As a young entrepreneur, Wilbur is far from your typical twenty-something, and for good reason. Wilbur joined as a leader of UrbanMatter, Inc. with the goal of growing an empire from the ground up. When he’s not out conquering the world, the young CEO can often be found cheering for the Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and Bears as they take the field.
As an award-winning author & Chicago native, Michael couldn’t be happier to head the UrbanMatter editorial team. Known by most as the happy-go-lucky guy with terrible jokes, this MBA student can likely be found talking about fantasy football, traveling, or hitting the beach – sometimes all at once.
With an English and Communications Bachelor’s degree from Trinity International University, Kali knew she would take the path of a zealous editor the moment she stepped out into the working world. A passion for words takes up the forefront of Kali’s mind, but you can also find her happily daydreaming about traveling abroad in the summertime. Big sunglasses, even bigger books, perennial plants, and obscure art are among the few items you might find in Kali’s room, and she’s always eager to have a discussion about social issues.
From her Shiba Inu, Renner (named after the inventor of the typeface Futura, of course), to the giant ampersand hanging on her office wall, it’s safe to say Lauren embraces design in more than just her 9 to 5– and she has a BFA in Graphic Design to back it all up. Although she grew up in a small town, Lauren has a soft spot for the city. You may have even seen her at a Cubs game or two.
Mira Temkin is a Chicago-based journalist who has a passion for travel and writes about destinations, hotels, food, theatre and events. She is currently a blogger for Orbitz as well as other print and online publications. Her articles have appeared in Make It Better, Food Wine Travel, Chicago Tribune, New York Lifestyles Magazine, MasterCard LOVETHISCITY, Chicago Upscale Travel Examiner, Skyline and more. When she’s not up in the air or on the road, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an avid NPR listener and self-described Snapchat addict, Jessica Hamrick is excited to showcase her love for all things media as an Editor at UrbanMatter. Her short-yet-illustrious academic career was dedicated to finding the intersections between writing and marketing and she’s definitely found it here. In her free time, Jessica can be found hanging out with her dog Indie, watching the Food Network or commiserating with fellow, unfortunate White Sox fans.
Fascinated with literature of any kind, Arniecea finds herself in writing and reading environments, such as writer workshops and libraries. She believes in versatility, and is always eager to explore different fields of writing, with the intent to further expand her writing capabilities.
Arniecea graduated from Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, MO with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing & Publishing. There, she gained editorial and editing internships, overseeing two literary magazines until the end of her college career. She is obsessed with upward mobility and strives to take on new challenges at UrbanMatter. In her spare time, Arniecea reads, blogs, watches scary movies that typically involve zombies, and works on a novel she’ll never finish.
Graphic Designer/Web Developer
David is a recent graduate of the College of DuPage with a degree in Graphic Design. Since David was a kid you could always tell he had a knack for being creative. David’s passion shows in his work and his willingness to try and adapt to new things. When he is not stretching out his back from countless hours of designing he enjoys gaming, making people laugh, and binge-watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. He hopes one day to visit Flavor Town.
Cedric Bruce-Kotey’s journey to UrbanMatter is unlike any of our other employees. He originally came to us from the brights lights and rainy shores of London, UK. He tells us he’s a “proud born and bred Londoner”, a “geek” for digital marketing and an avid Manchester United soccer fan – and in no particular order.
Having come over in 2012 on a soccer scholarship to Tiffin University in Ohio, Cedric complemented his loyalties to the sport with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Administration. It was half-way through his degree he realized his passion for marketing and signed up for a minor in this field.
However, Cedric wasn’t done there! He later transferred over to the real “City of Lights” (time for a quick search on the internet!) to Aurora University, where he successfully graduated with a Masters of Science in Digital Marketing & Analytics.
In between both of his degrees (as if that wasn’t enough), Cedric put into practice his theoretical knowledge on digital marketing and ran several social media platforms, achieving followers that were numbered in the millions.
As you may be able to guess, Cedric’s time out of the office is very much spent around “the game” – soccer to the rest of us! He tries to play as much as possible, but due to apparent old age(!), spends his time coaching kids at the youth level, hoping to develop the next Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Director of Search
Eric is a high-speed millennial multitasker with a drive to learn and master anything that comes across his plate.
When attending North Central College, majoring in both Organizational Communications and Marketing, Eric successfully completed two marketing internships, which instilled in him a drive for success and a serious penchant for optimization.
His passion for marketing drove him to develop dozens of websites in various categories. He used these sites to learn and develop his skills in search engine optimization while developing various techniques to help sites rank and grow.
When he isn’t testing out products being sent to him from around the world for his tech site, he can be found chilling with his black lab, Belle, and researching the latest trends to further his knowledge about the ever-so-changing digital marketing world.
Ryan grew up in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a proud alumni member of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. During his time in school, Ryan studied Interactive Media and Marketing and fulfilled several marketing and web design roles for the college newspaper and Marketing department. After graduating from North Central with the class of 2016, Ryan began his journey as an SEO Specialist in the Digital Marketing industry.
As our SEO Specialist, Ryan works hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure they rank well in search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. When not completing keyword research or developing campaigns, Ryan can be found enjoying music, movies, the outdoors, or a night out with friends.