Our Team

It’s no secret—at Customer Paradigm, we do things differently.

Unlike other web design firms, we have a staff of in-house expert programmers ready and qualified to take on your project. Their combined experience and proficiency in website development means that no matter what you need—whether it’s a custom-built website or on-call Magento eCommerce support—they can deliver the high-quality, timely product you’re looking for. With Customer Paradigm, you can rest easy knowing your project isn’t overseas: it’s in the hands of experienced professionals right here at our Boulder, Colorado office.

We believe that in order to make your project—whether big or small—a success, we need to understand your unique business goals. That’s why a member of our Project Management Team will take the time to understand your needs and business mission, and manage your project from kickoff to completion. As long as you’re working with us, your Project Manager will be just a phone call or email away with the response to all of your thoughts, questions, or concerns with your project.

Our SEO/SEM Department and Graphic Design Team merge their knowledge of technology and aesthetics with the latest research in consumer psychology to bring you the best business strategies and principles. This means we have the skill and experience to create the perfect website for your needs and goals, while still making it original, effective and functional. So your business can acquire new customers and keep them.

At Customer Paradigm, we don’t think it’s too much to ask that you get top-tier development, design, and support at a price that makes sense. That’s why when you’re working with Customer Paradigm you can expect all your needs to be met, from expert consultation on marketing strategy to getting a real person on the other end of the phone every time. Meet the team that makes it all happen below.

Jeff Finkelstein, Founder

Jeff Finkestein - Founder, Customer Paradigm Jeff Finkelstein is the founder of Boulder, Colorado based Customer Paradigm, an interactive marketing firm that has helped clients including Xcel Energy, 3M, Level 3, and BP achieve their goals through Search Engine Optimization, eCommerce, Web Design and various other marketing strategies. An expert on Internet Privacy and Web Marketing, Jeff evangelizes the customer experience and helps businesses design sequenced interactions that lead to loyal, delighted customers.

Finkelstein is an adjunct professor for Colorado State University, and has lead workshops around the country teaching companies how to better optimize their websites, get found, and convert visitors into paying customers. Finkelstein has written syndicated columns on web marketing, and reaches tens of thousands of people each month through Customer Paradigm’s eLearning Series newsletter.

Finkelstein has been featured in The New York Times as a Web Guru, and his company has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2008 Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association Supplier of the Year Award.

Finkelstein is a professional photographer and has had images published in hundreds of publications in dozens of countries. He has images on permanent display in museums in three countries, has received paid contracts from the National Geographic Organization for his images, and will have thirty images featured in an upcoming book by Kar-Ben Publishing. A member of the National Press Photographers Association, Finkelstein is not often seen without his camera.

Finkelstein also helps his wife, Rabbi Jamie Korngold, run the Adventure Rabbi program. Through search engine optimization, reporters from Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, CBS News and Ski Magazine found out about the organization and ran articles and TV segments. This intense media interest sparked a book offer from Doubleday Religion, who published Rabbi Korngold’s best-selling book, God in the Wilderness, in April 2008. Her latest book, The God Upgrade (April 2011), has also become a bestselling book.

Finkelstein studied Political Science and Psychology at the University of Michigan, holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Technology Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has served as an intern at The White House, where he drafted executive correspondence, including the 1993 National Medal of Science & Technology message.

Alisa Carscaden, Managing Director 

Alisa Carscaden - Search Marketing Director

Google Adwords CertifiedAs our Online Media Manager, and with years of experience, Alisa is able to take your Social Media Campaign to the next level. She stays ahead of the curve for online trends, and can tremendously promote the virality of your online marketing campaign. She is worldly, being raised in New Zealand and spending her childhood in Hungary. Having recently moved to Colorado, she spends her days getting lost in the mountains and spending time with her dog, and loving husband.

