Meet the team

Sam Lundin Sam Lundin

Sam Lundin

Chief Executive Officer

Sam previously invested in tech companies at a hedge fund, with a focus on the Internet space. Before that, he was a tech M&A banker. Sam’s painful search for a photography class led him to Vimbly instead.

Little Known Fact:

Tries to eat chicken wings with a fork and knife.

Chris Yeung Chris Yeung

Chris Yeung

Chief Technology Officer

Chris's passion for automation started in asset management, where he was responsible for building portfolio management systems at BlackRock. His journey ultimately led to Vimbly Group, where he now takes pleasure in applying technology to build businesses across a variety of industries.

Little Known Fact:

Once helped create a feral robotic dog to help sniff out pollutants in groundwater.

Simon Hammer Simon Hammer

Simon Hammer

VP of Product

Simon's the type of guy that eats a pre-brunch breakfast and a post-brunch lunch. When he's not at Vimbly HQ, you can find him in some kind of body of water... trying not to drown.

Little Known Fact:

Used to be a triathlon athlete... and won first place for his age group! (But he doesn't really tell people about it.)

Mallory Stein Mallory Stein

Mallory Stein

Project Manager

Mallory grew up in a foreign land some know as Long Island and attended SUNY Binghamton where she studied engineering, witnessed occasional sun appearances, and spent two years as a vegetarian before realizing she had made a miSTEAK. Mallory is a self-proclaimed human Shazam and goes by Mal to non-telemarketers.

Little Known Fact:

Can name the make, model, and approximate year of almost any car she sees.

Paul Lee Paul Lee

Paul Lee

Full Stack Developer

As a kid, Paul had an extreme enthusiasm for the anatomy of electronics, disassembling radio receivers, TVs, Playstations, iPhones and anything that had circuits in it -- despite almost getting electrocuted by a CRT monitor.

Little Known Fact:

Used to play bass guitar for a punk rock band.

Joe Mileo Joe Mileo

Joe Mileo

Engineering Manager

Despite living just outside New York City his entire life, Joe never tires of the sights and sounds. From a young age, he was always tinkering away with old, neglected computers. He’s never one to turn down a good home-cooked meal and on weekends can be found out on the golf course (usually searching for a lost ball or two).

Little Known Fact:

Had a tooth knocked out by a younger sister when he was in 2nd grade (she was 4!).

Camilo Calle Camilo Calle

Camilo Calle

Full Stack Developer

Camilo can be summed up in three words: curious, skeptical, and introverted. He’s always up for trying new cuisine, and enjoys listening to music while coding. Tell Camilo to get lost and he’ll take it quite literally. He loves exploring, whether it’s among skyscrapers or forests.

Little Known Fact:

Is allergic to chocolate, but doesn’t care, and insists on eating it until an allergic reaction begins.

Brandon Peters Brandon Peters

Brandon Peters

Back-end Developer

Born in southern Indiana, Brandon started programming in BASIC on the Commodore 64 when he was ten years old -- his interest in computer programming has thrived ever since. Brandon’s interests include software development, independent movies, all things books and enjoying the outdoors whenever possible.

Little Known Fact:

Goes hammock camping during all four seasons -- sometimes with up to 40 other people!

Sean Whiteman Sean Whiteman

Sean Whiteman

Back-end Developer

Sean plays more instruments than he can count -- though not necessarily very well. As an avid volleyball fan, Sean loves going to the beach to play in games every chance he gets. When Sean has free time you can find him at the driving range with his friends (where someone is guaranteed to break a club more often than not).

Little Known Fact:

Once broke his phone when it fell about one foot on to a fluffy carpet.

Melissa Haidar Melissa Haidar

Melissa Haidar

Operations Manager

Melissa is an avid cross country enthusiast -- she doesn't run, but has driven coast to coast three times. After eventually moving to Kauai, Melissa realized she missed home and traded the Hawaiian jungle in for a concrete one.

Little Known Fact:

Knows all the lyrics to most Shania Twain songs.

Christian Harrypersad Christian Harrypersad

Christian Harrypersad

Back-end Developer

Growing up in South Jersey, Christian loved tinkering with computers. When he's not coding, you can find him watching racing or streaming games.

Little Known Fact:

Although Christian has lived in Atlantic City, he has never gambled.

