Bob graduated from Princeton and wrote the first version of RJMetrics from his attic in Collingswood, NJ. Bob has also written guest columns for TechCrunch, licensed a Poker odds calculator to The Sharper Image, built a wildly popular AIM chatbot, helped design products for late-night infomercials, and opened on-stage for Vanilla Ice (seriously).
Jake graduated from Wharton and heads up sales, support, and new customer implementations. He started a landscaping business in high school and was the 44th ranked table tennis player under 21 in New Jersey. He once got a ride to lunch from Warren Buffett.
VP of Engineering
Chris studied Physics at Princeton, and joined RJMetrics at the beginning of 2010. When he's not coding, he spends his time thinking about the company's software architecture. He worked as a roadie during highschool and college, and once smashed a guitar owned by a Grammy Award winning artist on stage. He also once beat the former 44th ranked table tennis player under 21 in New Jersey in a game of ping pong.
Director of Engineering
Bill graduated from U of Delaware a long time ago. For years, he co-ran a web development shop, working in his Philly apartment while wearing only boxer shorts. He has driven through 47 US states and the Baja Peninsula. He has eaten multiple grasshopper (chapulines) tacos. He was briefly in a Mexican jail ($50 bribe). He taught himself to program in BASIC at age 9. He has big drums in his basement that he plays sometimes.
Connor studied Computer Engineering at Villanova University. He spends his spare time learning about new technology, writing web apps for friends and campus organizations, and compulsively buying domain names. He once built a snow fort that stood two stories high, and holds the record for the most miles ever completed at his high school's charity relay (25!). He also enjoys golf, soccer and long walks on the beach.
Mark recently received a PhD from Penn in Materials Science and Engineering. His easily digestible thesis was titled "Transmission Electron Microscope Studies of Modulated Mixed A-site Perovskites." Mark currently is deriving a great deal of his happiness from his location in the RJMetrics "About Us" page one position directly above Shaun McAvinney.
Cathy recently graduated from MIT, where she received a PhD in Mathematics. Before that, she did her undergrad at Columbia University, where she majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is interested in promoting women in science and engineering and also thoroughly enjoys riding, fixing, and cleaning her bicycle.
Yiannis graduated from Drexel University with both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Computer Science. Prior to joining RJMetrics he worked as a Software Engineer with a company that specializes in casino management systems. Yiannis is originally from Cyprus where he picked up on Greek etiquette such as breaking plates and drinking ouzo. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, trying good food and taking strolls around Philadelphia.
Matt graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Prior to RJMetrics, he cofounded Jarvus Innovations, a software company in the Northern Liberties. In his spare time, he likes to go hiking, plays guitar, and rants obsessively about the future of 3D printing.
Lisa studied English and education at West Chester University, but then found out that teachers have to get up very, very early. Prior to joining RJMetrics, she worked as a newspaper and copy editor, a personal assistant, and a writer/director/breaker-upper-of-teenage-fights for a high school drama department. In her spare time she likes to get lost in the woods and call it hiking, dominate in bananagrams, and read everything she can get her hands on.
Shaun started his career in advertising sales at a small publishing house in the Philadelphia area. He left to pursue a financial advisory business in the the Wealth Management division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. After making connections in the Philadelphia startup scene, he decided to abandon the corporate life and change careers, bringing with him the experience and training necessary to succeed. He spends his spare time watching cancelled tv shows on Netflix, homebrewing beer, and hanging out with his wife, son, and twin daughters. Once, he took advantage of a Wendy's/Airtran promotion loophole, which may have included some dumpster diving. He and four friends flew across the country to San Francisco for and all-expenses-paid vacation.
Analyst Team Lead
Xiao loves data. He finds purpose in helping people discover game-changing insights. Prior to RJMetrics, he spent time creating an algorithm that forecasts traveler intentions, and also got his hands dirty at designing a satellite at the CSA (Canadian NASA), and building a fitness machine for the physically disabled. Born in Shanghai and raised in Canada, he's also trilingual, speaking Chinese, French, and English. Offline, you'll find him mountain biking, cooking, and getting into philosophical conversations with strangers.
