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We Are Levatas

Levatas is a collection of smart, creative individuals who shape brands and build technology so that we can help good companies solve hard problems.
We use data science and modern technology to drive deeper customer experiences, helping our client partners adapt and thrive in the digitally driven marketplace.

CX Strategy &
Content Creation

Digital
Transformation

Technology Strategy &
Software Development

Data Science &
Cognitive Technology

Digital
Transformation

CX Strategy &
Content Creation

  • Strategic Brand Positioning
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Brand Articulation and Identity
  • Creative Concept Development
  • Customer Experience Mapping
  • Digital Media Strategy
  • Attribution and Analytics
  • Custom Websites

Technology Strategy &
Software Development

  • Product Management
  • Design and Innovation Labs
  • Persona, Stakeholder Research
  • User Experience Design
  • Agile Project Management
  • Custom Software Development
  • Data Insights and Analytics
  • Systems and Platform Integration

Data Science & Cognitive Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence Technologies
  • Machine Learning
  • Conversational Interfaces & Chatbots
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Marketing Intelligence
Ryan Gay
CEO

Ryan Gay

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CEO

Playing a key role at Levatas for the past decade, first as managing partner and now as CEO, Ryan has ushered the company from its humble beginnings to where it is today, a 100-person team that partners with multinational organizations. He proudly heads up the leadership team and works with a unique mix of passionate, creative individuals. Ryan holds a B.S. in finance from Florida Atlantic University. He spends his free time learning to be the world’s best husband and father, and enjoys sports and cooking.

Favorite quote

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

- Mark Twain

Brian Dunnam
EVP Technology

Brian Dunnam

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EVP, Technology

Joining Levatas in 2014, Brian brings over 20 years of experience to the agency, leading global organizations and startups in product development, global technology architecture, and project leadership. From product vision to product launch, he and his team drive innovative, meaningful solutions for clients that range from regional companies to international enterprises. Previously, Brian was the vice president of technology for LexisNexis. He attended Southern Polytechnic State University and holds a B.S. in computer information systems from City University of Seattle. An active member of his local ecommunity, Brian enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family and restoring classic automobiles.

Favorite quote

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

- Mark Twain

Ray Popp
EVP Client Solutions

Ray Popp

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EVP, Client Solutions

Ray oversees client-relationship development, solutions strategy, and leads the agency’s marketing and branding efforts. He brings 15 years of brand-building and marketing-integration expertise to Levatas, where he has worked since 2013. Previously, Ray was global head of content & social media for Groupon, and also has held senior-level roles at global PR agencies including Fleishman-Hillard and Edelman. He holds a B.S. in political science and communications from Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray likes to swim, surf with his two boys, and travel with his family.

Favorite quote

“Life must be rich and full of loving – it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”

- Jack Kerouac

Daniel Bruce
EVP Data & Analytics

Daniel Bruce

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EVP, Data & Analytics

Daniel is an avid technology enthusiast with 15 years of experience designing and architecting software applications. He has led global software-development teams and delivered state-of-the-art solutions for brands such as HSBC, Penn Mutual, IBM, Cisco, and Dell. Passionate about corporate culture, Daniel is constantly uncovering creative ways to make Levatas a great place to work, which he joined in 2008. Leading a talented group of Data and Analytics specialists at Levatas, he continues to raise the bar in driving innovation and excellence for Levatas’ clients. Daniel holds an M.S. in computer science from Cornell University where he studied machine learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence. He also earned a B.S. from University of Florida in mathematics with focuses in computer science, and physics. Additionally, Daniel was a speaker at ITPalooza, the largest gathering of South Florida’s technology community. Outside work, he enjoys teaching, playing tennis, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Favorite quote

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

- Albert Einstein, physicist

Chris Nielsen
Founder & EVP Experience Design

Chris Nielsen

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Founder & EVP Experience Design

Chris founded Levatas in his South Florida garage in 2006, and has seen it grow to a world-class team of more than 100 professionals who have the unique opportunity to guide many of the world’s leading global brands in their digital strategy. At the agency, he focuses on culture, innovation, and partnerships, while also leading the new business and experience design teams. Additionally, Chris has also launched and invested in a stable of fast-growing subsidiary businesses under the agency’s accelerator initiative, Levatas Labs. These start-ups include Framework (marketing and creative services), VXIT (professional IT services), Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute (a leading therapy practice), Blyz (on-demand laundry services), and PonTiki (leisure cruises), with several more to be announced in 2018. A highly sought-after thought leader, futurist, and visionary, he has been invited to speak at industry-renowned events, and was recently recognized by Florida’s Governor as one of the state’s Business Ambassadors, an honor bestowed on him for creating 30 new full-time jobs in one year. Chris is a member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, a founding board member of the Palm Beach Technology Association, and is active in the South Florida business community.

Favorite quote

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

- J.R.R. Tolkien

Giving Back to Our Community

GenerosiTeam is a Levatas initiative built to support the local community with service-focused events and projects. We take pride in giving back to the community we love so much.

What The Fun

All work and no play makes for a pretty boring work day. Our remedy is What The Fun, the Levatas culture committee dedicated to ensuring that every employee has an opportunity to indulge in some R&R... "WTF style". Movies, massages, manicures and more (all during work hours, of course!).



Trilight Award

This annual accolade is bestowed upon the Levatas employee who, through work, service and attitude, best exemplifies the Levatas ethos. Trilight recipients are frequently considered to be in the company of other great circles of champions, including Academy Award winners and Joey Chestnut.