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About our company

Our story

Founded in 2013, Signal Vine was born out of Harvard University research conducted on reducing "summer melt" through advisor-led text nudges. With a proven use case to engage students, our team combined expertise in software and mobile technology to build a product that has grown into higher education's most impactful two-way text messaging platform. Today, hundreds of institutions are using Signal Vine to engage students, staff and employees. From getting students to college and hitting enrollment goals, to retaining students and up-skilling the workforce, our customers are reaching their goals with help from the Signal Vine team. We believe in the power of conversation to build communities and to strengthen the opportunity for all to succeed.

Our team

Learn more about our team members who are building our product, serving our customers and spreading the word about Signal Vine.

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Adil Dittmer
Customer Success Manager
Customer Success
Adil Dittmer
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Customer Success Manager

Prior to joining Signal Vine, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Adil went on to work as a Leadership Consultant at Phi Gamma Delta International Headquarters, where he traveled to 55 universities facilitating educational programs for undergraduate students.

He also spent time in a sales development role at Inside Higher Ed. In his free time, Adil is an active high school basketball referee and enjoys going to museums and concerts in the D.C. area.

Alia Degen
Implementation Specialist
Customer Success
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Implementation Specialist

Alia was born and raised in Massachusetts and has lived in New England for the past 22 years. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Spanish and Community & International Development.

In 2016, she spent her spring semester studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain. Alia loves traveling and has visited 5/7 continents. She loves to work with philanthropic organizations as she won an international contest with TOMS and went on a giving trip in Honduras to distribute shoes.

Andrew Kuhn
Account Manager
Customer Success
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Account Manager

Andrew is a proud Maryland native who puts Old Bay Seasoning on (almost) everything he eats. He also enjoys hanging out with his pet guinea pig Andy.

Prior to joining Signal Vine, he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. After graduating, he helped grow a Maryland-based start-up craft brewery, where he was responsible for a number of different roles including sales, marketing, and account management. When not at work, Andrew enjoys cheering for DC sports teams, hiking, and staying active with friends.

Anor Ortega
Senior Operations and Accounting Associate
Operations & Finance
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Senior Operations and Accounting Associate

Before joining Signal Vine, Anor worked as an Operations and Development Coordinator at DC Employment Justice Center, where she oversaw day-to-day office operations including accounting, finance, and HR.

Anor is originally from Uzbekistan. She has a BS in Economics from Strayer University and is currently a part-time graduate student at George Mason University. In her free time, Anor likes to spend time outdoors, watch movies, and cook with her husband.

Arianna Hartmann
Director of Customer Success
Customer Success
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Director of Customer Success

As Director of Customer Success, her job is two-fold: providing operations and support to a quickly-growing company, and being the primary point of contact for launching customers on the platform.

Prior to Signal Vine, Arianna worked at Alden & Ott in office management and customer service. Arianna graduated with a BA in History from James Madison University, and spent a summer studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She’s proud to reveal that she can finally do a pushup.

Brendan Tobolaski
Site Reliability Engineer
Engineering
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Site Reliability Engineer

Brendan is experienced with Java and various web development languages and tools including HTML, CSS, PHP, Linux, OS X, MySQL, Apache, JavaScript, and Drupal.

He makes sure the Signal Vine platform runs smoothly. He recently moved back to North Dakota and enjoys photography.

Brian Kathman
Chief Executive Officer
Leadership
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Chief Executive Officer

Brian is an entrepreneur with a BS in Marketing from Indiana’s Kelley School of Business and an Executive MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. He has deep experience in technology, philanthropy, and high-growth companies. Prior to starting Signal Vine, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy services firm which grew 1000% during his five years. But most of his career has been spent building technology companies from an early stage.

In addition to Brian’s entrepreneurial ventures, he has helped grow several early-stage businesses, most notably InphoMatch/Mobile 365 where he established key contracts which became 75% of its revenue. The business was eventually sold to Sybase in 2006 for $430 million.

Charles Parsons
Director of Product Management
Product Management
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Director of Product Management

Charles has successfully led numerous products to strong growth by teaching his teams to read the market, developing a strong sense of customer empathy and experimenting with a variety of tailored approaches to delivery.

Prior to joining Signal Vine, Charles led product efforts for a marketing automation platform at Drip, a fundraising and advocacy platform at Salsa Labs and a media publishing and ad platform at Broadcast Interactive. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, while there, founded and led a nonprofit focused on vintage jazz and swing era dance preservation, instruction and events. He continues to run educational events for the things he’s passionate about. In his free time likes to build things, break things, repair things and play hockey.

Cutler Reynolds
Customer Success Manager
Customer Success
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Customer Success Manager

Before joining Signal Vine’s Customer Success team, Cutler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and a minor in History. He has spent time working as a Maintenance Engineering intern for Verizon Wireless and a Behavioral Economics Research Assistant for the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative.

A longtime resident of the D.C. Metro Area, Cutler is excited to be back on his home turf!

Dan Najjum
Vice President of Finance
Operations & Finance
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Vice President of Finance

Over the last 16 years, Dan has held financial planning & analysis and corporate leadership roles at leading subscription-based edtech and b2b information services companies. These include Hanley Wood, Hobsons, and Winsight.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA) and the College of William and Mary (MBA).

Danny Sogunro
Business Development Intern
Business Development
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Business Development Intern

Danny is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Decision Science. During his college career, he worked in sales & marketing roles in numerous industries from tech startups to medical devices.

His hobbies include soccer, design, music production and Fortnite in no particular order.

David Johnson
Senior Software Engineer
Engineering
David Johnson
Senior Software Engineer

David Johnson prefers road cycling to road driving. A full-stack software engineer, David enjoys challenges that involve learning new technologies or improving existing solutions in an agile and iterative approach.

Prior to joining Signal Vine, David provided his software expertise as an independent contractor to major digital media companies such as The Washington Post and National Public Radio (NPR). He has also consulted with Fortune 500 companies in a variety of projects spanning mobile development, full-stack implementations, and cloud integrations.

When not typing away, David can be found on his road bike, enjoying the great outdoors, or spending time with his beautiful family.

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