Amy was the best Project Manager in Boston, Massachussettes* so she came to Chicago to work with la creme de la creme of web development management. This isn't her first residency in the midwest; she received her Bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and is overjoyed to be back in the land of giant pizza and encased meats.
With a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Amy has an acute understanding of information organization and management. Unsatisfied with the smell of stale book collections, Amy pursued a career in web development. With a certification in project management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute, Ms. Basque is a force to recognized - making projects succeed against all odds. Promet Source welcomes her experience as a web developer and project manager obtained from years working in the higher ed sector - most recently with Wheelock College.
Amy is cool as a refrigerated cucumber at work. Probably because her outlets for stress include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (she often spars with large males) and quilting. Amy is currently trying to establish a new form of martial arts which combines Jiu Jitsu and quilting ("Kick-Patching") so she can save time to allow for her other passion, spice identification while blindfolded.
*This statement has not been proven by any official agency.
Brie McInerney comes to Promet Source from the Fortune500 world. Her extensive background includes working for Morgan Stanley, Avis Budget Group, Constellation Energy and Reader’s Digest. She has a range of experience managing projects for design, development, release and support of digital assets and brings expertise in Agile Development and UX/UI methodology. Her experience with customer insights and user-testing are a value-add for our current and potential clients. Her MBA frequently comes in handy whenever she analyzes business goals of her clients or makes decisions about what is for dinner.
As the eldest of six, Brie has had experience in project management since she was in diapers - starting with a family holiday play about ostriches that she devised and oversaw. She still remains close to her family but misses her daily swims in the ocean in her hometown in Florida.
Kabenla has been developing for over a decade after graduating from Grinnell College with a degree in Computer Science. In his prior position, he was the Senior Software Engineer/In-house Support and Networking Manager at Wilhelm Imaging Research (can you say all that in one breath?). Like many of our other developers, Kabenla does not come home from work to put on bunny slippers and watch Jeopardy! Nope - he keeps developing software. One impressive, if not thought-defying application is GravitySim (available on iTunes) - a simulation of Newtonian gravity.
Originally from Ghana, Kabenla has lived in the states for over ten years where he has fallen in love with flying aircrafts and mountain biking. While his English is perfect, he learned his slang from a book published in 1993; ignore him if he suggests "Don't have a cow." The only thing not to like about Kabenla is his severe hatred for cheese.
Jinky is the General Manager in Promet's Philippines office. She is responsible for handling key areas in PH Promet including financial management, human resources management, legal contracts and administrative management. Aside from that, Jinky provides support in project management, marketing and sales.
Prior to Promet, she was an Advocacy Officer in a Cebu-based children’s NGO. After that, she worked extensively in Human Resources for multiple corporations. Jinky attended law school and worked as a paralegal for three years in a highly regarded Singapore-based law firm.
Melissa Gonzalez is an MBA project manager who was aptly nicknamed “The Safety Net” in previous positions. And no; she was not working at a low-budget circus waiting for trapeze artists to fall on her. Instead, she was working with Clese, VisaNow and Latinos Progesando, among others. Melissa fits in with all of the over-achievers at Promet; in her history, she expanded and grew web-based global immigration services by 60% as the Manager of Global Services for a leading web-based legal services company.
She is diligent and detail-oriented in her approach to project management. She seeks to be our clients’ partner in support. In fact, she measures her success by how many Thanksgiving invitations she receives from clients; Promet truly enjoys that gravy-soaked chart.
Chief People Officer
Denise brings her passion for people into her role as Chief People Officer at Promet Source. With over a decade of HR experience, Denise has a concentrated history in the tech industry (which she adores). She has worked for DARC Corporation, XOR Inc, Apartments.com and more. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Denise holds a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Denise put it best, "I focus on the culture trifecta: people, value and capacity. My goal is to captivate the culture that is unique to Promet and leverage it into business success.”
Future Prometsters, prepare thyselves! Denise is ready to recruit the living jello out of you! She will dazzle you with her finesse with staffing, onboarding, organizational development, employee relations, and all the things that have to do with Promet's greatest asset: our people! We hope she adds to our already amazing benefits policy with a program that involves trampolines but we might have to settle for her favorite Polish recipe which includes sour milk and young beet leaves.
As a toddler, Jenna Reardon didn't play with toys; she organized them. Today, Jenna works as an Account Manager for Promet Source. In this role, she applies her talents in organization, communication and leadership to all of her projects, clients and team members. "Rome wasn't built in a day" because Jenna did not manage the project.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a double major in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering*, she began a professional engineering career at Procter & Gamble where she managed Global Package Design & Device development projects. Soon after, she realized she had a curiosity in design and sought a career that coupled this with her passion for problem solving and analytics. The simple answer: Web Development. With years of experience in UI/UX, market analysis and corporate branding, Jenna is a valued member of the Promet team. She works closely with each client to turn their visions into technical solutions.
