Q: Where are you from?

A: Born and raised in Danbury, CT. Spent 6 years in Hutchinson, KS as a kid, and then back to Danbury.

Q: How did you choose this career path?

A: 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 knew 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.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: 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!

Q: What is your favorite part of being a member of the ZGM team?

A: 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, 3 years in now as part owner and partner of ZGM it’s obvious that this has been the best professional decision of my life.

Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.

A: Party in Vegas and leave nothing on the table.

Q: What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

A: My family. I’ve been married to my wife Kelly for 18 years and we have been together since my senior year in high school. And our daughter Ellie who is 7 going on 17.

Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

A: This answer changes often, right now mid Covid-19 quarantine I am really into gardening. It has been a few years since my last gardening experiment and this time I went all out. I have a grow room for sowing seeds and an acre ready to be planted. My favorite plants to grow are pumpkins because its fun to see how large you can get them to grow.

Q: What’s your favorite food? Least favorite food?

A: Pizza and Pizza. I love it so much it hurts. 

Q: If you could live in a TV show, book, or movie, which one would you pick?

A: Naked and Afraid. Hahaha my special tool for my 21 days would be tequila.

Partner & Chief Technical Officer

Bryan Bielefeldt

Bryan has been dedicated to the advancement of web technologies for companies throughout Connecticut and the U.S. for the majority of the last decade. His focus has been primarily in LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) developing highly scalable websites and applications that allow his stakeholders to build and expand their businesses without the headache of managing their web presence and digital utilities manually. Bryan’s CMS (content management system) of choice is WordPress. He has been developing with WordPress for over 10 years but also has experience building and managing web assets in Magento, Joomla, Elgg, Social Engine, Laravel, CodeIgniter and extending their functionalities with many back office integration services.

Throughout his career he has worked in many areas of marketing, and actually obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. He has experience in every aspect of Digital Marketing for business, from illustrations in Adobe Illustrator to back office ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) integrations, giving him the ability to make technology decisions based on the big picture and not just his comfort level. His ability to gain a deep understanding of business objectives inside & outside of the web and his ability to understand the basic fundamentals of a large number of web applications and platforms allows him to build effective strategies for successful web assets across many industries and verticals.

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