Macktez has a talented, educated, and experienced Team.
Michael Horst is our Vice President. He somehow reconciles his background in molecular biochemistry and biophysics with his experience in Mac and Windows network installation and administration. The result is a suite of impressive troubleshooting techniques on projects ranging from financial planning to sea kayaking.
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Noah Landow is our Founder & President. His experience in architecture, print and interactive design, network design and installation, and database development provide a foundation for organizing projects and building collaborative teams. He keeps his head on straight by training in a seriously obscure form of aikijujutsu and by serving on the boards of compelling non-profits like UnionDocs.
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Jeremy Sherber sports a resume comprised of nonlinear professional assignments: graphic designer, FileMaker Developer, playwright, communications strategist, and political campaign manager. His facility for untangling complications into step-by-step actions binds his past roles together and guides his everyday problem-solving routines. As our Senior Consultant for workflow design, Jeremy is just as likely to recommend an employment policy or a good book as he is a software solution while steering clients toward their goals.
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Nate Smith grew up snacking on the Apple IIe, but really developed a taste for Macs when he began using them to create his own music and films. He first joined the Macktez Team in the mid-00s after a stint in the publishing and production worlds and returned to us after a few years touring the world with his band Shy Child. He is now one of our Directors, and continues to insist he is just as happy working on a portable computer as he is disassembling one.
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Ryan Ferguson is a New York native who comes to Macktez as an infrastructure expert. His degree in Communications led him first to many years in the radio industry, but now he brings his ample hands-on experience with cable and wiring to a wide range of projects. He can be found punching holes in walls or crawling around on the floor with tools in hand, all in the name of clean lines, well-dressed cables, and solid connectivity. In his free time he keeps himself active playing Lacrosse over at Pier 40, running, biking, or lifting weights. He also enjoys working on personal home improvements for his apartment in the West Village, where he lives with the best dogs ever.
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Andrew Wilchak is a photographer, writer, and professional technologist who started collecting websites at five years old, and it was only downhill from there as they discovered a love of PCs, Linux, and, finally, MacOS. They seek to live a life defined by symmetrical organization, bright colors, and bad jokes. While in a committed, long-distance relationship with the Catskills, for the moment, they share a Brooklyn apartment with too many books and a very hungry black cat. firstname.lastname@example.org | 646.274.0940
Charles Awe always loved offering new computer tips and tricks to family and friends, earning himself the nickname “Inspector Gadget” growing up. A true sci-fi geek, he has known since watching his first episode of Stargate SG-1 at the age of ten that he wanted to work in technology and help others to integrate it. His background includes study in Psychology and research in Cognitive Neuroscience, focusing on the brain’s ability to learn, store, and recall data — a natural computer. When he’s not working Charles feeds a passion for enriching and inspiring teens by mentoring them in STEM focused programs, and on the rare occasions when you might actually catch him relaxing, make sure to say hello when you pass him on the hiking trail. He’ll be sure to flash you one of his contagious smiles and remind you to #beAWEsome.
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Daryn Swanson, after completing a Master’s Degree in English Literature, naturally found that a career in Technology was the next step. He hit the streets of New York, Ti-Book in hand, and worked as a freelance consultant for 12 years before succumbing to the siren call of Macktez. When he’s not in front of his trusty MacBook Pro, Daryn builds bicycles out of spare parts and tempts fate by riding through the busy streets of Manhattan.
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Devin Staples has walked the blurry line between technology and the humanities his entire life. Many formative childhood hours spent in front of a variety of Quadra’s, Performa’s, and Wintel screens led to a knack for embedding computers in unusual places (for equally unusual tasks). Diverse interests like his reverence for the written word and visual arts propelled him towards wet-lab photography, working for Apple, and volunteer firefighting. He brings a deep, instinctual drive towards perfecting each task to bear on developing solutions for each intriguing new challenge he encounters.
