Ryan Eudy
Chief Executive Officer
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Ryan

"Hates to lose"

  • I once traveled to China for two days
  • I've caddied on the Celebrity Golf Tour
  • I am super competitive

Since joining ej4 in 2005, Ryan has operated in every facet of the business. It is this experience that Ryan utilizes to manage ej4’s daily operations. Ryan offers innovative solutions and has a unique understanding of matching client needs with the right performance improvement tools to change targeted behaviors.

Ryan is fiercely competitive and incredibly fast. If you can beat him in Ping-Pong we will knock 10% off your contract.

 

Tom Lynch
Chief Technology Officer
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Tom

"Shhhh, he's coding"

  • My first website was created on GeoCities in 1998
  • I was a contestant on an internet game show called Gold Rush
  • When I retire from programming, I want to be a farmer

Tom started as the first developer of the ej4 platform in 2004. Since then, Tom has developed multiple versions of ej4, countless Client versions, eCommerce solutions, and the new knowledge-sharing platform, Thinkzoom. His passion and focus on technology have helped keep ej4 in the forefront of video-based technology and communication platforms.

As most CTO’s are, Tom is driven by the latest techno gadget. Be careful, he will mock your old phone.

Kathy Irish
Director of Operations
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Kathy

"Resident pastry chef"

  • Voted Best Laugh and Best Smile in High School
  • I am an avid baker
  • I hate shopping

Kathy joined ej4 in 2007 as our first Instructional Designer. She has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, Training and Organizational Development. In addition to managing and planning ej4’s yearly new content development, Kathy also oversees all the production on updates (both legal and style-wise) to current off-the-shelf content.

Kathy can reach just about anything in a 10-foot radius. Need to dust off that training manual from the top shelf? Kathy can reach it and then transform it into a great training series.

Paul Russell
Founder
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Paul

"Jet-Setter extraordinaire"

  • I have been fired twice in my life. I probably should have been fired four times.
  • I have visited 119 countries. More to come
  • I lost 80 pounds and kept it off by cutting carbs and walking a lot

Paul Russell is the founder and sole owner of ej4. Coupling broadcast television experience with leader-led training as principal at Russell Training Group, Inc., he re-engineered multi-day seminar learning into low-cost, online, curriculum-based, short-form, green-screen video learning.

In his spare time, Paul travels the globe and has hit over 100 countries. Go ahead, ask him his favorite place.

