We have grand ambitions. No, we don’t want to engineer driverless planes or build preschools on Mars, but we do want to elevate your business. We work to understand your business objectives and develop digital solutions tailored to meet those objectives. We ensure your company is outfitted with stellar branding and we employ innovative marketing strategies to connect you to your audience in new and meaningful ways.
Widely Interactive was founded by two brothers from the humble roots of Columbus, Ohio. While one brother ventured to Tucson, Arizona to learn about software engineering, the other set up camp in San Francisco, dabbling in e-commerce startups. Both eventually joined forces and planted their flag in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2002, the two brothers have partnered in various digital agencies, founding Widely Interactive in 2011. Jay and Ryan Belfore both share a love of design, but are purists when it comes to developing highly usable, functional technology to solve problems and build businesses.
Jay Belfore is the CEO and Software Director of Widely Interactive. As Software Director, he oversees all web development projects in addition to being the lead developer when duty calls. In his career, Jay has engineered solutions for clients such as General Dynamics, Avnet, Realty Executives International, Insight and Cisco. Jay is a contributor for The Arizona Technology Council blog as well as the Scottsdale Airpark News. He is actively involved in the community and served for 10 years as a member and chairman of the board for The New Foundation, a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center for adolescents. In his free time, Jay enjoys golfing, driving golf carts, thinking about golf... and spending time with his wife and children.
Ryan Belfore leads Widely’s Creative Department, providing clients with new ways to enhance their marketing footprint. Ryan believes a crucial aspect to the success of any client-vendor relationship is stellar customer service – a practice Ryan employs religiously.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He worked for dotcom start-ups in Columbus, OH and San Francisco before establishing himself in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has co-founded two successful companies during his fifteen plus years in the valley. In 2008, Ryan was featured in BizAZ’s Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 list. In March 2012, Ryan joined his brother to co-found their newest venture, Widely Interactive.
When Ryan is not obsessing about design – be it interactive, user interface, web or graphic design – he spends his free time rock climbing, golfing, painting, scouring new music, and traveling. His favorite city is Barcelona and his favorite band is Radiohead. 12 out of 10 clients recommend him.
Zack is the newest member of our team and he heads up business development for Widely. He spent the last 13 years working for major marketing agencies and has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. He thrives on helping companies achieve accelerated growth through digital marketing tools. In his role at Widely, Zack will be forming new connections and partnerships with companies in the Southwest who would greatly benefit from the services we provide.
A native of San Diego, Zack grew up surfing, swimming and playing water polo. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and has lived in Arizona for most of his professional career. Outside the office, he enjoys golfing, camping, cooking and learning new languages.
A native of Cuba, Ibis graduated top of her class from the Higher Institute of Design of Havana. After a few years of international experience, she moved to Arizona and began working at Widely Interactive.
Ibis takes a thoughtful approach to the creative process, mindful of high-level project objectives and drilling down to the essential details to make one-of-a-kind designs. She finds it very rewarding to reflect on the final designs she delivers, knowing all the work that went into creating them.
As a product designer, she is in charge of designing each screen or page with which the user interacts and ensuring that the product logically flows from one step to the next, guaranteeing the best user experience. She is responsible for creating a cohesive style guide and ensuring a consistent design language is applied across the product.
Passionate about typography and logo design she has created many great logos during her career and in 2020 she designed her first typeface.
Ibis enjoys traveling and visiting art museums and design expositions around the country along with her designer husband. As a proper island native, she loves playing sand volleyball and planning her next trip to the beach.
Her name is pronounced (e-bis).
Phil brings a wealth of experience to the table having worked in the industry for over a decade on major projects for companies such as TD Ameritrade and Kewit Construction. He has extensive expertise in WordPress development, front-end development, and animation. Phil is passionate about solving inefficiencies and complex problems by building solutions that perform. When he’s not at his computer, Phil enjoys having a balanced work-life schedule and tackling other complicated challenges like parenting.
A native of Arizona, Shawn Kurowski is our newest member of the team. Shawn received his B.S. in Computer Science from Grand Canyon University and has spent several years working as a software engineer in the valley. His expertise include LAMP stack development, WordPress development, and Amazon Web Services deployment. Shawn will serve a vital role on our team by engineering complex solutions to meet the requirements of our more challenging projects. In his free time he enjoys rebuilding car engines and tinkering with anything technology related.
Scott has been involved professionally in the web industry since 1997. During his career, he has earned several stand-out awards such as Top Developer in Phoenix, 2017 as well as Best of the Web for his work in the travel industry. Prior to moving to Phoenix, he spent three years living in Mexico working on big web projects for several reputable resort hotels. His experience includes developing a full-featured Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution, building a Content Management System (CMS), and coding out custom themes and plugins for numerous WordPress websites. At Widely Interactive, Scott applies his talents in the production of complex projects requiring advanced development. In his free time, Scott enjoys playing golf and driving his red sports car around town.
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WE'RE GREAT COMMUNICATORS
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WE DELIVER AS PROMISED
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DESIGNERS AND DEVELOPERS
We strive for an even balance between form and function
We are true believers in the merits of developing in-house with local talent
We have a track record of success and will gladly share our references with you
We’ve produced hundreds of projects of all shapes and sizes
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We believe in the “lean startup” approach
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