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  • Jason Labaw

    CEO/Founder

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    Jason Labaw

    CEO/Founder

    What I love about my work: Bonsai is creating an environment where designers, developers and marketers collaborate and thrive. A place where learning is a core value, creative expression is championed and the best ideas win. The Ford Model A came out 20 years after the first commercial automobile; Facebook appeared 20 years after AOL. What’s next? What’s the next great Ferrari of the online space? Who’s the first Shakespeare of e-books? I want to be a part of that discovery. read more »

    About Jason Labaw: I love challenges, figuring things out and pushing boundaries. I’ve always had an intense desire to know how things work, so I’m very empathetic in developing web strategies and designing user experiences. Like many, I've had lots of jobs: DJ, janitor, waiter, barista, developer, and Internet Marketing Director... and they're all relevant to my current position in some way. What I love about my job? I get to help people grow and further their careers.read more »

    Favorite Quote: "The hardest metals are forged in the hottest flames." - Chinese wisdom

  • Elliott Omlin

    Design Ninja/Founder

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    Elliott Omlin

    Design Ninja/Founder

    What I love about my work: The word 'design' means many different things to people. Traditionally, design is associated with art and graphic design. To me the fascinating thing about the design field is the depth of the word design and what it really means to design. To design a user experience, to design a user interface, design a brochure, a website. There are so many things in life that can be designed, I love showing clients that they can design much more than their website and have that impact their company in a positive way. read more »

    About Elliott Omlin: Pacific Northwest Born & Bred, AIS educated, Seattle sports fanatic.

    Favorite Quote: "Good artist copy, great artists steal." - Elliott Omlin

  • Kevin Hawley

    Creative Director

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    Kevin Hawley

    Creative Director

    What I love about my work: The great thing about Bonsai is our vast landscape of skills. Because of the awesome and talented people who work here, we can accomplish just about anything. With this in mind, we are constantly presented with amazing opportunities to unleash our awesome ninja-like web skills and create some really incredible things.read more »

    About Kevin Hawley: Raised in the Puget-Sound area and currently a resident of Seattle, I graduated The Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in Interactive Media design and Graphic Design in 2011. I specialize in designing custom websites for entrepreneurs, organizations, corporations, mom n' pop stores, manufacturers and distributors, and gaming and hobby stores. I love to consider the art, design, and science of nearly every aspect of life. I'm also an armchair biology nerd/enthusiast, and an avid drummer.read more »

    Favorite Quote: "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." - Carl Sagan

  • Phil Ng

    Lead Developer

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    Phil Ng

    Lead Developer

    What I love about my work: Web development combines continual learning with the spirit of being a pioneer. It changes that fast. Today the trend is toward Responsive Design, easy-to-update content, more robust analytics and overall simplicity in design and development. It makes sense, given the rise of tablets and mobile devices. What will it be next? We’re here to help our clients figure it out, make it happen and pioneer new ways of making the online space improve their business performance.read more »

    About Phil Ng: Likes: Sports, food, comic books, skiing in fresh powder, memes, video games ("Spawn more Overlords"), suspense/thriller movies, semantic markup, HTML5/CSS3. Dislikes: Hangovers, large crowds, traffic, GMOs, the Bonsai Swear Jar, extraneous markup, table layouts, slow downloads. read more »

    Favorite Quote: "All will be well" - Saint Walker

  • Leif Johnson

    Account & Project Manager

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    Leif Johnson

    Account & Project Manager

    What I love about my work: I love the fact that I get to build businesses online. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to know that I am helping clients succeed in today’s ever-changing online business market. Local or national, big or small, the internet is the new frontier for business. With solid planning and wise online marketing decisions, anything is possible. Every day brings new changes and new challenges –new things to learn. It’s what fuels my fire.read more »

    About Leif Johnson: I graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Digital Technology & Culture. I started at Bonsai in March of 2012. When I am not working, you can find me hanging out with friends and family, usually quoting any number of movies and/or TV shows. I enjoy being outdoors and am an avid winter sports enthusiast (I am a volunteer Mountain Host at Stevens Pass). Other things I like to do are camping, 4-wheeling, art, making videos, concerts, travel, and any other activity that leads me on fun adventures. I recently moved to Alki Beach and am enjoying every minute of it. read more »

    Favorite Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky - Michael Scott

  • Jesse Andrews

    Web Developer

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    Jesse Andrews

    Web Developer

    What I do: I dabble in a bit of everything, though I'm usually called on to develop the back ends of websites.