 Specialties

  • SEO/SEM
  • Social Media Management
  • CPC Campaign Management
  • Content Creation

David Sturgeon, Director of Operations

David Sturgeon

David has been a “tech-thusiast” from the moment he touched his first Apple II plus. Before even reaching high school, David was part of a team that developed one of the world’s first online student newspapers, “The Vocal Point”, which earned international recognition from organizations as far away as Japan for being at the forefront of emerging online technologies. Over the past 15 years, David has been involved in a wide variety of internet-based businesses, including a fully-fledged Magento-based e-commerce company in the outdoor industry, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business.

In his off time, when he is not mastering a new video game, he is a genuine travel nut who loves exploring new places.

Specialties: 

  • Management
  • Magento
  • WordPress
  • Conversion Optimization
  • User Experience
  • Graphic Design
  • HTML, PHP, CSS
  • SEO & PPC

Chris Brainard, Lead Developer

Chris Brainard - Developer

Chris is a front-end/back-end Magento programmer with over fifteen years of experience in web development. His skills give him the ability to understand large scale web eco-systems and the way they integrate with each other. Originally from the North East, he now lives in Louisville with his wife and daughter.

Specialties: 

  • Linux, Apache, Mysql, PHP, Javascript
  • Magento Development
  • Content Management Systems

Shawna Maas, Sales and Marketing

How many people at a Web development company have direct, hands-on experience running an
e-commerce site? Prior to joining the Customer Paradigm team, Shawna ran all aspects of an exclusive women’s retail clothing site on the Magento platform. With more than six years of e-commerce experience under her belt, she can easily understand what clients need in order to do a better job interacting with clients online. Shawna also has extensive experience with digital & print marketing, SEO, social media, brand management, customer relations, and Magento training.

When she isn’t busy trying to find the best Magento solutions for our clients, she enjoys attending to her garden and spending time family & friends.

Specialties: 

  • Customer Relations
  • Magento Training
  • Digital Marketing

Leah Prusiner, Email Marketing Tech/Project Manager

Leah Prusiner - Customer Paradigm

Leah has a love for art & design, receiving her BA in Studio Art at CU-Boulder. While there, she also received her Technology Arts & Media program certification. She has extensive experience in Logo & Brand Design, and content management. When not in design mode, Leah enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and running. She has spent the last three years teaching cycling classes and often partakes in Triathlons, Marathons, and even Ironman races. As a transplant from San Francisco, Leah never found herself able to leave the allure of the Rocky Mountains.

Specialties:

  • Email Marketing – Design/Implementation
  • Customer/Client Relations

Tom Samson, Developer

Tom Samson - Magento Developer

Magento Certified DeveloperWhile studying electrical engineering at Arizona State University, Tom realized his true interest lay in computer programming. Fortunately for us, he returned to his home state of Colorado and now brings his expertise in PERL, PHP, and JAVA to the Customer Paradigm programming team.

Specialties:

  • Fixing broken/tired code
  • PERL
  • PHP
  • JAVA

Tim Burch, Senior Developer

Tim Burch - Senior Developer

Tim Burch is a seasoned database developer and programmer with over a decade of experience. He has worked for companies large and small, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and has built several complex web applications from scratch, including a proprietary CRM system and inventory management software. A Northern Virginia native who came to Colorado by way of California, Tim attended Cornell University, graduating in 2002 with a degree in computer engineering and a minor in technical writing.

Specialties:

  • Database design and development
  • Understanding the business logic behind the application
  • Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Javascript, and XML

James Slahor, Developer

James Slahor - Developer and Technical Project Manager

With 13 years of experience in web development, operating systems, end-user applications and project engineering, James brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table here at Customer Paradigm. This Illinois native’s degree in computer science from Bradley University helped develop his strengths in Perl, PHP, C, and MySQL programming.

An insightful philosopher both on and off the web, James enjoys mountain living and live music (and makes a mean Chateaubriand).

Specialties:

  • Perl
  • PHP
  • C
  • MySQL

Scott Renick, Developer

Scott Renick - Developer

Equally comfortable working in the database back-end or the JavaScript front-end, Scott has developed many complex web applications using proprietary, as well as established, PHP frameworks. A Colorado native who has lived in Phoenix and Seattle, Scott has over 13 years of experience in PHP-based web applications and a computer engineering degree from University of Colorado.

