Team Member Profile: Shea Rodrigue

sheaHometown: Houma, Louisiana
Position: Marketing Specialist
Been with InMotion Hosting since: 2012

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
It was a potent combination of curiosity and necessity. Many years ago a friend, and business owner with old-school values and processes, brought up the need to bring their business into the digital age and begin creating an internet presence by selling her clothing from a website. I had taken a class on basic HTML and one on eCommerce prior to that, which doesn’t really mean anything, but my ego was large enough to convince both of us that I could make that happen. And I did. I began lots of research on web design, eCommerce, website builders, and ultimately web hosting. I launched my first eCommerce site and haven’t looked back since. Continue reading “Team Member Profile: Shea Rodrigue”

Team Member Profile: Sevag Salibian

Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium
Position: Senior Affiliate Marketing Specialist
Been with InMotion Hosting since: July 2015

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
I had a desire to apply my affiliate/partner marketing skill-set in a tech driven product environment.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
Senior Affiliate Marketing Specialist.  I get to work with people from around the world, every day – often helping them earn a livelihood to support themselves and their families.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
I received a Bluetooth surf watch for Christmas which tracks my movements in the water, has tide and swell forecasts, reports real time weather data and notifies me when swell is coming in.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I enjoy life. I love trail running, biking, snowboarding, surfing and working out. I try to get in an adventure at least a couple times a week – whether that means a new trail, a new break, or a new book. Opportunity is everywhere.

Describe your personality in one word?
Grateful.

Team Member Profile: Danny Sumerlin

Team Member SpotlightHometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Position: Senior Design Consultant
Been with InMotion Hosting since: December 2010

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
My Fine Arts/Graphic Design degree led me to have essential knowledge of the custom web design process, web hosting, and the benefits of investing into a professional, online presence.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
As the Senior Design Consultant, my design background and the ease of working in a relaxed environment has allowed me to consult with small and medium size business owners.  I’ve also had the good fortune in working with Non-Profit organizations. This position has allowed our in-house team to custom build their new sites from scratch.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
I am not really into gadgets for the most part, but I really love my Suunto Ambit3 watch. I can wear it surfing or to a wedding, and still look sharp. It’s lasted surfing, snowboarding and my 70 lb dog. My next gadget, on the horizon, hopefully sooner than later, will be a Toyota Tacoma Sport.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
Ever since I was able to hold a pencil, I have been doodling. My illustration, painting and graphic design outside of my experience with InMotion has allowed me to continue my creativity. I have participated in both the Boardwalk Art Show and Neptune Festival, and continue to manage my own WordPress site as a personal portfolio (our design team built it for me!).

Describe your personality in one word?
Adventurous.

Team Member Profile: Marco Ponce

marcoponceHometown: Los Angeles, CA
Position: Marketing Technologist 
Been with InMotion Hosting since: September 2014

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
Before working at InMotion Hosting I was a freelancer who procured hosting for web design and marketing clients, as well as for previous employers and for myself. Most products ranged from shared hosting, to dedicated hosting.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
I am a Marketing Technologist. Most of the daily tasks involve evaluating, maintaining and implementing technologies that we can put in to play at our company to make us more efficient while marketing. I also handle affairs with our SEO and paid advertising.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
iPhone wins hands down with gadget I own due to time spent on it! Want to own: BMW i8, but it’s not practical.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I am happily married to my wife Paola Ponce. I like to cycle on the weekends, preferably in a group ride and I like to take photos of wildlife and landscapes with my DSLR camera. Chiefly, I love to read my King James Bible.

Describe your personality in one word?
Peculiar.

Team Member Profile: Tim Sisson

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Position: Customer Community Manager
Been with InMotion Hosting since: 2011

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
Actually, I got my start in the business / marketing side of the industry doing SEO / SEM work for an engineering company. This is where I learned the basics about web hosting. My first introduction into hosting not as a consumer was as a tier 1 Support representative for InMotion Hosting about 5 years ago.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
I’m the Customer Community Manager here. My team manages the Support Center and all of the documents that help our customers. We also act as evangelists with different products like WordPress. I like getting out into the public and getting to know our customers! It’s a really cool feeling when I’m at a WordCamp and a customer comes over to tell me stories of how we helped them succeed. I really enjoy empowering our customers and watching their successes because of it!

