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Meet The Team

Nicole Zhang

EDITOR IN CHIEF + CO-FOUNDER, MODWEDDING

Nicole is in love with wedding and
addicted to all things pretty.

 

A serial entrepreneur, international businesswoman, and student of style, Nicole was inspired to create MODwedding based on her personal experiences with friends who were getting married. She noticed that brides and grooms, who usually kept their friends up-to-date via Facebook and Twitter, were unable to share information about their wedding festivities because online resources were sparse and much of the planning and communication with guests was taking place offline. Looking to fill that gap, Nicole is working with co-founder Alex Hsiao to launch MODwedding.com in the spring of 2010.

Nicole has previously held positions at Tyson International Trading Group, LLC and Impero Inc. Both firms specialized in the international import and export business. During her tenure, Nicole focused on securing influential contacts and experienced business networks in China. The Impero business, which imported and exported specialty and hardwood flooring, was sold in 2008.

 

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Alex Hsiao

CEO + CO-FOUNDER, MODWEDDING

Alex is an award-winning designer and
loves to travel.

 

Alex is an Entrepreneur & an award winning Designer. A proven visionary leader and strategist in the interactive product design space, with extensive experience in user experience, brand management, and graphic design. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Communication Arts, and PC Mag’s top 100 web sites.

Alex’s diverse startup experience ranged from brand to crafting digital product experiences. Working with his co-founder Nicole Zhang, Alex founded MOD Enterprises Inc. and its first project, MODwedding.com. MODwedding.com gives couples an opportunity to manage, organize and share their wedding plans, information and experiences in an elegant and tasteful way.

Back in the day he was Director at AOL for Audience Product Technologies, providing vision, brand management, and user experience design direction to numerous R&D initiatives, consumer applications and services. Alex’s creative direction guided such products as AIM, AOL China, AOL Radio & Video. Most recently he helped shape design experiences at Verizon, Netflix, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, and The Humane Society.

Alex served on the executive board of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Washington DC Chapter. He received his BA in Design cum laude from American University and taught advanced multimedia and computer graphics at his alma mater as an adjunct professor. You can find him in various design & technology industry related events speaking or meeting new people.

 

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Kara Yates

SENIOR EDITOR, MODWEDDING

Kara is passionate about fusing editorial with the new wave of design.

 

As senior editor of MODwedding, Kara brings a fresh, creative perspective to the website’s editorial content. Much of her professional experience includes creative writing, editing, and managing the editorial processes for several publications. Kara has also served as a quality control coordinator for a DC-based firm where she managed the editing process for company deliverables.

Kara began her path as a writer during her time with an Atlanta-based national magazine designed for business professional women.  She also worked with literary journals including Aunt Chloe and L-I-N-K-E-D. Later, Kara joined CNN.com and the CNN Wire, where she wrote the first wire article that was purchased by an affiliate news station in 2009. Kara has a strong appreciation for the art of storytelling and enhancing the web-based reading experience with vivid imagery and multi-media. She is passionate about fusing editorial with the new wave of design.

Having earned a BA in English from Spelman College, Kara is now working toward a Master’s degree in Publishing with a concentration in design and production from the George Washington University. When she’s not discovering the latest wedding trends to inspire MODwedding readers, you might find her painting with acrylics or dancing the tango.

 

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Olivia Karegeannes

CREATIVE WRITER, MODWEDDING

Olivia is a bookworm excited about exploring the future of writing and publishing.

 

Olivia is an undergrad journalism student at George Mason University. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Olivia has had the opportunity to live all over the United States, while always taking her passion for writing with her. As a member of the MODwedding team, Olivia is excited to contribute her writing skills to the editorial department discussing hot topics taking place in the wedding industry.

 

 

Advisors

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Jodi Moraru

CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER

Passion combined with inspiration is the driving force behind the success of Jodi Moraru’s clients’ events. Following 20 years in the event industry, and 14 years as the founder and creator of EVOKE, Jodi today brings a fresh approach to each and every event she produces. “I have the left and right sides of my brain working simultaneously,” Jodi says. This enables her to not only come up with unique and creative concepts, but also to execute them with precision and flair. There is nothing cookie cutter about the events that Jodi produces. Each event is approached as its own unique creation, which allows the team at EVOKE to always exceed clients’ expectations. Clients, time and time again, say that they love Jodi’s enthusiasm, responsiveness and calm manner.

Jodi’s evokes passion, drama, out of the box ideas, adventure, & a bohemian style.

She loves taking risks and allowing her instinctual creative side to wander to execute an affair with luxury.

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Michael Clements

MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR

Michael M Clements floats between media, the arts, tech and entrepreneurship. His overriding philosophy is Business+Creativity=Happiness™. He founded the participatory art party concept ArtJamz LLC in 2010 in order to build a franchise from the ground up. Genki Media™ LLC is a communications consultancy specializing in producing captivating content.

Formerly, Michael was the executive editor of Washington Life Magazine, where he managed the daily production of washingtonlife.com as well as all social media, digital and TV/Video initiatives. Provided executive leadership, strategy and original content for Washington Life magazine, printed 10x annually, and negotiates, facilitates and maintains strategic partnerships.

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Michael Cravens

PRODUCT TECHNOLOGIST

Cravens oversees all product development and project management at Sittercity. Since joining Sittercity in 2011, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led the product and technical development for Sittercity’s expansion into senior care. He also developed and managed the company’s international expansion into Canada and Great Britain.

Prior to joining Sittercity, Cravens founded BabySitters.com in 2000. BabySitters.com grew into one of the leading childcare referral sites on the Internet, focused on helping parents find quality childcare in their local area. Cravens self-funded the business until reaching profitability in 2005; the business remained profitable until being acquired by Sittercity in 2010.

In 1995, Cravens started working at AOL. Over a period of 10 years he spearheaded all product development and product management for a myriad of business areas including AOL Search, AOL for Small Business, new client launches and updates, billing systems, and customer care systems.

Cravens holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Campbell University, which he earned with distinction while also serving active duty in the Marines. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in 1995 for six years of exceptional service, including combat action in the first Gulf War.