Building the brands you love
VTL is a leading interactive design, development, and technology consulting firm that assists organizations with user centered design (UCD) and website development solutions. What sets VTL apart from other agencies is that we provide an optimal blend of strategy, user experience, and technology and creative expertise to deliver exceptional solutions that combine the best in form and function. VTL has developed an outstanding reputation in the marketplace due in large part to the firm’s passion, pragmatic approach, and attention to client service. We provide access to world-class resources, methodologies, and creative thinking for solving our clients’ unique business problems. Our team delivers high quality solutions that solve complex business problems.
VTL has worked with many of the Fortune 1000 companies over the past seven years, including: Careerbuilder.com, CarMax, Cintas, Cisco, Citi, Coca-Cola, Cracker Barrel, Drexel, Dr Pepper/Snapple, Dunkin’ Donuts, FedEx, Grainger, Grant Thompson, Gulfstream, Honda, H&R Block, JanSport, JPMorgan Chase, Kroger, Liberty Tax Service, McDonald’s, Mesirow Financial, MetLife, Mission, Morgan Stanley, and MUCH more.
VTL has been privaleged to be web design and development partners with Careerbuilder.com for over 6 years and completed over 3000 projects. We’ve enabled Careerbuilder.com to expand their service offerings and supported their media teams growth year over year.
Projects: Websites, HTML emails, Microsites, Web Applications (Virtual Open House, Lead Management System, VTOOLS)
Here’s what they have to say about us:
“I have worked closely with VTL for almost 5 years, as a member and now leader of the Media Account Management team here at CareerBuilder. VTL has been our sole vendor for email creation, microsite design, custom web development and even candidate management (CRM) solutions for our many clients. They are everything we look for in a partner here at CB: easy to do business with, candid with feedback, creative/forward-thinking design and proactive with proving solutions. The goal with our custom media campaigns is always to drive a high volume of applications for our clients in order for them to make the hires they need to drive their business. VTL’s innovative solutions have allowed us to do just that. We are constantly working together to figure out how we can increase conversion rates and improve the client’s and candidate’s user experience. We see VTL as an extension of CareerBuilder, and look forward to continued success with them as our partner.”
Whitney Jones (Business Development Team Lead)
"I just wanted to send you a little THANK YOU for being such an amazing partner to Careerbuilder and our team. I truly cherish our relationship and you have continued to bend over backwards to meet our client’s needs and those of our sales reps. You continue to surprise me with your creativity and your work ethic is superb!”
Rachel Enstrom - (Creative Director at Careerbuilder.com)
"Not only has the team at Various Things Live produced excellent media assets for us, they have now developed a robust tool (Manage Things Live) that allows us to streamline our creative development, and ultimately improve our processes. VTL continues to innovate, and we love being a part of it.”
Kim Mancini - (Product Director at Careerbuilder.com)
"I worked with VTL while at RDC (Restaurant.com) on a couple of projects. Josh and his team are great talents, flexible (which as you know was an RDC requirement), thoughtful as to how to maximize value/content from design to video and cost effective as you paid for the work and not a fancy brand/big agency rep.”
Laura Dihel - (VP of Marketing at EZLinks Golf, Inc., Formerly VP of Marketing for Restaurant.com)
Meet the Team
Josh Kahle is a 10-year veteran of the music booking, management, and advertising sales industries. He began his career in college by starting a painting contracting business which eventually grew to over 20 employees and serviced the front range of Colorado. His subsequent experience in the music and sales industries only helped to build on this hard-fought and self-driven foundation. Josh moved to Chicago and worked as a booking agent for Ally Entertainment, where he was responsible for the management and production of a blues show for important corporate clientele. He then worked as a sales executive for Careerbuilder.com, where he quickly excelled to an elite sales group and was part of the select President’s club—awarded only to the top 10% of salespeople—every year of his employment there.
