“You either live life or record it.”
Andy founded Astek in 2003 building upon strong relationships with real estate, publishing, and arts clients. His goal was to create a Web strategy, design, and production agency to service the unique needs of clients in these diverse areas. Andy’s skills have grown to lead Astek’s work in social media, mobile, and marketing with speaking engagements and publication.
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
Tara is responsible for operations, finance and new business development. With more two decades of integrated marketing experience, Tara brings a diverse blend of strategy, pragmatism and creativity to her worldview, while her background in public relations means she knows content from before content was crowned king.
“maddest of all… to see life as it is, and not as it should be.”
John is happy when he’s making clients happy. When it’s time to roll up the sleeves on a new project, he focuses on asking the right questions, putting together the best people and pulling together strategy that not only right for the business, but right for the budget. Over lunch, he can chat about his tactical work in SEO, Google Analytics, social media and website strategy. Over drinks, he’ll talk about an ex-career as a professional stage manager, foreign travel and how much he’s still paying each month for his MBA.
Digital Strategy Director
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Benedict demystifies digital marketing for businesses at Astek. She likes her tea hot and green, dreams in hashtags, listens to Bach while she works, and is plotting her way to visit all the continents.
Sr. Account Manager
“Make it so”
As Account Manager Sara manages client projects ranging from small email marketing campaigns, up through full website redesigns and everything in between. She also is the primary hand in site updates and maintenance once a project is complete.
Sara holds a degree in Theatre Arts and Design from Illinois Wesleyan University bringing a unique eye for design, color and organization to the Astek family.
Sr. Web Developer
“Cascading Style Sheets: Your Friend and Mine”
Tom employs skills and experience in Web production, programming, Flash animation, and illustration to deliver a solid back-end structure for our client initiatives. Especially in the realm of e-commerce, it is imperative that the data infrastructure is as thoroughly conceived and developed as the graphic and strategic elements. It is the foundation upon which the rest of the production deliverables reside and is pivotal in delivering a consistent end-user experience.
“To understand what recursion is, you must first understand recursion.”
An avid fan of new technology, Faraji brings a wealth of web development experience to the team. Taking a TDD approach to development and recognizing the hurdles involved in web production distinguishes him apart from the pack. Well versed in both MSSQL and MYSQL databases, .Net and LAMP platforms gives him a practical view of how web content can be delivered to a receptive audience.
“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
Anne enjoys playing behind-the-scenes ringmaster at Astek, collaborating in research, quality assurance and occasional bug squishing with her coworkers. Being a big fan of to-do lists (and crossing things off them!) comes in handy in her current role. She enjoys learning more each day about web development and how to make the best user (and client) experience possible.
“There are two types of people in the world; those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t.”
Teressa manages the day-to-day operations of the company doing everything from ordering supplies to invoicing clients. Together with her coworkers she has worked to improve the efficiency of the internal procedures as the company evolves. Teressa graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Business Management.