Owen is proud to be the 3rd Drexel graduate working at RJMetrics. He has previously worked in the Philadelphia area at startups, big businesses, and in higher education. He is ready for a challenge. If Owen lived outside of Philadelphia he would hike, snowboard and go rock climbing year round. Instead he enjoys playing the guitar and banjo, reading in Rittenhouse Square, and biking to the city's many coffee shops and restaurants.
Support Team Lead
Tara graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Information Technology. She loves the relationship between technology and solving problems, and therefore has dreams of technology creation that border on grandiose. Perhaps because Tara has realized that grandiose is great motivation, a love of the TV show ER turned into an EMT certification. An enjoyment of power tools led her to become a foreman with volunteer home repair. And after many failed attempts, she finally learned how to toss pizza dough.
Francis, more commonly known as Buck, graduated from Drexel University, having studied Math and Computer Science. His favorite thing to do is take pictures and his favorite place to be is at any beer garden in Germany. Until his next excursion abroad, he looks forward to days learning more about Computer Science, running throughout Philadelphia, and learning how to swing dance.
Zach knew he wanted to be a designer years before entering into Temple University's Advertising Design program. Since graduating, Zach has worked in many facets of the graphic design industry. Before coming to RJMetrics, he was the Creative Director at Jarvus Innovations, a small web start-up in Northern Liberties. Most of his spare time is dedicated to designing graphic tees, playing with his ridiculously energetic puppy, Eleanor, overusing the word "granular", or knocking a few back at one of South Philadelphia's fine drinking establishments.
Nate recently graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Computer Science. There he ran the ACM student chapter, helped run the Philly Random Hacks of Kindness (rhok.org) and worked on mobile applications for the visually impaired (visassist.org) that took first place at Drexel's College of Engineering Senior Design competition. During the times not spent working or finding fun side projects he likes to spend time with his guitar, drums a good sci-fi book or out in Philly's many great bars.
Implementation Team Lead
Sharon graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Operations Research and Information Engineering. Having recently moved to Philly, she's looking forward to immersing herself in Philly's culture and food scene. She enjoys cooking with her husband, reading YA novels, playing board games, and winning at Mario Kart (GameCube version!).
VP of Marketing
Tristan has a degree in Finance from the UMD College Park and an MBA in entrepreneurship from UNC Chapel Hill. He spent five years ironing and tucking in button-down shirts as a management consultant, and been on the run from the white-collar grind since 2009. He loves to make things (straw-bale houses, table lamps, lactose-fermented saurkraut) and is happiest when winning head-to-head competitions of skill. Please send public challenges to @jthandy. He dares you.
Ben worked for 10 years in industrial automation after getting a BS in Computer Science from American University. He enjoys writing songs, brewing beer, and indoctrinating the nation's youth into role playing games. A self described chart junkie, Ben developed what Technically Philly called, "the coolest, most comprehensive City of Philadelphia budget visualization you've ever seen."
Director of Account Management
Peter holds a degree in Journalism from Drexel University. After a brief stint in higher ed administration, he spent ten years developing marketing campaigns for clients in the health care industry. His move to RJMetrics highlights a longtime love affair with relational databases. Peter once jumped out of a plane as a team-building exercise; it worked pretty well. He writes the longest-running blog in Philly, fronts a rock band with his best friend, and watches (and debates) sci-fi movies with his wife.
Greg liked to play with blocks as a kid. He studied Physics at Haverford College where he ran simulations of molecular blocks forming photoconductive nanotubes. You might find him briefly running along the Schuylkill river near the Art Museum or chasing a soccer ball at the park. He did the Grand Portage with a wooden canoe once, hopes to hike the Pacific Crest Trail someday, and still plays with blocks.
