Red Nova Labs Expands Talent Pool with Four New Tech-Focused Employees

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Three programmers and a search engine specialist join the fast-growing team in Kansas City.

New front-end developer Tim Banks is one of four new employees to join Red Nova Labs recently. The Kansas City company has tripled in size in the last year.

Our goal isn’t just to expand our talent pool to cover capacity; we want to increase our ability to tackle new challenges.

Red Nova Labs is always on the lookout for programming talent in the Kansas City area, so CTO Bob Zhou put a feather in his cap when he found and hired two new web developers recently.

A few years ago, Zhou created an assessment for programmers that tests applicants’ knowledge. Passing the assessment is not the only qualification to code at Red Nova Labs, but Zhou says it helps him hone in on top prospects. After new developers Eric Hankins and Tim Banks performed well, Zhou could not hire the two fast enough.

“Our goal isn’t just to expand our talent pool to cover capacity; we want to increase our ability to tackle new challenges,” Zhou said. “Eric and Tim stand to make a big impact. They scored higher than any other applicants, and they have great energy. They’ll improve our team across the board.”

Hankins and Banks are just two of the four new technology-focused employees who have joined the expanding startup in Westwood in the last few months. Andrew Heuback joined the engineering team as a Quality Assurance Tester (QA), and Ashley Burgener joined the operations side as a Local Search Administrator.

Each new hire has a distinct role that filled a need within the company. Hankins, Senior Software Engineer, will help the company streamline maintenance and upgrades to its web platforms through his expertise in server automation. Banks, a Front-End Developer specializing in Javascript and HTML5, will improve user interaction with Red Nova Labs’ platforms for self storage and local commerce.

With the increasing number of web platforms that Red Nova Labs builds and manages, Heuback’s position in QA was a top hiring priority. Heuback stood out from other applicants because of his coding experience, which is an asset in website QA.

“Andrew has a mixed role here,” Zhou said. “He veers into front-end website development as well as QA, which makes him proactive toward issues as well as reactive to problems. That’s a big deal.”

Burgener will embrace the ever-changing discipline of Search Engine Optimization. Her skills from her previous career in accounts receivable made her a good fit for handling clients’ Google listings, which requires a lot of attention to detail.

Red Nova Labs, which has tripled in size in the last year, plans to continue to grow in 2012. In the next quarter, they will look to add additional developers, marketing resources and sales reps.

“Our abilities as a web development and marketing company continue to grow,” CEO Dan Miller said. “Every piece of every project we work on, we handle in-house. It is extremely important that we cover our bases, that we have the best people to do it, and that we work ahead of mainstream technology.”

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