Our group is as unique as the gifts we recommend. We have diverse backgrounds, and between us have decades of retail marketing, buying, brand management, visual marketing, programming, business development and editing experience. But we all share a passion for making Gifts.com the most exciting and useful gifting experience out there. We'd like you to get to know us.

KIM SALZER

General Manager

Worked for:
The Clorox Company, Electronic Arts, Activision.

Passions:
Anything at the beach, iTunes, Food & Wine with friends

Best Gift:
Three-story dollhouse handmade by my Dad. In fact, I accidentally walked in on him making it because my older brother keeping watch was too busy eating. That's the year I discovered the secret behind Santa Claus.

FRED DIMESA

VP, Strategy & Business Development

Worked for:
Urbanspoon, PrimePoint Media, Monitor Group.

Passions:
Baseball, Cycling, Cooking

Best Gift:
Barrel smoker for Father's Day. I was so excited I woke up the next morning at 5:00 am to make a pork shoulder. I think it is far and away the best gift I have ever received and anyone who has tried my ribs would agree.

KRISTIN WILLIAMS

Account Manager

Worked for:
AOL, Tribune Interactive

Passions:
France, Music, the Outdoors

Best Gift:
Trip to France. I have always wanted to go to France and this year it happened!

VARAD PATHAK

Data Scientist

Worked for:
Shutterfly Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Passions:
Swimming, Chess, Cinema

Best Gift:
Me and my friends were building robots for long time and we used to go to lot of places for competing our robots against other teams'. One day my dad gifted me a Laptop (were not ubiquitous in those days) to help us out of lot of hassle and I just couldn't believe!

HANNAH SMITH

Online Merchandising Coordinator

Worked for:
MyBlueBirdie, HauteLook, A-Line Magazine

Passions:
Fashion, Nail Art, Cooking/Food, Music, Breaking Bad

Best Gift:
The biggest, heaviest, softest blanket I have ever seen. My Dad gave it to me a few years ago and it was such a simple gift, but there is nothing I like more than being warm and cozy. I don't get to use it in LA very often, but when I do it's glorious.

ELI JOHNSON

Office Administrator

Worked for:
IAC, Citysearch/CityGrid Media, and Demand Media

Passions:
Interior Design, refurbishing antique furniture, cooking and entertaining

Best Gift:
Surprise trips to wine country (Santa Inez) to celebrate my friends' birthdays. I do it all the time throughout the year and sometimes we stay on the Winery (I've built that much rapport with the owners :). It makes my winery membership worth every penny.

FABY VANYO

Sr. Front End Developer

Worked for:
NBC The Tonight Show

Passions:
Law, Photography, Racquetball

Best Gift:
My first cell phone. It was life changing!

GAL NEUGROSCHL

Senior Software Engineer

Worked for:
Honest Company, MyLife, Yahoo

Passions:
Cooking, Music

Best Gift:
Shun 9" Bread Knife.

GEORGE GRAHAM

Director of Business Development

Worked for:
CitySearch

Passions:
Travel, Food/Cooking, Documentaries

Best Gift:
Hybrid bicycle. My wife always knows exactly what to give someone and this bike is a great example. Riding our bikes together (with the baby in the tow behind trailer) is a great way for us to explore the city, have a family outing and visit a new local restaurant.

GWEN PAJA

Editorial Curator

Passions:
Art, travel, yoga, dogs, volunteering, fashion, movies, music, and writing.

Best Gift:
My grandfather's ring. He gave it to me just before he passed away. It possesses so much history and sentimental value. I hope to pass it on, along with the stories of his adventurous life.

BILL YURDIN

Senior Product Manager

Worked for:
Whalerock Industries, Neustar Media, eHarmony

Passions:
Eating, eating, and (more) eating

Best Gift:
Im embarrassed to say, but I usually buy myself something while Im Christmas shopping for gifts for others, and thats usually the gift I like the best.

JACOB RICE

Sr. SEO Manager

Worked for:
Starcom, Resolution Media, Tribal DDB

Passions:
Dogs, Comic Books, Travel, Search

Best Gift:
I got a surprise trip to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Needless to say, I ran out of memory cards for my digital camera and it kickstarted my interest in Eastern philosophy. Runner-up: Giant Size X-Men #1, near mint condition. If you're a fan boy, I don't even have to tell you about the magnitude of this one.

