Per founded Tenrec in 1999 with a single goal in mind, to create a company that specialized in web technology and that could build applications, solve problems and provide support to companies utilizing advanced internet-based systems.
Over the next ten or so years, the internet industry tanked, then blossomed, then tanked again and then more or less took off into the stratosphere. Through it all Tenrec has been doing exactly what the company set out to do, helping businesses design, build, connect, launch, and maintain their web-based systems.
Working with Law Firms
Per and Tenrec have both developed a focus on the needs of professional services firms and law firms in particular. Per has led countless website and web technology projects for law firms across North America. Just some of the firms he has worked with include: Morrison Foerster, Drinker Biddle, Bryan Cave, Cozen O’Connor, Fish Richardson, Munger Tolles Olson, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold and Fenwick & West.
When not working for law firms, Per has worked with some of the world’s leading companies. Per has led web technology projects for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Genentech, LucasArts and IDG. He has also worked with many non-profits including the Oregon Community Foundation, Seton Institute and the Employment Law Alliance.
Per lives with his wife, two kids, and two dogs in Napa, CA. When not at work he hopes you’ll find him camping, fishing, or travelling the world, but most likely he’s just in his backyard mowing the lawn or playing basketball.
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Mike oversees the technical components of Tenrec’s services, which is to say he manages most of what we do.
Mike’s experience as a team-lead and senior web developer makes him a key technical resource and top-notch web developer for the Tenrec team. His art degree is an added resource, giving Mike the ability to see the “big picture” on the technical and design aspects of a project.
If you had to pick one motto / slogan / proverb that you live your life by, what would it be?
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
Spending time outdoors with my family. Living in Portland we have access to the mountains, the ocean and everything in between.
We’ve traveled on camping trips to California, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. My son learned to crawl in the dirt at a campsite in Northern California. Our most memorable trip was spent camping on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho for a week.
As a brewer do you have one batch that you made that stands out as your best or most memorable?
I like to brew beers for special occasions. There’s a tie for my favorite batch ever. The first was a beer that I brewed in recognition of my son’s birth in 2009. It was a Red IPA named for my son: River’s Red.
The second was brewed two years later on the occasion of the Green Bay Packers winning the Superbowl (and their 13th NFL championship). I tend to stick with ales and IPA’s when I brew so I brewed a recipe that I called “Lucky #13 IPA”.
Brannan is responsible for Tenrec’s client relationships. He uses his in-depth knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) to help our client’s websites rank better in search results. He also has extensive knowledge of email marketing techniques and best practices.
Brannan has over 10 years of experience in account management.
Brannan freely admits that he’s a workaholic, but when he’s not working, he spends time enjoying his family, playing guitar, or running.
Greg has been designing and building websites since the early days of the Internet, think Netscape Navigator and <blink> tags . His experience includes development of e-commerce and online banking applications, as well as numerous personal, artistic, and non-profit projects that range from highly technical to supremely whimsical.
The Puget Sound Years
Greg lived in Seattle in the mid-90s and again in the early 2000′s. During that time he built one of the first online shopping sites, grabbing the attention of computer magazines such as Wired and PC World. He also co-produced the world’s first online wedding, which garnered the attention of CNN and other news outlets.
Darwin Site Manager’s Lead Developer
Greg’s attributes much of his success in life to luck but subscribes to the definition of it given by the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” And Greg was prepared when Tenrec needed a senior developer to build its flagship content management system, Darwin Site Manager.
Greg continues to learn new technologies and to hone his development skills, preparing himself for the coming opportunities in both his personal and professional endeavors.
A Tiki Cultural Leader
In addition to his work at Tenrec, Greg is also the producer of Tikikon, an annual, three-day music and art festival in Portland that draws artists and guests from around the country.
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As a project manager, Ryan acts as a liaison between clients and Tenrec’s web development team. His mission is to translate a client’s goals and objectives into interactive and highly usable websites.
Ryan has picked up experience in project management and analysis in several industries, including web development, publishing, and multimedia production. He also has a solid knowledge of social media marketing and web design, coupled with strong writing skills and editing background.
In his spare time Ryan spends his time playing in a local band, hurling himself down a mountain on a snowboard, tending to his beloved homestead and family, and enjoying all the amazing culture Portland has to offer.
Up Close and Personal with Ryan Abeling
Q: At the end of a good and productive day, what have you accomplished that provides you with a sense satisfaction as you head home?
A: Being able translate our clients’ goals to the rest of the world by using our expertise and collaborative knowledge base is very satisfying. Interactive technology is quickly becoming the universal language for both business and pleasure, so being at the forefront of this push is a gratifying place to be.
