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David Easterling

Number 8 Founder and CEO

David is adept at problem-solving and thinking up new ideas that are extremely innovative and difficult to implement (usually before the last idea has been fully implemented). This has led him to start several businesses over the last 20 years, including Prosoft and number8, Falls City Brewing Company and Linemate. David has a passion for process improvement and has been a Scrum advocate since he became a CSM in 2008. David is known for breaking new ground and buying old cars.

Christian Dreisbach

Christian Dreisbach

Relationship Manager

Christian is a native of Ohio and attended undergrad at BGSU. She has been in IT sales for 20 years including local IT staffing, project-based development and now nearshore teams. Christian takes the time to truly understand the needs and problems that our clients have and helps them to find the right team to succeed. She is the mom of two girls and enjoys food and wine, shoes and indiscriminate documentaries.

Oliver Ray

Oliver Ray

Delivery Manager

Oliver is a St. X and UofL graduate that started as a programmer and migrated toward project management and later, the agile process as a PO and Scrum Master. As Delivery Manager, Oliver makes sure Number8 delivers what we promise. Whether on projects, where we are responsible for the entire deliverable, or on staffing engagements where we are merely providing expert assistance, Oliver ensures that all of our clients’ needs are met. Oliver is a big sports fan, a golfer, and likes spending time with his wife, who really wants a puppy.

Mauricio Morales

Mauricio Morales

Development Manager

Mauricio has been with us nearly from the time we started operations in Costa Rica in 2008. He is a talented developer and Software Architect with a focus in .Net, C#, Java and Angular. Mau holds a Computer Engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and a Masters Degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica. He is currently pursuing his MBA and is known for his great sense of humor and animal training skills. Mau recently taught his cat how to say his name.

Luis Macovei

Ian Massey

Development Manager

Ian is a Louisville native, who studied at Bellarmine University and has over twenty years’ experience in software development and managing developers. We got to know Ian when he was managing some of our guys at CafePress. He can speak first-hand about the ease of integrating number8's into an existing team! Now he manages projects for us and has been instrumental in developing a reporting structure that ensures proper communication with our people as we grow. Ian likes to drive really fast and relax while listening to music that doesn’t seem at all relaxing.

Justin Thurman

Justin Thurman

Account Manager

Justin is the reason that some of the ground David breaks gets a sidewalk that makes it usable. Since joining in 2016, he has tackled dozens of tasks and processes that needed refinement. He is innovative and highly efficient and embodies the strength and versatility needed from a number8. Prior to joining number8, Justin had a similar role for a successful politician. Thankfully, it prepared him well for the private sector. Justin holds degrees in Economics and Biology from Western Kentucky University and is frequently asked to leave trivia competitions.

Melise Bracken

Melise Bracken

Office Manager

Melise grew up in Southern CA. She attended Eastern Illinois University and got her degree in Sociology with a minor in Business. Prior to working at number8 she was a sales assistant for a payroll company. Melise enjoys getting to know people from other countries and backgrounds which makes her role as HR a perfect fit. Melise is instrumental in making sure the consultants' experience is the best it can be; from onboarding, to timekeeping, to payment and daily communication, Melise is the person they can count on to always know the answer. Melise has played softball her whole life and still plays coed softball with her husband. She enjoys spending her free time with her 2 kids, doing anything active outdoors or indoors. Melise really wants an office dog.

Bryan Fernandez

Bryan Fernandez

Recruitment Team Lead

Bryan received his Master Degree in Work and Organizational Psychology at Universidad de Costa Rica he also has his training in Project Management Specialization from Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Bryan has a strong background in recruiting and enjoys being able to work with multicultural teams from different backgrounds. Since starting at number8, Bryan is thankful to be able to enjoy an authentic work-life balance. In his free time, Bryan enjoys playing video games, watching anime, and hanging out with his friends and family. Don't sneak up on him, because he also enjoys practicing Mix Martial Arts for sport!

Luis Macovei

Luis Macovei

Engagement Manager

Luis has a computer science degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and more than six years of experience in software development, having worked previously in the banking area as a .NET developer and project manager. As Engagement Manager, Luis ensures that our consultants are successful once they are assigned to a client project. Luis helps create the job responsibilities with the client and once a consultant is assigned, he communicates with the consultant and client manager weekly to ensure expectations are communicated clearly and objectives are met. His performance in this area has really pushed the needle for us and our clients.

Grazzia Paz

Grazzia Paz

Account Manager

Grazzia has a degree in Psychology from Unitec in San Pedro Sula and she also holds her IT project management certifications. Prior to working at number8 she was an application analyst and a project manager. Grazzia is instrumental in keeping the relationships between clients and consultants moving in the right direction. She enjoys having the opportunity to improve her communication skills as she talks with Clients and Consultants on a daily basis. She is proactive and outgoing. In her free time Grazzia enjoys reading, writing blogs, listening to podcasts, and doing Pilates. She enjoys cooking, but can’t bake to save her life.

Loreal Greathouse

Loreal Greathouse

Marketing/Sales Coordinator

Loreal is a graduate of Flagler College. She was previously an Elementary School teacher, a Realtor, and then found her way to the world of Project Management as an IT Project Coordinator. She was born in upstate NY, but grew up in Florida and has lived in AL, NC, and just recently moved here to Kentucky. Loreal supports the number8 sales team and her research and persistence helps keep our marketing projects on-track. Loreal enjoys gardening, home renovations, and doing any creative project with her 2 young boys.