Toolfarm, since 1999, is the leading third-party reseller of After Effects Plugins and visual effects tools. Known as the one-stop-shop for the best professional visual effects, motion graphics and plugin tools.
On October 18, 2004, Toolfarm acquired AEfreemart.com – an online resource and portal for users of Adobe After Effects and Motion Graphics Tools. Toolfarm now provides downloadable projects and user group listings. (Press release)
On February 19th, 2009, Toolfarm acquired the assets of Pluginz.com – an online e-commerce resource for information about digital content creation, including its network which includes bedagi.com, editingutopia.com, post601.com, 3dplugins.com, and vfxplugins.com. (Press release)
On April 20, 2020, Toolfarm acquired the assets of AV3 Software Inc. to expand its sales presence in Europe. (Press release).
Heather Sutton Channel Development ManagerSouth Bend, IN
Heather Sutton joined the Toolfarm team in 2018. As Channel Development Manager, she focuses on cultivating relationships with Toolfarm’s clients as well as its value-added resellers. Introducing new product lines, sharing product update information, and assisting in managing subscriptions and maintenance agreements are just a few of the tasks she helps with at Toolfarm.
Heather has over 16 years of experience in sales, product management, and support roles. She worked for EditShare for over 6 years as Inside Sales Manager and Channel Development Manager. Prior to EditShare, she worked for Contour Design for 10 years, wearing many hats and finally ending the decade as Product Manager for Contour Design’s ShuttlePRO jog/shuttle device.
Tim Coolidge SalesPortland, OR
Tim joined Toolfarm in 2015 assisting Colin and Johnny with sales and later began managing all Chaos Group related activity as well providing help for Brian in operations.
Tim enjoys skateboarding and other outdoor activities. Tim is originally from Massachusetts and currently lives in Portland Oregon with his cat Keith.
Rich D’Angelo Director of Business DevelopmentPhiladelphia, PA
Rich D’Angelo joined Toolfarm in 2015 as Director of Business Development. In this role, Rich works with Toolfarm’s vendors, reseller channel partners, and major clients to ensure that Toolfarm delivers maximum value and service. Prior to Toolfarm, Rich served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at EditShare, and Director of Worldwide Sales at Boris FX. Rich’s career started at Number Nine Visual Technology, the maker of the world’s first 128-bit graphics processor.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Rich lived in Boston for many years, where he earned an MBA at Northeastern University, and now lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son. He is a lifelong, long-suffering Philadelphia 76ers fan.
Kim Sternisha Product Data SpecialistGrand Rapids, MI
Kim started at Toolfarm in mid 2014 helping with content management a few days a week. She is now working full time on content management at Toolfarm and loving every minute of it.
Prior to Toolfarm, she worked at a local TV studio teaching herself Avid Media Composer, then moved on to Postworks for about 9 years, editing commercials, corporate and training videos, and teaching herself Final Cut Pro. She was also a Freelance editor for 5 years. She has a BAA in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two sons.
Johnny Turgesen Sales ManagerPortland, OR
Johnny joined Toolfarm in 2009 working part time as Colin’s underling, getting to know the ins and outs of Toolfarm.com and the industry. Johnny now works full time in sales and customer service.
Before joining Toolfarm, Johnny was working at Colin’s other company Unheard Skateboard Distribution. Since then, the company has grown and he manages Dieta Skateboards.
Johnny lives in Portland Oregon with his wife Alicia.
Brian Rensberry Operations ManagerPortland, OR
Joining in 2008, Brian began helping with demo downloads until moving into operations in early 2011. Educated in graphic and multimedia design, he finds himself enjoying the technical and post-production realization just as much as the design process. Operations at Toolfarm keeps the fire burning.
When not helping customers with the means to realize their own projects, Brian enjoys skateboarding and seeing as many concerts as possible. Brian lives in Portland, OR
Shizue Sharp Finance ManagerHonolulu, HI
Shizue joined as Toolfarm’s Finance Manager in 2008 to organize and protect the company’s monetary efficiencies. Previous to Toolfarm, Shizue spent 10 years working for the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Francisco.
Shizue has 2 cats, Slim and Gizmo, and lives in sunny Honolulu.
Alicia Birks General ManagerGrand Rapids, MI
Alicia manages the marketing and design/content development team at Toolfarm.
She joined Toolfarm after 5 years at Postworks, where she developed motion graphics, print and web content. She has worked with After Effects for over 15 years, with a recent focus on 3D and CINEMA 4D. She has a BFA from Grand Valley State University in Film and Video, with a background in Fine Art. She lives in Grand Rapids with her partner Thomas, 2 cats, and potbellied pig.
Michele Terpstra Director of Digital ContentGrand Rapids, MI
Michele Terpstra is Director of Digital Content for Toolfarm and has been with Toolfarm for 15 years. She authored the first and second editions of Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers with Jeremy Hanke. The original edition was published in 2009 from MWP. She also wrote Plug-in with After Effects: Third Party Plug-in Mastery, which came out in June 2011.
Michele started at Postworks as a motion graphics artist. She taught After Effects and Photoshop at Kendall College of Art & Design. In 2001 she launched AEFreemart.com and in 2002 co-founded West Michigan Animation & Effects User Group. She is a former board member of MCA-I Mid-Michigan and West Michigan Film & Video Alliance. Michele has a BA from Grand Valley State University and is currently serving on the executive board of her alumni chapter.
She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Dan, her lovely daughter, Lily. They all love to travel and cook.
Colin Sharp Vice PresidentPortland, OR
Colin Sharp began as VP of Sales for Toolfarm in 2003, joining Jason in refocusing the company on video software with attention to plugins. Prior to Toolfarm, Colin worked as the Director of Educational Sales at Pinnacle Systems, and as Director of Sales for Puffin Designs, the makers of Commotion.
Colin’s career began with Jason at Terran Interactive, helping establish their flagship product, Media Cleaner, as the industry’s standard for multimedia compression which was acquired by Media 100 in May of 1999.
Colin also co-owns and helps operate Unheard Skateboard Distribution based in Portland, OR which houses popular skateboard brands: Bacon Skateboards, Lifeblood Skateboards, Dieta Skateboards and The Portland Wheel Company.
Jason Sharp PresidentSan Francisco, CA
Jason Sharp took over as President and CEO of Toolfarm in 2003, and refocused the company on video software with attention to plugins. Prior to Toolfarm, Jason worked as the Business Development Manager at Boris FX, and as Director of Sales at Synthetik Software, which focused on natural digital media generation in both video and still imagery. Jason’s career started at Terran Interactive, helping establish their flagship product, Media Cleaner, as the industry’s standard for multimedia compression, which was acquired by Media 100 in May of 1999. This introduction into multimedia propelled his interest into the world of editing and visual effects, then naturally After Effects, after being given a free copy of Adobe’s After Effects 4.0 – Classroom in a Book.
Jason was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Tokyo, and now lives in San Francisco with his wife, Patty, 3 children, a dog and cat. He owns a kegerator.