We exist to help the world's best news organizations and public relations, marketing and communications teams share and monitor their stories. We don't mean to toot our own horn, but we're kind of like a backseat driver people actually like. Pushing pedal to metal, we're racing against industry standards to see how far we can take our clients. Maybe it's why The New York Times News Service, our very first client, has remained with us since May of 1991, when we dramatically sped up their photo distribution process. A trusted content adviser to Fortune 500 companies, we're a company founded on principles of long-time photojournalists, editors and media producers. Deadline-oriented and customer-centric, we are solution finders who strive to surpass our client's needs. Whether it's web development, content management or multimedia production, Wieck has the technology and people power needed to communicate your message to the world in a timely, compelling manner. Relentlessly seeking better solutions for clients, the Wieck family consists of passionate professionals who join forces to make Wieck the cutting-edge company it is.
At Wieck, we value our ability to back up artificial intelligence with human intelligence. That's why we keep our team small. Our intimate size allows for an open flow of communication, strengthening our ability to be the fast-paced, agile company our clients need us to be.
Tell us about your selfie: Three or four years ago in the grandstands at a MotoGP race at Laguna Seca, near Monterey, CA.
Jim Wieck, a 23-year veteran of United Press International, has always had a knack for finding solutions to help reporters cover breaking news and hit their deadlines, even under the most difficult circumstances. He grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri and graduated with an English degree from Drury University in Springfield, Mo. During his wire service career, Wieck served on the editorial committee that implemented the agency's first nationwide computer system in the mid-1970s. He also arranged ship-to-shore services in the North Atlantic that enabled reporters to provide daily coverage of the successful search for the sunken ocean liner Titanic. And when an 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, leaving local media with no means of communications, he authorized the lease of a private jet outfitted with long-range international communications technology to fly in reporters and photographers and provide the world with the first eyewitness accounts of the tragedy. Since co-founding Wieck Media in September 1990, Wieck has continued to provide brands with a vital link to journalists and fans through Wieck-powered newsrooms and platforms. Fun Fact: Jim frequently meets family and friends for visits to America’s spectacular national parks and monuments. He is an avid and eclectic book collector, and a big motorsports fan, primarily of the FIA’s F1 series and the FIM’s MotoGP classes. He also likes to frequent Texas’ many dance halls and Honkytonks for a night of live music.
"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Tell us about your selfie: Alpine Plateau, altitude 11,100ft near Cimarron Colorado. My family has been coming here since before I was born. Every summer - trout fishing, hiking and exploring. I’ve passed this tradition along to my children and this little slice of heaven is our favorite place on earth.
As an award-winning photographer with United Press International and Agence France-Presse, Tim Roberts spent a decade capturing both triumphs and tragedies on film — from Super Bowls, the Final Four, and the Olympics to natural disasters, hostage situations, and the final days of the Branch Davidian standoff. This firsthand experience as a photojournalist proved invaluable when Roberts joined Wieck in early 1991 to help launch operations for what was then known as Wieck Photo DataBase — with The New York Times as its first client. As photo editor for the enterprise, Roberts soon began looking into the new digital technology and formats available for compressing, storing, and transmitting photographs. Within six months of the startup, Roberts experimented with a system of delivery that enabled newspapers and magazines to dial in via modems and download photo files in less than one-third the time required by previous technologies. By the mid-1990s, Roberts was leading the fast-growing company’s migration to Web services.
Tidbit: He grew up on a farm/ranch in Oklahoma and is still a big-time Sooners fan! -- BOOMER SOONER!!
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Scott (known as 'Schwartz' around the office to avoid confusion with the other Scott) is a Stephen F. Austin State University alumni who's served nonprofits, small businesses and Fortune rated companies with customer service, project planning, web and mobile app product development, and digital strategy for more than 15 years.
He is the Vice-President of Strategy at Wieck, and is in charge of company projects, product development, and growing business initiatives, and ensuring our clients are always getting the best, innovative technology and advisory services from Wieck.
A 17-year U.S. Army veteran, Scott also served our country as an enlisted mechanic, then later as a Combat Engineer Officer including company command in Afghanistan for which he earned the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.
Fun Fact: Scott founded and serves as Board President for Countrymen Veteran Motorcycle Club, a 501c3 non-profit organization helping U.S. military veterans in need.