Talitha Booker Talitha Booker

Talitha Booker

Web & Graphic Design Specialist

Talitha grew up in New Jersey and loves to travel, listen to classical music, and watch comedy movies. She considers herself a choco-holic, but likes to think it’s balanced out by the amount of fruit she consumes. During her free time, Talitha enjoys playing the piano, going to the beach, and exploring theme parks.

Little Known Fact:

Dangerously afraid of heights, unless roller coasters are involved.

Ferina Casado Ferina Casado

Ferina Casado

User Engagement

Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Ferina moved to the US at the age of 2. Most weekends you can find her grilling anything she can get her hands on, pausing only for rain or snow. Ferina tries new cooking recipes like it’s her job -- so long as they don’t include Twizzlers...

Little Known Fact:

Suspects she is the only person alive who hates Twizzlers.

Melisa Chiem Melisa Chiem

Melisa Chiem

UX Designer

Melisa is a UX designer who is passionate about designing digital products that help people. She was raised in paradise (otherwise known as Hawaii) and has lived on both the east and west coast, doing her best to improve digital experiences for users everywhere.

Little Known Fact:

Grew up speaking a rare Chinese dialect called Teo Chew.

Noel Picinich Noel Picinich

Noel Picinich

Front-end Developer

After spending her whole life in the heat of South Florida, Noel packed her bags and headed north in search of seasons and a breathtaking city skyline. She is an avid moviegoer and can often be found perusing Pinterest for new crafty ideas, though she hasn’t opened her own Etsy shop (yet).

Little Known Fact:

Has yet to tell Ferina that she also hates twizzlers.

Sam Nabi Sam Nabi

Sam Nabi

Front-end Developer

Sam is a sucker for live music and poetry. More often than not, you'll find him at an open mic night relaxing with friends. Sam has also been bitten by the travel bug, and with family members across 6 different countries he can always find a couch to crash on.

Little Known Fact:

Rides his bicycle all year round, even through winter.

Julio Diaz Julio Diaz

Julio Diaz

PHP Developer

Julio grew up in northern Colombia in the town of Purísima. He loves seafood, swimming, and late night coding sessions. When he isn’t playing the role of unofficial technology adviser for his friends and family, you can usually find Julio playing soccer video games or cooking.

Little Known Fact:

Is always the last of his friends to order at restaurants because he can be super indecisive.

Paul Adrian Paul Adrian

Paul Adrian

UI Designer

Paul has an engineering background and loves playing guitar -- so much so that he once considered a career as a full-time street performer. Paul’s philosophy is “go big or go home” even when trying new things -- the first time he tried rollerblading, he ended up breaking his hand.

Little Known Fact:

Lost his wallet while he was on a trip in the mountains and had to trade all of his belongings for a ticket back home.

Diego Ernst

React Native Developer

Diego is the type of person who can spend his entire vacation in front of a computer screen and feel like he didn’t miss out on the trip. He plays the drums and does production for some local rock bands to keep his cool factor in check, and can listen to the same song on repeat for days in a row without getting sick of it.

Little Known Fact:

Can find the fundamental acoustic frequency of any room by singing.

Nicole McVeigh

Account Coordinator

Nicole grew up in New Jersey and has a knack for adventure. She enjoys hiking and camping in her downtime, exploring nature to its fullest. Nicole is always up for new activities, big or small -- you can usually find her scrolling the ‘gram for the coolest places to travel to, or making a local trip to Chipotle or Chick-Fil-A.

Little Known Fact:

Has an identical twin sister.

Luan Nguyen Luan Nguyen

Luan Nguyen

DevOps Engineer

Luan is an IT enthusiast who enjoys exploring new technologies. He works closely with developers to help them on infrastructure provisioning, auto-scaling on clouds, CI/CD, and applications troubleshooting. Aside from IT, Luan loves going to the beach, swimming and biking.

Little Known Fact:

Shoots photos on his outdoor expeditions that would make Nat Geo jealous.

Lea Yacat Lea Yacat

Lea Yacat

User Engagement

When she isn’t making sure Vimbly users have awesome experiences, you can find Lea playing with her kids and watching Korean dramas. Her lifelong dream is to travel to all the 7,643 islands of the Philippines and eventually take on the rest of the world.

Little Known Fact:

Sneezes (up to 10 times in a row!) right after she wakes up every morning.

