Debbie Hiott is executive editor of the Austin American-Statesman, and oversees content for the daily newspaper, eight weeklies, a magazine, and their affiliated websites and other digital products. She started at the Statesman as a reporting intern in 1990 and later covered city hall and transportation as a reporter before becoming an editor in 1999. She became an assisting managing editor over local and state news before her appointment to managing editor in June 2008 and became editor in November 2011. Debbie is a 1992 graduate of Southwest Texas State University and lives in Northwest Austin with her husband, a software engineer, and their two children.
Rodney Gibbs ensures The Texas Tribune leverages technology wisely and creatively across all aspects of the organization. He has started two digital media companies. The first, Fizz Factor, developed handheld games for Nintendo and Sony platforms. The second, Ricochet Labs, created social-mobile games for news and entertainment brands, including the BBC, Lollapalooza, and The Texas Tribune. Active in the digital media community, Rodney chairs the advisory board of the University of Texas’ computer science game program, and he serves on the boards of KUT, Austin’s NPR affiliate; the Austin Film Society; and KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate.
Christopher Visit, Founding Principal of Frank+Victor Design, has over fifteen years of Design and Marketing experience, collaborating with clients as diverse as Whole Foods Market, USAA, Blanton Museum of Art, Tigé Boats, Challenge Games, HomeAway, National Instruments, Four Seasons Hotels, Hamilton Shirts, and The University of Texas at Austin. Visit’s work has won eight Austin ADDYs and has been featured in numerous publications, including Print, Novum, The Providence Journal and Tribeza.
After completing the Texas Creative Sequence and receiving a BS in Advertising in 2000, from the University of Texas at Austin, he went on to earn an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
Visit founded Frank+Victor Design in 2008 and has overseen the company’s growth from a home office headquarters to a studio space staffed by five print and interactive designers. Frank+Victor Design offers a full range of services, including Branding and Identity Design, User Experience Design, User Interface Design and Web Development. Recent and significant projects include comprehensive rebrands of Hamilton Shirts and Tigé Boats, as well as design consultation and collaboration with Whole Foods Market.
In addition to orchestrating the creative work of Frank+Victor Design, Visit currently lectures about Art Direction and Corporate Marketing in the Communication Design MFA program at Texas State University.
Wanda Garner Cash teaches reporting at the University of Texas School of Journalism where she also serves as associated director. A community newspaper veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, Cash is a past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Texas Press Association, and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Cash has devoted her career to mentoring young journalists and advocating for open government and public access.
Gerald Bailey is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in building both desktop and on-line software systems and applications. Gerald spent over 10 years in Silicon Valley where he developed an extensive experience in a wide variety of industries including bio-technology, finance, health, retail, real estate and more. He has participated in all aspects of software development from conceptualization though implementation.
Gerald founded SnakeHead Software in 2008 in Round Rock, Texas, with the goal of developing innovative applications for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Known for unique and realistic games that offer a distinctive spin, SnakeHead Software has quickly become one of the top names in mobile development. Mr. Bailey has designed and delivered several top 10 ranked smart phone (iPhone) applications within the game, music and automotive industries.
In 2012, Gerald acquired the assets of Techarati, which included an app for the automotive industry which allows dealers and consumers to connect more closely, and in a different way. This year , Mr. Bailey acquired Agile Poet. With a client list encompassing giants like Walmart, Astra Zeneca, Texas Monthly and the federal government, Agile Poet has created a strong foundation to support both small and large businesses. In addition to general software development, Agile Poet also develops for the Android Marketplace, Apple App Store as well as apps for internal corporate use. Agile Poet, which includes MobileCheckout online and iPhoneDevelopers online which will remain an independent subsidiary under SnakeHead Software’s umbrella.