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We exist to make sales and marketing systematic, scalable, and fun.

We strive for true partnership with our clients. Our ultimate goal is to help you identify and accomplish your sales and marketing objectives. We aim to delight.

 

Character and passion fuel our creative efforts.

At Vendilli Digital Group, “WE C.A.R.E.” represents the guiding core values that we share and live by. We work hard together and play to win.

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Teamwork

“We” means TEAMWORK. It’s no coincidence that the “We Care” emblem resembles a team logo. We’re on a team with each of our clients, and we’re on a team with each other. Teammates always take care of each other. None of us is as smart as all of us.

Creativity

The environment we work in should always be creative, productive, and fun. A mindset of abundance is a must to remain at our full creative potential. Our clients’ needs and goals must be understood empathetically on a deep and interactive level in order for us to innovate the creative solutions they deserve.

Accountability

If you aren’t measuring and goal setting, you’ll never know what success feels like. Our work can help our clients accomplish their business goals and objectives and we’re not successful unless our clients are successful. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. We’ll keep the important metrics out in the sunshine where everyone can see them.

Respect

Towards each other: We’re all just big kids at heart and must always play nice together. Towards our clients: Entrepreneurs and small business owners are tightly woven into the fabric of our communities. They are the lifeblood of our business. They deserve the utmost respect and we’ll strive to earn their respect in return. Towards the process: We’ll work diligently to understand, accommodate and when appropriate, improve our customers’ processes. We request our customers return the favor.

Excellence

Excellence and professionalism are required in all we do. Every task or objective we set out to complete should be approached not with a “how do I get this done?” mindset, but one of “if there were an award for doing this better than it’s ever been done before, how do I win it?” With every task, campaign, or project we either win… or we learn.

Chris Vendilli

Founder / CEO

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”– Henry David Thoreau

Work Skills: Leadership, entrepreneurship, marketing, advertising, technology, management, and consulting.

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Chris Vendilli

Chris is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he led Security Forces Raven Teams on missions around the globe. Additionally, Chris served 8 years with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, where he spent the latter half of his time there as a detective in the Computer Crime Unit (CCU). Present day, Chris spends most of his waking hours “wearing all the hats” as the founder of Vendilli Digital Group. The company is a certified Veteran-owned business that primarily helps B2B manufacturers and professional services companies increase online visibility, improve sales processes, and delight their customers. Chris’s team at Vendilli has expertise in web design and development, SEO, inbound marketing, paid search, and sales and marketing automation programs. Vendilli Digital Group is certified in multiple Google programs and is a Platinum-tiered HubSpot Solutions Partner. A lifelong technophile turned entrepreneur, he currently resides in Wexford, Pennsylvania in a houseful of ladies, with his wife, Tracey, and their three young daughters: Natalie, Giulia (pronounced like “Julia”), and Nora. In his free time you’ll find him camping, fishing, or playing beer league ice hockey with a bunch of guys who refuse to admit they’re already over the hill.

Rob Donaldson

Director of Operations

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller

Work Skills: Strategic Planning, Project Management, Account Relations, Video Production/Integration

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Rob Donaldson

Rob has been a part of the multimedia industry for over 30 years. After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast Communications, Rob started his company, Media Post, with his partners in the early 1990’s. Originally a video production company, Rob was instrumental in the creation of the web design/development department within the company. He merged his company with Vendilli Digital Group in early 2021 adding additional talent and capabilities to the Vendilli team. Today, Rob plays a key role in the direction, strategy and management of his client’s web design and development projects as well as their video productions. Rob currently resides in Bradford Woods with his wife Natalie and their four children, Matt, Ana, Sara and Caleb and their crazy lab Kaya. You’ll find Rob shuttling his kids to and from sports and activities or somewhere in the outdoors skiing or mountain biking (if he’s lucky)…

John Caruso

Director of Business Development

“The owner of the axe, as he released his hold on it, said that it was the apple of his eye; but I returned it sharper than I received it.” -Henry David Thoreau

Work Skills: Business Development, Sales, Strategy Development, Account Management, Marketing, Advertising.

