Technology

Coding. Tech Architecture. Front-End Development. And A Robot To Boot.

Our Mission

At One North, we live at the intersection of marketing and technology. We’ve made it our mission to empower our clients to find the right balance among the two in order to create compelling digital experiences that strengthen their most important relationships.

We bring a best-of-breed technology approach to every engagement and work to create a marketing technology ecosystem that caters to each client’s unique needs and goals. From Content Management and Experience Platforms, to Marketing Automation and Hosting, we help our B2B and Professional Services clients ensure the technologies they use seamlessly work together to power their marketing efforts.

Our teams partner closely with clients to ensure our recommendations are always in tune with business strategy and technology innovation, and they guide clients on how best to simplify the process, optimize their efforts and enhance their brand experiences.

Managed Lifecycle

When our clients tell us they’re invested in their digital brand experience, we know that means they’re also concerned with its availability and evolution. That’s why we have a team dedicated to ensuring the applications we provide continuously perform and thrive.

One North offers ongoing improvement and managed hosting services that provide a worry-free, predictable and high-touch experience for our clients. We go beyond simply “hosting” applications. Our configuration management process provides the necessary flow of information amongst application, hosting and deployment teams and allows for seamless troubleshooting and support.

Whether we designed and developed a client’s Sitecore application ourselves, or its ongoing management was transferred to our team, we provide exceptional service to keep it growing. Clients rest easy knowing that our developers are familiar with their code base, our hosting architects are constantly working to protect the servers that keep their applications running and our deployment engineers are ready to install any necessary changes along the way.

Meet The Team

Emma Birdsong
Associate Developer

Emma Birdsong

As an Associate Developer, Emma will use her build-up of knowledge to create and improve solutions for clients through the implementation of web technologies.  Her knowledge of front-end design and nodejs gives Emma a unique perspective and the opportunity to contribute to her team throughout a project timeline. 

  • Favorite movie: Fight Club, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Bring It On
  • Most unusual job: In high school, I was the “popcorn girl” at a local bank. I literally just made popcorn and gave it to customers every Friday afternoon.

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Michael Blaha
Architect

Michael Blaha

Michael Blaha is an Architect at One North, bringing his skills in both front and back-end development to craft extraordinary digital experiences for our clients. In his free time, he enjoys making video games and has designed, coded and released two games on the Windows Phone platform.

  • Favorite movie: Big Trouble in Little China
  • Favorite Chicago spot: Soldier Field

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Keegan Bowers
Developer

Keegan Bowers

As a Developer at One North, Keegan works to build digital properties for our clients. With over six years in cross-platform web development, Keegan enjoys working with his team to produce quality materials that meet and exceed client expectations. Keegan has a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Three hobbies: Car enthusiast, self-taught mechanic, amateur astronomer
  • One more hobby: Noob home beer brewer (I have too many hobbies.)

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Erik Carron
Senior Developer

Erik Carron

As a Developer at One North, Erik provides technical assistance to new and ongoing client projects. He brings his wide range of technical expertise and experience to his role at One North. Erik graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Engineering.

  • Fun fact: My first name is John, however, I go by my middle name Erik.
  • Coach Erik: I coach the boys lacrosse team at Downers Grove South High School.

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Marc Cerda
Associate Developer

Marc Cerda

As an Associate Developer at One North, Marc brings fresh perspective to and collaborates with his team to build features and create an exceptional digital experience for clients.

  • Favorite season: I would have to say fall because I favor sweater weather
  • If you could have any super power, what would it be? I wish I could teleport, that way I could lessen my commute.

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Michael Ciacco
Systems Engineer

Michael Ciacco

As a Systems Engineer at One North, Michael's responsibilities include the configuration, maintenance and 24/7 support of our clients' digital experiences. He understands the importance of maintaining business-critical applications, and ensures that they are up and running at all times.

  • Extracurricular activity: Riding my vintage late 70's red Roland bicycle around the city
  • Favorite dessert: Gelato

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Ethel Crosby
Director of Technology Operations & Offerings

Ethel Crosby

As Director of Technology Operations and Offerings at One North Interactive, Ethel is responsible for the management and execution of leading digital technology solutions and software product management for B2B relationship-based businesses. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ethel once zip-lined, upside down, in a rain forest in Costa Rica.

  • Favorite movie quote: "With great power comes great responsibility." - Spiderman
  • Favorite vending machine snack: Reeses Pieces

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Erik Delanois
Associate Developer

Erik Delanois

As an Associate Developer, Erik supports the Development team during website creation.  Erik is an essential team member that aids the development process to ensure projects are excellently finished in a timely manner.

