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Insurance in black and white®

The Zebra is the nation’s most comprehensive comparison website for car insurance quotes. 

Nearly all of the 250 million American drivers require car insurance, but the industry’s complexity and size create a massive grey area of coverage and pricing — drivers often don’t know where to start. Adam Lyons and Joshua Dziabiak founded The Zebra in 2012 to help drivers understand their insurance options and easily secure coverage. It’s insurance in black and white

Today, The Zebra provides simple, real-time comparison of more than 1,800 car insurance products from over 200 companies nationwide, giving drivers instant access to the massive car insurance market, and saving drivers hundreds of dollars per year.

"The Zebra has launched to make it easier and faster for drivers to shop for cheaper traditional types of car insurance."

- Forbes

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Steven Castro

Insurance Professional

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Steven Castro

Insurance Professional

Steven has been in the insurance biz for years and is psyched to be working at The Zebra. Super competitive by his own admission, this Austinite loves anything outdoors, from playing with his pup to working on his fitness. If you're lucky enough to catch him at karaoke, you don't need to ask him twice to belt out some classic Otis Redding.

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Thomas Dohse

Senior Software Engineer

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Thomas Dohse

Senior Software Engineer

Thomas is a full-stack developer who strives to solve complex problems with simple solutions. He’s written software for robots, virtual reality systems and oil refineries, but now has his head in the cloud working on The Zebra’s backend infrastructure. Thomas is an avid traveler and lover of the outdoors, and when he isn’t at a computer, he can often be found running, hiking or climbing in parks around Austin.

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Jim Howell

Senior DevOps Engineer

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Jim Howell

Senior DevOps Engineer

We call Jim “Doctah DevOps.” Give him crazy engineering problems to solve and he goes straight to the operating room with ‘em. Jim landed in Austin in 2008 by way of El Paso and has had a store of “interesting” (can we say “crazy?”) jobs. Jim is also The Zebra’s resident master of finding as-yet-unseen cat videos, and he enjoys playing the drums (poorly), learning Español (slowly), and biking his way around Austin.

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Jack Iovine

Sales Manager

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Jack Iovine

Sales Manager

Jack has worked in insurance and sales for nine years, and prides himself on his ability to make chatter about coverage and rates sound like poetry. He has never been more excited about where he works than at The Zebra, and credits the team with creating a fun, non-work “work" culture with awesome co-“workers.” When he isn't with The Z team, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, playing golf, watching sports at his favorite bar, and hanging with his buddies.

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Matt Jared

Front-End Developer

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Matt Jared

Front-End Developer

Matt is part of the Front-End Dev Dream Team, where he works on TheZebra.com’s structure, display and site design. A native of Indiana, Matt graduated from Ohio University a marketing major, but then decided to move to Austin to learn to code and work in the land of tech startups. You’ll often find him strolling around Austin with his girlfriend and their dog or working on his programming skills, fueled by good coffee and breakfast tacos.

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Daniel Fowler

Insurance Professional

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Daniel Fowler

Insurance Professional

Dan has been an agent with The Zebra for over three years. He's known to some as "Dapper Dan" for his sharp office style—and making some of us look bad in comparison. Originally from the midwest, Dan was drawn to Austin for its rich music scene. When he's not at work or a catching a live local show, Dan spends his time cooking, biking, and watching his beloved Green Bay Packers.

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Uzo Awili

Software Engineer

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Uzo Awili

Software Engineer

Uzo is a maker. With a background in electronics engineering and stints in animation and game design, he relishes the prospect of combining his passions – tinkering, coding, and creative design – to solve everyday problems and make The Zebra's oh-so-awesome website even more awesome. He's your jolly-go-go-bring-it-on kinda guy with an odd love for hyphenated words (you noticed!) and enjoys history, pondering the universe, drawing portraits, and strumming his guitar.

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Jeremy Wilson

Insurance Professional

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Jeremy Wilson

Insurance Professional

Jeremy is a true people person with one of the most positive can-do attitudes in his "great state of Texas" and gives his full attention to any challenge that comes his way. He's a believer in his father's adage that "all you have in this life is your name and your word," and commits to giving The Zebra's customers his full attention and support every day. Jeremy loves being outdoors or in the water, listening to country music, and eating good food.

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Izzy Pruneda

Insurance Professional

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Izzy Pruneda

Insurance Professional

Izzy is an insurance industry old-timer. He has more than eight years of his own experience and was also around the industry as a kid—you might say he has insurance in his blood! Working for The Zebra, Izzy loves guiding his clients to get the right coverage for their particular life circumstances. In his spare time, he shoots pool and plays a wide spectrum of sports. Izzy's also got broad musical tastes, from classical to Spanish to heavy metal.

