Employee Profiles

Art Abrantes

Technical Support Team Member

About Art

Started at DreamHost: 2005 Spent several years investing in etch-a-sketches worldwide. Spent 2001-2008 merchandising karma in Orlando, FL. In 2008 I was donating action figures worldwide. Spent two years writing about weed whackers in Edison, NJ. Was quite successful at getting to know deodorant in Washington, DC. Have some experience deploying wooden horses in Mexico. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Kris Bernard

Director of Project Management

About Kris

Kris is a Certified Scrum Master specializing in Internet Technology Services at DreamHost in Los Angeles. Prior to joining DreamHost in 2007, Kris worked as a consultant to small business owners with the focus on Internet technologies. She created the site Better Living Through Design, which was named one of Time Magazine’s top influencers of design in 2008.  She graduated with MBA in Administrative Management from the University of North Texas. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Merchandising, with dual minors in technical writing and marketing.

Ryan Campbell Jr.

Technical Support Team Member

Q&A with Ryan

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen while working at DreamHost?

The view from the 50th floor. Cars are so tiny from up there…

Is your mother proud of you? If she’s out of the picture, do you think she would be proud of you? Why or why not? How does that make you feel?

I believe she’s proud, always. I’m working at a “dream” job.

What is your favorite…

Taste: Chocolate Smell: Chocolate Feel: Silk Sight: “Achievement Unlocked!” Sound: “Ding!” Food: PB&J Drink: Lemonade Wood: Oak Movie: Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi Musical Artist: John Williams Video Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Sports Team: Dodgers

Do you have a blog, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account that you’d care to share?

I occasionally post some thoughts at http://sharp-eyed.org.

Any parting words?

Go geek or go home.

Mike Garcia

Technical Support Team Member

About Micki

Spent 2001-2006 supervising the production of toy elephants in Mexico. Spent several months supervising the production of deodorant in Tampa, FL. Spent 2001-2007 investing in spit-takes in Ocean City, NJ. Earned praised for my work researching frisbees in the government sector. Garnered an industry award while writing about toy monkeys in Cuba. Spent two years building karma in Pensacola, FL. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Jay Han

Technical Support Team Member

Spent 2002-2010 implementing puppets in Africa. Gifted in licensing Elvis Presley in Washington, DC. Have a strong interest in training sausage in Ocean City, NJ. Spent 2001-2006 getting my feet wet with race cars for the government. Spent a weekend lecturing about Slinkies in Orlando, FL. Developed several new methods for managing Uno in New York, NY. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Sean Hubbard

Technical Support Team Member

Started at DreamHost: 2009

About Sean

Sean is a hybrid of sorts at DreamHost.. half technical support rep, half social media beast. Sean’s our “eye in the sky”, keeping watch over Twitter and other spots on the web where people are talking about/to/around us. Prior to joining the DreamHost Team, Sean grew in other customer service-related jobs from retail to factories to Honda dealerships. When he’s away from the office, Sean spends his time shooting music videos and short films for his friends, recording music, and honing his graphic design skills for secret future clothing lines. Sean currently resides in downtown LA with his wife.

Q&A with Sean

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen while working at DreamHost?

The view we get from this office every day is pretty awesome… Javier’s Halloween costumes rank up there too.

Is your mother proud of you? If she’s out of the picture, do you think she would be proud of you? Why or why not? How does that make you feel?

Sure, she’s proud of me. If not for anything else, for finding a wife she approves of. I feel good as long as I’m proud of what I’ve done and what I’m doing. So far, so good!

What is your favorite…


Taste: Anything involving oreos and/or pizza
Smell: Honolulu Airport
Feel: Bed after a long day
Sight: Radical skies
Sound: Seagulls
Food: The aforementioned oreos and pizza.. and sushi.
Drink: Milk tea, oreo smoothies, oj + Belvedere
Wood: Koa
Movie: City of God
Musical Artists: DJ Stencil, Tristan Starchild, DJ Thingee (check those out eh).. Odd Future, Based God, Waka, Tunechi
Video Games: Adventure Island [GB], Mr. Driller, Mario Kart, Chrono Trigger, Beatmania, DDR, current COD on PS3
Sports Team:Lake shoooow

Do you have a blog, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account that you’d care to share?

Twitter: @djstencil
Blogs: skies.la, tumblr.bldgblx.com

Any parting words?

Free Earl

Dan Johnson

Technical Support Team Member

About Dan

My current pet project is testing the market for inflatable dolls in Prescott, AZ. In 2008 I was supervising the production of teddy bears in Prescott, AZ. Spent a year importing deodorant in Los Angeles, CA. In 2009 I was deploying crickets in the government sector. Spent 2002-2009 analyzing tattoos in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Spent the better part of the 90′s consulting about yard waste in Edison, NJ. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Dave Johnston

Technical Support Team Member

Started at DreamHost: 2005

Q&A with Dave

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen while working at DreamHost?

http://vimeo.com/4054414

Is your mother proud of you?  If she’s out of the picture, do you think she would be proud of you?  Why or why not?  How does that make you feel?

