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About Us: The Advantage Archives Team

With years in the industry our team has what it takes to build partnerships and provide your community with the perfect archival solution

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Our Team is Dedicated to you and Your community

The Advantage Archives Team has years of experience in the business of preservation. Our team has what it takes to develop a long-term partnership and provide a quality preservation solution for your community. This isn’t our occupation; it is our passion.

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Chris Donohue

Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer

Chris has been the Chief Financial Officer at Advantage Archives since 2010. Chris has over 25 years of business experience, most of which comes from the manufacturing and document imaging industries.

Chris is a member of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary Club.  He serves on the Youth Leadership Committee and has also volunteered for numerous service activities.

Chris graduated from Simpson College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Chris played baseball at Simpson and served as Team Captain his senior year.

When not at work, Chris spends time with his wife and three children and is an avid runner, having run a marathon in the past.

Jeffrey Kiley

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Kiley is the Co-Founder and COO of Advantage Archives and was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he still lives with his family.

Jeff has a passion for history; specifically the history contained in the pages of old newspapers.
As an Iowan, he believes that the preservation of our collective history is a shared responsibility. He wants other like-minded Iowans to join the State Historical Society of Iowa and Advantage Archives in their mission to ensure that Iowa’s “first draft of history” is available for current and future generations.

Mike Schmitz

Chief Technology Officer

Mike’s focus on the customer has led him to success as a position player throughout the product design and software delivery life-cycle. He also has experience in building and leading a technical team at the executive level.

Derek Fiscus

Digital Assets & Preservation

Derek our technology overlord, his day can be split between our website platform, OCR platform, Office technological infrastructure, Website infrastructure, interfacing with multiple development teams,  Network architecture team, Database team, production teams,  preparing and adding data to our websites, mundane IT work, managing our email services, making Business Intelligence charts and dashboards, and services requests from our account managers and partners

His technical experience ranges from Scanning and OCR software through web development and Enterprise level Search Engine and Database development and maintenance.  As well as Microsoft OS and Linux OS platform scaling.  Network Security, .net and database coding, business intelligence software, as a brief list of the skills he brings to the table daily

Derek’s free time includes Family, CrossFit, Cooking, and Golf

Larry Eckhardt

Partnership Manager

Larry has been in the Newspaper Preservation Industry since 2005.  Combining his passion for technology with his love of history, Larry takes the same passion partnering with Public Libraries, Historical Societies, Genealogical Societies, and Newspaper Publishers across the United States, providing a long-term preservation model (Microfilm) as well as an easily accessible and user-friendly model (Digitization).

 

Larry will work with you through a collaborative approach.  When working with Larry, you’re involved from the initial specifications to the delivery of the products, thus assuring the outcome you want and expect.

 

When not at work, Larry enjoys spending time with his two sons, daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters.

Grant Kaestner

Partnership Manager

Grant has been in the Newspaper Preservation Industry for over 10 years. Grant feels at home in The Newspaper Preservation Industry, combining his love of technology with his love of history. Grant works with Public Libraries, College and University Libraries, Historical Societies, Genealogical Societies, and Newspaper Publishers across the United States and Canada, providing institutions with a long-term preservation model (Microfilm) as well as a user-friendly model (Digitization).

Grant will work with you through a collaborative approach. When working with Grant, you’re involved from the initial specifications to the delivery of the products, thus assuring the outcome you want and expect.

Brady Donohue

Partnership Communications Manager

Brady has been the Partnership Communications Manager at Advantage Archives since 2021. Brady graduated from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, in Marketing and Operations Management. At Mount Mercy, Brady was a pitcher on the baseball team.

Brady works to build partnerships with leaders to provide communities free digital access to local history.

When not at work, Brady enjoys boating and jet skiing at Lake of the Ozarks, Golfing, and spending time with his two-year-old Chocolate Lab.

Tanner Lohaus

Visual Identity Manager

Tanner Lohaus has been with Advantage Archives since 2021. Tanner attended The University of Northern Iowa, where he played basketball. He would end up finishing his education at Mount Mercy University and was a pitcher on the baseball team. Tanner graduated with a Degree in Graphic Design.

When not at work, Tanner enjoys Golfing and spending time with his 4-year-old Black Lab.

Blake Donohue

Quality Assurance Manager

Blake Donohue, The Quality Assurance Manager, works to ensure that our Partners Community History Archives are up to our high standards.

When not at work, Blake enjoys playing video games and spending time with his wife and their cats.

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