Spark Logix Studios has 2 offices, one located in Minneapolis, MN and the other in Fort Collins, CO. Our company primarily builds responsive websites in addition to integrated internet marketing. We have experienced staff that handles specific tasks, this creates a stable and streamlined system. Here’s a look at who we are:
Rob Benson Founder / Creative Director
Keeps Me Going: Getting Outside, My 3 Kids, My Spectacular Wife and Crossfit.
Rob was born in 1980 and grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He spent 7 years in Florida and now resides in Fort Collins, CO. He founded Spark Logix Studios, in Minneapolis, MN in early 2010 after working independently for a few years helping small businesses with their internet web development and marketing needs. “I saw a huge shift in the absolute need for better online marketing strategies and web development” said Rob Benson, outlining the reason for creating the business. Since the official start of Spark Logix Studios the company has had rapid growth. “Our growth is due to our phenomenal clients, we owe so much to them, they helped get us where we are today.” -Rob
Before working freelance, Rob spent 2003-2008 working with a mortgage firm on their advertising and sales strategies. He traveled between 7 offices analyzing sales and advertising methods. Here he grew to understand the advertising needs and budgets of small business with less than 200 employees. He currently oversees the creative design and development for all web projects at Spark Logix Studios. He is also a major collaborator on the company’s inbound marketing campaigns for clients.
Rob has been happily married since 2003 and has 3 children.
Ryan Beckman Account Manager
Keeps Me Going: My Amazing Wife, My Two Beautiful Children, Exercise, Reading and Traveling.
Ryan grew up in Edina, MN where sports and paper routes took up most of his time. During his junior year of high school his Latin class had the opportunity to go to Italy for three weeks, and he fell in love with the culture, language and people. After school, he was lucky enough to move there for a couple years and immerse himself into everything Italy had to offer. Ryan returned home and continued his education at the University of Minnesota. He studied psychology, Italian, and economics and considers himself a lifelong learner. What drives him is the opportunity to help people and businesses succeed. “I’ve always been competitive and internet marketing allows me to use my competitive nature to help others succeed.” -Ryan
Before Spark Logix, Ryan worked as a sales manager for four years traveling to different markets throughout the US to train salesmen. He feels this opportunity taught him how to communicate with people from all different walks of life. He enjoys talking with people and learning about their industries and goals. Communication and love for learning serves Ryan well as an account manager for Spark Logix Studios.
Jon Ramsey Project Manager
Keeps Me Going: Movies, Books, Music, and Fambly.
Jon was born in Pheonix Arizona, but grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota before moving to Minneapolis in 2003 where he now lives with his lovely wife and dog, and a cat which he hates. Having worked on a wide variety of different projects over the years, from music and filmmaking to quantum and theoretical physics, Jon is always interested in learning new things and taking on new challenges. So when he was offered the opportunity to jump into the world of Search Engine Optimization and Web Design he dove right in, having always wanted to learn more about software and website coding. At Spark Logix Studios, Jon enjoys working on a wide variety of websites, facing different challenges every day and helping meet each individual client’s needs.
Kendra Benson Lead Developer
Keeps Me Going: One-On-One Time With My Children, My Inspiring Husband, Getting Outside & Exploring, Crossfit and Paleo.
Kendra was born and raised in NE Florida. When she was 28, she moved to Minnesota for 3 years and now lives in Fort Collins, CO. After starting web development for a personal family website, she had a desire to learn more. She is self-taught and continues to learn new techniques as the technology advances. Kendra says “I have always been interested in the arts, design is always where my heart was. But when I started writing code for websites, there was so much more satisfaction for me in creating an entire website with just letters and numbers. Although I still love design, my true talent lies in coding.”
Before Kendra began developing websites, she worked as an accountant at a community college in Florida for 5 years. Working day in and day out with numbers was an important stepping stone in her progression to web development. Kendra worked on and off building sites for family, friends, and small clients for 6 years before working full-time for Spark Logix studios when it was founded in 2010. Kendra is now the Lead Developer for the company.
Kendra was married in 2003 and has 3 children.
Sam O’Byrne Advertising Account Manager
Keeps Me Going: Close Friends and Family, being Outdoors, Playing Hockey, and Great Books.
Sam was born in 1987 and grew up in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota where he studied Astrophysics and Geophysics. Sam has always been a computer junkie and a bit of a geek but is very outgoing and great at communicating ideas with others. When asked what he likes most about his job, Sam said, “I love working with people, and having the ability to work closely with business owners to share their ideas and help them grow their vision is priceless.”
Before working for Spark Logix Studios, Sam spent his college years doing advertising and sales for a large home automation company where he learned many of the skills required for his position at Spark Logix Studios. Sam met Rob in 2010 and was brought in to the Spark Logix family because of his unique mixture of backgrounds in sales and experience with technology. Sam loves learning the intricacies of the online marketplace and always stays ahead of the curve. “The complexity and ever changing nature of the online world allows us to learn new techniques and approaches to marketing every day. This means there are always new opportunities for us to help our clients in inventive and unique ways.” -Sam
Ben Heath WordPress Engineer
Keeps Me Going: My Wife and Daughter, My Guitar, Great Music, and the Ever-Changing Tech World.
