Robby White

CHIEF STEWARD / CEO

🙏 🙏 Loves Jesus, Design and The City of Portland, Oregon.

Husband to Kim, Daddy to Elle and London, Chief Steward of the Nine & Founder of Canvas.   

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 Steward, he works closely with the leadership team of the Nine to oversee the healthy growth and expansion of the business. 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 his community and his church, Bridgetown. 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 in Portland, Oregon.

Andrya Allen

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER / PARTNER

💵  Activator of Growth & Transformation

Cares most about happy, healthy, free people. Homeschooler & Founder of Vox Verba.

Andrya calls the beaches of Pensacola, Florida home today, but she grew up only a mile from The University of Alabama. After falling in love with communications in collegiate speech and debate, Andrya combined language with technology by building content marketing systems for brands. Since then, Andrya has developed the brand content systems behind millions of dollars in revenue across the globe. Now, Andrya partners with businesses to develop growth initiatives. Andrya is a published author in the New York Times, host of a weekly creative writing group for global authors and published her first collection of poetry in 2019, Lightwork. Andrya holds a Masters in Strategic Communication and Leadership.

Billy Swift

WEB DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR / PARTNER

👨‍💻 World Traveler & Coder Extraordinaire

Disciple of Jesus, dad to a dalmatian pup

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 on Rails - and dabbles in other languages. When he’s not coding, Billy enjoys bonfires, quoting The Office, and traveling to Colorado. He is the foster dad to a 5-year-old boy and also the proud owner of a deaf Dalmatian named Cooper. He grew up in Dallas and Birmingham, and now resides in Northport.

Paris Vega

CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER / PARTNER

💂 💂   Wearer of Wigs. Questioning the premise.

Wife, kids, and Chiweenie dogs. Just trying to get a bitcoin.

Paris grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL being heavily involved in church, sports, music, and art. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Business Administration. As a freelance designer and web developer, he worked for clients around the world. 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 10 years, he’s helped companies grow from $0 to millions in revenue. He hosts the First Customers podcast and invests in interesting projects like Trucking Labs, myCast.io, and Vox Verba. He enjoys exploring the Earth with his family, improving fitness, and learning the ways of ancient humans.

Rick Clementz

INVESTING PARTNER

💂 💂 He's a lawyer & entrepreneur

Father of Five, Husband to Lauren, Legal council and wisdom provider 

Rick joined The Nine in 2021 as an Investing Partner. Last year Rick was appointed to the Alabama Innovation Commission by Governor Ivey. During his time serving on the Innovation Commission, Rick began seeking opportunities to partner with and invest in people that have the potential to be leaders of innovation and that is exactly what he found with The Nine.  Rick brings his experience as a General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Mercedes-Benz US International to the company along with his years of engineering experience in the automotive industry. Rick is passionate about helping others achieve success. He loves to share his faith and pray for others. Rick is inspired daily by his wife Lauren and their 5 children.

Steve Pyfrom

HEAD OF SALES

☀️ ☀️ ☀️ From the Sun, but loves the Rain

Reluctant Dog Owner

Steve has lived in the heart of Portland, Oregon, surrounded by coffee, rain, and all things gloomy for just shy of a decade, though he grew up in the sunny suburbs of LA.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, and a Masters of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary at Biola University.  He planted a church in Sherwood, OR before moving into corporate sales.  He sold coffee for Dapper & Wise Roasters and most recently was a part of the Technical Sales Organization (TSO) at Verizon as a Principal Manager - Solutions Architect, managing a sales team of 16 people in Portland, OR and Spokane, WA, and specializing in Fixed Wireless Access Internet, VoIP telephony, UCaaS, and mobile Cybersecurity solutions in the SMB space.  Steve owns his own sales consulting business, helping companies develop strategies for training sales people to execute on the three D's of sales:  Development, Demonstration, and Delivery.  Steve's been married to the love of his life, Nadia, for the past 15 years, and has three kiddos in Paisley, Everett, and London.  He's also the reluctant owner of River the Goldendoodle - He just did it for the kids...

Sam Morgan

DIRECTOR OF WEB OPERATIONS

⏱️ ⏱️ Master of All Things Project Management Related

Husband to Hannah, father to Laken, Remy, Ella, Ava, and Nola

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 Tuscaloosa non-profit Motorcyle Therapy. 

Sean Lee

PERFORMANCE MARKETING DIRECTOR / PARTNER

🧑‍🚒 Former Firefighter

Husband, Father, All-Around Asian Badass

Sean Lee is a Druid City local. 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. At The Nine Digital he heads up the Performance Marketing team, offering lead generation services and more to our clients. Outside of work Sean enjoys playing a variety of instruments as well as training in Jiu-Jitsu in his spare time. 

Tye Odom

DIRECTOR OF SEO

🪄🔮 SEO Wizard

Proud owner of YaYa, undeniably the cutest French bulldog in the world.

Tye attended The University of Alabama to study political science and computer science. He learned the art of SEO while recovering from injuries from the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado. Since then, he has focused all of his attention on SEO and never looked back. Tye has 10+ years of experience in SEO, spearheading projects that increased organic traffic on e-commerce, editorial, agency, real estate and apartment websites and achieved top position for extremely competitive keywords and keyword groups. Tye is the proud owner of a French bulldog, YaYa, and loves golfing and the beach, preferably golfing on the beach.

Rusty Hutchison

MARKETING OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

9️⃣  🚛  Loves Jesus and people, especially Amy, James, Chloe, and Woodsea

Used to drive for the Indy Racing League. A tractor-trailer to be specific.

