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Lawrence Griffith
CEO
Lawrence has been breaking new ground in digital for more than 15 years. Leading diverse digital and social initiatives for companies like Procter & Gamble, Hasbro Inc. and Nokia, Lawrence is an innovator having founded three successful businesses. A serial entrepreneur, he has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Who's Who, Bloomberg Businessweek, and National Public Radio.
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Adrian Delancy
CTO
Adrian has developed and managed all facets of technology from optics to wireless communications and from energy sustainability to information technology. A master of the software development life cycle, he completed scientific research and development on major projects for institutions such as Purdue, Harvard, Princeton, and Accenture.
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Vikas Wadhwa
CIO
Vikas has over a decade of experience in information technology consulting and management. He also possesses deep creativity and a love of innovation—Vikas is the founder of several film and video production companies working on projects for such companies as Allstate, Accenture, and Slalom Consulting.
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Jerry Caggiano
CMO
As an Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett and as Chief Creative Officer of his own advertising agency, Jerry has managed brands that rely on using many media channels to reach their audience: webisodes, social, branded entertainment, ambient media, DRTV and direct mail on top of a steady diet of print, television and outdoor. He has led award-winning campaigns for clients like General Motors, U.S. Army Recruitment, Procter & Gamble, and Allstate Insurance.
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David Thierry
CDO
As a former big advertising agency Creative Director, and Chief Creative Officer of his own advertising agency, David Thierry has a long history of being a conceptual and literate art director who challenges himself and teammates to achieve the best possible outcome. He has an exceptional visual and graphic sense and brings a passion for design to all of his work. He has led award-winning work for clients like Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and A-1 Steak Sauce.
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Alan Tsao
EVP - Finance & Revenue
Alan is a seasoned financial executive who has led small to large finance and accounting teams for billion dollar divisions at such companies as Nielsen, Kraft, Tenneco Automotive, and Pentair. Alan specializes in business analytics, revenue optimization, corporate due diligence, process excellence, and mergers & acquisitions. His passion is in driving the top and bottom lines of the P&L through strong financial and accounting stewardship.
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Mary Cleveland
EVP - Organizational Development
Mary is an excellent business woman with an extensive career in for-profit and non-profit operations. She has experience in business development, management, analysis and human resources. She has started multiple businesses in the service and digital industries and is an active advocate for healthcare innovation. Mary has an empowering approach to business that makes her a shoe-in at DF!
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Jason Young
SVP - Experiential Content
Jason is extremely passionate about developing immersive & engaging experiences through his mastery of cinematic storytelling and technology strategy. With 27+ years experience in the field of cinema production, app development and digital marketing, this seasoned creative executive searches for industry pain points to design luxury ecosystems that connect brands to their customers for conversion.
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Joseph Sadaka
VP - Product Development and Deployment
Joe has been driving technological innovation and continuous improvement initiatives for several years. He's a self-taught analyst who is team oriented with experience scripting in multiple languages including Python, SQL, Pl/SQL, C++. Joe's ability to juggle projects with precision has led to success at numerous companies including MSE-solutions, Bayer Material Science, and Westinghouse.​
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Vivek Wadhwa
Director - Product Deployment
Vivek has over 15 years of IT experience. His passion for technology parallels his dedication to apply and deploy it for Digital Factory and its clients. With his extensive background in computer and mobile technology, Vivek has served as principle network engineer for three of the largest computer software companies in the U.S.
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Mike Obrzut
Senior Client Engagement Manager
Michael is an expert in business development in sales. He has a diverse portfolio reaching desired audiences of big box brands, local businesses and smartphone applications. Michael’s ability to incentivize consumer/brand engagement digitally makes him a vital part of Digital Factory.
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Patrice Brown
EVP - Revenue
With over 20 years of experience in sales & marketing, Patrice has an impressive and successful background in developing client strategy, project and change management, goal setting, retention, recruiting, organizational leadership and training.She is also a certified contract advisor from State of Ohio Athletic Commission. Patrice graduated with a bachelors in communications management from the University of Dayton and she holds a masters from the University of Phoenix. Patrice's work experience proves that she is capable of leading, managing, developing, and executing strategies that are powerful and effective to any business.
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Surya Balarajan
Android Developer
Suryadevi has a background in app development and has worked for many international brands. She has led mobile development projects in the Healthcare and Food industry and has created coding for various applications. Suryadevi brings a valuable, diverse skill set to Digital Factory.
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Aviral Srivastava
Project Management Associate
Aviral is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon University where he earned his masters in management information systems. His phenomenal background revolves mostly around technology and computer science & engineering. Aviral also has a profound and solid experience in product creation, engineering and software development. Aviral's latest experience involves creating a product roadmap, writing user stories and prioritizing the product backlogs for the payment division based on the requirements and modifications requested by the clients at HighRadius Technologies. Aviral is an intelligent and hardworking young individual who is capable of working in a high performance environment.