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Mara Dean

Insurance Professional

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Mara Dean

Insurance Professional

Mara’s got several years in the insurance industry as well as a background in sales and customer service under her belt, which help her give customers a smooth, informative and enjoyable insurance shopping experience. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Mara moved to Austin in the summer of 2011, drawn by the capital city's live music scene. You might run into her at a metal show or various east-side venues. Mara also loves collecting vinyl and hanging out with her pup, Loki.

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Jane Jones

Receptionist / Barista

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Jane Jones

Receptionist / Barista

Jane has dedicated her life to two passions: coffee and music. She takes both very seriously, and as such has solemnly vowed to keep The Zebra crew caffeinated and ready to rock at all times. Hailing from Seattle, Jane moved to Austin four years ago in the hopes of cultivating a more personal relationship with the sun. Her ultimate happy place is anywhere, as long as she’s got an espresso in one hand and a microphone in the other.

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Sunday Nwuguru

Software Engineer

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Sunday Nwuguru

Software Engineer

Sunday was building a career in music when he discovered programming and has since been solving complex problems, trying out new technologies, and climbing the ladder to see the very top. When he is not actively coding himself, he shares his skills as a code mentor and works on growing his reputation as a pro polyglot (props if you didn't have to Google that). Sunday also enjoys writing songs and short fictional stories and watching Sci-Fi TV shows.

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Robert Plyler

Insurance Professional

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Robert Plyler

Insurance Professional

Robert brings years of experience as a property and casualty insurance agent and supervisor to The Zebra team. He spends his days in the World of Insurance, but outside, Robert is a Master in Shotokan Karate and spends much of his time volunteering with various inner-city development programs associated with self defense education. He also loves Austin's outdoor activities such as rock climbing and skydiving.

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Johnny Moreno

Insurance Professional

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Johnny Moreno

Insurance Professional

Johnny is a proud "Texas Ex," who brings his marketing and finance education and years of insurance industry expertise to The Z Team. Originally from the small town of Hillsboro, Texas, Johnny has traveled to 28 countries, studied abroad in Austria, and loves exploring new cultures. Johnny lives for new experiences and adventures in the great outdoors. He's also down to school you in volleyball!

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John Deuel

Insurance Professional

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John Deuel

Insurance Professional

If you didn't think insurance could be a charming topic, you haven't met John. This guy has worked in customer service, finance, and insurance for years, and understands there is more to an insurance policy than dollars and cents—and he likes helping others understand that, too. John is an Angelo State alum and a self-described "nerd" who likes games and baseball. He spends his free time grilling up some mean chicken and brewing beer—preferably an amber ale.

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Oscar Lopez-Parra

Insurance Professional

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Oscar Lopez-Parra

Insurance Professional

Oscar truly enjoys helping customers find affordable auto insurance, customizing policies to meet their needs, and making sure they receive outstanding service. (AKA a superb fit for The Z Team!) He has the tendency to consume copious amounts of Jolly Ranchers and has a penchant for cat GIFs. The dancing fanatic also warns: "Careful when the beat drops." The dance floor will surely feel his thunderous stomps!

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Alyssa Connolly

Manager of Communication Strategy

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Alyssa Connolly

Manager of Communication Strategy

Alyssa is The Zebra’s “word nerd.” She thinks The Zebra is the coolest kid on the insurance block and shouts it from the rooftops. She manages PR and is the editor of Quoted, where she geeks out over driverless cars, fintech, Uber’s reign, and other good stuff. Alyssa hails from Chicago and loves her Wisconsin Badgers, but has succumbed to sunny Austin’s charms. Give her a patio, a book and a beer and she’s a happy camper.

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Caryn Ligon

Front-End Developer

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Caryn Ligon

Front-End Developer

Caryn is a make-awesome-stuff and solve-all-the-problems developer, clearly a splendid fit for the Z Team. Though she originally got a degree in business from the University of Florida ("Go Gators!...sorry" – her words), she started dabbling in development and loved it. Caryn is also "seriously" into all things food and drink, and spends much of her time cooking, baking, mixing, climbing, and playing with her crazy dog.

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Blair Johnson

Account Manager

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Blair Johnson

Account Manager

Blair has been working in insurance for several years, ever since he left the frigid Midwest for the warmth of his native Texas. He has a passion for educating consumers about their insurance options and highlighting what each type of coverage (they are not all created equal!) can do for the customer. Blair avoids Austin’s infamous traffic by commuting over 100 miles per week on his trusty road bike. In his spare time, Blair and his wife Melissa like to get lost hiking.