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Erik Smith knew he loved to tinker as a child when he received his first Radio Shack 150-in-1 Electronics kit. And whenever his IBM field engineer of a dad would bring home chunks of mainframe detritus to rip into, it was like a new toy every time. By the early 90s, instead of using his Mac IIci to do his clerical assistant work, he’d tinker with it, leading him to the life of a professional tinkerer. He also collects, sells, and repairs vintage tin toy robots (on the side with is partner) and builds unique lighting sculptures made from up-cycled industrial artifacts.
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Jay Weinstein is a Senior Consultant and our resident FileMaker Developer, with fifteen years of experience developing workflows for all sorts of diverse operations including (but not limited to) the management of music industry assets, design studio projects, and, non-profit memberships, as well as integrating FileMaker with clients’ websites and online publications. When he’s not weaving his way through a labyrinth of databases, you might find Jay absorbed in an urban fantasy novel or experimental novella, photographing the local flora, biking all over Brooklyn and upper Manhattan, or attending a concert and dancing all night long. No average technical consultant, Jay brings his own creative temperament to bear against the stubborn. And against technical difficulties too.
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Mark Weills was born and bred in the Buckeye State of Ohio, a lifelong Mac user with a degree in broadcast production. A freelance art director and graphic designer for 10 years, Mark crossed over into technology while working in television and film production; tired of waiting for others to troubleshoot problems, he learned how to take matters into his own hands. Mark has a passion for live music and a penchant for film photography, snow skiing with his family, skateboards, and the history of punk rock. Because he loves to live dangerously, he does New York Times crossword puzzle daily — in pen.
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Reilly Scull is a natural thinker and tinkerer, and grew up taking apart every gadget he could get his hands on just so he could put them all back together again. These days he’s sporting a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, but has been exploring the ins and outs of Macs since he had baby teeth and has always enjoyed using his skills to save less tech-savvy friends and colleagues from their computer woes. Born and raised in lower Manhattan, when Reilly’s not in front of a keyboard, he’s sure to be found exploring the city he loves by land and sea, racing sailboats on the Hudson and cycling the streets on his super-fast road bike.
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Scott Battaglia has a degree in Organ Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music and on the weekends you can find him in a choir loft playing an eclectic mix of music. Many years of practice and discipline went into using every limb to create a variety of consonance and dissonance, and he applies the same dedication to understanding non-music technologies. Over the years he has taken on roles such as programmer, network architect, conductor, volunteer EMT, actor, tenor, and quite a few others. He loves the wonder and playful exploration needed to integrate widely varied systems and services.
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Sharif Berkeley joins the Team with a B.S. in CGI Engineering and a Masters in Information Systems. Naturally inquisitive, as a kid he drove his parents crazy by taking the household electronics apart just to see what made them work. By the age of fourteen he built his first computer from scratch, and felt as thrilled as a lottery winner when he successfully powered it on. His career has consisted of Cisco technology sales, technology consultancy for the Department of Education, IT management, and systems programming for the City of New York. In his spare time you can find him tinkering in his home lab, experimenting with 3D animation, building websites, playing pool with his local league, and shooting oceanographic photography on his travels.
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Kevin Avila is a cabling technician whose background in fixing and flying airplanes has cultivated a deep appreciation for efficient systems and orderly technology. With Macktez his talent for executing neat, clean installations sometimes finds him contorted into tight spaces and awkward positions, but one zip tie and cable pull at a time he is committed to completing wiring projects with conscientious precision. When he’s not spending time with his family, busy trying to keep up with his energetic young son, Kevin enjoys a wide variety of sports such as baseball, basketball, running, weight lifting, and soccer in order to keep himself active and dextrous.
Riley Castillo is a native of Queens, and comes to Macktez with an enthusiastic hunger for learning and a particular curiosity about how things work. As a Junior Technician, he channels his energy and drive into a wide range of wiring projects with our cabling division, working with the Team to run cables and bring elaborate networks to life. His energetic and active demeanor follows him home from the office, too, and he keeps himself entertained with a variety of hobbies including baseball, football, swimming, and weight lifting.
Stefan Brown comes to us via his hometown in Long Island as a cabling technician, but he has worked in a multitude of fields including the automotive industry, supply chain management, education, sales, entertainment, and even therapeutic medicine. A self-proclaimed jack of all trades, Stefan prides himself on his abilities to quickly learn and master new techniques of all kinds — and his knack for skillful precision shows through in his wide array of hobbies, which include urban landscape photography, and the design and production of men’s accessories like wallets and briefcases.
