Eric Groves +
Lately Eric has been morphing into a cowboy. Not sure why. Probably a mid-life crisis — he’s at that age when guys like to change things up. One day he comes to the office looking all designerly and the next day it looks like he’s fixin’ to do chores on the back forty. Lots of funky western shirts with pearl buttons, occasional cowboy boots— haven’t seen a cowboy hat yet (thank goodness!), but we wouldn’t be shocked if he walked in one day sporting one. If he does, we’ll know the transformation is complete.
Ryan Parlee +
Ryan has a brilliant mind…..most of the time. Yes, he’s as sharp as a tack when it comes to web architecture and he’s fluent in dozens of languages that only a computer chip could appreciate, but when it comes to every day, around-the-house smarts, well……not so much. You see, he once was teaching his young kids the intricacies of building smoke bombs and by the time he was done with his mini science experiment, half the kitchen was gone and six firetrucks came to visit the Parlee household. They did end up with a completely remodeled kitchen when all was said and done, and he claims it was all part of the plan.
Scott Helms +
You probably recognize Scott from his performance in the movie “Whiteboyz.” No?! You’re kidding! Okay, it had a total box office draw of $34… but man, Scott really let his acting chops loose in this flick. The way he molded perfectly into the two-second background scene along with 35 other extras was impressive stuff! If they ever give an Oscar for best performance for a non-speaking, barely visible, leaning-against-a-wall, most-likely-never-to-be-noticed person in a terribly awful movie, the vote would have to go to Scott.
John Anderson +
Despite having a name that Tom Cruise might use to check into a hotel – John Anderson as a person contradicts his generic moniker. John is an accomplished musician who writes and composes ditties that sound like they’re right out of the 80’s…on purpose. He also has serious acting chops and was awarded the Iowa High School All-State Actor of the Year in 2004! With those sort of accolades, John is almost famous! Come to think of it, maybe John Anderson isn’t his real name after all.
Alex Boisjolie +
Digital Content Strategist
Little did you know we employ an internationally ranked Tetris player. Alex is a serious stud at stacking shapes and creative writing. We heard as a kid he built a huge wall using those alphabet blocks and spelled out a poem about nap time! His favorite tetromino (a Tetris nerd’s way to say “shape”) is the straight line because it’s long and misunderstood—like his last name. Speaking of shapes, he likes to stay in shape. He runs marathons! But more often than not, he finds himself racing after 26.2 chicken wings.
Lynn Cutshall +
Lynn lives for food. Seriously. We think the only reason he works is so that he can frequent the many fine dining establishments in the area. He’s developed a very sophisticated palette over the years and claims he can actually taste the difference between a chalupa and an enchilada from Taco John’s! Actually, he’s introduced our staff to a plethora of varied and interesting dining experience. If he could change careers he would love to be a critic of fine eateries and write a daily column for the Des Moines Register. He even came up with a snappy name for the column – “Lynn’s Guide for Avoiding Salmonella.” Hey, a man’s gotta dream!
Abbi Brokaw +
Abbi is a gentle genius. She doesn’t talk much, but when she does, it’s at a volume that is barely discernible by the human ear. She might be hiding something. A fugitive on the run trying to keep a low profile? That might explain the reason she asked to have her paycheck sent to a Swiss bank account. Whatever it is, she’s super smart. This designer was her high school valedictorian and scored a 3.98 GPA — graduating summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. We assume a public speaking class could’ve kept her from getting the perfect 4.0.
Ash Duhautois +
This Harry Potter enthusiast genuinely believes she didn’t receive her Hogwarts acceptance letter because Voldemort’s ministry destroyed muggle-born records in the 90s. She had her cat packed and ready to go, but alas, the long-awaited letter never came. So while she’s waiting to get lost in the world of witchcraft and wizardry, Ash works her magic in the muggle world of web code and video game development. She focuses on 2D programming and animation, but she’s slowly breaking her way into the 3D space. (We think Hogwarts just didn’t know how much talent was in this little package.) Word around the pod is maybe she’ll have better luck getting into Beauxbatons (she has been known to speak a little French when the mood strikes). Until she gets her letter, she’s definitely a keeper on our team.
Ashley Edwards +
Ashley is very nice, smart and pretty, but she definitely has some quirks. For instance, she no longer wears closed-toe shoes because she says her toes were choking from “lack of oxygen” and that this in turn caused a chemical imbalance that resulted in random hiccups. I think I believe her because, until recently, she would periodically let out very loud, bark-like sounds that resonated throughout the office. They resembled hiccups, but smelled like socks. Now that the closed-toe shoes are gone, we’re all better off.
Brian Fiser +
Director of Photography
Brian, aka Mr. Flip-The-Switch, graces us everyday with the biggest of smiles and most friendliest of demeanors. There’s just something about his aura when he walks in that makes you want to give him a big hug. For fear of litigation, I’ll stop there… do NOT hug this man. The only hug you’ll get from this collegiate wrestler is the air-stopping grizzly bear variety. But, if you do say “Uncle” quick enough, be sure to ask him about his multiple Emmy awards and his biggest passion outside of family, the wrestling team he coaches. You should also ask to see a picture of him in his wrestling singlet. Talk about a pin-up!
