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A little about the Silicon Publishing Team

Silicon Publishing was founded in 2000 by Max Dunn and Alissa Whitney, and has evolved to include a first-class group of software engineers, several of whom worked on the Adobe InDesign product.

Thanks to the aggregation of unique talent from around the world, we have grown to become the world's leading provider of Adobe InDesign Server solutions, with deep capability for extending desktop and server InDesign CS and CC.

Our flagship products, Silicon Designer and Silicon Paginator, are the result of years of collaboration of most of the people listed below. Michael Easter has the distinction of single-handedly building the core of our successful Silicon Connector technology.


Max Dunn
Co-Founder, President

Max Dunn is the President of Silicon Publishing, having founded the company with Alissa Whitney in 2000. He combines energy, passion and visionary leadership with deep technical expertise, driving our collaboration with dozens of industry partners and guiding the delivery of sophisticated solutions for over a decade.

Before founding Silicon Publishing, he was Director of Software Development at Bertelsmann Industry Services, where he led the implementation of publishing solutions for a wide range of clients including Hewlett Packard, Aetna, CIGNA, Prudential and others.

Alissa Whitney
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Alissa Whitney is CTO of Silicon Publishing, having co-founded the company with Max Dunn in 2000. She combines business and technical expertise in her leadership of our engineering teams, as well as inspiring our strategic vision and overall growth strategy.

Earlier in her career, Alissa developed custom publishing solutions as a member of Bertelsmann Industry Services. She combines an entrepreneurial spirit with a technologist’s love of innovation.

Aaron Hodges
Chief Operating Officer

Aaron Hodges is COO of Silicon Publishing, where he brings a deep technical expertise to bear on the product vision as a key member of the senior management team.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, he founded Lights Out Publishing, a software consultancy for print, mail and fulfillment companies. Throughout his career, Aaron built his reputation by bringing emerging technologies to market with vision, tenacity and follow-through.


Olav Martin Kvern
Senior Solutions Architect

Olav “Ole” Kvern is Senior Solutions Architect at Silicon Publishing, as well as leader of InDesign Automation technology.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, Ole blazed trails with Visio, Aldus, and Adobe, where he made a name as one of the leading lights on the InDesign development team from ground zero. He developed InDesign scripting, then documented and popularized these innovations for the global user community.

Michael Easter
Senior Computer Scientist

Michael Easter is the creator of Silicon Connector, a product built upon his intimate knowledge of InDesign extensibility.

Before Joining Silicon Publishing, Michael served for nine years on the InDesign Product team as a senior computer scientist. Major accomplishments at Adobe include leading the redesign of InDesign’s linkage architecture, abstracting InDesign’s file handling architecture to allow a consistent API for multi-platform file handling, as well as the redesign of InDesign’s print UI and backend printing engine.

Dorian Smiley
Senior Architect

Dorian Smiley is the primary architect of the Silicon Designer web client, in particular its HTML5 variant. With a reputation as an innovator and passionate developer, he also consults with senior management on product vision and architecture.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, Dorian served as Director of New Media at the Hallmark Channel, building upon long-term relationships with Ameresco & Focus360. Earlier in his career he founded 4D Intermedia, which he led for over five years.

Hayden Jones
XML Solutions Architect

Hayden Jones is Silicon Publishing’s XML Solutions Architect, specializing in SDXML design as well as Adobe InDesign scripting, crucial to both the Silicon Designer and Paginator products.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, Hayden built an outstanding track record in technical publishing at Xerox, including pioneering the composition, production and programming of text-processing scripts, plug-ins, and stand-alone apps. He also championed the company’s strategic adoption of Adobe FrameMaker, supporting and expanded its capabilities across the organization as Xerox’s lead Adobe internal consultant.

Rich Gartland
Senior Software Developer

Rich Gartland is the lead on our “Template Editor” application, a key component of many of customized web-to-print and database publishing solutions.

Before joining Silicon, Rich was a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe, part of the InDesign team from 1.0 all the way through InDesign CS5. Previously, he served with distinction on the Aldus PageMaker team. His engineering innovations are recognized in three U.S. patents in page layout and composition technology, plus additional patents pending.

Marty Mickelson
Software Engineer

Marty Mickelson focuses on process improvement and automation within Silicon Publishing and with customers. He's had experience with Silicon Designer and other offerings across the company. His thirst for learning allows him to be adaptive to the ever changing needs of new clients. By thinking outside the box, his contributions to the Silicon Publishing team enhance the company value to customers in many ways.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, he spent nine years with Adobe in quality assurance and as a software developer. Marty brings insight and broad experience to each engagement.

Matt Harshman
Software Quality Engineer

Matt Harshman is lead Software Quality Engineer at Silicon Publishing, where he plays a central role in quality, user acceptance and product certification.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, Matt was a Senior Software Quality Engineer at Adobe, where he was involved in five major product releases spanning more than a decade. His expertise includes White Box, Grey Box and Black Box testing strategies using JavaScript, Visual Basic, AppleScript, Java, XML, SOAP, as well as use of in-house automation tools.

Jacqui Tully
Strategic Alliance Manager

Jacqui Tulley is Strategic Alliance Manager of Silicon Publishing, where she plays a pivotal role in business planning, project management, client relationship management, process improvement and contract development.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, Jacqui was Director of Client Services at Digital Formatting Services, where she focused on client & production management, and her contributions in sales & marketing were instrumental to that company’s growth.

Andrew Brennan
Product Manager, Silicon Connector

Andrew Brennan manages our Silicon Connector product, working closely with senior management to grow and promote it to our domestic and international customers. He is also closely involved with marketing management, communications and planning.

Before joining Silicon Publishing, Andrew consulted for more than two decades with clients on a global basis, delivering publishing automation solutions across a wide range of industries, including financial, education and manufacturing.

Partial list of current and past clients