Throughout these steps in his career, Josh has developed a unique set of skills and specialties as well as the passion and drive to run a multi-faceted, interactive agency. He is now an ambitious, entrepreneurial, revenue-driving sales executive with expertise in the art of sales, managing, and building overall sales strategies. Josh’s specialties include: account, project, and relationship management; business and product development; sales strategies; solutions selling; agile (scrum) development; deal structuring; business partnership and contract negotiation; and leadership.
Josh is the CEO and co-founder of VTL, Inc - a leading interactive agency based in Lincoln Park, Chicago. He is also a partner at IV LAB STUDIO, LLC - a prominent music recording and production studio also located in Lincoln Park.
Jeff Burke helped found VTL in 2008 and currently works as the Lead Creative and User Interface expert. His passion has always been marrying simplicity and elegance into design and user experience, giving the user the simplest, most friction-free path to the information they are looking for. He started off his career at Leo Burnett, one of the top agencies in Chicago, where he honed his craft and his eye.
While heading VTL’s creative team, Jeff has been the creative lead on many high visibility projects for partners including Careerbuilder.com, Morgan Stanley, Allstate, Toshiba, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Cisco, Citi, American Family, MetLife, New York Life, Toyota, AutoZone, Avis, Carmax, McDonalds, Sears, Gulfstream and many more.
Jeff has integral roles in creating ‘Virtual Open House’, a chat event and candidate management application that includes a chat interface, candidate management, event registration, reporting and analytics, and site CMS Interface. Other notable projects included the Lead Management System, that allowed users to launch and manage microsites as well as manage and message job candidates in real time, and is hosted on the mobile-first VTOOLS 3.0 platform, VTL’s proprietary technology which also powers several other apps; Mobile Apply, which is a resume upload application interface design; and Network Effect, a social network for friends and colleagues built to share jobs and info of companies they work for.
Jeff is also the head creative for VTL Music, LLC. His passion and innate musical talent, coupled with his digital creative talents and excellent production team, have allowed VTL Music to take on multi media projects from national agencies including BMI, Bug Music, Restaurant.com, Careerbuilder.com and more.
Jeff is the CCO and co-founder of VTL, Inc - a leading interactive agency based in Lincoln Park, Chicago. He is also a partner at IV LAB STUDIO, LLC - a prominent music recording and production studio also located in Lincoln Park.
As CFO and a founding partner of VTL, Ron is responsible for the management of all financial activities and general operations, as well as specific oversight of accounting, human resources, information technology, legal and administrative functions of VTL and each of its related businesses.
Ron is a stickler for detail and meeting deadlines. Internally he’s commonly referred to as “coach” and helps to keep the bow pointed in a forward direction. He is also founder, player, coach, team manager and chief recruiting officer for the VTL hockey team.
Prior to joining VTL, Ron was an accomplished sales executive at CareerBuilder. His approach to sales was methodical and strongly consultative. He believed that connecting with people and establishing relationships was far more important than just pushing products. He was known among his peers for elaborate spreadsheets and complicated formulas to assist in measuring the performances of the services that he provided to his clients. A combination of his strategic approach and ability to understand and match client requirements to a relevant solution led to strong results and to him being regularly recognized for his success.
Ron has a BA with majors in Economics and Political Science and a minor in History. He also earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance. He lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife and three children and spends most of his time carting his kids from sport to sport. If not found at an ice rink, you might catch him tickling the ivories at VTL’s music studios in Lincoln Park.
Roger has more than 20 years of strategic leadership in information technology and project management helping clients build their brands and grow their market presence. He has worked across Consumer and Business Services Industries and has extensive experience in multi-channel retail, financial services, telecommunications, and business services.
He was senior client executive in Experian Marketing Solution’s Retail Group, where he led highly scalable enterprise solutions for Wal-Mart and L Brands, providing technology based marketing database ecosystems. Representative clients include HSBC, Discover Financial Services, Cintas, US Cellular, Steelcase, Sabre Virtually There, Waste Management, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Square D, and CME Globex. Previously, his experience also included various consulting positions at IBM.