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Jeff de Jong

Senior Performance Marketing Manager

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Jeff de Jong

Senior Performance Marketing Manager

Jeff manages The Zebra's performance-based media buying deals. He loves building relationships and using data to optimize for long-term mutual profit. Jeff loves to travel the globe and is a major foodie. You will usually find him at the newest restaurant in town, researching some adventurous recipe or testing out an obscure cooking technique. The Z Team loves having Jeff at company potlucks.

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Neil Richardson

Consumer Advisor

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Neil Richardson

Consumer Advisor

Neil is The Zebra’s resident insurance nerd providing our online consumers with tips, tricks, and hacks to help navigate the ever-murky world of car insurance. He’s been with The Zebra so long that he’s starting to develop stripes of his own. Neil is a Texan by birth and Austinite by choice. He likes cowboy boots and flat-billed hats, music and lasers, and generally keeping things weird. Zilker Brewing Company beverages and Texas Longhorn football are the way to his heart.

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Topher Hanson

Software Engineer

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Topher Hanson

Software Engineer

Christopher works his magic on the inner workings of The Zebra to make sure drivers get reliable estimates in a timely fashion. He comes from a more physical science background but has chosen to bring the full might of the natural world to bear on the insurance industry. Outside the office, Christopher races his road bike around Texas and spends time hiking in state parks with his girlfriend and the world’s best dog.

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Tricia Bruno

Office Manager

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Tricia Bruno

Office Manager

Tricia’s passion for making people happy drives her to be the best Office Coordinator this side of the Mississippi. She plans events, orders all the supplies (and snacks!) the team needs, and generally just Gets.Sh*t.Done. (with a smile on her face!) This native Floridian is at home here in Austin where the culture, music, and food really rev her engines. Tricia's also a self-proclaimed theater and film geek, so take caution once you start her on those topics!

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Manijeh Noori

Director of Engineering

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Manijeh Noori

Director of Engineering

Manijeh, aka Project Manijeh, will take on any problem, big or small, and find someone else to fix it. She's a work hard/eat hard kind of gal, and the queen of breaking it down. Manijeh, or MJ, works across multiple departments to keep an eye on The Zebra's big picture, while simultaneously wrangling people and project details. Born in California, but an Austin girl at heart, all MJ needs to be happy is a sunny day, Tito’s, and, most importantly, queso.

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Hannah Fan

Search Engine Marketing Manager

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Hannah Fan

Search Engine Marketing Manager

Hannah is super into data analytics and numbers, and has thus been crowned the Queen of Paid Search for The Zebra. She brings skills from a variety of online marketing fields, including marketing and business analysis and paid search. Hannah takes data science classes for fun (yeah, really), and in her non-nerdy free time, she loves to eat and likes to run. She also loves cute things, and is perpetually late. (Hannah does not know why.)

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Walt Martinez

Insurance Professional

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Walt Martinez

Insurance Professional

Walter brings years of insurance industry experience spanning both sales and underwriting to The Zebra Team. He's a new Dad to son Tristan, his "little monster," and lives north of Austin with his girlfriend and family. He loves sports, grilling, going to the park or lake with the boys, the lake... really "anything outdoors." Walter also keeps busy with golf, bowling, darts, and pool. Game night, anyone?

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Steven Butler

Business Development Manager

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Steven Butler

Business Development Manager

Steven brings years of insurance industry know-how to The Z Team and is excited about exploring new ways to spread The Zebra's value far and wide. Outside of work, you'll find Steven chasing his kids, Houston and Henry, around the house alongside his wife Angie. A Colorado native, this Austin newbie is excited to navigate the vast local breakfast taco and BBQ scene so that he can keep his "dad-bod" in tip-top form.

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Nicole Beck

PR Specialist

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Nicole Beck

PR Specialist

It’s Nicole’s job to share with the media (and anyone else who’s curious to hear) all the ways The Zebra is disrupting the insurance industry. Nicole has worked storytelling magic for everything under the sun: from Swiss chocolate to astronauts, STEM conferences to cranberry juice. Originally from north Florida, she spent five years in Boston before returning to her Southern roots for some permanent sunshine.

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Matthew Stephens

Senior UI/UX Designer

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Matthew Stephens

Senior UI/UX Designer

Matthew is The Zebra's UI master. He's an avid supporter of clean and simple interfaces who geeks out on improving the overall experience of comparing and buying insurance. Matthew grew up in the Dallas area, made his way to UT-Austin in 2000, and loves everything about his adopted home, from the laid-back, outdoorsy lifestyle to the bustling nightlife. He enjoys sports, video games, and spending time with his crazy dog Oscar.