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
I’m slowly working on a “magic mirror” for my daughters. It’s powered by a Raspberry PI behind some two way glass. It displays basic information like the time, date, weather, and any calendar items. I’m working on some speech recognition software as well, so they will be able to ask basic commands and get a response (you know, like in the fairy tale).

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I’m a pretty simple guy. When I’m not at work I’m usually outside with my girls. We love the outdoors and nature so weekends are almost always spent exploring some park or trail. I think having a good balance between working in technology and enjoying  mother nature is important.

Describe your personality in one word?
Silly.

Team Member Profile: Tony Klepper

team_member_profile3Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Position: Manager: Training & Quality Assurance
Been with InMotion Hosting since: May 2010

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
Surprisingly,  I didn’t go to school to learn about computers or technology. I actually went to school to be a pastor. I had created a few websites and played around with Linux at home, but nothing  on a professional level. InMotion allowed me my first opportunity in the web hosting field. I started out in Tier 1 Technical Support, and quickly moved to Tier 2-C. There I became the Team Lead, and soon moved to the Training Department. Since being hired at InMotion from 2010, I have learned something new every single day; and I love it! 

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
I am the Manager of both the Training, and Quality Assurance teams. Basically, I get to help people improve and become better  at their jobs each and every day. My job is the perfect fit for me because it has a  great blend of several things, all of which, I enjoy doing. I get to teach and inspire young minds. I have the opportunity to continually learn new software and techniques in order to teach them to others. Even with all the training activities, I haven’t lost the ability  do some coding. You can find me still jumping  onto the command-line on a server to do some troubleshooting. All that, coupled with being able to lead an awesome team of extremely talented individuals is something that  I couldn’t ask for more.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
Well, until every gadget I was promised from “Back to the Future” is available, I guess I would have to settle for something like Oculus Rift or some kind of augmented reality glasses. Ones that actually work without any bugs!

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
Even though my team loves to remind me how much older I am than them, I still feel like a kid. I have been married for 16 years to an awesome wife, and I have two great boys. I have really had a pretty adventurous life so far. My wife and I have lived in China. We have been to Tanzania, Africa, and Thailand. I have been to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and probably some others that I have forgotten. I also have a collection of knives and swords from every country I have ever visited. I love to have fun, and every day is a new adventure.

Describe your personality in one word?
According to my 10 year old: FUNNY

Team Member Profile: Jake Jacobs


jake jacobsHometown: Toledo, OH
Position: Support Supervisor
Been with InMotion Hosting since: October 2013

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
I had experience in intranets from my accounting and tax practice. After selling the business, I acquired a job with my family as a webmaster. In that position I started using Joomla! in the Mambo days. I also developed and co-authored some components for that Joomla. Eventually it spawned into a business that provided Joomla support and services. Doing the development work gave me exposure to web hosting which I found to be very exciting.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
I am the Third Shift Support Supervisor. I love working third shift.  The team is smaller than the other shifts so it feels like a close family.  We tend to communicate more face to face rather than via a messaging system.  We are constantly looking out for and helping each other so we can thrill our customers.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
My Android phone, LG3.  I am lost without it.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I love my job at InMotion Hosting. I moved up quickly in the company.  I plan on staying with InMotion until retirement.

Describe your personality in one word?
Mature.

Team Member Profile: William Miles


WilliamMiles_blogHometown: Lansing, MI

Position: Data Center Operations Supervisor
Been with InMotion Hosting since: January 2014

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
I have always been interested in servers and networking. Working in the computer industry starting at the age of 16 (I got to bypass that teen-age food industry part) I’ve always been able to find my place.  The field is always changing, and you very seldom do the same thing more than one day in a row.  When I learned that servers and networking was where I had the most fun, I explored how I could use both of these and still have fun with what I do everyday.  Web hosting was it!

