David has been a business software consultant since 1990 and loves using creative technology to help business leaders run smart, efficient companies. Located in Los Angeles, he leads our team of passionate staff. He is a Platinum Member of FileMaker Business Alliance, a FileMaker certified developer and has designed and built hundreds of applications in dozens of industries. He won a FileMaker Excellence Award for Outstanding Technical Support and is a strong customer service advocate. David is founder and a current board member of the esteemed “FileMaker Developers in Southern California” (FMDiSC) group, the largest group of its kind in the world. He is a popular speaker at technology and business events and has presented over 20 sessions on a wide variety of topics at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference. He is currently on the Burbank Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is active in the local business community. Formerly a radio DJ and record producer, David loves spending time with his wife & dogs, collecting eclectic music and exploring Southern California on his bike.
Chris’s technology background includes a 10-year career in production management and budgeting in the feature film, television, post-production and visual effects industries. Chris transitioned to computer software when he joined a major computer game development company. While there, he honed his interface design skills, enabling him to build intuitive user experiences into business software systems. The applications “CJ” designs at Angel City, deliver tremendous ROI to customers, often paying for themselves many times over. He is also an expert at the process of custom development and an excellent “trail guide” for our new customers. He is an avid bike rider and a passionate photographer; some of his photos adorn the walls at ACD...and this website.
Bill’s mantra is, “To the user, the interface IS the application.” This is apparent when seeing how Bill crafts simple applications with powerful processes below the surface. Bill’s ability to bridge the gap between business and technology comes from years of design and development with a broad range of web and database platforms. Angel City’s “Digital Guru” is certified in Oracle database administration and development, FileMaker Pro, and UNIX system administration. He is a strong web application developer and has a hunger for new technology that solves customer problems. Bill’s past includes time spent as a record producer, audio engineer, marketing executive, web/graphic designer, voice actor and photographer.
Joe has broad experience and has worked at such companies as Disney, Amgen, and CRESST/UCLA, managing critical business applications. Joe is certified in FileMaker Pro and also works with a variety of other technologies like Access, SalesForce and Zoho. Over the years he has designed and built systems for dozens of industries but has become particularly expert in entertainment, fire departments and membership organizations. Joe is known for his rock-solid customer service and his clever problem solving skills…that often leave the rest of the ACD staff in silent awe. On the side, Joe has written, directed, produced and acted in a number of feature films and shorts. He is also an accomplished magician.
Jake comes to Angel City from an account management background at Apple Inc., where his sharp skills produced an impeccable customer satisfaction rating. He has a passion for creating innovative designs that provide exceptional user experiences. He believes that great design means a thousand no's to get to a single yes, and is responsible for the system that won ACD a FileMaker Excellence Award for Design of the Year. Jake is passionate about helping customers realize effective mobile strategies, and has a voracious appetite for learning new technologies. In addition to his love for the digital world, Jake enjoys music production, water/snow sports, and traveling.
Julia brings a skilled background in graphic and web design to her work as a superb consultant. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Art from the University of California San Diego and has extensive experience designing systems for the non-profit, fine art and education sectors. Julia specializes in effective interface design and she helps the entire crew at ACD create applications that are inviting and friendly. She is a FileMaker Certified developer and plays in PHP and other web technologies. She can be found in her down time pursuing painting, sculpture, music and her cats.
Angie received a BA in Architecture from Berkeley and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts, so her ideal software designs are a blend of elegant user interface and creative problem solving. Growing up in a household where both parents were scientists, she has some pretty serious math & calculation chops. She's a technical Swiss army knife, proficient in FileMaker Pro, Access and other products and loves getting non-related programs talking to each other. In her free time she's either roasting her own coffee beans, competing in dog agility, or asking people about gravlax.
Angela wears a lot of hats for ACD, adeptly handling contracts, project documents, purchasing, scheduling, bookkeeping and marketing for our busy office. She also provides assistance to our new customers, handles project management and is our “white glove” tester of new systems. She is a catalyst for our entire team, improving everyone else at ACD. She also keeps the cupboards stocked with caffeine and chocolate…the fuel that powers ACD. Angela's past experience as an actress, writer, and recruiter allow her to bring creativity to everything she does. Outside of work she spends time with family, her fiancé and her new pup, Harry.
Talia is a master developer and intuitive design champion, having created solutions for giants like Technicolor, Disney and Sony. She has over a dozen years of tech wrangling experience with databases, PHP, XML and other tools. Her communication and collaboration chops make her a key cog in the ACD machine. Talia understands that successful solutions depend on various team inputs: technical, sales, marketing, management - A voice for everyone. Her ability to blend these inputs for a strong final result is Talia's superpower. She isn't all business though - Talia adores Legos, is an avid animal rights advocate, and loves exploring LA with her 8-year-old daughter, Eden.
Dave has been working with FileMaker since it was a mere Version 2 in short pants. He is an out-of-the-box thinker who uses his music and acting careers as cover for his inner math geek. Before joining ACD, Dave had developed customized FileMaker systems for clients ranging from schools and music venues to Billboard Magazine and JPMorgan Chase, where he worked in-house and built a solution that carried an entire line of business. When not bending the FileMaker space-time continuum, Dave writes songs, records albums, appears on TV shows, and pumps out scintillating newsletters for the esteemed “FileMaker Developers in Southern California” (FMDiSC) group, the largest group of its kind in the world.
Brian has over 10 years experience in the FileMaker world starting in the public education sector, before moving into the health-services industry at United Healthcare. His skills at creating speed and efficiency in a system is cutting edge. Brian has created this efficiency for large school systems, non-profit organizations, and the biggest health insurer in the world ( UHC ). No system is too big or too complicated for this under-the-hood wizard. In his spare time, Brian enjoys international travel and exploring new cultures around the world.
Deborah Norton-Kertson has been building systems in FileMaker Pro since 2003. After downloading the free trial she quickly realized she had a natural ability for creating elegant and efficient databases that allowed her employer to capture costs, streamline processes and increase profitability. Deborah is dedicated to creating beautiful, intuitive, custom software that is easy to use and unlocks the true value of any business. She believes software should be elegant, fun and enhance the work experience rather than over tax the brain. She has worked as an independent consultant, in-house developer and on vertical solutions. She has developed software solutions for a wide variety of business models including patient intake services, surgery tracking, manufacturing, higher education, healthcare accounting, marketing, event planning, home care placement, sales force management, point of sale and inventory tracking. She is a certified FileMaker Pro developer and lives in Portland, Oregon.