MEET THE CREW
After beginning his career managing theme park and museum projects in Florida, Matt founded 5 Wits in 2003. Not long after, he founded the productions end of the company that became Box Fort. Matt holds a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. After a long day, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids and teaching product design to senior mechanical engineering students at MIT.
Jon leads Box Fort with oversight and organization of the daily operations of the in-house team and our vendor/contractor network. Jon has the unique ability to understand a project’s big picture needs in addition to the required focus-on-detail to create engaging spaces and experiences. Jon has an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas and almost 20 years of experience in exhibition design & fabrication. Outside the office, he enjoys restoring and racing sailboats and spending time with his family.
Kat has creativity to spare – from concept and graphic design to audio and lighting design to illustration and script writing. Also on her list of skills are artistic direction, scenic painting and props, special effects, and electronics. A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Design, she has worked in the museum and tourism industry for eight years and has a passion for unique, creative, and unconventional experiences. In her spare time, she builds animatronics, is a best-selling author, and takes trapeze classes.
Dane has been with Box Fort since 2008 and is uniquely qualified in the design of both mechanical and electrical systems. Dane drives the wiring and programming of many of our interactives. He has a BSME from Northeastern University and has experience in machining, carpentry, and design. Dane is also responsible for developing Box Fort’s custom circuitry and PCBs. On days off, he enjoys playing board games, hiking, and reading a good book.
Rob loves to design and build solutions to tough technical problems. He joined Box Fort in 2015 from industrial automation where he worked on electro-mechanical systems. He has experience in machine design, robotics, pneumatics, motion, and machine vision. He has a Bachelors of Engineering from Dartmouth College, as well as skills in carpentry, fabrication, and on-site installation. Rob also enjoys woodworking, hiking, canoeing, and skiing.
Ben has a passion for creating all sorts of unique interactive entertainment experiences. Since graduating from the Entertainment Technology Center in 2006 he has worked on such varied projects as VR, console video games, smart toys, interactive advertising, live concert visualizations, museum exhibits, and interactive fountains. Working with Box Fort since 2007 has been Ben’s ideal job, combining his particular love for fully immersive environments and puzzles.
Since 2012, Emily (seen here modeling some medieval armor we had in the office,) has immersed herself in the world of software interactives, developing custom applications for clients worldwide. She has experience in all phases of software development, from concept to execution to post-install support, and excels at translating client needs into executable code.
A regular ‘Jack of All Trades,’ Brian can be found everywhere on site (including on a roof, as shown above!) wiring, fabricating, and focusing on getting the job done. Brian has a BBA from Washburn University and enjoys working on his home and taking on ambitious projects.
While attending Hope College, his additional pursuits in the theater department led him to begin a career in scenic construction & design. After serving 6 seasons as the Master Carpenter for Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, Jon founded & operated two exhibit fabrication firms. Throughout his past thirty-plus years in the East Coast exhibit industry, Jon has enjoyed collaborating on the creation of custom works, project problem solving and installing many hundreds of pieces for museum, theater, and corporate clients locally & far beyond. In his spare time, Jon enjoys reading history, working in his garden, and restoring his circa 1870’s mansard home.
Rachel can never decide if she prefers designing or organizing. Luckily, at Box Fort she doesn’t have to choose! She joined the team in 2018 from the world of supply chain, logistics, and warehouse management. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Rachel also enjoys reading, hiking, trying new recipes, and lounging with her Great Danes.
Spike has been with Box Fort since the beginning. A former math teacher and graduate of UMASS Amherst, Spike’s clear understanding of the fundamental principles and technologies involved in any exhibit makes him a valuable asset when designing and producing interactive elements. Spike leads the electrical implementation and wiring of our complex electro-mechanical projects. When not in the office, Spike enjoys spending time with family and watching sports.
Chris’ greatest passion is to create. He is a graphic designer by title, but has a wide range of other design skills that include illustration, 3D modeling, 3D rendering, motion graphics, concept sketching and painting. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, hiking and riding his bike.
Victor is a full stack developer who has been on the Box Fort team since 2018. He has a degree in computer science from MIT and experience in user interface design, digital graphics and pushing pixels around. When he’s not staring at a computer screen, Victor enjoys rock climbing, board games, and burgers.