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Our Team

Our Digital Agency team consists of talented graphic designers, website developers, content writers, project managers, account managers, marketing specialists, and IT system administrators. We combine our decades of experience with the hunger to succeed and consistently deliver results for our clients to yield the best results.

Capitol Tech Solutions Team in 2018

Leadership Team

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Bobby Reed

CEO

Bobby Reed

CEO

Length of time with company: 16 Years

Education:

BS from MIT in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Job Description:

As our founder and CEO, Bobby operates Capitol Tech Solutions with his core values of hard work and quality service. Bobby oversees all day-to-day operations of CTS, while also implementing the long-term strategic plan for growing our small business. He works with his team on every project, using his years of experience to help design and implement efficient solutions. Bobby has a passion for improving business experiences through custom technical solutions, and he enjoys watching our team succeed and improve every day.

Personal information:

Bobby Reed was born and raised in Shingle Springs, CA. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his wife and three kids, play soccer, and coach kids’ sports. He met his wife floating down the lazy American River and now they have been married for 9 years! Bobby is also active in the Sacramento community, including Sacramento Rotary Club and American Marketing Association. A little-known fact about Bobby is that he was the captain of the MIT Soccer Team. Yes, they have a soccer team.

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Business Development

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Robert Haney

Business Development Manager

Robert Haney

Business Development Manager

Length of time with company: Since July 2017

Years in current field: 10 years

Education:

Sac State – BS Business Administration, Marketing 2017

Job Description:

As the Business Development Manager at CTS, Robert works directly with potential clients to understand their digital needs. He works with them to identify and understand their current business needs and goals. He also takes the time to ask questions that uncover any pain points they are currently facing and how they are affecting their business goals. With this information, Robert meets with our team to create the best solution that will help the company achieve their goals.

As the Primary Office Punching Bag, the other team members in our office stop by to relieve any stress by throwing whatever object they happen to be carrying at the time at Robert. He’s happy to be a vital part of keeping the office running smoothly!

Personal information:

Robert was born in Sanger, CA but raised in San Jose, CA. He moved to Sacramento in 2007 where he currently resides. Robert met his wife in 2000 and were friends for 8 years, then dated for another 7 before getting married in 2015. They raised 2 sons and 1 daughter between them. They are also the youngest grandparents Robert knows with a 3-year-old Grandson and 1-year old Granddaughter. Their lives now revolve around spending time with the grandkids. You might find them at Discovery Kingdom because they regularly go to see the animals and ride the rides.

Robert hosts a weekly podcast called the Country Mix Show. He loves to cook and host parties with his friends and family. Every year, Robert hosts a pig roast. He is a HUGE NY Yankees fan and watch every UFC event. He also enjoys traveling and going to events all over country and world. Finally, he is hopelessly addicted to the Joe Rogan Podcast.

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Digital Marketing Team

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Sara Menton

Digital Marketing Project Manager

Sara Menton

Digital Marketing Project Manager

Length of time with company: Since October 2017

Education:

University of California, Davis – Project Management Professional Certification (Coursework)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Microsoft Project Professional Certification

Saint Bonaventure University – BA, English Literature/Mass communications

Oxford University, Sommerville College – Summer Program

Job Description:

As our Digital Marketing Project Manager, Sara leads a team of creative and technical young professionals. Her team understands the importance of client needs and delivering digital products that strategically meet those needs.

Sara is responsible for the process and implementation of website development, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) projects. She works closely with the technical development team to plan and implement website design, create content, and guide clients through utilizing all platforms and resources available within the digital realm.

Throughout her career, Sara has held management roles within several industries including biotechnology, IT, distribution, natural foods, and lifestyle. Sara’s career began with a telephone and telephone bookselling computer hardware components and peripherals for with a computer hardware distributor. Although sales and marketing have been a common theme throughout her professional roles, project management has become her focus in the past few years.

Personal information:

Sara was born in Hartford Connecticut and was raised in Southwestern New Hampshire. In her free time, she loves to go camping, kayaking, road cycling, and mountain biking. She’s very outdoorsy.

