Nick West, MA | LinkedIn | Email
- Managing Partner
Nick West is a designer and advertising professional with extensive training and experience in the website and commercial advertising industry. Currently a designer in Shreveport, Louisiana by trade, but by profession Nick has many other skills in marketing, advertising, social media, media planning, software, computers, management, and client relations that reach far outside your typical designer's spectrum.
He earned his Bachelor of Art Degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2002; and his Master of Art Degree in Commercial Art from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2004.
For nearly 20 years, Nick has worked with a number of clients, managing projects from conception to fruition. The ability to problem solve is also a great asset he possesses, enabling him to work out the best possible solutions and/or scenarios for his clients.
Nick has created and developed thousands of ads and marketing campaigns, in local and national publications, for a broad spectrum of clients. He has sold, managed and/or completed well over 300 website/custom software projects over the years. Nick has also earned numerous Addy Awards for print and web projects over the years.
Nick enjoys business networking and is an active member of the BNI Elite Chapter. He has been named BNI Elite - Notable Networker of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Nick has been a board member of Jay Vera's International Realistic Martial Arts Association since 2012. He has also enjoyed working with the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana since 2013. In his spare time, he was also an adjunct professor at Centenary College of Louisiana in 2014.
When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include: restoring his Jeep CJ7, working on four-wheelers, his many boat-building projects, martial arts, hunting and fishing.
Chris Hemingway | LinkedIn | Email
Chris Hemingway is an entrepreneur, investor, and business professional with a broad range of diverse leadership experience that spans the professional and personal divide. He opened his first company, Hemingway’s Collision, in 2005 located in Stonewall, Louisiana. Three years later he expanded Hemingway’s Collision with a second location in Shreveport. In 2013 he co-founded Lock Busters, a locksmith company located in North Louisiana. Chris also owns and operates Bretheren Records, a private Record Label/Recording Studio that centers around his personal creative endeavors as well as studio leasing and production to professional music acts and business/financial opportunists seeking audio recordings.
Chris is an extremely talented, solution-driven business executive having a wealth of experience in change, startup, turnaround, revitalization, and accelerated growth. His methodology includes client cultivation and solicitation, sales and marketing, risk management, staff management and recruitment, cost and budget management, investment management, contract negotiations, infrastructure development, and transformative, strategic vision.
His experience as a business leader and having served as director of various boards and committees over the years adds wealth to the future success of Hemingway West.
DJ Thomas | Email
- Marketing/Sales Manager
DJ Thomas is a sales and marketing professional who has worked in sales since 2008. Before his move into the technology industry, DJ has specialized in sales and marketing for the oil & gas industry. He started his sales ventures serving as an account manager for Weatherford International, one of the five largest oil and gas service companies in the world. Since then, he has assisted in acquiring and progressively managing monthly sales accounts of over 4 million dollars per year.
His areas of expertise include: sales management, client relations, contract negotiations & cost governance.
He holds a Business Management Associate's Degree of Applied Science. Overall, DJ has a solid perception of economics, finance, marketing and management principles which he leverages to help the clients of Hemingway West and it's business partners grow.
DJ also lives a very active lifestyle. He enjoys Crossfit, weight training, and has been training in mixed martial arts since 2009. He is also a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. In his spare time, he enjoys helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Sammy Hamdan, MS | Email
- Software Engineer
Sammy Hamdan is a software engineer with a passion for all things tech. He specializes in web and mobile app development, but in his spare time loves to build PCs, create mods for games and work with indie game teams.
He holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Computer Science from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He has worked in both an IT and software development capacity. Whether it is server setup, network configuration, or website deployment, Sammy has done it all.
While a lot of his hobbies involve sitting in front a screen, Sammy also loves to travel, particularly to Europe and the Middle East and is always looking for something new and exciting to explore.
Ryan Deramus | Email
Ryan is a photographer/videographer from Shreveport, Louisiana. During his senior year of High School, Ryan decided to pick up a camera and found his love for the art very quickly. He started working as a freelance photographer and has worked with a variety of different clients from many locations. He enjoys working with fashion photography, as well as commercial photography.
When it comes to Ryan, passion and hard work is everything. He works for hours every day perfecting his craft. Whether that be working with different clients to promote a certain product, or just going out and shooting his friends when an artistic idea comes to mind, there's never a time when Ryan does not have his camera.
He is currently attending online classes at Full Sail University, working on his Bachelor's Degree in Media Communications.
When working with Ryan, you will soon find out how much he truly loves his job. With every photo shoot or video shoot, no matter how small or large, he always gives it his full attention to make sure it's perfect for the client. He is always excited to get to work on and create new things.
- Social Media Manager
Justin is a dedicated, hard-working individual with a calling to serve others. With over 4 years experience as a Young Adults’ Minister, he understands the differences in people and their individual needs. While working with social media, this helps him create the bond between his clients and their customers. His experience in problem-solving and crisis management assist him in delivering individually tailored solutions for anyone in need.
Justin has a vast understanding of industrial machinery and mechanics. Justin spent 4 years as an industrial maintenance technician where he acquired his proficiency in diagnostics, service, and repair of various types of machinery and equipment. This experience, along with 4 years in the oil and gas industry, has allowed him to attain a working knowledge of many different areas of business. This includes construction, mechanics, industrial maintenance, oil and gas, industrial printing, commercial transport, and others. Justin's experience also helps him to quickly connect with our service industry clients and easily understand the many facets of their businesses.
Justin most recently supplemented his endeavors of help others by becoming a firefighter/EMT for the Bossier City Fire Department. He plans to continue his education in the Emergency Medical Service by becoming a licensed Paramedic and pursuing a degree in Paramedicine.
Outside of work, Justin enjoys working on motorcycles, nature photography, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Upon graduation from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Genesis began work in the legal field. After a few years she then moved into the Title and Mortgage industries. Spending over 13 years in the real estate market and over seven years with photography, Genesis decided that real estate and commercial photography was the perfect bridge between both of these career fields.
With her love for commercial photography and knowledge of the real estate industry, it was a natural transition to merge into this world. Having photographed hundreds of homes in the Shreveport/Bossier area for MLS listings, Genesis prides herself on using knowledge of the market and a buyer's perspective in every shoot. She has also had the opportunity to be the Photographer for Southern Trace Living Magazine for the past few years.
Genesis enjoys being a part of the Hemingway West team, photographing properties, homes, and businesses for our clients. Through her photography, she helps bring our client's businesses to life on social media, advertising and our websites. Every great website, must have great photos!
- Social Media Manager
Dani Elizabeth is a creative social media specialist with knowledge in marketing and advertising. Skilled in customer service, strategic planning, public speaking, and marketing strategy, she has always had an eye for how things should be represented for businesses. Dani brings a creative and energetic component to the social media team at Hemingway West.
Dani's creativity stems from her passion to paint, sing and dance. In her down time she enjoys traveling, fishing, camping and encouraging her two young daughters to expand their imagination. She is also a partner with Pinup Pixie Clothing Line which in another hobby of hers.