I am a web developer.
I am currently living in Salt Lake City, but I am interested in relocating to another destination in the Western United States.
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and went to the University of Wisconsin. (Go Badgers!)
I always had an interest in building things, and began my career as a designer. You can see a few of my designs on Dribbble.
After college, I moved to Los Angeles and started working for Newegg.com. After a short time as a designer, I moved into front-end web development. I started tearing through UI and coding books and fell in love with it. One of my favorite books is Designing with Web Standards by Jeffery Zeldman. One of my big accomplishments there was to update the entire site design - including all of the client-side code.
After that big redesign, I started a job as developer at TBWA\Chiat\Day. You might be familiar with some of the work they do (they made the 1984 commercial.) While I was there, I used PHP to make sites for Pepsi, Nissan, Infiniti, Uncle Bens, Playstation, Whiskas and a bunch of others. I learned a lot and had some great mentors. It was also great working with so many talented designers.
After a couple years or so in the advertising world, I decided to go freelance. It gave me some time to work on personal projects and meet some new people.
I worked on projects for John Mayer, Vizio, DirecTV, LA Kings, Greenworks, Kensington Church, Joel Osteen Ministries and a bunch of small businesses.
During that time, I moved to New York City and then to Denver.
When I was in Denver, I started working for Alpine Achievement Systems. They are an education technology company that helps schools keep track of all their data. I worked with 2 other developers to build new features for our customers. I even did a little design work, cleaning up their logo and making a new marketing site.
In 2011, I joined MasteryConnect as a Senior Software Developer. It was a great opportunity for me to work with a great mentor and pick up Ruby on Rails again after a 4 year hiatus. I was the first employee the founders hired after they got an angel round of funding. It was a dream to come in to such an exciting project and help make decisions every day that would lead to our success. It was just a few of us in a small room cranking out code all day and dreaming of becoming big some day.
Since then, the company has grown a lot (we are now over 100 employees.) We have some real revenue and big new office in downtown Salt Lake. I am working with Rails, AWS, Git, Angular, MongoDB, and MySQL every day. I lead a small team to take on new projects every 2 weeks. We deploy code (just about) every day.
I try to make time every day to improve myself.
I have been doing a lot of woodworking lately, mostly using American Walnut.
Thanks for getting to know a little about me. You can always reach me at: email@example.com