Daniel Radut Daniel Radut

Daniel Radut

Back-end Developer

Even though Daniel grew up in the heart of Transylvania, he now calls the US his home. Daniel’s hobbies include programming, playing soccer and snowboarding -- it’s impossible for him to pick a favorite. Daniel enjoys traveling with his family and the memories they make on each of their trips together.

Little Known Fact:

Wanted to be a professional soccer player when he was younger.

Peter Hannon Peter Hannon

Peter Hannon

Back-end Developer

Pete loves being a part of exciting tech projects and watching them flourish. In his spare time, he enjoys camping in the wild and helping his kids with their math homework. Pete is always on the lookout for a chess partner.

Little Known Fact:

Was able to say the whole alphabet backwards in 6.3 seconds when he was younger.

Mohamed Saladin Mohamed Saladin

Mohamed Saladin

Operations

Mohamed previously worked as an IT manager at Orange and in marketing at Google. He was born in Egypt, is addicted to pizza and soccer, and is totally consumed by wanderlust. In his free time, Mohamed studies chocolate-loving countries and plans his next trips (whether taking them or not is another story).

Little Known Fact:

Loves his little son and all kinds of different chocolates.

Kurt Jensen Kurt Jensen

Kurt Jensen

App Developer

Growing up in Ann Arbor and having studied computer science at the University of Michigan has made Kurt a Wolverines fan for life -- you can find him cheering on his beloved team every Saturday in the fall without fail. When he's not coding or listening to podcasts, Kurt is most likely outside exploring or golfing somewhere trying to break 80.

Little Known Fact:

Played water polo throughout college.

Constantin Stan Constantin Stan

Constantin Stan

PHP Developer

Constantin is a technology enthusiast who has a passion for all things nutrition and fitness. Ask him anything about counting macros or hitting the gym, and you won’t regret it. Most nights, you can usually find Constantin working out.

Little Known Fact:

Was a Merchant Navy deck officer.

Dragan Zahariev Dragan Zahariev

Dragan Zahariev

Back-end Developer

Dragan grew up in a small country in Europe called Macedonia. He’s always eager to explore new tech challenges and solutions. Dragan has over a decade of experience with web technologies, but admits AI and machine learning are still his Achilles heel (don’t worry, he’s learning).

Little Known Fact:

Skied for the first time at age 27.

Arminas Zukauskas Arminas Zukauskas

Arminas Zukauskas

Node Developer

Arminas was born in Lithuania and studied computer science in Vilnius. He has over a decade of experience as a developer building websites from scratch. When he’s not hiding behind three different computer screens, Arminas enjoys traveling to small countryside towns with his family.

Little Known Fact:

Tells people that Bitcoin is evil even though he secretly thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Justin Jo Justin Jo

Justin Jo

Translator

Infused with inquisitive blood, Justin is always on the lookout for the unexpected. He loves to indulge his curiosity by reading, conversing and roaming around the city. A lover of life, Justin believes in living it to the fullest and holding nothing back.

Little Known Fact:

Prefers Starbucks coffee for its taste (the cold brew in particular), and not the reward stars.

Kris Guzman

React Developer

A Jersey boy who ended up living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Kris has watched too many episodes of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown". Eat and travel has been his motto for the past year, and he hopes to continue living by it in the future.

Little Known Fact:

Once got slapped by an angry Turkey in Ecuador.

Jay Jodway Jay Jodway

Jay Jodway

Minibet

Jay has worked in the technology sector as an investment banker and product manager. He has built top-grossing apps in several places around the world (including Silicon Valley and Beijing), with a focus on mobile gaming and online entertainment. Jay is both a loyal Detroit sports fan and Spartan for life.

Little Known Fact:

Is a retired child actor for Oscar Mayer & Blockbuster Video (RIP).

Ruth Bausas Ruth Bausas

Ruth Bausas

User Engagement

Ruth is a thrill-seeker who loves to travel, and her friends know she’s always up for a spontaneous trip. Ruth has an affinity for outdoor adventures that take place on land or in water -- but never in trees (see, Ruth is afraid of heights).

Little Known Fact:

Cries whenever she laughs due to overactive tear ducts.

Maisha Chowdhury

Client Services

Born in Bangladesh, Maisha moved to New York City several years ago and has been in awe of the Big Apple’s skyline ever since. She's passionate about playing tennis (which she learned later in life), planning travel adventures, counting loyalty points and entertaining her friends with delicious food.

