A Short Glimpse Into The Past/Present
Currently, I am doing freelance web development with a focus on @shopify and learning more about ecommerce. Previously, I worked for @mcuban at Mark Cuban Companies with a small team onboarding companies from the hit reality show Shark Tank on ABC.
On the side, I try to grow stuff. No not weed (at least not yet) but I’ve seen some success at growing plants (ones that you eat) and consistently learn about new organic practices and standards like regenerative agriculture, organic gardening, and hyrdoponic farming.
I’m also really big on community projects. Outside of my day job, I volunteered at Promise of Peace Community Gardens for 2 years learning about organic gardening, designed a community newsletter that was distributed to a neighborhood of 1,000 plus residents, volunteered at a handful of conferences and biked across the country in the summer of 2017.
Rewind to 2013
After graduating in 2012 from Texas A&M University with a BS in Visualization Sciences where I studied computer animation, art, and design, I was called back to my hometown — Dallas — where I took an early job at Naked Pizza invested in by Mark Cuban.
2013 - 2014
For about 9 months, I designed, animated, and created assets for Naked Pizza , with one team in NOLA and one in Dallas. After the company got sold, I was onboarded on to work for Mark Cuban Companies.
2014 - May 2017ish
Over the next three years, I helped onboard companies with an amazingly talented and driven team: Peter Vogt, Michael Johnstone, @aminkara, Ken Bonzon(rest in peace), Rachel Kuhr, Ryan Kline, Kayla Ketelsen, Helen McDaniel, Bethany Peters, Matthew Shields, John Simon, and many others to provide support to over dozens of entrepreneurs across a wide array of industries.
I worked in a very fast paced environment, similar to how I imagine a start up might operate. I reported directly to Mark, sending weekly or bi-weekly progress updates while he would advise with our Business Development Manager and lead CTO in a hands on/off role. I helped execute digital marketing deliverables, branding/graphic design(logo designs, packaging etc), print work, ideating and problem solving to work through business problems and increase sales for various consumer products.
Each process and problem for each entrepeneur was different. Depending on the problem, I used tools like the Adobe CC, Invision and Balsamiq for prototyping, and sublime text editor for writing simple front end code. Communication channels were normally email, Skype, or phone calls. Later, my role shifted to provide ecommerce development/design support. I helped populate templated out sites on Shopify, Wordpress/Woocommerce, Big Commerce, while also learning Bootstrap, liquid, and HTML/CSS techniques. Much of the development work pre-Shark Tank was under wraps (NDA agreements) with tight timelines (usually 2 weeks). I also learned a bit about web optimization utilizing tools like Cloudflare, performance testing, and optimizing images using photoshop and kraken.io to name a few.
After 3ish years of being fortunate enough to work with a notable, kind, and influential person like Mark, I decided to try a new adventure with Bike and Build—a nationwide non-profit that empowers young adults to bike across the country to raise awareness and funding for affordable housing.
I applied, was accepted, and rode over 3,800 miles with 35 young adults from Jacksonville Florida to Monterrey California with #BBSUS17. Collectively we raised over $181,350 dollars and I raised $5,136 dollars towards the cause. It was physically demanding and challenging role that took about 2.5 months or 77 days. We worked with numerous organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Veterans Village, and SBP to name a few. Most ride days averaged about 70 - 100 miles, with a few century rides (100+ miles) in a variety of terrain, and climates. I even rode through Death Valley National park and climbed 8,000+ft up to the Grand Canyon National Park(north rim) and Yosemite National Park through Tioga pass.
As I mentioned, now I am currently freelancing and hopefully growing to learn more about the web, growing plants for food, and painting a bit more. I’m mostly active on Instagram, and LinkedIn where you can follow me and see what I’m up to. Or you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to say hello or work with me!