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From the heart of Arizona

A Heart for Creatives

We believe that creativity exists in every person. Our goal is to cultivate that creativity and help others create unique, thriving business that help make the world a better place.

For over a decade, we've been creating tools to help photographers harness the latest technology to promote their personal brands without a single line of code. Our team, based in Gilbert, Arizona, is a talented and quirky bunch of people who treat each other less like co-workers and more like family (in a good way).

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Automated Communications

Showit Robot

Support Pro

Adria Vigna

Support Pro

Zac Flathers

Support Pro

Josh Ahles

Communications

Shamesha Sheffield

WordPress Developer

Eddie Smith

Support Pro

Parker Pearson

United Director

Cassie Jones

Support Pro

Kylen Downs

Support Pro

Ben Junk

Community Development

Jihae Watson

Marketing

Jeff Willems

Graphic Designer

Jed Smith

Director of Marketing & Design

Nate Sees

Community Development

Field Denny

Support Pro

John Okken

Lead Support Pro

Christian Peterson

Designer Lead

JT Pals

Office Administrator

Tammy Watson

Community Development

Cassandra Campbell

Director of Customer Success

Jason Lackey

Director of Development

Aaron Griffy

Co-owner

Elisa Watson

Co-founder / CEO

Todd Watson

Meet the Team

When a photographer friend needed help building a website in 2005, Todd immediately jumped to action. Always wanting to help, and excited to crack his knuckles writing some code, he never imagined it would turn into a business. Anyone around him might have guessed otherwise. Before Todd had even set his 18 year old foot in a Computer Science class at ASU, he had already sharpened his entrepreneurial skills by creating two successful businesses. With his pioneering spirit, not to mention a supportive and trusting wife, Todd co-founded Showit with the intention of helping photographers bridge the gap between tech and creativity. Over a decade later, and 4 stunning sons, 24 employees, and countless Showiteers later, that gap is closing more and more.

Co-Founder / CEO

Todd Watson

As co-owner of Showit, Elisa is happy to stay behind the scenes, unless she is teaching the crew how to be the best version of themselves through knowing themselves and their personality types. Recently she has been able to share her knowledge through her podcast, Sines of Life, as well as on the stage at Showit United, and at the Reset Conference. But Elisa is not just a speaker and teacher and podcaster, she is also a blogger with a beautiful knack for telling stories that draw people in wholeheartedly. It is nearly impossible to read her work without either laughing or crying, and sometimes both. And she has plenty to write about, as the most frequent characters of her stories are her 4 strapping sons, and her husband Todd.

Co-Owner

Elisa Watson

After returning from an extended excursion in Australia, Aaron came back to Arizona, happier, and with a new view on work, and a shift in his creativity as a developer. (He did happen to meet the woman of his dreams while out there, and they now have two sons, and happily reside here in Arizona.) To add to his good fortune, his childhood friend, Todd Watson, had just started a new venture and was looking for a developer with serious coding skills. With a renewed enthusiasm for “work”, Aaron set-up his office to help fuel his creative coding. His office set-up is worth mentioning because Aaron’s office decor is a thing of tech legends. He surrounds himself with Transformers of every shape, size; there is also a larger and better organized Lego collection than any kid could dream of, and an overall superior workspace than even the best funded Silicon Valley start-up could imagine. This “cubicle” ignites his imagination, and allows Aaron to work his developer magic. Always looking to make Showit more innovative, Aaron is so tech savvy so that creatives don’t have to be.

Director of Development

Aaron Griffy

With his sights set on becoming an animator as a kid, you can still find his characters popping up all over the place. Maybe you have seen of one of his most popular creations, the Showit Robot? After a decade of working for Showit, he has combined his love of people and technology to become Showit’s Customer Lead. His care and concern for Showiteers is unparalleled. (No seriously, we dare you to find a bigger heart.) While learning about people for his day job, he realized how passionate he was about bringing understanding and peace, not just through the computer to Showiteers, but to homes everywhere. Taking a page out of the Showiteer handbook, Jason and his wife recently launched a new Showit site to help parents relate to their children on another level through wonderfully created characters by yours truly. If you are a parent, or just looking for site inspiration, you can check out KnowandLove.com and see how Jason puts Showiteers, and all humans (big and small) first.

