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Meet the Team

We're a group of outdoorsy folks who probably enjoy picking up trash a little too much. While we take our work seriously, we never take ourselves too seriously — and we firmly believe that filling our office with dogs increases productivity.



BRIAN LINTON

FOUNDER & CEO

ABOUT

Brian is our founder and president. At UBB, he leads overall brand strategy and sales growth, working closely with UBB's sales team and distributors. He's a graduate of Temple University, but not native to Philadelphia. Growing up in Japan and Singapore, Brian has traversed the world and traveled to over 40 countries. Legend has it that his childhood bedroom housed over 30 fish tanks, and this love of aquatic life is where United By Blue found its environmental focus.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Hand Poured Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

MIKE CANGI

VICE-PRESIDENT

ABOUT

Mike is the marketer and wannabe barista. He is an alum of Temple University's Fox School of Business where he majored in Entrepreneurship. If Mike isn't in the office working on a new product launch, you can probably find him on a beach or riverbank with a trash bag over his shoulder at a UBB cleanup. He loves spending time on the snow or water with his boards and around the city with his husky, Hank.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Hand Poured Honduras, black

JOANNA LINTON

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

ABOUT

Joanna ensures things run smoothly at United By Blue. After working in buying and product development, she found her true interests in retail operations and logistics. She loves a good excel spreadsheet and loves it even more when product is delivered on time. If there's a problem, she's looking for a solution. Her role models in life are Claire Underwood and Mike Cangi. Outside of United By Blue, you can find Joanna trying to figure out how to gain more Instagram followers.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Hiking

BRIANNA NIEMAN

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

ABOUT

Brianna is the creative director and resident succulent gardner. She received her B.A. from Western Washington University with degrees in both Design and English. You can usually find her at United By Blue designing next season's shirts, socks, and canoe paddles, merchandising our stores, to getting in a pickle with website coding. When not designing, she's often off in the Pennsylvanian countryside with a little dirt on her shoes, exploring with her polar bear, Atlas.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Cafe au Lait with a drizzle of honey

JEN SINGLEY

DIRECTOR OF RETAIL

ABOUT

Jen began her career with United By Blue during the summer of 2012 as an intern. After graduating from Temple University's Fox School of Business, she joined our team full time to help United By Blue open our flagship store in Old City and now oversees operations at both of our stores in Philadelphia. Outside of work, Jen is a master of all hobbies. Whether it's running, pickling, knitting, gardening, brewing kombucha, or cooking – she is never idle.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Anything hot

KELLY SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHER

ABOUT

Kelly is United By Blue’s in-house photographer and videographer. The day after she graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Photography and Creative Advertising, she packed her bags and drove up the coast to reunite with her beloved Pennsylvanian homeland (hills and seasons, what else could a girl want?). When she’s not wrestling to make a button-down look nice on the floor of the UBB studio or chasing dramatic window light, you can find her exploring Philadelphia’s abandoned buildings, getting lost in the woods, or curled up in bed with a book.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Mountain biking & finding the best hikes in new places

KELLY OFFNER

DIRECTOR OF CLEANUPS

ABOUT

If you're interested in volunteering at a cleanup or wondering what the weirdest piece of trash we've found is, you want to speak with Kelly. When she's not weighing trash, you can find Kelly researching waterways or cuddling with one of UBB's adorable office dogs. Outside of the office she loves to watch the latest movies, stream podcasts and TED Talks, and spend time with family and friends.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Mocha with Almond Milk

CECILIA MILLER

INVENTORY & MERCHANDISING MANAGER

ABOUT

Cecilia is in charge of all things shipping, if anyone needs something sent out she's your go to girl! Cecilia is from the city (yes, city) of Lancaster PA, but she moved to Philadelphia five years ago to attend Temple University (yes, another Temple Grad). When Cecilia is not hiding behind piles and piles of outgoing shipments or organizing product in the warehouse, she can be found exploring the city, baking and/or eating cookies, or just curled up knitting and watching Netflix.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Hand Poured Peru Sol y Cafe

MATT LEECH

WHOLESALE ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Matt works with the sales team to make sure all of our retailers are stocked with the latest from UBB. As an avid kayaker, Matt loves working for an organization that has waterway conservation at its core. When Matt is not traveling to trade shows or visiting our retail accounts, you can find him checking river levels for his next paddling trip, playing music with his wife Madison, or eating.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Cortado

BASTIANNA MENE

PRODUCT ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Bastianna manages all of your favorite products at United By Blue. When she is not busy keeping the current line in check, she's developing new products for the next season. Bastianna can usually be found around the office with a measuring tape, trying on samples and making sure every product's detail is just right. Outside of the office you can always find Bastianna dancing around Philadelphia with her dog, Penelope or baking cakes with too many sprinkles.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
London Fog with Almond Milk