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Dawn Dais

Creative Director

Dawn Dais

Creative Director

Length of time with company: Since June 2019

Years in current field: 16 years

Job Description:

As Creative Director, Dawn assists and guides all creative for CTS. This includes overseeing website design, producing written and graphic design content, social media graphics and strategy, as well as the overall rebranding of Capitol Tech Solutions. Dawn works collaboratively with the CTS team as well as CTS clients and partners to produce top quality creative content for all ongoing and future projects.

With over 15 years of graphic design experience Dawn has produced award- winning print and digital work for small businesses, large associations, local and national political campaigns, and everything in between. She has also served as the marketing manager for several businesses, including a large state-wide association.

In addition to her design and marketing experience, Dais is also the best-selling author of seven nonfiction books that have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources.

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Dawn was born and raised in Citrus Heights, CA and currently lives in Roseville, CA with her two small kids, two large dogs, and two average-size cats. In addition to her experience in design, marketing, and writing, Dawn is also the founder of a local nonprofit, the Throwing Starfish Foundation, which supports the most vulnerable in our community.

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Marik Knapp

Customer Success Specialist

Marik Knapp

Customer Success Specialist

Length of time with company: Since September 2018

Years in current field: 2 years

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and a Sales Certification from The University of Alabama

Job Description:

Marik is the forward-facing dynamic of the website development team. In this role, he coordinates the development of websites for new clients and is also responsible for managing the needs of our website clients who participate in our Website Support & Success program.

Marik manages website development projects for all new clients throughout the span of each 6-8-week project. He tackles each project by first understanding the needs of the client, followed by determining the requirements for the site’s design and functionality, and then remaining in constant communication with the client through each stage of their project.

When our existing clients submit website edits to the CTS team Marik acts as the liaison between our clients and the developers to assure that the updates are implemented appropriately and in accordance with best practices for user experience and website optimization.

Personal information:

Marik Knapp was born in Long Island, New York and raised in Bakersfield, California. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, and occasionally snowboarding. Marik also seeks out adventures and exploration opportunities through traveling and in within the Sacramento community. Two of his favorite adventures were when he kayaked in the Panama Canal and the time, he participated in a thirty-two-mile walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

Marik’s family includes his mother and father, Melissa and Wes Knapp, and his sister Savannah Knapp. Little known facts about Marik are that he’s scuba dive certified, and he once met Big Sean on a flight back from Chicago.

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Kevin Olson

Digital Marketing Specialist

Kevin Olson

Digital Marketing Specialist

Length of time with company: Since May 2019

Years in current field: 3

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University Idaho (2013 – 2019)

Job Description:

Kevin is responsible for client-based social media marketing, search engine marketing, and content management, as well as various administrative responsibilities related to Digital Marketing SEO initiatives. Kevin’s prior experience with digital marketing has allowed for a smooth transition into his new position at Capitol Tech Solutions. Kevin consistently stays up to date on various ways to improve ad performance so that our clients achieve the best results possible. Developing ad strategies across a wide range of industries has been an exciting and educational challenge for him at CTS.

Personal information:

Kevin was born in Rocklin, California and is the youngest of four. In his free time, Kevin likes to watch baseball (Giants) and basketball (Kings). Kevin also enjoys working on various side projects which allow him the opportunity to gain more experience in the digital marketing world.

Kevin recently married his beautiful wife, Olivia. They’re both from the Sacramento area but they met at BYU – Idaho. They met the night of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series when the Giants beat the Royals, so it was a good night all around for them.

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Che-Hung Liu

Graphic Designer / Web Developer

Che-Hung Liu

Graphic Designer / Web Developer

Length of time with company: Since 2016

Years in current field: 3

Education:

California State University, Sacramento, BS Graphic Design, May 2015

San Joaquin Delta College, AA Arts & Humanities, Graphic Art Certification, Dec 2010

Job Description:

Che is responsible for website design and development. Che’s favorite part of his job is being given the chance to be creative every day for a wide variety of clients. One of his biggest accomplishments is redesigning PBS KVIE’s website. He is constantly accumulating additional creative skills by challenging himself with new projects and studying current and emerging design trends.

