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Jay Perrill
Jay Perrill
President
Jay Perrill
President
Jay Perrill

Jay Perrill | President

Not many people can authentically claim they were among the first in the world building websites, but Jay can. It started as a hobby while he was a grad student at the University of Minnesota in the early days of Gopher protocol and the Veronica search engine. Since then, his lifelong passion has been pushing the web to its full business potential, and he has helped hundreds of businesses grow online. Jay has established himself as a well-respected businessman and web expert in the Twin Cities, sharing his vast web and digital marketing knowledge on many outlets including WCCO radio.

CEOs love Jay’s business/technology perspective and the fact that he has master’s degrees in finance and MIS. And entrepreneurs love the fact that he started First Scribe—with no backing—and after being told by a previous employer that the internet was “just a toy.”

If you want the straight story on how to bring your brand to the web in a way that produces maximum and continuous ROI, talk to Jay. He means business.

Jason Barney
Jason Barney
Vice President of Technology
Jason Barney
Vice President of Technology
Jason Barney

Jason Barney | Vice President of Technology

Magento. Scrum. PHP. AJAX. jQuery …

If you’re not an expert in these things (or, like most civilians, have no idea what they are), then be glad you’ll have Jason on your First Scribe project team. A Certified Scrum Master and Magento Certified Developer, he’s been our go-to technical guy since 2001, making sure that what runs your e-commerce, hosting and other key systems hum along efficiently and stay quiet under the hood.

Got a technical question? Talk to Jason for a non-technical answer.

Gigi Carlson Rillo
Gigi Carlson Rillo
Business Development Director
Gigi Carlson Rillo
Business Development Director
Gigi Carlson Rillo

Gigi Carlson Rillo | Business Development Director

As a results-oriented, performance-driven, and particularly high-energy leader within First Scribe’s executive team, Gigi exhibits a rare devotion to clients and team members alike. In more than 20 years in the worlds of media sales and digital marketing, Gigi has developed and strengthened her extensive skills in strategic planning and management, consultative selling, data analytics, new business growth, and much more.

Having previously owned her own digital agency, Gigi possesses a unique perspective in client-facing interaction. No matter the size or scope of the project, she continually places a primary focus on client needs and on finding new ways to provide strategic solutions that help them reach their goals. Her direct experience managing sales teams has led to documented success and strong leadership capabilities that she continues to cultivate in growing First Scribe’s service offerings.

Outside of her professional life, Gigi enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and entertaining, and long-distance running. She is also a highly talented musician gifted in playing the piano and flute.

Nate Tower
Nate Tower
Senior Marketing Manager
Nate Tower
Senior Marketing Manager
Nate Tower

Nate Tower | Senior Marketing Manager

In his six-plus years as a marketing professional, Nate has honed and crafted a complete array of digital communications skills, making him one of the most versatile members of First Scribe’s leadership team. His ability to pinpoint critical business needs and translate them into effective and innovative online messaging and marketing strategies is a true differentiator for our clientele.

Nate previously spent nine years as an English teacher and track and field coach, providing him with nearly a decade of experience not only developing and imparting his mastery of language but also building leadership skills through his mentorship of student athletes. This background in education helped transition into an ambitious and diverse marketing career that has seen Nate transform countless client objectives into lasting business realities.

While he’s not crafting winning strategies for clients, Nate enjoys running, juggling, writing fiction, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Rob Wagner
Rob Wagner
Executive Creative Director
Rob Wagner
Executive Creative Director
Rob Wagner

Rob Wagner | Executive Creative Director 

Rob steps in as your creative lead when you work with the First Scribe team, and that’s a comforting thought. Because not only does he have formal training in fine arts, graphic design and music, but he’s also worked specifically in digital media since the days of 56K modems. So you can rest assured that Rob will avoid creativity for creativity’s sake, and will employ usability-driven design techniques that serve your bigger business purpose.

Got a question about how to make web design work better for your business? Talk to Rob. Chances are, he’s got a creative answer.

Leadership
Our Team
Alex Pagliano
Paid Media Manager/Business Analyst
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Alex Pagliano
Paid Media Manager/Business Analyst
Alex Pagliano
Paid Media Manager/Business Analyst

What excites or inspires you about your work?
PPC marketing, naturally, is fun: the art of speculating consumer intent and delivering advertisements that are valuable, transparent and trusted to consumers. The targeting metrics to deliver the advertisements continue to vary, so continuous learning remains a key to future success.

What’s your favorite memory?
I traveled to Europe last summer and checked the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy from my bucket list.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I referee high school and college basketball.

 

Amy Perrill
Accounting
Amy Perrill Amy Perrill
Amy Perrill
Accounting
Amy Perrill
Accounting

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
Reconciling the books each month and paying off bills. 