SANDIP SOUTHEKAL

Development Test Engineer

Worked for:
Party Earth, Folio Investing, Convergent Wealth Advisors

Passions:
Contrarian Investing, Poker, Finding solutions for making life easier

Best Gift:
Singing Elvis telegram. An Elvis impersonator waltzed straight into a high-level company-wide meeting (talk about timing!) to sing and embarrass me for my birthday, much to my co-workers delight. If I wasn't part of Gifts.com, this could have made it into "The greatest gift that got you fired!" list instead.

DIAMOND ROBINSON

eCommerce Operations Coordinator

Worked for:
Motion Picture Industry Pensions & Health Plans, Bank Of America

Passions:
Traveling with family, cooking new dishes and photographing everything

Best Gift:
My favorite gift is my snow globe from NYC. It reminds me how cold it was that year. My lil gift of the city brings back awesome memories that I hope I never forget!

BILL FRANZ

Senior Information Architect

Worked for:
Green Dot, eHarmony, MyLife.

Passions:
Muppets, Drawing, Basketball

Best Gift:
Custom muppet. I am obsessed with the Muppets and was ecstatic to get a custom Muppet made just for me by my wife.

OLIVIA PEREZ

Online Merchandising Coordinator

Worked for:
Amsterdam Modern, Freelance Costume Designer and Stylist, Built By Wendy

Passions:
Reading, playing Tetris, watching Jeopardy!, and acquiring CVS Extra Bucks Rewards

Best Gift:
When I was a little kid my parents surprised my siblings and I with a swing set for our backyard. We spent countless hours on that swing set. I miss it.

RASHI JAIN

Senior Data Scientist

Worked for:
DexOne, Seamless Technologies

Passions:
Reading , Hiking in the mountains, travel

Best Gift:
I have a long list of gifts that I would categorize as "best" (hard to pick one).

REBECCA GLEASON

UX Designer

Worked for:
Sony Online Entertainment

Passions:
Design & Innovation, Making Sci-Fi Art, Hiking

Best Gift:
Kindle Fire. My obsession with books was causing some real space issues and I wouldn't wish my last cross-country move on my worst enemy. Having hundreds of books on one device is a life-changer for me. I love it!

TAMMY McKEAN

Senior Software Engineer

Worked for:
CJ.com, Adconion.com, MyLife.com

Passions:
Reading all kinds of life changing nonfiction, cooking Japanese farm food dinners, writing clean code.

Best Gift:
My Midori Hamono vegetable knife from HandEyeSupply.com.

VICTOR DIAZ

Web Analytics Manager

Worked for:
Warner Home Entertainment, MGM Home Entertainment

Passions:
HBO's Newsroom, Daily Show, Basketball

Best Gift:
Sky diving. It is hard to describe the thrill you get when you jump off a plane.

DIMITAR DYANKOV

Senior Software Engineer

Worked for:
Amazon, CityGrid Media

Passions:
Tennis, competitive programming, my yearly trips to Europe.

Best Gift:
Jawbone UP

JOHN FITZGERALD

Manager Software Engineering, Front End

Worked for:
Shoes.com, eHarmony, AmericanIdol.com

Passions:
Family, my house, performant & maintainable front end code.

Best Gift:
A 500-In-1 Electronic Projects Kit from RadioShack when I was 8.

ROBERT ARLES

QA Manager

Worked for:
Delta Dental, Citysearch.com

Passions:
Technology, science, and my family.

Best Gift:
My wife booked us on a really nice cruise. Best vacation ever.

ALEXANDER KINGSON

Senior Software Engineer

Worked for:
MyLife, Yahoo!

Passions:
Development of advanced search applications, filmmaking.

Best Gift:
Camcorder

GRACE GANSSLE

Content Manager

Worked for:
Disney Publishing, Disney Interactive

Passions:
Hiking, writing, learning about pretty much anything.

Best Gift:
The best gifts I've received are any given by my two sons. The excitement and joy and anticipation with which they always presented my gift was infectious. They were delirious with how happy they were about to make me :)