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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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Fly fishing

MIKE CANGI

CO-FOUNDER & BRAND DIRECTOR

ABOUT

Mike is a 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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Snowboarding

JOANNA LINTON

HEAD OF PRODUCT

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

JEN SINGLEY

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Tearing up the slopes

BRIANNA NIEMAN

HEAD OF DESIGN

ABOUT

Brianna is the 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 catalogs, socks, and canoe paddles, 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 two bears, Atlas and Cider.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Surveying tide pools, finding new trails with the pups, and badminton

KELLY OFFNER

HEAD 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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Long walks & skiing

MATT LEECH

SALES MANAGER

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Kayaking

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Golfing

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:
Shredding

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Running or biking along scenic trails

MARGOT ZELLER

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Running, jogging or walking the Schuylkill River trail on a sunny day

KARA SOLARZ

CONTENT MARKETER

ABOUT

As United By Blue's resident wordsmith and promotion planner, Kara can frequently be found brainstorming subject lines or burying her nose in Google Analytics. When she's not inundating UBB's Slack feed with gifs, you may spot her lugging her yoga mat around Philly, playing Settlers at her neighborhood bar, or (most likely of all) eating pizza.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Three-way tie between cycling, fishing and tending to her plants

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

BASTIANNA MENE

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Frolicking in the snow with Neldog

KELLY SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHER & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

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

LINDSAY MUIR

JUNIOR DESIGNER

ABOUT

Lindsay contributes to all things creative – whether it be designing the next email, playing around with packaging or sketching infinite pine trees & cabins. Her parents have repeatedly told her otherwise, but she secretly believes she’s related to the great John Muir due to her strong love of hiking mountains (particularly those in the Catskills region). When she’s not glued to a computer, Lindsay spends 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

CECILIA MILLER

INVENTORY & MERCHANDISING MANAGER

ABOUT

Cecilia takes care of merchandising our Philadelphia stores. Often armed with a drill and and a saw, Cecilia builds our displays and makes sure stores are stocked with all of our favorite UBB merch. When she is not climbing ladders to hang signs or sawing wood for a display, you can find Cecilia traveling, listening to her favorite podcasts, baking way too many cookies and watching way too much Netflix, always with her puppy, Finn, in tow.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Gardening

CARA HERTNEKY

CLEANUP OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

ABOUT

As a member of our cleanups team, Cara tries her hardest to make the earth a more beautiful place. When she’s not hauling tires out of the creek or elbow deep in Delaware River trash, she’s dreaming up her next road trip. She loves to travel, spend time outdoors, and experience new cultures and foods. If she’s not outdoors she’s probably working on collaborative art and video projects, singing songs to her house plants, and making messes in the kitchen.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Swimming in the ocean

CAROLYN POGGIOLI

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

ABOUT

Carolyn oversees operations at our fulfillment center and heads up the warehouse and customer service teams. She is a University of Pennsylvania grad and a longtime UBB customer turned UBB team member. In a past life she worked as a wedding planner. When not at work Carolyn enjoys brunching, traveling to places with mountains, binge watching Netflix and giving her pup tummy scratches.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Day hikes with her cattle dog Walter

KEVIN COFFEY

INVENTORY SPECIALIST

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.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Canoeing

ANDREW DOROSZ

DIRECT TO CONSUMER SPECIALIST

ABOUT

Andrew is on of United by Blue’s Warehouse Associates, in charge of all direct orders. He always 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

KYLE DAWSON

WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Kyle makes sure orders are packed accurately and shipped to our wholesale customers and keeps warehouse operations running smoothly. When not at work he likes to go trail running with his dog and always enjoy finding new trails.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Adventures with his dog

DANIELLE CONYERS

WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

As one of UBB’s warehouse associates, Danielle helps maintain the flow of wholesale orders coming through the warehouse. When she's not surrounded by a mountain of boxes, you can find her walking around Northern Liberties with her pup Luna, embroidering at a local coffee shop or out for a hike in Wissahickon Valley Park.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Hiking with Luna

STEPHANIE TARBOUS

WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Stephanie works in our warehouse, getting shipments in and organized and orders out the door. Outside of work, she likes trying her hand at all forms of art including glass blowing and watercoloring. She could always make more time for long bike rides, rock climbing and volunteering in the community.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Biking & yoga

DANIELLE DEMMEL

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR

ABOUT

Danielle provides leadership to the growing customer experience team here at UBB. After graduating from Shippensburg University, she ditched the farms for the beach to manage our Asbury Park boardwalk shop (best summer ever). Fall came and she happily joined us back in Philadelphia where she continues to provide great support for our customers. There isn't a sport she hasn't played or a dog she hasn't liked. When Danielle's not in the office you'll find her exploring with a camera, coffee or plane ticket in hand.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Hanging with friends at beer gardens & running on the beach

JACK LARUE

OPERATIONS MANAGER, PHILADELPHIA

ABOUT

Jack oversees operations at our Flagship & Walnut Street stores and loves everything from cooking and mixology to niche British comedy and outdoor sports. If he’s not riding his bike or 3D printing prototypes, he’s drinking a breve cortado at 120 degrees.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Just being out there. Skiing, fishing, running, you name it

NICOLE KOEDYKER

COMMUNITY MANAGER

ABOUT

Nicole manages our Walnut Street store and coordinates community events at both Philadelphia locations. Her background is in sustainable business, specifically B Corporations. She is a dynamic juggler of all things efficient and a fitness fanatic.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Picnicking or sledding - depends on the season

MADDISON WESTPHAL

ASSISTANT MANAGER, PHILADELPHIA FLAGSHIP

ABOUT

Madison keeps our Philly flagship café fully stocked with your favorite coffees, sweet treats, UBB apparel & accessories, and helps plan & host in-store events. Born and raised in Lancaster PA, Madison appreciates all things farm fresh but loves living life in the city. In her free time she enjoys cooking, exploring Philadelphia’s vintage/thrift scene, riding her bike, and knitting.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY:
Gardening

The Resident Wolf Pack


HANK

HANKERS, HANKERDOODLE

Loves running laps in the office, cuddling, leg scratches.


ATLAS

BIG GUY, ALICE

Prefers sleeping, snow and being petted at any and all times.


CIDER

MINKY, CIDEY-GIRL

Likes to annoy her big brother Atlas and lots of belly rubs.


MAX

CHOMPERS, BUD

Enjoys canoeing, long naps, peace and quiet.


FINN

STINKBUG, STOMPY

Fond of chewing, car rides and sleeping in the people bed.


LUNA

LUNA BEAR, POO BEAR

Enjoys belly rubs, trying to be a lap dog, peanut butter & chasing squirrels.

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