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As General Manager of Classified Ventures' Austin office, Kevin Ready is responsible for ApartmentHomeLiving.com, Auto.com, and several digital products developed for Apartments.com. Ready joined ApartmentHomeLiving in 2007 as Chief Technical Architect and Strategist, in charge of the product engineering, marketing, and creative teams. In February 2009, he became a member of the Classified Ventures family through the acquisition of ApartmentHomeLiving.com by Apartments.com.
Ready has held engineering positions at Dell Computer Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, and has over 18 years' experience as an entrepreneur, with successful businesses built in the social networking, online retail, and mapping data industries. He is author of the book "STARTUP: An Insider's Guide to Launching and Running a Business", published by Apress in 2011, and writes the "Ready for Business" column for Forbes.com on the subject of business management, startups, and entrepreneurship.
Ready holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from The University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
He and his wife, Kazuko, reside in Austin, TX with their three children.
Favorite Quote: "The next step is always the most important one." - Unknown
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Rick grew up wanting to work with computers, but they were so slow that he switched to advertising and rock and roll. Now full circle, Rick makes a habit of taking his years of experience and applying it in new and fun ways. As IT Manager, Rick is responsible for hardware and software use at Apartment Home Living. Rick is also the lead developer, as well has his hands in making sure the software we develop works on the hardware we run.
As the most tenured member of AHL, Rick has worked extremely hard and put a lot of time and effort into helping the company grow into what it is today. Originally from McAllen Texas, he enjoys riding his mountain bike and playing with his dog.
Favorite quote: "You can do great things with low-tech stuff." - Laurie Anderson
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A New York native with a background in publishing and broadcasting who moved to Austin in 2005 to escape the snowy winters, Justin Habersaat is a Marketing Associate who first joined the Apartment Home Living team as a freelance content creator in 2008. Flipping the switch to full time in 2012, Justin brings a varied skill set that includes writing, editing, video creation and SEO optimization, making him Trey's 'right hand goon' within the marketing squad at AHL and Auto.com.
Justin is also a professionally touring standup comic, has appeared on Comedy Central as well as in several films, and recently signed to Grammy-winning imprint Stand Up! Records for the release of his next album. He is the author of the 2012 book Altercation Archives: A Decade of Conversation with the Rock Underground, which hit the #1 best-selling slot on mega-site Interpunk.com.
When not working at Apartment Home Living or rocking the mic on stage, Justin enjoys hanging out around Austin with his wife and dog, watching 'Breaking Bad', and reading as many Jim Thompson books as possible.
Favorite quote: "Coffee is for closers." - Glenngary Glenn Ross
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As a Marketing Manager at Apartment Home Living, Trey's main objective is to lead the marketing team and initiatives in driving traffic to AHL through SEO, SEM, Web Video, Content Development, Social Media, and other online marketing strategies while also increasing the overall awareness of the ApartmentHomeLiving.com brand. Through monitoring, maintaining and reporting detailed traffic analytics, Trey is always eager to find new opportunities to reach the most users and provide them with the best answers for their apartment shopping needs. With a B.F.A. from SHSU, Trey is always willing to find a media outlet to express himself in ways that help residents get the most out of apartment living.
When he isn't brainstorming ways to make the apartment lifestyle shine, Trey spends time with his beautiful wife and friends and family as well as watching, blogging about and playing sports, camping and rocking out on the Play Station 3. Also an actor/filmmaker, Trey has appeared in a number of independent features and shorts as well as on stage. Notably, his performance as a disgruntled Macy's Elf in a 2003 production of 'The Santa Land Diaries' landed him on the cover of the Houston Chronicle.
Originally from Houston, Trey is an avid Houston Texans, Astros and Rockets fan with a dream of visiting every ballpark in the nation one day.
Favorite quote: "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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As Marketing Analyst for Apartment Home Living, Brianne does a little bit of everything. From sales support and customer service to marketing, social media and graphic design, Brianne's skills have been a true asset to the team since 2005. Currently in the process of increasing her knowledge in the realms of HTML and CSS, Brianne's skill set continues to grow at an impressive pace.
Originally from Brandon, Mississippi, Brianne attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communication. Much of her graphic skill can be seen throughout the Apartment Home Living brand, as she has helped to develop the company's logotype of corporate visual identity. Another notable accomplishment includes being recognized with a PRism award for her work with a past company's in-house magazine.
When she isn't working, there is nothing Brianne loves to do more for fun than spending time with her husband Chris and her daughter Betty, who was born January 2009. If she is able to find some free time outside of that Brianne enjoys photography, traveling, running, Texas-Style gardening and, of course, food and wine.
Favorite quote: "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
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As the head of QA Automation for AHL and Auto.com, Brian is our resident whiz at creating graphics and vector art for both print and web, as well as having a strong hand in the Engineering side of things through his comprehensive testing and coding knowledge.
Brian brings with him over four years in the technology and design industries, including experience working as a Production/Design Manager for a group of six regional newspapers. A Texas Tech alum, Brian proudly displays his black and red Lubbock roots, and you'll often find him skipping on lunch to hit the rock gym or get in on a pickup game of basketball. When not at the office, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, new son and dogs, as well as screen printing.
Favorite quote: "He who knows best knows how little he knows." - Thomas Jefferson
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Marketing Assistant extraordinaire Chris Willis brings a wide range of skills to the table from his varied interests in the fields of computer science, coding and information technology. A go-to pro for a majority of Apartment Home Living's Animoto video creation content, Chris joined the team after a move from San Antonio, Texas by way of West Virginia.
When not assisting Trey in a variety of marketing tasks, Chris enjoys science-related activities such as nuclear power seminars, space exploration documentaries and building his own inevitable robot clone.
