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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

Josh attended Luther College and received a BA in English with a writing emphasis. He also went to Hangzhou University, Hangzhou Zhejiang PRC and was given a foreign Language/Cultural Studies Certification. Finally, he attended the University of Northern Iowa and received an MA in Software Engineering. DANG! After all of that education, Josh says, “My English degree led me down the path of technical writing, which in turn led to project management opportunities and eventually software development. From there, I completed my MA to solidify my skills as a software engineer.”  He spends most of his client interaction helping to articulate how specific software systems will solve their identified problems as simply as possible. Josh has an amazing knack for his ability to break down complex issues into understandable chunks of information. When asked how he came into this position, he states, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” Josh is passionate in his personal life about his family and friends, spending as much time outdoors as possible, wildlife rescue and habitat support, reading and learning about history and supporting the groups that make up his martial arts and Zen lineage. Josh would describe himself as adroit – very good choice of words, Josh!

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  • Philipp Hoeltermann

Philipp Hoeltermann

SECURITY ANALYST / QUALITY ASSURANCE Est. 2014 (319) 874-6979

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.”

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  • Justin Berning

Justin Berning

MANAGER OF DEVLOPMENT SERVICES 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.

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  • Josh Tanberg

Josh Tanberg

ASSISTANT PROGRAMMING MANAGER 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.

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  • 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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  • Trevor Covington

Trevor Covington

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2018 (319) 274-6505

Trevor Covington graduated from Devry University with a Bachelors in Multimedia Design and Development. Pretty impressive, right? His education taught him a lot about the basics of web design and development, but we won’t bore you with the nitty-gritty. Trevor consistently solves problems for customers, such as figuring out how to make the applications work in a way that helps them achieve their goals. He loves finding new ways to accomplish tasks. Trevor says, “I am passionate about learning how to better improve not only myself but all of the products that we offer.” What a guy! Trevor is also passionate about his family and would describe himself as “hip.” Whatever you say, Trevor.

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  • Jade Manning

Jade Manning

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2018 (319) 274-7986

Jade Manning brings new ideas to the Forbin realm, as well as cute pictures of her fur babies. Graduating from Hawkeye Community College, Jade received a degree in Web Development and Programming. She also received a Business Administration degree from DMACC. So how did Jade make it here? She says, “I worked in retail before this so my past work decisions just made me realize I wanted something different. I started going to school for something I wasn’t sure I was going to like but ended up loving it.” She is great at solving problems, such as if something on a client’s site isn’t working properly, she’s the one to help fix it! She also works on getting sites to be web accessible. Jade loves to learn new things and apply those skills to her career. She is extremely valued here at Forbin and has a passion for photography, biking, video games, and taking care of her fur babies.

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  • Joe Nikas

Joe Nikas

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2018

Joe comes from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in (AAS) Web Programming and Development. This is how he got started in the Web Programming field. Joe has worked in plenty of different industries from carpentry and construction to the automotive and food service industry. He then went back to school, where he met Jade, who recommended him for the position at Forbin. He consistently solves errors on sites and then updates the functionality of a client’s site. He is known for being thorough and maintaining high-quality code. Joe prides himself on being able to solve issues to meet our clients’ needs and increases the efficiency of our sites/products. Joe says he’s passionate about “Classical and blues music (singing, playing), reading (Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut), video games, carpentry, automotive work and my pets.” He leaves us with describing himself as assiduous…get a dictionary and see what it means!

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  • Zach Oliver

Zach Oliver

WEB PROGRAMMING INTERN Est. 2018

Zach Oliver graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Programming. He learned the basics of programming there and has flourished in his role here at Forbin ever since. He’s held many odd jobs before coming to Forbin, such as making pizzas, being a custodian and manicuring lawns. Zach helps fix general bugs and implements any requests a client has for anything on their site. He’s the man! He is passionate about finding the right solution to a problem at work, as well as lifting weights in his tiger tank top in his free time. We see you - and we enjoy your fashion sense!

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