Robert Vernon // PresidentRobert Vernon founded Digital Arts Imaging in the basement of his home in 2001. However, that wasn’t his first venture in the print and digital imaging industry. His first company Digital World Images grew to include Digital World Media and Digital World Audio before Robert joined the C2 Media team in 1999. After the many successes of his previous companies, Robert returned to his humble beginnings as leading innovator in the print industry. As the digital world grew, so did the company. Robert added Digital Arts Creative to offer graphic design and marketing services to become a one-stop shop for his loyal clients.
Robert, a Colorado native, attended Colorado Mountain College enjoying skiing, repelling and hiking, then found employment in the print industry before starting his own business. When the opportunity to merge companies he founded to form C2 Media presented itself, he and his family relocated to New Jersey to be closer to the lucrative markets in New York City and Philadelphia. Nestled between the two metropolitan areas, Robert has built a team that shares in his vision for Digital Arts with him lovingly referred to as the fearless leader.
When he’s not at the office, Robert fills his time with many different activities. He serves on various boards in the community. He enjoys music, writing songs, noodling on the keyboard, playing both the electric bass and drums. Robert also enjoys painting, reading and writing. He is the main sheep wrangler and chicken caretaker and llama whisperer on his family’s farmette in Hunterdon County.
Sandra Vernon // Vice PresidentWith over 20 years exposure in the print and now marketing industry, Sandra has partnered with her husband, Robert as the business has grown from its humble beginnings. Formerly the General Manager here at Digital Arts, Sandra now serves the team as Vice President.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Lewis-Clark State College and a Masters of Education Arts in Educational Administration from University of Washington. Her education has been put to good use at Digital Arts in analyzing metrics and implementing processes for the company’s efficiency. She also uses her educational background while serving on various boards in Hunterdon County.
At home, Sandra is the mother of three young adult daughters and somehow she’s maintained her sanity. Well, she thinks she’s maintained it. Her hobbies have definitely helped with that. She enjoys dancing, music, reading, the outdoors, gardening, riding horses and time with her two PBGV (Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen) dogs.
Originally from Idaho, Sandra migrated to New Jersey by way of Colorado. Though she misses the West, she now has the pleasure of enjoying Philadelphia and New York City as well as the beauty of this area that is kept secret from Westerners.
William Waggoner // Graphic Design DirectorWill has been designing for almost 20 years before bringing his talent and experience to Digital Arts. During that time he’s acted as a Senior Designer, Art Director and freelance Creative Director. Prior to that he was a Producer for The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles working on both TV and feature film productions. His diverse experience and sharp eye are what allow him to bring our clients’ visions to life visually.
Will has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College, and he finally framed his diploma after it sat in a silverfish-laden box for more than two decades.
Will is also an accomplished Pop Art and abstract painter whose work is exhibited in galleries and museums several times a year. He was even named a New Jersey Emerging Artist in 2012. In his free time Will enjoys long-distance rail trail mountain biking and Olympic recurve bow archery.
Jeff Sanders // Graphic Project CoordinatorJeff has been an integral part of the Digital Arts production team for the last three years. That’s only a small dent in his extensive experience in the sign and graphics industry. Over the last 20 years, he’s worked as a designer, fabricator, and project coordinator. He served as an illustrator draftsman in the United States Navy and is a Gulf War Veteran.
As far as education, he holds a degree in Visual Communications. That, paired with his diverse experience, is what helps him bring our clients’ visions to life. It’s no surprise that he’s also an accomplished artist because the team watches him carve, paint, and create on a daily basis. His favorite quote is “Well done is better than well said” and it makes sense because his work speaks for itself.
Outside of the production studio, this Irishman enjoys supporting his community with his wife and four awesome kids by his side. He enjoys coaching Little League Baseball and you might recognize his voice as the announcer for the Manville Mustang high school football games.
He’s the (self-proclaimed) World’s Greatest Backup Singer and dreamt of becoming a stuntman like his childhood hero, Evel Knievel. He also enjoys cooking, grilling (charcoal only, please), and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. Jeff dreams of moving to the South Pacific even though he’s never actually been there but we’re glad he hasn’t traded the four season of New Jersey for a life of luxury in paradise.
Terence O'Connor // Graphic Project CoordinatorTerence brings 10 years experience in print production to the team. He developed an interest in art and design after he was introduced to Computer Aided Design at just 10 years old. Since then, he’s worked as a carpenter’s apprentice, farmhand, senior designer, and head of production at a sign shop. He’s even won the United States Sign Council’s International Sign Design Competition in the “Building Signs” Category and his work has appeared in Sign Builder Illustrated Magazine.
Between his first introduction to art and design and joining the Digital Arts team, Terence graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA in Communication Design with concentrations in Graphic Design & Interactive Design.
Outside the office, Terence has many hobbies. He grew up locally in Hunterdon County and you can find him cooking, kayaking, boating, and skiiing. He’s got a strong poker face which comes in handy when he plays poker with friends. He’s also been known to draw and sculpt in his spare time as another outlet for his creativity.
Images courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, and do not depict Digital Arts employees.