Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

– HELEN KELLER

Teammates, Floormates + Party-Mates

Meet the team at Helio. We're a smart and diverse group of strategists, designers, and developers. And we've been known to throw a really good party.

Heather Acton is our founder and technical director. Heather grew up on the mean streets of Lindenhurst, IL. Like any kid with a passion for music and minimal parental supervision she learned how to pirate massive amounts of music. Turns out that deviant behavior was perfect training for today’s digital engineers.

Patrick Smith is our creative director. Patrick has been in the branding, digital, advertising, design, marketing or whatever people are calling this business these days for 20 years. That length of time in this profession would have broken most people’s spirits, and maybe even their will to live, but somehow Patrick carries on.

Ellie Saldaña is our producer. Ellie has been around the world and back, but for some reason still finds joy in keeping our team and clients in line. She's also our resident website-breaker, which is a critical part of our quality assurance process. We'd all be lost without Ellie, so be sure to greet her with a big grin when you meet her.

Emil Wisch is our web engineer. Emil finds time to build websites while co-managing a household of 7 living beings. If that's not the stuff of superheros, we don't know what is. Emil's been developing WordPress websites since 2006, and he's only getting better with age.

Leo Duque Garcia is our web engineer. Leo is the self-proclaimed king of automation, stealthily making our work processes smoother and more efficient, all while constructing masterpieces with his Lego collection. He's been building WordPress websites since 2010, and he doesn't show any signs of stopping.

Chris Bodmann is our marketing strategist. Chris has always been fascinated with storytelling. This led Chris into the world of brand strategy, and he’s been hooked ever since. Taking up the mantle of client champion, he found an agency home in account services, but his true passion is in strategic planning and brand identity work.

Morgan Semmelhack is our graphic designer. Do you like tacos? You probably don’t like them as much as Morgan. You probably don’t like typography as much Morgan either.

Our Studio is where we brainstorm, create, and bond. It lies in the cozy West Loop neighborhood of Chicago and inspires us every day. Close enough to the train and highway but far enough from the hustle and bustle of the Loop, we're happy to call this place home.

Our Values

We think it's important that our values match those of our clients. We hope you are inspired and aligned with these quotes as much as we are.

Do good work for good people.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.

Learning never exhausts the mind.

There’s a way to do it better — find it.

The best partnerships happen when we are committed to winning together.

What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again.

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.

Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless.

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.