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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.

  • Mike Mallaro

Mike Mallaro

CEO OF VGM GROUP, INC. Est. 2001 (319) 274-6682
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  • Christa Miehe

Christa Miehe

PRESIDENT OF MARKETING SHARED SERVICES Est. 2002 (319) 274-8484
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  • Christina Throndson

Christina Throndson

VICE PRESIDENT Est. 2004 (319) 274-6594

Google Certifications: AdWords, Analytics, Mobile, Shopping & Video

The dominant voice in the office, Christina can be heard chatting with clients or talking about the funny things in life. Christina regularly attends conventions and conferences in order to keep the pulse of the search and social industries, her two loves. She is both certified in Google AdWords and Analytics which allow her to further enhance the exposure of clients’ websites. When she isn’t working or being social, Christina consumes her free time with her friends and family, or can be found curled up on her couch investing in the “lame” hobby of crocheting. And in case you require it, Christina can marry you, as she is an ordained minister.

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  • Beth Streicher

Beth Streicher

OFFICE MANAGER Est. 2015 (319) 274-8661

Beth joined the Forbin team with a great wealth of experience in administration, marketing and helping a business run smoothly from top to bottom. With 15-plus years of experience in sales, account management, training, motivating, marketing and other areas, Beth is able to provide rock solid assistance for administrative and marketing tasks within Forbin. She loves being a part of high-functioning team, passionate about customer service and adept a problem solving, all great qualities to have at our office. Outside of work, Beth stays busy with painting and Pinterest projects, remodeling and interior design. She also really enjoys camping, swimming and road tripping, and she’s always up for fun board game or game of bags.

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  • Will Cousin

Will Cousin

MANAGER OF SALES Est. 2015 (319) 874-4686
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  • Donny Wilson

Donny Wilson

MANAGER OF SALES Est. 2012 (515) 975-6739

A recent addition to the Forbin sales team, Donny focuses on banking and financial institutions outside of the local area. The Iowa State graduate brings experience in business-to-business (B2B) sales, having worked in that area for the last 14 years. Though his degree is in zoology, Donny’s talent for sales with all sizes of technology and software businesses from startups to large corporations led him to joining our team to help expand our client base. When he’s not out on the road meeting with clients Donny is most likely working with his hands creating one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and cabinets.

Areas of Expertise

Donny’s focus is on assisting banks and financial institutions improve their presence on the web and provide their customers with the products and services they need. Working with small, medium and large banks, Donny’s expertise with Forbin’s BankWeb system, as well as his knowledge of current banking trends, allows him to show clients how beneficial BankWeb can be. Donny can also provide a detailed look at Forbin’s Social Performance PlansCustom Facebook Tabs and Search Engine Marketing plans to help with relationship building and lead generation.

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  • Heather Seevell

Heather Seevell

WEB ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Est. 2018 (319) 874-6698
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  • Raquel Ita

Raquel Ita

WEB ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Est. 2017 (855) 811-2772
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  • Joel Betzer

Joel Betzer

WEB ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Est. 2017 (319) 274-6644
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  • Darrell DeWinter

Darrell DeWinter

WEB ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Est. 2018 (319) 249-6733
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  • Nick Dideriksen

Nick Dideriksen

IT SERVICES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Est. 2017 (319) 874-6952
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  • John Friel

John Friel

MANAGER OF IT SERVICES Est. 2015 (319) 274-4533

John is a bit of a unique employee because he actually started Forbin as an internet service provider in Cedar Falls, the first ISP in the Cedar Valley which he later sold to the VGM Group, Inc. In his second run with Forbin, John works with our programming team to support them with new technology, as well as assisting networking and computer clients. John’s programming career started in 8th grade when his teacher introduced him to FORTRAN programming. Since then, he has been educated (both by instructors and through self-education) in numerous programming languages that allow him to provide great insight into various aspects of Forbin’s products. When he’s not tinkering with code, John likes to tinker under the hood and drag race. He also collects Monopoly sets, and divides time between working on his HO Model railroad and learning to play the guitar.

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  • Josh Carroll

Josh Carroll

PRODUCTION MANAGER Est. 2016 (319) 274-8659
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  • Jessica Veren

Jessica Veren

SENIOR PROCESS LEAD Est. 2016 (319) 274-4520
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  • Taylor Rettig

Taylor Rettig

PROCESS LEAD Est. 2018 (319) 449-6503
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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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  • Morgan Kuhrt

Morgan Kuhrt

CLIENT SUCCESS Est. 2018 (319) 249-6764
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  • Cassi Price

Cassi Price

MANAGER OF MARKETING STRATEGY Est. 2007 (319) 874-6928

Google Certifications: AdWords, Mobile, Shopping & Video

Specializing in social media campaigns, search and social advertising and writing optimized content for websites, Cassi plays a vital role in Forbin’s web marketing. Before joining Forbin Cassi bolstered her skills as Director of Communications for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America, and has attended conferences and completed the 7 Step Sales Process Training for Emerge Sales. A lover of music and anything outdoors, Cassi finds satisfaction in finding a client’s unique target audience through search and social advertising, as well as creating interactions through social media. Most nights find Cassi spending time outside with her husband and two daughters, then enjoying a glass of cheap-ish wine. She is also available as a wedding singer should you need one.

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  • Matt Cunard

Matt Cunard

SENIOR WEB MARKETER Est. 2012 (319) 874-6957

A relative newbie to the world of web development and marketing, Matt’s background is in writing for various media, public relations and communication design for print and social media. Working mostly on web marketing projects, Matt helps give companies a branded presence on Facebook and a voice through writing their blog postings. Matt writes content for Powerweb and custom websites; and also assists with search engine optimization and search engine management projects. Loving exercise and pretty much anything that keeps him active outdoors, this native of Kansas City likes to play (but is mediocre at) golf, interested in (and not bad at) cooking and really into (and very nerdy about) The Office.

