Work in progress..
Worked on a variety of teams with a variety of responsibilities. My initial team was working on the Escapes team. My tasksMost of my work was frontend on Rails: HTML, ERB, Partials, CSS, and JQuery maintenance.
- Team 1: Escapes Retail Vertical
- Team 2: Personalization Data Science GEM & UI
- Team 3: Internal Tools, Customer Service
Joined an advertising company that warned me of the feast and famine culture. I thought it would be fun to try anyway. The team was great and I learned a ton from hangout out with Mike, Anthony, and Jesse.
Even though I wasn't a professional developer yet I wanted to start living like one. So, I asked Mike G if I could hangout at their office for a day. That one day turned into an informal, first hand mentoring session from a room full of Pivots.
How I got into writing code...
I used to own my own business. As an entrepreneur I wore many hats. I was an Art Director with a Masters in Finance. I aquired the skills which took me through things. My past experiences which helped bring me to become a developer. I have extensive small business experience which makes me comfortable working during uncertainty and when it’s time to be proactive on small teams.
I started AMB3R with a vision to become the Starbucks of t-shirts. The company begain with $5,000 in capital and lots of ambition. Our first year we sold $380,000 in apparel. I soon realized that our business model needed custom software, which I couldn't afford. So I started teaching myself to code. I attended a 3 month bootcamp and realized that writing code is in itself a full-time occupation. I'm glad I made the switch. Who knows, maybe one day I'll go back to selling t-shirts. But right now, I am very happy writing code for a living!
You can see the first website I ever built. HTML & CSS hand coded website. I'm pretty proud of it! visit old AMB3R site.
This was a full season of my life. I was attending Grad School, building AMB3R when I was recruited by a Privat Equity firm to join the new management team of Ouray. I hired, fired, and managed 9 graphic designers to release 1,200 graphics a year. We won small business of the year in 2011. I was an awarded a patent for a t-shirt concept I created.
Futureshirts was a small music merchandise company doing about $2M in annual revenues. I was responsible to aquire new business, service them with new products and designs. Oftentimes, it was easier for me to design my own graphics for their merchandise.
Dub, short for 'W'. My work with Church Clothes brought me business for other graphic design tasks. I designed t-shirts, brochures, websites, and postcards for anyone.
I went to a religious college. As such, I started a tongue and cheeck clothing line titled 'church clothes'. Some of my favorite accomplishments were selling into 100 retailers, opening two Mall kiosks, and producing a 7 city promotional music tour by select retailers.