My professional career started in 1994 when I graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas with my Associates of Applied Arts Degree. I wanted to be a Graphic Designer. So that is what I did.
Shortly after that I was able to start a job as a digital printing press operator. Not exactly Graphic design, but it got me in the door. This taught me that I have a knack for fixing things and an understanding how processes work together to make an overall system work. I then moved from running the press to handling pre-press. Finally got to do some design. This taught me the ins and out of prepping files for printing. Fast forward a little and I was managing production, teaching others the skills I had learned, and building my first website before moving on to try my hand at entrepreneurship.
I then spent the next 7 years helping companies with their graphic design needs. Graphic design for print was paying the bills, but I knew I needed to expand. So, I started to learn more about the web. I had a handle on HTML, CSS was new and easy for me to understand, so I focused on PHP and MySQL. I worked to learn it building anything I could think of. Luckily I was also able to find a few clients who needed sites that allowed me to use some of my skills. At this point I am comfortable with Graphic Design and building out basic sites with HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL.
Personally, during all this time, I got married and had a child. This lead me to the next phase. Working for myself was fun and helped me learn a lot, but was not the most stable financially. I decided to do some temp work through an agency which lead to my next position. They needed someone to build Flash banners for lead generation. The next thing I know 5 years have passed (It was a 2 week contract) and I'm now directing technology for the company. I've learned a great deal about the web, servers, and other technology.
For the last 5 years, I have been with Biscotti, Inc. Biscotti was a fully funded startup which unfortunately ceased operations recently. During my tenure there, I held a Sr. Web Developer title. In addition to performing web development and managing AWS servers, I also handled all the graphic design (Logo, packaging, marketing banners, email design, etc.). Biscotti have me the opportunity to increase my skills as well as adding some new languages to the mix including Node.js & Swift
Now I'm moving on to the next segment of my professional career. If you are in need of someone with my skills, don't hesitate to contact me. I am sure I can help.
If you would like to hire me for freelance work or for a position in your organization give me a call at 972-983-3536.