We are a unique blend of philosophers, artists, educators, musicians, scientists, and poets

We live, eat, and breathe UX, technology, analytics and marketing. Creativity and strategy is not squeezed from us, but rather it pours out of us (e.g. some of our pets are named Elly Jelly Belly, Lila, Leroy, Jack, Fritzi, Spike, Sugar, Missy Elliecat, Mia, Crixus, Lulu, Chuppie, and Soda). We don’t simply make creative things; we are creative people and compelling storytellers. We have that unique talent to spark a conversation and build a connection. So no matter what challenge you give us, we’ll take ownership of it, and we don’t give up. We call this our “warrior spirit,” one of three core values.

Curious where the name Sandstorm came from? (It was Sandy’s nickname in college) 

We have pets named:
Elly, Lila, Leroy, Jack, Ruthie, Lucille, Hank, Norman, Riley, Fritzi, Spike, Sugar, Missy Elliecat, Louie, Bailey, Mia, Crixus and Ziggy.

Our mission is to do good work for good people, and our 3 core values guide us every step of the way

/1/ Warrior Spirit

We are chronic problem-solvers, collaborators, and champions of one another. We persevere. We are architects of client success stories that begin with the words "yes, and..." We’re on a never-ending crusade to bring great ideas to fruition by bringing out the best in each other. Here respect is not just a philosophy — it’s a lifestyle.

/2/ Learning and Sharing

We pride ourselves on being lifelong learners with insatiable appetites for new perspectives and sharing ideas. Active listeners whose curiosities are never in short supply, we believe you don’t have to be bad to get better! Sandstormers spend 500+ hours each year learning and exploring new technologies, best practices in usability, and digital marketing trends.

/3/ Have Fun!

There’s no getting around it. We take fun pretty seriously here. We take laughter with our morning coffee, and we know that some of the best ideas come from giving our inner-selves a place to explore and play. The joy we derive from what we do is contagious, and it's one of the reasons why our clients love working with us so much. 

Sandstormers bring a range of interests, personality traits, and life experiences to the office, our clients, and our work

We asked our team, "If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you want to be?" Roll over our photos to see what they said!

Sandy Marsico
Sandy
founder & CEO
unicorn
Mike Marsico
Mike
Director of Finance
Eagle
Alma Meshes
Alma
Senior UX Architect
Llama
Janna Fiester
Janna
Executive Creative Director
A cat. I would be able to do anything when I want and how I want with an I do not care attitude.
Michael Hartman
Michael
Executive Experience Director
Hawk
Laura Luckman Kelber
Laura
Chief Strategy Officer
a pegasus
John Rausch
John
Creative Director
A tiger, because they're so bad-assed
Nick Meshes
Nick
Director of Analytics & Technology
Tardigrade - I'd be effectively immortal.
Andy Cullen
Andy
Senior Engineer & Team Lead
Eagle
Amanda Heberg
Amanda
Director, Business Integration
Elephant
Costume Contest
On Halloween we dress up and get a half day off
Nathan Haas
Nathan
User Interface Art DIrector
Giraffe
Jason Dabrowski
Jason
Production Administrator
a housecat
Emily Kodner
Emily
Web Strategy Director
Otter
Alicia Newland
Alicia
Account Director
A dolphin
laser tag
super secret sandstorm event
Sean Fuller
Sean
Technology Director
Dolphin
Adam Smetana
Adam
Front End Web Developer
Eastern Painted Turtle. Such an underrated animal.
Jeff Umbricht
Jeff
Sr. Developer
Cat
Megan Durst, Digital Strategist
Megan
Digital Strategist
Humpback Whale
Joe Ruel, Front End Developer at Sandstorm Design
Joe
Front End Developer
It would be cool to be a blue whale and literally not worry about anything because of how big I would be.
Patrick Schreiber Full Stack Engineer, Sandstorm®
Patrick
Full Stack Engineer
A crow or a gibbon monkey
Eric Savage, JavaScript Developer, Sandstorm®
Eric
JavaScript Developer
A Narwhal
super secret sandstorm event
laser tag
super secret sandstorm event
Bill Kurland, Copywriter
Bill
Copywriter
My cat Norm, just to see why he's so upset all the time.
having fun
birthday lunch, you rocks and random happy hours
Terribeth
QA Analyst
Eagle - so I could fly and soar above the mountains
Cindy
UX Architect
A pink dolphin
Emma Thompson
Emma
Jr. Digital Strategist
Aquatic Iguana
Bridget Anders
Bridget
Jr. Digital Strategist
Penguin, because I love them.
Ron Brown
Ron
Digital Strategist
Shark
warrior spirit
volunteering in the community

Honors and recognition that humble us

Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Top 50 Chicago Gen Y Employer

Thanks to our incredible (and inspiring) clients, we get to build amazing user experiences every single day.