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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson Creative Director

Like a baby bird taking flight Ben has grown Elegant Seagulls from a one-man operation to one of the largest agencies in MI. As creative director he oversees all things design. When not cracking hilarious jokes Ben enjoys surfing, snowboarding, CrossFit, and spending time with his family and two dogs.

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Seagulls 101 Ben can quote over 90% of the movie Zoolander.
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Seagulls 101 During a meeting Ben asked the Governor of MI to change the state bird to the seagull.
John Spigarelli

John Spigarelli Director of Marketing

For over a third of his life, John immersed himself in the world of e-commerce. As vice president of marketing he successfully developed & led a multimillion-dollar outdoor industry retailer. John brings well-rounded experience and multi-industry knowledge to the Elegant Seagulls team along with Fantasy Football expertise.

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Seagulls 101 John takes a minor amount of credit for spreading the Ugg Boot and yoga pant craze.
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Seagulls 101 John has an uncanny ability to remember number sequences after seeing them once.
Gene Ross

Gene Ross Senior Design & Lead Developer

Forged in the fires of Alpha, Michigan Gene looked to hone his skills at Northern Michigan University, earning a BS in Network Computing and a minor in Art & Design – a true double threat. When not writing a code or pushing pixels, Gene enjoys an active lifestyle riding bikes, CrossFit, snowboarding, and getting juiced like Rambo.

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Seagulls 101 Gene can bench press 55lbs more than Ben Johnson.
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Seagulls 101 Gene has dislocated his shoulder 26 times snowboarding and surfing.
Tom O'Connel

Tom O'Connell Designer

On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha, somewhere between the introduction of the floppy disk and Operation Desert Storm, Tom realized he had a passion for all things design. Tom worked for numerous agencies before finding a warm corner at Elegant Seagulls to hone skills, drink coffee and plot the ruling of the world with his fellow seagulls.

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Seagulls 101 Tom’s favorite snack is... used to be...
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Seagulls 101 Tom is the oldest and wisest employee at Elegant Seagulls.
Chris Larose

Chris Larose Designer

Prior to taking flight with Elegant Seagulls Chris has dedicated over 10 years of his life to community service and youth development. A graduate from both Specs Howard School Of Media Arts and Northern Michigan University he has refined his ability to communicate across a variety of mediums. If not coding and crafting pixels at Elegant Seagulls you will find him at concerts, volunteering, or making music with his Dad.

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Seagulls 101 If Lynyrd Skynyrds plane didn't crash I (likely) wouldn't have been born.
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Seagulls 101 They call me Mista Chris.
Mike Forester

Mike Forester New Accounts Manager & Design

An ex-East Coaster and always a Michigander, Mike was thrilled to join the Seagull flock after working in the action sports and automotive industry. Mike handles brand building and design for Elegant Seagulls - mixed with a splash of copywriting. When not in front of the screen, Mike is often spotted in his natural habitat with a fishing pole in hand.

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Seagulls 101 Mike has an extensive Star Wars & Batman collection.
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Seagulls 101 Mike is the 4th oldest but second wisest (He thinks).
Bugsy Sailor

Bugsy Sailor Director of Something

Between collecting plaid shirts and being the Official Unofficial Ambassador of the Upper Peninsula, Bugsy brings the team his knowledge of web development, marketing, and social media. A native of Baraga, and graduate of Michigan State University, he has settled into Marquette where he also works on Yooper Steez and practices the art of beard growing.

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Seagulls 101 Bugsy once poured Richard Branson a beer.
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Seagulls 101 Bugsy aspires to win a cottage cheese eating contest.
Jim DeBrock

Jim DeBrock Designer

Reigning from a summit atop the Rocky Mountains, Jim found himself a home with Elegant Seagulls after working as a U/I Designer for Northern Michigan University. After a hard days work you can find him shredding licks, whipping discs or hammering out pixels in Adobe Illustrator.

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Seagulls 101 Jim was born to pilot an F-22 Raptor but found greener pastures flying with a flock of seagulls.
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Seagulls 101 Jim has been referred to in elite circles as the “Dick Tracy of Data.”
Joseph Cornelia

Joseph Cornelia Designer & Illustrator

Hailing from the sprawling Metropolis of Amasa, Michigan. Joe practiced his passion for Illustration and Graphic Design at Northern Michigan University. As an artist he enjoys blurring the lines between illustration, design and street art. When not scribbling in his sketchbook, Joe is commanding funky fresh beats.

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Seagulls 101 Joe has taught archery to over a thousand people.
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Seagulls 101 Joe, Gene and their cat Pixel, are currently working on their debut rap album.
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