Meet the More Than Rewards Crew
Jason Brethorst - Founder/CEO
An eccentric ex-software developer who has more ideas than he has post-it notes (most of which are never implemented because they require a flux capacitor). Jason is an entrepreneur at heart who has had several successful start-up companies. He secretly wants to be a captain of a pirate ship, but instead sails with a crew of folks who would put the characters of Big Bang Theory to shame. You can watch his video blog on YouTube. He loves God, his family, his co-workers, his cats, and of course his customers.
Brandon Siegesmund – VP of Operations/Marketing
Unknown to most people, years ago Brandon was an Independent Freighter Contractor and Captain, and with one First Mate/Mechanic he moved spice around the Outer Rim Territories. Although, he pretty much carried anything he could as long as he could easily dump it in case of any “imperial entanglements.” Most of Brandon's work was done in collaboration with the Hutt clan, but that didn't end too well. The one thing Brandon didn't carry was people, and during his entire career he only made one exception. He's also really good at making a lot of modifications.
Bill Brethorst – Quality Assurance Manager
He basically is comprised of one part MacGyver and one part Fox Mulder. We do not say that in jest. He handles the billing, operations, and quality control aspects at More Than Rewards – but that’s just his day job. He enjoys installing security and audio systems, and has recently built a teleprompter and our popular wonder wheel from scratch! He will pretty much build and fix anything electronic while debating the nature of the Annunaki and the UFO enigma. In another life he may have worked alongside Nikola Tesla or Werner Von Braun, geniuses in their own right. But, we are glad Bill’s on our side. We just have to “accidently” break things once in a while to keep him involved with projects.
Christine Murray – Sales Guru
It’s no joke—Christine is truly a “guru”! As a certified Reiki Master, she is trained in various holistic healing techniques for the mind and body, along with the directed use of Ki energy. Along with being an exceptional sales, marketing, and support professional for More Than Rewards, Christine is involved in many diverse activities and interests from ballet dancing, Pilates, healthy cooking, keeping dream journals, gardening, and more. She is also attending school for a degree in Psychology (with an emphasis on Personality Theory) while also spending a lot of time with her two daughters.
Tony Gemoll "Maker of Awesome" - App Dev. Lead
Tony is a builder and creator--the tools are not important. The experience and journey on the path, along with the completion of the project, is what brings him enjoyment. Some of his current paths include building awesome web experiences, running the Milwaukee JS meetup, and raising his two kids. When not creating, Tony hangs out on the lake fishing, out in the woods hunting, or at home with his family. Tony is simply and harmoniously...awesome.
Tony "The Kid" Lechner – Application Developer
Years ago, Tony "The Kid" Lechner was ambushed by the notorious gang, ”Internet Explorer 6”, at a high school AV club meeting. Just before his frail typing fingers were beaten to a pulp by hundreds of their ruthless bugs, he was miraculously saved by a wise programming master. Since that fateful day, The Kid has been studying under the guru who saved him, honing his web development skills day and night with unconventional techniques to become the very best web developer around.
Jake Prather – Application Developer
Developer by day, and adrenaline junkie by night, Jake loves fast cars, paintball, and motocross bikes. When it comes to software, he is interested in insanely cool cryptography protocols, algorithms, and the latest tech. He is also working on learning classical guitar so he can play one of his favorite game theme songs, “Skyrim”, and is an aspiring part-time, semi-professional recorder player.
Jenna Dishman - Application Development Intern
When Jenna isn't absorbed in an episode of Law and Order SVU, you can probably find her snuggling her cats or playing a game on her PC. She's a huge fan of the acapella group Pentatonix (though she herself cannot sing), and sees them live every chance she gets. Also as a student, she currently attends UW-Milwaukee taking courses in Information Science and Technology. Jenna’s dream is to travel the world, though she's hardly made it past the Wisconsin border…one day it’ll come true!
Luis Betancourt - Graphic Designer
Luis likes to spend his free time growing his beard out and daydreaming about becoming a cage fighter. He is a loving husband and enjoys spending time with his wife. He's also an avid gamer, and likes to relax by mowing down opposing drug dealers in his sports car and using bazookas to shoot down helicopters. This usually lands him in trouble, resulting in high speed chases with the police, and screams from his wife ordering him to "Turn that crap down!"
Erin "Pixel Queen" Semenske - Graphic/Web Design Intern
Erin is currently attending Wisconsin Lutheran College for a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Leadership, graduating in December of 2015. Previously at WCTC, Erin earned her Associate’s in Graphic Design as well as achieved two certificates in Web Design and Photography. When Erin is not working, she likes to hang out with her cat, watch TV shows/movies, play games on her iPad, and spend time with her family and friends.
Marissa Nieves - Graphic Design Intern
Marissa has a deep love for Illustrative art, so that's why she works with the Let's Buy Local team! She also is a senior at Cardinal Stritch University, graduating in December of 2015. Marissa is definitely becoming a master in Adobe Illustrator by designing unique posters and many other pieces. Japanese-Asian culture is a big influence on her style, and she has been particularly inspired by Onoda Yuta and Yokoo Tadanari. Other than her art and studies, Marissa's favorite hobbies include riding and caring for her horse, Jack, and playing with her dog, Murphy.
Nick Schubert – Customer Ambassador
Our most musical member of the More Than Rewards team plays in a local band, Boy Blue, collects vintage 1980’s synthesizers, and has a music production degree from McNally Smith College of Music. Nick is also dedicated to helping our customers with our products and services every day in our support department, answering numerous phone calls and emails. In his spare time, Nick also enjoys watching a variety of movies, participating in outdoor activities, and cooking strange recipes he finds on the Internet.
