Meet The Team

Justin Parra
Justin Parra

Co-Founder, Designer

I genuinely enjoy working with such a diverse group of business owners and helping them solve their creative needs. I’ve learned that I need constant challenges or I get bored and crotchety. You’ll never see me shy away from solving the daily business and creative challenges Pound Design presents.
Bio
I hail from good ol’ Harlingen, Texas. I started drawing and being creative at a young age and most of my design skills are self taught. I attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a degree in Communication Studies, minoring in Business. Thinking I needed a corporate job, I spent several years honing my design skills within National Instruments’ Corporate Design Group. Once I realized that being an entrepreneur was in my DNA, I pursued Pound Design and haven’t looked back.
Off The Clock
I have three wonderful kids, Olivia, Rowan and Vaughn, and one lovely wife Tara. We love goofing off, watching live music, hiking outdoors and trying new eats. I’m also not embarrassed to admit I have two dachshunds, Stretch and Marley. Thanks for reading!
Kevin Pease
Kevin Pease

Co-Founder, Designer, Developer

For me, being a designer is quite simply – having the ability to solve problems in a creative way. I love thinking outside the box and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to help small businesses with their creative pursuits. It’s what gets me up every morning. Well, that and coffee…lots of coffee.
Bio
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, I caught my first glimpse of Austin during my band’s 2002 SXSW showcase. Like so many others, I fell in love with the city’s thriving culture. After completing my Marketing/Art degree from the University of Memphis, I relocated to Austin in 2003. I teamed up with Justin after a few years working together within National Instruments design group, and after 3 years of juggling late-night freelance sessions with the day job, I pursued Pound full-time in 2010.
Off The Clock
When not obsessing over logo marks, I stay active in Austin’s music scene, writing music and playing guitar in Fett. I love spending time with my wife and soulmate, Desirae, (who I met at SXSW back in 2002 when we were just kids!) and my 9-year old step-son Zain. I enjoy smoking brisket, drinking great beer and taking in the beautiful lake view from our new home in Lago Vista.
Mike Lacourse
Mike Lacourse

Lead Developer

I love these guys. Working with Pound has given me the chance to do what I do best, whether that’s deeply considering the technical details of a project, or helping to paint the bigger picture. I approach all our development with design in mind, making sure the tech we build is thought out and sturdy.
Bio
I got my start building and managing websites for local touring bands back home in New England. I was always drawn to the internet. I loved that I could be both creative and technical at the same time. It suited me. After working in media for a couple of years, I decided to change focus and eventually moved to Austin where I met up with guys at Pound Design.
Off The Clock
After long hard days of putting 1’s next to 0’s, I spend my time crafting the perfect song and reading about philosophy and politics. I also love to travel any chance I get – checking out new cities and hiking around the most gorgeous places I can find.
Austin Haines
Austin Haines

Print Designer

From a young age, I’ve had a strong, constant desire to express my creativity visually. Being a part of the Pound team gives me the opportunity to do so daily and find balanced, beautiful solutions to problems for some really cool and interesting clients. I couldn’t be happier to be here and can’t wait to see what’s next for us!
Bio
I come from Odessa, Texas land of oil and gas. I moved to Austin for school and quickly became involved in the local music/art scene. I started designing gig posters for local venues and bands which eventually grew into a full time freelancing gig for all sorts of folks around the city and state. I met the Pound guys through the scene and have been excited to work with them ever since.
Off The Clock
When I’m not creating visually, I love to get out of the city and spend time in the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, you name it – nothing beats the view of a sunrise through a tent door. Just don’t forget the bug spray!
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