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  • Al Strain

Al Strain

SENIOR WEB MARKETER Est. 2014 (319) 274-8412

Google Certifications: AdWords, Mobile, Shopping & Video

Al joined Forbin after gaining extensive experience in journalism. Originally from St. Charles, MN, Al graduated from Wartburg College with a communication arts major and history minor. His journalism experience includes writing for the college student newspaper, acting as the editor-in-chief for the newspaper, and being a reporter for the Owatonna People’s Press newspaper for over two years.  His experiences in writing on a number of different topics (including going up in the air in a stunt airplane twice) prepared Al for the writing-intensive work he does at Forbin. Al is greatly interested in the ever-changing nature of marketing on the web and the rapidly expanding skill set it requires. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan, as well as a Grammy-award winning singer when driving in his car. He also has a passion for making people laugh and for theater. His upbringing as an only child with no imaginary friend has made Al a very personable and friendly member of our team.

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  • Thea Nicholson

Thea Nicholson

WEB MARKETER Est. 2018
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  • Kelly Herbert

Kelly Herbert

WEB MARKETER Est. 2018 (319) 449-6524
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  • Bailey Lubben

Bailey Lubben

WEB MARKETER Est. 2018 (319) 274-8492
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  • Ana Dobrilovic

Ana Dobrilovic

WEB MARKETER Est. 2018 (319) 499-5390
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  • Sean Dever

Sean Dever

WEB MARKETING INTERN Est. 2018 (319) 274-4495
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  • Nathan Hauser

Nathan Hauser

MANAGER OF DESIGN SERVICES Est. 2013 (319) 274-4522

An active outdoorsman by nature, Nathan's passion for web design and sinking his teeth into a variety of projects make him an invaluable member of the Web Design team at Forbin. Nathan's educational background includes degrees from Hawkeye Community College and the University of Northern Iowa, and his work at other area agencies brought him to Forbin with a well rounded skillset. Nathan's zeal for whatever project he's working on – full websites, updates or social media branding – allow him to do something unique every day. He loves coming up with out-of-the-box solutions to bring a product or service to life. This passion extends outside the office as Nathan has many interests and hobbies (take a big breath): camping, hiking, running, lifting weights, shooting pistols, leathermaking, inline & ice skating, swimming, long boarding, survivalist training and watching Philadelphia Flyers hockey.

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  • Cheryl Jenson

Cheryl Jenson

SENIOR UI DEVELOPER Est. 2012 (319) 833-4579

Cheryl is seriously awesome. 

Chocked full of work experience and knowledge of a wide assortment of design and development programs and processes, Cheryl uses these tools to accomplish a variety of design tasks crucial to task completion. Whether she’s adding content to a website, creating a splash page or updating web pages, Cheryl always brings her best work to the table. Her creative edge appears outside the office as well, as she is a music, traveling and photography enthusiast. Cheryl’s skills also allow her to be flexible in her work, as she enjoys working on projects for clients in all kinds of industries. You can find her at concerts, watching movies or sipping on a hot cup of coffee when she’s not blowing clients away with her work.

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  • Mark Wubbena

Mark Wubbena

SENIOR UX DESIGNER Est. 2012 (319) 874-6970

Having a background in a smorgasbord of old-school art techniques and modern design and web applications, Mark brings both knowledge and varied experience to his work. A designer, drummer and daddy to his daughter, Mark has experience in working with drawing, painting, video post production, web and print design, video integration and Flash animation. In short, he knows a lot of useful stuff. While he loves design, Mark is infatuated with branding and helping companies develop a visually expressive exterior that reflects the interior values and inner workings of that company. Mark also takes his creativity and mind for design and applies it to his home, which he is usually renovating or remodeling in some way.

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  • Brett Schwickerath

Brett Schwickerath

UX DESIGNER Est. 2017 (319) 274-4534
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  • Therese Kuhlman

Therese Kuhlman

UX DESIGNER Est. 2018
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  • Cheyenne Newman

Cheyenne Newman

UX DESIGN INTERN Est. 2018 (319) 499-5390
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  • Justin Berning

Justin Berning

MANAGER OF PROGRAMMING 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

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.

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  • Matthew Kauten

Matthew Kauten

LEAD PROGRAMMER 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 specializing in Web Development. A Microsoft Certified ASP.NET Web Developer, Matt has an extensive knowledge of programming, databases, 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 lead projects, develop new products, set and enforce standards and quality, and mentor developers and programmers on the Forbin team.

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 attend local Microsoft conferences.

A home, Matt loves spending time with his wife Sydney and his son Henry as well as his two dogs, Abbey and Charlie.

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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
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  • Jade Manning

Jade Manning

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2018 (319) 274-7986
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  • Joe Nikas

Joe Nikas

WEB PROGRAMMER Est. 2018
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  • Zack Oliver

Zack Oliver

WEB PROGRAMMING INTERN Est. 2018
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  • Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt

IT WEB OPERATIONS LEAD Est. 1999 (319) 274-4524

The longest-tenured member of our networking team, Mike has helped lead the way in the growth of Forbin as an Internet Service Provider, web development, design and hosting company. With an expansive knowledge pertaining to the software and hardware needed to keep our systems up and running, Mike ensures a high quality workflow across our entire team, meaning fewer interruptions and slow downs.

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  • Michael Cormaney

Michael Cormaney

MANAGER OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Est. 2015 (319) 274-6645
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  • Justin Wheelock

Justin Wheelock

NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Est. 2014 (319) 274-8607
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  • Austin Davis

Austin Davis

NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Est. 2014 (319) 833-4541
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  • Jared Hughes

Jared Hughes

INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST Est. 2010
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