Michelle Smith – Contact Central Dealer Mentor
Michelle is one of our newest Dealer Mentors for our Contact Central call center services. She’s a multi-talented musician who plays the piano, flute, and guitar, and she can also be caught singing Karaoke all over the Milwaukee area. She also keeps busy by taking care of several cats, gardening, playing Call of Duty on XBOX, and getting obsessive fan tattoos related to The Beatles. We are happy to have Michelle on board, but we’re afraid she’ll pick up even more hobbies from people while she’s here!
Jennifer Weir – Customer Ambassador
Excited to join the MTR crew, Jen has multiple talents that are sure to be put to good use. Jen is a former music teacher (having degrees in general & instrumental music), who frequently poses as a seamstress, fixing up dresses, hemming pants, and reattaching buttons for friends. While she doesn't have any pets of her own, she can also be spotted at a local veterinary clinic assisting clients as well. In the rest of her so-called spare time, Jen claims to be living the high life.
Dede "Lucky" Baier – Customer Ambassador
As our newest Customer Ambassador, Dede’s ready to support our customers’ needs for all our products and services. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, Dede loves everything involving the color green, leprechauns, magic rainbows, and hidden pots of gold. To add to her diverse interests, she’s also into fashion, skeletons, and chocolate— and, she has a major coffee obsession. (Which is perfectly fine, because at MTR we brew it about seven times a day. Join the club!)
Justin "The Traveler" Brethorst – Network Operations Manager
The MTR crew met Justin 12 years ago at a ComicCon convention. He was wheeling around a large black bin and saying he would "drastically speed up the evolution of our technology." He really only had an IBM 5100 computer from the 1970's. Thinking it was a joke, we pulled out a current Windows 98 laptop and Justin's exclaimed, "They sent me to the wrong time! It's too late!" He explained that scientists from the year 2185 sent him to 1955 on a covert mission to introduce early PC technology into our society. But, he somehow arrived in 1999 with no way to return back! We promised Justin – or, as he became known as "The Traveler" – he could work at More Than Rewards utilizing his advanced skills until he engineers a way back home. He tells us he's pretty close, and all he needs is a TARDIS.
Ben Blahnik – Chief Bean Counter
A natural number cruncher of the highest caliber, Ben helps More Than Rewards regarding all aspects of financial stuff. He loved math so much he actually took his actuary certification tests. He often fills our white boards with cryptic calculations and insane proportions. It’s fun working with Ben, as during lunch he would tell you your chances of cracking a tooth biting into a ham sandwich, or the variability of one of your potato chips resembling the profile of a former U.S. president. If only we could get him to help pick our Powerball numbers it would increase our chances of winning millions of dollars. Perhaps if we promise him more white board space we could convince him of our plan.
Ivan "Pretty Boy" Merlin – Art Director
Better known to the masses as "Pretty Boy Ive-Adonis" because of his awe-inspiring bod, this guy is a true and dedicated art lover and creator. He will work tirelessly to make sure any project he is involved with is aesthetically the best it can be, because a world without beauty is a world in which the pretty boy cannot exist.
Pat Heideman - Mobile Solutions Architect
Do you know anyone who calculates asymptotic lines on a ruled hyperboloid and solves third degree polynomial equations in their spare time? Super mathlete Pat has earned a Bachelor degree doing such equations. He didn't stop there; he also holds several software development certifications including; Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Sun Certified Professional (SCP). Pat is our Mobile Solutions Architect and the lead developer on our Let's Buy Local mobile application. Pat's leadership, dedication, and teamwork make him an awesome part of the More Than Rewards team. Though, we hear Dr. Evil is scouting for him right now, so he's currently working in an undisclosed abandoned missile silo.
Laura Hoffman - eLearning Trainer
From newsletter, training, and sales videos, to any other of our avant-garde productions, Laura lends us her on-camera talents for exciting and informative presentations. As the eLearning Trainer, she works closely with all our teams to understand our software, and bring them to the stage of the world. When she’s not performing at More Than Rewards, Laura loves the outdoors, Wisconsin sports teams, and traveling.
Kristin & Cory - The Ladies of Marketing
Let's get this out of the way. Yes, Kristin and Cory are real-life identical twin sisters. And, yes, you can find them hanging out in our video production studio with Jason making video blogs, or even treating the office to boxes of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They are the official "Ladies of Marketing." But, don't let their allure and camera-loving nature fool you. Kristin and Cory are also talented, hard-working entertainment professionals who travel all over the country singing, writing, and recording music when they are not at More Than Rewards. You can visit their website here.
Ryan Clarke - Customer Service Champion
Ryan is one of our dutiful customer service reps, and is also a sort of "renaissance man" of Wisconsin. He's originally from Madison and a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan. His dreams were recently crushed when they made it to the playoffs for the first time in 25 years and totally biffed in the first series. You can also find him playing all sorts of video games, and showing off with his poker skills in his spare time.
Sarah Fitzgerald - Customer Service Champion
Sarah is secretly a creative genius. She is involved with a whole host of arts like metalsmithing, photography, and graphic design. She also is big into cultivating house plants and spending as much time outdoors as possible. And, you'll never meet a self-proclaimed expert of various dishwasher configuration styles. We wish that skill could help our customers, but maybe she’ll help us develop and app for that.