pixa team bios

TED RAYMOND,
Principal

Husband | Dad | Lover of Food

Ted was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston but escaped the northeast the day after graduating from high school. The palm trees and warm weather brought him to school in Tucson where he met his wife Heather. After spending ten years traveling the country for corporate America, he came to his senses and struck out on his own. Ted supports day to day operation and is our primary strategist and data analyst at Pixa.

When not working with clients Ted can be found relaxing with friends and family in his back yard enjoying his brick pizza oven.

What scares you?

Not leaving behind something that really matters.

You’re 5 years old again. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would be a paramedic. I have always thought about how cool it would be to save lives every day. Plus, those guys in uniform have a leg up with the ladies.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?

January!

SHANNA VOLLMER,
Vice President

Nana | Master of Heavy Pours | Avid Boater

One of our fearless leaders and cheerleader. Shanna’s passion and energy has been sustained over 26 years of award-winning marketing campaigns that have bridged growth in many organizations. She operates from Tulsa, Oklahoma; but, when you reach out to her, you might find her near the lake or ocean. The waterways and sunshine seem to provide the right backdrop for her biggest ideas and inspiration—the kind that when added to the remarkable insight provided by the Pixa team helps you connect.
Shanna’s passion for marketing and business stems from many mentors in her life. All of which, had the biggest passion for what they do. She believes, without passion, you have nothing.

Shanna has 2 children and 2 grandchildren that are the center of her world.

Shanna’s marketing advice: “Create a pattern interrupt and market to inspire” in a clutter world, “you must find a way to connect.”

Describe your job in 3 words. JUST THREE!

Juggernaut. Strategist. Executor.

It’s a typical Saturday night. What are you doing?

At the lake boating, grilling, hanging out by campfire with friends telling stories and listening to great tunes.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?

That I don’t. I’m an Okie from Tulsa:) However, love visiting HQ and all its glory!

JASON JAMES,
General Manager

B-ball Coach | Tantrum & Meltdown Negotiator

Jason started his Management/Printing career with Kinko’s (now FedexOffice) in the Las Cruces, NM area in 2001. In 2007, he made the move to Arizona, overseeing several retail FedEx Office locations. Over the years his continued passion to develop his surrounding team and drive to create systems and controls in the printing environment led him to Pixa. Currently he holds the Production Manager position among a super talented group of individuals. He is also a basketball coach and loves spending time with his four children.

Describe your job in 3 words. JUST THREE!

Human Circus Juggler but Ted likes to hear Process, Process, Process!

Which celebrity would you want as a best friend? Why?

Adam Sandler- can you say………”Billy Madison”

What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?

The outdoors/ refrigerated air

SOFIA HARGROW,
Account Manager

Playdate Planner | Derby Girl | Master Snacker

Sofia started her career in her hometown of Fort Wayne, IN at Kinko’s (now FedexOffice) where she started out as a production operator. Over the course of 15 years, she held every position possible from production operator, bindery, customer service and finished by managing several locations here in the valley. Realizing her best talent was in customer service and developing and maintaining powerful client relationships she joined the Pixa team in 2014.

When not working, you can find Sofia (aka Harm A. Knee) with her skates on, taking hits and knocking girls around on the track with her roller derby league. She also enjoys the outdoors- camping, hiking, horse -back riding, traveling and spending time with her family.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?

You can’t shovel sunshine!!!! The year round weather where you can enjoy the beautiful mountains and scenery everywhere you go!

You just finished your autobiography. What’s the title?

Peace, Love & Harm A. Knee (that’s my Roller Derby skate name)

If you were a character from a book who would you be?

Kinsey Milhone-(Sue Grafton Series) She is a private investigator and there is always a new and exciting adventure she’s involved in while investigating.

CARRIE DRISCOLL HILL,
Director of Client Relations

Wife | Chaos Coordinator aka Mom | Fitness Enthusiast

Carrie has led highly successful marketing campaigns for over 20 years. Carrie graduated college from Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Education. No surprise to any of us that her education is what keeps the i’s dotted, t’s crossed, commas in the correct place and all of us in line! You think we are kidding? Wait until she sends your action items to meet your goals! And that’s why we love every ounce of red ink and basecamp notification of Carrie!!

Carrie’s results are as big as her passion and personality. Carrie is passionate about serving others which explains why she is so dedicated to her husband, 2 girls, dog Cabo and friends. At the age of 33, she took off for 6 months to help serve communities in Western Samoa, Hong Kong & Mainland China. When Carrie is not volunteering at her girl’s school or taking care of others, you will find her running, skiing or hitting the gym. A fun fact about Carrie, is she lived in a lighthouse when she was a kid for 4 years. Ask her sometime about the fun stories and amazing people she met.

It’s a typical Saturday night. What are you doing?

Enjoying dinner with my family followed by a movie…that I always get in trouble for falling asleep during. 🙂

What scares you?

Besides snakes and bugs… not being prepared enough for important meetings.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Only one!!! For sure laughter…followed by exercise & mascara.

MARIE PSYK,
Account Manager

Yogi | Marathoner | International Explorer

Marie is a native Arizonan and University of Arizona alumn who has traveled the world!