Front End Developer
Brian graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He went on to get is MBA from the R.H. Smith School of Business while doing technical R&D at a financial firm in Baltimore, MD. In 2011 he moved to Philadelphia to work for another web based startup. In his spare time he loves taking photos, traveling and always keeping up with the latest technology.
Mike has worked as a software engineer for a few different companies in the area, using a lot of different languages and technologies, like Clojure, Python, Perl, and Java. He has a BS in Computer Science from Drexel University, and is currently working towards a Master's degree. Mike can often be found renovating his crazy old Victorian house in West Philly, where he lives with his wife and their Beagle. He loves cooking, brewing, traveling, hiking, and listening to music. He definitely doesn't have a weird habit of counting syllables. 18.
VP of Sales and Account Management
Seth is a University of Florida alum and now heads up sales and account management. His illustrious career began serving up 31 flavors of ice cream and now he serves unlimited flavors of data. When not helping clients improve their business, Seth can be found adding to his sneaker and t-shirt collections. If you have a business in need of accessing and understanding their data and/or a unique sneaker or t-shirt, Seth awaits your call!
Sarah graduated with a BS in Hospitality Administration at Boston University. With her advanced skills in Hotel and Restaurant Management, she naturally dove right into the tech startup industry. Through her experience, she mastered and coined the term, "technical therapy" - stabilizing and strengthening client relationships. In her spare time, you can find Sarah running or lifting weights to counter the countless dinners and desserts she makes from scratch.
Director of Sales
Brian received both a B.A. in History and a J.D. from the University of Florida. Deciding law was not for him, he embarked on a glorious career in sales. In his spare time, he writes screenplays (hopefully one coming soon to a theatre near you), watches sports, and contemplates the meaning of life and other lite fare.
Anita Garimella Andrews
VP, Client Analytics Services
After graduating high school when she was 16, Anita went to NYU and by 18, had a degree in Politics and a minor in Mathematics. This gave her plenty of time in life to do worthwhile things like foster her loves for eating desserts, working out, watching movies (which she has very low standards for), and reading. After fighting urban blight, improving immigrant rights, and raising the bar on NYC living by working for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, she decided campaigns weren't her thing and got her Master's in Computer Science from Stanford. Along the way, she's run product, marketing, analytics and e-commerce at a variety of companies including Ingenio (bought by AT&T YellowPages), Nutrisystem, and Sepiida (which she founded and was acquired by Delphic Digital). In her spare time, she tries to do a good job as a wife and mother to her 17 month old daughter.
Austin spent his first year at Princeton as a biology major, researching the effects of administering antidepressants to yeast (they die). He switched to computer science after discovering his knack for ruining experiments, and is excited to be returning to RJMetrics after his internship. Austin has played ukulele on the streets of Baltimore, New York City, and Buenos Aires. He once performed in front of Pharrell, the Olsen twins, and Tommy Hilfiger with his college a cappella group, The Princeton Footnotes. A native of the Baltimore suburbs, Austin is excited to try city living for the first time.
Director of Sales
Ben is the tallest person at RJ and would like everyone to know that he does not, in fact, play basketball. He recently moved here from NYC, where he's spent his career building and growing sales teams in start-up organizations. A graduate from Hobart College (he hadn't heard of it either) and a four-year rower there, he's excited to join the happening scene here in Philly.
Todd got a degree in Liberal Arts for love and is not ashamed. He parleyed his love of fixing broken things into a career in Information Technology, and spent the better part of a decade learning the new and interesting ways computer systems can fail. In his spare time he pursues DIY culture in general, and electronics, cooking, and brewing beer in specific.
Jonah studied Computational Finance at Carnegie Mellon University. He moved to Philadelphia after graduating to train for the USRowing National Team (he came close). Prior to joining RJMetrics he worked as a Database Engineer at a healthcare analytics company when he wasn't rowing. He loves data and its uses in sports and politics. He once spent a weekend in the wilderness training for the apocalypse.