Director of Customer Success

Jason Lackey

There are some people out there who just love life (despite hardships), work hard for their families (homeschools their children to boot), and work hard at their job (this community isn’t going to develop itself!), and just sprinkle fun and joy and care, everywhere they go. These people are unicorns, and we have one of them working at Showit. Her name is Cassandra, and she is nothing short of magical. Even though she lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and 3 kids, she is everywhere there is wifi and social media. As part of our Community Development team, if you are getting an encouraging shoutout on Instagram, you can feel confident that Cassandra is the one who is cheering you on, and truly believing that you too, are a unicorn. 

Community Development

Cassandra Campbell

As the founder of the first all-girls acapella group at Arizona State University, Tammy is also the one who keeps Showit in harmony. Having been able to organize a group of outside the box thinkers since her teens, she has been an asset at gathering our crew and helping us make beautiful music together. Whether it’s arranging the numbers, providing the perfect melody to ensure we are all on the same page, or providing us with activities outside the office so no one is ever singing solo, Tammy can do it all. She recently arranged a group outing, complete with families, to pack meals for the underprivileged. She has also organized a company-wide fitness program at Showit, youth mentorships, and countless cook-outs. All this while taking care of her own family of 6! This girl is a giver that impacts all. Because Tammy takes such good care of us, we can take such good care of you. And you can take such good care of your clients. And together, we can make the world aca-awesome!

Office Administrator

Tammy Watson

As a designer and photographer, JT has brought his two passions together to serve everyone, but especially the Design Partners, here at Showit. He has the gift of hospitality, and can craft a delicious cider that he shares with everyone. But his real love isn’t apple libations, but fermented grapes. A more refined person might refer to his love of wine as oenophilia, and this oenophile, and his fantastic wife, will undoubtedly turn their pastime into a lucrative business someday. Surely the wine will be excellent, but the profits will roll in because JT will design the label, shoot the promotional images, and create one fantastic website that will be unparalleled in the wine business. But until that day comes, JT will continue to live to help others, and create beauty in the everyday, for everyone.

Designer Lead

JT Pals

While rounding the globe in a christian (religion, not a band named after himself, he’s humble to the core) rock band, he met his Minnesotan bride. The two settled in Gilbert, Arizona to make beautiful music together, which currently sounds very much like snoring after their two young children exhaust them into sleep. Still an avid musician, he thanks Showiteers for keeping his digits dextrous and strong. When not typing away, ensuring Showit blogs are migrated and magnificent, Christian uses his fingers to pluck the strings of his guitars or new banjo. If you are chatting with him in support about your latest blog set-up and your name might have been in a song once a upon a time, you better believe he is serenading you on the other side of the screen.

Lead Support Pro

Christian Peterson

Spending most of his childhood in Africa, John’s family returned to Arizona during his high school years where he met our blog king, Christian. After a decade of friendship, and a few years of hearing about the awesome company Christian worked for, John came to reign alongside his friend as the Domain King for Showit. With a background in photography and videography, John shares a passion to create with Showiteers of all talents. When he isn’t helping Showiteers go live with their sites, you will most likely find him fishing, flipping houses, or furnishing rooms with creations of his own making. Whether John is creating a space for you on the internet, or crafting a side table for his guest room, he is doing it with an unmatched amount of care and concern.

Support Pro

John Okken

We first came to know Field when he was a Showiteer, as part of the husband and wife team behind the beautiful ‘Ace and Whim’. Years before he worked for Showit, Field and his wife, Karie, balanced their photography business with parenting three young kids. With the kids off to school, Field dove, all in, into his job at Showit. He uses his big brain to help out as part of the technical Support Team. And he uses his big heart to encourage and build up the community of Showiteers, from whence he came. Now, on top of all that, his new responsibilities involve renovating his 1958 farmhouse, and taking care of his new babies - a menagerie of farm animals, on their new acreage in central Texas. If you see an animal-based GIF while you are chatting with him in the Showit app, now you know why. 

Community Development

Field Denny

Many moons ago, Nate was one of the ground-breaking members of an elite team that was going to change the face of web design. As Showit’s first ever UI designer, Nate has literally changed the face of Showit through the years. With a background in web design and marketing, he has helped Showit develop the look and user experience to best serve our clients and their needs. As a father of four, he laughs (quietly, as is his nature) at any marketing mayhem or design dilemma to come his way. Gifted in not just the fine arts, but performing arts as well, most nights Nate can be found serenading his wife by guitar, or hanging out with his kids.