  • Spring, summer, fall or winter: Summer all the way, I love being outside.
  • Favorite vending machine snack: Peanut M&M’s

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Chris Elston
Technical Lead

Chris Elston

As Technical Lead, Chris uses his digital expertise to offer smart solutions as well as mentor his team. Chris has worked with numerous platforms, languages and systems that give him a unique perspective to build innovative sites for clients.

  • Fun fact: I spent a semester in Bonn, Germany back in college.
  • Favorite hobby: I’ve been brewing my own beer, off and on, since 2000

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Daniel Faghihnia
Associate Developer

Daniel Faghihnia

As an Associate Developer, Daniel is responsible for maintaining and building client websites, striving to push his best work forward for each project he encounters. Always up for a challenge, Daniel focuses his passion to solve client problems effectively and efficiently.

  • Favorite season: Summer, because I love heat. It’s a great time to be outside playing sports or simply exploring the city.
  • If you could have any superpower, it would be: Telepathy. The human brain is incredible, and being able to push it to its limits would be an amazing power.

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Eric Frus
Managing Architect

Eric Frus

Eric Frus is a Managing Architect at One North, leading a team of developers and working on the architecture of web applications and custom data integration solutions. He prides himself in having the cleanest desk in the office (a prize he awarded to himself).

  • Favorite movie: Office Space
  • Favorite Chicago spot: 222 North LaSalle St, Suite 1500

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David Guan
Associate Developer

David Guan

David is an Associate Developer and his responsibilities include building and maintaining websites that fulfills a client’s needs. He knows how to ask the right questions to help solve client problems, loves to learn new technologies and quickly educates himself on that technology to improve client experiences.

  • Fun fact: I took a summer trip to Asia after graduation, visiting Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
  • Favorite TV shows: The Wire, The Office and Breaking Bad.

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Ryan Haskell-Glatz
Associate Front-End Developer

Ryan Haskell-Glatz

As an Associate Front-End Developer, Ryan is responsible for the implementation of specified features designed with his team. Through collaboration, he helps provide efficient and effective solutions through skillful technology implementation practices.

  • Favorite movie quote: “You keep using that word … I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, Princess Bride
  • Favorite Chicago spot: Millennium Park

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Alex Hawley
Technical Lead

Alex Hawley

As Technical Lead, Alex leads the planning, implementation and deployment of custom web solutions across multiple platforms.  He is certified in both Sitecore and Sitefinity content management systems, and works with clients to establish goals for their desired applications, building robust implementations to meet those goals.

  • Favorite hobby: Running. I’ve ran over 23 marathons which included running 12 in 2013.
  • Favorite travel experience: Taking a trip out to the west coast to run along Highway 1 on the Pacific Ocean. If you don’t want to run on Highway 1, I would strongly recommend at least driving down the coast.

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Rene Hernandez
Senior Front-End Developer

Rene Hernandez

Rene is a Senior Front-End Developer at One North, ensuring client satisfaction through visually appealing web pages and digital design. An avid tomato-lover, Rene enjoys taking care of his tomato plant when he isn’t coding away amongst his fellow FEDs.

  • Favorite movie quote: "Get to the choppa!" - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Predator
  • Favorite breakfast food: Vegetable skillet with eggs over-easy (the hashbrowns can make or break this dish).

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Ryan Horner
Managing Director, Technology

Ryan Horner

As Managing Director of Technology, Ryan is responsible for overseeing One North’s strategy related to technical applications, systems and client implementations. He got his start at age seven, programming an Apple IIe.

  • Last thing you geeked-out about: This happens on a daily basis, oftentimes to the internet of things coming to life and novel uses of the technology-enabled sharing economy – or some combination of the two.
  • Most unusual job: I grew up on a working farm, so I've had lots of unusual jobs: baling straw, sweeping bins, cleaning a cattle barn, etc. 

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Jaclyn Huey
Associate Developer

Jaclyn Huey

As an Associate Developer, Jaclyn uses her interests in UI/UX Design and Human Computer Interaction to give her a different perspective while developing sites for clients. She’s passionate in the strategy behind creative and technology decisions and uses that passion to continuously produce great work.

  • Favorite breakfast food: BACON
  • Last thing you geeked out about: “Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman

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Yesuah Iniguez
Developer

Yesuah Iniguez

As a Developer, Yesuah is responsible for the continued maintenance and development of client websites. With a diverse background in design, development and server experience, he works closely with his team to assure that projects run smoothly.  

  • Favorite movie: Shutter (Not the American re-make)
  • Super power you wish you had: The ability to heal like wolverine. My body does not like sports, and MRIs are expensive.

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Craig Jacobs
Developer

Craig Jacobs

As a Developer at One North, Craig provides ongoing support and knowledge to assist our clients in achieving their business goals. Solving problems and anticipating client needs, he is able to guide our clients towards lasting technological solutions with advanced and innovative technologies.