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John Caruso

John loves the opportunity to help others solve business problems with creative solutions, and so marketing and business development was a natural career path. For the last 7 years, John has helped foster new relationships and work in client services in the advertising industry, partnering with clients in a wide variety of industries such as financial, healthcare and consumer packaged goods to provide strategic planning, brand strategy, and a variety of other advertising solutions to help solve business needs. John has a BS in Marketing and Business Management from La Roche College where he was also a four-year athlete as an outfielder on the Redhawks baseball team. Outside of work, you can find him fishing, hunting, or canning vegetables from his garden.

Lauren Lippert

Account Manager

“When I’m traveling, I won’t miss an opportunity to try great pasta.” – Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

Work Skills: Inbound Marketing, Social Media Management, Email Communication, Strategic Marketing Planning, Client Communications

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Lauren Lippert

Lauren is a Pittsburgh native and proud Ohio University alumna where she graduated with a B.S. in Journalism. She turned her love for communication into her career in marketing and hasn’t looked back since! Her passions within marketing vary from branding to social media and content creation. She believes marketing is the heart of any organization and truly enjoys the work she does. Outside of work, there’s a good chance you’ll find Lauren listening to Taylor Swift regardless of what she’s doing.

Yusef Lockwood

Senior Web Developer

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman

Work Skills: Server administration, Back-end code & API integration, front-end development, UX testing, deployment, maintenance, and support; Or in short, full-stack development.

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Yusef Lockwood

Since he was a child, Yusef always considered himself a builder and a tinkerer. To his parents dismay, this usually meant taking apart their electronics and appliances with no guarantee they’d be put back together. In school it meant crafting over 25 models of paper airplanes, designed for loops, boomerang flights, and even water bombs. Eventually though, it lent itself to computer. At 16 he built his first computer and 2 years later, his first website. Fast forward over 15 years, and Yusef has built hundreds of websites and written hundreds of thousands of lines of code. Since 2013, he’s been the “go-to” for all things technical at Vendilli Digital Group. He prides himself on crushing deadlines and squashing bugs with vigilance. Though his hobbies include running and frisbee, most of his free time is spent learning new tools and skills, improving his processes, and frequenting Github & Stack Exchange. The same attention to detail that enthused his paper aviation as a child, he now dedicates to keeping our clients' websites secure and running smoothly.

Rob Brunskill

Web Developer

"Don't be mean; we don't have to be mean, because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai

Work Skills: Back-end and front-end development, animation, server administration, maintenance and support.

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Rob Brunskill

Rob first started doing web development to create a portfolio site when completing a multimedia and animation degree, even though though web development wasn’t yet part of the curriculum at that time. Much of his server and administration experience comes from on-the-job work for various companies and projects, including a Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College research group dedicated to introducing internet technologies to arts organizations. Rob has worked with a variety of digital media over 20+ years and tries to be a flexible problem-solver even for technologies that he’s not yet familiar with.

Danielle Matthews

Senior Art Director

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are” – Kurt Cobain

Work Skills: Art Direction, UX, Branding, Concept Development, Print, Digital, Creative Strategy, Leadership

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Danielle Matthews

A true artist at heart, Danielle studied Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY before graduating from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Graphic Design. As a Pittsburgh native, Danielle has a diverse body of work with a variety of clients from around the world. She has in-depth experience leading creative teams, serving as both an art director and mentor to other creatives throughout her career. She thrives on being able to think deeper and turn clever ideas and visuals into an effective, attention-grabbing solution. She’s a lifelong learner and is always exploring new ideas, art forms, technologies, and trends. When not taking on the world’s creative challenges, she dedicates her time to her family—chasing around and entertaining her kids and their 3 cats while keeping her house in order. Whenever she gets a minute to herself she enjoys binge-watching Netflix, reading, obnoxiously loud music, fishing, drinking obscene amounts of coffee, and being an all-around nerd.