Q: What is a surprising fact about you that most people do not know?
A: In my past life as a music writer and editor, I met and interviewed a lot of different acts. A few memorable ones were interviewing the Beastie Boys in Switzerland, being backstage with Radiohead, meeting Björk at her rehearsal before playing Radio City Music Hall, and being backstage for Roger Waters.
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In her role as project specialist Casey works with the Tenrec team to create clean and well planned wireframes that communicate the structure and functionality of upcoming website projects. As a designer Casey works with clients to transform these wireframes into unique website designs.
Casey came to web design through her degree in Visual Communications and Illustration. As a student she preferred paints and pens to computers but a flash animation course sparked an interest in the web which eventually led her to complete a certificate in web design.
Q: You work in digital and print media, including painting and illustration. If you had to pick one medium to work in, what would it be?
I would have to pick watercolor because I love its spontaneity and unpredictability although web browsers can be quite unpredictable as well.
Q: Where can we find you when you’re not working?
Modern dance or Ballet class, sketching on the porch, exploring the great food and scenery of the Northwest.
James brings a broad range of experience in many facets of the computer and software industries to the Tenrec team. From his early mainframe experience programming on teletypes and creating punch cards to his work in the latest web programming techniques of the 21st century, James has seen it all. His work has included hardware and software installation and support, user training and technical writing, business analysis, servers and networking, and programming in a variety of environments using assorted languages and techniques. He has been doing primarily Windows development for over fifteen years, with roughly the past decade focused mostly on C#, ASP.NET and relational databases. His past employers have included businesses in the retail, banking and manufacturing industries. He also worked a stint for a state government.
Web design and development has changed so much over its short history. What do you miss most about the ‘ole days’ 5 or 10 years ago? What do you look forward to that we haven’t seen yet?
What was one of the most significant learning experiences in your life? How did it change your development? How did it inspire you?
I don’t know how significant it is, but when I was in junior high I calculated the number of cubic miles in a cubic parsec. (Yes, I used to be a math geek.) The numbers were too big to use a calculator, so this was all by hand. I had no way of knowing if my calculations were correct in the end, but it was such fun to do. It was more important to me that I knew how to do that, and I think that’s what I took from the experience: sometimes, the challenge — not the outcome — is the reward.
What is a surprising fact about you that most people do not know?
I have taken part in the creation of two music CDs (once as a studio musician, once as a choir member).
Our mascot is the Tenrec one of nature’s greatest examples of evolutionary adaptation. These spirited mammals spread throughout the varied terrain of Madagascar roughly 70 million years ago. Isolated on this large island off the coast of Africa, tenrecs ‘diversified’ into more than thirty species and lived in an unusually wide range of ecosystems.
Siteimprove’s Web Governance Suite, helps organizations manage and maintain their websites through web quality assurance, web accessibility, web analytics, SEO analysis, and web performance response – all in one tool. We enjoy working closely with Siteimprove when our clients want their website or web application connected to the Siteimprove suite.
LexBlog helps attorneys and law firms drive business development through blogs, social media and other online marketing tools. LexBlog is more than just another ‘leading’ agency in this space. They are the authority in how law firms can use blogging and other social content to create relationships and grow business. Tenrec partners with LexBlog to help our clients blog better and to implement complex web technology for LexBlog’s clients whenever the need arises.
Edge Web Hosting
Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Edge Web Hosting works with Tenrec to build, maintain and extend our hosting environments. Edge hosts our data center but the company is much more than just a host. We have worked with many web hosting providers during our 15 years and Edge is by far the best host we’ve found anywhere. We are in close contact with our team at Edge every day of the week, watching our server and cloud-based applications and optimizing their performance. With Edge’s engineers at our side, there is no security, connectivity, hardware or other data center problem that we can’t tackle.
Dev Pro is Tenrec’s development and engineering partner. We collaborate closely with our Dev Pro team of analysts, project managers, developers and QA engineers to plan, execute and test our work. Since 2012 we have been working together with Dev Pro to deliver the best possible product to our clients on a schedule and at a cost that meets their needs.
Right Hat is a leading brand, marketing strategy and design firm with a client list that includes major professional services firms from around the globe. Tenrec works with Right Hat to provide web development and engineering services on their website and web application projects. We also frequently ask Right Hat to join us on projects that have a brand development or marketing strategy component.
Thrive Business Marketing Solutions
Thrive works together with Tenrec to provide our clients with advanced and ongoing site optimization across a variety of online marketing channels. Thrive audits, analyzes and optimizes search engine performance, pay-per-click online advertising, social media campaigns and much more.