Meet The Owners
Prior to launching Group 7even, Michelle held account and officer positions at several advertising agencies including DraftFCB (Chicago), Young & Rubicam (Detroit) and KCS & World (Chicago).
As the Vice President/Account Director with KCS & World in Chicago, Michelle’s achievements included successful advertising campaigns, strategic brand development and launch, communications integration and numerous other marketing initiatives with proven success. As an Account Director with FCB Worldwide, Chicago, Michelle managed a budget of over $20,000,000 and was responsible for strategic & communications plans for four national brands.
Michelle has received numerous awards and recognition including being awarded FCB’s most prestigious award for creative and strategic excellence and being published for her research on the psychological affect of color on taste perception and its marketing implications.
Michelle has applied her skills with the following brands and companies: National Brands: Playtex, Hoover, Scudder Investments, Discover Card, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Lincoln, Mercury, LPL Financial Services, Zurich
Other Brands & Organizations: Capital Mortgage, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, Creative on Call, Faith Assembly Christian Church, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Iddea Group, Duneland Health Council, OE Lakeside, Opportunity Enterprises, Porter County Economic Development Alliance, City of Valparaiso/ Valpo Chamber of Commerce, Strongbow, Paul Sur Buick/GMC, Porter Starke, NWI Success by Six, Simply Amazing Market, Collective Edge, Creative on Call, Fahrenheit 212, Goitia Law Firm, Housing Opportunities, Integrated Advising Services, Northwest Indiana Regional 2-1-1, Regional United Ways (Kosciusko, Marshall, Elkhart, and St. Joseph County), Strongbones Dog Treats, Abbett Farms, All About Kids, ServiceMaster, SecureShred, United Way of LaPorte County, United Way of Porter County, United Way of St. Joseph County, Service Sanitation, South Point Plumbing, Troopzilla, The Valparaiso International Center, Weidner and Company, P.C., Xorco Automation, Purdue University North Central, University Promenade, & Euro Bath, Tampa.
Vice President, Technology
Co-founder of Group 7even, Grant is a creative, outside-of-the box, I.T. Executive and Solutions Architect with nearly 15 years of in-the-trenches experience in heterogeneous roles ranging from enterprise software development and solutions architecture to technical-executive functions managing software projects through life-cycle processes for firms such as Raytheon Aircraft, LaSalle St. Securities and Searchmont Ski Resort - Ontario (LaSalle). Overall industry experience includes trading, finance, marketing and advertising, non-profit, aerospace, and hospitality.
Grant’s numerous achievements revolve around successfully building and deploying applications for high-traffic, fault-tolerant, virtualized/cloud environments. One notable project he led as architect was published as a best-practices case study for addressing object-relational impedance mismatch challenges using a decoupled lightweight service-based Java architecture, the Spring Framework and JDO (Java Data Objects), which was distributed in a vendor publication at the Borland Developer Conference.
He is a hard supporter and adopter of open source, which he primarily credits for his success in developing systems that are both fully scalable and fully redundant while also attaining the goal of rapid and cost efficient delivery. "My long love affair and experience with open source positions me to provide alternatives that would otherwise be unattainable by small and medium-sized businesses. This is my passion," Grant says. He is also an expert at communicating understandable and actionable information to stakeholders and teams regarding the key values, drawbacks and impacts of complicated decisions that involve technology and their business.
Specialties: Business/Startup I.T. Governance, Systems Integration, Application Architecture, Application Development, Web Application Development, Mobile Application Development, Resource Planning and Development, Voice Over IP (VoIP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM).
He is also an authority on all things Apple and enjoys developing applications for the iPhone and iPad on the iOS platform.