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Fastspot is an award-winning interactive agency dedicated to creating amazing websites and applications while delivering outstanding client service. Our team is committed to working collaboratively with our clients and passionate about creating excellent user experiences.

We've also created some pretty amazing software you may have heard about. BigTree CMS is the open source content management system powering many of today's largest university, museum, and association websites.

If we sound like the right fit for your project, download our project questionnaire or get in touch!

Fastspot has moved Parks & People into the 21st Century by creating a website that accurately, thoughtfully and beautifully showcases the important work we do. The site is quickly becoming what we always envisioned: a vibrant and accessible resource for the entire City. On top of all that, the CMS is a breeze to use making it easy for even a novice to update or add content at a moment’s notice.

-Kyle DeVaul, Parks & People Foundation

Our Team

Tracey Halvorsen

President & Chief Visionary Officer

Tracey Halvorsen

Tracey's endurance for brainstorming and long meetings is the stuff of legends. ...more

Tracey Halvorsen is a consultant, designer, painter, author, and speaker. Her background in visual art and computer-based technology and her hands-on style of leadership has helped Fastspot consistently create award-winning and industry recognized websites, applications and marketing campaigns.

Tracey has been a speaker and presenter at numerous industry events and conferences. Her speaking career started with the groundbreaking premiere of the interactive project "Memoire" at NYC's 2001 Flash Forward conference, which went on to win the coveted Flash Film Festival award in Amsterdam. She was a panelist on one of 2010 SXSW’s most talked about presentations entitled, “We F*cked Up.  Now What?  Exploring Failure with Happy Cog and Friends” and spoke at the 2010 NYC Case Summit for Advancement Leaders.

Halvorsen, known for her innovative thinking and creative problem solving, is never short on opinions or ways to make things better, and she shares these observations in her blog, Think Design Interact. She is also currently an active board member with the Greater Baltimore Tech Council, seeking to enhance Baltimore's national visibility and attraction as a technology and cultural hub.

Tracey keeps her focus on big-picture trends and how business is evolving and transforming within the interactive marketing arena. She ensures Fastspot engages with the "right" clients and works to inspire her team and colleagues to deliver outstanding results.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Tracey earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She also spent time studying painting and sculpture in Lacoste, France, but her French is limited to "I'd like a beer, please."

@traceyhalvorsen
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Tim Buckingham

Senior Software Developer

Tim Buckingham

Tim is the brains behind BigTree CMS, Denote, and Fastspot's plans to take over the world. ...more

As one of Fastspot's senior developers and software engineers, Tim oversees Fastspot's award-winning content management system, BigTree. Tim has more than fourteen years of technology development experience for a range of high- profile companies and clients.

At Fastspot, Tim has conceived and developed a wide range of Websites and applications. He is skilled in programming languages and platforms including PHP, SQL, MySQL, JavaScript, VB6, VB.Net, ASP, ColdFusion, C, Objective-C, HTML / XHTML / XML and CSS. His programming career began during the field’s early emergence, starting with developing websites in HTML and then moving on to programming Texas Instruments calculators, 16 years ago. Tim progressed to learning Z80 assembly after TI-BASIC and then PHP, SQL and JavaScript. He developed and maintained an early TI development site, TI-News, sharing programming knowledge with the fast evolving community centered around TI devices. Tim also became skilled in VB6 and .Net and developed custom side scrolling games similar to the Mario-type games popular at the time. He combined these skill sets with ASP to develop eLister Pro, a software package allowing users to list and track their eBay auctions along with invoicing their clients and tracking profits in the same familiar eBay-like environment.

Tim joined Fastspot in 2007 and immediately began advancing the core foundation of BigTree CMS. He has been the lead BigTree engineer since 2007, as well as creating the popular web commenting program, Denote. Tim also provides support to client projects which require advanced programming solutions. Tim’s hands on experience and direct interaction with Fastspot’s client base ensures his big picture goals for BigTree and other applications and software products are grounded in user requirements and emerging industry trends. He is a proponent of the open source community and ideals, and is a frequent contributor to the BigTree developer forums and evolving documentation and change logs.

An avid gamer and musician, Tim plays guitar, bass, and keyboards.

