Recently & Elsewhere
- Built In Chicago Interview
- August 2016
- LaunchPad Lab Interview
- June 2016
- March 2015
- Campfire Interview
- October 2014
- Lifehacker Feature
- January 2013
VP of Product
Leading the Product, Design, and Front-end Engineering teams, I am responsible for the overall strategy, development, growth, and adoption of our products. Day to day I work closely with cross functional stakeholders, oversee numerous product and project teams, and mentor the team building the world’s best loyalty program.
User Interface Engineer
While fostering a stronger relationship between the design and engineering teams, I helped multiple product teams with different initiatives including redesigning Groupon.com, numerous conversion optimization projects, building visual and interface guidelines, and a developing large scale front-end architecture.
The Starter League
Designer, Front-end Engineer, & Instructor
With growing involvement over time, I began as an advisor and mentor and later helped build and lead the design education program, including teaching the front-end development courses. Furthermore, I lead a product team to build a learning management system to expand the in-class experience.
Product Designer & Front-end Engineer
Venturing from web to product focused work, at lightbank I leveraged my multidisciplinary design and development skill set to help build different products and businesses, including working with Groupon, Belly, and Pawngo amongst others.
Agency & Freelance
Web Designer & Front-end Engineer
Specializing in visual and user experience design, I got my start working with different agencies and picking up freelance projects. Wanting to be able to build what I was designing, and by extension have a larger impact on the end user experience, I expanded my skills to include front-end development.
Prota Ventures is a venture-building and early-stage investment firm where I assist with business ideation, validation, and execution. It’s an all star team of operators on a mission to launch inspiring new ventures and invest in early-stage founders.
As an Advisory Board Member for DESIGNATION, I help guide and support the leadership team in building one of the world’s best design education programs.
Following my passion for education, I wrote Learn to Code HTML and CSS to teach people how to develop and style websites with HTML and CSS. Outlining the fundamentals, the guides cover all of the common elements of front-end design and development, and were subsequently published as a book by New Riders, a subsidiary of Pearson Education.
Alongside Brad Simpson and Russ Unger, I co-founded Chicago Camps, an organization with the intention of bringing high-value, low-cost events to the technology community. Our goal includes helping find new talent and topics and provide a forum for those to be shared.
With Jon Buda, Anthony Zinni, and the late Matt Puchlerz, I’ve had the pleasure of co-organizing Refresh Chicago meetups for over five years. With roughly 3,000 members, Refresh Chicago is one of the largest communities of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of New Media endeavors.