Do you have a hidden talent?
I love re-purposing things! I’ve even tackled reupholstering a few pieces of furniture. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would love to be a dentist or an orthodontist! 

Anthony Peruzzo
Web Developer
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Anthony Peruzzo
Web Developer
Anthony Peruzzo
Web Developer

What excites or inspires you about your work?
Every project is different and offers it’s own unique challenges. I like solving problems and fitting all of the pieces together in the large puzzle that web development creates.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I went to school for illustration and have had my work featured in several published comic books and graphic novels.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I love what I do now! Web Development.

What’s your favorite memory?
Any silly thing my daughter does.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have the same birthday as my brother- 3 years apart.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive.
Probably a box of matches.

Autumn Wall
Interactive Designer
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Autumn Wall
Interactive Designer
Autumn Wall
Interactive Designer

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
As a designer I am constantly learning something new! With every new project, I get to learn about different industries and new technologies, that I would other wise may not have had the opportunity to.

What's something most people don't know about you?
I am a die hard hip hop music fan.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An Eagle Scout.

Brett Middleton
Digital Marketing Strategist
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Brett Middleton
Digital Marketing Strategist
Brett Middleton
Digital Marketing Strategist

What excites or inspires you about your work?
In marketing there can be instances where we have a noticeable & positive impact on a partner’s business

What’s your favorite memory?
Our Honeymoon in Jamaica, such a beautiful place!

If you were lost in the wilderness...what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Jack Link’s Zero Sugar Original Beef Jerky

Do you have a hidden talent?
Yes, I do impressions

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m not grown up yet? If I ever leave digital marketing as a field I want to join either the NFL or an entertainment brand like Electronic Arts – these are passions of mine and I want to do what I can to make sure they continue being awesome.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
My wife and I have 2 children, sure – but we also have 2 cats. Pippa Middleton & Kevin Malone Middleton.

Brian Hanson
DevOps
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Brian Hanson
DevOps
Brian Hanson
DevOps

What excites/inspires you about your work?
Backend software development is a lot like playing Dr. House every day. There is nothing more fun than getting important and difficult-to-solve logic problems, and figuring out solutions for them.  I’d say that’s my job in a nutshell at First Scribe.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I have the arcane power to summon Jimmy Johns sandwiches!  The cast time on that spell is usually about 10 minutes.  My mana for casting spells recharges every other Friday.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Once upon a time, I wanted to be an EMT.  I landed on software development for a career instead because it’s much easier to recover from making mistakes fixing a website compared to making mistakes fixing people.  You can’t just restore a broken person from a backup.

If you were lost in the wilderness… what is the one thing you would need to survive?
The DVD box set of Star Trek: The Next Generation should keep me sane, and the discs for season 1 can be broken so their sharp edges can be used for tools!  All I would need is to rig up a coconut DVD player.

Brian Larson
Interactive Designer
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Brian Larson
Interactive Designer
Brian Larson
Interactive Designer

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
Being able to work one on one with clients to find creative and unique design solutions that help inspire and engage the viewer. 

Do you have a hidden talent?
I play the hammered dulcimer.

What’s your favorite memory?
My son being born.

Carlie Wagner
Social Media Specialist
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Carlie Wagner
Social Media Specialist
Carlie Wagner
Social Media Specialist

What excites or inspires you about your work?
What excites me about my work is getting to work with clientele in different industries, while coming up with creative and unique ways to bring them success through social media.

What’s your favorite memory?
My favorite memory was going on a cruise, and getting to explore Belize, Honduras, and the Grand Cayman Islands.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I really don’t have any real exciting hidden talents, but I am good at doing the worm!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Something most people don’t know about me is that I am a hunter! I have been hunting deer and turkey since I was about 10 years old.

Carson Richmond
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist
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Carson Richmond
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist
Carson Richmond
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
Being able to work and grow with technology as it changes and utilize my knowledge to help people accomplish their website goals.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A Dragon, but the feasible goal would be a professional bed tester. 

What’s your favorite memory?
Going to China for my final choir tour with Augsburg College.

Clay Oglesby
CX/Design Strategist
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Clay Oglesby
CX/Design Strategist
Clay Oglesby
CX/Design Strategist

What excites or inspires you about your work?
I love the opportunity to work with people that understand the value of design and the creative solutions I have to offer. Design excites me because it is a major influencer in society. It is my job to make that influence positive.

What’s your favorite memory?
My favorite memory is standing in the front of the church looking down the long aisle as my wife walked towards me on our wedding day.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
I wouldn’t bring anything. I prefer a challenge.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can construct a flamethrower in a relatively short amount of time out of ordinary house hold items if the situation calls for it.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
As a kid I always dreamed of being Spiderman when I grew up. I have yet to become Spiderman… Check back in 3 months.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I use to DJ electronic dance music as a teenager.

