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Marketing and Web Design | Wilmington NC

Tight-Knit Team by the Beach

We’re a small, 100 percent in-house creative team of developers and marketing storytellers, ready to take your idea to the next level.

Our super talented crew works collaboratively on every project to bring emerging and enterprise-level tech to growing businesses. We turn your tech problems into progress and bright ideas into functional products.

Located in Downtown ILM

Centered between S 16th Street and Queen Street on Hutchison Lane, our office is situated proudly within the Cargo District. Our team often holds client meetings in our office with a Bespoke Coffee in hand, and we sometimes participate in networking events alongside Alcove Beer Garden, which lives right beneath our office!

Wide Open Tech | Cargo District
Alcove Beer Garden | Wide Open Tech

Urban Life and Work District

We love that our business lives in the middle of a coworking space because the friendly, free-spirited community here perfectly blends with the culture we solidify at Wide Open Tech.

Our team members are free to rotate from in-office or at-home working shifts, and sometimes swing by just to hang out on off times in the mess hall!

Our creative team packs a powerful punch with their diverse skillsets.

John Cornelius | Wide Open Tech

John Cornelius

Founder | CEO

John has over 20 years of web and software development experience, including building robust platforms for financial exchanges. He founded Wide Open Technologies over 15 years ago to bring his enterprise-level software experience to small and medium-sized businesses.

Mel Beasley | Wide Open Tech

Mel Beasley

Marketing Director

With over 7 years of experience in marketing and creative writing, Mel keeps his finger on the pulse of online trends and leverages storytelling as the driving force that sways the modern consumer into a loyal fan. He’s worked on high-level marketing campaigns for major brands like Audioengine USA, and his writing has appeared in encore magazine

Kristin Glass | Wide Open Tech

Kristin Glass

Sales Executive

Strategic and creative marketing and sales leader offering an extensive rolodex of experience in building B2B and B2C relationships, retaining top accounts, and growing profit channels by establishing trust. I’m performance-driven and love creating marketing plans, leading successful campaign launches, and contributing to my company’s bottom line. 

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Kelly Brintle


15 years of web development experience with a specialization in e-commerce projects and software for franchises. Kelly has worked with numerous software platforms and frameworks.

Kierstin Ashworth | Wide Open Tech

Kierstin Ashworth


Kierstin has worked as a visual designer for over 6 years designing brands, print media, and websites. She creates designs with shape, color, movement, typography, photography, and virtual interactions that tell the brand story of her clients. During her time as a designer, she has worked for all sorts of businesses, from chiropractors to boutique owners. She’s always excited to dive into new creative projects.

Mel Beasley | Wide Open Tech

Mike Doute

Campaign Lead

Specializing in search engine optimization, web ads, analytics, and campaign strategy, he’s able to increase traffic, inbound leads, sales, and revenue for his clients. Mike is all about crushing goals and has managed major digital ad campaigns that have earned his clients thousands back in ROI.

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Scott Haeger

Senior Full-Stack Developer

Scott brings 18+ years of software and web development experience to the table, with expertise in application development, integration, and enterprise architecture in cloud-based environments. He’s about designing and executing solutions that result in reduced costs and increased efficiencies.

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Peter Stanley

Senior Software Developer

Peter has over 9 years of experience in developing and supporting a wide variety of web applications. His experience ranges from management platforms, point of sale, and e-commerce solutions. He views every challenge as an opportunity to learn something new.

Emmi Conner | Wide Open Tech

Emmi Conner

Writer | Marketing Strategist

With an education in creative writing and countless marketing certifications, Emmi leverages the power of storytelling to develop exciting marketing strategies that generate results. She’s been published in Adelaide Literary Magazine and Atlantis: A Creative Magazine. She’s also a writing consultant for Melbee Academy, an online learning platform. 

Justin Christenson | Wide Open Tech

Justin Christenson

Senior Developer

Justin has over 6 years of full stack development experience on a variety of applications. His experience includes developing custom CRMs and ecommerce systems, maintaining enterprise platforms and also helping businesses move their applications to the cloud. He has a passion for problem solving and working with new web technologies.