Erik Reagan Co-Founder, Technical Director
If you’ve spoken to Erik Reagan for any length of time, you’ve heard him talk about his family. His beautiful wife and children are his world and he is a huge proponent of keeping business hours and leaving work at work. (His wife thinks that’s pretty cool.) Erik’s professional focus is centered around the architecture and planning of web projects. He leads the development team at Focus Lab and is an integral part of the ExpressionEngine community.
Bill Kenney Co-Founder, Art Director
Bill Kenney’s unyielding passion for design was revealed at a young age, and moved to the forefront during his BFA studies in Graphic Design at the University of Tampa. While a full-time student, Bill led large freelance projects which convinced him of the viability of a design career. Now, more than a decade of professional experience, many as a business owner, Bill has developed both the design acumen and business knowledge necessary for success.
Our Powerful & Diverse Team
Matt Yow Designer, Coffee Maker
Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Matt Yow grew up on Ninja Turtles, pizza, and rock and roll. Matt is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. He joined Focus Lab in the summer of 2011. Out of the office, Matt is constantly exploring the reaches of design and processes. Typeface design and typography are among Matt’s primary interests. Matt is the resident coffee master at Focus Lab; slaving over quality and consistency.
Jonathan McGaha Developer Extraordinaire
An early bloomer, Jonathan McGaha has been developing websites since middle school. In high school, he was hired to do a website for a local TV station and realized development may be his career path. When Ryan Irelan released the Learning ExpressionEngine videos, everything finally clicked for Jonathan; he has used ExpressionEngine as his main CMS since. These days, he’s branching out more, learning other CMS's - like Pixel & Tonic's Craft - and learning from Erik how to write CMS add-ons.
Alicja Colon Project Manager, Photographer
Alicja Colon was immersed in design and business from an early age, owed to growing up in her father's vinyl sign shop. After earning a BFA in graphic design, she landed a job at a non-profit organization that initially allowed her to design to her heart’s content. But like most jobs, her responsibilities increased, and she soon found herself managing an abundance of timelines, print jobs, and department expectations. It was here where Alicja discovered her love of calendars, organization, and management.
Charlie Waite Lead UI Designer, Creative Director
Charlie Waite is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played baseball and learned the ins & outs of design, he now specializes in Web and UI/UX design. After his professional baseball career ended, Charlie started his own company. He focused on helping small businesses with branding and web design needs, as well as the branding needs of athletes in the action sports world. In 2012, Charlie joined Focus Lab as the lead designer.
Brian Plemons UI Designer
Brian Plemons is a multi-disciplinary designer that collaborates on iOS, web, and branding. A Texan, he lives in Woodway, and recently joined Focus Lab after a decade of freelancing. Notable design work includes the Couple App, enriching relationships the world over. He loves designing simple solutions for large problems and has a simplistic/minimalist design aesthetic.
Sam Stratton Designer, Concept Strategist
The self-proclaimed “young gun” of the office, Sam Stratton is a fixie bike wielding, skinny jean-wearing, brand and web designer. He moonlights as a graphic and motion design student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), finishing out his BFA in Graphic Design. Sam enjoys tactile design supported with meaning and substance.
Rocky Roark Brand Designer, Illustrator
Born and raised in Southeastern Georgia, Rocky Roark has been working in illustration and design since high school. He has worked on projects for a variety of clientele, ranging from a gaming company to the Democratic Party. He completed his BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia Southern University in 2013 during a meanwhile frenzied time in his freelance career. Shortly after, he joined the Focus Lab team.
Summer Teal Simpson Copywriter, Brand Strategist
Southern native Summer Teal Simpson cut her eyeteeth on copy in 2006 while moonlighting after her 9-5 as a journalist for local publications. This gig eventually led to a sole focus on freelance journalism and copywriting. Her appetite whet for a creative career trajectory, she joined the team at Focus Lab in 2013.
People over profits
Relationships are our gold standard. We want to work with awesome people. Because, for us, success is measured by positive experiences, not the bottom line. As such, we strive to surround ourselves with both smart and passionate team members and clients, those who will grow our minds and hearts and not just our wallets.
Quality over Quantity
Mental energy is a depletable bandwidth, so we concentrate our time and talent on fewer projects/clients. A greater investment on our part, but we’re not running a creative services puppy mill. Plus, prioritizing quality over quantity supports our other core values.
Keep it simple
Our practices and solutions are simple, because simple = clear = understandable and executable. We apply this concept to every aspect of the business, from our office space to the services we offer. We also subscribe to the strength of simplicity when we design and write code.
“These are no mere pixel pushers, but true partners who have helped us conceptualize and realize our branding, UX, and UI.”Ian Landsman, Founder of UserScape