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About Elevate

A digital agency designed for commerce.

Elevate is a digital agency that specializes in ecommerce design and usability. We combine effective strategy, best-in-class user experience, stunning visual design, and efficient front-end development to deliver real results.

Our “Design with Purpose” methodology allows our front-end practices to seamlessly integrate with back-end development or IT teams. And if you don’t have technologists on staff, don’t fear — we can take care of those details as well.

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Nate Antetomaso

Nate’s background is in marketing and business development, giving him a thoughtful perspective on creating content and managing projects. When not at work, you can find Nate at the gym or exploring the city of Chicago with friends in search of new food or views.

Nate Antetomaso Account Manager

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Lawrence Bak

Larry is the driving force behind Elevate. He is a designer by trade and his people-centric approach built the culture of our company. He’s always up for a conversation about the latest in Playstation news and all things pit bulls.

Lawrence Bak Founder and CEO

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Lauren Clark

Lauren is a natural-born creative. She studied fine arts and visual communications, and she uses these complimentary skillsets in her role as lead interactive designer. When she’s not designing, you can find her with a camera at hand spending time with her husband and daughter.

Lauren Clark Lead Interactive Designer

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Jason Crichton

Jason is one of the original members of Elevate, bringing more than seventeen years of design and technology expertise to the team. He leads our development group in pairing technology with design. Also, if you want to talk about delicious smoked meats, he’s your man.

Jason Crichton Vice President, Interactive

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Joey Dill

Over the last decade with Elevate, Joey has used his love of fixing things to help solve our clients’ front-end and back-end challenges. When he’s not taking things apart to see how they work, you’ll likely find him spending time with his family.

Joey Dill Principal Lead, Interactive

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Michael Donnelly

Michael lives by the mantra business gets done when people have fun. She is hyper-focused on finding opportunities to shake things up by exploring innovative solutions, building meaningful engagements, and creating impact for a company’s brand and bottom line. She is passionate about diversity...of people and of thought, celebrating professional inclusion whenever possible. And is all about the #scrappytosavvy life.

Michael Donnelly Director, Business Development

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Patti Gamble

Patti joined Elevate four years ago with fifteen years of experience in HR and operations working with business of all shapes and sizes. She enjoys the unique challenges of emerging companies and building foundations that scale.

Patti Gamble Director, HR and Operations

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Angela Hanshaw

Angela coded her first website way back in the days of dial-up Internet. Today, she loves to use modern front-end tools to bring designers’ visions to life. When she’s not coding, you can find her training for a marathon on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront path or curled up at home with her dog and a good book.

Angela Hanshaw Senior Interactive Developer

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Jamie McCann

Jamie has spent the last three years at Elevate overseeing project timelines, budgets and resources. She leads our Project Management Team with her strong collaboration and detail-oriented skills. Outside of the office, she loves going to baseball games, trying new breweries, running, and traveling.

Jamie McCann Manager, Project Management

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Sean Schraeder

Sean brings more than ten years of experience in crafting compelling digital experiences to the Elevate team. He’s passionate about understanding people and how design and technology can positively impact their lives. He’s also a big fan of live music and exploring unique perspectives through aerial photography.

Sean Schraeder Senior UX Designer

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Sarahkate Stephens

SK has a background in writing and brand development and leads Elevate’s digital strategy. She finds solutions to complex business problems by immersing herself in our clients’ goals and business. When she’s not busy developing yet another brand crush, she’s probably reading or exploring the city in search of good eats.

Sarahkate Stephens Senior Digital Strategist

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Michael Tri

Michael has been creating websites since he was twelve. Priding himself in his versatility, he practices design with a generalist mindset, deeply considering user experience, brand identity, and front-end development. For creative inspiration, he voraciously consumes a diet of eclectic music releases, from hip hop and pop to jazz and death metal.

Michael Tri Senior Interactive Designer

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Christine Trias

Christine’s background is in marketing and brand development, where she worked in various industries, including beauty, entertainment, sports, startups, and more. Her diverse experience brings in a unique perspective when identifying different marketing solutions and strategies. Outside the office, you can find her in Chicago trying a new restaurant or shopping for sneakers.

Christine Trias Senior Account Manager


Ash Elevate Mascot-in-Training


Elliot The OG Elevate Mascot

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Our culture is well-known and well-loved. Read Welcome to Our House: How We Built a Company Culture to learn more about why culture is so important at Elevate.