My path to web development started off in New York City, where after 10 years of working for Merrill Lynch, I was laid off. Instead of going back to the world of finance, I decided to see this as an opportunity to learn a skill that I’ve had much interest in and change the trajectory of my career. I enrolled myself in a front-end web development course at General Assembly.
I fell in love with web development after completing the first weekend of classes. I remember being surprised that I could make a living doing something that seemed so interesting and fun. I was at once delighted and worried; delighted because I finally found something that wouldn’t feel like work, but worried because I knew a long tough road lay ahead of me, and I had to make up for a lot of lost time.
I completed the course in June of 2013, and soon after quit my job at an insurance company. I found myself in New York with no job, no way to pay rent and nothing but a dream of becoming a web developer. I made web development my life, often working until 4 am and crashing from exhaustion. I did work for free, and at the end of 2013, I landed my first paid freelance job.
As my savings dried up, I accepted a job selling baby products over the phone to stay afloat. And a week before I was to start, I had a phone interview with AgencyMSI in Chicago. The agency was interested in my work, and they offered me a temporary 3-month role as their web developer. It was hard to leave family and friends in New York, but I knew this was my chance. I packed all I could in my Hyundai and drove the 12 1/2 hour trip to Chicago.
I was hired full-time after two months on the job. Being the only web developer for a major advertising company since April of 2014 has provided me with the challenges and adversity I’ve needed to grow rapidly in an ever-changing environment. I’ve surprised myself regarding the amount and quality of work I was able to turn around in a short period of time, and I’ve been able to build a network of talented designers and creatives. It’s easy to grow quickly once you find your passion, and when you decide what you want; it will become a reality
I’ve been in business for myself since 2013, and work mostly with small to mid-size businesses, as well as individuals. I’m not a designer by trade, but I work with a great group of designers that allows me to offer a professional and fresh design to all your projects.
I’m available to help on all your web projects, but I specialize in WordPress, and offer HTML e-mail services which include design and the deployment of the e-mails. When I work with you I won’t bombard you with technical jargon, and coding terms, but instead I focus on meeting your goals and putting together a great user experience. Please click the link below if you want to send a message about your current project, and thank you for reading.