Building websites and web applications has been a passion of mine for quite some time now. I took a high school web design course in 1999 and have been hooked ever since. Although I had been dabbling for some time,  I initially started my career as a web developer in 2009 with the founding of WebsiteScenes, a web design firm focusing on Joomla websites. I ran this venture successfully for two years before closing up shop to go work for Medialutionlab, another local web design firm. I worked with Medialutionlab for about a year, learning new skills in PHP and Javascript, before joining Viva + Impulse Creative Co for two years. At Viva + Impulse I was able to really expand my tool set by learning new skills like Ruby on Rails. Then in 2015 I decided to look for remote work and found a job with MuscleSound out of Denver. I started working on authentication for the Ruby API and some new UI features and about a month in, the company lost funding and the employee base was cut in half. Being the new kid on the block, my head was quickly rolling.

Being the new kid on the block, my head was quickly rolling.
I briefly took up freelancing and did some cool projects for various companies but luckily found a steady contracting gig with Arista Networks. After six months of contracting and long hours, I was offered a position in the EOS+ consulting services team. I am currently still employed at Arista Networks working on a wide variety of projects. Lately I've been focusing on application development with AngularJS and React. Arista is an incredible company to work for and I feel like they have really given me room to grow. Everyone is very pragmatic and solution driven. Oh yeah, I also co-founded a bicycle shop that has been open for three years now called Chuck's Bicycle Repair in my spare time.

Long Term Goals

I am happily employed by Arista and I plan on staying that way for a while but I also have longer term ambitions that mostly relate to El Paso, Texas. I'm a fourth generation El Pasoan and both sides of my family have businesses here. I love this place, not only because of it's beauty but because my family is here. I want to see us succeed.  My dream is to build a large scale technology business here in El Paso, Texas. For far too long the region has bled talent but I think the tides are changing. Seemingly overnight, we have grown into a true city. Recent investments in local infrastructure and downtown are making the city more attractive to employees. The low cost of living, open spaces and welcoming people make El Paso the perfect escape for refugees from larger, overpopulated cities. We just need the jobs to give them and unfortunately they are not here yet.

We just need the jobs to give them and unfortunately they are not here yet.
I believe I know how to change that. I want to create a software as a service (SaaS) that can be offered globally. Breaking out of the El Paso market is critical to importing the wealth and quality of living I envision.