The Omni Group

  • 1000 Dexter Ave N
  • Suite 400
  • Seattle WA 98109-3582
  • +1 206-523-4152
  • +1 800-315-OMNI (6664)
  • +1 206-523-5896 (Fax)

Developing applications exclusively for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. We’re an employee-owned company dedicated to awesome software and enthusiastic customer support in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

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Our Story

We think that Omni is a different sort of company and that it shows in both our products and our service. There are a bunch of things that make Omni a special place:

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.

Team

Ken Case
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

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 Wood
Founder, Chief Technology Officer

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 Reed
Chief Operating Officer

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 West
Marketing Manager

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.

Mark Boszko
Marketing

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.

Derek Reiff
Marketing

In college, Derek did some things with computers, journalism, and running. Now, of course, he’s in Seattle. His recent projects include trying to persuade others to go halves on a sailboat buying sailboats, drinking lattes, brewing drinkable beer, and attempting to roast his own coffee. Derek writes some words here and there for Omni.

Aaron Bendickson
System Administrator

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.

Gil Wilson
System Administrator

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Tami Needham
Operations Assistant

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.

Terry Stearns
Executive Chef

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 Hall
Kitchen Manager

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.

Jordan Johnson
Kitchen Assistant

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.

Kristen Powell
Kitchen Assistant

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….”

David Messent
Services

A Support Human Emeritus, Dave splits his time between managing various products and working on our website. 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 Brandt
Services

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 Tobin
Services

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.

Andrew Abernathy
Software Development

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.

Tom Bunch
Software Development

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 Burkhalter
Software Development

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 a very cute child. 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.

Jake Carter
Software Development

After finishing all 7 seasons of Star Trek: TNG in only a few short months, Jake now believes he is a Federation officer sent to the past to study how computer programming used to be done. He started in the late 90’s with HTML and JavaScript but quickly moved on to VB.NET and C#. After a few years of C# and keeping up with web stuff, Jake felt a hole in the bottom of his heart. In 2008, after hearing of the iPhone 3G, he filled that hole by teaching himself Objective-C. And he never looked back.

Curt Clifton
Software Development

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.

Jim Correia
Software Development

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.

Tim Ekl
Software Development

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.

William Lewis
Software Development

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 Patrick
Software Development

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.

Kyle Sluder
Software Development

Another refugee from the East Coast, Kyle got started writing Mac software for his college radio station before absconding to Seattle to work at Omni. Though by now he’s quite settled in his adopted home, he did recently smuggle a ration of bagels back from New York.

Greg Titus
Software Development

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 Worthington
Software Development

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
Test Manager

Growing up in Northern California, Kristina spent many childhood hours hunched over her Commodore VIC-20 keyboard learning the basics of BASIC and later, testing software at LucasArts Games. Kristina turned her love of technology into a 20-year career spanning two states and many areas of the computer industry. She can usually be found making software misbehave, wearing seasonally inappropriate scarves while singing in the Brougham End and teaching her young son to appreciate the beautiful game.

Jameson Brown
Software Test Pilots

Jameson is yet another transplant from NYC (though he grew up in the tourist town of Saratoga Springs) and misses good Italian food and a decent public transit system, but not the lingering smell of garbage in the summer. He originally went to school for audio engineering before getting into the support business at Omni. He enjoys making music with his trusty laptop and has a soft spot for video games of the 80’s and early 90’s.

He tries in earnest to explode our software so you don’t have to.

Kam Dahlin
Software Test Pilots

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.

Liz Marley
Software Test Pilots

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 Motonaga
Software Test Pilots

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.

Steve Sandvik
Software Test Pilots

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.

Dan Segars
Software Test Pilots

Dan likes long drives. One day he was on a drive down a very familiar stretch of road, but this time the road forked. By looking down one side of the fork he saw it went to familiar places. When looking down the other side of the fork there was a big bend he couldn’t see around. After much deliberation, he traveled down the new road. Thus began a new journey in the software industry. Dan tests our software & tells the developers how great they are. He enjoys family, guitar, & beer with friends.

Dan Walker
Software Test Pilots

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 Covey
Support Manager

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.

Ainsley Bourque
Support Humans

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 Cherof
Support Humans

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 Kwong
Support Humans

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.

Paul Palinkas
Support Humans

Paul never met a cat he didn’t like. Working support at Omni for 5 years, Paul believes in the power of clear, authentic communication, even when it isn’t easy.

Paul doesn’t like overly-hopped beer, but does enjoy whiskey, pinball, slapstick, marriage, puppets, handclaps & harmonies, yelling at the radio before he’s had coffee, and whoopee cushions.

He lives with his unbelievably loving, patient and adorable soulmate-of-a-wife, and the 2 best cats in the known universe.

April Ramm
Support Humans

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.

Steve Schenk
Support Humans

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.

William Van Hecke
User Experience Lead

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.

Joel Page
User Experience

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.

David Lonning
Documentation Wrangler

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.

Andrea McVittie
User Experience

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 Toporek
Documentation Wrangler

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.