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
Currently I am the Data Center Operations Supervisor.  This has me handle the day-to-day, as well as long term projects for our data centers.  I get to be the first to play with the new gear and also work the occasional long night to implement said new gear.  This is a fast-paced role, and you need to be sure you are always ready for what tomorrow brings.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
Coolest gadget I own is a dual authentication USB3 32GB Flash drive that has full hardware level encryption in it.  It requites both a finger print as well as a password in order to allow access to any of the data stored on it.  It is both very functional as well as very secure.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I enjoy what I do here at InMotion Hosting.  I have taken the job that was offered to me, and molded it into my ideal career with the assistance of the excellent leadership that I have been working with.  I plan to be here many years, and hope to achieve so much more than I already have.

Describe your personality in one word?
Undefined.

Team Member Profile: Mylin Gonzalez

Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Position: Trainer
Been with InMotion Hosting since: April 2013

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
Bills! While I never planned to join the web hosting field, I am quite glad I did. Originally I was just looking for a better opportunity to grow and figured, since I’ve always been the “computer person” in my family, that I ought to give it a shot. Little did I know that the web hosting world was so vast! There is so much involved and it’s an ever evolving environment. Fortunately for me, turned out I’m not that shabby and it’s actually quite the exciting field. I love finally understanding how “the web” works and knowing that I have the power to create a presence online. Now with a couple of clicks and some spare time, I can easily create a website with WordPress and other Content Management Systems. Knowing that I have that ability feels awesome. Plus for bonus points, it is a great way to wow people.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
I am actually mid transition between my prior role as a Customer Service Team Lead to my current position as a Trainer. I am super excited for this opportunity as I’ll have the ability to share my knowledge and experience with the company’s newest members. Most recently, I’ve been provided the opportunity to develop and implement the training curriculum for our company’s unique onboarding process; and there’s no stopping there. My goal? To play a part in InMotion Hosting’s growth through the development of our representative’s knowledge and skill sets, and our company’s culture.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
Does a Toaster Oven count? Because their ability to reheat a Chipotle burrito is ahhh-mazing.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I talk about my pet bunny as if she was my child and adore annoying her. Have kid pictures? I have bunny pictures! I also love all things food, enjoy hand made crafts and will accept any Just Dance challenge, just be prepared  for defeat!

Describe your personality in one word?
Dedicated

Team Member Profile: Aimeelyn Dineros

AimeelynDHometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Position: Customer Experience Manager
Been with InMotion Hosting since: January 2011

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
After graduating from Old Dominion University with a degree in Computer Science, InMotion Hosting hired me as a Web Designer for their private client design customers.  It was a great opportunity to learn how to build WordPress and eCommerce sites, all the while working with a really fun team.  My greatest takeaway was learning how to make custom WordPress themes, which is a commodity if you’re looking to build custom Content Management Systems for friends as side projects.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
After a few years as a Web Designer, I transitioned into the User Interface Design position for two more years.   Currently, I serve as the Customer Experience Manager.  Our C.E. Analyst defines the department as an “enthusiastic group of individuals with innovative ideas on improving the customer’s overall experience.”  As a department, we focus on analyzing, identifying, and driving ongoing improvements to the customer experience based on feedback and top customer goals. Our research has gone towards improving experiences such as helping new customers achieve their goals through a personal on-boarding call, the usability of our customers’ Account Management Panel, as well as the transfer request processes for domains and websites.  This year, based on popular demand, we have our eyes on improving a few more systems our customers deal with on a daily basis.  So if you’re a customer with ideas that you’d love to see implemented, whether big or small, then we’d love to hear from you!  Send us your feedback by signing into AMP and going to the feedback page here: https://secure1.inmotionhosting.com/amp/support/feedback.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
Google Glass seems like a really fun gadget to own.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I’m a bit of a User Experience (UX) nerd, so I’m involved in local Code for America and UXPA meetups to learn more about improving the UX of civic applications.  One nearly completed project we’ve worked on in Code for America was a lookup tool for health inspection reports for local Virginia restaurants, which can be viewed at Open Health Inspection.

Describe your personality in one word?
I’m generally a “happy” person.