During South by Southwest 2015, we decided to throw a party to celebrate all the things we love: Technology, storytelling, and music. We invited innovators from Chaotic Moon, Honest Dollar, Whole Foods Market, and Overstock.com to address the huddled masses on Austin’s famous 6th Street, and we asked one of our favorite local bands, The Octopus Project, to keep the party rolling late into the night.
Adam is a graphic designer and visual artist who spent years working as an Illustrator before turning his attention to branding and identity design. He has led mural projects at Facebook HQ and illustrated multiple children’s books. His artwork has been shown extensively in the Bay Area and has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and Supersonic Art. When not working, Adam can be found desperately searching for shade.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Ashley is a digital marketer who enjoys exploring all the food, music, and hiking trails Austin has to offer. Having spent most of her career working with non-profit organizations, she is a passionate advocate for purpose-driven messaging. In a past life she was Larry David.
Bryan has over 10 years experience working in the Motion Design, Visual FX and Compositing fields of post production. Over the years, Bryan has worked for clients such as: Verizon, Diageo, Dell and 3M. While not working on commercial projects, Bryan is interested in pursuing his passion for film making. In 2011 he won an award for his Visual FX work on the short film “No Record”.
Head of Digital Marketing
Cody is an experienced digital marketing and content strategist with specialities in SEM, social media and conversion optimization. He began his career copywriting before moving into managing multi-million dollar advertising budgets for Software Advice, a Gartner company. When not obsessing over driving results for clients, Cody can be found playing soccer, buried in a book, or at the movie theater.
Equal parts producer and North Carolina gentleman, Dwight Fisher left a career in finance to follow his big screen dreams to Austin, TX. The seasoned film/television producer has worked for the likes of American Crime, Shipping Wars and the indie feature Seven Chinese Brothers before coming to EO. In 2014 he wrote and directed, Murder Trust, a short film screened at the Kansas City Film Festival.
User Experience Designer
Ellen is a multi-platform UX/UI designer and software developer who spends her weekends hiking with her dog, playing tennis and writing new Gulp.js recipes. Before joining EO, she was part of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s communications team, where she kickstarted and built their media tracking & analytics program.
CEO + Exec Creative Director
The big man, El Jefe, our fearless leader. John Papola leads the EO team with equal parts passion and rigor. John began his career broadcast TV, creating award-winning feature content and developing industry-leading branding practices for networks like Spike and Nickelodeon. As our CEO and ECD, John drives EO’s core purpose — serving mission-driven brands.
Head of Post Production
A 15-year veteran of broadcast television, Josh leads our post-production team to discover creative solutions that refine and advance brand stories. As a post-production supervisor in New York, Josh produced numerous award-winning campaigns for brands like Nicktoons, Spike, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Joshua finds satisfaction fusing his left brain organizational tendencies with his right brain joy of storytelling. He has worked on an Emmy-nominated docuseries for CNN, cut a documentary that screened at the Blanton Museum of Art and is forever looking forward to that next challenge. In a former life he was a dog trainer specializing in tempering aggression on both ends of the leash.
Justin joined Emergent Order after several years in the non-scripted television world, producing content for Discovery Channel, National Geographic and The History Channel. When not producing videos you can find Justin gallivanting through nature, breakfast taco in hand.
Talent scout. Unstoppable force. Lisa Versaci is a veteran producer who launched her career writing and producing long form Nickelodeon specials while shaking things up with her successful branding and marketing ideas. Passionate about animal rights and the food we eat, Lisa single-handedly brought a vegetarian burger to the national Burger King menu and co-wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary, At the Fork.
Marshall Walker Lee
Associate Creative Director
As a copywriter, project manager, and consultant Marshall has worked with global brands including Ford, Prudential Financial, Walgreens, Dun & Bradstreet, Thrillist, and The Kellogg Foundation. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where the frigid winters forced him to spend most of his time reading joke books and writing thinly-veiled autobiographical novels.
Head of Operations
Michele’s role spans from managing projects and client expectations, to the behind the scenes business at EO in an accounting and human resources capacity. Michele hails from a post prodcution background where she was executive producer at charlieuniformtango, a post production facility in the southwest. She also owned and operated a children’s educational DVD business for 5 years where she developed skills in managing small businesses.
Cinematic polymath Mike Roberson draws on his experiences as producer, director, cinematographer, and editor to bring our videos to life. Before joining EO as production coordinator, Mike produced and directed several award-winning films that have screened at film festivals around the world. Mike earned his M.F.A. in Film Production from UT Austin and [witty concluding joke].
Page is a conceptual copywriter and project manager who specializes in building brands and transforming businesses. She has built her career around her passion, crafting compelling and strategic stories for brands from non-profits to farms to Fortune 500 tech companies. Before coming to EO she worked in commercial music production, crafting jingles and soundtracks for clients such as McDonalds, Gatorade, Starbucks and John Deere.
Head of Production
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As a creative executive and producer, Teryn has overseen all facets of production from modestly budgeted independent films to large studio movies. She learned the ropes running development departments for Sony, Fox, and Disney and her expertise was honed in the world of documentary filmmaking, with the award winning SKID ROW. Teryn’s journey took her to EO where she’s running production and producing ABUNDANCE in partnership with American Enterprise Institute.