Director of Marketing & Design

Nate Sees

If you have never met anyone from Guam, Jed might be the best unofficial representative any island could ever ask for. Kind to the core, Jed almost always has a smile on his face even when hiding behind a computer. As a graphic designer, videographer, and animator, behind his computer screen is where he spends a good portion of his time. However, he pops out from time to time to work on a sketch of our new tattoos (temporary, though we know Showiteers’ allegiance is permanent), formulate the latest Showit video plans, or grab some grub at his favorite gourmet restaurant, Taco Bell. And on occasion, he has been known to not be behind his computer for days (often referred to as weekends) when he fully focuses on helping his four kids build a treehouse, create music, experiment with science, or make a lovely breakfast for his wife, and fellow islander, Crystal. 

Graphic Designer

Jed Smith

Growing up in a small town in Kansas, Jeff has developed the rare and precious ability to have a conversation with anyone. Not long after the conversation commences, a friendship will blossom, and much laughter will ensue. Cause Jeff is just hilarious. It’s a dry hilarious, much like the Arizona heat that he now has to deal with, but it’s still hilarious. Having lived in Kansas, Oregon, California, and now making his home with his wife here in the desert, friendships abound across the country. And since he has been at Showit, friendships now proliferate across the globe! Jeff wears a lot of hats at Showit. He started off as a Support Pro, but is now also taking on roles with the Marketing team, and using his photography and videography skills as well. He also happens to be the unofficial spokesperson for everyone’s favorite holiday: Shrimpsgiving.

Marketing

Jeff Willems

After college, this Canadian went back to her birthplace to teach English in Korea. Perhaps she thought she was on the cusp of a global adventure, but the pull of an up and coming Arizona tech company by the name of Showit was just too great. In other words, she met a charming man stationed in Korea, he whisked her away to Phoenix, and here she has dwelled ever since. While coding might not be Jihae’s passion, people are. She is not only the welcome wagon for all our online groups, she loves IRL meetings with so many of our friends in Tuesdays Together. It isn’t just our Arizona company that benefits from Jihae’s presence in our great state. She, along with her husband and four big-hearted children, have been fostering kids for the last four years with no intention of stopping. She has set out to be an advocate for Foster Care in her newly launched podcast series, Fostering Voices

Community Development

Jihae Watson

Ben has moved his desk from Gilbert, AZ to Kobe, Japan. Moving back to Japan (with his 2 sons in tow), to help his wife care for her family, speaks volumes to Ben’s character. And his character is noticed by his Showit family, and everyday in Support. While we miss his bright smile in the office, his move to Japan means night-owls have more Support Chat hours. Generally an early-bird, Ben’s Japanese early-bird hours turn into U.S. late night hours. So you can chat with Ben in Support long after dinner. And if you want to talk to him in Japanese, French, or Shyriiwook, you can do that, too! He’s multi-talented! No matter the language, he is notorious for meeting Showiteers where they are in their site creation. Maybe it’s his worldliness, his compassion, or his ability to see the creative spirit in everyone, no matter the hour or the country, Ben will be smiling on the other side of the computer screen waiting to help out new and old friends.

Support Pro

Ben Junk

Formerly a California kid, Kylen has traded in the beach for the desert. He can still wear shorts year-round, and he has a family at Showit that loves him, just as he does in Cali. As one of 7, Kylen is no stranger to being a part of a loud, and fun group. Recently he had the opportunity to make his circle of friends and family even larger on a trip to family Uganda, his brothers’ birthplace. There, the whole family not only explored the Savanna, but decided to use their time on the continent to serve its people. Kylen, also a photographer, beautifully chronicled gorgeous smiles and joy-filled children, as they attended to people in need. And you won’t believe this, but while he was away in Africa, this Support Pro snuck in some time to hop into chat to help a few Showiteers get their websites up and running. Helping is just second nature to Kylen. 

Support Pro

Kylen Downs

Y’all. Imagine life, in a small town, where cows are more abundant than people, the closest Starbucks is over 20 minutes away, and you can’t have alcohol because of #prohibition. Yet in the middle of this town lives a fancy girl at heart, who is a successful photographer, doting wife, loving mother of three, and director of United. Besides her precious Arkansas accent, there is nothing small town about this girl. She dreams big, she loves big, and her ability to juggle Everything is big! We are thankful for her vision, her organizational skills, and her tender loving care of the Showiteer community, from which she started out in.