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Taylor Covington

Content Marketing Associate

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Taylor Covington

Content Marketing Associate

Austin is right up Taylor's alley since she's obsessed with succulents, adventuring to small Texas towns, camping and hiking. She's also obsessed with writing, which is awesome, since that's her focus on The Z Team! Responsible for keeping y'all informed about all things insurance, Taylor explains "In Plain English" just what all that insurance jargon means and shares the latest buzz from The Zebra.

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Steve Beard

VP of Sales Operations

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Steve Beard

VP of Sales Operations

Steve has spent his career making the process of getting insurance seamless for consumers – no easy feat. Originally from Pennsylvania, Steve has lived in every corner of the country – the Midwest, the West and Gulf Coasts, the Smokies – and now he's settled "deep in the heart of Texas." When not making insurance sales ever-more-fun, Steve explores Austin's running trails and plans his next trip to the cabin in the woods.

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Emmy Akinyele

Software Engineer

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Emmy Akinyele

Software Engineer

Emmanuel, or Emmy, is a full-stack developer, who has pledged his allegiance to the Front-End Dev Dream Team. Analytical by nature, he's served time in the engineering world, where he inadvertently began automating repetitive analytical tasks, and discovered that meant <code />. He enjoys churning out <code /> and spending time with his girlfriend and family. And he will not give up on learning to play the guitar! And go Federer!

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Marivi Delgado

Marketing Designer

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Marivi Delgado

Marketing Designer

A true design geek, Marivi is constantly dreaming up new visual ways to share The Zebra's story. She has a particular fondess for illustration and iconography and always carries a trusty sketchbook because "you never know when you're gonna get a great idea...or a bad a idea that seemed great at the time!" Originally from Venezuela, Marivi has called Austin home since 2011 and enjoys hiking with her dog Douglas and exploring local coffee shops.

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Cristy Salinas Lynch

Social Media Strategist

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Cristy Salinas Lynch

Social Media Strategist

As Social Media Strategist, Cristy oversees The Zebra’s social media content and strategy. Retweet or like one of her posts, and she will be delighted! Cristy has worn many hats in the marketing industry, and in a past life, she even worked as a call center rep at an insurance company. However, Cristy much prefers writing and crafting content for the world to read. Outside of work, Cristy’s creative pursuits take her to local theaters where she watches (and sometimes performs) improv.

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Chieu Phan

Accounting Manager

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Chieu Phan

Accounting Manager

Did someone say 'debits and credits?' Chieu is The Zebra’s resident accountant and totally geeks out when accounts are balanced. She's got 99 problems but balancing ain't one. Chieu’s cat, Boo, is a problem though—Boo thinks she’s a dog and likes to play fetch. Chieu’s been in accounting for over seven years in industries as varied as banking, advertising, and video games, and she finds baking cupcakes therapeutic—and we fully support her.

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Jonathan Castillo

Insurance Professional

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Jonathan Castillo

Insurance Professional

Jonathan brings a well-rounded skillset and enthusiasm for helping people to The Z Team. He previously worked in auto financing and liked it so much that he wanted to expand his industry knowledge, so he became a licensed insurance agent. Jonathan is home-sweet-home in Austin, after having moved to escape the New Hampshire cold. He's also a welder and an EMT -- generally, a good dude to have around in a tough situation!

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Lili Serfaty

Software Engineer

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Lili Serfaty

Software Engineer

Lili helps ensure that the backend magic of TheZebra.com continues to churn out awesome, money-saving car insurance quotes. She loves tackling new technical challenges and does so with a smile on her face. Outside the office, you can find Lili on a swim, bike or run as she trains for her next Ironman (!), or refueling on tacos with her soulmate, the love of her life, her chiweenie Sprout. And maybe her fiancé too.

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Nathan Kantor

Insurance Professional

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Nathan Kantor

Insurance Professional

Nathan got his first taste of life in the industry while working for one of the leading auto insurance companies. He enjoys The Zebra’s sense of teamwork and being part of the mission to make car insurance accessible and transparent for all drivers. In his free time, Nathan enjoys Austin foodie experiences and getting his sweat on at the gym. He will watch anything to do with zombies and is definitely the guy to know when the apocalypse comes.