Tell us about your selfie: The official anniversary of Jarritos is August 29th. On that day, we ask you to raise your favorite flavor of Jarritos in honor of its founder, Don Francisco “El Güero” Hill. This picture is me doing that.
An indoor kind of guy from an outdoor kind of place, Caleb Kennedy's love of both movies and the creative process led him to a degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Oklahoma. After several years of leading bartending and warehouse crews, Caleb parlayed his experience in physical logistics to the digital sphere with a career in digital content editing. He has been part of the Wieck team since 2014. When he isn't watching the Sooners play, watching movies, or hanging out with his nephews, he's here at Wieck working for you! Fun Fact: Ed Begley, Jr. laughed at my joke and called me "Sir." It was even cooler than it sounds.
Tell us about your selfie: During a girls weekend trip with my friends, I felt like someone was watching me the entire time. It turns out it was just the 30 foot sculpture of Tony Tasset’s “The Eye”.
My name is Vanessa, but my friends call me ‘Vane’ for short.
I’m a Film/Video/Screenwriting graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington. I live and breathe filmmaking, which is why I spend all my free time doing any freelance work I can get.
I’m the Director of Content Service for the Editorial Desk team at Wieck. Our team manages the online news content for several high profile clients.
When I’m not handling a camera, I like to hike and go to the shooting range. I’m always up for watching a good movie and UFC fight. I love learning about history and reading.
Fun Fact: I’m a TWIN! We might be complete opposites, but we’re the best of friends.
"It ain't about how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done." – Rocky Balboa
BOOMER!!! Pam Roberts (aka Sarge) may have lived in Texas for 25+ years, but her heart remains in Oklahoma, where she grew up. Working briefly as an accountant after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she found the shoeboxes of client receipts to be very entertaining. Traveling around meeting new clients, she worked as an auditor before becoming a financial manager of a global company. Settling into a controller position at a law firm when her kids were ages 4, 3, 2 and 1, she somehow managed to balance family and work while earning an MBA in finance from the University of North Texas. Joining Wieck four years ago, Pam is the company’s controller, office manager and financial planner. She also helps with client and project management for the new Wieck Studios products. She loves the constantly changing technology (just not on her desk) and the global opportunities ahead. She makes it a point to promote the OU/Texas rivalry in the office and at home. Her nickname is “Sarge” because she sets high expectations for her team, but is always there when they need help. She prefers being labeled “highly organized and prepared” rather than OCD. Fun Fact: Her husband’s family still calls her “Fuzzy,” because of a 1980’s perm gone really wrong.
Tell us about your selfie: This picture was taken by a large waterfall in Alaska. This was not my first time in Alaska, and it won't be my last. But be careful. My momma always said 'Don't go chasing waterfalls!
After many years in tech suport and media production at a small college in the Boston area, Eric, aka Mr. New York Times, decided to move into web development full-time and after a short search found a home at Wieck four years ago. Having grown up in New England, after spending some time in Texas he decided he missed the snow and has recently relocated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Eric holds undergraduate degrees in Music and English Literature and is an accomplished classical guitarist. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, video games, filmmaking, and being active in his church. Fun Fact: Eric is a lifelong fan of pro wrestling (and yes, he knows it's fake, thank you very much).
Tell us about your selfie: Ben and his wife Danielle at the Contemporary Art Museum in Bellville, Texas. Just kidding, it’s in Dallas!
Ben Nelson (aka Bass) is passionate about bicycles, music, travel, and sneaking indented code comments past Scott. He loves writing Scala and terse HTML, and hopes to travel to India next.
Fun Fact: Ben is a conversational speaker of German and Morse Code, but not German Morse Code.
Tell us about your selfie: Out hiking with the family at Caprock Canyons!