Little Known Fact:

Currently working on writing a cookbook of her favorite recipes -- she got tired of texting them to her friends and family all the time.

Summer McGrew

Sales

Summer describes herself as a problem solver who’s interested in making processes their most efficient. She is a wife, a gymnastics coach, and is pursuing engineering studies. Summer is happiest with a movie on the nearest small screen and a coffee in her hand.

Little Known Fact:

Considers face masks the pinnacle of self care.

Consuelo Prado Consuelo Prado

Consuelo Prado

Operations

Consuelo competed in beauty pageants as a child and loves to dance… making her the not-so-secret biggest fan of Michael Jackson. Since she plans her day around crime dramas, you can usually find her channeling her inner Stabler and Benson when she is watching old “Law & Order: SVU” reruns.

Little Known Fact:

Was the shortest member of her old volleyball team.

Kevork Karakashyan Kevork Karakashyan

Kevork Karakashyan

Operations

Kevork was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria -- one of the oldest cities in Europe! Having studied in both Seattle and Milan gave Kevork a taste of city life in other parts of the world. Kevork considers his love for barbecue a side effect of life experience in the Balkans… and it’s rare he goes more than a day without a good steak.

Little Known Fact:

Has attempted brewing his own craft beer (though a drinkable batch is yet to come).

Sejina Yang Sejina Yang

Sejina Yang

Translator

Sejina is a vegetarian whose guilty pleasures include Kit Kats and Coke Zero. She enjoys playing chef in the kitchen by creating her own recipes, and trying impressively packaged snacks. Sejina is passionate about beauty products and enjoys sharing new finds with her friends and family.

Little Known Fact:

Ate 35 gelatos in a span of 25 days during her first trip to Europe.

Christina Stephens Christina Stephens

Christina Stephens

User Engagement

Christina grew up on the beautiful island of Jamaica and has almost 2 decades of customer service experience under her belt. She has a passion for cooking and enjoys recreating recipes at home from dishes she’s tried at her favorite local restaurants. Christina spends her spare time listening to mystery and horror audiobooks.

Little Known Fact:

Though Christina dreams of one day living on the beach, she has a crippling fear of seaweed.

Naomi Pacoli Naomi Pacoli

Naomi Pacoli

User Engagement

If you’re ever caught in a game of hide-and-seek with Naomi, count on finding her somewhere sunny and sandy. She loves the beach and the outdoors. Naomi has worked as a teacher and enjoys spending time with her family.

Little Known Fact:

Is an undefeated champion amongst friends and family for plates of food consumed at all-you-can-eat buffets.

Kanya Clemetson Kanya Clemetson

Kanya Clemetson

User Engagement

Kanya enjoys spending most her free time making the most of the outdoors, especially when it’s nice out. She gardens for relaxation, freestyle dives for exercise, and never misses a bird hunting season. For Kanya, crabbing is a must every June through August.

Little Known Fact:

Once had an encounter with a shark (and escaped in one piece) while sport fishing.

Sheila Marcos Sheila Marcos

Sheila Marcos

Operations

Sheila has had a passion for arts and crafts from a young age (part of that may be because she got A’s on all of her art assignments in school). Now, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and watching movies.

Little Known Fact:

Once pretended to be a tourist while visiting popular attractions in her own country.

Dennis Jumangit Dennis Jumangit

Dennis Jumangit

Operations

Dennis was born in Davao City, home to the highest peak in the Philippines. When he isn’t playing volleyball -- his favorite sport -- Dennis enjoys dreaming up different stories, and eventually wants to write a novel. His foolproof trick for remembering things is to make songs about them.

Little Known Fact:

Snores really loudly.

Robert Molina Robert Molina

Robert Molina

Researcher

Originally from Venezuela, Robert dreams of one day traveling the world. In the meantime, he settles for meeting visitors from his own country and showing them around town. Robert loves learning new languages, but he’s only fluent in English -- for now.

Little Known Fact:

Is an awful dancer in public, but can really cut a rug when no one’s watching.

CJ Charvet CJ Charvet

CJ Charvet

User Engagement

CJ considers himself a Filipino music enthusiast -- more often than not, you can find him playing the guitar or writing a song. He also sings and plays piano, bass and drums. When he isn’t working on his music, CJ loves to travel.

Little Known Fact:

Even though CJ stands for Celestino Jose, he includes both in his full name: Celestino Jose CJ Charvet.

