From the east coast to the west coast, engineers to social workers, millennials to boomers, our team is diverse in skillsets, life experiences, and geographies.
Meet Our Team
Mike is one of the principals and founders of NameStormers. He is directly involved in every naming project. He has over 30 years of experience in the branding and naming business. Prior to founding NameStormers, Mike was President of The Salinon Corporation and was Sr. Vice President of Compucon, an A. C. Nielsen subsidiary where he led Communications Marketing Research for U.S. and European Nielsen clients. Mike spent his early career years as a Programmer Analyst in advertising and marketing for the Dr. Pepper Company. Mike is a fitness nut, proud father, charismatic grandfather and loving husband.
With over 30 years of experience in systems design and consulting, Kay has spent the last 20 years specializing in branding and name development. Previously, she was Director of R&D at Open Connect Systems, managing a team of specialists including software engineers and analysts. At MTech, she was a Vice President, managing the development of a financial ATM network. Additionally, she has worked at Philips Information Systems and Texas Instruments as a Marketing Specialist and Programmer Analyst, respectively. In her free time, she loves playing the piano and has studied and developed systems to assist people with autism. She is unendingly patient and bright, with wit that can bust your gut.
Sarah Tooley hails from Austin currently calling Boston home. Sarah earned a degree in Advertising from the University of Texas and a degree in Non-Profit Management at Boston College. Sarah worked in the nonprofit sector on social enterprises for 5 years before joining NameStormers full-time in 2020. A wordsmith to her core, Sarah has been known to create names while slicing onions, running, even rising in the middle of the night to jot down that perfect combination of vowels and consonants.
Megan was born and raised in Austin, Texas and earned her degree at The University of Texas at Austin. Megan worked as a first-grade teacher before she decided to get her feet wet in the marketing world by helping independent pharmacies and doctor’s offices come to life through full-service brand development. From renaming mom and pop pharmacies to naming full lines of supplements, Megan discovered the joy, creativity, and challenge of naming and joined the NameStormers team in 2018.
Meghan earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of San Diego and her graduate degree in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. She currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska where she enjoys weekend hiking expeditions, a view of Mt. Denali (on a good day) from her kitchen window, and the local moose population who happily use the town’s roads to their own advantage. As a yoga instructor and amateur cook, Meghan loves to create new classes and foods. She expands this creativity and sense of adventure into her work as a part of the NameStormers’ team.
Paul-Michael is a Social Media Director currently calling Los Angeles home. He has worked on shoots for clients such as 24th Century Fox, Island Records, Disney, and The Food Network. When not on set, Paul-Michael leads for the Art of Freelance (an accelerator for creatives), volunteers as a Youth Crisis Counselor, and rock climbs. When he is not doing any of that, he can be found at home, laughing hysterically, with the love of his life, Elizabeth.
Kay calls Texas her first love. Born and raised In the Lone Star state and calling Austin home she loves her day job of 12 years working with vendors coast to coast in property preservation for mortgage companies and banks. With a BA in Social Work from Texas Tech University people in general and caring well for those in her sphere of influence remains a strong beckoning, interest and heart-felt calling. She enjoys the great outdoors (anything while it’s sunny), all dogs, 2 daughters and their hubs, 4 grands and a 35-year plus marriage.
Kate Keenan is a special education diagnostician working in a Texas school district. A mother of four, she defies the laws of physics by finding time to write sometimes published creative works. Her interests include activism, pondering the meaning of Meta-Modernism, recording her kids doing weird stuff, and engaging in the occasional Facebook argument. As a millennial, she believes in hard work to achieve individual holistic goals with a maximum humanitarian footprint.
An aspiring artist and a banjo player / singer in an Austin band, Ricky brings a cool factor to the NameStormers’ creative team. He frequents the local music scene, hobnobs with the young audiences and knows what is hip and what is not. In addition to his art, music and NameStorming, Ricky occasionally works with the local elections office giving him fresh insights into the issues of the day.
Ellen joined NameStormers as she is finishing up research for her masters program at the University of Texas. She is always up for a challenge and works on our creative team, helps with trademark screenings, scheduling, coordinating team efforts and even job coaching.
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Myrna has called Texas home for 20 years. With a fast, ever ready sense of humor, Myrna finds life to be one long Saturday Night Skit. Myrna’s laugh is second to none and keeps our days a little bit brighter around the office. A singer, songwriter, and inventor, Myrna has three wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren. An expert in ideation, Myrna brings her unique perspective, sense of humor, and laugh to every project.
Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana. Shortly thereafter he began his career in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Not one to be defined by his work, Tim is an expert at working at play and playing at work. Which is to say we sometimes reach Tim suspended from a sheer rock face or bombing down back country trails on his mountain bike. Tim currently calls Austin, TX home bringing his life loving approach to all he does. And chances are, he’s out bombing trails right now. Hard to say.
Andrew came aboard our while earning his Masters in Advanced Behavior Analysis. With a B.A. in Psychology, Andrew packs a formidable punch in the naming space. A die hard fan of Austin, Andrew is the best food finder app we’ve ever come across. We don’t even bother with our phones any more…we just ask Andrew.
In NYC, we have our design guru, Erin, who graduated from the Pratt Institute. She does custom design work for a major shoe manufacturer and has parlayed her cosmopolitan flair and eye for the unique into creative energy for our team. No doubt the night life in the Big Apple provides inspiration for some of her work.
For the last few years, Elizabeth has been working with big companies, like yours, on producing massive viral social campaigns. One video, for the Olympics, was seen organically over 10 million times in the first week! When she’s not building international digital launch strategies, she is playing music with her bandmates or creating hilarious sketch comedy episodic content. She is an unapologetic dog lover and a seasoned world traveler. Clients have included: Cricket, Fox, The Olympics, AT&T, Pepsi, The Ad Council.
When she’s not cooling off in her pool or cooking gourmet vegetarian meals for her family, Paula is leading her own marketing consultancy. She has created marketing campaigns for clients such as: Intel, GE, Avnet, Johnson & Johnson. She has served on both the board of the Intel Alumni Association and the board of Experience Matters. As if that’s not enough, Paula also teaches film and critical thinking courses at University of Phoenix and serves as Director of Client Relations and Communications for the University’s doctoral school. Paula has a Masters in Media Studies and a Bachelor’s in English and Film Studies. She is awesome.
Krystal is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric at Texas A&M University. While working on her graduate degrees, Krystal taught at Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University, and has worked with various non-profits in communication roles. She currently lives outside of Austin and enjoys perusing local coffee shops and exploring the Texas Hill Country with her husband and two dogs.
Dustin grew tired of working under the mercurial whims of random bosses, so he cobbled together enough online freelance work to justify self-employment, which has monetarily carried him through the last two years, and served his introverted nature quite well. His primary goal is to use the extra time and autonomy to pursue his lifelong dream of achieving both financial independence and personal fulfillment through the utilization of creative energies. He also likes self-depreciating humor, and thinks this bio is needlessly plagued with nebulous verbosity.