS TO HELP ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. RAFFY AND HIS ÜBER-TALENTED AND SUPER CUTE WIFE, HANA-LI, VALUE HIGH ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IN THEIR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS.
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.
Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein
Zach loves to solve problems and that is what makes him a great fit as the President of Studio98. He works with our clients to help them solve the problems of their business and he has been doing it for years. He has a unique skill set that he brings to the table that each of our clients can benefit from.
When Zach is not spending his time with our clients he is spending time with his wife and daughter. He is an avid Tampa Bay Lighting Fan and takes in an occasional golf game. He also spend time doing charity events though out the year.
“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
THE WORLD ONLY EXISTS IN YOUR EYES. YOU CAN MAKE IT AS BIG OR AS SMALL AS YOU WANT.
– F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
CLAIRE IS BASED IN PASADENA, CA WHERE SHE LIVES WITH HER BOYFRIEND AND THEIR VERY LOVED (AND MISCHIEVOUS) KITTEN. 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. CLAIRE TAKES GREAT JOY IN BECOMING INVESTED IN WHOEVER SHE IS WORKING WITH AND MAINTAINING A HIGH LEVEL OF CARE TO SEE THEM THROUGH TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THEIR GOALS. IN HER SPARE TIME SHE ENJOYS COOKING, WRITING, READING, “MUST HAVE” SHOPPING FINDS, AND SPENDING TIME DRINKING COFFEE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
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.
“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.
To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. – L Ron Hubbard
Johan is originally from South Africa and grew up in the sugarcane fields and rolling hills of Zululand. Ever since his dad brought home their first home computer and he worked out how to play Police Quest on DOS, he has been obsessed with them and spent the last 13 years working in various roles in the IT industry. Johan likes to spend his leisure time with his wife and kids, as well as singing, playing guitar, skateboarding, fishing, scubadiving, skydiving and more.
“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.