Zero Gravity Marketing has risen above the competition to become a top digital marketing firm in Connecticut, and we credit it to our unique, diverse team. We appreciate every player, and we know that without him or her, we wouldn’t be the successful marketing firm we are today.
With this in mind, we have launched an Employee Spotlight initiative. Our hope is that, as you learn more about each of the talented individuals at our marketing firm, you will gain further insight into why we are so great together.
Today, we are thrilled to introduce Bryan Bielefeldt, Chief Technical Officer. We have asked him a few questions to provide an insider’s look as to what makes Bryan tick. Enjoy!
Bryan Bielefeldt, Chief Technical Officer
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Danbury, CT. Spent 6 years in Hutchinson, KS as a kid, and then back to Danbury.
How did you choose this career path?
I have been and done many things in my adult life. My parents owned a small business as a kid and was on track to take over the company until Sept. 11th 2001 fell upon us. The day after I signed up for the Army as an airborne infantryman. I was deployed to Iraq in 2003 parachuting into Bashur to secure an airfield then to Kirkuk to secure a second airfield and clear the city of hostile forces. I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 and part of some of the most aggressive actions since 2001. After the military I worked in many different fields from product display design to retail management. In 2006 a friend suggested I go back to school and to come work for him as a graphic designer, we were friends growing up and he new my ability with graffiti. I worked with him for a year while I was in school and then was offered a job with the University Productions department and worked with everything from print, magazine layout to web design and development. I built my first custom database driven CMS in 2008 on LAMP and new exactly where my career was headed. I finished my bachelors in 2011 and found my first full time gig as lead developer for a small boutique design firm in Essex CT. I out grew the position within a year and was offered a director position in 2012 building a technology department with a medium sized marketing agency in New Haven and never looked back.
What do you like most about your job?
Every day there are different problems to solve. In my position those problems range from department morale all the way to custom API integrations, and I love it!
What is your favorite part of being a member of the ZGM team?
As an employee of ZGM I knew right away there was something different about the company and people that made up the ranks. I’ve seen a lot of management styles from military to civilian life and Chris and Annie just get it. They know how to allow their team to make decisions for the betterment of the company and the success of our clients. This unmistakably unique business management style and complete transparency to our clients was the deciding factor to my pursuit of partnership, 8 months in now as part owner and partner of ZGM it’s obvious that this has been the best professional decision of my life.
What is the strangest job you’ve ever had?
I worked for a company called Mountain View Marketing, which wasn’t marketing at all. I cleaned and organized novelty displays in retail stores.
What is your favorite quote?
“The path to the universal is through the particular.” – Some College Professor
Basically it means that “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – Aristotle
Do you have any pets?
A really old Boxer, Sammy.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Party in Vegas and leave nothing on the table.
What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
My family. I’ve been married to my wife Kelly for 15 years and we have been together since my senior year in highschool. And our daughter Ellie who is 4 going on 14.
Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
I bought a motorcycle this year and I ride every chance I get.
What’s your favorite food? Least favorite food?
Pizza and Pizza. I love it so much it hurts. 😉
Pick three words to describe yourself.
Driven, Stubborn, Ingenuitive.
Right now, Mi Gente, next week who knows.
If you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?
I don’t know, such a weird question. Olive Green ;)~
You’re about to perform in a karaoke bar. What song do you pick?
The Weekend – “Often”
If you could live in a TV show, book, or movie, which one would you pick?
Naked and Afraid. Hahaha my special tool for my 21 days would be tequila.
If you could hang out with anyone for a day, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My dad, without a doubt. I’d probably punch him first though, he left by choice, way too soon.