Currently developing APIs, data migration tools and architecture of a future Newsroom product, Sam Smoot has led the specification and architecture of current Wieck products, including Newsroom, NYTSYN, TimesDigest, and VirtualTours. Managing development, Sam put into place project management procedures and QA. Designing, implementing and doing hot-fixes for current hosting infrastructure, he acts as an adviser for hosting requirements and vendors for new infrastructure. Passionate about fixing things, Sam wants to continue identifying and finding solutions for issues that arise. Whether lowering project maintenance to clear time for new development, or improving processes to ensure promises are delivered on time, Sam is always seeking answers to new questions. Timely task completion and client satisfaction are really, really important to Sam. In his free time, Sam likes to cook, do DIY projects around the house, relax with a good SciFi book, and do nature-y things like biking, camping or visiting the zoo. Married with two kids, ages 6 and 3, he plays single dad when his wife of 17 years is out of town on business. Fun Fact: Sam likes to cook and is mastering Bavarian cuisine thanks to YouTube.
Tell us about your selfie: There is such an inner peace that comes from spending time in nature!
David Kelbley is the IT Manager at Wieck. His daily activities include system, database, and network administration, and when the opportunity presents itself, he dabbles in programming. Graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, David has more than 25 years of experience in system design and architecture. Throughout his career, David has worked in many different business sectors including consulting, manufacturing, telecommunications, and SAAS. He enjoys working with startup companies and providing advice to small business owners. Fun Fact: Although far from an expert, David enjoys escaping from the day-to-day computer grind with a little home construction.
Tell us about your selfie: This picture was taken in the middle of a dust storm at the Seven Magic Mountains and made me realize I never wanted to be in a dust storm again.
With the mind of a wordsmith and a love for problem solving, Julie Unger pursued a degree in Public Relations from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (jumping across the pond for a semester abroad at Regents University London). After several internships and web content positions, Julie found herself behind the desk at Wieck doing digital content editing as a member of the Editorial Desk team.
With a love for all things British and passion for travel, Julie is determined to visit all 7 continents in her lifetime and hopes to master a recipe for the perfect chocolate cake.
Fun Fact: She once taught Tony Danza how to take a selfie.
The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
Tell us about your selfie: I like to wear bright colors and prints because I enjoy expressing my personality with my clothes.
As a recent graduate from the University of North Texas, Austin found his way to Wieck where he is now a member of the Editorial Desk Team. After studying public relations and digital marketing, Austin has developed a love for web content and he’s currently on track to become a master at HTML.
Austin loves everything to do with video games, fiction novels, and running. When he’s not training for his next marathon, you’ll usually find him planning his next trip to Disney World, but he’s most likely planning to run his next marathon at Disney World.
"A life without risk is a life unlived."
Tell us about your selfie: Alysa snapped this selfie on a hike in Melbourne, Australia on her first trip to the land down under. If you squint, you can see her boyfriend John posing in the background.
Alysa is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she earned a degree in public relations. Having always been a word-nerd, majoring in journalism was an easy decision that led to a fulfilling college experience. Her duties at Wieck include social media management and being a member of the Editorial Desk Team.
Her interests include travel, writing and watching all the true crime documentaries you could imagine.
Tell us about your selfie: Just making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass, and I’m homebound
Her love for creativity and tech led Gabrielle Jacobs to study Graphics and Multimedia at California University of Pennsylvania, but her need for adventure moved her from Pittsburgh, PA to Dallas, TX. After working in a web content position and freelancing, she has recently joined the Wieck team.
In her free time, she enjoys playing and listening to music, watching movies, learning new skills and traveling all over the world.
Fun Fact: Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers!
“Live like no one else, so you can live like no one else!”
Tell us about your selfie: I hardly take any selfies, so I’m glad at least one of them is decent.
Nick is a Social Media and Service Recovery Agent who works closely with one of the largest healthcare systems in Texas. He attended school at the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with his Fiancée and two dogs, working on home projects, and wishing he could afford tickets to a Cowboys game.
Fun Fact: Nick was named Time Magazine’s person of the year in 2006.
Tell us about your selfie: This is what you get when you ask for a selfie of me.
German devoted over 9 years of his career to Target where most of his time was focused on combating organized retail crime before he parted ways. That is when German found the opportunity to join the Desk Team at Wieck.
His love for data analytics and software programming has led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. When German has spare time, you can find him furthering his knowledge in Java, catching up on some Netflix, reading, fishing or hunting.
Fun Fact: After many years of training, German has mastered the technique of air guitar.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.“
Tell us about your selfie: When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them. Rock climbing above all, a matter of integrity.