Personal information:

Che was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan. In his free time, he likes to surf the web and play video games.

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Alex Wright

Website Developer

Alex Wright

Website Developer

Length of time with company: Since 2019

Years in current field: 1

Education:

BS Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, 2014. Online courses in web development, 2018.

Job Description:

As a web developer, Alex designs and builds custom websites in WordPress, using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. She sets up data filters and conversion goals in Google Analytics to track visitor interaction with client websites. Additionally, she helps with the UI design for the eFundraising Connections platform.

Her favorite part of being a website developer and designer is that she gets to play a direct role in helping companies realize their online brand and presence. Alex enjoys using her creative and problem-solving skills to help streamline the development process for every project she takes on. Web technologies and best practices are always evolving so Alex is constantly challenging herself to keep up on the latest in her field.

Personal information:

Alex is a Sacramento native who loves the city’s art, restaurants, and weather. Her family includes her parents and her twin sister. When Alex has free time, she enjoys social dancing, yoga, and making cosplay costumes. In addition to her hobbies, she is also a co-organizer of Puzzled Pint in Sacramento, a monthly cryptography puzzle-solving event hosted at rotating local bars.

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Software Development Team

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Siv Shanmugam

Director of Software Development

Siv Shanmugam

Director of Software Development

Length of time with company: 13 months

Years in current field: 15 years

Education:

Bachelor of Technology, P.S.G College of Technology, Anna University 2000-2004

Masters of Business Administration, Willamette University

Job Description:

As the director of software development, Siv manages the delivery of SaaS Solutions for start-ups in the fields of IoT, Energy, Financial Services, and Election Management. He also delivers mission-critical enterprise solutions valued between $8 and $40 million dollars for State and Local governments in California, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, and Wyoming. Siv ensures CTS delivers on promises made to clients. He is continually improving processes, software services, and costs to create the best value for clients. Siv’s favorite part of his job is working with his dedicated team to help them grow, deliver, and maintain a work-life balance.

Personal information:

Siv was born in Southern India. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Sarah, and their four-year-old son, Devan, who helps Siv and his wife relive their childhood.

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Steve Reed

Senior Engineer

Steve Reed

Senior Engineer

Length of time with company: Since 2005

Years in current field: 20 Years

Job Description:

As the senior engineer, Steve assists staff with technical aspects of our projects. He also maintains administrative lead over many of our various systems and tackles the integration of new technologies into our processes. Currently he is helping a state department review an application and an eCommerce company modernize their system.

Personal information:

Steve was born in Sacramento and raised in the foothills. Someday he would like to build a home and raise a child with his wife.

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Charles Merkle (Chuck)

Senior Developer, PowerSchool and FileMakerPro

Charles Merkle (Chuck)

Senior Developer, PowerSchool and FileMakerPro

Length of time with company: Since 2012

Years in current field: 20

Education:

BS in Biology (Chemistry & Physics minors) from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea Ohio 1972-76

MFA in BioMedical Photography from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1985

Ph.D. work in Instructional Systems Technology (ABD) at Indiana Univ, Bloomington Indiana 1989

Job Description:

As Senior PowerSchool Developer and FileMakerPro, Chuck offers consulting and development of PowerSchool Customizations and Filemaker Pro Solutions. He helps school districts and clients through the use of customized solutions. He effectively communicates, builds rapport, and asks focused questions to find specific requirements, constraints, and outcomes for clients. Chuck enjoys the challenge of creating successful technical interactions with customers and colleagues.

Personal information:

Chuck grew up in the suburbs around Cleveland, Ohio but moved to rural Wayne County in 1969 as he was starting high school. He lived over half his life adult life in northeastern Ohio, but he currently resides in a rural area of California amongst a large Amish community.

Chuck met his wife, Audrey, on a blind date in 1994 and the two have been married for 25 years. Chuck and Audrey currently have two granddaughters and expecting a grandson in the spring.

When Chuck isn’t hanging out with his eight cats and one dog, he can usually be found backpacking, singing, gardening, fly fishing, bird watching, or even beekeeping. Ask him about how he performed the baritone role of Doctor Bartolo in the opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ with Ohio’s University’s Opera Program in 1983 if you get the pleasure of meeting him!

