By today's standards I got my start in technology pretty late in life, but I will never forget it. It was 1999 and the internet had really only been around for about 4 years. My wife and I had just been married and returned from a whirl-wind honeymoon in Europe. We had bought a house before leaving for our honeymoon and closed on it the day after we returned. Also prior to leaving we had purchased a brand new Compaq desktop and 15" monitor, which was set up in the corner of the dining room at the time. I don't remember exactly what prompted it, but I do remember that one evening I was inspired to learn something about web design so I fired up Netscape (Google didn't exist then) and started looking for tutorials and it wasn't long before I was writing my first"Hello World" web page. I didn't have a server then so I was only able to preview it as an HTML document, but I will never forget the feeling I had when I realized that with a little time and patience I could learn something that would allow me to share anything I wanted with anyone in the world!
23 years ago I would've never imagined that I would have a Bachelor's degree of Information Technology and be proficient in web design & development, as well as just about anything you can imagine relating to ecommerce. Additionally, I am excellent with the MS Office products, especially Excel. I love making it do things it wasn't designed to do. By 2005 I had started my own web design company, collected a handful of clients and quickly realized that in order to make any money at it I was going to need to have a bigger staff of developers, graphic artists and the like. That thought left a bitter taste in my mouth because at that point my daughter was 4 and I didn't really think it was a good idea to get us in a huge financial commitment so I continued bringing in"Beer Money" for the next year until my daughter started kindergarten. In 2006 I got a job with Huppin's/OneCall as their Web Content Associate and by 2014 had advanced to be the Front-end Developer/Web Content Manager. During the last 2-1/2 years at OneCall I transitioned them from a"home-grown" .NET site to Magento with the intention of automating myself out of a job. I was pretty burned out and ready for something new. As luck would have it, about 2 months before I was going to resign I was recruited by Zak Designs as the Ecommerce Systems Administrator and have been there for 7 years.
If you're more of a bullet point person, here's a high level look at my skills and notable character traits:
If any of this sounds like it's a good fit to what you have in mind please feel free to give me a call, or drop me a line!