In his spare time, he plays the bass guitar in local bands and smokes amazing spareribs for friends and family.

Specialties:

  • Javascript Ajax
  • Object Oriented PHP
  • MySQL

Brandon Mikulka, Developer

Brandon Mikulka - Developer and Programmer

Brandon Mikulka is developer and programmer with a diverse background in computer science and visual arts. His body of work has spanned from working on blockbuster films, to creating motion graphics, to building technical websites. Receiving a degree in Teledramatic Arts and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay and working on his BS in Computer Science, Brandon has a strong technical ability along with a keen eye for design.

Specialties: 

  • Front End Development & Styling
  • Connecting Visual Design With Program Code
  • Understanding of User-Centered Design

Todd Frank, Developer

Todd Frank - Magento Developer

Magento Certified DeveloperTodd Frank carries a wealth of business and software development experience. He served in an executive capacity for an e-commerce start-up that was built into a market leader, which culminated with its acquisition by a Fortune 100 company. Throughout this experience, he has administered numerous highly customized e-commerce sites on various platforms. His expertise includes web-based development projects, site administration, data migration, and much more. Todd carries a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and recently achieved the distinction of Magento Certified Developer.

When Todd is not developing software, you will find him active in coaching youth sports, camping, skiing, and generally enjoying the mountains.

Specialties:

  • PHP, Javascript, XML, MySQL
  • Magento Customizations and/or Modules
  • Magento Site Administration

Eddie McCormick, Developer

Eddie McCormick - Developer

Eddie, is an easy-going Magento enthusiast who loves creating websites. He has experience working in both the production side of e-commerce as well as an agency setting. Eddie was introduced to Magento early on his path to web developement and has decided to stick with it ever since. Eddie enjoys developing for usable modern e-commerce solutions. He is programmed for out-of-the-box thinking, loves solving problems, enhancing usability, and delivering working solutions. He has helped many clients in a variety of technologies and product markets reach their customers through the internet.

Eddie enjoys being with his family, spending time outdoors, snowboarding, enjoying life, art, and the world around him. He is always making something useful, interesting, or delicious!

Specialties: 

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • CSS

Rob Simmons, Developer

Magento Certified Developer

Rob has been customizing and fixing Magento sites for the past 5 years. He is a strong backend programmer, able to implement and modify large features in Magento. Rob is easy-going, and enjoys helping others develop their programming skills. He has a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics.

Rob enjoys creating songs at his home studio with his many instruments (guitar, bass, synth, trombone, banjo, mandolin, ocarina, and djembe) as well as hiking, and playing the ancient
boardgame Go.

Specialties:

  • Magento Backend, Module Development, Debugging
  • PHP, JavaScript, Command Line, Regular Expressions

Anthony Pena, Developer

Anthony gained an interest in Web Development after a particular PHP class in college and never looked back. He became apart of an e-commerce team straight out of college, which introduced him to the world of Magento. After a year of custom development and learning Magento on his own through much trial and error, he found himself in Colorado with a great company and a great opportunity.

Anthony’s loves include his wife and three boys, along with football, music, and traveling.

Specialties:

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • CSS

Erin Tran, SEO Specialist

Erin Tran - SEO Specialist

Erin has an analytical and creative mind with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Colorado School of Journalism. She enjoys the psychology of buyer behavior and the importance of strong branding and design.

When she’s not at work, Erin is often outdoors hiking, rock climbing, and volunteering with animal rescues.

 Specialties

  • UX/Diagnostics
  • Content Creation & Blogging
  • Design & Graphics
  • SEO/SEM

Stacey Salstein, Accounting

Stacey Salstein Stacey was introduced to the world of accounting at seventeen, when she began helping manage accounts for her family’s business in São Paulo, Brazil. Now, she’s pursuing her degree in Accounting at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The most important things to this Florida native are exploring, sunny days, and a well-balanced life (and checkbook).

Specialties:

  • Accounts receivable
  • Accounts payable
  • Data entry
  • Office administration