introducing…grayson roberts

Budding web developer, circa 1982
Budding web developer, circa 1982

Meet Grayson, the newest member of the Foerstel Team, “beamed up” to the City of Trees from the Lone Star state. Web Developer, Family Man, Comedian, Poet, Photographer? The jury is still out on which one is his true calling, but they all come in handy at Foerstel.

Where did you work prior to landing here?

I was the IT Director for a small city in hot, humid, deep South Texas.

Did you always know you wanted to be a web developer?

Umm… who said I wanted to be a web developer?

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I’d like to try being unemployed. I hear it can be quite relaxing.
What keeps you inspired and coming into work every day?
My wife and kids keep me going. They get kind of cranky when they haven’t eaten for a while.
What is one of the first creative lessons you learned?
Let go. Though I still haven’t mastered that one yet.
What is on your iPod?
“My” iPod has been MIA since the first week I had it in my hand. My wife knows the answer to this question.
Where would we find you on a typical Saturday morning?
Playing on the floor with my kids in our PJ’s.
What is your favorite quote?
Just one? There are so many! Here is one I like (can this apply to the Internet?)

“You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”
– Albert Einstein

Name one random thing about yourself that we probably don’t know?

I sometimes dream in code. Seriously.
Do you have any adventures planned?
I never plan them, but with three kids I expect another one will be just around the corner.
What is your favorite thing about Boise?
I have yet to see a cockroach.
What was your last creative pursuit (outside of work)?

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.

One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.