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Dinh Le

Software Developer

Dinh Le

Software Developer

Length of time with company: Since 2018

Years in current field: 9 years

Education:

Associate in computer information technology, HUI Vietnam 2007 – 2010

Job Description:

Dinh recently joined the development team here at CTS and has already made a great impact by problem-solving for our clients.

As a software full-stack web, mobile developer, Dinh designs the architecture and implements programming logic for the software applications requested by our clients. Dinh is always eager to figure out each client's specific problem, understand what targets they have, and then provide the necessary solutions. Dinh excels in visualizing the end result of an application and working backward to provide a solution that will help CTS clients grow their businesses.

Personal information:

Dinh was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam and rejoined his family that came to the U.S. 10 years ago. Dinh waited 8 years to rejoin his family and feels very fortunate to be able to live in the U.S. with his family. In his spare time, he likes to grow his photography skills, camp, and travel the world.

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Brady Labine

Data Scientist/Business Analyst/ Solutions Architect

Brady Labine

Data Scientist/Business Analyst/ Solutions Architect

Length of time with company: Since 2017

Years in current field: 7

Education:

Sacramento State University, BA in Applied Mathematics

Job Description:

As a Project Manager and Developer Brady is responsible for helping school districts and 3rd party education technology applications integrate with one another. He is also responsible for scoping and estimating new applications, as well as enhancements to existing applications. Brady enjoys working at CTS because of the pride each team member takes in every project. To understand his clients better, he puts himself in their shoes, as it’s hard to understand a client’s needs if you don’t fully understand where they’re coming from.

Personal information:

Brady loves living in Sacramento because of the proximity to world-class skiing and hiking. He remembers taking many long drives with his father when he was a kid, where his father would share endless life lessons. The one piece of his father’s advice that really stuck with Brady was, “Live in the moment.” If you’re wondering what Brady is doing, he’s probably climbing, snowboarding, or “sampling” some craft beer at a brewery.

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Zachary Hatton

Junior Sofware Engineer

Zachary Hatton

Junior Sofware Engineer

Length of time with company: Since 2018

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Job Description:

Here at CTS, Zach focuses on growing and applying his development expertise such as REST API Development and Integration, Azure Cloud-Based App Development, Full-Stack Web Development, and more. Zach loves to learn and solve problems creatively and has found that the field of Computer Science provides him ample opportunity to do both. Zach appreciates how software can solve problems and also empower people through technology.

Personal information:

Zach was born here in Sacramento and raised alongside his nine brothers and one sister. Zach is the youngest of his siblings and has a total of sixteen nieces and nephews, as well as one great-niece. In his free time, Zach likes to Tango dance, play video games, watch Japanese anime, and be a storyteller in his Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

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Ed Gwynn

IT Guy

Ed Gwynn

IT Guy

Length of time with company: Since Aug 2016

Education:

Information Systems, BYU, 1988; Associate’s – Systems Administration, MTI, 2016

Job Description:

Ed is our IT guy! He takes care of any IT needs for Capitol Tech Solutions and for our clients. He appreciates the knowledge and experience gained with each new situation. He prides himself on finding solutions for each and every client,and enjoys working with his team members at Capitol Tech Solutions.

Personal information:

Ed was born in beautiful Santa Barabara but was raised in Wyoming and New York. When Ed isn’t doing tech stuff, he’s enjoying life with his reptile and birds, playing with RC helicopters, or creating videos.

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BJ McCullough

Account Manager

BJ McCullough

Account Manager

Length of time with company: Since June 2017

Job Description:

BJ is our primary Account Manager for eFundraising Connections. It is her job to set up and maintain new accounts for our clients with political fundraising needs. She loves the challenge of finding individual solutions that work for each unique campaign.

Personal information:

BJ was born and raised in Grass Valley, California. She spends a lot of her time working on crochet and knitting projects. If she’s not doing that, she's baking, with her favorite treat being pies! Whenever BJ gets the chance, she takes her 7-foot-long shark kite named Bruce to Berkeley to fly.

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