Megan Halsch +
Megan is confident she sings with a beautiful soprano voice. But from the vocals we’ve heard, we think she should sing tenor… fifteen miles away from us. However, Megan makes up for her lack of vocal ability with her strong work ethic, enthusiasm and personality.
She’s also an old soul when it comes to tunes. If you ever see a pretty girl driving around blaring ragtime music—it’s probably Megan! She does have a confession… *whisper voice*… She’s a closet Taylor Swift fan… *loud voice* … She just can’t shake it off, shake it off!
Kristin Kerr +
Account Services Director
You know how sometimes you can tell what a person is like just by looking at them? Well, that is not the case with Kristin. By all appearances she’s a buttoned-up professional, but behind the petite, mild-mannered exterior lies a slightly twisted daredevil in heels. Let me paint the picture. She once felt the need to swim with sharks (yes, sharks…with pointy teeth!) Why, you ask? No, stinkin’ clue – I told you, she’s twisted. She also loves the horror flicks. “Slash and gore, give me more!” – that’s her mantra. Her favorite movie? “Jaws” of course.
Kelsey LaCourse +
Kelsey’s no longer living on Tulsa time. This Okie native was reluctant to move to the frozen tundra of Iowa, but she’s chill about it now. Kelsey’s a people person and when she’s not chatting, she’ll likely be singing. She’s performed in several musical theater productions, and with a little nudging, this songbird might favor you with a show tune. Likely something from Frozen. While she’s extremely organized at work, in her personal life… not so much. She didn’t get a wedding dress until 3 days before she got hitched. We’re just glad she said, “I do” to us
Marcus McVey +
Marcus has memorized every second of all three Lord of the Rings movies. That’s 33,420 seconds of content he can recite by heart. But that’s not the weird part. The dude thinks he’s a Hobbit. On his first day, he walked in with no shoes on, curly hair glued to his bare feet and asked if our health insurance covers an elf-ontomy to make his ears pointed. We let the Frodo Baggins bizarreness slide because the guy is a heck of a designer. Marcus, just please stop looking through people’s stuff on their desks. We told you the Rings aren’t here.
John Nadler +
Director of Web Services
Years ago, John shot several people… and got paid for it. That’s what fashion photographers do. But soon, John turned his passion from fashion to web design and he’s never looked back. For 17 years this self-taught webmaster helped several Central Iowa businesses enjoy ‘Net’ gains. And now he’s leading the charge here at Flying Hippo. When he’s not helping our clients work on improving their web presence, John enjoys working on his ’85 Chevy C10 pickup. John also loves to grill out, play his bass guitar, and, of course, shoot people.
John Shelley +
Have you ever seen one of those musical contraptions where a person plays a bunch of different instruments at once? Picture it: a man with a thick handlebar mustache wearing lederhosen playing the harmonica, accordion, sousaphone and kicking a bass drum all at the same time. Well, with John’s musical talent, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a get up like that, performing on the streets of downtown Des Moines on the weekends. Instead of the weird instruments, his contraption would involve piano, guitar, bass and drums. So I’m not sure how that would work together…but he could at least start growing the handlebar mustache.
Jerry Stoner +
Director of Brand Voice Development
Weed be remiss if we didn’t mention Jerry Stoner’s stellar resume over his 30-plus year career. He’s written national ad campaigns for some heavy hitters such as McDonald’s, Chevrolet, Napa Auto Parts and Domino’s Pizza. On top of that, he acts, sings and has 25 grandchildren! What can’t he do? He truly smokes everyone when it comes to thinking of creative ideas that get results. But to be blunt, the only THC he hits is Totally Hilarious Content.
Nick Strickland +
Nick is fo shizzle the most talented rapper we have on staff. A few years ago, he opened for Afroman because he got high remarks from show organizers. Nick is so dedicated to the game, his diet only consists of Eminems and Ice-T. He should probably see a Dr. Dre about that. Fortunately for us, there will be no East Coast-West Coast drama, as Nick has no internal compass. Nevertheless, Nick is a great videographer except when his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy.
David Warren +
This is the bio of David Warren
He grew up somewhere foreign
In a Russian town that’s hard to spell
And he’s been to ten countries, as well
But there’s more than meets the eye
Then just a web-development guy
He loves to write poetry
As you can probably see
He’s an accomplished theater actor
He admits his cooking is a disaster
He once told a story about his chili exploding
(He better just stick to coding)
David Woolf +
Front End Web Developer
Lately David has been into a self improvement program, first with his mind – he’s been learning French (et j’en passe!). And also with his body – he’s been running like crazy and pumping iron. I’ve got to say, I do think he’s a little more buff than when he first started here, but I’m afraid it might be going to his head. I caught him the other day showing off his new and improved “guns” to one of our female co-workers. I’m not sure she was impressed though, as she replied “pas terrible!”. Surprisingly, David gave her a pleasant look, said “thank you!” and strutted back to his desk. Apparently he’s got a little way to go with his French.