Mr. David Hunter is a native of Erie, PA and a graduate of Mercyhurst College with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. Throughout his life, David always knew he wanted to be a business owner and has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit since he was young enough to push a lawnmower (rather - young enough to show his best friend how to push a lawnmower). Growing up in Erie, PA and living in other parts of the country has given David an aptitude for understanding the local landscape and how it translates to both the regional and the national stage. He brought this knowledge to Epic Web Studios when he and Shaun Rajewski opened it in 2008.
David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania. He was elected in 2010 as an Associate Director so that he could advise the Board on their marketing activities and how to improve their messages to the public as well as aiding in extending the breadth and reach of both their membership base as well as usage by the public. It would be safe to call David "the marketing guy at the BANWPA".
Outside of his commitment to Epic, David is a family man. Together with his wife, Jessica, they are parents to two beautiful children, Audrey & Leo. The Hunter's are active members of St. Peter Cathedral and are involved in many activities throughout the community. They volunteer for, and donate to organizations such as the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, the Barber National Institute, and the MDA.
When David isn't working twelve-hour days, you will find him either skiing or on the golf course taking one too many mulligans.
Shaun Rajewski graduated from Edinboro University and currently resides just a few minutes from the office in Erie. A self-proclaimed "computer geek", Shaun has been developing websites since the age of eight (yes, seriously, 8 years old). As Shaun continued through his early schooling, he became the "man behind the scenes" at General McLane High School. Shaun used this opportunity to enhance the look and appearance of the school's website, develop new ideas and features, and even created and implemented a Content Management System for the school district's websites.
Outside of developing new software, Shaun enjoys taking on the role of adding needless technology (such as the "EpicCams") and enhancing the office. Shaun also serves as the in-house repair man around the office, fixing nearly all issues that may arise, from leaky faucets to re-wiring light fixtures.
Beyond work, Shaun is a diehard Eagles, Penguins, Celtics, Phillies, and Otters fan. He also enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports, treating himself to craft beer, and healthy doses of sleep, which usually happens face down on a keyboard after pulling an all-night programming session at the office.
Brennan Donnelly grew up in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a management minor, and went on to finish his Masters of Business Administration from the Sam & Irene Black School of Business. During his education, Brennan completed multiple internships, co-ops & concentrations in marketing, operations management, and in human resources with companies throughout Erie. After school, Brennan worked for a large organization here in Erie, before coming to Epic in 2012 to lead the social media team.
Brennan brings leadership, organization & passion to the office every day. His ongoing goal is to keep the social media department focused on reaching its full potential. He is known for constantly motivating the rest of the team to remain engaging, creative, and fun – which is no simple task because the business of digital media is 24/7. Waking up at 5am to prep for a client’s live-tweet on the morning news shows, after a long evening of writing new posts the night before is a pretty common occurence in his office.
Outside of work, you will find Brennan running or on a bicycle, listening to music, drinking coffee, wine, enjoying a good meal or making weekend updates to the Epic Facebook, Epic Twitter, and Epic Google+. Most importantly, the team found out that Brennan can moonwalk like a pro and that he dances like a total maniac.
Angela Kelly grew up near the vineyards of North East, Pennsylvania. Before working in Erie, she traveled south to attend and later graduate from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a specialization in Public Relations.
Joining the team in late 2011 as a Content Developer and Project Manager, Angela supervises all web development from creation to completion. Angela’s focus on project management includes strong communication with clients, leading the team to meet deadlines and implementing strategies to improve overall efficiency at the Epic Web Studios office. When it comes to writing website copy, Angela is one of the best in the area. She can have a one-hour conversation with a client, and then turn that into engaging, and search engine friendly text.
Being the only woman in an office with five other guys is difficult sometimes, but Angela quickly whipped those nerds into shape with a strong focus on quality control & time management.
In her spare time, Angela enjoys capturing life through her camera lens, traveling the globe, listening to music and drinking expensive coffee with friends.
Ryan Socoloski came to Epic in the summer of 2010 from a local non-profit that works with small businesses to develop full-scale web solutions. He was working there as an intern and the next logical step was to take his talents somewhere that he would be challenged more and more often. Ryan is a native of Ridgeway, PA and a recent graduate of the MIS program at Penn State University.
