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Monster Tamer Team - Guardian of Web Communications

Monster Tamer Web Services delivers visibility and relevance on the web by removing barriers that block brand awareness and content from reaching your online audience. The Monster Tamer team members work in unison with these objectives in mind. Monster Tamer Web Services is your Guardian of Web Communications.

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Monster Tamer

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero’s path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone we shall be with with all the world.

–Joseph Campbell

The name Monster Tamer came to the founder from the book by Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. In this book, The Hero’s Journey is described in great detail. The oldest and possibly the first myth, is that of the hero. It is the one myth and story found in every culture throughout history. It is the story that binds all humanity. The first known hero was Gilgamesh, translated “Monster Tamer.”

The Monster Tamer brand identity rests on three archetypes; the robot represents one of those three, “The Guardian” archetype. The Huxley Swift character represents our second archetype, “The Engineer.” The third and final archetype, representative of our united front as a team, is that of “The Hero.”

The Hero acts to redeem the culture by overcoming significant odds in service of triumphantly completing extraordinary acts of strength, courage and goodness. The Hero is admired by those who recognize the self-sacrifice, stamina and courage needed to triumph over adversity.

As a continuous learner, the Hero seeks to comprehend the inner life force and complete expression of self, while enduring difficulty, meeting strange fates, and facing shifting obstacles and threats.The essence of the Hero lies in the sacrifice endured and the price paid to achieve the goal of transformation. Motivated to obtain wisdom, the Hero often endures separation and loneliness.

Brand Defense

Guardian TK

“To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”

–Mary Oliver

The Monster Tamer brand identity rests on three archetypes, and the robot represents one of those three, “The Guardian” archetype. The Guardian finds identity and fulfillment by defending, protecting and caring for the well-being of others. The Guardian is the keeper of myth, legacy and values. The Guardian provides security to the community, is an agent of the family, and is motivated to directly enable and protect facets of humanity and the planet.

Offering a firm hand to strategically escort and form a pathway toward the greater good, the Guardian is a deep well of compassion for the bittersweetness of life. Strong and self-sacrificing, the Guardian is an adaptable manager, offering security, respecting privacy and promoting responsibility in service of shielding others from harm. Leading by example, the Guardian draws lines and seeks to facilitate safe risk-taking.

The robot character Guardian is a homage to Gigantor, the space-age robot from the American animated television episodic program which debuted in 1964. Gigantor was an American adaptation of the anime version of Tetsujin 28-go, a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. The concept was reintroduced in the animated movie The Iron Giant and most recently in the most significant advancement of the concept, the film Pacific Rim.

Our founder envisions a one-hundred-seventy-foot replica of Guardian as an amusement to be located at the Seattle Science Center. The attraction would be intended to inspire and be a symbol of the positive relationship that can exist between technology and mankind.

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Huxley Swift

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

–Carl Sagan

The Huxley Swift character represents our second archetype “The Engineer. The Engineer is inquisitive and looks to find solutions to everyday problems. Fulfillment is found by exploring how things work. Having a reputation for fixing things and solving problems, the Engineer is results obsessed and delivery oriented. Eminently practical, the Engineer converts creative energy into constructive expression and personifies a talent for confronting issues ranging from the everyday dilemmas to prodigious visions. At his core, the Engineer is a master of systems.

The Engineer is interested in patterns and demonstrates the value of a disciplined approach to problem solving. The Engineer likes to work methodically and to stay cool.The Engineer is a good team member who values collaborative work that is aimed at an outcome, and is satisfied by adding a specific piece to the whole. The Engineer is intrinsically motivated, often unsung and behind the scenes.

Account Manager

Josh Woodard

Here at Monster Tamer Josh is the bridge between clients and our talent. Performing client due diligence, project briefs and the assignment of projects to our talent pool. As client manager Josh maintains a proactive and responsive stream of communication with clients and talent. Specifically this includes collecting, organizing and managing client brand assets. Performing keyword research and selection for SEO. Mapping long term web development content strategies and performing and presenting web analytics to clients.

Josh graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and in Marketing. While at CWU he did an internship for General Electric’s Financial Services division in Barrington, Illinois. That experience helped him secure his first job with CIBC Oppenheimer, an elite investment brokerage firm, based out of New York.

Web Developer

Jeff Snelling

Jeff is responsible for leading hosting and web development objectives. Originally from Springfield, MO, where he attended and graduated from Drury University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Economics. After graduating, he started his professional career at Boeing in Wichita, and very quickly made his way out to Boeing in Seattle. After working for 7 years in Manufacturing Engineering & Personal Computer support, he left to pursue opportunities at Microsoft.

In 15 years at Microsoft, Jeff held various positions before moving into a Lead Program Manager role where he managed the team of program managers, developers, and testers that built the online content tools for the Customer Support website at Microsoft.

When not working, Jeff enjoys relaxing with his wife Susan, bicycling all over Washington, being an active Maple Valley Rotarian, and cooking, no really…cooking.

Web Developer

Taggert Rose

While not riding motorcycles, he is responsible for hosting, SEO, and web development support. Taggert Rose graduated from Woodinville High School and is currently studying web development.

Web Developer

Justin Sparks

For the last 5 years, Justin has worked with Monster Tamer in Web Development, SEO, and web hosting management.Justin Sparks graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and Accounting. Outside of the web universe, Justin enjoys going to concerts, exploring the Pacific Northwest, finding new microbrews, and Husky Football.

CEO

Maxwell Akira

a.k.a TBR

As CEO Maxwell is responsible for creating and delivering value to all stakeholders. Maxwell leads the continuous expansion of knowledge,skills and capabilities of all team members. The heart of a typical day for Maxwell is fostering a culture that is responsive to client needs and and placing them in a leadership position on the web.

He is a native of Washington state, raised in the Hoodsport area of Shelton and currently lives in Woodinville. When he is not engaged in helping companies establish and leverage a strong brand, Maxwell enjoys keeping up to date with his kids, reading, skiing in the winter, listening to music on vintage Hi-Fi from the 70’s, and tinkering with his guitar.