Rich Brooks – President
Rich started b1 communications–now flyte new media–in his living room in 1997. His design skills, project management, and ability to understand even the most basic accounting concepts have required him to hire much smarter and more talented people than himself.
Regardless, Rich seems to think a lot of himself and calls himself an “Internet Marketing Expert.” Apparently, he likes to talk to himself in the third person as well.
Rich loves to hear the sound of his own voice, so you can often hear him speaking in front of both local and national audiences on web design and Internet marketing. He’s also behind The Marketing Agents Podcast, a weekly Internet radio show where he interviews marketing experts from around the world.
Rich is also the “tech expert” on 207, an evening news program on the NBC affiliates here in Maine.
He’s an Expert Blogger at FastCompany.com and contributes regularly to Social Media Examiner, the world’s second most popular blogs on social media marketing.
He welcomes your questions and looks forward to discussing your website.
Ryan Goan – Creative Director
Ryan is responsible for working with clients to help them design a successful web presence. Working in design studios from New York City to Portland, Ryan brings over 13 years of design experience to flyte. His diverse design background brings a fresh approach to each new project.
Gloria Maher – Web Developer
Having worked in management for many years at a large catalog company in Freeport, Maine, Gloria decided to make the jump to a career with more creativity and fun involved. From her very first Web development class in 1999 to her most recent class in graphic design she knew she had found the right field.
In April of 2001, she joined the staff of flyte new media and hasn’t looked back! She particularly enjoys the wide variety of interesting material flyte handles for its clients, and the learning that comes from working on so many different and well-designed sites.
Cybele Brooks – Vice President
A native New Yorker, I moved to Maine after graduating from Colgate University in 1991. After completing my MBA in Marketing from The University of Maryland, Smith School of Business I missed the Maine winters (really!) and immediately moved directly back to Portland.
Prior to joining the flyte crew, I worked with manufacturing and technology companies to build strategic alliances in the US and Europe. I then helped a local software development company create a ‘sales and marketing machine’ that revolved around their website, direct mail campaigns, telemarketing, trade shows and partner referrals.
After many years moonlighting for flyte (from home) I officially joined the crew in 2007 when we moved to a new office suite upstairs from Fabu Salon (the closest I’ll come to fulfilling my childhood dream of being a nail tech).
At flyte I oversee business development, operations, finance and human resources. I love working directly with clients to brainstorm new ways to engage customers and grow their businesses.
When not working at flyte, I coordinate complex soccer carpools, play volleyball and ski.
Guilty Pleasure: Paranormal and dystopian young adult novels
Andy Woznica – Web Developer
Wanted in his native city for not ‘minding the gap’ on the ‘Tube’ he is a fugitive in hiding from the London Transport Police.
Andy has been developing for the internet since 1998. His years as both a freelance designer/developer and a member of several web design and development teams have left him with a diverse and rounded skill set. In his spare time Andy teaches classes in CSS, web graphic design and web development techniques when he’s not riding his bike(s).
A native of the British Isles, Andy likes warm beer, solving problems and working on a variety of projects, fortunately he finds plenty of the last two whilst working for flyte’s eclectic mix of clients. He’s very exited to be a member of a great team.
Lindsay Babayan – Project Manager
Lindsay has 6 years experience in project management joining flyte in 2007. She is an integral part of the flyte team working as a conduit between our clients, developers and design team.
She has an obsession with highlighters, in fact she has a tiara made of highlighters on her desk and she brings OCD – er – organizing to a whole new level!
She’s constantly getting praise from our clients who “can’t live without her” and have said that she is a “tremendous asset in moving the project along. Not bashful to raise concerns about ideas they may need to be flushed out further and is truly appreciated. She makes coordinating our desires, concepts, etc. much easier.”
When Lindsay isn’t being a project managing super hero she enjoys spending time with her son, skiing, hiking, and hanging with friends.
Joan Crocker – Search Engine Marketer
Joan Crocker has over 7 years experience in SEO and social media marketing. She is an expert in Facebook advertising with a particular love for Facebook marketing. She joined the flyte new media team 2 years ago as the web marketing and SEO expert and has continued to wow clients with her knowledge and ability to help them reach their goals. If you want to learn more about marketing your business online, Joan is your gal.
In her downtime Joan enjoys cooking, golfing, skiing, hanging with friends and family, quoting movies, singing with “wild abandon” in the car by herself and making “Grrrrreat Margaritas.”
Chris Felax – Web Developer
Chris graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s in English in 1998. After moving to the East Coast he found work as a graphic designer ultimately getting his web design certification from Boston University in 2001. Moving to Maine brought him into the SEO and internet marketing world at HMG Search. After taking a break to raise his two kids, Chris found work at Apple, Inc. in Portland increasing his knowledge of Mac computing while working on web design with his own clients. He’s dabbled with voice acting after recording two roles for an AdultSwim.com video game in 2009.
Chris handles website updates for Flyte clients and office administrative tasks. When he’s not at Flyte, he’s Djing on the radio at Bowdoin College with an indie music show, creating humorous t-shirts on CafePress, and looking for voiceover work in Boston and New York. When he’s not multi-tasking, he’s baking pies, gardening, running, or sampling new whiskey.