Jonathan Hanwit

Jonathan’s passion is people. If he wasn’t leading the charge at thinkPARALLAX he’d be traveling the world, learning about other cultures and talking with his hands – and feet if necessary. Jonathan’s prior business and marketing experience, in combination with his knack for storytelling, makes developing client relationships an ideal role for him. His strength is truly understanding clients’ needs, brainstorming ideas on the spot and honing in on the best solutions to achieve their goals. Though he’s one of the most creative brainstormers at thinkPARALLAX, he also oversees all aspects of business operations. Prior to thinkPARALLAX, Jonathan worked as a Business Development Manager for a San Diego based non-profit, Partnerships With Industry and as a Marketing Manager for Unicorp Marketing after graduating from Radford University in 1997. In the late 90s, Jonathan spent a year and a half trekking throughout Asia and Europe. Needless to say, he has some epic travel stories! An active sports enthusiast, Jonathan takes his oldest son surfing every week before school.

Guusje Bendeler

That’s pronounced Who-sha. She’s originally from The Netherlands. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and she’s always up for a teaching moment. She’s has an eagle’s eye for big picture 30,000 foot view while noticing the smallest details when necessary.That’s why she’s such a strong strategist and creative director for her team, students and clients. Her European-inspired design and communications philosophy is ‘less is more’ and she always strives for visually appealing solutions that are communicated effectively. Guusje oversees that the projects reach the high level of quality thinkPARALLAX is known for – no cutting corners here! Guusje graduated in 1996 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands where she earned her degree in visual communications. She worked for more than ten years at renowned branding agencies in The Netherlands and US, where she created award-winning identities, campaigns and reports. Because she likes sharing her knowledge and loves seeing young creatives grow into their talent, she also worked for six years as an adjunct faculty member teaching graphic design at San Diego State University. When she’s not in the office, you might find her volunteering as an art teacher for her kids’ local elementary school or doing hot yoga.

Alden Domini

Alden is a Northern California native but has called all corners of the country home, living in Chicago, New Jersey and San Francisco before earning Bachelors degrees in Business and French from North Carolina State University. She eventually headed back west, landing in Southern California where she began her career at Mattel Toys in project management. With impeccable attention to detail and a passion for building meaningful relationships, Alden went on to refine her account management, marketing, and PR skills at various branding and design agencies along the coast. Before joining thinkPARALLAX, she assisted in the development of Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility strategy, community engagement, and philanthropic efforts in San Diego, which ignited her passion for purpose-driven business. When she’s not strategizing with clients, Alden is spending time with her two crazy sons and husband, hanging at the beach and playing Uber driver to all their various activities.

Brianna Ralston

Brianna brings over 10 years of experience in the Advertising and Digital Marketing industry, having worked with three very distinct agencies across the country. Prior to joining thinkPARALLAX, Brianna served as an Account Manager for a top advertising agency in New York City, where she worked with an array of national brands including Nestle, Pfizer, and Duke Energy. With the unique ability to oversee a project from start to finish, Brianna enjoys establishing high-level strategic communication plans and working alongside creative teams to brainstorm forward-thinking concepts. She finds fulfillment in seeing a project through to creative production, all while managing multiple timelines and deliverables across many channels and teams. Brianna studied Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Loyola University New Orleans, which gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing, China, igniting her passion for traveling.  When she’s not delivering exceptional client service or exploring various countries, you can find Brianna running (either a race, or after her two children and 5 chickens), or in the kitchen cooking up a new recipe… or cocktail!

Nicole Selchow

A thinker and people lover by nature, Nicole is a Southern California native who is passionate about asking the right questions to foster meaningful connections in everything she does. With an extensive background in agencies and Account Management, she has a natural interest in strategy, creative problem solving, purpose, and the drive to be part of something bigger. Studying psychology and cultural anthropology in college framed the lens through which she views all interactions at the human connection level, which drives her strategic insights and recommendations. When she’s not building relationships with clients, Nicole loves adventuring with her beautiful daughter, chatting with friends, practicing yoga and meditation, creative writing, coloring in her daughter’s coloring books (while drinking wine), and shamelessly watching The Bachelor on occasion.