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Mark Haller

Senior Software Engineer

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Mark Haller

Senior Software Engineer

Mark lives, eats, and breathes code, web application development, architecture, and databases. He geeks out (Geek? Surely not!) on scalability, security, and performance. While he lives happily in the command-line hills, he listens closely to the product wizards to help realize their visions. Mark bicycles home to chase his two boys, relax with his wife, explore the local rivers, dig a vegetable garden, or cold shoot some hoops.

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Greg Fesko

Insurance Professional

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Greg Fesko

Insurance Professional

Greg make his way to The Zebra after a half-circle around the U.S. spanning Vermont, South Carolina, and now the beautiful city of Austin. A lifelong athlete, Greg loves watching sports and now keeps his own athletic juices flowing through fitness. On the flip side, he loves his downtime and some quality TV binging. His favorite? Comedy. Oh, and by the way, Seinfeld is the greatest show ever and "Yada Yada Yada."

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Nicole Fleming

Insurance Professional

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Nicole Fleming

Insurance Professional

Nicole is an insurance whisperer who has a thing for ratings factors. (A rare, but special breed!) She geeks out over helping people by translating complex industry lingo into real talk. Nicole’s also got a touch of Peter Pan syndrome: she is a self-described "major fangirl" for Hello Kitty and Justin Timberlake, and never wants to grow up. Her all-time fave activity is snuggling with her family: her 7-year-old son, two “fur babies,” and her hubby of eight years.

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Jonathan Wagner

Insurance Professional

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Jonathan Wagner

Insurance Professional

Jonathan has been helping people find the right insurance coverage for their four-wheeled vehicles for the past few years. Any other time, however, you are likely to catch him on two wheels, riding his motorcycle through twisty Texas roads. (For his fellow motorcycle linguists: "ATGATT.") J Wag, as he is known around the office, was born in Houston and after some time in Montana, has returned to the warmer weather of beautiful Austin.

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Geoff Canady

Engineering Manager, UI

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Geoff Canady

Engineering Manager, UI

We call Geoff “Mr. Versatility.” He’s got a design background, years of agency experience, and is a master of translating design into front-end code. Geoff loves collaborating with the rest of the engineering team to make TheZebra.com both look and work great. He’s originally a total surfer dude from San Diego, but has taken to Austin’s paddle boarding scene, and is a self-described taco junkie, BBQ beast, and sushi connoisseur.

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Jason Kennedy

Engineering Manager

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Jason Kennedy

Engineering Manager

Jason is a guy that gets.stuff.done. He loves tackling any new problem The Zebra devs can throw at him and takes each challenge as a learning opportunity. After work you'll find him throwing a frisbee, enjoying a patio, or playing shutterbug with one of his many film cameras. Jason is happy to be back in Austin after College Station and is always looking for the next best restaurant with his wife, especially if it has happy hour.

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Megan Yancey

Insurance Professional

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Megan Yancey

Insurance Professional

Megan is an insurance goddess—yes, goddess—who loves educating drivers about auto insurance and explaining the nuts and bolts of a complicated policy. She loves chatting with the customers and gets a kick out of the great conversations she has every day. Megan also is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan...even though she's originally from Illinois. She spends Austin's many beautiful days hiking with her puggles and loves a good Sunday Funday with her friends.

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Eli Chan

Software Engineer

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Eli Chan

Software Engineer

Eli loves to solve tough problems that matter. At the Zebra, he gets to do that in spades as a "multiclass" engineer-product manager, translating business needs into beautiful code. At home, you might find him whipping up soy sauce chicken, constructing forts for his two kids, binging on Game of Thrones with his wife, or committing code to his "passion project" – an online platform for tackling social issues.

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Brett Little

EVP of Finance & Administration

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Brett Little

EVP of Finance & Administration

A self-proclaimed spreadsheet jockey, Brett leads The Zebra's finance and administrative functions. He is proud of his "Show Me State" roots, and even though "he wasn't born in Texas, he got here as fast as he could." When Brett and team aren't having calculator parties – ahem, important meetings – Brett loves to read, root for the Longhorns, and spend time exploring Austin with his wife and three kids.

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Mike Buse

Finance Manager

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Mike Buse

Finance Manager

Mike is The Zebra’s preeminent financial rock star. Give him dolla dolla bills and he will make it rain… spreadsheets! Mike's originally from a corn-filled place called Nebraska (Go Huskers!), but he made the jump to Austin for warm weather, tasty BBQ, and lots of live rock music. When he’s not working, he loves exploring his new hometown with his wife and son.

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Josh Waldrum

Director of SEO

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Josh Waldrum

Director of SEO

Josh is the The Zebra's resident Search Engine Wizard. He oversees the organic traffic strategy, manages the in-house SEO team, and pitches wacky SEO ideas that we’re pretty much always on board with. When he's not thinking about car insurance keywords, he spends his time whipping up craft cocktails at home, scouring the city to find the best cup of coffee, and exploring beautiful Austin by land, water, and breakfast taco.

