Meet Team Vortex
Jonathan Sabin CEO As the principal of Vortex Business Solutions, a full service business acceleration consultancy, web development and visual communications company, Jonathan consults with startups, entrepreneurs, and mature companies interested in increasing their client base and advancing their business.
Jonathan believes that everyone has a passion that drives their vision, yet few businesses have the entire team needed to become successful. Vortex Business Solutions emerged with the sole purpose of helping businesses make their vision possible. Drive More Business to your Business!
Jonathan first began building computers as a teenager in 1968 utilizing old IBM 960’s, and the journey has never ended. In 1996, he launched his first business E-commerce website. From System Administration to Web Dev. and Internet Marketing, he has logged 25,000+ hours in computer and web development and 50,000+ hours in the business world having made over 850 bi-weekly payrolls.
Jonathan has had business ownership in everything from jewelry and colored stone retailing to restaurant partnerships, to a design and photographic studio, to PR and advertising in NYC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1978 and worked in industrial commercial photography throughout North America for several decades. Vortex Business Solutions represents the culmination of 41 years of business experience.
At Vortex Business Solutions, we take your Passion and Vision and apply it Strategically to the Market place.
Marc Strauch Director, Business Strategy Marc Strauch brings more than 25 years of strategic planning, marketing and leadership working with Fortune 100 and early stage technology companies.
A marketing communications strategy consultant to Microsoft from 1996 to the present, he helped launch several versions of Windows, Office, Tablet PC, SharePoint Server and Enterprise Project Management as well as help build Microsoft’s Business Value team enabling technologists to make pre-deployment financial-driven business cases to CXOs. Marketing communications clients have included Cisco, Intel, Tata and Wipro and through Microsoft, many of the world’s leading consumer and industrial brands.
He has co-founded three software startups – online video distribution, search+social and enterprise applications – and has consulted on business plan development, marketing and go-to-market execution with a variety of early stage B2B and B2C software, consumer and green-tech companies.
Marc has been a photographer and documentary and corporate filmmaker with training at UCLA and AFI and has a passion for creating consciousness-based media. His formal training is in strategic planning and organizational management with a graduate degree in urban planning and public policy.
Molly Cook Art Director Molly Cook is a Professional Art Director and Graphic Designer at Vortex Business Solutions.
Molly’s expertise has culminated in 35 years of experience and includes skills such as developing creative identities, graphic and marketing solutions, and meeting individual clients’ needs. She is passionate about providing her clients with the tools to promote their products or services.
As an art director for Vortex, Molly is able to look at the entire brand identity, across the board, in all venues from print to social media. With the extensive hands-on graphic design experience she understands not only the visual aspect but also the technical side, optimizing the clients’ overall experience.
When Molly is not working, she enjoys a variety of wellness activities such as yoga, running, hiking and spending time with her family and friends. Her home is her sanctuary. She loves to entertain, especially on the deck — when the weather is cool and the fire is roaring! This scene is complete when her daughters and their families are there to share time.
What Molly loves most about working at VBS is being a part of a team with a vision and working on projects that are truly cutting edge.
“At Vortex I am (willingly) challenged to push my talents, learn new methods and stay current for complete client satisfaction!”
Pamela Sabin CFO
Justin is most passionate about sports and technology, and when he is not working, he enjoys being at home, hanging out with friends and family, attending or watching sporting events, and playing video games.
Justin loves working at VBS because the team members are awesome!
“As a web developer, I use variety of web technologies and content management systems to create, develop, and maintain clients’ websites to provide the best possible online experiences for clients and their audiences.”
Cody Bontrager Development Engineer Cody Bontrager is a Web Developer at Vortex Business Solutions. His job skills include HTML, CSS, WordPress, Joomla, Photoshop, and Indesign.
Cody is most passionate about sports, technology, music, and the Green Bay Packers. When he’s not working at Vortex, he enlists his free time outdoors with camping and being active. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching sporting events.
As a Web Developer at Vortex, Cody helps create and modify websites with different web technologies. With an innovative mind and programming experience, he’ll work until the client’s goals are met.
“With content management systems and web technologies I produce a creative and user friendly site to fit each client and their business needs.”
Will Aden Web Development Engineer Will Aden is a content writer and web programmer at Vortex Business Solutions. His skills include HTML, CSS, WordPress, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, Audacity and Python.
At Vortex, Will makes sure that all of the websites are up-to-date and working correctly. He also writes SEO for sites, creates content, and codes wherever it’s needed. He
enjoys the wide range of projects and tasks he gets to work on everyday. He sees new obstacles as exciting challenges to overcome.
In his free time, Will enjoys performing music, playing video games, reading, going to local concerts, and watching TV shows and movies. He also writes for blogs about various video games and TV shows. No matter what he’s doing, he’s probably thinking about what article he’s going to write next.
“Through coding and writing, I hope to help our clients get their message across as effectively as possible.”
Katie Wolfe Project Manager and Social Media Engineer Katie Wolfe is a Project Manager and the Social Media Engineer at Vortex. She is responsible for updating and managing all social media sites for Vortex and it’s clients.
Katie loves the team atmosphere and fast pace work environment at Vortex and how involved everyone is in every project at Vortex.
When not at work she spends all the time she can outdoors. Katie likes to experiment with Photography whenever she can, to capture the best Instagram post.
“I enjoy working at Vortex because I get to be creative every day and work with a very talented team”
Lizzie Tonner Project ManagerLizzie is a project manager and photographic assistant at Vortex Business Solutions. She is responsible for managing the communication between client and developers, and assists with pre and post production camera work.
Her background is in journalism, which she studied at the University of Iowa. Her skill set lies in communication, content writing and digital photography.
In her free time, Lizzie enjoys thrift shopping, collecting vintage clothing, and trying out local diners.
“I love being up-to-date on local news and events. Working at Vortex connects me with the movers and shakers of the community, leaving me feeling inspired daily.”
Ricardo Ascencio Marketing InternRicardo Ascencio is a marketing intern at Vortex Business Solutions. He is responsible for assisting in editing and producing video and visual content for Vortex and their clients.
Ricardo's skills include: Camera and audio work, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, and Final Cut Pro.
Ricardo's number one priority at Vortex is to make everyone's job much easier and being able to assist in any way that is possible.
When Ricardo is not working; he enjoys playing fantasy football, watching Spielberg films and kicking back with a couple of cold drinks.
"Vortex has given me the opportunity to continue gaining experience in creative marketing while also working with hardworking professionals."
Buddy Spirit Leader | Head of Security Buddy is the Spirit Leader and Head of Security at Vortex Business Solutions. His skills include begging for food, being adorable and soft to touch, and lightening everyone’s day with his doggy nuzzles. Buddy’s loving and curious personality helps bring laughter and happiness into the office environment and keeps stress levels at a minimum during intense deadlines.
Buddy was rescued by Jonathan and Pamela Sabin after the 2008 flood that devastated Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.