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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.

Team Members

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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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Jason Crichton
Jason is one of the original members of Elevate, bringing more than twenty 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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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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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 Program Director

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Mary Munoz
Mary brings five years of account management experience to the Elevate team. Outside of the office, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, working out, decorating her new house, and spending quality time with her husband and dog. 

Mary Munoz Account Manager

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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

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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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Jillian Haley
Jillian found a free Photoshop tutorial when she was fifteen and never looked back. She comes to Elevate with both agency and in-house experience, and her greatest passion lies in creating visually stunning, yet functional, digital experiences. An avid Taylor Swift fan, she lives in the West Loop with her husband and their Goldendoodle, Morgan. 

Jillian Haley Senior Interactive Designer

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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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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 Interactive Developer


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.