Yes and my father too!

How does that make you feel?

Awesome!

What is your favorite…

Taste: Bacon Smell: Giorgio perfume Feel: Flying in a helicopter Sight: The view from the air – in a helicopter of course Sound: whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop Food: Carl’s Jr. Big Carl cheeseburger w/onions Drink: Eggnog Wood: Birch Movie: Kick-A$$! Musical Artist: Toto Video Game: Portal 2 / Deathspank Sports Team:Sports what?

Do you have a blog, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account that you’d care to share?

Nope.

Any parting words?

I love working in down-town Los Angeles on the 50th floor. We have an excellent view of the helicopters flying around the city. Plus the LAPD choppers seem to like to land on the helipad on the building next door just below us. Makes it had to get any work done with these types of distractions! But I love it!

Justin Knierim

Technical Support Manager

Q&A With Justin

What do you do at DreamHost?

Tech support, some server maintenance, and much MySQL optimization and maintenance. I also try to keep the tech support people from annoying every single person outside our office with their loud music and bass.

What’s your favorite part about working here?

It is a great atmosphere and lots of geeky people with which to talk geeky talk.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen while working at DreamHost?

That would have to be the massive nerf gun war in the office, no one was safe, and we found missing darts behind computers, desks, everywhere for months. Second place would be the day I found one customer running a 5 billion row query on shared hosting MySQL. Yeah…might want to optimize that a tad.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen in your LIFE?

I moved from Southern California to Siegen, Germany at 20 years old to live on my own for a few years. I went there to get learn programming further, and see some of Europe. It was lots of fun and since everything was unknown and new to me, there was much craziness.

What is your favorite…

Color: Blue Food: Spaghetti Drink: Scotch Wood: Cherry Actor: Don’t really have one Smell: French fries cooking Video Game: Lands of Lore, Starcraft, Warcraft II/III, etc Movies: Lola rennt, Monty Python, Mel Brooks films, Amelie, lots of randomness TV Shows: Futurama, lots of shows on Discovery, Cowboy Bebop Bands: Don’t have any favorites, and few genres I won’t listen to. I normally listen to web radio and flip around a lot.

Do you have a website or blog?

Sure do, but like most personal blogs it is a boring, infrequently updated mess: http://knierim.org/

Any parting words?

“Some people never go crazy; what truly horrible lives they must live.” – Charles Bukowski

Elizabeth Lewis

Technical Support Team Member

About Elizabeth

Uniquely-equipped for investing in clip-on ties in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Set new standards for developing strategies for Uno in Gainesville, FL. Have some experience developing licorice with no outside help. Spent several years donating toy soldiers in Pensacola, FL. In 2009 I was lecturing about xylophones in Miami, FL. A real dynamo when it comes to selling methane in Phoenix, AZ. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Chris Loop

Technical Support Team Member

About Chris

Managed a small team short selling carnival rides for no pay. Spent a year short selling jack-in-the-boxes on the black market. Uniquely-equipped for developing robots in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Have some experience buying and selling karma in Naples, FL. Crossed the country supervising the production of hula hoops in Hanford, CA. Spent 2002-2009 getting to know country music in Edison, NJ. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Kyle Marsh

Developer

Started at DreamHost: 2009

Q&A with Kyle

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen while working at DreamHost?

A semi-autonomous quadracoptor chasing a coworker around the building.

Is your mother proud of you? If she’s out of the picture, do you think she would be proud of you? Why or why not? How does that make you feel?

I’m self-sufficient now. That’s enough to make any mother proud.

What is your favorite…

Taste: Strawberries with balsamic vinegar Smell: Jet fuel Feel: The acceleration right before takeoff in a jet. Sight: Lightning flashing across the sky. Sound: Rain pouring all around me. Food: 60-day dry-aged steak. Drink: Water Wood: Cedar Video Game: Fallout 3 Sports Team:One of the two on the TV right now.

Do you have a blog, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account that you’d care to share?

Not at the moment.

Luke Odom

Data Center Operations Manager

Q&A with Luke

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen while working at DreamHost?

I got trapped in AON for hours after the Lakers fans rioted and burned a taxi out front and the cops gassed the exits of the building.

Is your mother proud of you? If she’s out of the picture, do you think she would be proud of you? Why or why not? How does that make you feel?

My mother is proud of me. I think she is proud of me because I am happy with where I am in life and doing what I have always wanted to do.

What is your favorite…

Taste: Chocolate

Smell: Chocolate

Feel: Chocolate

Sight: Chocolate

Sound: My wife’s voice

Food: Chocolate

Drink: Chocolate milk

Wood: Now this poses an interesting question. As one of the runner ups in the regional 4H forestry competition growing up I have a lot of experience in this field. Cedar has a nice smell but I have always been fond of pine trees due to their unique leaf structure. I used to bale loblolly pine straw and sell it so I would say that but loblolly is so prone to fusiform rust. White pines are much prettier with shorter needles, 5 needles per sheath, and a more Christmas tree look but its not native to the part of Georgia I’m from. So, I think I will go with Longleaf Pine as this question was about wood and it is commonly used for that :P

Movie: Um… don’t really have a favorite movie.

