Work Experience

Zoro

2015 – Present

Once my wife finished her Master’s program at the University of Michigan, we were anxious to leave the college town life of Ann Arbor and get back to a real city, so we decided on Chicago. I accepted a position there as a senior software developer at Zoro, a sizeable eCommerce company that relies on heavily on software automation.

At Zoro, the leadership role that I had organically created for myself in previous positions has been officialized, and as a “senior” developer, I find myself spending less time worrying about my own work, and more time worrying about the work of my team. Fortunately for me, the development teams I’ve had to opportunity to with at Zoro have been fantastic. We’ve had a few major successes already, including integrating DHL shipping for Canadian customers and dynamically displaying product recommendations from three separate sources with a seamless user experience.

Barracuda Networks

2014 – 2015

After a stint working remotely out of my Ann Arbor apartment for Aydus Consulting, I realized that working from home was not for me. So I parted on good terms with Aydus and began work for Barracuda Networks in their primary development office in downtown Ann Arbor. I worked on the Barracuda Backup Server product, specifically on the web/firmware team.

The server was controlled through a web administration interface, and changes made through that interface kicked off processes that ran directly on the server to manage backups, restores, notifications, and virtually all other actions. The web/firmware team was responsible for all areas of this interaction, so my duties were wide ranging from server and database management, software daemons written in PHP, server-side PHP for the admin interface, and plenty of JavaScript.

Aydus Consulting

2013 – 2014

In the Fall of 2013 my wife and I moved to Ann Arbor so she could begin a graduate program at the University of Michigan. Unable to continue working at Washington University, I took a job working remotely for Aydus Consulting, a small company specializing in developing e-commerce websites.

My work was concentrated mostly on the front-end, writing extensive CSS and LESS documents to bring highly customized designs to out-of-the-box Magento installations. I also spearheaded the development of a “base” template to allow any fresh Magento installation to be quickly made into a responsive site. On top of my front-end work, I also did a considerable amount of server side work building widgets and extensions for Magento and general custom code in ASP.NET StoreFront.

Washington University in St. Louis

2011 – 2013

In late 2011 I moved from CBS Radio to Washington University where I joined the Web Content Management team as a SharePoint Developer. My responsibilities were at first confined to front-end work, mostly in HTML and CSS. However, I quickly demonstrated an aptitude beyond the scope for which I was originally hired, and I began branching into more advanced JavaScript and soon into server-side ASP.NET solutions.

After 8 months I was promoted from Programmer Analyst level 2 to level 3, and my responsibilities were officially broadened to take into account my increasing workload. I became the primary SharePoint developer for new and complex development, and was generally chosen to work on projects for the more high-profile departments in the university. I also unofficially oversaw the other developers on our team, helping them when they run into problems with their own projects.

Brock & Bierk

2011 – 2013

While at CBS Radio I often picked up freelance work and side projects, and one of the projects I found toward the end of my time there was Brock & Bierk, a web development consultancy based in St. Louis, where I was hired on as their Lead Web Developer.

The projects I worked on varied greatly between clients, but the bulk of the sites we created were based in Joomla or Magento using a standard LAMP setup. We also had one client who needs a considerable amount of custom SharePoint development, and I worked with them extensively. My work was mostly confined to custom development in PHP, JavaScript, or C#.

CBS Radio

2010 – 2011

I got my break into the world of professional web development at CBS Radio in St. Louis. I was an Assistant Web Administrator responsible for maintaining the websites for the three stations in the St. Louis cluster: KMOX, Y98, and Fresh 102.5. All three sites run on the WordPress.com platform using a custom theme created by CBS Radio’s corporate office.

My responsibilities included routine maintenance on all three websites, and I was also the primary developer for any custom functionality we needed to create. Since the sites were run on a fairly locked-down platform, my custom development usually took the form of standalone PHP pages run off of a shared hosting account and iframed into the existing WordPress websites. The levels of workarounds I would have to go through to implement some of this custom functionality were often extreme, and went a long way in teaching me how to approach a problem from multiple angles.

The Best of St. Louis

2010

Shortly after starting with CBS Radio in St. Louis, I partnered with two friends to create a website called “The Best of St. Louis,” the function of which was to present a new poll each week asking readers to choose “the best in St. Louis.” After a winner was chosen, we’d do a full write-up about the winner the following week. This gave companies involved in our polls incentive to drive their customers to our site to vote, which drove our traffic to fairly impressive numbers very quickly.

Unfortunately we were served a trademark infringement notice by Village Voice Media after about two months of operation, and having no resources to fight it we caved and took down the site. In its short lifespan the site generated a considerable amount of traffic, to the point were we actually received a check from Google Ads.

I was the developer and administrator for the site, while my partners were responsible for content creation and marketing. I built the site on a WordPress.org platform using a customized theme and several customized plug-ins.

Freelance

Throughout my career I’ve picked up quite a few freelance projects to fill my spare time. These are usually small projects I find through friends or family, often to promote small companies or personal portfolios. I usually choose to build these sites using WordPress.org, using a customized theme based either on the default WordPress theme or a theme of the client’s choosing.