Developing applications exclusively for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. We’re an employee-owned company dedicated to awesome software and enthusiastic customer support in beautiful Seattle, Washington.
From our roots as a consulting company in the early ‘90s, the Omni Group has enjoyed sustained growth. Our early focus on the NeXT platform allowed us to transition to Mac OS X and iOS. We’ve enjoyed contributing to the success of those platforms and sharing in their phenomenal growth.
The Omni Group, like our software, is designed for the long haul. A quick growth, buy-out culture works for some, but doesn’t fit our philosophy of long-term support for our customers.
We try to keep the office fun. We treat each other with respect. We cultivate pride in our work. We put massive amounts of work into our products.
We’re privileged to be able to work each day with smart and talented people who are passionate about creating great software. All while treating customers with respect, making a living, and having fun.
Omni’s distinctive productivity applications have won three Macworld Editors’ Choice awards, a MacUser UK “Maxine” award, Macworld Expo Best of Show, two Mac Observer Editors’ Choice Awards, an iPhone Alley Editors’ Choice award, and five Apple Design awards.
Ken Case is Chairman and CEO of the Omni Group, which he founded with Tim Wood and Wil Shipley. Ken is a computer geek at heart, and continues to contribute directly to building Omni’s products. Before founding Omni in 1992, Ken consulted for NeXT and worked for the University of Washington.
Ken has developed software for over eighteen operating systems, but since finding the NeXT / Mac / iOS platform he’s been happy to focus on the platform which he feels makes our team the most productive.
Tim graduated from the University of Washington with two bachelor’s degrees, Computer Science and Pure Mathematics. After a long stint consulting for Fortune 500 companies, followed by a shorter one doing game ports, Tim is joyously immersed in growing Mac OS X consumer software. Tim is the team lead for OmniFocus and OmniOutliner as well as working on the Omni Frameworks and serving as the Vice President of Software Development.
Tim lives in Seattle with his wife, son, and daughter.
Molly has a keen eye for detail and a desire to optimize. And that’s a good thing: she deals in what we call The Real World.
She’s in charge of keeping us insured, microwave-game prevention and/or fallout, and gets the call at 3AM if a door breaks down.
She’s happiest when she is buried deep in the function catalogue of a spreadsheet. Molly is a native PNWer that is actively offended by socks with sandals. She received her MBA at UW.
Grayson hails from the south coast of Oregon. A competitive cyclist since the age of 14, Grayson dropped out of college after one year and pursued a career as a cyclist in Belgium, France and Holland. After falling short due to a broken femur while racing in France, Grayson went to the beach.
He attended Savannah College of Art and Design and Northern Arizona University, where he received his B.F.A. in visual communication.
At Omni, Grayson does graphic design work and manages the department.
Ever since Mark was a young lad in southern Maryland, when he saw the TV special about the visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back, he knew he wanted to get into movies. Or TV. Or music. Or engineering. Or design. Or software. One of those. He still can’t quite decide.
Mark used to work in cable TV, but now he spends his non-Omni hours watching every movie he can get his hands on, recording podcasts about them (and Star Trek), and searching for the ever-elusive perfect tiki drink.
After college, Derek moved from the Great Midwest. (Indiana) Now, of course, he’s in the Great Pacific Northwest. (And loves it.) He’s into “seriously considering” buying boats, sailing, fastpacking, attempting to roast better coffee, and brewing drinkable beer.
Derek writes some words here and there for Omni.
From Appalachia to Cascadia, Kristin is a mountain girl at heart. After attending design school, a brief stint in the Netherlands, and a four year detour in Apple retail, she found herself merrily pushing pixels at Omni.
When she isn’t busy wrangling her Shiba Inu, Yuki, you can find her on the trail, with her nose in a book, screen printing, or keeping up with her fierce succulent habit.
If you ask Aaron where he’s from he will most likely tell you Missoula, Montana despite not having lived there since he was 18. After studying music in Boston he found himself qualified for a long and successful career in the street corner windshield washing industry. Fortunately he also is pretty adept at fixing stuff. In his spare time he can be found cycling, playing (or fixing) pinball games, making music or corralling his brood of children.
Tami somehow entered the realms of Omni without ever having heard of Battlestar Galactica or playing World of Warcraft. She studied Psychology at Seattle Pacific University and worked with troubled adolescent boys. She later became a certified bra fitter at Nordstrom’s. She has a green Jeep Wrangler named Jewel and organizes “boutique-style” yard sales. She refuses to define what “boutique-style” means, so we assume cookies. Tami fiercely defends our gates, protecting us from scary folk like the delivery folks.
From tater tots to roasted salmon with a carrot vinaigrette, Terry keeps the Omni engine running with his tasty treats. On the side, he’s an instrument-wielding yogi.
