Meet the Local Splash Technology Team
DAVID J RODECKER
Founder and CTO
DAVID has been involved with high-technology companies for over a decade. David led technology development at Interchange Corporation, launching local.com which became the fastest growing local search destination hitting 4.4MM unique visitors in 3 months. Over 6 years, David held key senior positions at Interchange which IPO’d in 2004, raising $22MM. As a founding partner at Mail2World, he created an e-mail service, establishing its use to 6.5MM hosted mailboxes in 3 with clients ICQ, iVillage, EsMas and NetIdentity. David has appeared on CNBC and TechTV evangelizing Web-hosted software services. At PIMCO, the world’s largest manager of fixed income portfolios, David led the implementation of a high-capacity electronic exchange, which conducted over $1.2 trillion dollars in trades during its first year. David has also consulted as a technical analyst to Fortune 500 companies. David graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of Southern California as a Phi Kappa Phi scholar and holds an MS degree in Biomathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
EADE “EJ” HOPKINSON II
EJ is a great man of mystery who enjoys making people laugh. He has an MA from Cal State Long Beach and hopes to progress far in his career and life. His parents have made a great impact on his life and made him the man he is today.
Favorite quote: “In the words of the all-knowing tiger, never trust squirrels.”
Senior Web Developer
CHUCK enjoys watching his 2 daughters grow, teaching them new things and also learning a lot from them. He likes to travel, camp, hike, watch the History Channel and play with fun technologies like GIS. He is an Army veteran, Cal Poly Pomona graduate and has 12 years of experience as a Web Developer.
Favorite quote: “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris
BENJAMIN VAN DRUNEN
BEN likes to play sports, video games, and waste time on technology blogs and websites…oh and work sometimes.
Favorite quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” -Mark Twain
Started: April 2011
Provisioning and Performance
Product Operations Manager
Started: January 2012
DEBRA serves as Manager, Product Operations at Local Splash. A veteran of the interactive space, Northart was Director of Operations for Deluxe Corporation’s SMB interactive initiative and a founding employee at WebVisible, Inc., serving as a Marketing Analyst, Director of Media Operations and Creative Development over a span of nine years. Free time interests include women’s college and professional basketball, animal rights efforts and travel to historic sites. She holds a BA and MA in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD in History from the University of Mississippi.
STEVEN I enjoy to constantly be working on new projects in the area of technology and business; working together in a team to achieve great results is certainly the way to achieve a good sense of satisfaction and pride in my work. In my personal time I enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, reading, movies and video games. I love to get ideas for photography from the places I visit and perfecting my artistic view of it. But the most enjoyable thing is to spend time with my friends & family.
Favorite quote: “People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think” – George Carlin
Provisioning Local Accounts Discovery Call Specialist
YARELI laughs at everything , and has a great smile.
Favorite quote: “Believe in the importance of love, for it is the strength and beauty that brings music to our souls”. – Unknown
Provisioning Supervisor of Technical Operations
MAX first arrived in California after a three-day train ride from Michigan, and it wasn’t long before he started planning his permanent move to the Golden State. He is a devout fan of the Michigan State Basketball & Football programs, though it’s not as easy to catch a game as it was when he lived on campus! Max enjoys Stephen King, The Simpsons, and heading to Burbank on the weekends to party with his uncle’s band, The M/C Rockers!
Favorite quote: “All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Key Accounts Provisioning Lead
RINA is the youngest of five, and has lived in Orange County most of her life. She earned a BA in Journalism at Cal State University of Long Beach. Rina enjoys family time, traveling, dry humor, yoga, hiking and dislikes shopping. Lacking much of a social life, she spends enough of her current time playing “Zombies” on Call of Duty.
Favorite quote: “Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.” -Roger C. Anderson
Performance Optimization Specialist
Performance Optimization Specialist
Video Optimization Specialist
Tech Operations Assistant