Our Team

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Dan West

Founder/Executive Creative Director

Dan began designing for print, branding and interactive in 1999. Since then, he has amassed an impressive portfolio of powerhouse clients, including 3M, General Mills, Cargill, Pepsico, Nike and Aveda. His award-winning work has been recognized nationally and internationally by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Print, How and Graphic Design USA His award-winning work has been recognized nationally.

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Dave West

Partner/Board of Directors

Before joining forces with his twin brother, Dan, Dave spent more than a decade working as creative director in multiple Twin Cities agencies. Dave’s breadth of experience includes managing teams of designers and developers, and budgets that range from thousands to millions. He prides himself on leveraging new technology and best practices, and identifying innovative ways to put it all to work.

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Tyler DeHague

Designer

Tyler excels at all things designer, specifically wearing square glasses, having a beard, and drinking craft beer. He occasionally dabbles in concept driven design and illustration, across a wide variety of mediums.

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Amanda Bausch

Solutions Developer

Wonders how in the name of all that’s good are you supposed to convince someone to think you rock in two lines. This is why she could never make it on-line dating. Wants to be a Swiss Army Knife when she grows up. Currently a multi-head screwdriver.

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Amy Abt

CEO

Amy works with clients and projects across the gamut; from branding to enterprise-level websites to long-term project retainers. She brings experience in content strategy, user experience, account management and project planning to Westwerk, and has worked with such clients as Marsh Supermarkets, Solium, Taskstream, Boise State University and MN Opera.

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Tony Birleffi

CTO

Tony aka “Meatball,” leads the digital team at Westwerk. Combining his 15+ years of experience with major brands to provide Westwerk clients with the best digital solutions possible. And he avoids cheese at all costs. Seriously. Don’t give him cheese.

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Liz Connors

New Business Director

Liz is pretty cool.

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Emily Fiedler

Project Manager

In Emily’s project management role she believes emotional intelligence is key to creating and maintaining successful project teams,making sure everyone’s contributions are considered. Two mantras she lives by are “Do what makes you happy” and “Be proactive versus reactive.” Also, she’s a project that can’t be managed.

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Travis Hoglund

Senior Developer

Travis has been working with the WordPress platform for almost a decade, and provides enterprise-level scaling solutions to clients with high traffic websites. He spends his free time learning multiple software languages to provide the best possible solution when connecting multiple services.

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Lienna Libersher

QA Specialist

Client satisfaction is Lienna’s top priority. Involved in the entire project from beginning to end, Lienna spends her days understanding, reviewing, and testing all projects to be sure we deliver a quality product, every time. What’s that saying, again? Those that can’t do…test?

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Todd Asmus

UX/UI Designer

Todd’s design experience spans more than a decade and has a portfolio to match. With a knack for user experience and a desire to push the design envelope, Todd brings a fresh perspective and a less-is-more approach to his projects. He raises goats, and, on more than one occasion, has used the excuse, “my goats are giving birth,” to miss work.

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Maria Soricelli

Lead Project Manager

Maria’s favorite part about being a project manager is getting to work with, and learn from, fantastic strategists, designers, developers and QA specialists every most days. On the other days she just shakes her head.

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Marissa Noble

PR + Account Executive

From coordinating events and promoting client news, to spearheading Westwerk's content marketing, Marissa ensures no detail is left unaccounted for. While recently becoming a blonde, she is still waiting patiently to start having more fun.

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Chelsea Hoglund

Developer

Chelsea, with her lifelong passion of learning, loves how the programming world is constantly developing. She also enjoys reading while lounging with her two miniature dachshunds when she is not developing custom WordPress solutions.

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Jon Christensen

Developer

Always willing to boldly go [please don’t sue us Lucas Entertainment] where he as a developer has not gone before. Jon is seeks new techniques to learn and use that information to create the the best sites possible. Wishes to Make America Nerdy Again.

Our Philosophy

We don’t have clients; we have partners. Because a vision is good, but a shared vision is great. It’s not where an idea comes from, it’s where it can go and what it can deliver for your business and your future.

So, let’s collaborate and create something extraordinary together!

Our Workspace

Our office space, constructed by Westwerk’s partners, employees and friends, represents the same dedication and attention to detail that is applied to our client work everyday.

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Giving Back

Westwerk believes in giving back to the community we thrive in – WordPress. As a key player within the WordPress community, we regularly meet with other industry veterans and founders, and attend, sponsor and speak at national WordPress events. This allows us to continually stay on top of and hone new WordPress initiatives, functionality, features and more. We also annually support and sponsor WordCamp Minneapolis, a weekend-long conference focused on continuing education, networking and sharing.

Recognition

Over the last decade, Westwerk has been recognized in numerous national and international award competitions for its creativity and innovation with branding, strategy, design and development.

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