Janessa moved to Philadelphia to get her BS in Fashion Marketing at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She got the degree, fell in love with the city, and happily ditched the fashion industry in favor of business-to-business SaaS marketing. Janessa grew up without television so she won’t get any pop culture references pre-2005, and probably very few after that. In her spare time she’s usually reading, napping, or delivering spontaneous lectures on her current topics of interest.
Maya graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Marketing. She honed her customer service skills working as an affiliate marketing coordinator and a store manager. She enjoys binge-watching tv shows with her fiancé, cuddling with her kittens (Gizmo and Fez), the color red, and all things vintage.
Front End Developer
Stephanie graduated from Villanova University as a Biology major, only to find her true calling in the tech industry. She enjoys indulging in the simple pleasures of life such as consuming more ramen than she would like to admit, curling up with a good book, and watching Pixar movies as often as possible. She is also currently, though hopefully temporarily, the most pop-culturally stunted person at RJMetrics.
Drew is currently attending Drexel University in pursuit of a degree in Computer Science. While Drew cares deeply about data analysis and visualization, his true passions are flag football and rap music. Though Drew owns a record player, he maintains that he is not a hipster. Honest.
Mia recently graduated Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance. It seemed practical at the time, but while living in The Valley, she caught the startup bug. She then found her way to RJMetrics. Mia is obsessed with analytics, her adorable new puppy Elliot and Law and Order: SVU. No really, she has watched every single episode, most of them more than once. She will defend the Miami Heat in any type of duel and (unrelated) once wrestled a duck.
Michael graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering. In addition to earning his degree, he also earned a championship while playing for the Rutgers University Inner-Tube Water Polo Team. In his spare time, Michael enjoys going on new excursions, playing pick-up basketball, and hashtagging BigData.
Joshua graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and he's been in Philly ever since. He's a big sci-fi and Star Trek fan, having spent his first ever paycheck as a kid on the Star Trek Encyclopedia. When he's not walking his corgis (Brody and Lacy) through South Philadelphia, he enjoys puzzles, board games, card games and video games, not to mention writing computer programs to solve puzzles and play games.
Jay is a big fan of new companies and entrepreneurship. Having studied mechanical engineering at Penn, he invented consumer goods at a product development startup before joining RJMetrics. A scientist at heart, Jay's kitchen is a de facto culinary laboratory—safety glasses encouraged, earplugs not required (usually). He enjoys living in Philadelphia and welcomes any excuse to visit the Palestra.
Jordan studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and has lived in Philadelphia since graduating in 2009. Prior to joining RJMetrics, he worked as a Research analyst at a Private Equity firm. When he's not working, he enjoys running, watching Phillies games, and playing the guitar. He was once in a band that opened for the B-52's in Atlantic City.
Alex studied Information Sciences at Penn State. After working for a large, large, large company as a public sector consultant, he decided being platinum on US Air and getting more holiday cards from hotels than people wasn’t for him. In his free time, Alex can be found eating at as many restaurants in Philly as he can or watching every single Phillies game. He likes puzzles, his cat, puzzles of his cat, and Marc Maron.
Natalie graduated Rutgers University earning degrees in Communication and American Studies. During her 4 year stint in New Jersey, she hosted the wildly popular radio show, Disco Monkey, on the wildly popular radio station, 90.3 The Core. In her free time you can find her laughing at her own jokes, whistling, and talking smack on the dodgeball court.
Andrew studied Political Science at Penn with the intention of going to law school. Then he realized that he didn't actually want to be a lawyer, he just wanted to be Jack McCoy. When Andrew encounters a group of numbers he adds up the individual digits to see if the result is a multiple of 9. He didn't discover this was odd until several years ago, and he blames this on the fact that he was homeschooled as a child. Andrew's life goal is to appear on Jeopardy and win. When he was 6 years old he met Wes Unseld in a Price Club. He and his wife live happily together in West Philadelphia.
