Our Team

ABOUT GREENSTONE MEDIA

There are decades of combined experience on the Greenstone Media team.

We have a back-end database architect, an enthusiastic React native mobile developer, a master of everything WordPress, a savvy graphic and web designer, a Google-certified AdWord marketing guru, a SEO expert, a Shopify fanatic, a rapid web app Laravel extraordinaire, a great-gulping front-end engineer, a user experience activist and a lot of visionary digital leadership that has landed the Greenstone Media Team the Sky High Growth Award.

Our central co-working location keeps us in the know with latest tech community news. When we find some downtime we try to enjoy the beautiful Asheville mountains, the local brews and the flourishing art culture.

Nathan Silsbee

Nathan Silsbee

Founder & President
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Nathan is an Asheville native and has been involved in digital media projects for over 10 years. He prides himself on developing stand out solutions for a variety of businesses and their relevant needs. Since Nathan founded Greenstone Media, the company has grown to become one of the premiere custom software and digital marketing agencies in the region, experiencing exponential growth since it's inception. Nathan's business background includes leading various design and development strategies in different industries, including eCommerce, drone/aerial media, and digital marketing. He has an acute sense for recognizing unique opportunities for his clients and delivering stand-out solutions that catalyze online growth and engagement. Nathan attended University North Carolina at Asheville for Multimedia and Interactive Design.

Chase Highley

Chase Highley

Vice President
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Chase Highley is a North Carolina native proud to call Asheville home. Chase works directly with clients to deliver premium products for their business needs. This includes innovative marketing and tech solutions, state-of-the-art websites and SEO marketing strategies. Chase enjoys meeting with new clients, carefully listening to their businesses needs and goals, and championing their vision. Since 2014, Chase has helped over a 100 businesses meet and surpass their web marketing goals, and redefine their social media and SEO initiatives. When hes not crushing it for his clients, he enjoys hiking with his wife, and golfing with his buddies. Chase attended Warner University under a Dean and Golf Scholarship and received a Business in Finance Degree.

Daniel Hensley

Daniel Hensley

Chief Technology Officer
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Daniel is Greenstones CTO and full stack senior developer. He has built a multitude of successful mobile and web projects. He enjoys learning new technologies and pursues each project with enthusiasm and passion. In the past, Daniel has worked as a one-man full stack developer and has single handedly built several custom applications, and serviced dozens of robust eCommerce shops. Daniel has a background in Computer Science and electronics engineering and works primarily with mobile development tools, PHP and Javascript. When he isn’t building the next best web product, he’s out playing Disc Golf or automating the real world with micro controllers.

Hope Occhipinti

Hope Occhipinti

Digital Marketing Manager
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Hope has a background in design and digital marketing. She works with clients to serve as a the point person for developing, implementing and executing digital marketing initiatives. She is Google AdWords certified and has over 7 years of experience. She is also a mom of a ridiculously cute toddler and an All-Star skater and League President for the Blue Ridge Rollergirls. Hope holds a degree in Multimedia Arts & Science from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

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Ty Hallock

Business Development
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Ty is someone who has an insatiable desire to learn about how the world works and how people relate and interact in that world. Ty serves on the boards of the IT council of Asheville, A-B Techs Business Computer Technologies Department, and the American Advertising Federation of Asheville. A pivotal player on Greenstones team, Ty works tirelessly to bridge the gap between Greenstones core offerings and the important needs of Greenstones clients in various industries. Ty holds a degree in Digital Media from Full Sail.
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Tomas Maly

Lead Developer
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Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Tomas has called Asheville home since 2015. He has worked professionally as a web developer for over a decade and has 17 years in the IT industry utilizing PHP, MySQL, Javascript and Linux, with a focus on Laravel and React Native frameworks. With a variety of experience in e-commerce, finance, analytics, content management, SEO and telecommunications, Tomas specializes in creating robust web and mobile apps that help individuals and organizations reach their goals. In his spare time, Tomas enjoys singing, folk dancing, hiking, rock climbing, ceramics, gardening, baking and community involvement. 
Amanda Highley

Amanda Highley

Project Manager
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Amanda Highley is proud to call North Carolina her home state. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education as well as a Masters in Library Science. In her spare time Amanda loves to explore the outdoors with her husband, try out a new restaurant in Asheville (there are so many!), or cozy up with a good book. She has experience with WordPress and Shopify. Her background as a Media Coordinator fosters her ability to work collaboratively with others and to see where needs can be met.

Michael Burgin

Michael Burgin

Developer
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Michael is an Asheville area native with a passion for the internet and with more than six years’ experience in web and mobile development.  Recently, Michael has focused primarily on the back-end and structural aspects of development, and he’s put together several sites and mobile applications with varying degrees of complexity.  When he’s not busy coding, Michael enjoys philosophy, music, and following baseball.  He’s also an avid reader and is a long-time member of one of the coolest book clubs in town.

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Greta Anderson

Project Specialist
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Greta is a project specialist with a passion for usability through beautiful and functional solutions. Her strength is in creating strategies for clients by developing a deep understanding of their unique services and goals for growth. Her background is in Graphic Design and has worked as a branding strategist and web designer for a variety of small businesses and organizations. Greta joined the Greenstone team just upon completing a web development intensive course and has a lot to offer with her user-minded thinking and her design + web development skill set. Greta received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Jared Tyson

Jared Tyson

Designer
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Jared is a highly dedicated graphic-web designer and front-end developer with ten years experience in the field. With a passion in user interface design he handcrafts every user experience from start to finish. Over the last few years Jared has had the opportunity of working on a wide variety of projects, expanding his extensive knowledge and technical skills. Jared holds a degree in Graphic Design from Spencerian College.

JP Maywald

JP Maywald

Designer
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JP is a passionate graphic-web designer originally from Nashville, TN. He has always been motivated to make analog visual art-- having drawn/painted since toddlerhood-- but chose to pursue graphic-web design after discovering the perfection achievable through digital media. He is an avid photographer, David Lynch fan, and canophile. He has a slightly overweight pit bull-- Ruby-- whom he considers his daughter and to whom he feeds expensive delicacies such as sashimi, caviar, and pate in order to develop and refine her palette. JP holds a degree in New Media from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. 

 
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Brian Hennessy

Project Manager
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Born in the wilds of the Appalachia, Brian loves to call Asheville his hometown. He graduated from UNCA with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics ( It’s not all Greek to him). Learning is his passion. So after completing the Code Immersion course in Ruby on Rails through Tech Talent South, he has found the rabbit hole that is software development and design.  A slight perfectionist, he won’t stop until any undertaking is utterly completed.

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Waldo

Chief Information Security Officer
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Originally from a farm just outside of Fort Collins, Colorado, Waldo has 56 (dog) years experience in morale boosting and affection seeking. As a strategic team member, Waldo has an insatiable desire to herd mammals and can be seen lounging around the office, staring at squirrels out the window, or listening to mobile application framework discussions. He also performs a routine review of the kitchen floor for edible discrepancies as a result of daily consumption.

In his free time he enjoys chasing tennis balls and swimming in Lake Kenilworth. He also enjoys hanging out with his dopey brother Pippin, and is patiently tolerant of Pippin's overzealous antics and constant need for attention from anyone that will give it to him.

 

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