She has always been fascinated by foreign languages and cultures. After majoring in Marketing and French at U of A, she ventured to Paris for her Master’s in management and began her career in the optical lens industry. Marie has lived and worked in France, Singapore and the UK, expanding her worldview and gaining brand and product marketing experience along the way.

She recently landed back in Arizona and joined the Pixa team as a Marketing Account Manager. Marie loves a good marketing challenge and is ready to bring her energy and strategic thinking to her clients and their businesses.

Outside of Pixa, you’ll find Marie running, swimming, cycling (yes, she did run the Singapore Marathon and finish an Olympic distance triathlon in Indonesia!) and staying zen with Bikram yoga.

You just finished your autobiography. What’s the title?

Insight. Connections. Delivery.

Which celebrity would you want as a best friend? Why?

Padma Lakshmi – 2 words: Top Chef! She’s also beautiful, speaks five languages and co-founded a charity.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Stories

ROY SHIRLEY,
Marketing Technologist

Dad | Data Dude | Mad Merger

Born and raised in Southern California, Roy and his wife, Jennifer, moved out to Arizona in 2003. Here they started a family which has grown to nine children, 4 girls and 5 boys. Roy’s professional career has followed the printing and marketing industry where he has worked as a digital production operator, designer, desktop and web support representative, team trainer, and manager. Joining the Pixa team in September 2014, Roy assists with prepress design, data processing, variable template logic, and automated marketing.

Outside of Pixa, Roy enjoys spending time with his family, exploring and discovering nature, helping people, teaching Sunday School and reading.

Describe your job in 3 words. JUST THREE!

Data, data everywhere.

It’s a typical Saturday night. What are you doing?

Going on dates with Jennifer, or going places with the kids.

If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be and why?

Walle, because he’s a nice guy…or robot.

RAY FINTON,
Interactive Media Developer

Web Enthusiast | Dreamer | Aries

Ray is a web developer with several years of experience building engaging marketing campaigns to drive traffic and generate leads. His specialties are HTML, CSS and JavaScript, with an occasional mix of Python, C# or PHP. There are many technologies which can come into play to launch a campaign and he’s always learning something new because staying ahead of the game is part of the game itself. When he’s not learning new tech, he enjoys walking, hiking or just sitting at home and watching movies. My wife, Ariya, cooks awesome Thai food and I always look forward to dinner.

You just finished your autobiography. What’s the title?

Plan B

If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be and why?

I would like to be Sherlock Holmes, because I’ve always marveled at his powers of observation and deduction.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Coffee

KATHY SELLERS,
Graphic Designer

Mom | Fur Baby Lover | Mac Aficionado

Kathy has a boundless enthusiasm for anything creative and enjoys translating ideas into designs that motivate and engage. With many years (way too many to mention) in printing and graphic design, her career started in Colorado (Go Broncos!), later she and her family moved to Alabama, where her love for the Auburn Tigers turned into an obsession (War Eagle!) In 2002 they moved to Arizona where she will root for the “home team” whenever her teams aren’t playing. She enjoys spending time with her family (dogs included), weekend getaways which can also be a couch, movie or sports, popcorn and the ever-important diet coke.

Describe your job in 3 words. JUST THREE!

Problem-Solving, Reliability, Passion

If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be and why?

Katniss Everden from The Hunger Games trilogy. She encompasses these big 5 B’s… Bravery, Boldness, Bighearted, Beauty, Badass!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?

Weekend getaways to the mountains.

CARLEY WILLIS,
Graphic Designer

Wife | Aunt | Former Clown

Carley is from Mesa, Arizona and has her BS degree in Graphic Information Technology from ASU. During her undergrad she worked at the university print lab where she gained her appreciation for print and print design. She’s now transitioned into more digital marketing at Pixa, and has loved learning from her skilled and experienced teammates. She enjoys listening to podcasts while she designs, being silly with her nieces and nephews, and traveling with her husband.

It’s a typical Saturday night. What are you doing?

Double fisting popcorn & watching a movie with my husband.

If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be and why?

I would be Crush from Finding Nemo. No worries, just vibes.

You’re 5 years old again. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Crayola Color Engineer, a job 5 year old me made up.

BRITTANY ABNEY,
Graphic Designer

Jurassic Park Fanatic | Homebody | Thrifter

Brittany is a total design junkie. With degrees in both Interior & Graphic Design, she is obsessed with how elements work in a space-whether it’s the furniture in your house or the components of your business card. Born and raised in Phoenix, she is a true desert dweller, who can’t go more than a few days without Mexican food. She believes black coffee can cure almost anything, books should always be judged by their covers and life is better with a dog.

You just finished your autobiography. What’s the title?

I’m Still Hungry

What would your superhero name be? What powers would you have?

Captain Couch Potato. I can get anything done without ever leaving my living room

If you were a character from a book/movie, who would you be and why?

Harry Potter cause magic, duh.

AMIR PILIPOVIC,
Mailing Specialist

Originally from Bosnia, Amir moved to Arizona in 2012 as part of a job transfer. Now, you’ll find him in the back production house of Pixa, processing mail and running the bindery department.

In his free time, Amir enjoys reading historical war non-fiction and watching TV-either sports or the History channel.

Describe your job in 3 words. JUST THREE!

Mail-Processing, Bindery Technician

It’s a typical Saturday night? What are you doing?

Reading

You’re 5 years old again. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A doctor.