Leah picked her college major out of a hat. She got civil engineering which she went on to study at Temple University. Today she helps people figure out how to use data, instead of hats, to make important business decisions. In her free time Leah enjoys yoga, skiing in the Rockies, checking out Philly's awesome restaurant scene, and birdwatching. In fact, Leah is RJMetrics' first amateur ornithologist.
Tucker graduated from Roanoke College with a degree in International Relations. After many moves around the country growing up, time spent overseas after school, and a couple quick years in Washington D.C., he was drawn back to Philadelphia and its growing startup scene. When not helping awesome SaaS and Ecommerce companies make data-driven decisions, Tucker can be found in his kitchen creating new concoctions for his future restaurants, or planning on how to become a racecar driver.
Marketing Operations Lead
Henry has degrees in finance and technology from Penn State and an MBA from Wharton. He won a statewide award for best data-driven website design when he was a senior in high school, right after he served time in detention for hacking. After a stint in finance, he decided that focusing on his first passions, coding and data, was probably the right idea--regardless of what that vice principal had to say. When he’s not busy recounting decade-old stories, he enjoys fermenting things (kombucha, beer), eating all the delicious foods Philadelphia has to offer, snowboarding, and pretending to be a hiker.
Jesse studied political science and applied statistics at Washington University in St. Louis where he developed a deep interest in finding creative ways to leverage data to answer interesting questions. Following a brief stint as a freelance statistical consultant in Seattle, he packed two bags and moved across the country to join the RJMetrics team. In his free time, Jesse enjoys playing pickup basketball and barbecuing sundry pork products on makeshift smokers.
Tim completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Drexel University. As a grad student, he served as the system administrator for the department and fell in love with the concept of dev-ops. He also won a university essay contest and made occasional contributions to the school paper, including a short-lived comic series about politically-minded dogs. His idea of fun is to ride a 50 mile round-trip on bike to Valley Forge in 90 degree weather.
Eric graduated from Wharton with a degree in Finance. Prior to joining RJMetrics, he spent four years working at a trading firm in Chicago before making the decision to change careers and move back to his hometown of Philly. In that span between jobs, he traveled around the world to 20 countries on six continents while documenting quite a bit of the journey on his blog. He likes trying out new restaurants, is an avid fan of Philly sports, and enjoys skiing, ice hockey, and golf in his free time.
Anna graduated from Queen's University in Ontario with a degree in Art History. It wasn't long before she realized her passion for start-ups and helping businesses grow, and she got started at an e-commerce start-up in New York. Anna recently moved to Philly and joined the RJMetrics team as an Account Executive. She is ambidextrous, trilingual and very good at memorizing things; she loves pasta, people, animals, architecture and Scandinavian police dramas on Netflix.
Chris is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware and a native of the Philadelphia area. While a Blue Hen Chris was a re-founding father of his Fraternity. Prior to joining RJMetrics he was an analyst for a business development and consultancy group within a nationally recognized securities litigation firm. In his free time Chris likes to golf, golf and golf. In the summer, when not golfing, you can find him at the Whitebrier in Avalon, NJ on the weekends or by himself pondering the vastness of the universe.
Eli is a Philly native and studied Risk, Insurance and Health Care Management at Temple University. Outside of work, he enjoys learning about and traveling to new countries but while in Philadelphia takes advantage of the many benefits of city life. Eli is slowly acquiring the basic utensils required for cooking at home, starting foremost with the crowd favorite - and Bobby Flay's secret ingredient - Sriracha sauce. You may also find him dodging the human obstacle course on sidewalks during his after-work jogs.
Andrew studied Economics and Chinese at Kenyon College, and joined RJMetrics in early 2014. Prior to RJ he worked at Citigroup and a start up toy company called Neat-Oh! International. He is an endurance nut who regularly competes in triathlons and marathons. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and will defend all the Buffalo sports teams to his dying day.