When she's not being a management tour de force, Jenna loves traveling to oceans, tinkering on her piano (she plays a futuristic rendition of Moonlight Sonata) and occasional tomfoolery.
*Promet Source is still wondering if there is anything she cannot do.
Director of Products and Business Development
Jay Uhlinger is a busy, busy man. As Promet's Director of Products and Business Development he guides the team in the development of solutions and service offerings. In addition, he collaborates with clients on the design, building and support of complex web applications. Jay has an extensive history working in the high tech industry having worked with firms like Digital Criterion, Atomoo, Redline and Open IT Consulting Group...He knows his stuff!
Interested in learning how Promet Source can help you develop a digital presence that drives your business? Contact Jay! He will guide you through our approach, methodologies and experience to show you how Promet can build a custom solution tailored to your business needs.
It should also be noted that Jay is a really nice guy. Call him.
Chief Technology Officer
Johnnie Fox was given a name that ensured success. Just say "Johnnie Fox" aloud; you'll feel like you're saying the name of someone famous...And you are! Johnnie is famous for Agile Development, Sprint 0 Planning, Software Development, Web Development, Drupal Dominance and smiling! Just ask the Drupal community who lines up to hear him lecture on his development and management expertise. Our Project Manager brings a wealth of experience managing custom development software projects (in numerous languages and platforms). Further, he has "superhero" skills in identifying and solving client needs. He is so commited to his clients, that he has been known to address client issues from a hospital bed.*
If you ever want to join him on a motorcycle ride, give him a call. Promet Source is not liable for any injuries resulting from this venture.
*Promet did not ask, demand or suggest that Johnnie work from the hospital; he couldn't help but deliver excellent customer service.
Ask Anthony about his special skills in web development, and you'll receive an extensive list of "funny computer lingo": Drupal, CakePHP, CodeIgnitor, Symfony, Ruby, MySQL, Postgres, SQLite3, Angular JS, Backbone JS, SASS and more (seriously, a LOT more; that was 10% of the list). These skills started when he was still a young man in high school when he built his first website centered around the golf community and stat tracking. Many of these skills were honed when he earned his degree in Computer Engineering from Kettering University. Of course, most of the skills were solidified on-the-job for clients such as the San Francisco Symphony, Loyola University Health System and the New York Philharmonic.
He sounds fancy, right? He is! But, Anthony is a mere mortal as evidenced by his adult love for cartoons, obsession for golf and tendency to injure himself whilst performing home improvements. Fun fact: Anthony is deeply intrigued by "the unknown" and has developed a shortened commute to Promet using a wormhole as a short cut. Unfortunately, this theoretical passage is currently inaccessible.
Finance and Administration Manager
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia Elena attended the University of Aerospace and Instrumentation where she studied Business Administration and Management. After school, she began her career working in the health, cosmetics, automobile and real estate industries. In 2008, Elena packed her bags and left Mother Russia for Chicago. Before she joined Promet, she worked in the non-profit sector including an adult literacy center. In her tenure at Promet, she has loved watching the company grow and welcoming new employees. While Elena rules finance, accounting and HR with a Russian hand, her presence at Promet is that of kindness and joy. She loves how international the company is - welcoming of internationally diverse talent and clientele.
Elena loves the USA, and particularly enjoys the sound of the English words "umbrella" and "established". But, she misses the Russian sound of her nickname, "Lenochka". If you master that pronunciation, you will automatically be her best friend.
Web and Support Developer
John Ross is a seasoned Web Developer who works on Drupal site development, customization, site building, bug fixes, feature and functionality implementation, client support and more. Away from his computer and clients, John Ross can be found reading books, watching movies, hiking, exploring beaches, running marathons and jogging. His life is typically underscored by his favorite musical band, The Script.
John Ross is also an Acquia™ Certified Grand Master Drupal Developer.
After earning his degree in Computer Science, RJ has enjoyed working as a systems/web developer. In this role, he has built various types of systems, custom cms and websites (brochures, ecommerce, content publishing, event sites). His skills are powered by a combination of desktop and web applications that give him the flexibility to adapt to any kind of software development tasks.
He discovered Drupal in 2012 and immediately fell in love with it because of it's simple User-Interface but powerful backend system. Before Promet, he worked with Kite Systems where he was able to delve into the intricacies of all things Drupal.
RJ is also a certified demandware developer; he likes reading about new technology and well-known developer blogs; he has mastered playing the guitar.
