Simon has been consulting in visual design and user interface for Fortune 500 and Entertainment companies for the last twenty years. For the first eight years of his career Simon established himself as a design and creative consultant in New York City for some of the largest entertainment and financial companies in the world.
Prior to starting SiteGoals, Simon launched several new media companies. His last company, Ember Media Corporation, introduced the original CD-ROM business card (the "DigiCard") to North America and maintained a high-profile media development company to provide their clients with the development of interactive corporate communications delivered online and on the 'DigiCard'.
Notable clients from his past include a five-year relationship as Citibank's in-house creative director for the corporate communications department and the design and production of hundreds of trading cards for Time/Warner's daughter company DC Comics. Additional clients Simon Erich has worked with include: Mastercard International, American Express, Nickelodeon, HBO, Showtime Inc., The United Nations, Miller Brewing Company, Estée Lauder, RIHGA Royal Hotels, Marvel Comics Group, Sony Online, R/Greenberg Associates, Newsweek, Spin Magazine, Nortel Networks, Emerging Markets Television, Dow Jones & Company, Klemtner Advertising/Saatchi & Saatchi, and ESPN Classics.
An Austin native, Simon enjoys Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, archery, poetry, comics and video games. In 2006, Simon was selected by Nintendo Entertainment Company to be the Austin Ambassador for Nintendo (Yes, that's a real title). This also confirms he's a total geek.
Growing up in Pflugerville, James is practically an Austin original. He's always had a creative mind and expressed himself through drawing. College was never really appealing for James until a random commercial for Collins College of Graphic Design appeared on his television one summer day. He was sold instantly on this animation/graphic design opportunity even after finding out it was in the middle of the Arizona desert!
Returning home in 2003, starting his own company wasn't quite doing it for him, so after some soul searching, he was presented with the opportunity to work with his awesome friend Kyle Sanders.
Now, James is the full-time design lead for SiteGoals and having tons of fun!
Hobbies & Interests:
Jesus, Japanese Culture and Language, Drifting/Racing/Modifying and anything else to do with cars, Video Games, Family and Friends, Meeting New People, Traveling, Food, Music, Outdoors and Fun.
Grow with SiteGoals over the next five to ten years with the dream to move to and open a branch of SiteGoals in Japan.
Nothing says Texas native like a pair of worn in cowboy boots, and nothing says Austin like a breakfast taco covered in queso and Lauren tries to combine the two as often as possible. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Lauren is no stranger to the city’s weird combinations of tradition and the bizarre. Having a passion for music, Lauren pursued a degree in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin in hopes of working in the music/film world. Along with film classes, Lauren took some programming classes, including Java Programming, and two separate language classes (Hebrew and Ancient Greek). After numerous internships and jobs (including assistant editing a U2 music video), Lauren felt completely let down by the industry. She took a position at a Downtown Austin hotel as Convention Services Manager (event & meeting planner), and after planning too many meetings and dealing with her fair share of Bridezillas, she knew her creativity & love of organization needed to be fostered in a different environment.
SiteGoals is a great fit for Lauren, as it is a wonderfully creative environment, small and easy to manage, and spreads across many fields beyond simply web-design. She is so happy to be onboard and part of this great staff and company.
Outside of her professional life, Lauren started her own Classic Rock/hard rock/metal music blog which includes album reviews from her own collection and interviews with musicians and folks from the music world. When not talking about rock, Lauren is playing bass (which she has played for 14 years), volunteering at Girls and Ladies Rock Camps in Austin and dancing in her living room with her wonderful husband, Will.
Cody was born and raised between Central and East Texas. For as long as he can remember he has been making websites, illustrating, playing in new technologies, and taking stuff apart (and eventually putting it back together.) He made his first applications, equation evaluators and games, on a TI-83 during Algebra class when he was 11. After it was taken away, he migrated to more common fare in linux and lego mindstorms.
Cody earned a degree in Graphic Arts & Photography to soothe his creative side, but has always had a need for more left-brained activities. He is less a CSS ninja and more of a front-end mad scientist -- putting code and technologies together in creative ways to meet expectations only an agency of SiteGoals' caliber could qualify.
Prior to SiteGoals Cody was the lone developer for one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies in Austin, photographer for a top socialite magazine and weddings, and designed computer labs and darkrooms for campuses and schools.
He loves puzzle games, resurrecting old electronics, drawing, photography, rom cooking, cooking shows, trivia and hot weather.
Marketing strategist and self-professed “word nerd” Jenny Magic leads SiteGoals’ content strategy department. Under her guidance, the SiteGoals team of content developers helps clients get clear about their target audience and craft tailored website and social media content.
Jenny loves to speak and teach about online marketing. She is a contributor to the Content Marketing Institute, was a presenter at the 2012 Content Marketing World conference, hosts the Austin Content Marketing Meetup, and is a member of the BlogathonATX advisory board.
Jenny is also is the founder and principal of Better Way to Say It, a content marketing firm based in Austin, Texas.
She served on the board of the Association for Women in Communication – Austin Chapter, and served as President-Elect of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – San Diego Chapter. She is also a visiting instructor at the University of San Diego, teaching courses on Content Marketing and Branding Strategy in the Corporate & Professional Education department.
Her professional background includes Inbound Marketing Professional Certification, Social Marketing Associate Certification from the eMarketing Association, and a certificate in Direct Marketing from the DMA. In her spare time you’ll find her hosting book club, mentoring college marketing students, taking in a yoga class or enjoying Austin with her husband and young son.
"Sweet" John Muehlbauer
Social Media Manager M.D.
John “Sweet John” Muehlbauer makes your typical “early adopter” look like a laggard - from the days of running a "BBS" on a Commodore 64 from the family phone line, to helping people find their flights at the airport using the first wireless handheld device, Sweet John has always been ahead of the curve.
John has always been intrigued at learning new ways to communicate. If there’s a new platform to be explored he is on it, experimenting with unique ways that it can be used.
His experience with companies like SXSW, AT&T Wireless, and T-Mobile has given him rare insight into mobile technologies, experimental products, and the ever-changing world of social media. His passion for the unexplored and an excitement for new products and concepts leaves most of us struggling to keep up.
In his spare time you will find him active in the XBOX Live community, taking photographs around town, or in the park with his two dogs.
Zeke Brill has been creating web-based entertainment and rich media marketing solutions for high profile clients since the World Wide Web first appeared on the public radar. The first Grand Clio Interactive for Rich Media Advertising was awarded to a series of interactive webverts that Zeke developed with Ogilvy & Mather, and Compound Inc. for IBM. As head of his own interactive design agency, Zeke developed several games for MTV.com to promote on-air content; including the MTV Video Music Awards. He developed officially licensed web ports of classic SEGA and Atari arcade games for AtomShockWave.com. Other projects of note include highly successful viral web games for both Xerox and AT&T.
After consulting for many years, Zeke took a position as Director of Game Development for Heavy.com, one of the most cutting edge, and influential entertainment sites on the web – and one of the only sites of its kind to survive, and thrive, to this day. In 2001, I.D. Magazine featured 2 of the games Zeke developed for Heavy.com in its yearly interactive design review. Prior to joining the SiteGoals team, Zeke served as a Project Lead in the Games Division for IGT, the largest manufacturer of gaming systems in the world, where he co-authored several game design patents.