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Yangge Hu
Software Engineer
Yangge is a user focused individual with high attention to detail. He has created user interaction designs for MTS mobile application and worked with design teams to better improve user experience of various Dell and Alienware products. With several years experience in user research, user testing, and focus groups Yangge is here to ensure users receive a seamless experience.
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Jason McVey
Web Developer
Jason has a background in computer science and marketing, which helps him bridge the gap between technology and business. He has started a marketing agency and has extensive website development experience. Jason also has worked for both a corporate team at TCF Bank and many nonprofits and startups.
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Geena Jacobson
Human Resources Associate
Geena is certified in Human Resource Management. She has worked and volunteered for multiple organizations as an administrator for talent recruitment and employee development. Geena is great at getting people together to work towards a greater goal. Her people person personality fits well into DF’s culture.
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Gani ‘Lanre Akorede
Human Resources Associate
Gani is vastly experienced in Human Resources operations functions and has provided project and team management in fast-paced environments. He has successfully consulted, developed and managed HR application regulations, policies, hiring processes and employee/supervisor assessments for multiple international organizations. Gani is a team-oriented leader and DF is excited to have him!
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Aleya James
Chief of Staff
Aleya is chief of staff at Digital Factory. Throughout her career, she has gained many areas of expertise in strategic business planning & development, operations management, and crisis management just to name a few. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Arts Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College. At Columbia College, Aleya was actively part of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Media & Entertainment, Inc. She demonstrated her leadership qualities as a life skills coordinator at Covenant House of California when she helped by turning around underperforming operations, programming through team leadership and by building key alliances and implementing quality control management systems.
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Johana Cantor
Human Resources Associate
Johana is a human resources associate at Digital Factory. As a professional in Science of Communications from the University of Pamplona, Johana is a goal-oriented, passionate, and creative young woman with a very diverse background in mass media, sales, and recruitment. She has worked for several organizations both in Colombia and the U.S. In Colombia, she worked as a news anchor and journalist, and in the U.S she worked as a college recruiting assistant, radio announcer, sales associate, and membership director at organizations such as Trident Tech, Norsan Media, Marshalls, and LA Fitness. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC majoring in business administration, and she expects to graduate in 2021.
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Enrique Rivero
Sr. Mgr Finance and Accounting
Enrique hails from an Accounting background and specializes in analysis, financial reports, and auditing. He also has solid ground floor experience in bookkeeping. With Enrique’s extensive Accounting knowledge, he is a great asset to the Digital Factory team.
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Ahmed Refaat
Digital Content Designer
Ahmed is a Graphic Designer with professional experience in 3D design, CGI, games, traditional art, and more. He has provided VFX on numerous television shows, including NCIS, designed websites for the Embassy of Egypt in Guatemala and the Consulate General of Egypt in Chicago, and has worked on texture mapping 3D visuals for clients in his previous roles.
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Sara Guttman
Digital Marketing Associate
Sara has an eye for creativity. She has years of experience as a freelance Graphic Designer, Gallery Assistant, Event Coordinator and Program Facilitator. She is passionate about food and environmental sustainability. Sara’s multimedia artistry makes her a great addition to the Marketing team.
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Ji-Hyon Kwon
Financial Analyst
Ji-Hyon is a self-driven business analyst. She has experience collecting data and determining information such as expected maintenance costs, analyzing unstructured data, and visualizing data. Ji-Hyon’s positive attitude and passion for research makes her a great addition to the DF team.
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Maliik Cleveland
Software Engineer — Python Webservice API
Maliik is an aspiring software engineer who has the gifted ability of speaking multiple programming languages. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in Python, C/C++, R, Java, MySQL, PHP, and Apache UIMA Ruta just to name a few. Maliik is also a fresh graduate from the University of California where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. At his most recent internship, he built pipelines for extracting overlooked health data from medical records using CLAMP. Maliik’s previous projects involved creating process control blocks & designing SQL databases.
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Brendan Reidy
Social Media Analyst
Brendan is a current broadcasting & advertising student at Western Illinois University. He is a charming and passionate young sports announcer, interviewer, and leader who is actively involved in many of his university campus’s clubs. He is the president of the PR & Marketing Club at WIU, a host at Leatherneck Insider, and a broadcaster at ESPN. Brendan’s hard work and dedication has earned him multiple awards in his field proving that he is an ambitious and creative individual. He is Digital Factory’s new LinkedIn analyst.
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Katherine Wang
Social Media Analyst
Katherine has a very robust & impressive background in international business, economics, marketing research, data analysis, and programming. She is currently finishing her graduate studies in Marketing Analytics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Katherine is very experienced with achieving calculated results through building simulated models and analysing competitors & shopping behaviors for well-known brands such as Lancôme, L’Oreal, and Alibaba in her previous internships. Her background proves her to be meticulous and very detailed oriented. She is Digital Factory’s newest Facebook analyst.