Jane describes herself as “a modest woman,” but luckily there plenty of folks at Omni who will boast on her behalf. Dear reader, these facts are true: She rides a perhaps too cool blue motorcycle to work. She can often be seen rocking the skins in an arabic music band around the Seattle area. One of her previous bands was named “The Bucharest Drinking Team”. Last but not least, she once played a clown show. In Hong Kong. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried, people. Hear us now and believe us later: Jane is rad.
Born to a walrus somewhere outside of Singapore in 1356, Jordan Johnson would quickly become known as “Skrabblebrabzle,” which in Malaysian loosely translates to, “He who rains friendly kidney pie on all of your children’s toes.” in honor of the great deeds of pie showering he performed. Jordan resurfaces in historical texts at the age of 20 stealing kidneys in Paris and selling them to the highest bidder. Eventually captured and imprisoned in the Bastille, he tunneled out 6 months with a baguette.
Born with a dollar and six dimes under the mountain Auyantepui in Salto Angel, Venezuela, his mother mistook him for a girl and named him Kristen in a moment of confusion. When she realized her mistake she decided to move him to the ghettos of California, but he ran away from the ‘hood to the safety of Redondo Beach. When he found out about the life in Seattle he said to himself, “this is the last boat I will be on….”
A Support Human Emeritus, Dave took over Product Management duties for OmniFocus in the Summer of 2014. Born and raised in Seattle, he enjoys a quiet life at home with his wife, dog, and a rotating cast of hobbies (ask him about “meta-woodworking”). Prior to joining Omni, Dave made coffee and PowerPoint presentations about mobile phones (though not at the same time).
Troy grew up near Seattle and has always known that this is his town. Keeping with the spirit of Seattle he fell in love with music and has devoted much of his studies to writing, performing and recording music. He has an “art” school degree in Audio Production where he learned the art of knob twiddling and that dynamic compression is way cooler than boring overused digital effects. Somehow, he wound up with us here at Omni where he currently spends his days building websites. And more.
Rachel comes to Omni from the land of 10,000 lakes and hotdish. After spending too many cold winters avoiding the outdoors, Rachel packed up her cats and headed west to Seattle. When she’s not developing web things, you can find her hiking Mt. Rainier, rock climbing, or playing games that require a really big table.
Raised in Alabama (with a side trip to Scotland), Andrew spent a few years in the Atlanta area earning enough to buy a NeXTstation, before moving to Seattle in the mid-nineties. He joined Omni soon after and claims to still love it here. He appreciates the (all-too-short) Seattle summers and the beauty and variety of the region, though he misses thunderstorms and water warm enough to go swimming in. He enjoys refining concepts and rendering them to code, and capturing the world with his camera.
In 1995, Tom abdicated his position as a research consultant at the University of Washington, where his responsibilities included saving Pacific Northwest salmon stocks from near certain extinction to join Omni. (His reasons were sound!) Since joining Omni, Tom’s clients have included Standard & Poors, Adobe Systems, Inc., Food.com, and MacPlay, Inc. Tom installs bugs in OmniPlan to keep Mr. Kwong busy. In his spare time, Tom wrangles his children.
Andrew has, in chronological order: been born, earned degrees in computer science and music theory, escaped Indiana, married, saved the environment, come to work at Omni, and fathered two very cute children. His best attributes, in random order: nerd cred (he has been caught talking to himself in Ewok), a handsome face (he was once mistaken for Josh Groban by a woman wearing a Josh Groban jacket), and mad skillz (see: the ever-improving OmniFocus). He is also very humble, which is why his wife wrote this bio.
Curt started his professional life as an electrical engineer with IBM and Procter & Gamble. After securing the world’s mouthwash supply, he decided to pursue his love of bits and bytes, earning his PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State in 2005.
Curt came to Omni from Rose-Hulman, where he was an associate professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering. When not coding, Curt can be found on the roads and trails around Seattle wearing out another pair of running shoes or hiking boots.
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest to join Omni, Jim has studied physics, and written code for Bare Bones Software, and the SimCalc Project at the University of Massachusetts. He once spent a summer searching for exotic mesons. He also refuses to write a bio.
Kam believes a good bio should convey a strong sense of the individual. To use the power of words to answer the question, “who is this person?” Sadly Kam’s early bio attempts fell short. Previous bios were missing that something, that magic, that certain je ne sais quoi. So that is why he decided to write his bio on the back of a breaching narwhal, while doing a Turkish Get Up, with only his bare cunning to protect him from the icy waters. It was sunrise, and it was magnificent. You are welcome.
Tim wrote his first iOS app in 2008 as a quick project on a then-new iPhone 3G, with no intention of expanding his Objective-C skills. Years later, he somehow leveraged that project (and the dozens that followed) into a career with Omni, where he works mostly on OmniFocus.
