Robby White

Founder
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Robby started The Nine in 2007 with a vision of becoming a leader in the digital landscape in The South.  His background in Architecture (bachelor Architecture, Auburn University 2003) has helped him with designing the user interface for Caboose (The Nine's custom Content Editing Framework) and overseeing the direction and future of The Nine.  As Chief Architect, he works closely with the lead designers and front end developers to help share his passion for great design.  It has always been his goal to provide a work environment that motivates and keeps his employees pushing to be the best in everything that is produced from The Nine.  He is active in the community and his church, Church of the Highlands.  His heart for the homeless is the driving force behind everything that he works to accomplish with Canvas a newly founded 501(c)(3) that is in the works.

James Bates

Creative Director
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James graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a strong pursuance in creative design. After work with the creative department of a New York Times affiliate in New York City, he was persuaded by The University of Alabama to return to school and teach undergraduate design courses as well as pursue a Master of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the institution. He has worked with major outdoor retailers and professional athletes to develop creative branding material for The North Face, Patagonia, and other retail giants in the space. His work can be found in many outdoor lifestyle websites, magazines, as well as photography in Southern lifestyle magazines such as Elle Decor and House Beautiful. James brings years of creative development along with years of professional photography with him to his many projects and extends his knowledge and expertise to client work. Originally from Fairhope, Alabama, James now lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife and teddy bear golden-doodle named Coast.

Billy Swift

Development Director
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Billy graduated from the Computer Science program at The University of Alabama, where he fine-tuned his programming skills. His background in graphic design enables him to code websites that are both visually appealing and easy to use, while maintaining a high level of functionality. Billy has in-depth knowledge of HTML5, CSS, jQuery, and Ruby - and dabbles in other languages. When he's not coding, Billy enjoys bonfires, quoting The Office, reading books, and traveling to Colorado. He is also the proud owner of a Dalmatian that has become our office mascot. He grew up in Dallas and Birmingham, and now resides in Tuscaloosa after graduating from university.

Sam Morgan

Relationship Director
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Sam Morgan graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. He obtained his BS while competing on behalf of the University's Men's swimming program. Sam honed his marketing and sales skills as he grew multiple fitness enterprises in the Tuscaloosa area. He prides himself on being customer-focused and providing highly personalized services. Sam is actively involved with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce through their Young Tuscaloosa program and when he isn't working with his clients or volunteering with the community, you can find him traveling the southeast exploring culture, food, and adventure.

Jon Harris

Web Director
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Jon was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from The University of Alabama. He has worked on major software development for nationally-used software and continues to develop his app developing skill across multiple platforms. He specializes in iOS app development and device management, but is also proficient in back-end development on the Rails platform. When Jon is not spending time crafting software, he enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, and experimenting with new technology.

John James

Director of Business Development
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John graduated from The University of Alabama and has worked for major news organizations, non-profits, and government agencies. He brings leadership and sales knowledge with many years of experience working for one of the largest out-of-home billboard companies in the United States. John's client list included nationally recognized brands such as Academy Sports & Outdoors, Travel Centers of America, Chick-fil-A, and Allstate, to name a few. He is highly involved in the Tuscaloosa community with active membership in BNI Black Warrior, American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa, is an Ambassador for The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, and he currently sits on the board of trustees for Tuscaloosa Youth For Christ. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, John now lives in Northport with his wife Audrey.

Paris Vega

Marketing and Growth Director
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Paris grew up in Tuscaloosa being heavily involved in church, sports, and music. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art & Digital Media. As a freelance designer, he worked for clients around the world, including the US Air Force, US Army, software companies, and local businesses. He then started and partnered in several businesses, working in whatever roles were needed to move the companies forward, from janitor to CEO. Since focusing on digital marketing the past 8 years, he’s helped companies grow from $0 to millions in revenue. He enjoys working out in his garage with his family and playing bass guitar in his rock band, Respect The Polygon.

Tyler Chapin

Finance Director
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Tyler Chapin has been actively involved in small businesses for years and has a thorough knowledge of the ins-and-outs of everything financial. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys serving in his local church, playing golf and reading anything business or marketing related. Originally from Birmingham, he now lives in Northport with his wife and four kids.

Taylor Wilson

Developer
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Taylor Wilson, originally from Birmingham, is currently a senior studying Computer Science at The University of Alabama. One thing he is particularly proud of is starting the university's first organization centered around educating others about the technology behind cryptocurrency and blockchain development. He first started learning C# and Photoshop in middle school with the ambition to make computer games. When free time is available, Taylor enjoys reading, blogging, watching non-horror films, and attending hackathons.