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Our Team

Mostly Sweet, with a Few Nuts...

Our team is comprised of account representatives, designers specializing in user experience and user interface, Google-certified web marketing specialists and programmers that ensure all our web products function properly.

  • Josh Carroll

Josh Carroll

PRODUCTION MANAGER Est. 2016 (319) 274-8659
  • Philipp Hoeltermann

Philipp Hoeltermann


Philipp joined the Forbin team having completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany. Working with the programming team is Phillipp’s first work experience out of college and in the United States, and he has proven to be a valuable addition. Tasked with quality assurance and security, Philipp combs sites that are being developed to find possible bugs, errors or security issues to be corrected before they go live. Philipp has a love for basketball, baseball and football that is “more than all other Germans combined.”

  • Matt Kauten

Matt Kauten

MANAGER OF PROGRAMMING Est. 2009 (319) 274-4434

Matt joined VGM Forbin in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa and an associates degree in Computer Information Systems. A Microsoft Certified ASP.NET Web Developer, Matt has an extensive knowledge of programming, database and web page development techniques and uses them on a daily basis to complete a variety of tasks at Forbin. Matt's focus at Forbin is to coordinate the work coming through the programming department at VGM Forbin.

A fan of movies and being outdoors, Matt’s bank of computer and technological wisdom makes him an often used resource for our programmers, designers, IT support, sales, and web marketing teams for current problems or future projects. Not one to be left behind on updates on the web, Matt likes to participate in ASP.NET user groups, as well as going camping in his spare time. He also loves spending time with his wife Sydney and his son Henry as well as his two dogs, Abbey and Charlie.

  • Mike Kirkpatrick

Mike Kirkpatrick

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2010 (319) 833-4571

Motivated by the continuous daily changes to the web and technology, Mike enjoys applying out of the box thinking to his various programming duties. His background in computer science, robotics and automation and industrial technology has allowed Mike to develop and integrate functional and original programming into some of the larger sites Forbin produces. To know that Mike loves jumping out of perfectly good airplanes is not surprising considering his knack for pushing the limits of the web. Outside of programming, Mike likes watching movies, cheering on the Huskers (GO BIG RED!), swimming, camping and fishing from his boat if he’s not hurtling towards the earth like a meteor.

  • Jamie Dewitz

Jamie Dewitz

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2012 (319) 874-6971

Jamie brings a passion for web design and development that has her eager to contribute. Jamie’s willingness to try new and exciting things will no doubt be seen in her work as a programmer, as she enjoys seeing a project through to completion and showing it off. A former IT analyst, Jamie specializes in ASP.NET web applications and has experience with PHP applications. An avid adventurist, weekends will find Jamie spending time with her kids at any number of parks or lakes.

  • Justin Berning

Justin Berning

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2013 (319) 236-6913

Another team member in our multitude of UNI grads, Justin specializes in PHP programming. Having earned his BA in Management Information Systems, Justin uses his familiarity with various programming languages to create new custom websites, as well as fix minor bugs or other issues in current sites. Justin feels most accomplished when he’s created a site that works exactly how it’s supposed to to help a client meet their goals. A sports lover, Justin stays active outside of work, whether he’s shooting hoops at his apartment, out playing disc golf or enjoying a round of golf with some friends.

  • Erik Hanson

Erik Hanson

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2016 (319) 874-4775
  • Josh Tanberg

Josh Tanberg

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2015 (319) 274-8678

Having worked at other area web development companies, Josh brings many fresh, new ideas to our team to help us refine our production process. At the time he joined Forbin, Josh had a mix of real-world and in-classroom web development experience. His passionate approach to being on the cutting edge of web development and design trends means Josh is always an asset in idea generation meetings regardless of which type of project is being discussed. He is by no means your cookie cutter web developer: Josh loves old cars (he drives a 1950 Mercury), plays guitar and is an Army Infantry Veteran, having completed three tours with the 101st Airborne.

  • Trevor Covington

Trevor Covington

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2017 (319) 274-6505
  • Dave Wirth

Dave Wirth

TECHNOLOGY ANALYST Est. 2015 (319) 274-8695

Dave has done everything and held nearly every position in web development, from programmer and trainer to sales support, IT staff and everything else. Dave graduated from Luther College with a degree in accounting and minors in math and physics. In 1973, he began working with the Cohn family at Santa Claus Industries in Waterloo writing programs. Over the course of time, Dave became the President and COO of ASI Computer Systems, also owned by the Cohn family; he retired in 2013 after 40 years with the family. Dave joined Forbin in late 2014 as a programmer and analyst. When he’s not programming or creating software, Dave has taken up golf (“not very successfully”). He and his wife, Carol, have spent much time in the past five years going to Coe College basketball games to watch their kids play. Dave also enjoys yearly canoeing and camping trips to the Boundary Waters near the Minnesota-Canada border.

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