Our Team

 

CASEY MELVIN
CO-FOUNDER / CEO

Background:
Graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a degree in American Politics and a certificate in Political Economy. I enjoy politics and the law.

Favorite Quote
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. -Kathryn Hepburn

Who had the biggest influence on you growing up?
My family had a tremendous influence on me growing up. I am very fortunate to have had parents who instilled the importance of education and the opportunities that provides. I was also greatly influenced by the strong female role models like my mom and aunts who pursued careers in medicine, the law, and elected positions in the Pennsylvania government. In retrospect, I believe experiencing the women in my life excel in their professional endeavors gave me the confidence to pursue my goals as well.

Who do you most admire?
I really admire a lot of people.

What is your favorite city you've traveled to?
Washington DC

Do you have a favorite charity?
My favorite charity is Dress for Success (https://dressforsuccess.org/). Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that I have volunteered and donated professional clothing to for many years. The organization supports women who are fleeing difficult situations and abuse. Dress for Success does more than just provide clothing for these women and their families. This organization empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Do you collect anything?
Knick-knacks from every new city I have visited! Most recently, I added a piggy bank in the shape of a red telephone booth from London!

JANINE MELVIN
CO-FOUNDER / COO

Background:
Brown University 2014 BA in Political Science

Favorite Quote
Let me think

Who had the biggest influence on you growing up?
My parents emphasized the importance of education and using that acquired knowledge to better the future for (wo)mankind. They provided us with the means to get the best education possible and made sure we always gave back to those who were not as fortunate as us.

Who do you most admire?
Malala. I admire her maturity and drive. What she has been able to accomplish at her age is really inspiring.

What is your favorite city you've traveled to?
Rome. The pasta and wine was the best thing I have ever tasted. I was awed by the history of the city and how the architecture took you back in time. It's a magical city.

Do you have a favorite charity?
Although not a charity, the ACLU protects human rights. Everyone should be afforded the same civil liberties despite their nationality, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Do you collect anything?
I love collecting memorabilia from the places I have traveled. A few items in my collection include a piece of the Berlin Wall from my trip to Germany and a pearl cross blessed by the Pope after my visit to Italy. I will always remember the stories that go along with my precious mementos.

BRIAN BULLOCK
CTC

Background:
Art Institute of Pittsburgh / Computer Animation

Favorite Quote
Success is on the other side of failure, so fail early and often, but fail forward. Never stop. Never settle. Be the person you needed 20 years ago and INSPIRE others!

Who had the biggest influence on you growing up?
My parents and Mr. Burroughs, my high school math teacher. "Although math is challenging, persevere, young man! You will find that there are always solutions to difficult problems.", he said. Yup. Still applies. Math FTW!

Who do you most admire?
There are a few: Ali, Gandhi, Jordan, and Jobs. Then, I'd like to have a conversation with my Great Grandfather and let him know that everything is OK. 🙂

What is your favorite city you've traveled to?
I LOVE to travel to interesting cities. Every location has something to offer: Great food, culture, and amazing people.
(London, The Canary Islands, LA, NY, Paris, Amsterdam)

Do you have a favorite charity?
Both my parents worked, and my siblings and I needed safe places. The Boys and Girls Club of America and The Off The Street Club offered just that and then some.

Do you collect anything?
Comics, USB cables, receipts and grey hairs (Not in any particular order)

JAKE HOUGABOOM
CMO

Background:
University of Alabama / Hospitality

Favorite Quote
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover

Who had the biggest influence on you growing up?
My parents, for sure. They set the bar and taught me everything I know.

Who do you most admire?
Again, my parents. They are the embodiment of picking yourself up by your bootstraps and getting to work.

What is your favorite city you've traveled to?
"Travel changes you" - Anthony Bourdain. I travel as often as possible. I love experiencing different cities, people, cultures.

Do you have a favorite charity?
Moms Demand Action, The Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, and The Southern Poverty Law Center

Do you collect anything?
Little knick-knacks from different trips.