@timbuckingham

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Stacy LaHam

Agency Director & Project Manager

Stacy LaHam

It's safe to say this place wouldn't run without Stacy: Her strict attention to detail and schedule-wrangling abilities keep the lights on and everyone on track. ...more

Stacy has instituted many of the internal systems that keep Fastspot efficient. As one of our project managers, Stacy adeptly facilitates communication between Fastspot and such clients as the International Spy MuseumNotre Dame of Maryland University, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the American Beverage Association, ensuring that clients' needs are attended to fully and promptly. Her familiarity with programming and design standards also inform her project management, ensuring that clients' problems are solved quickly and knowledgeably.

A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in ceramics, Stacy has also worked as a program assistant at Maryland Citizens for the Arts, a statewide nonprofit arts advocacy group, and as a web content editor for the Baltimore Greater Cultural Alliance's FunGuide.

Stacy is one of Fastspot's resident "foodies," making her the first person to go to when looking for a great meal in Baltimore.

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John "Yianni" Mathioudakis

Senior Designer

John "Yianni" Mathioudakis

Yianni brings a lot to the table—design, photography, videography, and a wonderfully calm attitude. ...more

Yianni, a senior designer at Fastspot, specializes in concept development, usability, interface design, and content visualization. He earned a BFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art.

At Fastspot, he draws from his design, typography and photography background, and applies these skills to projects. Yianni has contributed to the design of University of Puget SoundConcordia College, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His photography and videography work can currently be seen on Bay State College's new Website and digital viewbook. 


Yianni is also the co-founder of CAST83, a Baltimore based, two person photography and videography team where his work primarily focuses on telling stories.

@yiannifive

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Bon Champion

Developer

Bon Champion

Bon wins the award for coolest name ever. ...more

Bon works with the designers, developers and project managers as a key team member of many Fastspot projects. He also possesses a thoughtful and creative eye when conducting usability testing or competitive reviews, which informs his work as a developer. Bon is a skilled front end developer who has the added benefit of a design background, allowing him to take designs to working prototypes with a high level of craftsmanship. He is also a skilled BigTree CMS developer, implementing the system into many of Fastspot’s projects, and developing custom templates and modules when needed.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Bon started out at Maryland Institute College of Art as a photography major but quickly realized his interest in, and natural ability in, interactive design and development. Bon is also a proven asset on the kickball field, and has one of the coolest names around.

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Rufus

Senior Aromatherapy Expert

Rufus

Rufus is a calming presence at the office, keeping us company during our production meetings and phone calls. ...more

Rufus is a perfect big brother to Fastspot's other canine companion, Stella, and he spends most of his time keeping an eye on things and making sure everyone's OK. When he's not hanging with us at the office, he's having a great time exploring the neighborhood with his dogwalker and fellow four-legged friends.

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Amy Goldberg

President & Chief Executive Officer

Amy Goldberg

Amy makes sure everything runs smoothly at Fastspot. Don't bother trying to hide from her—she will find you. ...more

Amy Goldberg, a co-founder of Fastspot, is a gifted designer, visual artist, organizer, and solutions provider. She has the ability to combine traditional graphic design awareness and new media technologies with classic, fine art sensibilities and applies this to all of our clients’ projects.

A native of Ohio and a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in photography, Amy was originally drawn to more traditional art forms, especially black and white photography, until she discovered her natural programming, problem-solving, and project management abilities. She flexes those muscles every day, overseeing all of Fastspot's undertakings, from supervising information architecture development to budget development to resource allocation for Fastspot's projects.

Amy works to continuously drive Fastspot forward, ensuring that the agency is always evolving and improving while continuing to nail the basics: making beautiful things that function effortlessly.

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April Osmanof

User Experience Director

April Osmanof

When April isn't busy doing the work of ten, she's finding the funniest videos on the Web to entertain us. ...more

April oversees all user experience and information architecture work that goes into Fastspot's projects, most recently including projects for Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Stonehill College, Kenyon College and Brooklyn College. She creates and manages complex architectural schemas and user-focused strategies, ensuring the UX concepts are strictly followed throughout the project’s evolution. She also produces front-end elements for many projects, ensuring sites are accessible and meet contemporary Web standards. In addition, she's the agency Search Engine Optimization expert.