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Abiodun Shuaib

Software Engineer

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Abiodun Shuaib

Software Engineer

Abiodun daily engages himself decomposing complex problems into simpler units, and transforming that into elegant code, which he puts to great use facelifting TheZebra.com's front-end infrastructure. He's a strong believer in clean architecture, a lifelong learner, and a polyglot, and is fascinated by JavaScript and its endless frameworks. When not busy doing, well, all those things, Abiodun enjoys making his name as the life of the party.

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Jeff Medina

Director of Sales

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Jeff Medina

Director of Sales

Jeff, also known around town as Jefe, leads The Zebra’s agent team. With over 16 years of insurance experience, this chief spent 14 years managing teams for one of the industry’s main players. He’s passionate about sales, service, and The Zebra’s goal to bring transparency to auto insurance. When he isn’t in the office, you can find Jefe golfing, BBQing a mean brisket, or catching some live music in his hometown of Austin.

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Lade Oshodi

Software Engineer

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Lade Oshodi

Software Engineer

Lade is among the many talented preservers of TheZebra.com's back-end magic, helping churn out money-saving quotes and timely estimates for drivers. When this bespectacled dev isn't coding behind a screen with music blasting through his headphones, he's exploring his newfound interest in product development. Lade also enjoys writing short fictional stories, reading DC comics, and cycling.

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Pernell Carter

Insurance Professional

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Pernell Carter

Insurance Professional

An experienced customer service and insurance sales pro, Pernell considers each day an opportunity to learn, build relationships, and gain valuable experience. When he's not hanging with The Z Team, he enjoys music, meditation...and cutting hair! (Pernell favors precise fades and sharp lines, and making good beards look good.) He also considers himself a beer connoisseur – beeritas especially got his name on 'em!

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Joshua Miller

Insurance Professional

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Joshua Miller

Insurance Professional

Joshua's expertise in the world of cars goes beyond insurance; he's been an auto mechanic since he was 12 and now tinkers with cars as a (relevant and helpful!) hobby. Joshua considers himself an Austin newbie and is always looking to explore the city via different kinds of music and new tasty IPAs. He's also very outgoing and has given his teammates fair warning that he's a huge fan of pranks.

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Aaron Mills

Insurance Professional

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Aaron Mills

Insurance Professional

Aaron has built his career in direct sales and especially enjoys The Zebra's atmosphere and mission to provide the best services in the auto insurance industry. He hails from Columbia, Missouri, "the jewel of the Midwest," and has thus, he says, been raised properly. (We get our etiquette tips from him.) Aaron enjoys time with his lovely wife and The Most Adorable Child in the Universe, who happens to be their son. A favorite hobby? Digging though rows of vinyl and discovering dusty old jazz and funk albums.

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John Federico

VP of Marketing

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John Federico

VP of Marketing

John is constantly looking for ways to introduce the wonders of The Zebra to new audiences and keep filling that funnel. He's thrilled to be a part of building a game-changing company and assembling a stellar marketing team. Speaking of funnels, John's a certified beer geek and (like most Austinites) plays drums in a band. A NY native, he still roots for his Yanks and Rangers but is grateful for the warm weather, awesome food, and green spaces Austin has to offer.

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Jessica List

Insurance Professional

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Jessica List

Insurance Professional

​Jessica thinks The Zebra is the coolest ​thing since sliced bread.​​​​​ (Because who likes to slice their own bread?) She wears many glamorous agency hats, managing ​licensing, processing applications, and otherwise keeping The Zebra's service department running happily and smoothly. Jessica's originally a California girl but has ​fallen in love with Austin​. She spends her time off with her family, husband, friends, and two dogs.​ Her happy place is relaxing and reading in the sunshine.

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Meetesh Karia

CTO

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Meetesh Karia

CTO

Meetesh is The Zebra's "engineer whisperer." By day, he's putting out fires, figuring out how technology can solve the world's problems, and ensuring the team is releasing high-quality software quickly. He also moonlights as the "IT guy" and is the fastest calendar meeting scheduler in the state. Meetesh loves to spend time with his wife and two boys, play sports, drink craft beer, and cheer on his Duke Blue Devils.