Tere has been serving up Web Development with Promet since 2006. Beyond website development, Tere helps our clients with site maintenance. She has a passion for Drupal and open-source applications. Born in Valenzuela City, Philippines, Tere currently lives in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
Tere spends her free time reading, watching movies, listening to music and bonding with her family. Her greatest love is travelling; she is a world-explorer and relentlessly pursues new adventures.
Arnold French is a Drupal developer who specializes in back-end development for Promet. In addition, Arnold contributes to custom module development and the installation & configuration of Drupal modules. Prior to Promet, Arnold worked at Eversun Software and Taniwha Solutions in the Philippines contributing to Drupal, Wordpress and eCommerce development.
Arnold has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from West Visayas State University.
When not contributing code, Arnold is watching movies or listening to techno music.
Arnold is also an Acquia™ Certified Grand Master Drupal Developer.
David has been working in tech since before the blink tag - he remembers cringing the first time he saw it. That's tech language for "I don't want to tell you my age, but trust me; I've got street cred." He comes to Promet from Association Headquarters where he was Director of Web Services and his projects earned awards including an ASAE 'Power of A' Silver Award. Unfortunately, the award itself was not made of the precious element.
David has worked as a web designer, UI/UX specialist, front end developer and project manager for projects within Drupal and beyond. With an M.A. in Creative Writing Temple University, David excels at critical reading and interpretation (turning requirements into products), understanding narrative structures (storymapping and user behavior), and the group workshop critique (managing creative teams). Further, he can craft an email like nobody's business! If the Pulitzer Foundation ever introduces a prize for email writing, David would win! We shall dream! As a Project Manager, David is polite, organized, thorough and attentive. He says, "I want to help companies and organizations reach out to users in the mosty authentic way possible and help them tell their story." Irresistable, eh?
Away from the office, David is a well-rounded artist: photographer, musician (multiple instruments), filmmaker... He and his wife enjoy chess, competitive rocking horse derbies, antique hunting and artistic interpretations of Moby Dick.
Donnabel is truly a belle (as her name implies). She has been working with Promet as a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst for more than 6 years. A consummate professional, she loves providing service with a smile to her clients and her projects.
Web Development and QA are not her only talents; Donnabel is a fierce singer and dancer as well. When it's time to relax, you can find her watching anime, reading fiction or planning world expeditions.
Our fearless leader, Andy has more than 15 years of technical and project management experience from startups to Fortune 50 firms with industry experience in banking, telecommunications, government, and association technology management. Andy’s ecommerce experience dates to 1998 with the implementation of highly scalable enterprise solutions for telecommunications providers. Representative clients include Yahoo, MSN, Best Buy, Sony Ericson, Sprint, and Bank of America.
It is his vision for Promet to be a strong and avid supporter of Drupal. Andy is recognized as an open source technologies evangelist and contributor; he frequently presents to full houses at Drupal events across the globe. His experience with open source solutions includes the implementation of a highly secure CRM platform for the Executive Office of the President and the delivery of highly scalable database management systems for the US Army Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca.
He started his career as a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini) advising multinational corporations in Northern Europe and South America. A global leader, Andy is fluent in English, Polish and Spanish.
Sure, Andy is a proven leader with an impressive pedigree. His business savvy combined with his deep level of expertise in web development has led Promet Source to become a world-class digital agency. But, he's not the average CEO - he's approachable, affable and downright charming. His partners, clients and team clamor to spend time with him away from the office. Talking with him is like opening a treasure chest; you might analyze an Agile development manifesto or Continuous Integration. You might discuss the composition of his favorite wine or his misadventures in Mozambique. Maybe you'll chat about new technology, family, the American dream or life as experience. Whatever your conversation entails, you'll walk away with a new friend and a trusted ally in development.
Luc Bézier is a Drupal solutions expert with Promet Source who specializes in team structure and oversight for development projects. Luc is both Solutions Architect and mentor on complex Drupal projects at Promet. In his capacity as SA, Luc has helped achieve large-scale Drupal implementations for organizations such as the European Commission, BBC Worldwide and Ben & Jerry’s Europe. Luc has a Master’s degree in IT Engineering and Management.
When Luc isn’t architecting Drupal implementations, he enjoys learning new skills with the global Drupal community and cooking. He especially enjoys working with recipes that work with exotic cheeses — the smellier the better.
QA Team Lead
Promet's QA Manager Mellomar "Mello" Otarra has experience as a QA Lead, Platform Development Engineer, Linux SysAd and Asterisk Systems Engineer before joining the team. Mello is responsible for setting up and maintaining the Robot Framework Automated Testing process that Promet administers during the project lifecycle. He is a self-taught software engineer who is constantly restocking his inventory of QA knowledge by reading every technical blog and manual he can get his hands on.