MARGOT ZELLER

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

ABOUT

Margot is your go-to team member when it comes to United By Blue wholesale operations. Margot loves to make sure all our wholesale accounts are happy and that shipments come and go on time. She can be found at her desk verifying purchase orders, building excel sheets, or solving problems. Outside of the office you can find Margot running along Kelly Drive, meandering around Philadelphia, or kicking it back with her family in Narberth, PA. She has the biggest craving to travel more of the US to experience the beauty and culture outside of her hometown Philly.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Cafe au Lait

LINDSAY MUIR

JUNIOR DESIGNER

ABOUT

Lindsay is the Junior Graphic Designer & newest addition to UBB’s creative team. She graduated with a BFA in Design from SUNY New Paltz, where she discovered her love for mountain wandering and the quirky Upstate New York community. You can usually find her creating our next email, assisting with product design or drinking insane amounts of coffee. Outside of work, Lindsay loves to spend time traveling around the East Coast to visit friends and attending as many concerts as humanly possible.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Hiking toward an amazing view & a good game of frisbee

ANDREW DOROSZ

WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Andrew is United by Blue’s Warehouse Associate. He picks and packs all of the orders. Whether they are wholesale or direct, he makes sure that they are out in a timely matter and that the customer will be fully satisfied. He's a huge flyers fan; most of the time that you see him he'll be wearing the orange and black. He loves being down the shore fishing and relaxing on the beach - and he's a huge sneaker head.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Going to the beach

KEVIN COFFEY

WAREHOUSE COORDINATOR

ABOUT

Kevin helps to ensure the warehouse is running as smoothly as possible by coordinating the shipping, receiving and storing of all United by Blue's product. He was raised in NJ with a strong work ethic and a love for the outdoors. When he's not moving things from here to there, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping, and photography. On a regular weekend you can probably find him at a UBB cleanup or on a river with his beagle, Max.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Berry Tea

DOUG GORDON

CONTROLLER

ABOUT

Doug ensures that all of UBB’s financial matters are in order. Originally from Winter Park FL, he moved to Memphis TN to attend Rhodes College, where he competed on the school's golf team and ate loads of BBQ. Armed with his CPA, Doug worked as an Internal Auditor for three years prior to moving to Philly in late 2014. Outside of work you can find him running the Schuylkill trail, travelling, or taste testing the great food scene Philly has to offer.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Peruvian Batch Brew

DAVE LAEGEN

WHOLESALE ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Dave likes the East Coast... he likes the East Coast a lot. He likes the variety; cool people, quick pace, and easy access to an abundance of good chow. During the week he's usually cruising to retailers with a trunk full of the latest United By Blue gear. Come the weekend, he's cruising to the nearest ocean with a trunk full of shred gear. If you know Dave, you know he's ready to roll and enjoys new outdoor experiences.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Surfing

ANDI STAMPONE

WHOLESALE CUSTOMER SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE

ABOUT

Andi is a long time UBB customer turned employee. Her passion for the apparel industry began at Drexel University where she studied Design and Merchandising and Marketing. Andi is a part of our wholesale team here at UBB and handles all ordering and invoicing. She offers general support to our accounts and solves any problems that may come up. Andi has a love for fitness, food and fashion. When not at UBB you can find her sweating at the latest workout studios, indulging at the newest restaurants or shopping online. She is happiest when at the beach and has a great appreciation for the outdoors.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
Mocha

CAROLYN POGGIOLI

CUSTOMER SERVICE COORDINATOR

ABOUT

Carolyn provides leadership to the growing customer service team at United By Blue. Whether you call, email, or live chat you're likely to correspond with her! Our customers are truly the lifeblood of our business and Carolyn makes sure to treat them like the VIPs they are, with timely answers, thoughtful solutions, and kindhearted warmth. Carolyn joined United By Blue after receiving her BA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and gaining a great deal of experience in various client facing roles. When not at work Carolyn enjoys brunching on the weekends, traveling to places with mountains, watching Netflix, and planning friends' weddings.

COFFEEHOUSE DRINK:
I change it up every visit! But most likely an Americano or an iced dark roast with cream.

MEGHAN PALMER

ASSOCIATE PRODUCT DESIGNER

ABOUT

Meghan is behind the designs and production of UBB’s apparel line. She graduated from Moore College of Art and Design with a BFA in fashion design and has a lifelong passion for designing clothes. She is constantly looking for ways to improve the sustainability of UBB’s line and make sure our customers receive high quality garments that they will love. Outside of work Meg loves exploring new places and searching for tasty gluten-free cookies with her husband and their pup, Lola.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Paddle boarding with her dog

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