  • Favorite breakfast food: I don’t eat breakfast, but I am a huge proponent of eating multiple lunches.
  • What you wanted to be when you were little: A superhero

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Vinu Krishnaswamy
Architect

Vinu Krishnaswamy

Vinu is an Architect at One North, responsible for overseeing multiple development projects and architecting and implementing full life cycle digital strategies. Fun fact: he can speak three languages fluently and two more in a way that irritates native speakers.

  • Favorite season: Summer – love the beach.
  • Super power: Ability to breathe underwater

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Kevin Lilienthal
Front-End Developer

Kevin Lilienthal

As a Front-End Web Developer, Kevin builds custom user interfaces, engaging user and interactions and awesome web animations. With over 8 years in the web industry, Kevin knows how to keep a pulse on modern trends as well as using intelligent best practices.

  • Favorite movie: Dark Knight
  • What did you want to be when you were little?: I once sent a letter to the tooth fairy to turn me into spider man instead of leaving money. I also wanted to be a rock star. Both of those things seem incredibly inconvenient now.

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Jeff Lu
Associate Developer

Jeff Lu

As an Associate Developer, Jeff assists his team in making improvements and enhancements to client websites. He uses his background in business to help him understand how to solve problems differently.

  • What did you want to be when you were little? A baseball player. 
  • Favorite Chicago spot: Wrigley Field, because above.

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Tom Mahr
Senior Developer

Tom Mahr

As a Senior Developer at One North, Tom builds and maintains websites and applications for our clients. By collaborating with his team, he is able to provide best possible solutions with efficient and well-practiced implementation capabilities.

  • Favorite movie: Royal Tenenbaums
  • Favorite breakfast food: Eggs Benedict (with Homemade Hollandaise Sauce, not the powder mixed stuff)

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Kyle Marek
Developer

Kyle Marek

Kyle brings years of experience working with .NET and web-associated technologies to his role as a Developer at One North. Constantly striving to achieve his clients’ needs and goals, Kyle uses various front-end and back-end technologies.

  • Fun fact: In my spare time, I like going to concerts and collect vinyl. I have collected over 100 records in the past year alone.
  • What you wanted to be when you were little: Ninja astronaut

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Kyle Mattimore
Developer

Kyle Mattimore

As a Developer at One North, Kyle "solves problems and builds cool things." He received his Computer Science degree from the University of Michigan and considers himself a self-taught network/security geek.

  • Fun fact: I have a hobbyist recording studio and play around with making music. Some evidence of this can be seen here.
  • Favorite sport to play: I will go to any lengths for a good game of Ultimate Frisbee.

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Adam Moericke
Senior Systems Engineer

Adam Moericke

As a Senior Systems Engineer at One North, Adam helps provide a stable and high performing environment for the client websites that One North hosts. He brings over a decade of experience working with SQL Server and experience in supporting a 24/7 environment to his role at One North.

  • School and major: University of Wisconsin-Madison / Computer Engineering
  • Last thing you geeked out about: Did you know that within the next 30 years, you'll be able to "ingest" information by simply taking a pill? You can watch MIT Media Lab Founder Nicholas Negroponte's prediction during this TedTalk

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Alex Morask
Associate Developer

Alex Morask

As an Associate Developer at One North, Alex assists in the process of building out new technological solutions, as well as improving existing applications that help clients better engage with customers and prospects.  He started his career as a marketing consultant, giving him a unique perspective to see problems and solutions from the client’s point-of-view. 

If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?: Cauliflower.  It’s versatile.  It can be turned into rice, mashed in place of potatoes and even used as a pizza crust.

Favorite Chicago spot: Catching a show at the Empty Bottle.

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Michael O'Laughlin
Head of QA & Managed Applications

Michael O'Laughlin

As Head of QA & Managed Applications, Michael is responsible for delivering One North digital experiences to clients and creating both web applications and custom data integration solutions. Michael’s favorite Chicago spot is at the United Center, watching the Hawks in the playoffs.

  • Favorite movie quote: “Great moments...are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game; not tonight.” - Miracle
  • What you wanted to be when you were little: A firefighter

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Zach Peer
Director, Client Systems

Zach Peer

Zach Peer is the Director of Technology and Client and Internal Systems at One North Interactive. He establishes and maintains the appropriate policies, procedures and controls for One North’s hosted offerings and works to ensure the availability, security and performance of the hosting environment – the hosting environment that he modeled out of Legos (playing with Legos is one of his passions, both with his kids and without).

  • If I were a vegetable: I'd be a Cucumber because they are cool (and tasty on sandwiches).
  • Last thing you geeked-out about: Backyard Chickens

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Alex Pershteyn
Architect

Alex Pershteyn

As an Architect, Alex is responsible for overseeing the implementation, testing and ongoing support of web-based projects. When he’s not coding away on JavaScript, ASP.Net or what-have-you, he is flying off to distant lands, adding to the growing list of countries to which he’s traveled.