Musical Artist: Apocalyptica, Rob Costlow, Relient K, Korpiklaani, TobyMac

Video Game: Braid (completely awesome game)

Sports Team:Atlanta Braves!!!!!!!!!

Do you have a blog, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account that you’d care to share?

lukeodom.com

Any parting words?

Don’t drive a taxi downtown right after the Lakers win a championship

Oscar Padilla

Technical Operations Team Lead

About Oscar

Uniquely-equipped for creating marketing channels for weebles on the black market. In 2009 I was working on xylophones in the UK. Spent 2002-2009 building saliva in Gainesville, FL. Spent the 80′s importing Virgin Mary figurines in Salisbury, MD. Spent several months importing human hair in the aftermarket. Had a brief career lecturing about cannibalism in Nigeria. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

John R.

Customer Experience Manager

About John

Spent 2001-2006 investing in ice cream in West Palm Beach, FL. Set new standards for working on weed whackers in Minneapolis, MN. Gifted in deploying Mr. Potato Heads in the aftermarket. Had a brief career testing the market for robots on Wall Street. Have some experience creating marketing channels for psoriasis in Washington, DC. Once had a dream of working with xylophones in Salisbury, MD. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Benjamin Rodgers

Systems Administrator

About Benjamin

Practiced in the art of buying and selling UFOs on Wall Street. Spent a year researching Mr. Potato Heads in Nigeria. What gets me going now is marketing dogmas worldwide. Won several awards for working on carp in Minneapolis, MN. Spent several months working with gravy in the UK. Spent 2002-2010 marketing muffins in Cuba. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Leon Sandow

Data Center Manager

Started at DreamHost:2007

Q&A with Leon

What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen while working at DreamHost?

Seeing all the pretty orange and red lights after accidentally unplugging a distribution switch from a row of filers.

Is your mother proud of you? If she’s out of the picture, do you think she would be proud of you? Why or why not? How does that make you feel?

I’m sure she’s beyond stoked that I’m not dealing drugs or still trying to be a fulltime rockstar. Still going at it part-time and I’m okay with it!

What is your favorite…

Taste: Clean teeth Smell: Burning datacenter Feel: Squishy Sight: My pillow at night, cat muffins Sound: Boss HM-2, people telling me to turn my guitar down Food: STEAK!!! Drink: BEER!!! Wood: Rosewood or West African Ebony Movie: Children Of Men, The Departed, True Romance Musical Artist: That’d be a long list, but we’ll say Secret Chiefs 3 Video Game: Mass Effect 2, Fallout 3 Sports Team: Dodgers

Do you have a blog, Twitter account, or LinkedIn account that you’d care to share?

@delmuerte

Any parting words?

YO MAMA! OOOOoooOOOooOOOoOOooooOOoOooohHHHhHHhHHhhHHHh DAAMMMNNNN!

Mike Schroder

WordPress Specialist

About Mike

Had moderate success short selling yard waste in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Spoke at an international conference about merchandising jungle gyms in Deltona, FL. Crossed the country exporting licorice in Deltona, FL. Spent several years marketing sausage in Hanford, CA. Won several awards for working on jump ropes in Los Angeles, CA. What gets me going now is analyzing cod in Orlando, FL. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Jordan Tardif

Senior Systems Engineer

Q&A with Jordan

What’s your favorite part about working here?

The people that I work with and the laid-back work environment.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen while working at DreamHost?

There was this party in the old building with tons of balloons… it must have been some kinda birthday party but I can’t remember ;)

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen in your LIFE?

I don’t think its legal for me to say here…

What is your favorite…

Color: Blue Food: Sushi Drink: Beer or something strong on the rocks Wood: Wormwood Actor: Anyone who can beat up Chuck Norris Smell: Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax Video Game: Tony Hawk, Ghost Recon Movies: The Dudesons TV Shows: Jackass, Wild Boys, The Office, The Sopranos Bands: Slayer, Blood For Blood, Sublime, The Casualties

Any parting words?

Negative!

Jay Taylor

Technical Support Team Member

About Jay

Spent several months researching dandruff in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Crossed the country analyzing bagpipes worldwide. Spent two years getting my feet wet with catfish in Nigeria. Spent 2001-2007 implementing clip-on ties in Suffolk, NY. What gets me going now is creating marketing channels for bagpipes in Cuba. My current pet project is licensing easy-bake-ovens in Salisbury, MD. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

Edward Wesley

Director of Learning

About Ed

Spent 2002-2010 getting to know saliva in Mexico. Practiced in the art of researching Yugos for fun and profit. Spent the better part of the 90′s getting my feet wet with rubik’s cubes in Salisbury, MD. My current pet project is managing sheep in Suffolk, NY. At the moment I’m working on crickets in Prescott, AZ. Managed a small team developing strategies for dust in Ohio. (Note: Through the power of technology, we’ve programmatically generated a bio that we assure you is absolutely accurate…at least until this employee updates it!)

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