> James Harris: Co-Founder & CEO
James Harris is co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Storyteller of N4MD. He has more than 17 years of experience in the interactive industry. After co-founding Elemental in 1994, he served as its chief executive officer until the company’s purchase by Grey Global Group in December 1999.
In 2001, Grey Global Group created an in-house interactive agency, GCI Interactive. Elemental Interactive subsequently continued to operate as the chief interactive division of GCI Interactive. In May 2003, Harris repurchased Elemental Interactive from WPP, which retains a minority ownership stake in the new company, Elemental Interactive LLC. Elemental Interactive continues to operate under the Elemental Interactive Design and Development (EIDD) brand.
Over its 10-year history Elemental’s client list has included AFLAC, Ameritrade, AT&T, Avaya, Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cingular Wireless, Canadian National Railroad, The Coca-Cola Company, Compaq, General Motors, Georgia-Pacific, Holiday Inn, IBM, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Pfizer, Rayonier, Triarc, Turner Network Television, UPS, Worldspan, and others.
James’ interest in interactive media was sparked in the multi-media laboratory at Tennessee Technological University where he obtained his B.Sc. in Management Information Systems. He launched his own consulting business in 1992 and began working with such clients as Turner Broadcasting and BET on new media strategy and converting video content into new media properties. He also worked with Floyd Design (which later became IXL) as a programmer and project manager and with A.D.A.M. Software developing consumer CD-ROMs for retail. As part of leading Elemental, Harris helped prototype IBM’s first Intranet and developed The Coca-Cola Company’s first Web site. He also led the team responsible for the design of the UPS Web site during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and developed the initial Website for the launch of Pfizer’s allergy drug, Zyrtec.
James is regularly selected to judge awards competitions in the interactive industry, particularly annual report competitions. Elemental won more than two dozen design awards including two Standard of Excellence awards from the Web Marketing Association, three Gold Awards from the International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences, the Distinction in Technology Communication Award from American Graphic Design, the Applied Arts Annual Design Award, and a Silver Medallion from the New Media Invision Awards.
In 1999 Harris was recognized as Tennessee Tech’s Outstanding Young Alumnus. He is working to develop Camp Freedom, a camp for inner city children that will specialize in teaching environmentalism, mathematics, and technology in the foot hills of Tennessee.
> Michael Seneadza: Technology & Platform Director
Michael Seneadza is a software developer and former stock trader based in Atlanta, GA. He is the technology and platform director for N4MD. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has over 10 years of experience creating software for technologies ranging from mainframes to Windows-based client/server apps to Web 2.0 sites. While working for some major consulting firms, he participated in projects for several Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries.
In 2006 Michael co-founded WallStrip.com, a Web 2.0 video site focused on the stock market, which was acquired by CBS in 2007. He is the creator of FaveBot.com, a continuous search engine which enables users to stay updated on their interests. Michael also created one of the earliest and most widely read stock market weblogs, TraderMike.net, which has been recommended by Barron’s and Forbes (Winter 2004 Best of the Web).
> Devyn Nix: Operations Director
Georgia native, Devyn Nix has always had a passion for technology. He is the operations director of N4MD. While studying Psychology at Morehouse College, Devyn got involved with the National Sports Program coaching tennis. While coaching, he was bitten by the bug to work with underprivileged youth. After his matriculation through Morehouse, Devyn landed a very rewarding job teaching in early childhood education.
While teaching Devyn couldn’t shake his desire to work in technology and was able to break into the electronics field as a mobile tester for Blue Heat Games. At Blue Heat, Devyn worked his way up from Tester to Q&A/Lead Test Manager. While at Blue Heat Games, Nix was not only Lead Test Manager, he also contributed to multiple games by designing levels for some of Blue Heat’s many titles.
Recently he has worked as a Product Specialist, Tester and Application Designer for Smartphone application developer Terratial Technologies. On the internet side of things, he was the lead tester on web base applications as well as Mobile applications being developed by Elemental Interactive in Atlanta, Ga.
> Hsiao-Ching Chou: Communications Consultant
Hsiao-Ching Chou is a communications consultant and former journalist. She is the editorial director for N4MD publications. For the past four years, she was partner and social media director at Suzuki + Chou Communimedia, a boutique public relations firm specializing in hospitality and lifestyle clients. Prior to that, she was the food editor at the now defunct Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper from 2000-2007. She also blogs at chinesesoulfood.com and contributes to seattlemag.com. She is a Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Activist and serves as the community manager for the official Facebook group for Seattle activists. Chou lives in Seattle with her television producer husband and two young children.