Meet the Jive! Crew
Sometimes you need to assemble just the right group of talented, colorful personalities to add that final touch of culture to a brand. At Jive! we’ve done just that – with a team as interesting as they are skilled. Get to know us!
Come enjoy some insight on just how to craft the ideal printed piece. Donna has likely contributed to more successful marriages, baby showers, and business meetings through her project consultations than we can count. Her roots in print go back to pre-digital processes and her notions on look and feel are always appreciated. It’s no surprise she’s so thoughtful on life’s little print jobs. Donna’s extended pet family is a big-hearted menagerie that showcases her charming, nurturing spirit.
You will find Jonathan Annis greeting you at the inside entrance to our office, on the phone, or zipping about in the Legendary “JiveMobile” Mini Cooper, bringing a smile to the face of our print customers. With him on our team, we can put his blended background of hospitality, art gallery, family services, personal shopping, and merchandising experience to work in way that helps insure all the little details of our expert services fall into place just right. Ask him for the inside celebrity scoop on Nashville’s high-end hotels.
Hailing from South Carolina originally, Chad has called Nashvegas home for over twenty years. With his education in Graphic Communication from MTSU and recent Web Design training, Chad is our guy for making things play well on the page and the screen. He comes complete with over fifteen years of print design experience, and serves as a regular inspiration around the office for psychical fitness. (He may or may not have a borderline obsessive relationship with his FitBit...)
An avid dart thrower, usually seen in the wild at Edgefield Bar and Grill, owner of an extensive Simpsons action figure collection - "They’re NOT dolls!" - and proud Nintendo fanboy, this Mario Kart Pro brings a talent and personality as vivid as the pages of the Graphic Novels which capture his admiring gaze.
Wait, what’s Creative Development? Lucas, as an originator of the phrase, will tell you that “C-Dev” - as he calls it - encompasses a variety of Marketing, Brand Management, Experience Design and Creative Direction concerns. He’s the guy with his fingers on the brand buttons at Jive! for our own projects as well as those of clients who need an expert touch. Lucas manages our interactions with the world, through advertising, sponsorships, social media and more. He‘s always got something great to say about Jive! when asked, and even when not! When he’s not singing our praises he gets under the hood of our creative technology resources from time to time. His office is the one with the Potato Head collection and other geeky effects collected through his ventures as an event and comic convention producer.
Zaid is Baghdad born and raised ("Where it’s flat and immense, And the heat is intense"). Stateside, he passed through Cleveland and Dallas on his way to Nashvegas, and works as our resident business deal-maker! He‘s a book enthusiast with an equal passion for writing. Off the page, he’s a proud 16-bit fan. If you pry, he‘ll tell you about how much of an easy mark he is for travel (which he does more than he’d freely admit). This jet-setting is likely because he describes himself as "social to a fault." Near as we can figure, this must mean the "fault" is being well-liked and leaving a lasting impression.
His résumé includes a background of road warrior adventures with Funimation, where he worked as a Brand Manager. Currently he’s involved in a fashion startup alongside his Jive! pursuits.
Braaksma. Steve Braaksma. (br-AHHK-smuh) No, we didn’t fall asleep on the "a" key and he doesn’t have to rush off for a guest appearance on Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Speaking of cheesy jokes, He’s an import from Wisconsin via Florida, with detours through Iowa and California. He must like extreme shifts in weather - which makes Nashville ideal! During those journeys, he stopped off in Illinois for a degree in Print Management and worked Quality Control for RR Donnelly. Upon relocation to Tennessee, Steve met his wife and laid down roots in Music City. Steve is an avid Preds fan and Beer League Hockey player - in the market for a new venue, since Metro’s Sportsplex is a dry campus.
Ask Tony Brazier about walking the line between design and production or between business owner and manager. He’s got an iron in all of those fires! His experience spans a variety of print mediums and he leads our production team on our onsite printing, finishing and project management operations. Like most of our crew, he’s a designer as well.
Tony is a parent of two teenagers and two soon-to-be, as well as owner of a busy beauty salon in addition to his management role here at Jive! - so he knows a few things about patience and juggling the variables that can come into play when producing the best results, with accuracy, right on time. Occasionally we catch him looking a little stressed out about loaning one of the kids the keys to a Mustang or Corvette from his lineup of hobby muscle cars.
Kelley James is our bookkeeper and unofficial office mom. Her calm and organized approach to her work helps us to herd all the creative cats in our midst through payroll, vacation, and more. From her office, adorned with various artistic impressions of the macabre, she’s keeping the bills paid and accounts maintained while we crank out the prints. She can give you all the latest updates to your billing statement, or tell you all about her grand-baby. Both are of great importance to her, of course!
Part photographer, part roadie, part viking. John Gibbons is the heavy-lifter of our production department all day and occasionally well into the night. Sometimes a press will just run like clockwork. Other times, they need experienced craftsmanship for those unique jobs. Gibby is the guru on all the mechanical and operational necessities of the printworks. With an eye for good design and artistic background in photography, he helps us reinforce our quality-control superiority throughout the process. He’s our neighborhood man, as well, residing in the Gulch district since before it was cool.
If you could find a guy that’s into classic rock and comic books who is always ready to lend a hand to get the job done right, you’d want him rockin’ and rollin’ on client print production, right? That’s what we thought, too. Jim Tomlinson takes the ever-growing list of incoming print jobs from digital images to tangible print all day long. Find him by following the sound of a humming press and the stacking of paper.
Jive! was the brainchild of Rick Ryan. Though we kid him about his impeccable tastes, he’s been lighting the way to providing Nashville with more than just the typical bland print experience for quite a while now. When he’s not making sure our team is tuned into doing great work for clients or displaying his odd passion for scrubbing client’s mailing lists, you’ll usually find him discovering the hippest of food, drink, and experiences in Music City and or some other corner of the world.