Favorite quote: "You know, Arthur, when evil is afoot and you don't have any arms, you gotta use your head. When evil is ahead and you're behind, you've gotta do the legwork. But, when you can't get a leg up, you gotta be hip! You gotta keep your chin up, and kick some..." - The Tick
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If anyone qualifies for the term 'black belt Systems Engineer' it has to be Paul Wilson. Mainly because...well, he's actually a black belt (4th degree and an accomplished martial arts teacher to boot). He spent his formative years in the Navy aboard a submarine filled with explosives, shared a barber with Elvis, and once touched the shoulder of greatness during a chance encounter with David Hasselhoff in an airport. Not too shabby, eh?
When not acting as go-to systems sensei for the AHL and Auto.com staff, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, son and their five dogs, as well as producing an internationally-acclaimed martial arts podcast. Hoping to capture lightning in a bottle twice, he is currently pursuing Hasselhoff as an eventual guest, or at the very least some of his biggest German fans.
Favorite quote: "Everything you have ever done led you to where you are now." - Unknown
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Nola's brimming enthusiasm for coding is evident to all she meets, and carries over into a mind-boggling amount of activity with after-work programming user groups. She is the co-founder of the international group DevChix, which aims to support women in software development, and also volunteers her time at Railsmentors.com to assist new programmers. Somehow she still finds time (usually on Friday nights) to conquer other battles in 'World of Warcraft'.
Favorite quote: "Learn all the things." - Unknown
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Completing his Master's Degree in Computer Applications in India before a move to Waco, Texas, Koshy is Apartment Home Living's resident Enterprise Data Architect. Working closely with IT Manager Rick, Koshy ensures that everything keeps running smooth and lean.
Having already travelled half the globe, Koshi maintains an ultimate goal of one day visiting all seven continents. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as learning about various cultures and cuisine.
Favorite quote: "There is no tomorrow, live for today." - Unknown
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A recent Austin transplant from Oklahoma City, Dharini is a Software Engineer with a B.S. in Chemistry. She is currently pursuing Spanish as a second language as well.
When not contributing to the engineering team's all-around global domination, Dharini enjoys hiking, kayaking and reaching new peaks with her latest outdoor adventure - rock climbing. She is also one heck of a vegan cook, recently being named 'head chef' for an annual gourmet backpacking trip.
Favorite quote: "Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
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Richard works on the ApartmentHomeLiving product.
Born into the Greatest Generation, Richard served his country in the controversial Viet Nam War which instilled in him a strong sense of self determination. This determination materialized into an engineering degree and what follows. Willingness to venture, Richard started programming the Minuteman and Cruise missiles, the SDI Radar and the Aegis Defense system in C and machine language. These experiences even though very rewarding were bounded so next came the desktop client-server environment.
Richard as a consultant developed Smalltalk applications including the Automated Warehouse for Hughes S&C, Trouble Tracking for Lucent Technologies and Order Entry for Southern California Gas. This included tenure with the prestigious ParcPlace Systems were he had a brief expose to Adele Goldberg the world renown "all things possible" thinker.
As internet emerged, Richard jumped over onto the Java "train" with projects like the TigerLogic XML Aggregator and the Stealth Intellectual Property Tracker.
In December 2005 recognizing Ruby's similarities to Smalltalk and the Ruby community strength, Richard morphed himself into a Ruby on Rails technologist. Some of his ROR achievements is the Fidelity Life Insurance Policy Application and Underwriting system, the CSC Content Management System and the TALHO Health Alert System.
Today Richard is enjoying the high expectations of Classified Ventures and the high standards of his fellow CV associates.
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Alan joined the AHL team as User Experience Developer in fall 2012. He handles both the design and development of our web properties.
Originally from Minnesota, Alan escaped the frigid North and moved to Texas. He enjoyed his first warm Texas Christmas driving around with the windows down laughing maniacally. Once here, he worked in game development for over a decade. As an Art Director, he managed the visual development of numerous game properties. He then made his second most daring escape and left the games industry. He decided it was time to do something new, and has been in web development for over 5 years now and loves the challenges it brings.
When not applying his keen artistic eye to Apartment Home Living, Alan enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Tracy, and their beautiful daughter Faith.
Alan's favorite quote is: "I do not think that means what you think it means" - Inigo Montoya
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Gonzalo writes both RoR back-end and front-end code here at Apartment Home Living.
He has worked primarily on monolithic C++ applications for the majority of his career. For the past five years He's been writing Ruby and building web applications. Gonzalo is also fluent in Android.
When Gonzalo isn't at the office he likes to fly pigeons. Racing pigeons to be exact. He also runs a small company that specializes in animal husbandry software. His personal flock of pigeons can be found at TexasHillCountryLofts.com.
Gonzalo's favorite quote is: "You can't handle my undivided attention." - Dwight Schrute
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Eric has worked on Internet technologies since 1988 while at IBM. While coming to software the long way, starting life as a guitar slinger, his hardware background has often been helpful. "From sand to systems" gives a better understanding of whole systems and their component's interactions and knowing which knobs to turn. An early advocate for object oriented software, writing in a pure OOP language like Ruby is nothing but fun and the opportunity at Classified Ventures promises to provide many opportunities to use existing skills and add new ones.
Eric has lived in many places, from California to New England but has always considered Austin home. As a Texas expatriate, Eric lived for many years in the Philadelphia area and in Poughkeepsie, New York, finally returning to Austin in 1992. Growing deeper roots in here just feels right but family ties in Martha's Vineyard make that a great place to escape the summer's heat and catch up with relations.
With good friends in Vietnam, Japan, India and Mexico, possibilities for travel are rich and varied. And with Latino friends' help, keeping Spanish a workable second language is a constant source of broader horizons in the Americas and Europe.
Eric's favorite quote is: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." - Yoda