May 2010

NewsAward-winning web entrepreneur launches new venture - SPIRE Interactive


Thomas A. Douglass, who founded and operated the award-winning, web-development company Webize, has launched a new venture, SPIRE Interactive LLC.

SPIRE,, provides technology consulting and website development for a diverse range of clients ranging from not-for-profits to mid-sized companies and large national organizations in sports, entertainment, education and the insurance and health care industries.

SPIRE’s expertise in nearly all areas of Internet technology – search engine optimization, rich media, online marketing, online education and web application development – allows it to handle its clients’ toughest challenges. 

The new company analyzes existing web properties and analytics, supporting clients for increased efficacy and return on investment. It recommends and implements SEO/SEM and Web 2.0 best practices; develops RFPs, proposals and project architecture for in-house and third-party development; and provides technical and functional designs as well as project management to meet clients’ business requirements.

SPIRE’s key services include:

Douglass has designed, developed, sold and managed large-scale web and computer-based applications for more than 20 years. Driven by passion and excellence, he is an agile and innovative technology consultant who loves to be challenged and has a record and reputation for leading complex initiatives and solving difficult problems.

“With each new client and each new project, I devise new ideas and venture into new territory. That’s why I love my job,” Douglass said. “And that’s why I am so excited to start SPIRE Interactive. This new undertaking invigorates me in ways that will benefit my clients.”

Douglass founded Webize Inc., an interactive media company focused on all areas of web-based and computer-based design, development and deployment, in November 1995. In 2000, Douglass and new partners reincorporated the company to become Webize LLC, for which he served as president and chief technology officer, overseeing a staff of 25 developers and programmers, until 2010.

Webize repeatedly ranked in the Top 10 list of the Indiana Business Journal’s largest Indianapolis-area website developers and received many awards and acknowledgements for interactive development. It was a Webby honoree for BioworksU, a virtual environment where students can learn about careers in biotechnology and health care; the site was created for the Indianapolis Private Industry Council Inc. (now EmployIndy).

Webize also received a MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums for its work on the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Dinosphere exhibit; several Horizon Interactive awards; and the Sigmund Beck Award.