Tim came to Seattle from Chicago, bringing with him a MacBook Pro and a 42U server rack. He maintains that the Nintendo 64 is the best console and has a deep affinity for Starbucks, which coincides well with Omni’s location.
Shannon used to spend her spare time building apps. Having happily discovered that she can write code full-time and still have spare time, she now spends her spare time with her children, her knitting, and her apps. She is hardly ever bored.
Wim is afraid of both cameras and bios. ← That’s pretty much all this web page has ever said about Wim, but
recently several years ago we learned some interesting information about Wim’s childhood that we thought we would share. Years ago, a youthful and enterprising Wim installed a theremin behind a wall in his family’s home - then he wired it into their intercom system. Whenever an unsuspecting victim would walk by, the instrument would come to life, filling the house with eerie wails.
Ryan grew up in Syracuse, NY which explains why he thinks that Seattle has fabulous weather year-round. In a previous life, he was a mechanical engineer and spent a few years designing airplane engines (so, yes, you should be afraid to fly). Realizing that he enjoyed algorithms and conditional loops over gears and coefficients of friction, Ryan went back to school and got his Masters in CS from George Washington University in 2003. When not programming, Ryan can be found outside on either a trail or a bike.
Brent — Chicago-born, Maryland-raised — moved to Seattle after high school. After working as a busboy, book pricer at Goodwill, secretary in a biology lab, and assistant to the Christmas buyer in a now-defunct home—and-hardware chain (not his fault), Brent stumbled into writing software, and he’s happily stuck there ever since.
For fun, when he isn’t writing software, Brent likes writing other software. He may not live in the physical world.
Greg was born and raised in the Seattle area, and strives mightily to achieve maximum stereotype status via coffee addiction, introversion, microbrews, game geekery, grunge music, and sailing on the sound with his lovely wife and two kids. He even enjoys the rain.
After a few rebellious teen years working at Microsoft, he came to the Omni Group, and has since touched - and broken - nearly every piece of code at one time or another.
Rachael’s a knitter, a D&Der, a video game player, a sports fan, a wife, a sister, a friend, and that crazy lady down the way. Also, sometimes the walking undead. Not often, though.
Kristina Sontag is the Software Test Manager at The Omni Group and a 20-year software industry veteran. In addition to gleefully contributing to Omni’s software quality, she knits, supports her local soccer teams, organizes code camps for middle-school girls and explores the Pacific Northwest with her son.
Michelle hails from Boilermaker country where she found her love of sports of all sorts. After college she moved to Florence Y’all, finding she was a pretty slow developer because she spent all of her time testing software. Fate rolled a natural 20 and voilà! Michelle became a software tester.
Brand new to Seattle because of its proximity to Maui—and because working at Omni is awesome—Michelle enjoys her cats, hockey, gaming, Gen Con, crafts, and reading.
Starting her professional life early on, Jessica knew exactly what she wanted to do with her passion for
breaking things awesome software. After starting off in the Silicon Valley, she moved back home to Seattle where Omni now feeds her warm gooey cookies.
Jessica also enjoys photography and going on spontaneous adventures with her witty husband.
Harvey Mudd College tried to teach Liz Computer Science, but each program she touched turned to bugs and crashes. Turning this liability into an asset, she began software testing in that state run by an Austrian movie star. But when she had hummed “I miss the rains down in Africa” a few too many times, she realized she had to leave the desert. Now in Seattle, she has an exciting career using our software way, way before we’re finished writing it.
Derek is a native Seattleite and creator of things and cookies. He learned to program robots to do his bidding at UW, but preferred to avoid judgement day so he now breaks software and manages outlines. Rediscovering his passion for creating art of various forms, his house is now filled with art supplies. You can also find him out volunteering around the greater Seattle area with One Brick and helping to run it behind the scenes. His cats have their own Vine account.
Like many Omni-ites, Steve’s path included a stop at the UW in the early 1990s. From there, though, his path took him through nuclear and coal-fired power generation, with stops in all four corners of the country, as well as visits to Dubai, Australia, and Hawaii. He returned to the world of computers to escape rotating shift work, and is happy to be working with new friends and old on products that help and inspire our customers.
Steve has roots in central Illinois and arrived in the northwest via Brooklyn, NY. He comes to us with years of field experience with Apple and a Psychology degree from the University of Illinois. In 2004, Steve decided Seattle was the place to be after taking a solo road trip in his 1977 VW Westy and enjoying coffee for the first time.
When he’s not at Omni taking calls, you’ll find him tackling TV show marathons with his girlfriend, playing guitar, and running. Steve is an INTP.
Dan’s first career was as a divemaster. He lived on-board the dive boat, leading tours day and night during week long cruises. After moving to Seattle and graduating from the University of Washington with an Informatics degree, he has been testing server software. It wasn’t that drastic of a transition really: at one point while leading a dive he managed to crash a dive computer while 50 feet underwater. Now he’s more likely to be found cycling around the water and spending time with his family.
