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imaginary trout is

Unique.
Personal.
professional.

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QUICK FACTS

  • Incorporated: Phoenix, Arizona – 2008
  • Employees: Zero
  • Team Experience: 120+ years (combined)
  • HQ: Spokane, Washington, Great PNW, USA
  • Clients Served: 125+
  • Hosting Capacity: Unlimited
  • Management: limited client base (we’re selective about who we work with)
  • Web Pages Served: Millions
  • WordPress Expertise: 12+ years designing sites, developing custom plugins, hosting, and management

Favorites

  • MacOS, Windows or *NIX: Yes!
  • CMS: WordPress riding WP Engine
  • Bike Brands: Yeti, Kona, Rocky Mountain
  • M$, Google or AWS: Google (Cloud, Workspace, Meet et al)
  • Zoom or Meet: Google Meet
  • Android or iOS: Google Pixel (Android)
  • Registrar: Cloudflare
  • Messaging: Slack
  • Suds: Most seltzer H20, Freemont’s Head Full of Dynamite, & Shilling Hard Cider
  • Bike Brands: Yeti, Kona, Rocky Mountain

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.

-Carl Sagan

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An Immense

PASSION & DESIRE

Since 2008, Imaginary Trout has seen its success through open and constant communication with its clients. We aren’t just a development company, we are a communications company, and we put our clients as priority number one. Whether via phone, email or courier pigeon, we make ourselves available to review your needs.

Imaginary Trout is a full service custom development shop that covers the concepting and consulting, designing and UX, development and deployment, hosting and management of websites, web apps and custom databases. In addition to those capabilities, we offer an array of online marketing including but not limited to organic search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) such as Google AdWords, social marketing management, and email marketing. Our clients and career experience range from mom and pop shops to Fortune 500’s, to everything in between.

Since 2008, we have developed and worked with a variety of databases and content management systems. One of our most successful executions of WordPress was for an engagement whose services was mentioned on a national news syndication where overnight the website had to scale from 20,000 unique daily visitors to over 900,000. By leveraging a relationship with Automattic (the creators of WordPress), using Varnish, NGINX, and PHP-FPM the highly custom WordPress site successfully stabilized and began serving up over 1M unique visitors daily. Lucky for us those days are long gone and we rely on our hosting partners at WP Engine to scale WordPress proportionally to traffic.

The Team

Imaginary Trout full color brand
Principal
With over 20 years of experience as a leader in the tech sector, Trout has a diverse breadth of knowledge and expertise managing businesses, internet technologies, hosting infrastructure, online marketing, website and software development. His philanthropic heart has led him to assist many NGOs and is currently Board Chairman and President at Spokane Riverkeeper.
Josh "Trout"
Spokane, WA
hanlen
Creative Director
Our relationship with Steve began in the early 90's at Sacajawea Jr High. Steve is a ridiculously talented illustrator and artist. Steve’s hand is ever present through the company’s brand identity and merchandising strategy. Not only is Steve a great friend, Hanlen_Art us a valued partner of Imaginary Trout.
Steven
Portland, OR
Ken Kendall - IT Builder
Development Director
Ken is a self-taught genius of sorts with 20+ years of programming experience and an entrepreneur at heart. When he’s not building a better mousetrap (literally) you may find him off road 4×4ing in his Jeep, turning wrenches in his garage, fabricating iron works with his welder or distilling a batch of his favorite clear liquid.
Ken
Phoenix, AZ
Penn Brownlee
Executive Director
Pendergraf is simply an amazing human being, an excellent manager of people and projects and a brilliant solutions architect. In his spare time, Penn enjoys rock climbing (bouldering to be precise) and traveling with his beautiful wife. Penn is a founding partner of Houdini Interactive and a key partner of imaginary_trout|.
Penn
Spokane, WA
Matt Bogue
Creative Director
Matt brings over 20 of experience to the table as a talented artist and creative director. He also co-operates a music/art/event promotion company - Unifest, and is a drummer in the band Gotu Gotu.
Matt
Spokane, WA
Tony Conti
Development Director
Tony’s been developing software for over 20 years. He’s most passionate about building IoT (like using Raspberry PI to build useful things) but is a master at all things front-end related including JavaScript frameworks, HTML, CSS, WebAR, WebVR and build kits. Tony is one of three founders at Houdini Interactive and is a key partner of Imaginary Trout.
Anthony
Spokane, WA
Matt Fischer
Creative Director
Matt, a Phoenix native is immersed in all things art, music and culture. He specializes in brand identity, design for print marketing, web and merchandise. Matt is passionate about photography and film for professional and personal applications. Matt is the founder and operator of Provoke Creative.
Matt
Phoenix, AZ