I live in the New York metropolitan area, build websites for local area organizations, most of them not-for-profits, and advise them how to get good marketing results using their website.
I do that by drawing on nearly 30 years of professional experience, most of it having nothing to do with building websites. I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English Literature, and a few years later with a degree in Law from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. After a brief stint practicing law in Washington, DC, I moved into management and finance, working primarily in Central Europe as an independent consultant. My clients included many of the venture capital funds operating in Central Europe, as well as multilaterally funded organizations put in place there to assist those countries in transitioning to a free market economy.
I returned to the United States in 2006 after over a dozen years abroad, back to where my roots are, in the New York metro area. I've been providing my current lines of service for about (a hard to believe) seven years now.
So what does all that prior experience have to do with building websites, you might ask? And why did I switch professions?
After a dozen years in Central Europe doing all kinds of stuff, my resume looked — well, let's just say it looked a little weird to the local employer's eye. I realized that I had to acquire some new skills really fast, and preferably skills that were on the leading edge of the job market, rather than the trailing edge. I first taught myself how to build websites in Wordpress, and then in Drupal. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Although I develop in both Wordpress and Drupal, over the past two years I have focused primarily on Drupal as a platform for development. I am an accomplished Drupal and Wordpress site builder and themer, and have ventured into Drupal custom module development as well.
In addition to trying to sell my services, I'll also be blogging about the process of how to go about acquiring a website for yourself or your organization. And just recently, I've written a book on the very topic of how to become an educated consumer of website design and development services. So, there's a lot here that can help get you up to speed.
If you are looking for help with your online presence, please contact me using my contact form, I'd love to hear from you!