Kelly got a Business Management & Marketing degree from East Stroudsburg University of PA, up in the Pocono Mountains. After graduation she worked for a skydiving company called Sky's the Limit where she found her passion for skydiving. Kelly has done 3 tandem skydives and plans to learn to skydive on her own very soon. She then moved back to the Philadelphia area and became a Microsoft Specialist, where she decided big corporations weren't for her. She loves dogs, fashion, babysitting, Indo Boarding, Kevin Spacey movies and her family's beach house in OCNJ!
Marek is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Earth and Environmental Science and a fierce determination to find a solution to climate change. Prior to joining RJMetrics, he spent three years working in the strategy and marketing department of a local clean tech software and consulting company. On his weekends, you’ll find Marek either renovating properties, playing sports, or fly fishing for trout in the Wissahickon - the creek he grew up on. Marek’s been told that he’s a lot like a yellow lab: a fun-loving, very loyal, and easily distractible Big Galoot.
Johanna earned her undergraduate degree in art history from Harvard and eventually went back to school to obtain an MBA from UCLA. She realized that she loved technology while working in a range of positions over the years at Google. While there, she formally bid adieu to her thoughts of pursuing an academic career in the arts. The fact that she was the captain of the math team in high school should have tipped her off earlier that she was really a nerd at heart.
Matthew graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Computer Science. Before coming to RJMetrics as a software engineer he worked for a small defense contractor in New Jersey, building radar simulation applications. He spent most of his formative years killing time on the internet, which is probably where his love affair with technology blossomed. Outside of work he likes reading, occasionally writing, and cell phone photography.
David spent his last few years working in a Neuroengineering lab at Drexel University, where he used a novel data visualization technique to provide insight into the network structure of spinal neurons. After discovering his passion for Business Intelligence, he decided to use his unique analytics perspective to help businesses make more data-driven decisions. David is the Founder and Organizer of Split Screen Philly and at one point, he was signed to a record label in Japan and (almost) made into the Need for Speed: Most Wanted soundtrack. Outside of work, you can typically find him at some-band-you’ve-never-heard-of’s show or drinking the delicious craft beer of Philadelphia.
Safraz grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka and came to to the US to study Economics and Business at Lafayette College. He aspires to be a jack-of-all-trades, and a master at helping clients make better data-driven decisions. Safraz spends his spare time picking up useless tidbits of information, traveling, and obsessing about cricket and soccer. His current focus is on fine-tuning his free-kick technique, though admittedly, the technique might need more than just a fine-tune.
Alex ventured north from Ohio to study mathematics, computer science, and fine art at the University of Toronto. While there, he became fascinated in everything from machine learning and data mining to graffiti and the traditional Canadian sport of politeness. He once stole an ice bar from his own event, ran a half marathon with 10 hours notice, and almost fell off of a mountain. When he's not reading up on different mathematical proofs or going for a run, Alex can be found in the kitchen or in the soup kitchen.
For 10 plus years in Philly, Jim has been exercising his love of building software and learning new things. While he likes pure functional programming languages and natural language parsing, he also enjoys riding his unicycle, playing ring-around-the-rosie with his daughter, and the game of Go.
Andy is with us for the summer since he is currently a rising third-year student at UVA studying Math and Commerce. He is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and was once asked in an interview if the sport "involved any four-legged participants." When he's at home in Media, Andy visits Wawa at least once a day and refuses to respond to people who ask if Wawa is a gas station.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in Financial Economics. Before joining RJMetrics, Dan dabbled in the worlds of education and management consulting. His proudest accomplishment since moving to Philadelphia is eating a whole Philly Taco. He likes to play sports, try different craft beers, and root for the Dallas Cowboys.
Lauren studied art and design first at Moore and then at Penn, where she was the first graduate of the Emerging Design and Research program. She is the creator of an online dating text generator that was featured on Slate and a twitter bot that got a shoutout in the Washington Post. When she’s not online, Lauren might be out for a run or attempting a yoga inversion. She lives in Philly’s up-and-coming Port Richmond neighborhood in a 90-year-old fixer-upper with her pet gecko, Ox.