Brandon Dillon

Graphic Designer

“There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” – Ron Swanson

Work Skills: Graphic Design, UI, Branding, Concept Development, Print Design, Digital Design, Page Layout, and Project Management

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Brandon Dillon

As a lifelong creative, Brandon pursued the arts by attending Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) and graduating with a degree in Graphic Design. For the past 6 years, he has worked in the field and continued to develop his skills into what they are today. Starting as a Student Marketing Designer for PTC and working his way toward his current title at Vendilli Digital Group, Brandon has acquired and developed a variety of skills along the way. His areas of focus include business branding, print advertising and design, webpage layout, and more. Brandon currently resides just outside of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania with his girlfriend, their cat Luna, and bearded dragon Ron. When he’s not in front of a computer screen, you’ll probably find him outdoors… unless it’s cold outside, the cold is one thing he hates! His favorite hobbies are ATV riding, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and cooking. Other hobbies include video games, listening to music way too loudly, and woodworking.

Carole Reinert

Senior Content Strategist

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” E. E. Cummings

Work Skills: Content Strategy, Content Creation, Advertising, Inbound Marketing, Project Management, and Creative Development

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Carole Reinert

Carole started writing for her high school newspaper and never stopped. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in a variety of print and digital media outlets. As a marketer, she has written blogs, landing pages, websites, long-form articles, social media posts and eBooks—all crafted to deliver results for clients. Before she writes a single word, she takes the time to understand the clients’ objectives, ensuring the content is aligned with the strategic direction. She sees herself as not just a writer but as someone who solves problems with words. Carole earned her B. A. in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh. She also occasionally attends writing workshops in creative nonfiction and flash fiction. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking with her miniature schnauzer, practicing yoga, traveling, reading or simply hanging out with family and friends.

Erica Follette

Content Specialist

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” — Tyrion Lannister

Work Skills: Inbound Marketing, Social Media Management, Content Strategy and Content Creation.

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Erica Follette

Erica is a proud Edinboro University Alumni where she graduated with a B.S. in Strategic Communication and a Minor in Public Relations Branding and Imaging. Her passion is creating both new and engaging content that helps businesses tell their story and take their brand to the next level. In her free time, you can find Erica binge watching Netflix shows, practicing martial arts, drinking way too much coffee or tending to the needs of her spoiled dog and multiple reptiles.

Larry Pugliese

Senior Copywriter

“Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” Og Mandino

Work Skills: Customer and Client Relationship and Development, Advertising, Marketing, Management, Communication and Teamwork.

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Larry Pugliese

Born in Utica, New York, Larry worked in his family-owned furniture store during the day, a local radio station as a DJ at night, and as a drummer in various bands at local clubs on weekends. He started a music production company in his home recording studio creating advertising jingles and on-hold messaging for local and national businesses. After moving to Florida, in 1986, and meeting his wife, Sandra, Larry landed a sales and marketing position in radio. He was later recruited into financial services as a marketing and seminar coordinator, and Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist for a retirement planning firm that was also one of his long-standing radio-advertising clients. In October 2001, he joined Raymond James Financial as an audio production broadcast specialist, writing and hosting financial advisor audio interviews in its Corporate Media recording studios and creating corporate content, newsletters press releases, advisor bios, internal magazines and departmental material. Since 2017, Larry has led content strategy and development for key  Vendilli clients in the wealth management industry. He graduated from University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, newswriting and editorial. His spare time is spent being a kid again enjoying indoor and outdoor activities with and his two grandsons.

Patrick Somers

Video Production Specialist

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – A Wise Fortune Cookie

Work Skills: Video/Audio Pre and Post Production, 3D Animation, Concept Creation

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Patrick Somers

Pat has been an artist his whole life, with parents and siblings who are part of his creative force. His drive/motivation to work in a field where being creative and doing what he enjoys has been key. Commercial Art was the right choice for him. Pat graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1986. The climb to where he is today has given him a good sense of the importance of communicating effectively. Knowing customers’ needs, understanding their goals and creating strategies for their success has led to positive personal and company growth. Pat’s interests outside of work have helped him become who he is today—a dedicated creative. In his free time, he likes to play/record music, get out in nature, paint and sketch.

We’ll own your challenges & find the solution for you.

Vendilli is your one-stop-shop for proficient end-to-end digital marketing and web services. We grind to keep you ahead of the curve. Visit us in our cozy office nestled in South Side, Pittsburgh, call us at (412) 530-5027, or reach out to one of us individually and we will get you headed in the right direction.

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