A libertine traveler with an exceptional appetite for robotics, culture, food & history which inspired MO to graduate from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a double major in Computer Information Systems & Political science. His passions for communication and debate made him the first foreign national to represent O.I.L = Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature for SOSU, as Student government body in the state capital. Mo also represented SOSU in I.D.E.A.S = International Data Engineering and Science Association. His life changed when his father gave him a camera and said, “your life is a story, share it to the world”. That idea of sharing to the world became his obsession with effective storytelling which involves a deep understanding of human emotions, motivations, and psychology via blogging, vlogging & photography.
Tell us about your selfie: I am wearing my favorite All Might shirt in this selfie, it just didn’t make it into the frame
Brandon graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, his interest in programming led him to pursue a degree in Information Systems. After several years of working construction during college, he changed his hammer and nails for a keyboard and mouse working at Wieck as a member of the Editorial Desk team. During his spare time, Brandon likes to spend time with family, watch movies, play video games, hang with friends and travel.
Fun Fact: I like to go to karaoke bars and showcase my horrible singing.
Tell us about your selfie: I am an avid comic con attendee and this selfie was when I met Bonnie Wright aka Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter movies at the Dallas Comic Con.
Moving to the Dallas area about 4 years ago to be closer to his friends, Billy immediately found himself working in the hospitality industry at a few hotels along his road to Wieck.
Billy has a love for games of all types, fantasy novels, impersonations and puns of all types. Billy is a gym enthusiast, and isn't shy from helping those who are in need of a little bit of advice.
Tell us about your selfie: In my free time, you can find me tending to my many house plants, or out buying more house plants.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Caitlin attended The University of Oklahoma where she studied Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. After managing a restaurant for 5 years, Caitlin found her way to joining the Wieck Team. When she isn’t working, she is probably watering her plants or binge watching Master Chef Junior.
Tell us about your selfie: My car is like my second home. I drive way too much which is probably why I'm on my fourth one.
Originally from Michigan, Colin found his way to Texas and graduated from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. He received a degree in photojournalism and concentrates on sports photography, covering professional and college sports in the DFW area.
In his spare time, Colin plays video games, watches documentaries, and takes photos. He is also a sad Detroit sports fan.
Tell us about your selfie: I took this selfie, or “elphie,” on safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana!
Kaitlyn Jefferson is a Virginia native, Nashville transplant and proud graduate of the University of Virginia (Wahoowa!). Her passion for travel, communication and today’s evolving global media landscape brought her to Wieck in the fall of 2018. A few of her favorite things: tacos, scary books and frequent flyer miles. In her free time, you can find her out and about exploring Music City.
Tell us about your selfie: Harriette and I spent New Year's in Galveston. Harriette loves Merry-Go-Rounds and Pleasure Pier has one of the best.
Business Development professional with 20+ years of experience within the marketing and technology industries. I enjoy what I do because it allows me to be a "storyteller" of experiences I've had throughout my life. I'm a full-time dad and part-time cyclist (Century rides are a "Loads of Fun"). Newest hobbies are camping and telling "Dad Jokes" because my 6 year old daughter loves them both.
Tell us about your selfie: My girlfriend and I were in a taxi boat heading to Universal Studio from the resort.
Antonio is currently an online student at Utica College. He is Majoring in Cybersecurity. After taking some coding classes, Antonio realized he enjoyed the developing and creativity aspect of it which lead him to Wieck as a content management specialist.
Antonio has a wide range of interests. He enjoys playing video games, going out to the movies, enjoys watching wrestling and produces music in his down time. When traveling, his favorite thing to do is explore the varieties of beer at local bars. His dream is to one day drive a supercar on a racetrack.
Fun Fact: Antonio joined a non-profit organization called TangoTab and participated in their event which broke the Guinness World Record for Most Sandwiches Made In 1 hour. (57,662 sandwiches, February 2019
As an engineering major from the University of Texas at Dallas, Daniel carries his knack for problem solving into the digital landscape at Wieck. Daniel previously worked with small business owners all across the nation, assisting them with the development and content creation of their websites for online marketing.
When not in the office or stuck in traffic, you’ll find Daniel at the gym lifting heavy objects. He enjoys cinema and takes his movie watching seriously. By the way, he is an Aries.
Fun fact: He can deadlift 335 pounds.
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” - Roman Philosopher Seneca