We've added four new experts to our dream team. Help us welcome Mikhail Kozorovitskiy, Spencer Belkofer, Dewar Gaines, and Kara Ingram!
Technical difficulties? We just go hound our new VP of Engineering for the answers. With his extensive hosting and development experience, Mikhail Kozorovitskiy was brought on to augment our development team and put his technical skills to use on Carted, a platform that allows mom & pop grocery stores compete with the Walmarts and Publixes of the world. We’re excited to have him aboard to tackle these fun projects!
How did you get connected with Telegraph?
Jason, our CTO, came to me and asked if I wanted to build cool things in a city I loved. It was an easy sell.
Best moment working at Telegraph thus far?
I’ve had a few great moments, from forming real friendships to launching Carted’s first client. Currently though, it’s winning our March Madness pool with Villanova! W00t! (Did we mention he won us all a pizza party? We like him already!)
What is the most important thing you have learned so far in your career?
To be honest and up-front. Seriously, it’s that simple. So many relationships can be ruined with false promises and bad assumptions. Only through clear and honest communication can those be resolved and avoided. It’s the only way to build relationships for the long term.
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
To pick Elon Musk’s mind about the future over steak, mashed potatoes, and beer sounds incredible. Can you tell I haven’t eaten lunch yet? But seriously, he is one of our generation’s greatest minds and entrepreneurs. I would relish it.
Next up on your bucket list?
Skydiving solo. I’ve done tandem before, but the feeling of doing it on my own would be an incredible experience.
Next up is Spencer Belkofer.
Tell us a little about what you do.
As the Director of Digital Acquisition, I determine the best way for our clients to get where they’re trying to go and make sure we can prove that it’s working.
What is the best piece of advice you have received during your career?
To read Major Account Sales Strategy by Neil Rackham. It applies to nearly everything - in business and in life. Read it!
What attracted you to Telegraph?
The culture and their obsession with always finding a better way to do something.
Any funny stories working at Telegraph thus far?
I wish I had something for you but it’s pretty tame so far.
Favorite spot in Birmingham?
No place in particular… just out.
If I won the lottery, I would _____?
Never buy another lottery ticket.
Dewar Gaines, Director of Business Development, assists our business team by developing relationships, exploring opportunities and qualifying leads, while offering strong leadership for our digital team by deploying creative and innovative digital campaigns.
What excites you most about working at Telegraph?
The opportunity to work alongside and learn from such an incredibly versatile team of experts.
Best moment at Telegraph so far?
The best moment at Telegraph so far was probably how welcoming everyone was on my first day and how quickly I was accepted and valued.
Best part about living in Birmingham?
I bought my loft downtown a year ago and in the last 12 months the entire energy of the downtown area has changed. Being a part of that and witnessing the city’s transformation has been incredible.
App you couldn’t live without?
Go-to coffee order?
Urban Standard’s Iced Chai
Got an error message on a website? Kara Ingram, Web Developer, is our go-to girl!
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What do you like most about working at Telegraph?
There’s a huge sense of family here - it was obvious from my first day. I’m definitely an introvert, but it’s really nice to know that everyone on staffs cares about you and what’s happening in your life. They celebrate your successes and are there as a support system for the hard stuff too.
Have you had any moments that helped define your professional path?
I actually went to college for music and got my Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance. Around the time of graduation, I was feeling uncertain about where I wanted that degree to take me. I had two options: to start going on auditions or go back to school and get the proper certifications to teach. A lot of symphonies were filing bankruptcy and more school wasn’t exactly what I wanted either, so I took some time after finishing to think on it.
It’s not often that you can find something you like doing all day, but writing code genuinely is a lot of fun.
What motivates you?
I have a very close relationship with my family, so I’m inspired by the choices they make each day - my parents as business entrepreneurs and my brother as this adventurous city dweller. Good music keeps me going. And my dog, Joie. Not just because he depends on me to feed him, but because he’s super high energy and counts on me to be his entertainer all day.
TV show you wish was still on the air?
Friday Night Lights. It was such a good show that never got its proper air time having suffered from the Writer’s strike back in 2007. It was an under appreciated gem I think. And if I could erase seasons 3 and 4 of The OC (because they were terrible and all the reason why the show ended), I would be interested in a comeback for that as well.
I wake up and get ready quickly because it’s important to me to spend some time with my pets before I leave for the day. I’ll feed and play with them for a bit, and then I’m out the door.