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Joshua Dziabiak

COO

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Joshua Dziabiak

COO

Josh co-founded The Zebra and has been called a "posterchild for entrepreneurship" (having started his first company at 14), though he may suggest that we refer to him simply as "Dizzy." (He's also often the first person to appoint a new team member with a nickname.) Dizzy oversees marketing, sales, product, and business development. He's fueled by big data and copious amounts of caffeine. When not working diligently to move the needle, you might find him traveling abroad—probably somewhere with white sand and turquoise water.

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Jennifer Ochoa

Insurance Professional

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Jennifer Ochoa

Insurance Professional

Jennifer is a genuine "people person" who loves providing first-rate service and building lasting relationships with customers. With more than a decade of experience in sales, management, and service in the insurance and financial services world, she is excited to join The Zebra at the forefront of a revolution in how the insurance industry serves and connects with customers. Jennifer is also a Texas native and loves exploring all the Lone Star State has to offer.

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Shivam Bhola

Insurance Professional

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Shivam Bhola

Insurance Professional

Shivam, in short, is about three things: insurance, banking, and (a lot of) fun, and he brings a firm "teamwork makes the dream work" belief to The Z Team. Born in Strong Island, NY (but now a seasoned Texan), Shivam spends most of his time with his wife, baby girl, and two dogs. He claims to be the King of Puns, loves karaoke and binging on reality shows, and is a dedicated fan of his Yankees, Rockets, and JETS JETS JETS!!!

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Omri Buzi

Product Manager

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Omri Buzi

Product Manager

Omri makes up the entire PM team, which keeps him on his toes discussing constant improvements to The Zebra’s products with his "pretty awesome" coworkers. When he isn’t working on a product roadmap or list of requirements, you can find him at home with one hand cooking and the other holding a glass of wine. Currently, Omri's "jam" is home automation, and he's working to turn over control of all his devices to his live-in girlfriend, Alexa (an Amazon Echo).

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Rick Vasquez

Data Analyst

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Rick Vasquez

Data Analyst

Rick is The Zebra's "numbers guy." He loves making sense of large amounts of data and using the results to help point the company in the right direction. He runs daily, weekly, and monthly reports for the team—information is power!—and never backs down from taking on new challenges. Originally from El Salvador, Rick has claimed Austin home for the last eight years. In his free time, the great outdoors, motorcycles, and good beer ("Jet Fuel" as Jeff calls it) make this fellow tick.

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Kim Dulock

Marketing Analyst

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Kim Dulock

Marketing Analyst

Kim is a total mathlete. She loves helping The Zebra's marketing team crunch numbers and analyze data so they can continue to bring simplified insurance to the masses. Kim is a born-and-raised Texan, and is happy to call Austin home. She loves being outdoors, playing with her border collie Sammy, and baking cookies. And if you tell Kim a good pun, she’ll want to taco ‘bout it all day long!

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Adam Lyons

CEO

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Adam Lyons

CEO

In 2012, Adam started The Zebra in a basement, charged with determination to make insurance shopping "black and white.” We irreverently call him "The Kid,” but this people’s champ encourages his team to think big—making "good problems” and taking risks. Adam's playlists are filled with A$AP Rocky and EDM remixes, and he’ll charm you with stories of backpacking South America. Just be careful not to fuel his smack talk about the Penguins and Steelers.

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Casey Saldana

Insurance Professional

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Casey Saldana

Insurance Professional

Casey is a seasoned insurance pro. He’s been in the industry since 2004, and has worked at both direct national carriers and independent agencies. He does double duty at The Zebra: he spends his days helping insure customers and making our work culture second-to-none by generally being awesome. Casey’s a Lionel Richie superfan, but also enjoys seeing local metal shows. He bleeds Green Bay Packer green and yellow, feasts on Austin’s finest breakfast tacos, and jumps out of airplanes.

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Germain Mendez

Insurance Professional

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Germain Mendez

Insurance Professional

Germain has been helping insure drivers nationwide for four years and has the skillz to prove it. For him, the name of the game is to get customers the right coverage while saving them as much money and time as he can. Germain loves his University of Texas Longhorns—win or lose, he'll be cheering them on at a tailgate. A true Texan, Germain favors BBQ and Mexican food. He also has big dreams to travel the world and for now is happy to report he's been to Disney World!

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Becs Yeager

Digital Media Manager

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Becs Yeager

Digital Media Manager

Becs is The Zebra's digital media whiz kid and loves exploring ways to connect with consumers through the World Wide Web. Austin born and bred (a “unicorn” in this city of transplants), she finds her life joys in creating beautiful things to solve problems, discovering the passions that drive people, and traveling the globe as a dreamy Sagittarius (#wanderlust). Strike up a conversation about Myers-Briggs with Becs and you won’t be able to stop this psych geek.

