Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.
After graduating with a BFA. I took my Visual Effects expertise, namely in Realflow to apply for an internship, with the number 1 VFX company called Fusioncis, for which I was granted.
When Flash was still a web development standard, I had an idea to incorporate 3D models into Flash.I worked with another developer to bring my 3D models that I built with an experimental plugin that let us bring 3d models without interactivity. This experiment led to feature rich training modules with full interactive touch points on the 3d model, which let users learn the ins and outs of the machines they would be working with.
During the early days of iOS, I released a fairly successful app called Like a Sir (for the time). This app let you take photos, or use images from your gallery and dress them up with mustaches, monocles etc. now ‘stickers’ to make yourself a ‘classy sir’.
What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?
As long as I’ve lived in Tampa Bay, I’ve been very impressed with the amount of talent that is offered here. Simply put, Tampa Bay attracts some of the best and smartest technology driven folks.
I’ve worked with some incredible people here, and even mentored some that have gone on to do great things! Overall what I really love is the growing technology culture, and the desire to nurture and expand this field.
What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?
Some of my favorite things to do around town revolve around my interests such as video games, namely bar arcades. I’m also a big movie buff, and Tampa offers some great movie theater experiences. Along with a vibrant film community.
Overall, I enjoy exploring different parks in the area, admittedly I sometimes do get lost. And most importantly the local music scene, for which I play in a cover band and perform on drums
How do you give your time back in the community?
I love doing community service! A benefit of working at Nielsen is all the teaching opportunities for schools, as well as the general outreach program for youths. I find that contributing my time to developing young minds has led to very rewarding experiences. And something I continually want to grow and expand on. As Technology is my main passion, (admittedly a first gen adopter for most technology), and I believe that Tampa Bay can benefit greatly from having young minds grow up into a Technology driven community/education.
Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.
Currently working on an extremely exciting, new approach to WordPress development called Gutenberg. My team( for which I’ve trained, lead, and managed) is the first company in the world to have adopted Gutenberg completely 100% in our environments. During our migration of nielsen.com to a new CMS, the decision was made to adopt this experimental technology, as it was to our eyes, the future of WordPress, and a considerable challenge. With pushing the envelope, this gave us the opportunity to work alongside WordPress development team in showcasing how we believe certain elements should behave, and shaping the future for block development in Gutenberg. Meaning, through our experimentation and development, we are actively contributing to the future shape of Gutenberg.
My team at one point was comprised of ETL member Andrew Pendergast amongst other strong developers. One of which I taught web development from scratch. And another has picked up leadership qualities from my mentorship