Charlie was supervising a production line at a medical manufacturing firm in the mid-’90s, when businesses were beginning to recognize that the Internet might be more than a fad. Charlie co-assembled the company’s online team, which investigated building its first web site and introduced the workforce to email. Sensing the vast potential of these new tools, Charlie left to launch his own web services business. WRIS (Western Reserve Internet Services) outgrew Charlie’s house in less than a year, and has continued to expand, necessitating several moves and lots of hires. Charlie still manages the growing company and as many client relations as possible.
Senior Web Architect
Adam, a Kent State University alumnus, has been a Senior Architect at WRIS since early 2008. His Art Education degree and past work experience in Kent’s IT department helped cultivate an interest in computers, resulting in a new appreciation for web development. After graduating, Adam was a senior programmer at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School for 7 years. After meeting Bonny Lafave, he began contracting with WRIS for a year before accepting a full-time position on the team. Adam’s role at WRIS is to keep up on the latest trends in technology, advancing his knowledge and skills to foster growth and innovation. Although mainly a ColdFusion developer, he continually researches other programming languages and techniques to stay on top of his craft. Because of his art background, Adam recognizes the importance of balancing good design and functionality; he strives to turn good ideas into great ideas.
Documentation Specialist / Project Management
Salli grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Kent State University. She graduated with a degree in advertising and spent the next several years at advertising agencies in the area. Once she made the move into the web development sector, she spent time at some top area web firms. Eventually she joined the WRIS team as senior project manager. Then several years and 2 children later, Salli transitioned to her current role. She is involved in the creation of project plans and is responsible for proposal and quote development. In addition to handling Quality Assurance and usability testing on client projects, Salli is involved with Search Engine Marketing efforts.
Sandy grew up in Seattle and graduated with a BA from The Evergreen State College and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. After completing her degrees, she began working at Intel in Portland, Oregon and remained there for the next thirteen years. While at Intel, Sandy helped to develop www.intel.com and managed the content in the ‘desktop board’ section of the site. When she moved to Cleveland three years ago, Sandy began working remotely for Advanced Supply Chain International (ASCI), an Anchorage, Alaska based company. She assisted ASCI in ColdFusion and SQL development. Sandy joined WRIS in June of 2010 as a web architect, and hopes to continue working in ColdFusion and learning state-of-the-art web programming.
Financial and Office Manager
Debbie Kistner was born and raised in the greater Cleveland area and attended Cleveland State University. After graduating, she found employment at a law firm. Starting as an Accountant, she moved into the Firm Administrator role where she managed all aspects of the firm, including finances, human resources and office management. In May 2009, Debbie began working at WRIS as the Financial Manager, effectively managing the office as well as handling all of the company finances. Debbie enjoys the vastly different environment at WRIS and the plans that she is making for the future and growth of the company.
Jake was born and raised in Salem, Ohio and attended Kent State University. Starting out in Sales and IT at a small IT firm in Columbus Ohio he realized his passion for technology. During his education he has acquired internships in web development and networking until finally landing as an operations supervisor at WRIS, where he is running the Small Business Division's operations. Jake is also a professional golfer who in his spare time loves to compete in local PGA events.
UI/UX Engineer, Full Stack Web Developer
Jakob, the youngest member of the WRIS team grew up with a love for computers and the Internet. He's been programming since he was 7 years old and at one point built a server to host a popular video game in his childhood home. Prior to joining WRIS he interned at a 300+ employee company in India where he contributed to the development of two custom WordPress applications. Jakob is a member of the WRIS' Small Business Division and is responsible for both UI development and PHP programming.
Since 1999, Chris has been working with ColdFusion and building web applications. He graduated from Barry university with a BS in IT and ran his own web hosting and development business for 7 years. He has supported customers from the corner restaurant to NASA and everything in between. Chris takes pride in delivering the right solution to every customer need no matter how big or small.