After graduating from The University of South Carolina, Rusty traveled across the United States which included a one-year stop working in a ski shop in Colorado. Eventually, he visited 48 of 50 states marketing for brands like Coca-Cola, Verizon, Delta, and the Indy Racing League. His experience in marketing, communication strategy, web design, and leadership development is fueled by a passion for helping people and companies communicate effectively. Rusty has worked across diverse industries such as his most recent experience directing marketing strategy for Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. That diverse experience brings a unique perspective on how to strategically move companies towards their desired goals and objectives through marketing. When he is not strategizing for The Nine, he loves helping people grow in their faith and adventuring with his wife Amy and their 3 kids.

Andrew Scarbrough

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

🥁 Drummer. Enjoys all things 80’s.

Husband to Rylee, father to Wilkes, Oliver and Lucca

Andrew lives in Northport, AL. He graduated from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He completed his professional accounting certifications, and is currently licensed as an Enrolled Agent with the Department of Treasury. Andrew has served companies in both corporate and public accounting for over 8 years and is passionate about creating financial systems to help individuals and business achieve growth and improve their bottom line. He is responsible for managing the finances at The Nine, and it’s ventures, striving to help reach its financial objectives and overall growth. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys playing music and sports, and is interested in all things 80’s.

Malarie Brakefield

WEB CREATIVE DIRECTOR

🤘🏼 Was voted "Most Likely to Become a Rockstar" in high school.

Did not become a rockstar

Malarie is a graduate of Bevill State Community College and The University of Alabama where she received her B.A. in digital media. She spent her first nine years in the design world creating various forms of print and digital media for a local newspaper company. She is currently a big sister to a Bichon Frisé named Ellie (aka Turkey) and was once a hobbyist beekeeper. She considers lattes a food group. In her spare time she would rather be at a concert with a friend than most any other place. Malarie recently started working out again and believes she now has muscles. No one believes her. If you want to get on her good side, bring her a bowl of macaroni and cheese. Fun fact: Malarie once got a fist-bump from Norman Reedus.

Hannah McLain

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

🤘🏼 ✏️🌽 Can Kern Until the Cows Come Home

Dungeon Master with a +5 to Typography

Hannah graduated with a BA from Otterbein University with a major in Visual Communications and Drawing and a minor in Art History. As a Senior Designer at The Nine she loves solving problems with design, typography, and ADA compliance to build strong brands and website experiences. She's just as comfortable with a mouse as she is with a paintbrush – splitting her resume with traditional design and sign painting. Off the clock you can find her sewing a jacket or baking a mean triple layer carrot cake.

Emily Williams

CONTENT STRATEGIST

🥬 🥬 Once Grew a 15 lb Cabbage...

...and she was only 8 years old

Emily is a native of Dothan, AL, better known as the peanut capital of the world. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations, as well as a General Business minor. Emily has a passion for people and a love for anything creative, leading her to choose her major. She is a new resident to Knoxville, TN where she and her husband work with Younglife, a ministry mentoring local high school students. She has a bad habit of squealing everytime she sees a dog and is unashamed of asking any stranger if she can pet their pup.

Audrey Nettles

CONTENT PRODUCER

🦋 Dolly Parton Lover & Proud Denture Wearer

Knows how to clog dance

Audrey grew up in Hamilton, MS and earned her B.B.A in Marketing from Mississippi State University. Audrey joined The Nine as Marketing Intern in April of 2022 and filled the position of Content Producer in September of 2022. Audrey loves challenging her creativity and meeting new people. She has recently moved to Tuscaloosa, AL and enjoys spending her time at the lake, thrifting, working out, sewing, and taking photos on her many film cameras.

Steve Karlotski

SEO/LEAD GEN SPECIALIST

🐶  🎩 🐨 Man With A Plan & Jack Of All Trades

Once wrestled a koala bear

Steve is a trophied affiliate marketer who honed his skills on the brutal streets of cold calling and door-to-door sales. But he didn't let the grind get him down. After earning his business degree from San Diego State University, Steve headed to the sunny shores of Pensacola where he spent his days binding books on the beach, enjoying the laid-back retirement lifestyle. But Steve's passion for entrepreneurship never waned. In his free time, he enjoys dabbling in AI, automation, and all things search engine optimization related, including the ever-important art of link building.

Josh Falejczyk

Full-Stack Developer

🎸⚔️ Guitar Hero Slayer

Shopify superhero

Josh first joined The Nine in the summer of 2022 after graduating from The University of Alabama with a Bachelors in Computer Science.  His skillset lies in software and API development, and his current work includes leveraging AI solutions for Vox Verba, and being The Nine's go-to Shopify guy.  Since studying abroad in Ireland in college and broadening his horizons, Josh spent a year teaching English in Spain, and currently spends his time between Chicago and Mexico City.  In his spare time, Josh loves to learn about different cultures through cooking food from around the world, and is slowly but surely getting better at guitar in real life than he is in Guitar Hero.  His other interests include audio signal processing projects, video game development, and creative writing.

Josh Hinds

SENIOR SEO ANALYST

😆 Encourager of Others

Lifelong Learner

My journey into search engine optimization (SEO) and organic traffic generation started when I launched my first website many years ago, dedicated to personal and professional development. Over the years, I've worked with a diverse range of businesses, from startups to Fortune 500 companies and global brands, helping them spread their messages through unpaid digital channels. While it might sound cliché, I'm genuinely passionate about this field. I've also authored articles, published books, and participated in corporate speaking engagements. On a personal note, I'm happily married and the proud step-parent of two wonderful kids.

 

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Working with The Nine and Billy has been a fantastic experience for us. They are prompt, proficient and offer us multiple perspectives in order to maximize the potential of our website. They are far from a static group and are certainly the most dynamic group we have worked with. It's not just what's on the surface of The Nine that is great, it is also what's under the surface that makes The Nine great.