 

 

Daniel Cole
Copywriter
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Daniel Cole
Copywriter
Daniel Cole
Copywriter

What excites or inspires you about your work?
The experience of writing good content is a legitimate high for me, on par with skydiving or eating two pink Starburst at the same time.

What’s your favorite memory?
A week spent in Charleston, SC, with family and friends for my brother’s wedding.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Cast Away on VHS.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I placed first in Acme Comedy Company’s “Funniest Person in the Twin Cities” contest in 2014.

Erik Schultz
Web Developer
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Erik Schultz
Web Developer
Erik Schultz
Web Developer

What excites or inspires you about your work?
Not knowing everything about web coding. It fascinates and frustrates me at the same time.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can eat 6 Hotpockets in a row. I don’t know anyone else who wants to do that.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a Master Instructor in the martial arts who has respectful students throughout the country.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I secretly watch anime dramas

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive.
All you need is a knife.

Jason Douglas
Client Relationship Manager
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Jason Douglas
Client Relationship Manager
Jason Douglas
Client Relationship Manager

What excites/inspires you about your work?
Getting to know so many different industries and helping companies of all sizes achieve their goals. I enjoy learning from the data gained to make educated decisions for our clients. We really are their partners versus “the agency”.

Do you have a hidden talent?
Yes, I cannot find it.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
PGA golfer.

What’s your favorite memory?
Finishing Grandma’s Marathon in 2009 and biting the medal. Reaching that goal, something only less than one-half of one percent of people do, is an exclusive club to be a part of.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I once had hair past my shoulders. Yes, at one point, I was able to grow a voluptuous head of hair.

If you were lost in the wilderness… what is the one thing you would need to survive?
I always have my phone on me, so as long as the wifi signal was strong, I’d be set! Hope Amazon Prime delivers there!

John Kreuch
Development Manager
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John Kreuch
Development Manager
John Kreuch
Development Manager

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
I enjoy problem solving and figuring out the best way to accomplish or optimize a project. I love that “ah-ha” moment when everything clicks.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Back-up quarterback to the best, most durable quarterback in the NFL.

What’s your favorite memory?
A tie. When I proposed and the first time I had chipotle.

Kate Gustafson
Office Coordinator
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Kate Gustafson
Office Coordinator
Kate Gustafson
Office Coordinator

What excites or inspires you about your work?
I enjoy being able to wear multiple hats, whether it’s helping clients with billing related questions or creating a positive, fun work environment through planning employee events or gatherings. Putting a smile on someone’s face is what makes my work meaningful.

What’s your favorite memory?
Hiking to the top of a volcano in Martinique.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
My Camelbak hydration backpack, probably filled with moon juice super vitamins.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I am an excellent pet sitter. Over the years I have sat for cats, dogs, a turtle and now the office fish, whom I have named Doug.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
My childhood dream was to become an archeologist/anthropologist.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I specialize in taking dog portraits. I call myself a pho-dographer.

 

Kathy Moening
Email Marketing Specialist
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Kathy Moening
Email Marketing Specialist
Kathy Moening
Email Marketing Specialist

What excites or inspires you about your work?
It’s always a learning opportunity!

What’s your favorite memory?
Going to the bookstore with my dad on Sunday afternoons. He’d buy me hot cocoa, then let me wander around and read for a while. It was always my favorite part of the week.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Endless access to fresh water. 

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can touch my elbows together behind my back. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A small business owner in a small town on a river somewhere.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I want to have a hobby farm someday! Ideally, with enough space for vegetables, fruit trees, an apiary, and several reindeer.

 

Kevin Miles
Software Engineer
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Kevin Miles
Software Engineer
Kevin Miles
Software Engineer

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I always wanted to be a NASA engineer.

What excites/inspires you about your work?
I’ve always liked being able to make computers do what I want them to. I’ve been doing it for fun since I was 8. Being able to do it as a job is quite the dream.

Do you have a hidden Talent?
Ever since I was 15, kids have always liked me, even kids that don’t seem to like anyone but their parents. I seem to have a talent relating to kids. Hopefully that serves me well now that I have two kids of my own.

What’s your favorite memory?
The extended family camping trip at Camp Vanasek back when I was 12, and again when I was 19.

Kyle Enfield
Digital Marketing Strategist
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Kyle Enfield
Digital Marketing Strategist
Kyle Enfield
Digital Marketing Strategist

What excites or inspires you about your work?
I really enjoy that every day is different and there isn’t necessarily one single formula for solving a problem. I love getting to experiment with new techniques.

What’s your favorite memory?
My honeymoon to Orlando – Disney, Universal Studios, etc. 

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
All 9 seasons of The Office.  

Do you have a hidden talent?
More of a useless talent. I am unnecessarily good at Guitar Hero.  

