09.12.2016

Behind the Design – Dan Montgomery

Meet new hire, Dan Montgomery!

Dan graduated from Penn State and he enthusiastically joined our Sparq team as video production manager. Matched with his unique and fun personality, he brings video expertise to the team. With a creative video style and a knowledge of quality production products, he has already provided Sparq with a new edge to the business. Get to know Dan.

Video Production Manager, Dan Montgomery

Q: Give us some insight into your morning routine!
A: Where to begin… I start off the day at 7:55, which just so happens to be exactly 10 mins before Ii have to leave! In that quick 10 minutes before I leave for my awesome job, I have just enough time to brew me some morning blend and toss some pants on!

Q: Three apps that help with your work…ready go!
A: Don’t even have to think on this one! Number one go to has to be Reddit! Yes, I’m a redditor, big shocker. r/Filmmakers has really helped me shape into the filmmaker and editor I am today! Secondly, Spotify. Being a musician now for urrrr 16 years now –  you could say that I bleed the entertainment industry. For the last one, I’m going to stick with good ole youtube. One of the best sources for inspiration these days IMHO.

Q: What music do you listen to while you’re working?
A: Definitely the most difficult question on this list, that’s for sure. Let’s see, lately my main jam has been Chill Out Electro Indie and Jazzy Hip-Hop! Really gets the creative juices flowing!

Q: What’s your dream job (besides working at Sparq =])
A: Another hard question! One side of me wants to say professional jazz musician (which I’ve already lived the professional musician lifestyle) and another side of me wants to say being a big blockbuster director! My love for film and music go hand in hand together which makes this a hard toss up! But right now I would lean more towards being a director!

Q: If you could sit down and have an hour-long conversation with any person alive or deceased who would it be?
A: Maynard Ferguson. Who’s that you ask? Well, he’s known to be one of the greatest jazz trumpet players to have ever lived. I’d love to get a chance to sit down and discuss how he created the amazing arrangements and his overall love of music and performance with him!

Q:Who is your idol in the business world? Why?
A: In the current market I think Mark Zuckerberg is a fantastic example of who to look up to. He took an idea, dropped out of school and ran with it. To go to a net worth of over 56 billion in the small time frame that he did with the simple idea he had is truly remarkable.


The individuals at Sparq Designs believe in quality and are huge advocates of setting ourselves apart from the competition. We do not believe in a cookie-cutter approach because we feel it’s more important to stand out in a crowd and we want our clients to do the same. We get excited about turning a concept into a design, developing a web presence, writing and optimizing content, and creating a buzz around a brand. Meet more of the team here.

07.13.2016

Behind the Design – Lizz Venanzi

Learn a little more about the crew ‘Behind the Designs’ with our newest Q&A series. Next up up is our NEW Social Media Manager, Lizz Venanzi.

Lizz is a recent graduate of Westminster College where she majored in both Public Relations and English and completed internships with CBS Radio, The Globe Newspaper, and Howard Hanna Real Estate. With skills in writing and media relations, Lizz will bring a new angle to the digital marketing department working with content curation, editing, social media advertising, and Google Adwords.

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Sparq’s new Social Media Manager, Lizz Venanzi

Get to know her a little better!

Q: Give us some insight into your morning routine!
A: Someone once told me that one’s morning routine can tell a lot about a person. I never thought too much about it until I realized how much waking up and having a cup ofcoffee drives my day. Every morning I wake up and I make myself a cup of coffee with Italian sweet creamer and that’s all I need to feel ready to take on the world.

Q: Three apps that help with your work…ready go!
A: I am an avid “brain-stormer” so Pinterest and Instagram are definitely two apps that help get my creative juices flowing. Buzzfeed is also my guilty pleasure. As much as a quick Buzzfeed quiz can make me laugh, I really enjoy the voice that most Buzzfeed writers take on and it helps me loosen up and get comfortable writing.

Q: What music do you listen to while you’re working?
A: I like to listen to music that I have never listened to before. I have trouble staying concentrated when I am listening to songs that I know all the words to because it makes me want to bust out into spontaneous song and dance. Instead, I like to open Spotify and click “related artists” to the music I normally listen to and then give some new music a try! It helps me concentrate while also expanding my music library.

Q: What’s your dream job (besides working at Sparq =])
A: I would absolutely love to work for Starbucks’ Public Affairs team, specifically in their Corporate Social Responsibility group. I am incredibly interested in how green marketing and cause-related marketing can expand a business, oh – and (if it wasn’t too obvious) I love coffee!

Q: If you could sit down and have an hour-long conversation with any person alive or deceased who would it be? 
A: Ellen Degeneres!

Q:Who is your idol in the business world? Why? 
A: I am not sure if I have one specific idol. I have many people that have shaped my professional experience in a positive and defining way, specifically my dad and college professors. But, I tend to appreciate and lean towards people who are not afraid to do something out of the box and take risks.


The individuals at Sparq Designs believe in quality, and are huge advocates of setting ourselves apart from the competition. We do not believe in a cookie-cutter approach because we feel it’s more important to stand out in a crowd and we want our clients to do the same. We get excited about turning a concept into a design, developing a web presence, writing and optimizing content, and creating a buzz around a brand. Meet more of the team here.

06.01.2016

Meet Junior Graphic Designer Chad Parise

Meet the latest addition to the Sparq team, Junior Graphic Designer Chad Parise! 

Junior Graphic Designer, Chad Parise

Junior Graphic Designer, Chad Parise

Q: Where did you attend school and what did you study there?
A: I attended Kent State University where I majored in Visual Communication Design and minored in Photo-Illustration.

Q: What’s your dream job?
A: My dream job would be to become a photographer for National Geographic or Animal Planet and to travel the world.

Q: At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
A: 5 Guys…

Q: Which storybook/cartoon character do you relate to?
A: Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon, he just shows how limitless creativity can be.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the digital marketing industry?
A: I love the endless possibilities; you can continue to push the boundaries. It seems like the most crazy, out-of-the-box ideas become the best ones.

Q: What  Hogwarts house are you in?
A: Gryffindor, it said so in my prophecy. It also said the Emma Watson is my future wife but that’s still in the works.

Q: What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
A: Seinfeld and The Office, there is no one better than Michael Scott.

Q: Do you have any strange phobias/fears?
A: heights & mashed potatoes.

Q: What is the best thing you’ve crossed off your bucket list?
A:  Swimming with sea turtles and traveling to Italy.

Q: Favorite artist to listen to when you’re designing?
A: Any type of house or techno music. I’m really into Avicii or Shabba.

Q: How do you stay caffeinated ?
A: I don’t really drink coffee… but scoops on scoops of C4.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Sparq?
A: Honestly everyone who works here. The atmosphere makes you get up and want to come to work, and that is truly hard to find.


At Sparq Designs is an Online Marketing Company in Wexford. Our office is located just 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Our team’s marketing expertise lies in branding, web development, search engine optimization, and social media management for businesses and clients of all sizes and throughout the world.

Learn more at www.sparqdesigns.com