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Ava Lynch

Marketing Coordinator

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Ava Lynch

Marketing Coordinator

Ava is The Zebra’s token Austinite (they're rare), and though she loves this city, she'd do without the traffic. She brings an insurance background to the marketing team and enjoys (!) developing ROI reports and analyzing quality trends in our data. When Ava isn’t lost in Excel, she volunteers with the city’s animal shelter (and has lots of adorable pics to prove it). She loves soccer (go Chelsea FC!), Harry Potter, and spending time her two cats.

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Jacob Unger

Sales Manager

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Jacob Unger

Sales Manager

Jacob is an auto insurance junkie who oversees the sales agency for The Zebra. His day consists of "bringing sexy" back to the insurance world, and yes, Justin Timberlake has played an instrumental role in his life. Jacob hails from Ohio and though he’s a diehard for his home state’s Buckeyes, don’t be surprised if you catch him throwing up the Longhorns "Hook 'Em" sign from time to time as he now calls Austin home. Outside of work, you are most likely to find Jacob jamming out to some live music.

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Jessie McDowell

VP of Strategic Partnerships

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Jessie McDowell

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Jessie’s especially passionate about helping The Zebra shake up the insurance industry, and her roots in the insurance and finance world make her a pro at matching insurance companies with the right consumers. Originally from small-town Montana, Jessie currently resides in sunny San Diego, where—when she's not visiting her team in Austin or meeting with The Zebra’s business partners—she soaks up the sun at the beach, plays volleyball and surfs.

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Michael Hide

Senior Software Engineer

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Michael Hide

Senior Software Engineer

Michael spent a good portion of his life writing and deploying enterprise software before he found the cool kids at The Zebra. Now he spends his days ensuring TheZebra.com is as secure and easy to use as possible. A native Texan, Michael lived in L.A. and New York before the Austin lifestyle lured him back home with the smell of BBQ. At home he splits his time between chasing his kids and making stuff for them to break.

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Josh Hulsey

Insurance Professional

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Josh Hulsey

Insurance Professional

Josh brings to The Zebra five years of insurance industry experience—and a pile of other handy skills! He often puts his "all hands on deck" startup hat on, acting as an IT guy when someone's having computer issues, and keeping up to date with the latest technology. When he's not working on his gains in the gym, you can find Josh sipping a craft brew while watching sports—both real and electronic. Oh, and Josh puts sriracha on everything.

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Tosin Adesanya

Software Engineer

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Tosin Adesanya

Software Engineer

Tosin would probably have been a banker if it weren't for a chance encounter with a web development e-book. Now he spends most of his time working on back-end technologies and frameworks and helps The Zebra build new features for the ever-expanding back-end platform. To relax, he enjoys playing turn-based strategy games and listening to his friend's theories on how the earth is flat. Sounds like a blast, Tosin!

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Wayne Snelson

Workforce Manager

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Wayne Snelson

Workforce Manager

With more than 18 years experience, Wayne knows operations like the back of his hand. After helping keep everything running smoothly here at The Zebra, Wayne heads home to spend time with his pets and catch up on the latest from Neil Gaiman or an episode of Game of Thrones. And if you are having computer trouble, maybe ask Wayne's advice: he has been building his own desktops since 2000 and has never looked back!

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Erika Dike

Software Engineer

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Erika Dike

Software Engineer

Erika is a practical philosopher with a love for bending computers to do his will: simplifying life. Though he previously worked on hardware in the aviation industry, he kissed that goodbye to joyfully write software. He spends most of his time coding (probably to make up for all the fun he missed), but when he does take a break, he reads, thinks, and writes about the meaning of life. And if there's a party in the neighborhood, he's there to dance.

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Sajan Alexander

Lead Data Engineer

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Sajan Alexander

Lead Data Engineer

Sajan hearts data...so you don't have to! Sajan has worked with data as a software engineer for more than 10 years across industries such as healthcare, advertising, and application performance management, and is excited about taking a data-driven approach to helping people find insurance that matches their needs. When he's not trying to cram more data through tubes (is that how it works?), Sajan can be found rock climbing, hiking, and trying out new delicious foods.

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Emeka Ashikodi

Software Engineer

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Emeka Ashikodi

Software Engineer

Emeka is a devoted front-end developer with high interest in JavaScript language who helps The Z Team fix issues and transform design mock-ups to front-end code. When Emeka is not glued to his laptop making things happen, he spends his time watching soccer, movies, playing video games, and listening to pop and R&B music. Outside the office, you'll probably find Emeka on his way home for more indoor fun. Own it, Emeka!

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