    What I love about my work: The feeling of accomplishment when a website I've been working on for months goes live.

    About Jesse Andrews: I walk to work every day.

    Favorite Quote: "People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk." - Stephan King

  • Jake Sikma

    Web Developer

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    Jake Sikma

    Web Developer

    What I love about my work: I like taking a work of art (a website design) and translating it into languages that a browser speaks. Something like: Machines + Code = Communications. I also enjoy helping clients understand how a Content Management System (CMS) allows them to unlock this formula so they can manipulate websites easily.read more »

    About Jake Sikma: Born and raised in Seattle, I studied Creative Writing at Seattle University and took some elective classes in web design that sparked my interest in front end web development. Now I can build a website and put great content on it.read more »

    Favorite Quote: "My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer." - Neil deGrasse Tyson (on Reddit lol)

  • Ryan Markham

    Director of Internet Marketing

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    Ryan Markham

    Director of Internet Marketing

    What I love about my work: I’m a success-driven person, so I enjoy hearing from clients that Bonsai’s work has made a positive impact on their business. A growing business is a happy business -- that’s how we measure success at Bonsai. We live in a rapidly-changing industry, so watching my co-workers learn, grow and innovate is super rewarding. We’re constantly learning and experimenting --it’s like going to school every day.read more »

    About Ryan Markham: I graduated from Western Washington University with an MBA, so I love to read and learn about new ideas and approaches. Interesting fact: I became an Eagle Scout at age 14. My wife and I enjoy hiking, fishing, cooking and foreign films. My favorite days are comprised of spending time with my family and close friends, laughing, creating happy memories and loving life.read more »

    Favorite Quote: "We earn a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

  • Von Villafuerte

    Developer

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    Von Villafuerte

    Developer

    What I do: Develop large-scale web applications.

    What I love about my work: The challenge that each project brings and that Bonsai keeps up with the technology, that's really fantastic. In the world (or field) we live in, today's technology is already obsolete tomorrow and I love that Bonsai doesn't want to be part of yesterday.read more »

    About Von Villafuerte: I always consider myself as a hardcore programmer, with roots from the DOS era of programming. I love to cook and I love to eat what I cook (hehe). I love pasta dishes and anything that is noodle-based. I collect toys.read more »

    Favorite Quote: "A person who lacks wisdom will base his or her actions on what feels good right now instead of looking at the long-term picture. " - Anonymous

  • Finn

    Chief Executive Moral Support Officer.

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    Finn

    Chief Executive Moral Support Officer.

    What I love about my work: They give me minimal paperwork. ....Mmmmm paperwork.

    About Finn: I specialize in eating frisbees, sitting, rolling over, and making the office a much cooler place.

    Favorite Quote: "I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it." - Cesar Millan

 

About Bonsai

Bonsai Media Group is a group of designers, developers and marketing ninjas. We stealthily navigate complex codes, Photoshop, and search engine algorithms to provide clients with a website that kicks ass, gets noticed, and drives business.

Bonsai Media will always speak your language. If you're new to the online world, we'll clearly explain your options without using buzz words and tech talk. If you prefer to speak geek, we can nerd out over Jquery user enhancements and obsess over miles of plug-ins and code.

Bottom line, Bonsai will custom-build a website that:

  • Speaks to your target market
  • Is easy for you to maintain and your customers to use
  • Drives business and gets top rankings on Search Engines
  • Integrates cutting edge and wise Social Media strategies to turn curious visitors into happy and loyal customers


Bonsai Media does all of this and more by building websites that will grow with you. One provider, an integrated solution, built right, built to last. Imagine the possibilities when your website is built and marketed by Bonsai.

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