Early in his life, it became apparent to Phil that he wasn’t going to be a professional athlete or model. In eighth grade, he did the next best thing—he took a graphic design class. Before co-founding Creative Arcade, Phil had a design studio, worked at some pretty sweet agencies, “acted” in a Hollywood movie and taught college graphic design.
Although he gets carded at the local craft brew pub, partner Jeff Ruprecht has been providing solutions to creative challenges for 20+ years. Brought up to cherish hard work and the fruits of one’s labor, he has applied this attitude at some of the best agencies in Duluth. His experience from traditional to online marketing, and his down-deep urge to play and learn new things, keeps him busy today.
Jan brings over 20 years of web, application and digital development experience to Creative Arcade. His passion for technology and problem-solving led him to an education in computer science and math. While working for a variety of technology providers and advertising agencies during his career, Jan gained experience in a wide range of tools and technology. He found the perfect outlet for his curiosity in the constantly-evolving fields of web and application development. In 2017, he gained his certification to fly drones commercially.
Stephen brings 2+ years of professional design experience to Creative Arcade after he recently provided design and marketing support for the local culinary favorite, Northern Waters Smokehaus and providing freelance solutions locally. He is also one of the founding members of Stack Prints (stackprints.com), a local group of screen printing artists and a consistent contributor of work that is shown at Pr0ve Gallery on Lake Avenue.
Kate found her passion for writing while in high school after becoming a reporter for her county sentinel. Her work ranged from writing personal column pieces to stories that showcased the people and events in her community. It was inevitable that her love of writing would carry over into college, where she majored in Communication and Organizational Behavior. In her more recent work, Rod was a Wellness Program Manager for HealthPartners, where she managed and developed communications to promote Essentia Health’s employee wellness program.