OUR TEAM

We have built our competencies over the years individually and corporately delivering custom solutions (specifically in Microsoft Cloud Solutions) for SMBs and enterprises employing long-term, well-rounded specialists who bring decades of experience and always looking to develop new skills. We employ agile development practices to provide for the most efficient workstreams and fastest time to market. Our team consists of young and seasoned professionals coming from various walks of life and backgrounds to build a cohesive, family environment where everyone has a role and voice. We are proud to onshore team resources only – we don’t offshore our work!

Joe

Managing Partner, Founder

Joe is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ambient Studios with a long history and background in program & project management and software development lifecycle management working and consulting for Fortune 500 companies such as DuPont, Mattel and Disney as well as a for the University of Southern California.

Joe achieved success early in his career as a project manager through strategic implementations of enterprise applications helping companies transform their business through technology enablement including corporate intranets, IT service management, EHS, SaaS/cloud computing, financial and ERP systems.

Through his journey, Joe found a passion for developing solutions and business applications that solve for real-world business needs in the right way. He birthed Ambient Studios as a vehicle to collect like-minded, agile professionals who shared in this vision to help businesses achieve their potential.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California. He holds active certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, a Certified Scrum Professional®, a Microsoft Certified Professional and an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

Joe currently resides in Brea with his wife and three children and is heavily involved in his local church and getting more involved in the business and local communities. Joe studied the viola early in his life and has recently picked up Olympic archery as a new hobby. He enjoys going to Disneyland, Korean variety shows and USC Trojans football games.

Dan

Director, Business Development

Dan has been working within the Microsoft community since 2009, more specifically in the enterprise content management and communications management industry. Overall, with his entrepreneur spirit, the leadership role of Director, Business Development, allows Dan to take his career to the next level.

 

With core principles of being mindful, finding harmony, integrity, and a mentoring approach to give back to the community, Dan reflects on the customer story and relates to the employee experience.

 

Being part of the Ambient Team, Dan naturally drives growth through relationships, creativity, and flexibility, while focusing on the client journey. Partners will enjoy the extended value that Ambient brings to their practice. Clients will enjoy the time to value that Ambient brings as a true partnership.

 

Dan brings passion and excitement to the Ambient365 Microsoft Practice by communicating the top/down enterprise opportunity, relating to the customer story, and current work experiences. Evangelizing M365/Teams as the modern workplace; getting to the places where you work and the people you work with, by understanding lifecycles, and critical business processes. Dan’s main goal for customer success is to provide end-to-end Enterprise solutions that envision a roadmap to the art of the possible. Dan thrives offering meaningful consulting services, mentoring, and best practices to promote user adoption, making M365 sticky.

 

Maintaining mental health and balance is important, Dan makes sure to carry out an active lifestyle. From an early morning workday to back-to-back meetings, Dan makes sure that when he is off the clock, he is spending it either hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or enjoying a competitive gave of Tennis. Besides exercising the mind and body, Dan fuels his hobby playing Spanish Flamenco Guitar. His true inspiration is a work-life-balance and admires how Ambient encourages this way of living.  

Giang

Customer Success Manager, Sales & Marketing

Giang is a Customer Success Lead at Ambient Studios with a background in business analysis, requirements gathering, systems administration, customer service and support, and project management. He is curious at heart and is passionate about finding solutions to business problems.

Prior to joining the Ambient Studios team, he was at Disney for 12 years which gave him the opportunity to support multiple business units. His previous work ranges from developing interactive user training, systems administration of creative applications, technical project management of large scale events, managing rewards and gift card payment systems, to deploying audio/video technology.

Born and raised in Southern California, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, and Electronic Business from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He enjoys traveling, great food, exploring, national parks, and is aspiring to become an Ironman.

Irene

Marketing Associate, Sales & Marketing

Irene is a Marketing Associate at Ambient Studios with a background in email marketing (MailChimps and HubSpot), looking to expand her expertise in brand management, digital marketing strategies and marketing project management. 
 
She recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a dual-degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and International Studies, and studied abroad in Italy at the University of Bologna. During her college career, she explored a various field of marketing at local start ups and campus organizations. Her experiences range from entry level roles as a market researcher and social media intern to managerial level positions as a digital marketing project manager and event manager. 
 
Born in South Korea and raised in California, she is an avid traveler. When she is not daydreaming about her next dream destination, she enjoys experimenting and perfecting delicious pastries for her friends and families to enjoy, reading books, and attempting to learn a new language.

Matt

Front-end Developer, Engineering

Matt brings over 15 years web design experience to the table, with a particular focus on UI, Usability and Front-End development. After earning his degree in 2001, he started working creating merchant stores for Linkin Park’s Merchandising company BandMerch in Augora Hills, California,  From there, he went to work for a web boutique Intellixmedia, creating interactive CD’s and Flash based websites. After just a year, he was recruited when his work caught the attention of Microsoft Partner Agency – Speaktech, which opened doors to JavaScript and CSS focused development for clients such a Disney, LiveNation, Myspace, and Allergen.

After SpeakTech was acquired by Perficient, Matt continued to develop SharePoint Corporate Portals with them as a Freelancer. He relocated to Berlin in 2013 and worked part-time in the growing startup scene while also continuing to develop SharePoint Portals for clients back in the USA. Matt was reconnected with Joe and joined Ambient Studios in 2015 after their days working together at Disney working on a Business Unit's Corporate Intranet project.

Matt holds Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Principia College in St Louis, Missouri as well a certification as a Scrum Master (CSM).

Matt current resides in Berlin, Germany with his girlfriend and two kids. He enjoys traveling, discovering new music, and surfing when he’s home in California.

Rob

Software Developer, Engineering

Rob developed a curiosity for computers at an early age.  This curiosity evolved into a passionate hobby that Rob pursued in middle and high school.  He took classes in C++ programming and AP Computer Science in high school and participated in activities such as the Boy Scouts Explorer's Computer Technology Post at NASA Glenn Research Center.  He also participated in a summer camp training class before his senior year which led to obtaining his first certification (CIW Associate Webmaster) in 2000.

Rob chose to pursue programming farther by first attending the University of Toledo, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering.  After some time there, he transferred to Cleveland State University where he earned his Bachelor Of Science in Computer and Information Science in 2007.

Since graduation, Rob has been working successfully as a software developer specializing in Microsoft and web technologies, continuing his drive to learn, and using his skills to solve the problems and needs of businesses.  He started working with Ambient Studios in 2018 where he brings his skills and passion there as part of the team.  Rob is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer in Applications Development.

Rob is currently living in Ohio where he has lived throughout his life.  When not working, he likes to spend his time with sci-fi and fantasy movies and TV and PC gaming.

Scott

Software Developer, Engineering

Scott Nagy is one of our Software Engineers. He has spent more than a decade working and consulting for organizations such as Microsoft, Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Cleveland Clinic, Costco, Dow Corning, and Progressive Insurance. He is experienced in all phases of the project life cycle and is also fluent in both waterfall and agile development methodologies. Scott is an experienced Developer that is passionate about his career and is dedicated to doing it well.

Scott's developed a solid reputation for helping clients focus less on their technology challenges and more on doing what they do best. He's committed to being flexible and responsive to our clients’ needs. It’s that commitment that sets him apart. Scott has worked hard in his field, and that diligence shows in his work ethic and performance.

Scott currently resides just outside of Tampa, Florida with his wife. He enjoys fishing and traveling.

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