The concept of the ring box camera was developed by three Hope College engineering students in the fall of 2012 with the goal of helping friends record their engagement proposal while keeping the moment private. The company was founded in spring of 2013 by Scott Brandonisio, Scott Bahash, Russell Fyfe, Samuel Tzou, and recorded its first proposal that summer. The team went full time the following year when Brandonisio’s older brother ( also the first proposal video) grabbed the attention of CNN, and a feature on ABC’s Good Morning America.
The team immediately went into the business of helping customers, as well as jewelry stores, celebrate the engagement of couples around the world. As the number of proposals captured each day continues to increase, the company continues to celebrate with its customers through the 24 hour video editing service and proposal pages.
The company now employs 8 total employees and is carried in 375 jewelry retail stores around the world.
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Kelly is a rising junior at Hope College studying Communication with a focus in Digital Marketing. As Digital Marketing Lead Intern, she uses her enthusiasm and organization skills to coordinate creative social media strategy and execution across Ring Cam’s platforms. When not at Ring Cam, Kelly enjoys watching HGTV, going out to brunch, and drinking too much iced coffee.
Hannah is a rising senior at Hope College. She is studying Communication and English with a Creative Writing emphasis. At Hope, Hannah is a involved in her sorority, and works for school newspaper and yearbook. Hannah is very excited to begin working with Ring Cam as the voice of their blogs this summer. She hopes to develop content that not only preps individuals for their proposal, but also for the planning or their wedding and honeymoon.
Stephen is a rising sophomore at Hope College, pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering as well as a minor in Mathematics. Stephen is currently involved in multiple projects at Ring Cam. Stephen is a member of the Hope mens soccer team and spends his free time binge watching Netflix, cycling or playing Spikeball.
James is a rising senior at Hope College, with majors in Economics, and History. He brings problem-solving skills, a commitment to excellence, and is excited to be a new addition to the growing Ring Cam team. In his free time James plays guitar and piano locally. He also enjoys all outdoor activities from kayaking, to backpacking, to intramural sports.
Julia is a rising senior and will graduate with a Communication major. During her time at Hope, she developed a passion and interest in film. Because of this, she has stepped into a video editing role at Ring Cam and spends her time editing proposals for couples around the world or other related content. Outside the office, her passion for people and intentional living can be found in all she does.
Sydney Van Hulle
Sydney graduated in 2017 from Hope College in Michigan with a major in Communication and a minor in Management. Her position with the Ring Cam team is designed to continue enhancing her abilities of graphic design and digital marketing. When she isn’t in the office, Sydney can either be found painting canvases that feature inanimate objects with faces on them, laying in a hammock, or watching stand-up comedy.
Hannah is a rising senior at Hope College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering emphasis. Hannah is currently an intern at Ring Cam working on product innovations and product design. During her free time, Hannah is usually with her friends, adventuring, or playing with her cat, Oliver.
Kaelyn is a rising senior at Hope College where she is currently studying Business. With a passion for entrepreneurship, she is excited for the friendly and fast-paced environment at Ring Cam to continue to develop her natural drive and people skills. Kaelyn is often spotted hiking, traveling, eating ice cream and playing ukulele on the beach.
Bailey is a rising Junior at Hope College in Michigan with a double major in Business and Communications with an English minor. Her results-oriented work ethic and creative mind lends itself to the Ring Cam team as Staff Writer. When she isn’t in the office, you can find Bailey playing lacrosse, journaling, and running.
Monika is a junior at Hope College studying English Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. Because of her passion for writing, Monika enjoys blogging for RingCam! When she isn’t writing, you can probably find her sipping coffee, planning a trip abroad, or going to the beach.
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Megan Herzog graduated in 2013 from Hope College with a major in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology. Her creativity and organizational skills helped Ring Cam develop its brand and presences online. When she isn’t in the office, you can find Megan hiking with her two westies, traveling the world, and volunteering at her church.
Amanda Shepherd graduated from Hope College in 2017 and currently works at Insight Global, a staffing and recruiting firm. Her sunny disposition was a huge asset to making sure jewelers and customers felt as comfortable and cared for as possible while working with Ring Cam. Outside of work, Amanda can be found at the Pure Barre studio, doing her hair, and talking to anyone who will listen.
Korey Cook graduated from Hope College in 2016 with his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He now is working in the Organic Energy Storage Laboratory at Michigan State University’s Bioeconomy Institute. He will be attending MSU in the Fall of 2017 to pursue his Masters in Environmental Engineering and would like to pursue a career in renewable energy. When he is not in the lab, Korey enjoys playing hockey and lacrosse, hiking, and spending time with his dog Ellie.
Marc Boersma graduated in 2017 from Hope College with a major in Business Management and a double minor in Organizational Leadership and Communication. At Ring Cam, Marc has been an integral part in developing and maintaining our sales network and retailer relationships. In doing so, Marc has expanded our jeweler network, bringing Ring Cam to stores around the US and the world. In his free time, Marc loves to hike, fish, and sing wildly out of tune.
Leah served as an intern at Ring Cam during her senior year at Hope College. During her time working in customer relations, Leah helped secure Ring Cam’s relationships with various customers and businesses while making sure they had the best experience possible throughout their rental and purchasing process. In her free time, Leah enjoys cheering on the University of Iowa football team, baking, and running.
Jacob Lazar graduated from Hope College in the Spring of 2016 with a degree in Business Management. After graduation, Jacob joined the team as their Sales Director proving to be a valuable asset through creating and maintaining relationships with jewelry stores. While he is no longer with Ring Cam, he is grateful for the opportunity to work with a team so dedicated and passionate about the Ring Cam Experience.
David Walkotten is a 2013 Grand Valley State grad with 6 years of social media advertising & strategy under his belt via his vocation at Venture Creations. He is an active real estate investor in the booming Grand Rapids rental market – and a passive partner with Ring Cam. When free time comes around he spends time with his wife Lindsay, 2 young boys, family, friends, and small group. Hobbies include volleyball, woodworking, and home improvement.
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