I attended the New England Institute of Technology and earned an Associate Degree in Multimedia & Web Design Technology. There, I learned the ins and outs of web design and development, from basic HTML and programming, to dynamic HTML and CSS, to database structure, to advanced PHP and ASP techniques and methods.
From there, I started working for parsonsKellogg LLC, a company based in East Providence, Rhode Island. I honed my skills there, and was responsible for a diverse number of tasks including photography of merchandise, design of virtual mock-ups, development of online stores, production of print and online catalogs and flyers, and recreation of logos in scalable vector format.
For years I worked as an independent contractor, both on my own and for John Flanders Internet Consulting, based in Portsmouth, RI. I took on projects both small and large in scale, utilizing PHP (and sometimes ASP if altering existing code). I have created company web sites with search functionality, back-end administrative tools, and e-commerce storefronts.
In 2010, I created STO Wiki, a wiki for the game Star Trek Online. The wiki was purchased by Curse.com and is now a part of their Gamepedia network. For several months I continued to administrate and maintain the wiki.
My next position was a Web Designer at BZ Results from Oct 2010–Aug 2011. I was a contractor that utilized CSS to create and alter the design and layout for auto dealership sites. I became familiar with their proprietary content management system. From May–August of 2012, I worked for Nokia’s Pulse project (defunct), a social networking site available for both the desktop and mobile web for Nokia phone users.
Most recently, I have enjoyed an amazing position as Software Developer for ShapeUp (now Virgin Pulse) from November 2012 through July 2016. There, I oversaw the development of solo projects, served as a team player for larger-scale projects, and repaired defects on the proprietary ShapeUp PHP MVCS framework. My proudest work, however, was in the design and development of administrative tools for other departments, most important the Participant Support team.
As the great Brick Tamland said, “I love LAMP!” I'm sure he was talking about the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP stack. I love LAMP, too, Brick.