Like our four-legged mascot, we aim for work that ultimately speaks for
itself in energy, style, and enthusiasm.
"There are only two seasons: winter and baseball."
A founding member of Tater Tot Designs, Thomas Worley specializes in developing innovative consumer electronics and product development services, becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Thomas previously worked at Digital Blue Inc. where he was Director of Technology and Research focusing on new product development for online and retail consumer sales. Before Digital Blue, Thomas worked 12 years for the Intel Corporation, where he became Technology Development Manager, researching next-generation chipsets, processors, and systems technologies.
"Even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then."
Mandy is Chief Operations Officer and VP of Product Development at Tater Tot Designs. Prior to co-founding Tater Tot, she worked for four years at Digital Blue Inc. as Director of Product Development. Global in focus, Mandy spent five years working abroad, designing and developing new products in the connector industry with EMEA and AP manufacturers. She puts her global experience to work maintaining Tater Tot’s international partnerships and operations. In fact, Mandy’s in the middle of everything we do—making what needs to happen, happen.
“You know a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous.”
When Philip joined Tater Tot Designs as Chief Technology Officer, he brought seven years of hands-on development experience and experience leading teams in a broad array of industries. With a strong background in China-side electronics development and manufacturing, Philip has developed imaging, industrial manufacturing, display and automotive products for the consumer, commercial, industrial, automotive and military industries. Philip earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Georgia Tech, with an emphasis on theoretical physics and embedded platforms in both mechanical motion and imaging systems.
To make an amazing product or service, it takes more than bits, bolts and code. You have to have imagination, a heart for solving problems, and a deep desire to please. That’s Tater Tot!
“An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an “Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order” sign, just “Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." — Mitch Hedberg
Frank is an experienced listener, thinker, and doer. He likes motivating self-organizing teams, eliminating wasteful practices, and delivering digital solutions that are designed to be flexible and that are developed in a sustainable way. He believes in engaging clients as partners, demonstrating the value of iterative delivery, and bringing award-winning products and services to the marketplace. He is an Agile instigator and relentless self-critic as well as a process improvement specialist. He enjoys muddy coffee and bookstores.
“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” — E.E. Cummings
EJ learned to program by going from dabbler to lead developer in three months at Hewlett-Packard. Since then, he has worked as a software developer on projects to create biosensors that detect disease and on various web application development projects at other companies. EJ holds two bachelor’s degrees in outdoor education and marine biology from Evergreen State College and a master’s degree in applied biotechnology from Oregon State. Whitewater kayaking—and teaching others how—is his favorite hobby.
“…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”
Gary has developed software for nearly fourteen years, and his passion is creating meaningful user experiences across multiple platforms and devices. As a creative developer he enjoys being involved from concept to deployment. Gary’s other loves are family, music, and soccer (or Football as he calls it). He shares in the glory (and agony) of supporting the Portland Timbers with his brethren in the Timbers Army.
“If a problem can be solved simply, why make it complicated.”
Jamie has 9 years of experience of product design in structural, electronics packaging, and motion systems designs with an emphasis in Finite Element Analysis. An additional 4 years of machining and fabrication experiences aids in prototyping and design for manufacturing. On the side, he spends his time with family, making parts on 3D printers, tinkering with motorcycles, house projects, and biking.
“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
B.S. in physics with a minor in geology, certification in Database Design and SQL, and currently taking electrical engineering classes at PSU. Experience includes 15 years in quality and reliability engineering and program management in the areas of customer loyalty and customer-centric paradigm shifts and six years freelancing in website and database design and development. When not working, Gina enjoys skiing, wakeboarding, biking, fishing, and camping with family and friends.
"Products are not for themselves. Products are for us." - Hartmut Esslinger, Founder, frog design.
Alexis came to work at Tater Tot Designs based on the presence of an office dog and proximity to food carts. She brings empathy to user interface design and likes working as part of a creative team, ligatures, and the self-righteousness of saying she bikes into work.
“Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.”
As a designer and developer, Jeff uses his expertise of the Silverlight technology platform to bridge the gap between beautiful animation design and solid development. Before coming to Tater Tot Designs, Jeff worked six years in the 3D-animation industry, where he led training classes, developed new training materials, and taught a course in 3D animation at a local community college. He’s authored two Silverlight books, three 3D-animation books, and numerous magazine articles related to 3D graphics and scenario-based approaches. He spends some of his free time building interactive applications with HTML5, as well.
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” —Albert Einstein
Jeremy is a current student at Portland State University, where he is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. Although Jeremy serves as the Quality Assurance Intern here at Tater Tot, he’s always eager to learn and lend a hand. When not working or in school, he can often be found pursuing his passions of home brewing, fitness, and the culinary arts.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” -Dalai Lama
Alex has been developing software for nearly 10 years with his primary motivator being to provide complete solutions to complex problems. He strives to deliver quality and thrives on immediate feedback. As one to look at all sides of an issue, Alex loves solving seemingly unsolvable problems.
In his spare time, he enjoys music, road trips and spending time with family.
"To quote the famous Paul McCartney 'All you need is love…and tacos.' Okay, I added that part."
Jennifer may look like she's fresh off the farm, but she has 9 years of design experience under her belt. She was born with a pen in her hand and will doodle on anything that stands still (watch your back!). Jenn does it all: print, mobile, web, apps, t-shirt designing, toy making…you name it. Oh, and she loves tacos…like really loves them…it borders on a obsession really.