  • What you wanted to be when you were little: A World Traveler
  • Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction

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Stephanie Petrusha
QA & Managed Application Analyst

Stephanie Petrusha

As a QA & Managed Application Analyst, Stephanie provides clients with quality products and services to ensure 100 percent satisfaction, continuously working to find best-in-breed technology to improve testing capabilities and solution performance.

  • Favorite breakfast food: Pancakes all day!
  • Most unusual job: Growing up on a farm, every summer from about age 10 I was a “bean walker”. A bean walker walks down a designated row in a bean field with a hook and to cut out weeds from the fields. This job of course no longer exists thanks to technology and chemicals.

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Ben Pomeranz
Technical Lead

Ben Pomeranz

As Technical Lead, Ben builds front-end and behind-the-scenes components for One North's clients and enjoys scanning the technology horizon for new framework opportunities. He is also a comic-book fan, sci-fi geek and goes every year to Comic Con.

  • What you wanted to be when you were little: Spiderman
  • Super power: Ability to banter well with supervillains

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Joe Reiser
Technical Support Engineer

Joe Reiser

As a Technical Support Engineer at One North, Joe ensures the technology to achieve maximum business effectiveness is efficient, practical and – most importantly – working. He brings over 15 years of personal IT experience to the company as well as more than five years of corporate support in an Enterprise setting.

  • Hobbies: Amateur astronomy and astrophotography, fishing, trying new restaurants and working out!

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Rikin Shah
Technical Lead

Rikin Shah

As Technical Lead at One North, Rikin brings his passion for coding and technology to debug websites, data integration errors and SEO issues for both One North and our clients. He works with other members of Team Technology to provide the best technical solution that both aligns with client requirements and enables a great user experience.

  • Favorite hobby: Gaming and traveling
  • Favorite movie: The Godfather

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Karthik Singh
Developer

Karthik Singh

As a Developer, Karthik is responsible for the continued maintenance as well as new feature additions to current client websites. He also helps resolve client issues with respect to their digital experiences while continually seeking to enhance and upgrade features and applications.

  • Fun fact: I like to play and produce music in my free time. Currently, that’s been mainly around guitar, but I’m hoping to expand and learn more instruments with time.
  • Education: I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science. 

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Mike Skutta
Architect

Mike Skutta

As an Architect within the Technology Labs group at One North, Mike works to research, test and integrate new technologies for both One North and its clients. He is also a Sitecore Technology MVP – a distinction received by only 217 people worldwide – and holds more than 14 years of experience architecting, designing, developing software and leading technology teams. Based in Florida, Mike is often seen wheeling around the office via our robot.

  • Favorite vending machine snack: Doritos
  • Most unusual job: Working as a Serf at Medieval Times

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Ian Tannehill
Senior Developer

Ian Tannehill

As a Senior Developer at One North, Ian provides technical assistance to both new and ongoing clients at One North. He brings over four years of experience in full stack development to his role. Ian attended Marquette University, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering.

  • Fun fact: Every school I have attended has had some type of bird as the mascot (eg. Cardinal, Falcon, Eagle, Golden Eagle).

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Rick Tham
Director, Technology

Rick Tham

Rick Tham is the Director of Technology at One North, working to research, test and integrate new technologies for both One North and our clients. Rick is the only Rick at our company…and, yes, this was his fun fact.

  • Favorite movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Before I moved to Chicago, this movie was my main source of things to do in Chicago.
  • What you wanted to be when you were little: A doctor, but I guess my patients are now just applications. They get sick too.

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Jimmy Tsao
Senior Front-End Developer

Jimmy Tsao

Jimmy is a Senior One North Front-End Developer with advanced experience in both web development and technical consulting. He solves problems for our clients through appealing web pages and digital design.

  • Favorite season: Spring because everyone is happier once winter is over.
  • Favorite breakfast food: Ham, egg and cheese on a croissant.

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Dom Vespo
Senior Systems Engineer

Dom Vespo

As a Senior Systems Engineer, Dom is responsible for the configuration, maintenance and 24/7 support of our clients’ digital experiences. He has extensive experience deploying and supporting custom web applications in a production environment. He is also a die-hard White Sox fan (what else do you need to know to love him?).

  • Favorite breakfast food: Bacon. That is the only acceptable answer.
  • What you wanted to be when you were little: A professional baseball player

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Matt Weeks
Developer

Matt Weeks

As a Developer at One North, Matt works with a strong knowledge of programming technologies and JavaScript libraries to implement full stack development on new and existing projects.

  • Fun fact: I love playing music and songwriting. My main instruments are acoustic and electric guitar.
  • Favorite movie: Wolf of Wall Street

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