Chris Scherting
Director of Marketing
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Chris
  • I worked on a cruise ship for a year out of college and traveled the west coast of North America through the Panama Canal and into the lower Caribbean.
  • I watch a lot of TV, Netflix, etc, so we probably have a show in common we can talk about.
  • I can still do a cartwheel.
Ken Diekemper
Vice President of Sales
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Ken
  • In a family of 12 kids, I am the only one that is left-handed. Contrary to what my big sister says, I don't think I'm adopted. 
  • I once won $1000 in a call-in comedy show on Sirius/XM, judged by Lewis Black and Gilbert Gottfried.
  • I was an extra in the film "Up In The Air," and ate lunch with Jason Bateman and George Clooney (he likes honeydew melon).
Adam Bowen
Sr. Application Developer
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Adam
  • It took me four years to realize I was just getting a Math degree because I liked the pretty pictures.
  • Despite starting off with the original 151, my favorite Pokémon is Feraligatr.
  • Lately, I feel like most of my free time is spent looking at pictures of chickens on Instagram.
Akta Bradshaw
Graphic Designer
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Akta
  • I was born in Zambia, Africa.
  • I grew up in a motel that my parents owned.
  • Beyoncé is my spirit animal.
Amy Grojean
Art Director
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Amy
  • I was goth in high school and I'm still goth on the inside.
  • I hate the color purple, but The Color Purple is my favorite movie.
  • In retirement, I hope to run a feline ranch somewhere in the South.
Brittany Nissen
Graphic Designer
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Brittany
  • I studied Spanish for 4 years and Japanese for 5. I understand more Spanish than I can speak, and I speak more Japanese than I can read! I'm not really fluent in either but can hold a polite conversation about the weather, food, and shopping. I've been to Mexico once and Japan twice.
  • I like to play roller derby and have skated with 3 different leagues. The furthest I've traveled to play was to Des Moines, Iowa (in the middle of winter!).
  • I belong to a scooter gang! I like to ride scooters and motorcycles and I have two Vespas. My club organizes group rides around town, and sometimes we go to rallies in other cities. 
Chris Bingham
Video Editor
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Chris
  • Though I learned to fly as a kid, I'm deathly afraid of heights.
  • I was electrocuted and survived. 
  • I played in an amateur paintball team.
Cole Hieronymus
Studio Manager
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Cole
  • I directed my first short film in 2015 and it was accepted into SLIFF.
  • I've lost 75 pounds, without a day in the gym, lots of fruits and veggies. 
  • I enjoy thrift shopping, reading, meditating, and astronomy.
Emily Hennessy
Learning Consultant
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Emily
  • I love all animals and aspire to own a llama and mini horse farm.
  • I have a slim cat named Fatter and a fat dog named Slim.
  • I have traveled to almost 200 different cities in the US, all by car, thanks to one of my old jobs.
Emily Koehler
Marketing Coordinator
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Emily
  • I lived in Paris for four months to study at a French university (and to eat lots of croissants and cheese).
  • I met Carly Rae Jepsen at a bar in New York City.
  • I love to bake and even have my own baking Instagram!
Jamie Wagner
Campus Administrator
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Jamie
  • I used to sing in a band and also played the drums for several years.
  • I worked as a radio DJ in St. Louis after college.
  • I have an alter ego named Nancy Carbunkle.
John Bick
Sales Executive
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John
  • I have run the Chicago (2x), New York, and Marine Corps marathons.
  • I am very lucky when it comes to claw machines.
  • I once had dinner with Lamar Hunt.
Josh Dayan
Applications Developer
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Josh
  • I have two dogs. One is 9 pounds and the other is 90 pounds.
  • I used to play collegiate Ultimate Frisbee.
  • I prefer salty over sweet.
Kate Heying
Graphic Designer
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Kate
  • I'm so laid back that I'm practically lying down.
  • Restaurants always mess up my order.
  • I don't like hugs.
Kelly Elliot
Campus Administrator
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Kelly
  • I worked at Canyon Ranch, which is a world-renowned spa with celebrity clientele.
  • I started a snow ski club at my high school, which sits in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.
  • I am in the movie "Boys on the Side" (Drew Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg), and was actually paid $300 for my appearance.
Kyle O'Brien
Marketing Technologist
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Kyle
  • My science fair project came in 3rd place.
  • I trained my dog to open and close the fridge.
  • My favorite spot in the world is the Cliffs of Moher.
Louie Scherting
Head of Bark-eting
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Louie
  • I am a Shih Tzu mix rescue.
  • I love my job in employee relations and as trash inspector.
  • I only go #2 on walks, not in my own yard.
Mandy Owen
Director of Content Development
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Mandy
  • I have a twin brother. No, we are not identical, it doesn't usually work that way.
  • My husband and I are perfecting our juggling tricks. We hope to join the circus within a year.
  • My cat, Zelda, follows me around begging for asiago bread.
Marie Jowett
Accountant
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Matt Mullins
Graphic Designer
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Matt
  • I hustle wheel thrown pottery that I handcraft.
  • The worst thing I ever did was run a 100-mile race.
  • I always buy Legos for my kids but they are really for me.
Melissa Schmidt
Graphic Designer
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Melissa
  • I enjoy cooking and love trying new yet simple recipes.
  • I danced competitively for 14 years and wanted to be a choreographer when I was younger.
  • I used to play the piano and had Fur Elise memorized. I don't remember it now, but I can still play a mean rendition of "Heart and Soul."
Michelle Nutting
Script Writer
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Michelle
  • I can name all the 50 states and their capitals in under 6 minutes.
  • In 2013, I ran San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" footrace with a GoPro attached to me.
  • I've moved 6 times in the last 5 years to 4 different states.
Mike Boschert
Video Editor
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Mike
  • I enjoy fly fishing and tie my own flies.
  • At one point in my life, I wanted to be a pastry chef.
  • I broke my ribs attempting to do a flip on a trampoline.
Pete Nelson
Creative Director
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Pete
  • I am a trained opera singer.
  • I played tennis professionally for 3 years.
  • I lie about myself on a regular basis.
Renee Steinkuhler
Learning Consultant
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Renee
  • I have 3 children, 2 successfully off the payroll and one on her way!
  • I am a huge dog lover and have 3 at home - Jeffree, Louie, and Stanley (we love people names for dogs).
  • My biggest accomplishment besides my kids - completing the Nike Women's Marathon in San Fransisco.
Scott McKenzie
Channel Sales Director
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Scott
  • Interests: My 3 Shetland Sheepdogs and vexillology (study of flags).
  • I played lacrosse in high school and college and I still play for the "Rusty Bones" lacrosse club.
  • I received a proclamation from the Governor of New Hampshire for organizing community service programs.
Thorsten Fraley
Senior Studio Manager
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Thorsten
  • I still like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even in my thirties.
  • I was once in an Applebee's Commercial.
  • I love dogs.