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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.
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.
Bugsy Sailor

Bugsy Sailor Director of Digital

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 one day win a cottage cheese eating contest.
Chris Larose

Chris Larose Senior Designer & Developer

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.
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.
Liz Klarecki

Liz Klarecki Designer & Developer

Liz discovered her niche in code and design while studying both Graphic Communications and Network Computing at Northern Michigan University. When away from the Seagull's nest, Liz enjoys adventures of any kind, tacos, experimenting with data visualization, and stalking her neighbors pug.

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Seagulls 101 Liz's midi-chlorian count is off the charts!
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Seagulls 101 Liz traveled through Thailand and is a trained elephant mahout.
Myles Kedrowski

Myles Kedrowski Designer

Amateur adventurer. Passionate gamer and personal movie critic. Cat lover and Mountain Dew connoisseur. We were able to summarize Myles into three short incomplete sentences. He firmly believes he would be the key to mankind's survival in the zombie apocalypse. After contracting at nearly 20 agencies in the Midwest, as well as being an integral team player in other full time web design roles, Myles planted his roots here within the flock and joined the team in late 2014.

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Seagulls 101 Can sing along flawlessly to every song in David Bowie's movie The Labyrinth
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Seagulls 101 Has over 4,000 hours of game time logged on World of Warcraft
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