Swapnil Marghade Swapnil Marghade

Swapnil Marghade

Node Developer

Swapnil was born in India and was brought up watching western movies and television shows. In his spare time, Swapnil enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

Little Known Fact:

Was so nervous when proposing that he briefly forgot his wife’s name.

Jason Zheng

Front-end Developer

Jason was born in Canada, has lived briefly in California, and currently resides in Connecticut. As a prospective globetrotter, he dreams of one day traveling to all seven continents. When he’s not coding, you’ll find him engrossed in a good book, cooking, or listening to lo-fi hip hop.

Little Known Fact:

Is ambidextrous (although chooses to write with his left hand).

Wicus Willemse

Node Developer

After early life in Africa, Wicus lived and travelled widely. His passion for technology and the diversity of life, has led his professional career through varied industries like banking and finance, travel, digital media and the energy sector.

Little Known Fact:

When he’s not defying gravity in the air, sea or mountains, you can find Wicus building cool tech for progressive companies.

Sam Pelton

Account Management

Sam is all about church, family, and music. Born and raised in the heart of the Midwest, he grew up as one of six kids and enjoys having a growing family himself. Sam loves playing piano, reading, and spending time with his wife and kids.

Little Known Fact:

His sister cried when he was born because she was disappointed he wasn't a girl (but she got over it).

Aaron Nicholson

Marketing

Aaron is passionate about studying theology and spending time with his church family in Lincoln, NE. He and his wife are happy parents of three blonde girls with a boy on the way! Aaron is also a fan of board games, video games, basketball games, and well…every other kind of game.

Little Known Fact:

Is surprisingly good at unpopular sports like racquetball, hacky sack, and roller hockey.

Greg Smith

Account Management

Born in Nebraska, Greg enjoys a quiet life surrounded by his family and friends. With his free time he enjoys hanging out with his kids, watching the latest Netflix releases with his wife, and playing video games with "the boys.” If you’re ever up for debating why the Star Wars sequel series doesn't exist, Greg is your guy.

Little Known Fact:

Would be a pro gamer if he were born 10 years later.

Joel Pelton

Technology

Joel first experienced the joy of software development at a young age when he coded a Lord of the Rings themed text adventure in QBasic. Since then, technology has evolved and so has his love of working with computers. Joel loves spending time at church, traveling with his family, exploring new places, and playing video games.

Little Known Fact:

His life goal is to go backcountry camping at every major national park in the United States.

Raquel Thomas

Customer Service

Raquel is a bonafide foodie and previously worked as a clinical dietitian. These days, she puts her culinary talent towards cooking up delicious meals for her family. When she’s not working or putting out fires at home, you can find Raquel chasing her kids from behind a camera and yelling “say cheese!”

Little Known Fact:

Is 50% Swedish, but is convinced she’s 50% Greek because of her love for the cuisine.

Austin Rugh

Revenue

Austin loves a challenge and will participate in any form of competition even if he doesn't fully understand the game at hand. (So if you need an extra person on your team, just let him know.) Austin likes to snowboard, wakeboard, and never gets bored.

Little Known Fact:

Once hand-fed a rhinoceros.

Jake Meador

Content

Jake lives in his hometown of Lincoln, NE with his wife and four kids. He enjoys following the English Premier League (COYS), baking and smoking meat at home, and frequenting local coffee shops and bookstores. He aspires to many things — building a better home bar, traveling a bit more, and finishing his home office, among other things.

Little Known Fact:

Once got a concussion after being run over by a ski lift.

Michal Moeller

Sales

Michal is a full-blown midwesterner. Raised in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa she loves a small-town feel but craves adventure and enjoys traveling. Michal’s hobbies are best described in 3 words: Netflix and Hulu. If you name a TV show, she's probably seen it.

Little Known Fact:

Has seen all seasons of the show Friends three (and is currently watching the series for the fourth time through).

Jen Marsack

Communications Coordinator

Jen's a straight shooter who loves to rock out to her favorite jams in her car. On one end of the spectrum Jen is an organizational whiz with an intense sticker collection and color coding system, and on the other she’s a thrill seeker who has climbed frozen waterfalls. Jen loves to travel all over the US. She has a passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.

Little Known Fact:

Has a Harry Potter shelf with collectable memorabilia and has read the series numerous times (you could say she’s just a little obsessed).

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