Toolfarm Team 2018

Welcome to Toolfarm, where we take pride in being the top third-party reseller for professional plugins and software in the fields of motion graphics, visual effects, 3D, video, and audio. Our extensive range of top-quality visual effects, motion graphics, plugins, and tools are sure to elevate your projects to new heights. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting, Toolfarm is your ultimate destination for the BEST in the business. With our commitment to excellence and unmatched customer support, you can trust us to provide you with the tools you need to create stunning visuals and captivating audio. Join our community of satisfied customers and experience the difference that Toolfarm can make in your work today!

Toolfarm, based in Portland, OR, is a small business with just twelve employees, spread across the United States from New Hampshire to Honolulu! We may be small but our helpful and fast customer service sets us apart from the competition. We know the tools because we’ve used many of them ourselves!

The Toolfarm Timeline

1999 – Toolfarm launches its website

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)

February 19, 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)

April 20, 2020 –   Toolfarm acquired the assets of AV3 Software Inc. to expand its sales presence in Europe. (Press release).


The Toolfarmers

Heather Sutton Customer Success Manager

South Bend, IN
Since 2018
Heather Sutton

Heather Sutton joined the Toolfarm team in 2018. As Customer Success 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 Customer Success Specialist

Portland, OR
Since 2015
Tim Coolidge

Tim joined Toolfarm in 2015 assisting Colin and Johnny with sales and later began managing all Chaos Group related activity as well as providing help for Brian in operations.  Always on the clock, Tim tirelessly works to get Toolfarm’s clients the tools they need in the time they need.

Tim enjoys skateboarding and other outdoor activities. Tim is originally from Massachusetts and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Rich D’Angelo CEO

Philadelphia, PA
Since 2015
Rich D’Angelo

Rich D’Angelo joined Toolfarm in 2015 as Director of Business Development, before moving into the role of CEO. Rich orchestrates the Toolfarm team, while working 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 Marketing Specialist

Grand Rapids, MI
Since 2014
Kim Sternisha

Kim started at Toolfarm in mid 2014 helping with content management. With Toolfarm’s ever growing catalog, she is has become vital to Toolfarm’s content management and invaluable to keeping it current.

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 Customer Success Manager

Portland, OR
Since 2009
Johnny Turgesen

Johnny joined Toolfarm in 2009 working part-time in sales, getting to know the ins and outs of Toolfarm and the motion graphics industry. Quickly adapting to the fast paced needs of Toolfarm’s clients, Johnny’s customer service and sales retention has made him a well known name and go to man for software solutions.

Before joining Toolfarm, as an established skateboarder himself, Johnny was working at Unheard Skateboard Distribution promoting the brands he rode for, specifically Bacon Skateboards and Fixer Skateboards.  Rumor has it, he’ll still slap a quick grind if asked!

Johnny lives in Portland Oregon with his wife Alicia, and their son, Rex.

Brian Rensberry Purchasing and Fulfillment Manager

Portland, OR
Since 2008
Brian Rensberry

Joining in 2008, Brian began helping with demo downloads until moving into purchasing 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. Never a dull moment in purchasing, Brian juggles time sensitive nature of delivering software and routing the proper post sales customer service.

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 Manager

Honolulu, HI
Since 2008
Shizue Sharp

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’s attention to detail has been vital in keeping Toolfarm’s books and finances in immaculate condition, and has ensured the company be known as a reliable business partner.

Shizue has 2 cats, Slim and Gizmo, and lives in sunny Honolulu.

Alicia Birks Vice President, Marketing

Grand Rapids, MI
Since 2007
Alicia Birks

Alicia manages the marketing and design/content development team at Toolfarm.

She joined Toolfarm after 5 years at the digital motion picture and post-production company Postworks, where she developed motion graphics, print and web content. She has worked with After Effects for more than 2 decades, with a more 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 a potbellied pig.

Michele Terpstra Director of Digital Content

Grand Rapids, MI
Since 2005
Michele Terpstra

Michele Terpstra is the Director of Digital Content for Toolfarm.

Before Toolfarm, Michele started at Postworks as a motion graphics artist. She also taught After Effects and Photoshop at Kendall College of Art & Design. Michele has a BA from Grand Valley State University Film/Video Major and is currently serving on the executive board of her alumni chapter.

She authored two editions of Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers with Jeremy Hanke (first edition, 2009). She also wrote Plug-in with After Effects: Third-Party Plug-in Mastery (June 2011).

She lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband, Dan, and her lovely daughter, Lily. She recently finished a plant-based cooking course.

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