A native of Florida, April moved to Baltimore in 1998 and earned a BA in sculpture and an MFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her studies in sculpture cultivated an interest in the way things are built and function, which has informed her work in graphic design and Web development.

April most recently presented at Confab London 2013, offering solutions to commonly faced hurdles in higher ed website projects. You can enjoy her presentation slides here. She has contributed to Graphic Design: The New Basics, Indie Publishing: How to Publish Your Own Book, and Urbanite magazine. She also writes about user experience on Fastspot's blog, www.thinkdesigninteract.com. When she's not cooking up yummy vegetarian food for lunch, she can be found making the occasional Justin Bieber tribute video.

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Kim Koenig

Project Manager

Kim Koenig

Kim truly thrives on working with clients—and coaching the Fastspot kickball team. ...more

Kim manages all aspects of a project, from inception to launch to long-term support and maintenance. She draws on organizational and workflow strategies that she developed while working in the mortgage industry; she also applies her extensive experience in sales and marketing to her work. She's skillfully shepherded such projects as Woodberry Kitchen, HistoryMiami, and the Walters Art Museum's Works of Art site. Her attention to detail and grasp of usability empower her to make sure that Fastspot's projects evolve on schedule and within scope, as well as achieve the high level of quality that Fastspot is known for delivering.

A native of Ohio, Kim played basketball for much of her life, including at Ashland University, where she earned a BA in communications and business. In her work at Fastspot, she's a true team player, always willing to share knowledge and expertise.

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Calea Kevlin

User Experience Designer

Calea Kevlin

Calea thrives on designing and problem-solving, transforming the utilitarian into a thing of beauty. ...more

Calea possesses a fluent knowledge of multiple visual languages: information graphics, photography, identity, print, book and experience design.  Her command of color, typography, and information organization is refreshingly original yet accessible and functional.  Calea establishes the visual tone of interactive projects through design comps, visual explorations, and art production.  In addition to graphic design, she also has a strong interest in photography and spent a semester studying in Paris.  Calea is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design.

Calea has applied her skills to such projects as Woodberry Kitchen, College of Notre Dame, and Baltimore Fishbowl. Her talent for working collaboratively and delivering just what our clients need is invaluable, as are her sense of humor and easygoing nature.

@ckevlin

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Matt Hisamoto

Developer

Matt Hisamoto

If Matt wasn't working in the interactive industry, he'd be a paleontologist. Yep, he's a huge dinosaur nerd. ...more

Matt Hisamoto grew up on the Bay in Southern Maryland, before moving to North Carolina. He learned 3D modeling/animation in high school, alongside some basic HTML. He attended NC State's College of Design, starting out pursuing animation and then shifting to a focus on Flash and ActionScript programming. Like most seasoned web professionals, he picked up most of his real-world web skills working on the side—mastering CSS in a summer redesigning the NCSU lacrosse team website. An internship and a job later, Matt was designing and building websites, games and applications in Flash, with PHP and MySQL, while also continuing to hone his skills in HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Matt spent two years at McKinney, an ad agency in Durham, where he worked on the acclaimed interactive piece "SPENT," the startup Dognition, and picked up some Ruby on Rails skills while he was at it.

Matt is a developer at Fastspot, but his focus doesn't begin and end with code. Matt brings a high level of skill in user experience design to everything he builds, and his combined appreciation for code and design made him an instant perfect fit for Fastspot. Matt is passionate about how things work, and ensuring things are done the best way possible. A craftsman at heart, he is always a champion of the user experience and the quality of the build when building interactive projects at Fastspot.

A few things about Matt:

He played lacrosse in high school and college, and hockey recreationally.
Matt has always had a huge affinity for Maryland, and he's thrilled to be back in his home state.
He's never left the country, but this will change soon!
He's got one of the coolest last names around, and it's really fun to say out loud. It's Japanese. He promises.

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Birdie

Happy Maker

Birdie

Wherever Birdie is, happiness follows. She enjoys visiting everyone in the office, especially the project managers (who feed her treats). She also enjoys sitting under desks and in corners, and sticking her tongue out. ...more

Curt Kotula

Art & Technology Director

Curt Kotula

Curt oversees the design and technical aspects of all of Fastspot's projects. ...more

As the Art & Technology Director at Fastspot, Curt provides the creative and technical direction for all of the agency's projects keeping a focus on design excellence and craftsmanship.

