I work fulltime as a software engineer/web application developer, working for a major US Defense contractor. There, I am the development lead and software architect on a large enterprise scale web application which provides integrated Business Process Management (BPM) solutions to the United States Air Force. I am the lead software developer on the VisualRV (AKA VisualReqView or Visual ReqView) project.
I have been actively programming since I watched WarGames and begged by dad for a TRS-80 for Christmas, back in the 80s. Ever since, I have been testing the limits of technology, and applying it where effective.
In 1996, I created my first website and instantly realized that the greatest power of the Internet is that can put the publishing power of big business in small business's hands, and level the online marketing playing field. Ever since I have been developing websites and database driven web applications. I am continuously expanded my knowledge, experience and toolset, contantly tackling new technologies and capabilities.
As an airman in the US Air Force, I worked for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), providing accounting services and database design. While there I successfully built a database solution to streamline the reconciliation of millions of dollars of expenditures daily. My group was the first to meet daily balancing requirements in the Air Force.
While attending college, I changed majors many times, finally settleing on the one true constant in technology: Business.
"A programmer with a business degree can offer, far more than someone simply trained for technology. No matter what your end goals are, websites and technology are simply products. The only common denominator is the marketing and successful implementation of them. ", Joe
After completing my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration of Technical Studies, and seperating from the Air Force, I worked in Technical Support for a Fortune 500 company. Here I was responsible for over 400 computers ranging from Novell servers to OS2 desktops.
Let me show you how your business can benefit from a professional appearance with your publicily facing Internet front, and how to possibly reduce your Information Technology infrastructure costs using tools that are free, open-source, or at a lower cost than your current methods.
The Internet and the technology and services provied on it can benefit your business far more than a simple website can. Let me empower your business!
- Content Management Systems/Platforms - Wordpress, Blogengine.NET, MoveableType, Blogger, etc.
- Various Programming Languages - ASP.NET, Classic ASP, PHP
- Databases - SQL Server 7-2005, Microsoft Access, mySQL
- Security - PKI, encryption, 2/1 way hashes, Active Directory integration, etc.
- Frameworks - jQuery, mootools, scriptalicious
- API Integration - Amazon Web Services, Ebay, Flickr, Blogger, RSS, Twitter, etc.
- Social Network Marketing - Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc.
- Graphic Design and Prototyping
- User-Interface Design - Section 508 compiance, usablity issues, etc.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Google Adwords, Adsense, Analytics, Sitemaps
- Email Service Providers - Hosted Exchange, Google Apps for Domains, etc.
- Active Accounts with most major hosts, service providers, and domain registrars.
- AOL Instant Messenger
- Google Reader Shared Items
Hobbies & Interests (AKA Conference Conversation Primers)
- Boating - I live in Florida; its the law.
- Wakeboarding / Kneeboarding - What began behind a 18hp powered jon boat and a surfboard shaped piece of wood as turned into a lifetime hobby. One that I now share with my kids.
- Motorcycle - Within the past year, I picked up a 2003 Vulcan Classic...lovin' the 43+ mpg.
- Playing Pool - I try to play daily in my gameroom in our new house.
- Skateboarding - I know I'm getting to old, but it is so damn fun.
- Traveling - Recently rafted the whitewater and camped in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River in Utah.
Interesting/Useless Facts about Me
- I once ran a towing business and repossesed cars - Once had a shotgun pulled on me.
- I can spin nearly anything flat on my finger (skill learned in high school)
- I have never seen an episode of M.A.S.H. or I Love Lucy - Something I've very proud of
- I was once evactuated via stretcher onto an awaiting Chinook helicopter
- I used to compete in Car Shows and held the title for First Place 4x4 in the State of Florida
- I used to buy and sell cars and trucks at auto auctions
- My desk (at my full time job) is literally on top of where one of the original ARPAnet (the predecessor of THE Internet) nodes were located
- I have nearly killed each one of my close friends. All accidently and each on seperate occasions.