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Employee Spotlight - Christi Kannapel
Christi Kannapel


Christi is the Marketing & Public Relations Director for BIS Technology Group, the umbrella company over BIS Designs. She has been with the company for two and a half years and has been instrumental in leading many of the prosperous changes for our company. 

Her favorite part about her job is being able to be creative and work with a passionate and innovative team. At BIS, Christi’s main duties and tasks include: 
Managing and creating new content for company websites
Organizing, promoting and hosting events including lunch & learns, meet & greets, webinars, seminars and sales events
Developing and managing marketing strategies, campaigns and budgets
Generating revenue for all three divisions of the BIS Technology Group by implementing campaigns such as webinars, seminars, cross-selling, direct mail, and contests
Designing marketing materials

She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Radio, TV & Film (Mass Communication). While at Auburn, she started her own radio show called Live & Local where she brought in local artists to interview. She successfully increased the number of listeners by marketing the show through social media, her website and outbound marketing. Thus, her passion for marketing began!

Christi’s passion and leadership have always been hallmarks of her life. She has won or placed in several competitions, such as the Laws of Life essay contest and the state of Alabama’s Science Olympiad. Other accomplishments include:
4th in the state of Tennessee for Digital Productions for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Achieved Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Captain of the Marketing Minions Accountability Group
Leader of BIS’s internal PR ‘Wow’ Team.

Christi’s main hobbies and interests outside of work are reading, swimming, running, crafting, trying new restaurants, traveling, playing with her dog Gunther, playing the piano, and exploring her new town of Charlotte, NC with her fiancé Drew.

We are thrilled and proud to have Christi as our Marketing Director for BIS. Her drive and insight continue to motivate and inspire employees, and propel BIS towards continued success.

Employee Spotlight: Donald Johansson

Donald Johansson


Donald Johansson wears many hats for BIS Designs. Not only is he the president of BIS Designs, but he’s also our lead designer and front-end developer.  Donald founded BIS Designs in 2009 – along with Phillip Long and Kevin Welch.

Web design has been his passion since 1995. After graduating college in 1999, he worked at a local printing company. Soon, the printer realized Donald’s talent for web design which would allow them to expand their client offerings. From then on, Donald has been the go-to designer for each company he has been with. 

Today, Donald designs and develops websites for BIS Designs’ clients. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also designs logos, brochures and other printed materials clients request. Donald’s expertise is an incredible resource as he also helps with the troubleshooting and maintenance our client websites require.

Not all his time is spent behind the computer screen. In fact, Donald has received numerous awards for painting miniature figurines, his greatest hobby. He also enjoys playing the classical guitar, photography and helping his wife in her garden.

In his own words, he’s quite adept at: 

Playing guitar
Ping pong
Miniature painting
Slicing bread
Morse code 
Eating candy
Picking strawberries
Untangling knots
Doing things quickly
Directions, running
Board games
Making spaghetti sauce
Repetitive tasks
In the spirit of full transparency, Donald admits he could use some improvement on: 
Touching his toes with straight legs
Creative writing
Remembering names
Going to bed on time
Maintaining a good posture
Pop culture
Remembering which switch is the light and which is the fan
Throwing things away
Running fast
Binge watching TV shows

We’re thrilled to have Donald lead our team at BIS Designs. Every day is filled with creative assignments, and being able to work with the witty, even-keeled, inspiring webmaster Donald makes each task that much more enjoyable.