Ryans core competencies lie in the e-commerce field. He has successfully developed full-scale e-commerce solutions for a number of local businesses and he will be heading up these projects at Epic too.
Ryan loves Erie and is happy to be living in 'the big city' (Ridgeway, PA has a population of about 16 people and we are pretty sure they are all his family members). In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, listening to good music, snowboarding and playing way too many video games. Ryan is excited about all the possibilities Epic Web Studios offers and we are lucky to have him on the team.
James Wnek is the token "Quiet Guy" around the office. He is one of the strongest web developers on our staff though, so we like to have him around. James was born in Erie and raised on a farm outside the town of Albion, where he attended Northwestern School District. While in attendance he worked for 3 years on the Senior High School's help desk as resident computer nerd. After High School, he stayed close to home and attended Edinboro University where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.
When James started with Epic, he was a lowly intern. He quickly made an impression on management as an extremely talented, incredibly smart & very motivated guy. So, he was hired as a web developer after just one semester as an intern. The staff is lucky to have James around to quiet the herd down when things get too loud and out of control (as they often do). Outside of work James enjoys bowling, the ladies, listening to music, and playing games.
Martha Hunter was born in Erie, PA & grew up in Fairview Township, where she was an avid softball player. After high school, she went on to a successful academic career at Mercyhurst University with Major in Communication.
Martha joined Epic as an intern in the spring of her senior year, and has not looked back since. Her knowledge of digital platforms and customer service quickly had her promoted to Community Manager, where she currently works to help organizations large and small use social networking & digital media to generate new business, grow brand awareness, and significantly improve customer retention.
When Martha is not creating content calendars or talking with clients, you will find her spending time with family and friends, volunteering for nonprofits, or debating someone on why the iPhone OS is superior to Android (even though everyone around the office knows she is mistaken).
Alex Bieler was born just south of Cleveland, in Parma Heights, Ohio. He first came to Erie to attend Gannon University, eventually graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Communications. After working in both print and broadcast media, he joined the Epic Web Studios team in May of 2012.
As an Account Representative, Alex works with social media, helping businesses reach out to the nation on the net. Using Facebook, Twitter, and more to paint a picture of what a client is all about, Alex will make social media speak out to the millions of people that are connecting online every day.
If you really want to get to know Alex, the best way is to talk to him. Quiet until he opened up in high school, he hasn’t shut up since. Tied into his conversation fixation, Alex is a writer, working with the Erie Reader. He’s an avid music, food, sports, and facial hair fan, and loves his pet mouse Cranston. A tall man, when he’s not working, Alex is normally fetching items from really high places for people that say 'please.'
Born in Erie, Michael spent his early life in the town of North East, PA. In recent years, he has worked on a number of volunteer projects, helped coach the Mercyhurst Prep Debate Team, and is an activist for youth civic engagement.
At Epic Web Studios, Michael aids the social media department from behind a spreadsheet. From Facebook Insights to Google Analytics (and everything in between), he has proven experience in maximizing the efficient use of these social tools and demonstrating a return on the client's investment.
In his free time, Michael enjoys playing the baritone saxophone, experiencing the artistic community in Erie, skiing, and all that Erie’s “Presque Isle Peninsula” offers. Almost always seen with a cup of coffee, Michael moves about 90 miles per hour all day.
Matt Kleck was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. His interest in photography was sparked in 2003 while traveling the east coast. After reaching the limits of his point and shoot camera in 2005, he decided it was time to invest in new equipment and take his interest to a professional level. Working as a freelance photographer in the area for many local businesses opened the door to a world of new opportunities, education and chances to push his talents to other forms of media, including audio and video.
In 2012, Matt joined the team at Epic Web Studios as their in-house photographer. Before setting up shop on the 2nd floor of Epic, Matt spent his days photographing with R. Frank Photography, GoErie Street View and Lake Erie Lifestyle. He brings with him experience, dynamic style and an eye for executing the right shot at the right time.
When Matt isn’t on location shooting or in the office editing, he likes to make time for fitness, cooking and competing in challenging obstacle courses such as Tough Mudder & Run For Your Lives. Mostly though, Matt just wants to take more photos. So when you see him, ask for a snapshot!