Christina Patrick rejoins the team as our People and Operations Coordinator, after a brief hiatus. She first fell in love with NYC while performing in an off-Broadway production, enrolling in a music conservatory for performance immediately after and making the city her permanent home. As an artist, Christina has an eye for detail and beauty. Her genuine interest in people and different cultures has given her experience in a variety of exciting industries such as music, film, hospitality, events, fashion, and of course IT. During the past two years she has deepened her yoga practices and followed her passion for travel, visiting Costa Rica, Mexico and Thailand.
Christina’s experience, organizational skills, and the ability to manage her many responsibilities, along with her friendly attitude and warm personality, make us glad to have her back.
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Sara Kelly is the Partners’ Assistant. Years of studying, performing, and teaching classical music and opera have left Sara with a Master’s degree, a passion for the arts, a fluency in French, an affinity for precision and detail, and the ability to calmly handle sudden, unforeseen, and peculiar circumstances with a sense of humor and aplomb. She brings those skills to bear working as Noah and Michael’s right-hand woman on a wide range of Macktez projects. Continued study and performance in music and dance keep Sara on her toes, both literally and figuratively, and help her maintain her focus and calm.
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Lauren Steinmeyer is originally from St. Louis, MO and grew up in a very creative, pro-tech household. Her passion for learning and writing is what drives her through the day, and she now brings those skills, along with a keen eye for for organization, to Macktez as a part of our Operations Team. When she’s not at work, she can be found curled up with a good book and her two cats, or filming and writing for various films and creative projects.
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Dominic Ferrantelli (Los Angeles) learned to read on an IBM PS/2 running DOS. He had his first developer job at sixteen, and has been working in the tech world ever since. His experiences have allowed him to grow into a successful operations engineer with a keen appreciation for the DevOps mindset. Dominic is an Android enthusiast, always excited to tinker with the latest Nexus phone, and when he’s not up to his elbows in tech puzzles, he may be found rebuilding and restoring pinball machines and arcade games, or taking advantage of the California landscape to go rock climbing.
Jumar Osby Habtemariam (Los Angeles) began his path in the US Armed Forces, running a team of elite Army soldiers on Intel missions via a mobile command center. After completing his service, he studied Economics and Chemistry, and then began working at Apple as a certified technician. His resilience for problem solving has drawn him towards IT Consulting on numerous projects in LA, Chicago, NYC, and now back in LA. Jumar’s penchant for travel and his love of film making and music give him the perfect creative outlets to balance his analytical and technical mind. His Zen-like patience allows him to calmly navigate the most tempestuous storms, often without breaking a sweat.
Nicole Bongard (San Francisco) is a Parsons School of Design-trained and accomplished award-winning graphic designer. She combines her experience in design excellence with the skills she acquired training employees in Apple Stores, to assist others in the pursuit of usable technology. In addition to raising her daughter Riley, performing vocals with her band, and sinking balls in the corner pocket down at the local pool hall, she helped to get the national APA league started in SF, playing with one of the first teams in the city.
Lee Corless (London) brings a degree in History to Macktez. He has worked in IT for over two decades in various diverse roles including support, database and web development, technical training and project management. During much of the nineties, he was the IT Consultant for The Law Society of England — Overseeing and coordinating the UK legal professions’ “colourful” transition into the digital age. Lee lives with his wife and five year old daughter in Oxford and commutes to London on a daily or weekly basis. In his occasional moments of spare time, he is a musician, cineaste, soccer fan, gadgeteer, and motorcyclist.
Pete Curtner (Chicago) brings over twenty years’ experience in advertising, graphic design, print production and photography as a creative technology expert, working for organizations as diverse as Ogilvy & Mather, Apple, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living, none of which ever helped him settle the question of whether he was actually a geeky designer or a designer geek. After working for Macktez in New York in 2004, he has recently returned home to handle Macktez business in Chicago. During the summer months you can usually find him racing sailboats on Lake Michigan.