My professional career in developing for the Internet had an unexpected start in 2000.
I was a Freshman in college studying accounting when my father asked me to build a website for his new business. I had offered to help, but never imagined he would pick something I’d never done. Undeterred by my lack of experience, I armed myself with Microsoft Front Page and an HTML book and created my first functional website.
After graduating from Bryant College in 2004, I worked in accounting and finance for about 6 years, but never lost my love of web development. Building that first site made me want to learn more and I continued to develop websites for friends, family, and eventually local businesses.
From there, I joined a consulting firm’s in-house marketing team which, in turn, progressed to starting my own full-time website design, maintenance, and support business in 2014.
Today, as my skills have grown and my interests have changed, I primarily focus on building plugins for WordPress websites.
On the personal side, I’m an Army veteran who served in the CT Army National Guard as an infantryman between 2005-2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. I have a wife and 3 children and I enjoy spending time traveling, hiking, and playing with them in my free time.
And when the opportunity arises, I give back to the community by mentoring other web developers/designers, speaking at local WordPress meetups, WordCamps and other conferences around the country, and on various podcasts as well as publishing a YouTube video series on business lessons learned while in the Army.
Events you may have heard me speak at:
- Pressnomics 5 (Lightning Talk)
- WordCamp Salt Lake City 2017
- WordCamp Las Vegas 2017
- WordCamp Phoenix 2018
Podcasts I’ve been interviewed on:
- How I Built It Podcast – Discussing GDPR and Privacy WP
- WP Round Table
- BobWP eCommerce Show – Discussing Acquiring a Plugin from Pippin Williamson
- How I Built It Podcast – Live at WordCamp US 2017
- Hallway Chats Podcast