John was using computers before he was a teenager. His love of IT continued throughout his childhood. He was always tinkering with electronics, toys, and thinking how to make things less complicated and work faster. This of course led him to a career in information technology (IT). John has been in the world of IT for almost 20 years. His tech career began with a business Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Silver Spring, Maryland. As the Executive Vice President of Operations & Sales, he grew the company’s revenue from ~$1M to over $25 million annually. He oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art, tier two data center. He designed service packages for connectivity, hosting, and security. Fast forward 10 years, after helping hundreds of organizations with their telecom needs, John realized there was a better way. He started FinTel Communications to improve the experience business owners had with IT firms. FinTel provides IT services that solve immediate technology needs of associations and companies. FinTel support clients throughout the United States, from startups to Fortune 500 companies like Sprint, New York Life, ExpandUSA, Alphawave Networks, Covenant House Washington, Epidarex Capital, University of Maryland and Bookkeeping Express. John started his second company, Logo Helpdesk in 2012, to help companies in need of branding, logo design, printing, marketing promotional materials, and graphics. Active in the local community, John believes strongly that volunteer work is an important part of one’s personal and professional life. Volunteering is a strong opportunity to network for personal and professional contacts to build out like-minded contacts. John is a board member for The First Tee Montgomery County, which provides life lessons for children through the game of golf. Additionally, John is a member of the Board of Governors of the Tower Club in Tysons Corner, Virginia. John is active alum of the University of Maryland, serving as the President of both the Alumni Association Network and the Terrapin Club Network for Montgomery County, Maryland since 1999. He has hosted many events for Alumni in Montgomery County over the years, including golf tournaments, beer tastings, professional improvement events and many, many game watch’s for away basketball and football games. In his “free time,” John enjoys the beach, golf, is a long time foodie and traveler.
Kelsey Hrebenach began her career as an intern with the University’s Marketing and Communications Department, where she collaborated with writers, designers, photographers, videographers and marketing specialists. Ms. Hrebenach was involved in the development and rebranding of the high school scholarship programs and assisted in planning and development for the quarterly publication, TERP Magazine, involving herself with design critiques of page and article layouts. Ms. Hrebenach was as an elected member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Executive Board. As a member of SAAC, Kelsey contributed with event planning, athletic event promotion, NCAA rules and regulation interpretation and explanation for the university’s student athletes. She managed all the Committee’s social media accounts, utilizing different applications for promotion purposes and to interact with the student athletes. During her last few months on SAAC, Ms. Hrebenach was directly involved in planning and coordinating the second annual SAAC Kickball Tournament, a collaborative effort with the College Park Fire and Police Departments. An important part of Ms. Hrebenach’s personal development was the opportunity to serve as a mentor and role model to potential future college student-athletes through her work as an instructor in clinics and camps for the University of Maryland Volleyball program, training players of all ages. Ms. Hrebenach interned with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, working with the athletic department as part of the development team. While at Naval Academy, Ms. Hrebenach enhanced donor relations through the Blue & Gold Membership by raising over $80,000 in membership donations and over $48,000 in ticket sales while conducting over 1,700 outbound calls within a 4-month span. Ms. Hrebenach also facilitated mailings of membership information for current and potential donors, informed members of ticket and seat allocation for neutral and home site football games and assisted alongside the Fund for Athletic Excellence by helping coordinate the Head Coaches dinner and Annual Golf Classic. Kelsey Hrebenach attended the University of Maryland and graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Ms. Hrebenach was a four year varsity athlete as a member of the University of Maryland Volleyball team. Kelsey Hrebenach has a strong passion for communication, especially through numerous social media applications. Ms. Hrebenach enjoys spending time with her friends and family and learning cooking tips while watching the Food Network Channel.
Owen Gotimer is a multimedia journalist with over six years of experience in online and newspaper journalism, four years of experience in radio and television news, and two years of experience in corporate social media. Owen has an extensive communications background having interned for the Discovery Channel, the Syracuse Chiefs, and the NewsHouse. The highlight of his young career was the creation, launch, and expansion of LoCoSports – a hyperlocal news site covering high school athletics in Loudoun County, Va. In just under one year, they grew to over 4,000 Twitter followers and over 1,000,000 page views on their website. During his time as the editor-in-chief and publisher, Owen mentored upwards of 30 social media managers, journalists, photographers, and editors. Owen Gotimer is currently a grad student at the University of Westminster in London, England where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Media Theory. Prior to his trip across the pond, Owen graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2015 – where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a minor in Athletic Coaching. While at Syracuse, Owen managed the Orange’s varsity women’s softball team.