Our team is one of the most defining factors at Sparq. Each one of our employees possess different skills that complement one another. This allows us to assign the most wholesome and expert employees for your business’ needs. Not to mention our team works together as a family, thus opening doors for improvement and collaboration that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in your average agency setting. Our expertise make us an online marketing company, but our team is what makes us a successful, one-of-a-kind online marketing company that will always go above and beyond for our clients.
- SEO TEAM
- EMAIL MARKETING
- SOCIAL MEDIA
- BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
- DUNDER MIFFLIN
- WHOLE FOODS ADDICTS
- COFFEE DRINKERS
- ONLY LIKES HOT CHOCOLATE
As a kid, Nick’s parents taught him the importance of working hard and following his dreams. He has already had a desire to create ideas and market them. He once got in trouble in elementary school for selling beaded bracelets with athletes names, numbers and colors on them (of course “Griffey 24” was his top seller), because they were strategically priced in line with school lunches. In 2013, Nick conceived the idea of Sparq Designs in an apartment bedroom, with a goal to help individuals and businesses grow by utilizing digital marketing. Today, the goals remain the same, but the vision, the team and the office look much different.
Jim co-founded Sparq Designs in late 2012 alongside his college friend, Nick Brucker. His prior work experience took him throughout the country where he learned how to communicate clearly and effectively with high-level professionals. His expertise is in creating and developing relationships with business partners and clients. A fatherly figure at the office, and an actual father at home, Jim keeps the team in line… and let’s us get away with a few things. Jim is also the king of conceptualizing wild ideas. Have him come up with one on the spot, you won’t be disappointed.
In his spare time, Phil enjoys fishing, gardening, playing pool, and spending quality time with his family and three dogs. Phil married in 2008 and has one foster child whom joined the U.S. Marine Corp. in 2016. In the Spring and Summer months, when he isn’t trying to catch the one that got away, he loves to just sit back outdoors and take in the sights and sounds of nature in his own backyard. His favorite part of the day is eating dinner, having a cup of coffee, while watching The Andy Griffith Show. He appreciates the small simple things in life!
Jenna joined Sparq’s team in September of 2015 as our Lead (and, at the time, only) Graphic Designer. Jenna’s design work is driven by the success of her clients in achieving their branding and design goals – and it shows in everything she produces. During her time in college, she started and grew her own photography business, Jenna Hidinger Photography, which specializes in location portraiture and wedding photography. Jenna’s hardworking attitude keeps the team on track, but Jenna’s real value lies in the photos she shares of her and her husband Nick’s Bichon Frise puppy, Rhylan.
Chad joined Sparq Designs immediately upon graduating from Kent State University in May of 2016 with a bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Photo-Illustration. While at Kent, Chad played hockey for the Golden Flashes from 2012-2016 where he served as an alternate captain. Chad has a very strong passion when it comes to design and believes that it has limitless possibilities. When not at Sparq Designs you can find Chad at, you guessed it, a hockey rink where he is a coach for the Seneca Valley High School hockey team. Fun fact: Chad is the only Sparq team member that doesn’t drink coffee.
Video Production Manager
Upon graduating high school, Dan discovered his love for telling visual stories and decided to roll with it. After he attended Penn State University, he began to play in a professional band and used it to truly hone in on his production skills. From there, he began producing documentaries that focused on the amazing artist in Pittsburgh. Dan was picked up by Sparq in late 2016 to create eye-catching videos for various clients including Refresh Dental and Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant, and the rest was history. Dan’s been capturing the daily happenings at Sparq and kept us laughing ever since.
Business Development Specialist
Ezekiel “Zeke” Baez is the Digital Marketing Sales Specialist at Sparq Designs. Born in Miami, FL he joined Sparq Designs in early 2017 with the motivation and excitement to bring sunshine to the sales department. The appeal to bring Zeke on board at Sparq stemmed from the YouTube channel he shares with his wife, Nina, where the two share their strides in living a healthy lifestyle as well as their Pittsburgh endeavors. (Check them out: Nina and EZ) Zeke currently has 8 years of experience in customer service and is recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things.