Gragg is excited to announce that since April, we have welcomed 12 new employees to the team! Take a few minutes and get to know a little bit about them.
Gragg was excited to welcome Richard Aubuchon to the Interactive Department as Interactive Manager. Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Northeast Missouri State, now known as Truman State University. Before joining us at Gragg, he spent the last eight years operating a web development company, Ambition Solutions.
Favorite travel: The Caribbean
Interests: Spending time with his wife, son and daughter
Fun fact: He spent 12 years in the broadcasting industry before starting his own company
Greg Barry has recently teamed up with Gragg’s Information Technology department as an Interactive Programmer. Greg has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kansas. Before arriving at Gragg, he worked from home in his pajamas as an Independent Contractor.
Area of interest: Web Programming
Favorite travel: Anywhere outside of the United States
Interests: Playing with his daughter, chatting with his wife, riding his motorcycle and playing bass in an internationally acclaimed rock band, Trucker! (“We’re huge in China…”)
Fun fact: Greg is an Aries and enjoys long walks on the beach
Gragg was pleased to welcome Megan Deines as a new Account Executive. Megan acquired a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Prior to landing at Gragg, Megan worked with MMG Worldwide and GlynnDevins.
Favorite travel: Europe
Interests: Cooking, walking her dog Miles
Fun fact: She is a huge KU basketball fan
Gragg was eager to welcome Ashley Earnest as their new Senior Interactive Analyst. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas and is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration. Most recently, Ashley worked with Knit Rite Inc. as the Business Development and Marketing Manager.
Area of interest: Everything
Awards/honors: 2009 Regnier Foundation Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition $15,000 Business Launch package; Ingram’s Magazine’s Top 20 in Their 20’s
Favorite travel: Everywhere
Interests: Traveling and learning
Fun fact: She has a dog named Squishy
Dorie Iraoui recently teamed up with the Business Development department as a Business Development Account Executive. Dorie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business. Prior to Gragg, Dorie worked as an Admissions Counselor.
Awards/honors: Top Sales/Leadership Award at NAU 2008 & 2009
Favorite travel: Morocco
Interests: Entertaining and enjoying life with family and friends
Fun fact: She loves to read, clean and do yard work
Paul King joined Gragg’s Creative Department as Creative Manager. Paul graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Paul’s professional experience includes work with creative groups such as River City Studio and Hallmark.
Area of interest: Creative
Favorite travel: Western U.S. and Europe
Interests: Skiing, fishing and traveling
Fun fact: His ancestors came to America on the Mayflower _______________________________________
Gragg was pleased to welcome Melissa Kopp as a new Junior Account Executive. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Illinois. Before teaming up with Gragg, Melissa worked with the American Institute of Architects as the Member Services Manager. Before that, she was in law school in Chicago!
Favorite travel: Anywhere in Europe or South America
Interests: Having dinner and drinks with friends, running on the Trolley Trail, or relaxing at home
Fun fact: She took voice lessons for years and is classically trained in opera
Julie Linebarger teamed up with the Media Department as a Marketing Coordinator. Julie earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas and worked with Sam A. Winn & Associates.
Area of interest: Design, especially in architecture
Favorite travel: New York
Interests: Traveling, photography and spending time with family and friends
Fun fact: She has always wanted to travel to Greece and Italy
Leanna Lippert has recently joined the Pay-Per-Lead team at Gragg as a Marketing Coordinator. Leanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Before joining Gragg, Leanna interned at Allied Integrated Marketing in Kansas City.
Area of interest: Journalism/Mass Communication
Awards/honors: Honorable mention for Layout Design for the University News, UMKC’s newspaper
Favorite travel: Colorado
Interests: Shopping, the Lake of the Ozarks, hanging out at home with her puppy and boyfriend
Fun fact: She is afraid of frogs
Gragg welcomed Mara Picardi, as a Search Engine Marketing Specialist, to its Interactive Department. Prior to joining Gragg, Mara received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked for Americorps NCCC.
Area of interest: Traveling
Awards/honors: Various from high school and college
Favorite travel: Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Chicago, Maryland, Florida and the Caribbean!
Interests: Reading, concerts, art, volunteering, painting and meeting new people
Fun fact: She lived in Louisiana, Mississippi and Maryland for 6 months doing volunteer work with the Americorps NCCC program, she has a twin sister, she loves coffee, espresso and food of all kinds!