Meet Our Team

Paul Vander Kuyl

Chief Executive Officer

About Paul

Paul co-founded NDP in 2015 with a vision for helping real estate agents sell listings faster with great photography and media.  Since then, the company has helped thousands of customers across North America with a unique business model that partners with local entrepreneurs to create wealth-generating local businesses that grow sustainable and scalable jobs for vulnerable, rescued and underserved populations globally.  

Prior to founding NDP, Paul held leadership roles in automotive and LED development, manufacturing organizations, co-founded charter schools, and created low-income housing construction initiatives.  His work allowed him extensive international travel as well as to live in Japan and Mexico as an expat. In addition to spending time with friends and community, he  enjoys surfing, kiteboarding, and snowboarding.  Paul has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Calvin College and holds 11 product and process Patents.

Taylor Blom

Chief Revenue Officer

About Taylor

Taylor photographed his very first home in the fall of 2010 (with his new iPhone 4) working as the Director of Communications at a property management company–and hasn’t looked back since. With a background in sales and marketing, Taylor launched Front Door Photos, a real estate photography company, in 2012 which later was acquired by Next Door Photos–which he co-founded in 2015. As NDP continues to scale, Taylor’s focus on growth–in revenue, people, and overall impact, helps the company move forward under a shared vision to see business used as a force for good–both locally and globally.

In his spare time, Taylor enjoys his secondary role within the organization as Chief Celebration Officer where he loves to gather with people over good food, drink, and conversations. You can also find him spending time with his wife and 2 kids exploring the West Michigan lakeshore.

Jenn Granahan

Jenn Granahan

Director of People

About Jenn

Jenn joined Next Door Photos as the Director of People in 2018, bringing more than 10 years of experience building, directing and managing successful teams for both startups and large corporations. Prior to joining Next Door Photos Jenn had worked at Publicis Health Media, Cars.com and Kapow. As the Director of People, Jenn is dedicated to creating a world-class experience for all stakeholders through immersive on-boarding and development of a culture that celebrates engagement and empowers freedom. Jenn is focused on creating an environment where all Next Door Photos team members embody the company’s core values, mission and vision – ultimately enabling Next Door Photos to become a more effective player in the marketplace and have a larger social impact locally and globally.

Outside of work Jenn enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and two young sons in their home city of Chicago.

Mallory Keller

Director of Operations

About Mallory

Mallory joined NDP in 2020 as the Director of Operations. She brings over 10 years of experience in social entrepreneurship, scaling start-ups, operations strategy, ethical supply chain management, and client experience, along with a passion for economic development and job creation for underserved populations globally.

Mallory has a degree in Social Entrepreneurship, and has co-founded several organizations providing job training, leadership development, and careers to refugees. She currently serves as the Board Chair of one of these organizations. Before coming to NDP, Mallory launched and scaled a custom apparel and screen printing company to one of the largest in the industry, and developed a line of ethically made shirts to provide living wage jobs and break the orphan cycle in Haiti. 

Outside of work, Mallory and her husband love traveling and experiencing new cultures. They’ve visited 20 countries so far, and add a few new ones to the list each year. She also loves being active, hiking with her dog, and the proper use of the Oxford Comma. 

Maria Herrera

Director of Onboarding

About Maria

Maria joined NDP in 2019 as Director of Operations. She is a curious problem-solver who ended up working for an international commercial real estate company in Singapore, where via research, problem-solving, and analysis she created and managed solutions to solve problems and improve the way the business operated. Prior to joining NDP, she visited the Philippines to meet one of our editing partners. She was impacted by the excitement and drive in the women and men she interacted with who were given an opportunity that changed the course of their lives. Being able to work at a place where she can create value, bring people together, and be a change agent for good in the world has been her ambition. In her current role at NDP, she works with our editing partners, local owners, and other stakeholders to develop solutions to better serve our customers. Ever since she was a little girl, she has had an appetite to experience people and cultures across the globe which led her to get a degree in International Politics & Economics from Wheaton College.

Maria was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and loves sunshine, beaches, and traveling with her husband Toby.

Caleb Groeneweg

Director of Product

About Caleb

Caleb is the team’s token Canadian joining NDP in 2017 when he launched the first Canadian NDP location in the city of Ottawa. After a year of growing the Ottawa location, Caleb joined the leadership team as the Director of Product where he leads the charge in keeping NDP at the forefront of innovation through product development and implementations.

Before NDP, Caleb owned a creative agency offering videography & photography, digital & print marketing design, and also filmed and produced a number of documentaries for charities like the United Way. Prior to 2015, Caleb lived in the UK for 10 years where he married his wife and where they had 2 of their 3 kids. During this time abroad, he worked for a technology firm leading their training programs for organizations across the UK. 

Caleb and his wife have enjoyed leading 2 church plants over the years; one in the UK and one they are involved with now in Ottawa. He enjoys film, photography, travel and spending time with his family. He also hates cats and peas and wishes he had hair like Taylor Blom.