Curt's ability to create beautiful experiences is evident in the websites for Bucknell University, Kenyon College, Live Baltimore, and Ziger/Snead as well as the interactive online art collection for The Walters Art Museum.

Curt has a BFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art, where he has been a visiting artist in the MFA in graphic design program and taught undergraduate classes on Web design.

Curt believes in keeping things simple and enjoying the act of creation, whether it's creating a website, making a cup of coffee, refurbishing his historic home, or building a Lego castle with his two sons.

@curtkotula

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Katie Jennings

Director of New Business and Relationship Development

Katie Jennings

Katie enjoys nothing more than the complexities of crafting the perfect client engagement for the perfect Fastspot client. ...more

A long-time communications professional and dedicated listener, Katie works with prospective and current clients to clearly articulate their challenges and help figure out the best way for Fastspot to solve them. With nearly a decade of experience in business development, much of it for higher education and non-profit institutions, Katie knows the right questions to ask, and is always happy to go searching for the answers.

Katie brings a wide range of  experience to Fastspot. In previous lives, she’s written marketing strategies, created knowledge repositories, overseen website redesigns, implemented content management systems, managed intranets, written RFPs, and spearheaded digital outreach. Once she even figured out how to have a blimp shipped to Colombia.

Katie is a North Carolina native now living in Middlebury, Vermont, where she has proudly survived 12 winters. She’s Fastspot’s first remote team member, but makes regular trips to the office in person and online.

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Monica Janowitz

Project Manager

Monica Janowitz

Monica's bubbly personality and innate design sensibility is a winning compliment to any project. ...more

Monica joined Fastspot with a strong project management background in media planning and marketing. She oversees management and delivery of interactive projects, as well as maintaining ongoing relationships with long-term clients. Monica works with the design and development teams, ensuring the project team meets the established objectives on time and within budget, always with an eye on the details. She is an enthusiastic problem solver and thrives on being engaged in all aspects of the project. Always up for a challenge, she willingly steps up and jump in head first on any new project, thanks to an energetic thirst for knowledge and continued immersion in the interactive community.

Monica is a graduate of Fairfield University with a BA degree in Communication, and holds a Fashion Design Certificate from Parson's New School of Design. After spending several years in New York, Monica returned to her hometown of Baltimore and now spends much of her free time on a start up custom clothing design business.

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Ben Plum

Senior Developer

Ben Plum

Ben makes fast work of anything we throw at him. ...more

Ben, a senior developer at Fastspot, posses a strong appreciation for the front end details that provide the foundation for a positive user experience. His expertise for programming is evident is his ability to move seamlessly from complex development solutions to delicate CSS adjustments. Ben is highly skilled in PHP, HTML / XHTML / XML, CSS, Javascript, Actionscript, Java, Processing and Objective C.

Ben was recently honored by placing sixth in the 2011 CSSOFF Competition, an international competition entered by thousands of highly recognized front end developers to test their expertise working with CSS.

Ben implements BigTree’s user interface changes, and also assists with development and code refinement. He is also one of Fastspot’s lead developers on BigTree CMS integration with client projects, developing custom modules and templates and ensuring front end integrity. He has contributed to developing custom programming solutions and BigTree CMS installations for clients including DePauw University, HistoryMiami, the Walters Art Museum, Bay State College, Tufts University and several sites for Discovery Communications.

Ben earned a BFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is an active contributor to the BigTree user forums.

@benplum

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Karen Shea

Designer

Karen Shea

Karen is participating in one of Fastspot's design internships, getting her hands dirty helping on on projects and learning how an interactive agency stays busy and happy. ...more

Karen is a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art finishing up a BFA in Graphic Design while interning at Fastspot. At Fastspot she handles a number of tasks supporting the design team and is learning plenty about what efficient workflow, feedback and management look like.

In the past she’s participated in hackathons and completed internships in the US and Paris. For her senior degree project she is designing a proposal for a grocery store based on the triple bottom line of sustainability.

In her spare time she’s organizing events for the MICA Design League and working on a small project with UNICEF.

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