Team. AVANTians do more than simply create beautiful products that work well; we craft engaging experiences. We understand the utility of collaboration and taking direction; as well as trail-blazing to find unique solutions. Above all, we do solid work with integrity.
Founder + Principal
Kemper started AVANT building on a decade of bootstrapping technology teams and directing successful product, brand and campaign initiatives in every industry vertical for some of the world's largest companies and communities. He is passionate about using lean methodologies, design thinking and disruptive technology to improve people's quality of life. Health and wellness, education and engagement initiatives have always been at the forefront of Kemper's professional goals. Kemper is a constant driving force behind inventing and taking product to market for all of our clients and partners. A lifelong lover of quotations, currently his favorite is: "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." He barely maintains a blog at www.kempersolid.com. Learn more about Kemper on LinkedIn.
Manager & Operations
With a background in human resources and project management, business operations and event planning, Gwen possesses strong leadership, communication, and customer service skills. She has worked in a wide range of industries, giving her a broad knowledge base, and a wealth of transferable skills. As a former business owner herself, Gwen is extremely flexible, and understands the day to day needs of a services organization with demanding clients. She is known at AVANT for her positive outlook and "can do" attitude.
Exec. Dir., Technology
Jeremy is an interactive industry veteran who has worked on several showcase projects for companies including but not limited to Microsoft, Adobe, FOX, Intuit, and more. He has an extensive background in all aspects of software development projects: working as a programmer, project manager, and consultant. His skill set includes WPF and WPF/E tools, XAML and C#, .NET, SQL, PHP, SharePoint integration and anything else necessary to deliver cutting edge solutions. Jeremy is also a certified coach focused on team building and individual development and coaching services specializing in high-tech companies.
Director, New Markets
Jon is our resident renaissance man: part marketing executive, film maker, gymnast coach, copywriter, designer ... (and we are sure several other amazing talents). He applies his diverse experience and certified marketing expertise to mastering key objectives of go-to-market strategies: generating hockey stick conversion rates and happy customers (Jon's current SEM campaign record is managing over 1 million keywords). He handles all marketing efforts for clients, partners and products including but not limited to Email and direct marketing, SEM, SEO, product strategy, copywriting, and more. Jon brings a wealth of knowledge to each initiative as an advisory member and shareholder of several Bay Area technology companies, a Stanford B.A. in Communication, and tech startup veteran.
A strong background in both business and design has given Travis a unique combination of expertise that benefits our team and projects. In addition to working with a number of boutique web studios designing consumer-facing websites, he has also created advanced interfaces for large interactive applications offered by companies like Adobe and Microsoft. Travis also provides thought leadership and direction to the rest of the team, ensuring high fidelity design aesthetics are consistent in all of our projects.
JooAh has been a valuable member of the design team at AVANT since our early days. She creates advanced interfaces, logo and brand, illustrations, and generally demonstrates masterful production skills (including animation, video, and front-end coding to name a few). Marketing creative is in JooAh's wheelhouse when the need arises. JooAh also mentors and directs our junior staff and makes sure all of our deliveries are documented and comprehensive. She has been integral on various projects for well known clients such as AT&T, Comcast, Intuit and FrontRange - just to name a few. On her downtime, she loves to try new restaurants around the Bay Area and adorning her tiny pug, Kaui, with the latest threads.
UX / Design Research
Mike provides UX design and quality assurance for our web products and applications. Mike is guided by his curiosity for his surroundings and explores innovative ideas while staying mindful of the environment and the end user. He interweaves his desire for innovation with his innate empathy for the human experience - in order to create user-centered designs across a myriad of media interfaces. User experience is his number one priority from the very beginning of the design process, and his concern for the user's experience aligns itself well with our mission of providing unique & engaging experiences with integrity.
Jun supports our team by assisting with graphic design, UX, motion graphics, video production and general art production. He combines his training in fine art from Osaka University Japan with his knowledge of technology and design from the Academy of Art University San Francisco. This combination places Jun's talent's and abilities in high demand for everything from game design to demo reels. All of this combined with a super positive attitude and constant smile makes Jun a master at balancing a demanding workload with relaxed confidence.
Tyler contributes a wealth of experience in front-end development, systems engineering, and general support with design and technology integration. Tyler is a problem solving wizard: seeing each problem that crosses his screen as a personal challenge to be solved to completion with elegance and forethought. He draws from a deep understanding of front and back-end expertise that takes our products to the next level. Typically, it's that extra-fine layer of "polish" that Tyler contributes to our work and makes using our products fun for clients and customers.
Senior Software Engineer
Viji's leadership, problem solving and analytical skills are an invaluable asset to the development and deployment of innovative web and mobile applications. Her technical abilities with Java and .Net platforms, in addition to Oracle and SQL Server DB, make her a versatile and dynamic developer with much insight to contribute to product development initiatives. Viji's generosity with her time and knowledge makes her a valuable addition to our client / partner product engineering initiatives.
Rick supports our engineering team by assisting with integration and general code production. With a background in game coding and web development, Rick is able to fill lots of unique requests and special requirements throughout the product development process. An ardent technology and coding expert, Rick enthusiastically contributes to our team's ability to succeed with technical solutions. Rick is the first person we will take a photo of as soon as we have time to bring in the photographer again!
Jeremy Eaton leads our Quality Assurance and testing efforts. Jeremy's unique background combined with his technical insights sets the stage for his intuitive and multifaceted perspective on quality for our products. When the opportunity presents itself, Jeremy also demonstrates programming proficiency for front-end code production and various types of technology product integration. Jeremy appears to be happy all of the time and is always smiling - just like he is in this photo.
Kaui is AVANT's mascot where she is adored and receives many belly rubs a day by everyone in the office. She has mastered the famous "sit pretty" command. Kaui eats treats, naps, performs pug-tacious circles around the studio... and did we mention eats treats? Kaui's fashion sense is unparalleled in the office. She also looks like a sausage.