Aaron Smith

Vice President of Sales

About Aaron

Aaron originally joined Next Door Photos in 2016 as one of the first Local Owners of the newly created Next Door Photos model. Throughout the next 2 years he worked alongside the growing team to grow his territory in Michigan. He then moved on to helping build out the sales and coaching process as the company’s first Director of Sales. After nearly 2 years Aaron moved on to a fast growing real estate tech company to help lead their regional sales team. After leading through the pandemic, Aaron decided alongside the NDP team that it was time to return to help solve the problems that they had started working on. Aaron now returns as the Vice President of Sales to work on all things revenue related. In his free time Aaron likes to spend time with his wife and two kids on their property in rural Michigan.

Rob Flint, Jr.

Coach

About Rob

Rob brings over 10 years experience of vision-casting, team building, and impact clarity to the NDP family. From the General Manager of a Chick-Fil-A (God’s chicken) to pastoring in mega-churches, Rob has had the privilege of building and developing teams around common and clear goals. As the Regional Director for NDP, it is Rob’s passion to empower Local Owners on the ground to achieve meaningful success and help create lasting impact. Rob believes the best way to win in the marketplace is to have intense clarity about the journey ahead and understand that you are apart of a great team. #Teamwork makes the dream work! Rob is well versed in cultivating the right clarity to execute at high levels and building healthy culture along the way.

When he’s not working, Rob enjoys time with wife and two kids, preaching from time to time, all things basketball and he’s a bit of a sock aficionado (yes, that’s a thing!)

Sam Shooster

Coach

About Sam

Sam brings with him significant entrepreneurial experience, including 5 years as Area Developer and franchisee of an international franchise company. He is passionate about empowering individuals and organizations to compete at the highest level, becoming their best and excelling in their God-given assignments. Having operated in the role of local business owner and also that of regional oversight, Sam believes it absolutely critical for local owners to be the priority of any parent company. As Regional Director at NDP, it’s his vision to fuel growth through the support of local owners, helping them establish habits of excellence and a clearly defined vision of success.

Outside of work, Sam enjoys his time with his wife Talyah and their two kids, Judah and Ayelet. He and Talyah have served in a number of local and national ministry capacities and he is currently piloting a discipleship program at their church. Originally from Philadelphia and having spent 9 years in Denver, Sam and his family moved to Dallas in March of 2018 (which as an Eagles fan has been quite an adjustment).

Toby Blom

Coach

About Toby

Toby has been working with Next Door Photos for the last 3 years and became the owner of Next Door Photos GR in 2016. With a BA in Communication and Management from Hope College, Toby is passionate about building relationships with realtors, homeowners, and business owners and empowering them with high end visual marketing media. In his free time, Toby loves playing and coaching soccer, rock climbing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Our Story

Taylor Blom and Paul Vander Kuyl were tired of watching people choose between careers that could make them a lot of money or careers that could make a big impact in the world. Knowing that there had to be a way to combine their entrepreneurial spirit with a scalable and sustainable solution to the problem, they decided to create their own company that could live in the space between corporate and non-profit–to create a way to make an impact and make money. They dreamed up a unique business model that would partner with local entrepreneurs to create wealth-generating local businesses that grow sustainable and scalable jobs for vulnerable, rescued, and underserved populations globally..

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They saw an opportunity in the real estate media market that could make that dream a reality, and in 2015, Next Door Photos (NDP) was born. Brokers and agents hire locally-owned NDP offices to take photos, shoot video, and create floor plans and 3-D models. Because the real estate business is so fast-paced, the raw media files need to be edited and delivered the following day. This process was initially outsourced, but NDP quickly realized that the digital supply chain included workers who were exploited and who were paid wages that kept them in poverty. 

Their solution was to create a network of media editing teams focused on building a redemptive supply chain. Their first editing hub, NDP Edits, opened in the Philippines in 2017 with a team of 25, many of whom had been rescued from human trafficking or at severe risk of expoitation. They currently have more than 250 full time employees editing around 100,000 photos each month, and plan to launch in Kathmandu, Nepal, later this year. While NDP Edits focuses on employing trafficking survivors and those at risk of exploitation, a separate editing initiative was launched in Nairobi, Kenya in Q2 of this year focusing on providing jobs in underserved areas. One NDP photo shoot provides four hours of paid work, so the NDP offices create the demand for NDP Edits, and the high quality of work and next-day turnaround create a healthy supply for NDP offices. This is the perfect recipe for a scalable and sustainable social impact venture.

With 40 locations across the U.S. and Canada, each with its own local owner, NDP is empowering the next generation of social entrepreneurs. And they aren’t finished. They have an audacious goal of launching 40 additional locations each year, with an overall goal of having 250 locations across the nation by 2024.  

The message to entrepreneurs is not only can it be done; you can do it. And partnering with NDP to become a local owner is an easy, medium-risk way to start your own, wealth-generating business while being part of something that is making a global impact. Be free to choose both.