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An Oscar-winning director/producer.

 What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I am the co-creator and co-host of a weekly Metal & Punk show on Alt 93.3!

 

 

Margaret McDonald
Senior Copywriter
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Margaret McDonald
Senior Copywriter
Margaret McDonald
Senior Copywriter

What excites or inspires you about your work?
Constantly learning, growing, and expanding my skill set to deliver the best possible results for clients.

What’s your favorite memory?
My husband and I driving through the countryside in Ireland with mountains on one side, the ocean on the other, and the occasional sheep sighting.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
The practical side of me says matches. The emotional side says streaming music. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A restaurant owner. No, a florist. No, wait … a consultant. Space explorer? Dog sitter, final answer.

Marshall Foster
Design Director
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Marshall Foster
Design Director
Marshall Foster
Design Director

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
The digital landscape is constantly changing. Just when you think you have it figured out, everything gets turned upside down.

What’s your favorite memory?
Skydiving in New Zealand. Need I say more?

If you were lost in the wilderness...what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Master outdoorsman and personal life coach, John Stamos.

Michael Zenner
Senior Web Developer
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Michael Zenner
Senior Web Developer
Michael Zenner
Senior Web Developer

What excites you or inspires you about your work?
I strive to outdo myself with every new project.  Even if it’s a simple website, I’ll try and streamline something I had previously written.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can pick up a tennis ball with my toes.

What’s your favorite memory?
Getting my Nintendo 64 back in 1996 for Christmas and playing Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire on it.

What's something most people don't know about you?
That I’m very secretive.

If you were lost in the wilderness...what is the one thing you would need to survive?
A replicator

Mike Delsing
Interactive Designer
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Mike Delsing
Interactive Designer
Mike Delsing
Interactive Designer

What excites/inspires you about your work?
There’s so many different industries and companies that I get to design for. I love starting a new project and learning as much as I can about the client and field they are in.

Do you have a hidden talent?
DIY projects!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A house flipper / real estate tycoon

What’s your favorite memory?
Spur of the moment weekend vacation to Key West.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I’m a Disney nerd.

If you were lost in the wilderness… what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Bear Grylls will show me the way.

Monica Childs
Digital Project Manager
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Monica Childs
Digital Project Manager
Monica Childs
Digital Project Manager

What excites or inspires you about your work?
I really like helping people and solving problems. When a client has an issue on or with their website I like to try and investigate the problem myself to better understand the issue and if I can solve it, I will do that. If I can’t solve it than I like working with the developer who can. I like to know as much about my client and their website as possible; which makes it easier to work with my internal teams and gives my client more confidence in us.

What’s your favorite memory?
At TwinsFest in 1991 I waited in line all day to get Kirby Puckett’s autograph. When it was my turn to have him sign my baseball card of his I handed him my card, he signs it and as soon as he hands it back to me I say “this is going to be worth a million bucks one day”. He responds with “well, you better cash it in now!” And then he laughs his Kirby Puckett laugh. As a 9-year-old and having the most famous Twins player acknowledge what you said was pretty awesome!

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Water and a knife

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can make a really loud noise by clicking my tongue

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A forensic anthropologist

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
My dad’s side of the family has been going to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1898. I’m also a direct descendant of Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

 

 

Scott Duncan
Web Developer
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Scott Duncan
Web Developer
Scott Duncan
Web Developer

What excites/inspires you about your work?
Solving problems using technology. There is always something new to learn and different ways to approach everything. I really enjoy rolling up my sleeves and jumping in to help everyone succeed. 

What’s your favorite memory?
Definitely ROM. It’s non-volatile and super fast.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve had some crazy jobs. From selling porcelain dolls to working with a traveling Antiques Roadshow.

Tim Juang
Marketing Specialist
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Tim Juang
Marketing Specialist
Tim Juang
Marketing Specialist

What excites or inspires you about your work?
I love learning about the unique needs of each client and helping to solve their problems using a combination of creative communications and data-driven analysis.

What’s your favorite memory?
A couple years ago, I had this sublime experience hiking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge. I felt like a tiny figure in a vast, unending ink painting. At night, we rested in small hamlets nestled in the mountains; one rustic inn had the fastest Wi-Fi I’ve encountered in all of China.

Do you have a hidden talent?
I can hold my breath for over three minutes. I also have a pretty good sense of balance.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wise, healthy and happy.

Tom Hoang
Web Developer
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Tom Hoang
Web Developer
Tom Hoang
Web Developer

What excites or inspires you about your work?
I love creating and fixing things. It could be websites, computers, applications… anything but printers.

If you were lost in the wilderness…what is the one thing you would need to survive?
Crisco shortening. It’s a practical survival item.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have a Shar-Pei dog and a Manx cat. Both partners in crime.

 

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