I have over 16 years experience building websites, applications and games for clients such as Fisher-Price, Lee Jeans, March of Dimes, Discover, Xerox and the Department of Defense.
I enjoy working with PHP, Flex, RobotLegs, Flash, ZendAMF as well as learning new technologies.
Specialties: PHP, Flex, ActionScript 3, ZendAMF, and Agile Methodologies.
Software Engineer – TEKSystems
March 2011 – Present | Telecommute
Contractor for Northrop Grumman working at AFWWEBS on the SEMS contract; building and supporting web and mobile applications.
This is a full Agile team utilizing the full suite of Atlassian tools including Jira, FisheEye, Crucible and Confluence. Scrum, backlog grooming, demo day, sprint planning and peer reviews with code walkthrough.
Senior Application Architect – CRS Group
August 2011 – March 2012 | Phoenix, Arizona Area
Contractor with Discover Financial, developing API’s for use in applications as well as websites and games. While there I was responsible for collecting requirements from the client and instructing junior developers as well as researching technologies for use.
Core technologies included, MySQL, ColdFusion and Flex.
Senior Flash Developer – MMG Worldwide
August 2009 – February 2011
As a Senior Flash Developer, I was responsible for defining the ActionScript 3 architecture on larger scale projects, providing documentation and API’s. On a typical project, I managed 1-2 junior developers, mentoring them on the best coding practices and Model View Controller design pattern in Flex/Flash Builder.
Introduced the company to FAUST for building out Flash websites with one code base to maintain Flash and Non-Flash content. This method even improved SEO performance for the client and is still the best architected sites the company has ever produced.
Senior Flash Developer – Barkley
April 2006 – August 2009
As a Senior Flash Developer, I was responsible for creating and building cutting-edge Flash application games and websites for major clients such as Lee Jeans, March of Dimes, Sonic Drive-Ins, and Build-A-Bear. One of my main responsibilities was to help determine which emerging technologies were suitable for use, and their implementation on projects.
Lead Multimedia Developer – Aurora Consulting Group, Inc.
February 2002 – February 2006
While managing a team of 3 developers I was responsible for architecting Flash content for both web and embedded devices as well as acting project manager for a multi-million dollar project for Fisher-Price.
Management duties included approving time off as well as project assignments, scheduling and milestones.
Multimedia Developer – Xerox
October 2000 – October 2001
Xerox is a corporation that demands outstanding business communications. My role at Xerox was much broader than my title as a Multimedia Designer / Web Designer. My responsibilities ranged from complete project management to taking care of all of my customers’ needs as an account executive. I also functioned as a creative director, developing conceptual themes based on client information and current market research. I am very comfortable establishing a creative direction while supervising a team to complete the project from concept stage to final production. At Xerox, each project required a detailed cost analysis, which I prepared and tracked for every client. I pride myself on the wide range of design and multimedia skills that were critical to produce powerful, cost-effective marketing communications for Xerox Corporation.
Senior Designer – Robert Brookson Design
June 1998 – October 2000
As senior designer, I was responsible for many different projects and functions in the agency, from conceptual planning of a project to final execution of the finished product. Many skills are required to see a project through to completion, and my expertise in graphic design is a valuable asset, whether the job is for the internet or for print. While at Brookson, I worked closely with many large clients such as Steve Ellman of the Ellman Companies (Phoenix Coyotes); Joel Nightengale of Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica; Tom Middleton of No Fear; Don Henson of Southwest Access & Video; as well as American Express, AAA Arizona, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Skills and Expertise
Awards and Acknowledgements
Communication Arts Interactive Annual, Macromedia Sites that inspire, Adobe Sites of the Day Awards, Addy Awards, Davey Award, Speaker at Flash in the Can Toronto.
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I have worked directly with Gary and know first hand that Gary is an extremely talented software developer who follows object oriented principles and design. Gary is always interested in learning new technologies and applying software development best practices.
I find Gary to be very collaborative and works well in agile environments where the requirements change and evolve
Gary is one of those developers who can do just about anything. He tirelessly pursues the most logical solution to complex interactive problems, and brings levity to even the most stressful situations. I’ve been in the trenches with Gary more than once, and it’s true — he’s always got your back. He also has super-clean sneakers.