When he's not keeping busy with his QA work at Promet, Mello has been know to practice the foot reflexogy massage technique to relieve stress and improve circulation. Fun fact: it's how he supported himself while going through school.
Mello also makes friends quickly by sharing his favorite recipe for "Puto Sikwate," which is a steamed rice cake made with hot cocoa.
Michael Ocana is a Drupal Support developer with experience as a senior Symfony Framework developer for one of Singapore’s major media websites. His skill set also includes Ruby development experience for a healthcare application based in the European Union. Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science and participated in his school’s first intercollegiate programming contest, leading his school and team to first place.
Some of Michael's favorite projects from the past include a GIS mapping application embedded with non-spatial data and media that allows users to search and explore the coastal regions of the Philippines. Michael also contributed code to Tracking NEMO, a Microsoft product platform that monitors the marine aquarium trading system for the Philippines.
His hometown of Cebu in the Philippines offers Michael many exciting diversions in street scenes and natural landscapes, which Michael captures while honing his photographic skills.
Sr. Drupal Developer
William Estrada is a Senior Drupal Developer for Promet Source. William is not only a leader for the Drupal technical support team at Promet, he is also a mentor and organizer for his local open source development community. William is the organizer for several development-focused professional groups in his area, including the local PHP and Drupal developers’ group. His web development skills have built up the web presence for national brands such as The Termite Guy, CGI and Seabourne to name a few.
In his role at Promet, William provides crucial insight into Drupal best practices, especially when it comes to commerce integrations, while eyeing opportunities for feature improvements on the website. William’s focus on collaboration and sharing knowledge make an impact on his colleagues and his community.
Senior Solutions Architect
Promet Source Senior Solutions Architect Chris McGrath is a 20-year veteran web developer, digital strategist and manager. Chris’ experiences in web development run the gamut from management roles at large firms, such as Accenture and AT&T, to leadership at mid-sized firms like Drupal Connect, and finally running his own Celebrate Drupal.
Over the past six years Chris has focused his technical, entrepreneurial and business skills on large Drupal implementations where he performed development and architecture responsibilities. Chris has worked on and overseen 20 enterprise-level Drupal solutions during his time as part of the Drupal community. Some of the more notable projects include the National Archives, the Department of Defense, Voya.com and Missouri’s Department of Labor.
Chris is a proud resident of Washington state. He is the co-coordinator of the Olympia Drupal user group. He and his family are building a small organic farm on Puget Sound, enjoy the natural beauty of the State capital, and work to embrace sustainable values at every turn.
Rory joined Promet as chief of content marketing in early 2015. He is a solver of riddles, a destroyer of tacos and an avid urban cyclist who can be found spinning his wheels on Chicago's streets and lakefront trails when he isn't too busy trying to read the entire Internet in one sitting. Rory's background in digital marketing and journalism make him comfortable in the world of Drupal and open source development, where the emphasis on collaboration and sharing jive really well with his belief that a good story demands to be told. Rory has certifications and expertise in leading digital marketing platforms such as Google Analytics, AdWords and Hubspot.
A native of Chicago's northern suburbs, Rory has called the City of the Big Shoulders home for most of his life except for a few years he spent teaching English along China's east coast.
Front End Web Developer
Katherine joins Promet Source after many years serving as Webmaster for Douglas County, KS. She is a self-taught developer and designer who honed her skills on front end development while running her own company. Her work, which places emphasis on responsive web design with the application of usability and accessibility standards, has benefited municipal websites in Kansas and California. Katherine has also contributed design work for major brands such as Autodesk.
Katherine moved a lot while growing up as an Air Force brat, including stints in Texas, Florida, Maine, New Mexico and Japan, but she calls Perry, KS home today. She loves calling Kansas home because it affords her the chance to indulge her three great passions in life: local cuisine, Jayhawks sports and fishing. If you can’t find Katherine learning more about web design or development, then she’s likely out fishing. Katherine also loves movies quite a bit so it’s not surprising to hear her sprinkle a conversation with quotes from some of her favorites.
Drupal Support Developer
Leo is active in his local Drupal community, participating in a Drupal camp in 2014 and regularly contributing to Drupal.org. Leo's contributions to the community are part of a reciprocal attitude not uncommon to Drupal developers, one that places emphasis on giving back as much knowledge as one receives.
Ann Collins is a certified project manager (PMP) and has spent three decades in the technology business. More than 25 years of that tenure were spent in a project management role. Does Ann know her stuff? Yes, she does.
Ann has been at the helm for projects that run the gamut, from smaller quick-to-market projects up to massive infrastructure projects, and has maintained an inflappable air of confidence throughout them all. Her leadership is especially valuable to Promet because Ann is no stranger to high-level security clearances and the particulars of navigating government projects.