Ben was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1980. He later moved to Florida where he met his wife and spent 10 years. There, he worked in the civil engineering field as a road and bridge construction inspector. He oversaw the work being done and was responsible for its adherence to contract documents. During that time he studied math and computer science at UNF, and felt there was something else out there he would enjoy more. He grew up with computers as his father was a computer science university professor at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Getting involved in search engine optimization was an evolving process. He had the internet in his home as soon as it was available because of his father’s profession. From there to his studies in college, the interest developed into the field of SEO and analytics. It is an ever changing field of technology and remains, to him, ever interesting.
Richard Morrison Interactive Coordinator
Keeps Me Going: Friends, Family, Music, and The Internet.
Richard was born in 1988 in Edina, Minnesota. He grew up in the backwoods of Wisconsin on a steady diet of the finest cheese the state could offer. In the summer of 2007, he began traveling across this great country living everywhere from New York City to Des Moines, but has decided to plant himself in Fort Collins. Being such a social media addict, it was an obvious choice that Richard would be the perfect social media manager for Spark Logix Studios. “I have always had a passion for social media since the first day I signed up for a Facebook account. I almost instantly fell in love with being able to stay connected to all my friends and family no matter where I am,” said Richard Morrison, expressing his love for social media. He soon realized what a powerful tool social media would become for small businesses.
Before doing social media, Richard spent a few years working as a technician for a home security company. He traveled to many cities across America meeting people from all walks of life, which he believes makes him able to adapt to any social media setting. Richard met Rob, the founder of Spark Logix Studios, in the summer of 2010 and soon after was asked to join the team. He currently manages all social media for Spark Logix Studios. “I love my job. I’m doing what I love and get to work side-by-side with great people”- Richard
Suzanne Gibbins Content Writer
Keeps Me Going: My Husband and Son (the yangs to my yin), the Outdoors, Dogs (limiting myself to two is a challenge), and New Discoveries.
Suzanne was raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and, not wanting to stray far from the call of the ocean, resides there today. After graduating high school in 1998, she couldn’t deny her entrepreneurial spirit and immediately set to work launching several small businesses, including a concessions and commercial cleaning company. Always having a love for learning, Suzanne continued her education at Coastal Carolina University and graduated in 2009 with a degree in education with focuses in history and science. After teaching for a year, she decided to nurture a talent for writing that she discovered while at the university and, since 2010, has worked as a freelance writer creating thousands of articles, blog postings, pages of website content, advertising copy, and more. At Spark Logix Studios, Suzanne enjoys writing on a variety of subjects as it satisfies her eclectic tastes and fondness for learning.
Susan Lee Information Specialist
Keeps Me Going: Three crazy teenagers, my husband who keeps me sane and a weekly dose of chocolate.
Susan Lee was raised in central Minnesota and relocated to Florida as an adventurous young adult. Susan’s natural ability to help others led her to certify as an EMT and work at various local hospitals. After being recognized for her computer skills, she left patient care and switched to the surgical posting department in the Baptist Surgical Unit where she worked with several physicians and staff creating schedules, assigning cases, and troubleshooting computer programs. In Susan’s spare time, she managed to utilize her creativity by teaching piano lessons and blogging about her adventures.
In 2011, Susan hung up her stethoscope for good and joined Spark Logix Studios. Drawing on her creativity and experience as a blogger, she worked with the team in search engine optimization. Later, she redirected her attention as an information specialist where she currently continues to grow with Spark Logix Studios.
Susan is always up for a challenge. As an information specialist, sorting and perfecting information has become her specialty. Susan says, “I get such a charge out of sorting and posting important information to multiple locations knowing the benefit to others is far reaching. It is challenging and rewarding to see the finished information readily available and know I had a hand in that.”
Susan continues to reside in sunny Florida with her husband and three children.
Jim Benson Technical Finance Director
Keeps me going: New projects, a loving family, and the fresh country air.
Jim grew up on a Minnesota farm in the 1950’s. There he learned how to work and how to work as a team. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Math and Sciences at St Cloud State University, teaching math and computer technology at the High School level. He was one of the first High School teachers in Minnesota to teach computer sciences. He served in the Air Force for 4 years as a communications officer, managing and designing military computerized communications systems. He returned to Minnesota to help build a successful computer services business in governmental financial systems. System designs that he conceived and developed 30 years ago have been continuously upgraded and are still in use.
Jim has over 40 years of experience designing, developing, marketing, supporting and maintaining; easy to use, financial software applications. He continues to teach accounting principles using these electronic techniques. Working with Sparklogix allows Jim to apply his experience in systems and financial accounting to the newest of communications technology.
Jim and his wife, Winnie, have been happily married for 43 years. They have two married children and six grandchildren.
Adelle Lawas Virtual Assistant
Keeps Me Going: My Two Wonderful Kids, My Husband, My Family and Friends, My Dreams and Ambitions
Adelle is a virtual assistant from the Philippines. She was born in Cagayan de Oro but grew up in Zamboanga City. She now resides in Iligan City.
Adelle was a teacher by profession with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and a major in general science. She taught science subjects in the tertiary level for 10 years.
In 2010, Adelle quit teaching and became a VA specializing in search engine optimization. She aims to educate herself to become a web developer in the future.
Adelle is happily married and has two children.
Spark Logix Studios also employs freelance contractors to assist in development of projects and growth. If you’re interested in working with Spark Logix Studios please apply online. We are currently expanding our contract development team and are looking for talented, honest, and hard working individuals.