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OUR ETHOS FOR LIFE & BUSINESS

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We specialize in all types planning, production, and creation of your business’ web presence. Self-proclaimed "Digital Nomads", we are living our dream of traveling and working from our laptops anywhere with an internet connection. This ethos of a passion for life mixed with a fascination for constant discovery keeps us invigorated in what we do and why we do it.

We're a small agency, but you'd never know it by the quality of the services we offer. You will feel like our only client when you work with us. We recognize that your website is important to you since it will function as one of the most vital roles to the success of your business, which is why we are always ready to exchange a few emails or pick up the phone and have a chat about your website. We can handle almost any task in-house but, if necessary, we have an expansive network of talented people that we can bring in to work on any project even on short notice.

The internet has created a borderless world in the sense that we can team up and work on your website regardless of our actual locations. So, no matter where you rest your head at night, send us an email and let’s talk about your website. With us on your team, you can focus running other aspects of your business while we set you up with a website that could help lead you to unparalleled success.

WE'RE CREATIVE

WE'RE PASSIONATE

WE'RE THE SOLUTION

MEET THE DIGITAL NOMADS

ENTREPRENEURS. DESIGNERS. PHOTOGRAPHERS. WORLD TRAVELERS.

BASED IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - COLLABORATING REMOTELY WORLDWIDE.

GARTHORWALDSON

CO-OWNER AT ROVE CONSULTING

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN COMPUTER NETWORK ADMINISTRATION, NETWORK SECURITY, AND WEB PROGRAMMING

My younger brother and I were raised by our single mother in a small, rural town in Nevada. Living so remotely left us with limited opportunities for our futures. She often struggled to make ends meet and decided to move our family to Reno in pursuit of a better life. There, she began taking college courses while working hard and raising us on her own. She ultimately earned her degree in Mathematics and Physics before moving us to San Jose, California where she landed her dream job at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. This mentality instilled by my mother taught me that through perseverance and self-reliance, at any point I could improve my quality of life instead of accepting my current situation.

While attending high school, I wanted to make the most of my education. In addition to normal high school credits, I earned my certification in engine repair and motorcycles. Shortly after high school, I worked in residential construction where I remodeled homes and built houses from the ground up. From there, I decided to join the US Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. Over the course of two different world tours where I worked on the flight deck of a nuclear aircraft carrier, I found my passion for travel and experiencing other people’s cultures first hand.

After the Navy, I pursued different careers in the commercial aircraft and the motorsports industries. I wanted more out of life and, remembering my mother’s ambitions, I decided to attend college and pursue my degree in Computer Networking, Network Security, and Web Design in Eugene, Oregon. While attending college, I started a business building computers, managing and repairing software, and contracting web design work.

After earning my degree and certifications, I landed a job as an Implementation Specialist for a government contractor in Portland, Oregon. This new career gave me the opportunity to rove around the country, which quickly reignited my passion for travel and allowed me to see parts of the U.S. that I had never experienced before.

Over the course of six years, I steadily moved up in the company to ultimately oversee the entire production and shipping/receiving departments, and travel once again became a distant memory. I found myself wanting more from life - autonomy, freedom, self-sufficiency, and a career that left me feeling excited to wake up and be successful every day. With those goals in mind, I left my job to partner with Ellie and start ROVE Consulting. She had already been running the business under a different name (PDX Freelance), and we wanted to re-brand with our new partnership and goals in mind.

We now have the flexibility to travel and make our dreams come true as we help your business succeed at the same time. We’re passionate about what we do because we didn’t get here by accident – we got here by discovering what works best for us and what doesn’t. We use this positive outlook to research, operate, venture out, and explore each new project to create the best outcome possible for you and your business. We care about your success as equally as we do our own, so partner with us and come join the adventure!

Ellie
Ellie

ELLIE HAYS

CO-OWNER AT ROVE CONSULTING

BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

My passion for web design began at 12 years old, when my family signed up for America Online. I remember the whirling and screeching sounds emanating from our dial-up modem. “You’ve got mail!” crackling through the speakers, the audible indication that informed me that I was lucky enough to connect to the internet without it dropping out this time. While other kids were out playing, I was the nerdy one who loved to stay home and piece together my first web and graphic designs.

The internet was still relatively new back then and a “web designer” wasn’t a very well known career path. I didn’t realize that it would ultimately lead to my career. Without access to any classes, or having anyone to ask questions when I’d get stuck, I learned mainly through trial and error. Google hadn’t been released yet, so searching for the answers online wasn’t nearly as effective as it is today.

Throughout my teenage years, I spent most of my free time deconstructing and reconstructing lines of code until websites finally began to take shape. AOL became my first client when I was only 14. I designed a “sick day” graphic for their kids section, which was unpaid but, afterwards, I began to realize that I could actually do this for a living. When I was 16, I went through a comprehensive entrepreneurial training program for youth offered through United Way. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to own a business.

I’ve been a paid freelance web designer since I was 16, including working my way through college and graduating from Portland State University with my Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication, including a two-term internship in the Oregon Zoo marketing department and a semester abroad in Australia.

My enthusiasm for learning has helped shape my career and build our business here at ROVE. After nearly 20 years of working as a web designer, I continue to study every day on the latest trends and features to create websites that perform and look their best. I can usually unravel any challenge within a few minutes, saving invaluable time without sacrificing quality. Being self-taught, I often do things a bit unconventionally, but always culminating with exceptional results that visually tell the unique story of your business.

I’ve always had an indelible love for exploration and travel, which is why owning a web design business fits me perfectly. It offers untethered freedom while still remaining easily connected to my clients. I’m a Portland native currently located in the Bay Area, and I’ve been fortunate enough to freelance my way around the world including living abroad in Australia and Singapore. Through travel and working internationally, I’ve gained a unique, broadened global and cultural perspective from both the business and the end user experience. This wide-angle lens allows me to create websites from a unique perspective that is inventive and culturally aware while keeping with a clean, simplistic, seamless and utilitarian yet eye-catching aesthetic.

I’ve worked directly with every level of business, from small start-up businesses to Australian Stock Exchange listing companies to multi-million dollar global enterprises, as well as being contracted out to help with projects from other web design agencies. I’ve become well accustomed to collaborating remotely, whether it’s across town or across the globe.