Mighty in the Midwest has long believed that working hard and solving problems should be deeply satisfying. So we’ve focused on relationships, believing that when we’re happy and healthy, our work isn’t only more enjoyable, it’s better. We invest in our team, and our team invests in each other, in our clients, in our craft, and in our community. We’re experts in digital strategy, content, and technology, and we’ve always been committed to thoughtful design, built exceptionally well. We believe that value is our most important deliverable, and that projects and client relationships should improve with time. Our first clients are our current clients, and we can’t wait to tackle their next big ideas—and hear about yours.
Happy, hungry, and healthy
Mighty has grown purposefully to be a team of leaders, including:
Cliff WegnerOwner, CEO
Cliff started Mighty in 2007. With a background in advertising and a contagious passion for quality, he gets his collaborative spirit (and competitive edge) from years on the soccer field. A design and tech enthusiast, Cliff paradoxically aspires to retire to a cabin in the woods.
Danielle DunnSenior Project Manager
Danielle has your back. With a background in hospitality and guest services, she loves working with people to ensure individuals and teams have an amazing experience. She likes adventures in nature, food, wine, travel, and making things with her hands—preferably in the company of others.
Danni ShultzProject Manager
She's as comfortable with a golf club or paintbrush in her hand as she is managing projects for Mighty. With a background in art and advertising, Danni's ability to creatively and strategically solve problems is an important asset. She loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, Jon.
Emily Carbonell-FergusonProduct Manager
Emily loves helping people feel heard, which comes in handy as a product manager when she is helping clients identify, prioritize, and deliver on their business goals. Translating clients needs into a tangible product fuels her creative spirit. She got her start in management at Auxiliary. Emily likes novels, comedy, and Doctor Who. Ask to hear her Scottish accent.
Ian LabardeeDesign Director
A husband, father, designer, musician, and entrepreneur, Ian led award-winning design for a mental health tech organization and later co-founded Lift Pattern, a web software company. Empathic by nature and passionate about quality, Ian guides people toward beautiful, effective solutions.
Janson HartliepSenior Developer, Product Manager
You can find Jeffrey all over town: volunteering at the UICA, writing for cultured.GR, and as an ArtPrize artist (in fact, that's the reason he moved to Grand Rapids). He has experience in San Francisco startups, and keeps our office running smoothly and focused on community initiatives.
Jeremy AbrahamsSenior Developer, UX Strategist
Jeremy loves to solve problems in creative ways and bring those solutions to life. Detail-oriented and thorough by nature, he thinks working as a front-end web designer and developer is the best job in the world. (No one here would argue.) He is a board member for the local chapter of IxDA.
Kaitlyn brings a strong eye for typography and branding to her work as a designer, with a specialty in visual communications. She’s always striving to improve user experience through good design. And Kaitlyn’s always on the go: running around Reeds Lake, playing soccer, and trying out new recipes.
Kate JohnsonJunior Designer
Fresh from Ferris State University, Kate has a hunger to learn and find solutions through creative problem solving. As a junior designer, she'll collaborate with our design team on strategy and user experience design. In her spare time, you can find Kate running, playing soccer, or painting.
Kevin DeaneProject Manager
Kevin brings agency experience, a collaborative mindset, and a client advocate approach to Mighty. He's passionate about the intersection of design and business. Outside of work, he coaches hockey, plays golf, and loves being near the water with his wife—whether that's Lake Michigan or Torch Lake.
With a background in philosophy (and training at Oxford), Kyle shows in-depth analysis and thoughtful insight as a developer. He not only wants to know the "who" of user experience, but the "why not them?", too. He plays guitar in the band Oliver Houston, and once recited the first 257 digits of pi.
Levi BeachSenior Designer, Developer
Second-born of five, Capricorn poster child, father, and professed lover of nacho cheese, Levi is most at home in front of a computer keyboard. Equally proficient in design and development and always experimenting, he also plays multiple instruments and tinkers with game development.
Melissa TaylorSenior Project Manager
After years of exploring the U.S. (and a stint in New Zealand), Melissa, her husband, and two toddlers decided to settle in the Midwest, thanks to the proximity to the Great Lakes. She brings extensive knowledge of the digital management world to Mighty, supporting project teams and strategizing for clients.
Michael CollettoSenior Content Strategist, Copywriter
An insatiable learner, strategic problem solver, and skilled wordsmith, Michael is adept at planning websites that are effective and easy to use. After living on three continents in as many years, Michael and his wife settled in Grand Rapids by happy accident. He's the proud father of two girls.
An avid reader and polite grammar corrector, Molly has a passion for web functionality and beautifully designed things. She's the host of CreativeMornings GR and owner and designer of a stationery and wedding invitation business. She used to make her siblings play "newspaper" as a child.
He's always had an interest in computers, and these days, he loves providing value to clients that allows their brand to grow with a great website. He keeps busy outside of the office—from coaching high school soccer to providing mentorship at a ministry to raising a newborn, Jack, with his wife.
A tinkerer of the greatest degree, Spencer loves solving problems and building websites to make them easy to use. He still gets geeked typing a line of code and seeing the result pop up on the screen. When he isn't at Mighty, he's fixing something at home, playing sports, and rooting for his beloved Spartans.
Stephanie MalburgOperations Manager
Zach is big on collaborating with teammates—and the client—and understands that spending time working together helps everyone achieve the best outcome. If he isn't admiring good typography and its impact on everyday life, he's probably playing soccer, watching U of M football, and walking his dog, Nola.
Zee KandangaProject Manager
Born and raised in Namibia, Zee moved to Grand Rapids to attend college. She's a grad student in her spare time, pursuing communications and learning more about design thinking. Zee originally worked on the City of GR project, and is currently a project manager, strategizing with clients to find a solution.
We love living and working in West Michigan.
Mighty has been proudly located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2007. We've grown slowly to maintain our focus on craftsmanship and quality within an ever-changing industry. And we've purposefully invested in project management, content strategy, copywriting, analytics, and optimization to better serve our clients. Mighty is a debt-free company. 80% of our expenses are in salaries, health insurance, and office space. We count our blessings, keep things lean, and share profits with our team members.
If it looks like we enjoy being together, that’s because we do. We take pride in our city, our clients, our team, and our work. And we have fun—both in and outside of work.
We’ve moved a few times as we’ve grown, but never more than 0.1 miles from where we started. Since 2014, we’ve been happily settled on the 5th floor of the CWD building, and we love coming to work here. You’re welcome to visit anytime.
Let’s work together.
Our favorite clients tend to treat us as part of their team (and vice versa). If you’re looking to make something digital and interesting, we’d love to help you bring your ideas to life.Contact us