Brian grew up in the town where they put birds on everything. He spent 7 years getting a 4-year degree from a college that operates like a chapter out of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. In ‘99, he moved to Seattle “for a few years”. He’s still here.
He’s part of Gen X, so his Amelio-era decision to get into Macs has not turned out at all like he expected. By virtue of being hired first, he’s spent over ten years building our league of Support Humans. He feels pretty fortunate.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Ainsley arrived in Seattle following stints in Nevada and Eastern Washington. Having used Apple computers from an early age, she likes to tell the story about how she first used OmniGraffle as a ninth grader. Despite her natural affinity for computers and all things geeky, Ainsley graduated from the University of Washington with a Political Science degree.
In her free time, Ainsley can be found crafting, reading, and talking about how she should start running again.
Aaron comes to Seattle from Florida via Boston. After no winters and decidedly real winters, he enjoys the pleasant fake winters that can be experienced in the Pacific Northwest.
Ever the trailblazer, Aaron enjoys the convenience that comes with sharing the most popular first name in the company. In addition to his support work, he writes music and occasionally provides old-timey radio voiceover for our promotional videos. He also pretends to be a foodie.
Aaron started out as a young Alaskan, surviving winters and finishing homework on his early Apple computers. He had to leave for reasons that are forever sealed in Alaska’s juvenile records, and he ended up in Seattle. High school followed by art school, and a tour of duty at Apple retail. He’s now a product manager at Omni with OmniPlan, an app dangerously close to reaching perfection.
April grew up in South Park as a mechanic’s daughter. She had to learn how to rebuild an engine before she was allowed to drive. Grease is not fun, though — computers are. Fast forward a few years, add a husband, three kids, and a dog. She loves helping folks learn about our products. In her free time, she likes shows and movies about robots and spaceships, often when they’re making each other go Kaboom. She likes to do crafty things. Like woodworking, knitting, and sewing.
Anne is a sturdy human female with no obvious deformities who rarely smells bad. She married a Southerner despite the obvious cultural challenges. Then, they created an adorable smaller version of themselves. She’s a beauty school dropout and former makeup-lady who sings in the Seattle Women’s Chorus. She loves sci-fi, but won’t watch dramas because of the feelings. And dramas that masquerade as comedies? No. She’s also been known to organize things that don’t need organizing.
From being the geekiest member of a Shakespearean troupe, to being the most Shakespearean of a geeky troop, Orion brings a different take to tech. With a background in theatrical fisticuffs and swordplay, he is as fast with a quip as a dagger – and will use either, to solve a problem. Occasionally loud, and prone to dramatic turns of phrase, he’s been a geek since he first turned on a TRS-80… and that Macintosh 128K blew his mind! He’s been using Omni software since 2002, and is downright tickled to be part of the team.
Bill got his start designing software by reverse-engineering his brother’s text adventures on a Mac Plus; he’s never really stopped since. He has an MS in Human-Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington, and literally wrote the book on the topic of iOS design. His primary hobby is hobby-collecting — the more esoteric and demanding of patience, the better. To function properly, Bill requires a bowl of Cheez-It every evening and two weeks in Tokyo every year.
Making pixels is easy. They’re just little squares of screen that look one color or the other. Now, figuring out where they need to go, that’s the hard part. More important still is knowing where they shouldn’t go. That’s what Joel does, in his efforts to make icons and other sundry images, and he often abuses his powers as OmniGraffle Product Manager to make that job easier.
Dave hails from the wilds of Minnesota by way of eight years in Japan, where he was exposed to the mysterious mineral hot springs that are the source of his technical writing prowess. He honed those skills at a small software localization company before finding a home at Omni, where he treats crafting manuals and in-app help as a labor of love.
When not wordsmithing he can be found crafting tunes, running the regular Omni Pathfinder game, or immersed in the minutiae of sundry geek hobbies.
Once upon a time Andrea lived in a far away mitten-shaped land where she went to art school, built library websites, got excited about UX, and went to grad school for HCI.
One afternoon while finishing her final project, she decided to move over 2k miles away to Seattle, sight unseen. This was very unlike her.
She adapted quickly by aquiring a shelter mutt and a hiking habit and is living happily ever after. It has worked out fairly well so far except for the lack of really good mujaddara.
Chuck hails from Michigan, all parts of the west coast, and, occasionally, Boston. His nomadic ways all started during a stint in the U.S. Navy where he excelled at floating around the Pacific and Indian Oceans and chasing hermit crabs around the Maldive Islands. Protected by his magic helmet, Chuck’s real passion is riding and crashing his mountain bike into various moving and static objects. He also writes and edits, and has been known to bake things, using his coworkers as test subjects.