Tools & Skills

Coda
Codekit
CSS3
HTML5
jQuery
Photoshop
HTML
Javascript
jQuery
Design
WordPress
CSS3/SASS
PHP
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HTML

I utilize HTML and HTML5 elements to produce semantic code. It is important to me to utilize new and upcoming HTML to provide the best experience for the user that can be presented within their browser.

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Javascript

Javascript is useful tool that allows direct reading and manipulation of the DOM. I have research and am constantly learning to fine tune javascript knowledge as well as libraries that extend its use.

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jQuery

I am proficient in jQuery and it's usefulness in presenting the user with an interactive and streamlined experience. I prefer to write custom jquery functions to achieve a desired task as well as use this tool to improve on common functionality.

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Design

I consider development its own type of design. The ability to take a blank screen and bring life to it, allowing a user to interact with the creation is a driving factor in what I do. Any time I can get a user to look or use a page and get the wow factor from them, I feel I've done my job.

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WordPress

Though I have experience with other CMSs, such as Joomla and Drupal, I prefered CMS is WordPress. I have experience creating custom themes utilizing barebone themes such as "Underscores", essentially creating each element from scratch and no preset styling. I also have extensive knowledge in creating custom plugins for both admin and user side use.

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CSS3/SASS

Have over 10 years of development under my belt I've gone through all the phases with CSS. That knowledge allows me to code for cross browser issues as I type with little concerns during the Q.A. process. I have an understanding of the new CSS3 components. Along with css, I've trained myself with the use of SASS to improve efficiency and code organization.

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PHP

I have experience building custom CMSs, working with the backend for WordPress, and writing hard coded PHP pages. This knowledge allows me to work with a back end team as well as troubleshoot back end development when needed.

Recent Work

Ingersoll Rand
Club Car
What's Up Interactive
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Mayo Clinic - OIS
Trane Commercial
Georgia Tech Professional Education
College Football Hall of Fame
Home Depot Garden Club
Tortuga Twins

Story

mePersonal

I was born (and raised) in the metro Atlanta area, the oldest of three boys, in a typical household. My father’s main career and hobbies have always focused on automotive, where my mom’s career and hobbies have been either creative such as being a librarian, reading, writing, painting, and being an administrative assistant where she can put her communication and creative skills to work.

I’ve always had an interest in creative fields such as art and/or writing. I even view web development as an art form since we take a blank canvas and turn it into something unique and interesting to the user/viewer. Because of this I have a passion for working with smart and creative people. If a designer can hand me a design that makes me think and struggle to achieve the desired result I feel more fulfilled. This is also why I try to push designers “to the next” level during design meetings.

In addition to being creative I love solving problems (most of the games on my phone are puzzle games for crying out loud). Given the opportunity I‘d rather write my own plugins and code that use another developer’s work. After struggling with a problem and finally breaking through I’ve been known to either stand up and dance or do a victory lap around the office with a cup of tea.

Career

I started web development in high school around 2001 after fooling around with computer programming languages like QBasic, C++, Pascal, and others. I graduated with a dream of becoming a computer programmer and making applications that people could use in everyday life.

After a couple of years as a Computer Science major at Kennesaw State University (and talking to the head of the department) I decided to change my major to Information Systems (basically, I.T.). I mainly took this route since it opened up more doors for me in the tech field. I still loved to code but I was finding more pleasure in web languages such as javascript, html, css, etc.

While finishing my degree I worked as a Geek Squad Agent doing in store repairs and working with customers who weren’t as tech savvy. In my spare time I did freelance work for local businesses as well as helped other developers fine tune projects and fix code. One of my first non-freelance jobs was working for the Betty Segal Institute for Ethics doing a complete redesign and development.

After leaving Geek Squad I worked for Digital Blue as a Quality Assurance tester on children consumer electronics and software. After a year and a half I was promoted into a QA Lead role with 2-3 testers to manage; all while keeping up with freelance work. Unfortunately the company was hit during the financial crisis and was forced to lay off most of the work force, including the QA team.

My freelance experience finally paid off with a webmaster position at Chattahoochee Technical College. This was a highly demanding position that required me to “wear many hats” including that of a web designer, front end developer, back end developer, project manager, and account manager. The site hadn’t been updated in about 5 years and used archaic solutions. Since the I.T. team refused to assist with infrastructure upgrades and maintenance I was forced to design and build a robust custom CMS on top of creating a new web site for the school and maintaining the current site.

After 3 years I decided to move on to an agency atmosphere that would allow me to work with people that would grow my skill set as well as give me the opportunity to work on unique projects. This is what lead me to What’s Up Interactive. It was also at this time I decided to be less of a jack of all trades and focus on front end development. Still having a passion for back end development and design I’m the lead WordPress developer and work hand in hand with the design team throughout the process. I started at What’s Up as a Sr. Front End Developer and was handed one of the company’s biggest clients within my first week. The quality of that project has lead to repeat business as well as the parent company utilizing What’s Up for their other brands resulting in millions of dollars in revenue.

After a year and a half I took on the role of Director of Technology Services with What’s Up Interactive. This position allowed me to oversee the entire front end team, set standards for development and technology within the company, scope cost and time of projects, work directly with clients, and still maintain my presence within the development team.

If you’d like a more condensed version please view my LinkedIn page or download my resume.

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