When we hired Brad, we got an ace. Literally...he's an Adobe Certified Expert, or ACE. He's also worked with former employers like The Federal Reserve and Harvard, spent time as an instructor for organizations like NASA, and has a list of skills and certifications a mile long. Oh, and he also wrote his own ColdFusion MVC framework. But even with his impressive resume, he says his most important job in life is being a Dad. Which makes sense since his favorite expression came from his own dad: "The impossible takes a little longer." We think that outlook bodes well for our clients.
With close to 20 years of experience, Jim is no stranger to diving into a project, getting his hands dirty, and finding solutions. He's worked with several impressive organizations in various capacities from straightforward programming to more complex analysis and development. As a member of the WRIS team, Jim will be working as a web architect on both new and current ColdFusion projects. The addition of Jim means WRIS now has 4 employees based in sunny Florida...we definitely think a team meeting down there is in order.
Craig is a native of Tampa, FL, grew up in Canada and graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After a successful career in the insurance claims industry where he rose to manage a regional branch for a major third party work comp administrator, Craig switched careers to web application development in 1998. He has worked in every role found in your typical small development firm from developer through owner. He creates web applications with Coldfusion and MySQL or SQL Server back end databases and currently lives in Woodstock, GA.
While it appears there isn't much Alvin can't do, as a partner with WRIS Web Services his focus is on design, user interface and front-end development. He's worked on projects for all types of clients including those with our Small Business Division. A native of Venezuela, Alvin now makes his home in Florida and we're glad he's part of our team.
Search Optimization and ColdFusion Development Partner
A Mentor native, Craig now lives in Willoughby with his wife and two girls. He received his undergraduate degree and MBA at Lake Erie College. He is a serial entrepreneur who started his own business in 1994 when he was just 18 years old. Ever since then, he has developed, built and sold a number of websites and applications over the years. Craig currently manages the search engine optimization program at WRIS.
Marketing & Design Partner
Mallory graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Journalism and a concentration in Photography. While at her first position as a graphic designer, she took advantage of resources available to learn everything she could about design applications and programs, and found herself anxious to move on to something bigger and better. She advanced through a series of graphic design positions and eventually found herself at WRIS, where she was VP of sales and marketing for six years. Following a brief hiatus to welcome a son and daughter, Mallory decided to devote herself to her family and her professional life by starting her own design company, Mallory Taylor Design. Fortunately for WRIS, this allows her to continue working with us as a strategic design and marketing partner. Mallory’s passion for helping clients create the foundations for their marketing ventures and the quality of her work makes her a valuable partner.
Network, Server & Technical Support Partner
Art has been offering trusted technical support to WRIS and many of our clients for several years. His expertise includes network and server administration in our hosting facility, as well as individual computer IT support for our employees. He helps our clients by managing the configuration, upkeep and reliable operation of their computer systems and networks. Art is an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan and goes to as many games as he can, sometimes with WRIS owner, Charlie Meyers in tow.
Graphic Design Partner
Drew was raised in Wisconsin and moved to Northeast Ohio for the first time to attend Kent State University. After graduating in 1993, Drew moved to Aspen, Colorado to design with Burrows Bonds Communications and Aspen Magazine. After a year, Drew joined Structure, a division of the Limited, Inc. as a member of the company’s first complete in-house design and marketing team. He then moved on to Becker Design in Milwaukee, working directly with clients such as Gatorade, Kohler and Healthy Choice. Drew made his final return to Ohio in 1996 when he joined the Interlink New Media team as Art Director, where he became familiar with web design. Drew moved on to Karen Skunta & Company as a Senior Designer before starting his own company, Boom Creative, in 2002. Drew began working with WRIS in May of 2009, bringing a different design offering to WRIS clients. He believes that the cohesive bond that has been created between him and the WRIS team leads to excellent design and development, giving the client the best possible product.
Frank W. Lewis
Frank has been a freelance writer, editor and consultant since 2010. Prior to that he worked in journalism for 20 years, serving most recently as editor of Cleveland Scene and Cleveland Free Times. He brings a journalist’s curiosity, instincts and precision to content marketing. He works with both B2B and B2C clients, businesses and nonprofits. The details vary, but the mission is always the same: building a unique and vibrant online presence. Originally from Philadelphia, Frank and his family moved to Northeast Ohio in 2003.