Anna is from Minnesota, like all the other cool people. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in Latin American Studies and Portuguese-Brazilian Studies, worked in immigration law for a while, went to Penn for a Master's degree in Criminology, and then finally figured out that communications is her true love. Anna spent a year in in college living in Rio de Janeiro, and once spent a summer in the Peruvian High Amazon, where she became really good at not chopping off her own leg with a machete while clearing fields for reforestation. Outside of work, she fights street harassment, writes about PSA campaigns, watches Brazilian soap operas, runs, plays the oboe, dances salsa and bachata, and finds new ways to enjoy glitter. Her principal role models are Mariah Carey, Ugly Betty, and Liz Lemon.
Alex studied Business Communications at Arizona State University. Upon graduation, he moved to Philadelphia to find love in a strange place. After working for a non-profit education group and a sales and marketing firm in Philadelphia, Alex is excited to be helping businesses make data-driven decisions. Outside of work, Alex enjoys using his New York Times subscription, playing basketball, swimming, exploring the burgeoning food scene in Philadelphia, and hopelessly rooting for his favorite sports team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Originally from Croatia, Nouras graduated from the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, also known as the local branch of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After graduation he decided to practice his trade and joined an investment bank. He later got his MBA from the Wharton School, started an ecommerce company while at school and joined RJMetrics after graduation. In his spare time, Nouras has developed a habit of moving house, (voluntarily) changing address twelve times in eight years and across four continents. He can routinely be found eating portions suggested for two people. Not owning a TV is probably the most counter-culture thing he has ever done.
Sal is proud to be the first La Salle grad at RJ, where he majored in finance and minored in math and computer science. While in school, he spent time interning in product management at a financial software firm. He has backpacked solo through Western Europe, and once painted a 50 sq. ft. whiteboard in his bedroom; uses include calculus and caricatures. He is obsessed with self-improvement and welcomes any conversation about trivia, travel or Eagles football.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (the City of Champions) Taryn attended The Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with honors from the Schreyer Honors College with a degree in Psychology (no, she is not psychoanalyzing you). She has extensive and diverse work experience ranging from real estate to retail operations, but has found that the exciting world of analytics truly satisfies her inner nerd. Taryn lives in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood with her husband and their dog, Fitz (also known as Mr.F), enjoys bicycling, watching movies and decorating her late 19th century row home.
Nico was born in New York and raised in Point Pleasant, New Jersey by his Argentinian father and Colombian mother. After achieving his black belt at the age of 6.5 and modeling in countless child clothing catalogues, he decided to pick up the books. Years later, he would graduate from Villanova University and move to Hoboken, NJ to work for Major League Baseball. After his stint in the big leagues, he went on to work for Olam International where he picked up his obsession with coffee. His passions include, but are not limited to, Villanova basketball, Taylor Swift, movie theatre cuisine, Lionel Messi, and the United States of America.
Hooman recently moved to Philadelphia from Boston where he received his PhD in computer science from Northeastern. Prior to RJMetrics, he was an adjunct faculty and researcher at Northeastern. He started with EE in college, switched to CS for grad school, built a lot of hardware and software from scratch, and ended up writing a dissertation on how to send information wirelessly to very small biological organisms. He is originally from Iran and loves to doodle, play poker, read and talk about languages, follow sports, travel, and eat. He is a couchsurfer and has offered his couch to guests from all habitable continents. He can write with both hands in any random direction and once in college wrote his class notes mirrored.
Jenn graduated from MIT with a degree in Neuroscience, then earned her Masters in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When she's not obsessively creating auto-calculating Excel spreadsheets or fangirl-ing over new infographics, she's trying out new Smitten Kitchen recipes, exploring (and yelping) Philly's restaurants with her husband, (re)watching Pixar movies, or playing Dominion or Settlers of Catan. Anyone have wheat for ore?