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how we started

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It was a natural transition from public relations to digital communications that lead to the establishment of QuickSilver Interactive Group (QSI). In 1996, after 20+ years in PR and marketing, Steve Lee started Mercury Technology Group as a subsidiary of the PR firm where he was employed. Then in 1998, he went on his own and formed QSI. At that time, his wife Jeannine managed an intranet for a national financial company. After many pleas, Jeannine soon came to work for Steve. Fast forward and turn things around – Jeannine is now president and majority owner. Steve handles strategic planning and research, while teaching social media and communications at two local universities.

It's easy to describe QSI as a digital agency (or interactive or whatever label seems to be 'hot') and think that tells it all. Yet, it doesn't come close to getting to the heart of who we are – committed, diligent, hardworking and deeply experienced. We're humbled that over the years our clients have called us honest, dedicated, resourceful, innovative - and have become our friends. We think that has a lot to do with our great team of employees who excel in managing our clients online presence (web sites, blogs, social media, mobile etc.), develop innovative designs, and program highly customized online systems. It might also be why 5 to 10 years later, those clients are still clients.

At QSI, it's difficult to stump us with your problem or request. From our PR days to our digital days, we've experienced so many situations on so many levels that it's going to be rare we don't have a story about a client with a similar situation. That's experience...and some of us have the gray hair to prove it! So call us - or come see us! - and tell us your story. We think you'll find out for yourselves that we're the right fit.

meet the team

  • Jeannine Lee, APR

    Jeannine Lee, APR

    President

    Sometimes, running an agency is a two-fisted coffee day! But all in all, Jeannine finds true pleasure working with QSI’s great clients and employees. Honest and upfront, she’s not shy in speaking her thoughts. Advising, solving, creating, learning ...  20+ years in PR. 15+ years in digital communications. Never a dull moment. Loves cooking, reading, music, theatre and the color purple.

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  • Matt Barre

    Matt Barre

    Web Development Director

    Not our only Aggie, Matt has a degree in molecular and cell biology from Texas A&M. A voracious reader/learner, he adds a framework or language to his skillset every 6 months and spends a lot of evenings working with new technologies. Matt is never satisfied with “well it works,”  but strives for efficiency, elegance and quality. In his free time, Matt can be found bowhunting at the lease.

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  • Dustin Carlson

    Dustin Carlson

    Developer

    Dustin grew up in Arlington and has always had a passion for all things technical. QSI’s resident CMS expert, Dustin is experienced in WordPress, Joomla, Zend Framework, Ruby on Rails, and jQuery. The bigger the challenge, the happier he is. His favorite project was an eBay and Amazon marketplace integration into e-commerce. In his spare time Dustin can be found riding his motorcycle.

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  • Ryan Clayton

    Ryan Clayton

    Front-End Dev / Design

    With a background in design and a passion for web development, Ryan helps bridge the gap between designer and developer. Ryan is always exploring new techniques for for animation and UI/UX concepts to ensure the best experience. When Ryan is not pushing pixels he can usually be found digging through stacks of vinyl at the local record shops.

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  • Sara Fisher

    Sara Fisher

    Sr Account Executive

    Sara is perpetually the victim of a tug-o-war between her left and right brain. This leaves her constantly tempering “that would be so cool!” with “what does the client really need?” When not hunkered down in her office with her headphones, Sara can be found at any given sporting event or concert, probably taking an inordinate amount of pictures on her iPhone. She’s also an Aggie, a topic we just try to avoid altogether.

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  • Amber Freeland

    Amber Freeland

    Account Executive

    Amber started in PR and sports marketing at Texas Tech before social media was part of our lexicon, but her love of literature led her to an eight-year career as an English teacher. Amber loves blogging and strategic social media almost as much as she loves Shakespeare and Game of Thrones, so she decided to put her Grammar Nazi skills to good use outside of the classroom by changing careers back to PR and digital media. That was our good fortune!

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  • Nick Lee

    Nick Lee

    Developer

    Sometimes the parents’ passions rub off on the child. However, we think in Nick’s case, it was his obsession with computer games (there’s actually a photo of Nick at 3 playing on the Palm) that lead to his desire to program. Self taught, Nick is experienced in PHP and WordPress. He’s one of our QSI QuickBox developers, our MAC tech and helps out our aging accountant. Who says men can’t multi-task, too?!

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