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Jacob Lee
Financial Analyst
Jacob is a FMC certified financial analyst at Digital Factory. His impressive technical skills revolve around Java, Python, and Microsoft Excel. Jacob is a fresh graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in computer science. He presently interns at Allied First Bank where he handles financial operations of the company’s lending department. Actively involved in student organizations, Jacob is also the internal vice president at his university fraternity.
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Zack Miskie
Social Media Analyst
Zack is a talented young photographer & videographer who is passionate about connecting with people in all areas of creativity. He graduated with a Bachelor's in business management from Colorado Mesa University. Self-driven by his creativity and skills in Adobe, Zack works hard to produce high resolution photos & beautiful videos for people of all backgrounds such as musicians, corporations including NFL executives, and property management companies. He is Digital Factory’s new Instagram analyst.
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Prasanna Vengatesh Venkataraman
Social Media Analyst
Prasanna is an academically brilliant student & young engineer who is currently working on completing his graduate studies at UIC where he is majoring in Management Information Systems. Prasanna worked on several data driven projects. His most recent project involved acquiring data and analyzing the performance of Spirit Airlines against its competitors. Prasana also worked as a systems engineer at Tata Consulting Services. His impressive technical background in programming, data analysis, and electronics engineering allows him to be capable of learning new things, solving problems and analyzing data effectively. He is Digital Factory’s new Twitter analyst.
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Bill Xiong
Financial Analyst
Bill has a diverse background as a financial professional. He has prior experience in investment banking, data analytics and financial advising. He has done research and analysis for large companies in the Chicago and New York City markets. Bill is currently a candidate for Masters’ in Computational Finance. He is a great fit as a Finance and Account Analyst at DF.
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Nadeem Alqerem
Digital Writer
Nadeem is a creative digital writing intern at Digital Factory. He is a recent honors graduate from Roosevelt University with a burning passion and desire for developing new skills and accumulating knowledge in the dynamic field of Marketing. Nadeem is skilled in digital marketing, SEO, copywriting, and email marketing. He also enjoys writing and generating ideas for content creation.
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Arthur Santoro
Creative Designer
Arthur is a gifted graphic designer and illustrator who is highly skilled at digital photography, photo editing, studio lighting, and documentation. He also studies communication design at Washington University in St. Louis where he also works as a Digital Printing Lab Monitor. As a leader, Arthur is a rock climbing camp counselor at Lakeshore Academy where he facilitates various physical activities for groups of children. Back in high school, Arthur was team captain of his track and field team where he held the title of All-State, All-Conference, and All-American honors. He is Digital Factory’s new creative designer.
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Sophia Alessia
Human Resources Associate
Sophia is a human resources associate at Digital Factory. Her positive attitude is geared towards her desire to work in a people-centric environment, vast human resource development and human resource management knowledge with a knack for providing an employee friendly environment. Sophia is majoring in Human Resource Development with a minor in Human Resource Development at Purdue University. She is a director of membership selection and committee chairmen at her university sorority. She is also a Freshii Team Member at Freshii where she answers customer questions while creating a customer friendly environment.
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Ridhi Shah
Software Engineer - Python Webservice API
Ridhi is a fresh data science graduate from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her academic and professional background is exceptionally impressive. She’s familiar with over 15 computer languages programming. Ridhi is highly dedicated to achieving her roles and responsibilities towards her goals with a can-do attitude. She is very passionate about learning new tools and technologies. When she was in the college of engineering, she realized that she was driven to solve challenges and problems that make a big impact on people’s lives. There is where her interest in data science developed and where she moved forward to becoming a data scientist. Her most recent project involves predicting patients’ survival using Machine Learning and Statistical Methods on 130,000+ hospital ICU visits.
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Zheng Tian
Creative Designer
Zheng is an outstanding UI/UX design student who has a very unique background in design & engineering. He is currently a graduate student majoring in Engineering Design & Innovation at Northwestern University. His impressive background merges both the technical and creative worlds. He specializes in UX design, User Interface Design, and product design just to name a few. Zheng has worked on many design projects where he was successfully capable of designing chatbots, ecommerce design packages, and electronic medical dispensers with top corporations such Procter & Gamble and Feeding America, a nonprofit organization. Zheng is Digital Factory’s newest creative designer.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

At Digital Factory, we believe that all people have untapped gifts of talent that only need a helping hand to unlock. Training and education are keys to growing future leaders of the community, regardless of race, color, or creed. To this end, we are committed to working with local, underserved communities, colleges, and universities to lift up those individuals who have the work ethic, the drive, the heart, and the big dream. We hire local for a reason -- We Believe.

60
YEARS
of combined tech expertise in creating and managing multimillion-dollar, mission-critical projects.
75
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of combined marketing and advertising experience ranging from fortune 100 clients to tech startups.
40
YEARS
of combined analytic experience managing, developing design and procedures for metric reports and market analysis.
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