Currently: Privileged to be working as a Ruby on Rails / ReactJS developer at Chargify remotely from Vancouver, BC.
First and foremost, I am ecstatically married to the woman of my dreams and have been for the past 7 years. I'm also father to the beautiful little Abigail.
Life couldn't be better .
I feel very blessed for the opportunities that have been presented to me. Mid-way through university I was able to take a year off to work and then travel to Cambodia where I rented a small apartment and volunteered for an amazing organization called HOPE International Development Agency. In 4 months I learned more about life than I had in my previous 21 years. It was both a humbling and eye-opening experience that I'll never forget and which led me to where I am today.
After returning and finishing my BBA, I wanted to use my background in business and web development to impact the lives of people around me. I worked on, as the sole developer, two startups that were focused on helping students engage more in their career paths. Working in small teams helped me to hone my skills not only as a full stack developer but also in really understanding the importance of the user experience and data-driven development.
I realized how important the user experience was to the success of any business (technology-based or not). If we weren't developing for the user's needs, and solving their problems, then we couldn't ultimately succeed.
It also became apparent that we needed data, to truly be customer-focused. For us, data wasn't just in our database, it was in every touch point that we had with our users. We learned to gather as much information as we could, whether it was through conversations, surveys, analytic tools, or in the DB.
I was able to continue learning and growing as I took on more roles in UX and product design, which has helped give me a much broader perspective as a developer.
My experiences more recently at a social enterprise focused on creating the world's largest community of donors allowed me to work with a team of designers, developers and, most importantly, users to better understand the entire product development lifecycle and to learn how to uncover what users really need.
Someone once told me that if you're not learning and growing in your career, or mentoring someone else in theirs, then what's the point? I try to always keep pushing my limits, no matter what I do, so that I can look back and feel good about the impact I've helped contribute to.
Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, or just want to say hello.