Roger has enjoyed being a small business owner for many years having developed and built a successful retail business, with his wife, that continues to service a market niche for women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, gifts and accessories.
Roger earned his BBA in Finance and Financial Economics at the University of Iowa and obtained his PMP certification with the Project Management Institute.
Besides his passion for open source solutions and web development, he enjoys spending time outdoors playing golf, platform tennis, boating and camping. He does his best thinking and strategizing during his daily walks with his golden retriever.
Erika Cutlip is currently the VP of Marketing & Client Relations at Various Things Live, which is an Interactive Agency and Music Production Company in Chicago. Erika is responsible for creating, sourcing and tracking all content for Social Media and Blogs for Various Things Live and IV Lab Studios. She oversees all Special Events and PR projects including Media Partnerships with local and national music festivals as well as securing new music licensing partnerships for custom music in TV, Film and Corporate Advertising. Erika also assists with Project Management and Quality Assurance on all Careersites, Microsites, Landing Pages, Mobile Apps and Display Ads.
Erika was previously the Director of Operations for 7 years at JAYARVEE Productions and Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. Her experience at this world renowned landmark included areas such as: marketing international music events, creating online media resources, managing production budgets, developing associations within the public relation communities, writing weekly press releases and administering all daily operation responsibilities to maintain the business.
Before moving to New York City, Erika was an Entertainment Journalist and Advertising Sales Manager with Primer Magazine and Cerritos Community News. She reviewed diverse performances such as Classical Chamber Orchestras, Operas, Standard Jazz, Country Pop, Musicals, and Classic Rock Concerts at the revered Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Southern California.
Linsay Ayres has been Senior Account Manger for the past two years. Utilizing her master’s degree in Creative Writing, Linsay has dedicated her attention to detail and creative insights to her role as project manager. Previous experience as an English Instructor at the collegiate level has helped her to hone these skills, as well as gain further leadership experience in a collaborative environment.
Linsay oversees all intake, quality assurance and delivery of CareerBuilder projects, including Microsites, Emails, Banner Ads, Job Brandings and Career Sites. She regularly communicates with clients and ensures all project tasks are delegated to the proper department. She has successfully implemented a set structure and standards for the design and development process of Career sites.
Robert has been developing websites professionally for over ten years. He has participated in the evolution of web development from painstakingly handcrafted websites to full-blown content management system applications. He is experienced working with small and large clients alike.
During his career with VTL he has worked on Drupal-based projects centered around content management, e-commerce, and custom web applications. His primary focus is going above and beyond expectations to ensure a successful launch every time. His work entails fully engaging projects at a technical level in order to coordinate and drive development.
Yannick has worked on a number of projects that required his information architecture expertise. He designed and modeled the back-end of Various Things Live's original issue tracker and project manager, a custom application written in Drupal. He also engineered a multi-client landing page CMS/manager for CareerBuilder's Talent Driver group by combining Drupal and custom-coded services.
He specializes in developing and organizing data-driven services that connect disparate systems together and provide information flow throughout. Prior to working with VTL, he designed a CMS and QR code manager based on Drupal for Qonnect LLC and engineered a custom portal for the sustainable construction industry for Skysite.
Graduated Bucharest Academy of Economics Studies with specialization in Economic Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics in 1997. Graduate thesis was Stock Exchange Anticipation – based on Harry Markowitz model. Worked for Romfin S.A. as database administrator from 1997-1999. Then from 1999-2001 worked in Siveco Romania as web applications programmer. From 2001 to present Adrian has been a senior web developer at Backbay/VTL.
His work at VTL has brought insight and clarity to the user-oriented design and development process. This includes identifying problems from the user perspective, analyzing possible paths or solutions, and ensuring development work matches user expectations.