United Conference Director

Cassie Jones

While some may assume a coder and sci-fi fan would not be a master in the art of conversation, some have not met Eddie. Though he considers himself an introvert, everyone in our crew would respectfully disagree. Behind his ginger beard, lies an infectious and loquacious smile that has the ability to cover an extensive range of topics. Adding to his long list of conversation pieces, Eddie is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Phoenix Seminary, and is a contributor to several online theological sources. He is not all brains and business though, as one of his favorite pastimes is sitting criss-cross-apple-sauce on the floor with his wife and 3 kids, and a giant mound of Legos. Eddie’s favorite place in the whole wide world is at home with his family, so maybe he is an introvert after all.

WordPress Developer

Eddie Smith

While most high school graduates run off to their next party-filled endeavor, Parker chose a different path. Deciding on taking a gap year to attend the Joshua Wilderness Institute, he chose the program because it focuses on service and ministry, with a Bible-based pilgrimage to Israel. With a desire to become a youth minister, the year was the perfect start to his post secondary education. Now attending college, he splits his time between studies, ministry, and the best college job, Support Pro at Showit. A self-proclaimed “talkative guy”, Parker loves the opportunity to meet people from all over the world - through websites. When he is not talking websites, he is looking for the next group sporting event to enhance his athletic aptitude. Whether at Top Golf, or playing Ultimate Frisbee (his current passion), or at the office, no matter where he is, or what he is doing, Parker always brings a lot of heart and energy. 

Support Pro

Parker Pearson

Shamesha is one of those magical unicorns that can bring order to chaos without flinching a dimple. Perhaps she learned it from being one of 6, or from being a mom of three young boys, or maybe it’s her woodworking skills that taught her how to take the rough and make it beautiful. Shamesha takes her jill-of-all-trades approach to life and work. She could be helping the CEO get through his mounds of email during the morning, and by noon, having completed her earlier task, organized all the digital files, and hopped in to assist in approving new designs to shine in the Design Market. No matter what is thrown at her, Shamesha is unphased. That contagious smile, and those dimples remain unshaken, and Showit is a sunnier, more organized, machine since her arrival. 

Communications

Shamesha Sheffield

Starting as an intern at Showit, Josh came to us bright-eyed, curious, and quiet. With a huge smile and eagerness to learn, we would have been crazy to not snatch him up! Currently working towards his degree in Computer Science, Josh is a highly sought-after Support Pro. He balances out being a young professional with frequent trips to the movies, hanging with his 4 siblings, and flexing his creative muscle tickling the ivory and playing the guitar. Usually you can find him doing all of the above with his bestie, Zac. Even working side by side here at Showit. 

Support Pro

Josh Ahles

When he isn’t hanging with his best friend, and fellow Showit crew member, Josh, he might be researching and investing in the latest cryptocurrency. Maybe you have heard of a little thing called bitcoin? Zac is a mover and a shaker, and he moves and shakes with the quiet and stealth of a tech wizard ninja. Someday, Zac could take Mark’s place at Facebook, or fulfill his childhood dream of owning a race car competing at Nascar. Until then, you will find Zac working towards his computer science degree, catching the latest flick to hit the theaters, or hitting the bass guitar and jamming on the synthesizers. Luckily for all of us, he bridges his creative and technical skills in helping Showiteers get their websites up and running faster than any Nascar driver could dream of! 

Support Pro

Zac Flathers

Adria is a precious flower who thrives in the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking Superstition or South Mountains, or traveling to Sedona or Flagstaff, fresh air and sunshine fuel her! Her boyfriend Nick, and her Great Dane Sharpei mix, Murphy, can often be found hanging out with her on mountain tops, and on the road. Fortunately Adria also loves helping other people, and she does this while sitting at her computer, helping our awesome Showit customers, as our first full-time, female Support Pro! We are so thankful that Adria brings her bright and beautiful face into the office every day, but she’s not just another pretty face. After being on staff for only 3 weeks, a customer labelled her a ‘Legend’, which is certainly the quickest that anyone has ever received legendary status at the office.

Support Pro

Adria vigna

The Showit Robot was built in 2004 in a small factory in Okinawa, Japan. He was originally designed to deliver singing telegrams to birthday parties. He was always on time and always enjoyed bringing exciting messages to people. In 2005 the robot had an unfortunate work accident involving an angry pug and a swimming pool. Sadly, his creators shipped him off to Arizona to be sold for parts. One day at a garage sale, the robot was purchased by none other than Showit CEO Todd Watson! Todd made him better than ever and gave him a new life and purpose working at Showit delivering client contact forms. He was recently awarded his very own company phone with which he loves to send and receive text messages. Text the Showit Robot.

Automated Communications

Showit Robot