Sam Halper

Raised in the presence of driven individuals, Sam has an intrinsic passion and excitement for seeing businesses transform into productive and thriving companies. A former New Yorker, Sam moved to San Diego at age 14 and continued her education at San Diego State University where she graduated with a degree in Communication. With a genuine love for writing and thinking outside the box, Sam discovered her forte for leading teams effectively while working as a Creative Product Manager at a local branding agency and a Media Relations Manager within a full-service communications firm. She believes that by using marketing and efficient management as a creative tool, the possibilities are endless. In Sam’s free time you’ll find her at the nearest Corepower Yoga, eating chocolate or playing with her dog, Riesling.

Shannon Valdes

Shannon is a wordsmith, storyteller, and PR / social media pro driven by the desire to make a positive impact on the planet. Originally from Colorado, she earned a Bachelors in Marketing from the University of Denver before she traded in snowboarding for the beaches of San Diego. Shannon’s love for writing is what led to her career in PR and communications, mastering that art of strategic storytelling while working for various companies committed to the greater good. In early 2016, the travel bug got the best of her and she took off for a year and a half “jobbatical” in Southeast Asia where she directed PR for a Singapore-based luxury travel company while writing for a digital travel magazine. When she’s not working, she can typically be found at the beach, in the dance studio, or planning her next adventure abroad.

Nathan Sanfaçon

With a last name that fittingly translates to ‘come as you are’, Nathan Sanfaçon (pronounced San-fah-sawn, and no, he does not speak French) is a values-driven leader, inherent problem solver, and fervent supporter of using business as a force for good. Originally from a small ski town in Colorado, Nathan earned his degree in Marketing and Socially Responsible Enterprises at the University of Colorado Boulder before moving west to live by the ocean and learn to surf. Nathan’s natural interest in purpose gravitated him to thinkPARALLAX, where he helps grow the consultancy’s brand and drive new business. He is passionate about empowering organizations to discover and celebrate their purpose, in turn creating meaningful impact and catalyzing long-term success. In his free time, you’ll find Nathan anywhere outdoors: backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, (still) learning to surf the San Diego waves, sailing, or playing beach volleyball.

Janna Irons

The daughter of two artists, Janna has always had a passion for creativity and an eye for aesthetics. She brings to thinkPARALLAX six years of experience as a magazine editor, which has provided her a strong foundation in writing, a keen eye for detail, the ability to think outside the box, and expertise in social media and content marketing. Janna has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from San Diego State University, where she specialized in marketing and advertising. When she’s not writing great copy or managing projects, you’ll find her surfing, hiking, camping, or taking spontaneous weekend trips to just about anywhere with a mountain, ocean, or great brewery.

Geoff Ledford

Born in Visalia, California to a family of olive farmers, Geoff – pronounced “Jawf” thanks to his hippy parents – brings a unique blend of right-brain creativity and left-brain analytical ability to the team at thinkPARALLAX. From a young age, Geoff loved reading and writing – devouring magazines and books at a frightening pace and (several years later) spending way too much time meticulously crafting unnecessary emails to friends. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature from UC Davis and went on to write copy and editorial content for a host of clients and publications (Fast Company, TransWorld Media, and Core77 – to name a few). However, somewhere along the way Geoff also fell in love with design. From well-executed typography to the character lines on a classic muscle car, as long as it’s design, it holds Geoff’s attention. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelor of Science in Product Design. He has designed medical devices, sporting goods, electronics, toys, soft goods, and a host of other products across a wide array of industries. Most recently Geoff has been using his combination of writing and design to help brands build enduring relationships with their audiences. When he’s not working, you can find Geoff surfing on one of his beloved longboards, eating food made by his wife (a chef!), or hanging out with Tiny, his 150-pound Saint Bernard.