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.
Development Director[email protected]
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.
Creative Director[email protected]
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.
Web Director[email protected]
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.
Relationship Director[email protected]
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.
Director of Business Development[email protected]
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.
Marketing and Growth Director[email protected]
Paris grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL 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 exploring the Earth with his family and learning the ways of ancient humans.
Digital Marketing Specialist[email protected]
Meg McGuire is a native of the The Shoals Area, where she grew up in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in strategic management and marketing from The University of Alabama. Meg's previous work experience includes corporate communications and marketing roles at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, as well as Helen Keller Hospital. She also served as lead editor for Alice, an ACP Pacemaker-winning, college women’s lifestyle magazine. In her spare time, Meg enjoys playing the piano and writing. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Preston. Fun fact: She has no sense of smell.
Web Developer[email protected]
Hunter is a native of Corner, Alabama and graduated from Bevill State Community College with a degree in computer science. He comes to The Nine with experience at a large ministry software company. He is a React developer but also works in NodeJS, Express, and MongoDB. He is always working on a software project and learning new technologies. Hunter is also quite the film enthusiast. Some of his favorite directors are Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan, and Alejandro Iñárritu. His favorite films include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Breakfast Club, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Graphic Designer[email protected]
Lindsey Arnold is a Gadsden, Alabama native who moved to Tuscaloosa to attend The University of Alabama, where she will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Digital Media. Since the start of her college career, Lindsey became passionate about both the art of selling and the art of design, and sought out ways to boost those interests. She has served as the Director of Communications for UA AIGA, as well as several other roles in municipalities, local businesses, and her own startup ventures. In her free time, she attends art festivals as a vendor for her paintings, enjoys supporting local small businesses, and watching her favorite sporting events: Softball, Baseball, and Football.
Fun Fact: She is a proud mother of a three legged cat she named Najee.
Graphic Designer[email protected]
Corinne grew up in North Salem, NY and graduated high school in Lake Norman, NC. She now attends Auburn University where she is working towards a degree in communications and a minor in graphic design. Corinne has always appreciated art and creativity and has become passionate about expressing that appreciation through technology. Corinne is involved in the local community by serving the mission of Young Life at Opelika High School and working with the Creative Team at Auburn Community Church. Corinne has a love for pugs, especially the two she has at home, Emmett and Bodie.
Digital Marketing Specialist[email protected]
Sean Lee is a Druid City local who grew up in the Historic District near downtown Tuscaloosa. He attended The University of Alabama for Digital Media with a minor in Creative Writing. He has worked with internationally recognized ministries as well as the federal, state, and local government. He enjoys playing a variety of instruments as well as training in Jiu-Jitsu in his spare time.