Working on the Web
My focus is building fast, accessible sites that work for everyone.
When I took my first post-college job with Dealer.com, they were a small company providing online solutions for car dealerships. Now they're a huge company providing online solutions for car dealerships. It was fun to be a part of that process. After 7 years I left to work alongside a former colleague on CarComplaints.com – an online resource aimed at helping car owners figure out what's wrong with their vehicle.
I'm not a car guy, but have somehow spent my entire career working on automotive websites.
Once upon a time I even taught web development
As part of a partnership between Dealer.com and Vermont HITEC, I taught a 12-week class on web development. The educational program was designed to provide the academic knowledge, technical skills, and hands-on training needed to succeed in a specific career field.
The course didn't exist when I was asked to lead it. There were many late nights spent writing the next day's curriculum and even more mornings questioning what the heck I was doing. We taught the whole thing in a vacant old cafe. Like real professionals.
Something must have gone right because every student successfully completed the course and earned their job making the web a better place. It was the most challenging part of my career. It was also the most rewarding.
I really love taking photos
It's not exactly healthy to spend an entire day behind a computer screen. That's something I realized far too late in my career.
Photography is an excellent excuse for getting outside. It's also brought me on a drive or hikes that I might have otherwise skipped.