Meet Our Team
We are as good as our team. Together we provide you with the industry’s most talented people.
Name: Philip Agyeman-Budu
B.A. Studio Arts, Business, Graphic Design, Web design
I’m the founder and CEO of Authentic Imaging, a digital agency established in 2007. We are a Billings Montana tech startup. Authentic Imaging manages over a quarter of a million digital solutions annually for its clients and has helped grow some of Billings top reputable businesses to a six-digit business annually income. Some of our clients are Advance Chemical Solutions, Billings Hardware Store, Alpha Omega Disaster Resolution, Boyer Properties.
We currently have invested in 3 new tech startups (iFundraised, Emptyloads & Home Manager), all projected to launch on a national scale this year 2019.
I’m a first generation American with a passion for life & family. I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t easily stress over unexpected life turns. My attitude towards business is simple; why bother if you don’t want to be the best.
If you are looking to work with a successful company that grew with zero funding and has gone through all the painful process of building a business to over quarter million annual revenue, then you are in the right place. I’m well traveled and enjoy the company of different cultures.
I bring a broader perspective of human psychology to the work I produce and can help your business communicate what your customer cares most about.
Expertise: Online Startup
Philip has a passion for website technology and it’s delivery to the consumer market. He lives and breathes user experience and how it affects online marketing. Philip’s research and experiences have led to the creation of some of the industry’s leading applications.
Specialized in Online Human Cultural Behaviour Psychology
Name: Ben Trerise
University of North Dakota
Master’s of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Information Systems. Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Information Systems. Ben was one of two people to achieve the combination of receiving both his Bachelor’s and Masters within 5 years by taking summer classes and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the age of 20.
Born & raised in Montana, I have grown up loving the many adventures that this huge state has to offer. Golfing, skiing and water sports are just some of the activities that I am grateful to have the opportunity to partake in.
My joy in coding complex applications was inspired by the early 2000’s Silicon Valley boom. It took a few projects to realize that our team can compete and beat the brightest as long as we keep the inspiration to achieve greatness.
I have developed enterprise level applications that currently generate over $15 million in annual revenue; and bring 13 years of experience on every technical level with delivering custom web applications / solutions that have a positive ROI.
Expertise: Programer & Database Engineer
Ben Trerise joined Authentic Imaging in 2010 as a partner and full-time project manager. His educational background is a combination of business acumen and technical skills. He has 13 years of professional experience in the field of systems architecture and has developed, maintained and consulted for multiple businesses as an analyst, programmer and database administrator.
Name: Mike Smith
University of Washington
Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts with a focus in Graphic Design and Marketing.
I was born and raised in a small town about 30 miles East of Seattle. In 2018 when my daughter was accepted to Montana State University my wife and I decided to follow our dreams and move to Montana. We wanted to live the lifestyle and enjoy the amazing outdoor recreation opportunities Montana has to offer. My family and I spend most of our free time camping, hunting, fishing and anything outdoors. I am very excited about what the future holds for Authentic Imaging!
Marketing and design are arguably the most important departments of any business. I understand the importance for all companies, whether it be large or small. I’m particularly driven by the creative side of marketing and the ideas behind it. I have expert knowledge in a wide variety software programs and have an energetic passion for creativity.
Expertise: Graphic Design & Marketing
Mike joined Authentic Imaging in early 2019 and will be a pivotal part in the growth of the company.
He has over 15 years of Marketing and Graphic Design experience and has a strong passion for creativity. Mike also has great communication skills as well as unlimited energy that will lead to great things for the company.
Name: Ashley Lauckner
Montana State University Billings
Graduated with Bachelors of Accounting
I am a born and raised Montanan that believes in the value of hard work and seeing the beauty in each opportunity that is presented. Having the influence of entrepreneurship around me for the majority of my life, I thrive at helping business owners realize their potential by connecting with their customers on a personal level. After leaving my career in bookkeeping and accounting in 2014, I created a parenting blog, Mommy Wants Coffee, to share my adventures in parenting two small children and to discuss issues that I hadn’t seen out in the open before.
Expertise: Copyrights & Social Media
Writing gave me a way to connect with people and give them useful information to help them navigate through any number of issues they are facing. In doing so, I cultivated an amazing, and large, social media following and found the power that those networks truly have in reaching a mass population. Along with my passion of writing, this new venture gave me the drive to find out all I could about reaching people through social media and what content different people truly wanted to help them in their everyday life. In 2016, I had the honor of being published on the Huffington Post and became a contributor to their website.
Dun & Bradstreet Financial Score
Billings Chamber Member Since 2012
Billings Realtors Association - Since 2011
Montana registered business - Since 2007
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