d'Vinci Interactive thrives on collaborative spirit
Mason Scuderi, left, is chief operating officer of d'Vinci Interactive and Pat Hellane is controller and president. The Hagerstown company, which specializes in Web and e-learning development, recently was acquired by JPL, a strategic marketing agency based in Harrisburg, Pa., but will retain its local presence. (By Yvette May/Staff Photographer / February 13, 2013)
In 1996, the company expanded its staff, which at that point included only Vince and Pat, who started in sales for d’Vinci, then became the training coordinator and bookkeeper.
Chris Grahl joined the team as a graphic designer and programmer, and is still doing graphic design for d’Vinci, though his work now is more Web-based, he said.
“It’s always changing with technology business,” said Grahl, 48. “It’s an exciting field. It’s a lot of fun.”
In 1997, along came Mason Scuderi, then a sophomore at HCC in search of an internship. He became a full-timer three years later and recalled that his first big opportunity was to teach Flash.
“I kind of grew with the Flash technology,” said Scuderi, 35.
He worked as a developer and designer over the next few years, then became a client liaison and project manager, which groomed him for his current post — chief operating officer of d’Vinci Interactive.
Scuderi said he has stayed with the company because of “the working environment, the interesting types of projects, the culture.”
The company’s client list has grown, but its staff is still small — 13 at this writing — a formula that is successful because “we stay lean with our development process and we all wear a lot of hats,” Scuderi said.
Another longtime staffer is Sally Reidy, who started doing Authorware programming for d’Vinci in 1998, but now does instructional design, project management and content strategy.
She was living in Guam, where her son, who is deaf, was not getting a sufficient education.
“I didn’t really see any options (there),” she said, so she sought a good school in the states.
Reidy, 64, was doing programming in Guam and responded to an online advertisement for d’Vinci, landed the job and enrolled her son in Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md.
In a high-tech world where “you can never rest on your laurels,” Reidy said she is content at d’Vinci.
“It’s family-oriented,” she said. “There is a kind of playfulness in the environment that keeps things light. It’s very not corporate.”
That casual environment was retained when the company moved to the fourth floor of 28 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown in January 2010.
The laid-back and low-key setting with lots of open space reflects Vince’s personality, Pat said.
There are no cubicles and plenty of couches.
“We’re pretty informal here,” Grahl said.