About Storm Digital Media
Born from the great midwest, we've blown up the industry for over a decade, both from inside the dealership and as digital experts. Our approach is now simple - we offer white-glove service while delivering the highest converting websites and data-driven marketing strategies.
Meet Our Team
Our team brings a wealth of experience from some of the world's most formidable automotive companies, agencies, and startups.
After graduating at the top of class at West Point, Lane toured Iraq for thirty-five months where he earned the Army call sign “Over the Top”. Returning home after surviving a near-fatal helicopter fall, he grounded his endeavors towards building the United States economy; Lane built and sold a marketing agency focused on financial advisers before launching a venture capital firm. If you asked him, he’ll tell you that his biggest accomplishment as a VC was investing in Christian Salazar’s automotive tech company that led to the launch of Storm Digital Media (just ahead of his 1.5 million investment in a company led by Puff Daddy’s Chief Financial Officer). He’ll also tell you, “If you ever find yourself in a fair fight…you planned it wrong!”
Vice President of Technology
Jake graduated from Kansas University with a passion for web development, biotechnology and artificial intelligence. “Ragland” is his name, but innovating cutting-edge engagement technologies that translate to improving the efficiencies and performance of automotive dealers is his game. He can also be found working in the trenches, crossing the intersection between high-touch and high-tech as the ring leader of 3rd party vendors consolidation; delivering white-glove service and optimizing results on our clients’ behalf. In his spare time, he takes long moonlit walks on the beach with a zombie Tiki drink in his hand.
Vice President of Digital Marketing
Christian “Kitchy” Valverde is a self-taught Graphic Designer with more than ten years of experience design, digital advertising, and traditional publishing environments. An established fine artists, his paintings have sold in over forty-five exhibits nationwide and published in the Brooklyn Art Library’s 2011 book. If you look fast, you might get a glimpse of him tearing up the concrete any number of the local Kansas City skate parks.
Assistant Vice President of Design
Ryan is a top designer from Kansas State where he once brushed elbows with Bill Snyder. He continues his local celebrity status as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs football graphics team and operates the video board on home game days. His automotive ads are proven winners, too - performing at over 400% the industry standard on Google. He moonlights doing Improv at the famous Buffalo Room and is a firm believer that "habits die hard".