Resumé

Current residence:
Omaha, NE, 68106
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THE STORY UP TO THIS POINT…

I’m a 17-year veteran of the digital advertising industry, with time spent between authoring experiences for high profile clients at agencies, and time spent authoring high performance ad authoring/delivery tools while working at ad tech companies.
With a focus on the front-end, I comfortably operate throughout the stack. Whilst my home stack is LAMP, I also love to experiment with new tech & languages. My front end focuses on JS (backbone/marionette/jquery), css (bootstrap), while my back-end is mostly php (some laravel) and MySQL Historically, I’ve used Actionscript3, and am smitten by some of its facets that are now appearing in Typescript. I love using tools like grunt, vagrant, scss, and npm to make my life easier. I’d like to think of myself as an enabler… an idea developer… a tinkerer… an engineer with a comprehension of internet technologies & methodologies, an affinity for data-enhanced digital experiences, and a tendency to experiment and innovate.

EXPERIENCE:

Freelance Flash/web developer/sole proprietor : Invalid Sequence Labs

Omaha, NE (January 2005 – present) 

Freelance/contract interactive development & consulting.

Primarily front-end development, both HTML/Javascript/CSS as well as Flash development. Additional work with mobile (handheld & tablet) optimization, createjs, WordPress, and more.

Clients past & present include: LexarAdidas, Honda, Tabasco, Prestone, Canyon Design Group, Carat Fusion, Rey Interactive, Republic Project, Factor SF, Swirl, Bellator MMA, DotSquirrels, Blue Diamond, CalTrans, Lift Studios, Motive Interactive, and others.
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Sr. Developer : Republic Project/DG/Sizmek

Remote from Omaha, NE (January 2013 – January 2016)
Brian remotely served the Los Angeles Sizmek office as a senior (full-stack) developer; mostly focused on front-end development. Most of Brian’s time was spent spent leading a small team at Sizmek, charged with creating dynamic HTML5 and Flash (including VPAID) ad templates for Sizmek’s DCO (dynamic creative optimization) offering.
Prior to that, he supported the Republic Project product (commonly known as Sizmek Social), writing (Javascript & ActionScript 3) code and providing UI/UX guidance. He additionally helped with front and back-end development for the admin-level side of the product.
Brian also contributed to other areas of Sizmek, including assisting with maintenance of the Sizmek Workshop extension for Adobe’s Flash Professional IDE.
Everyday dev involved use of Javascript (especially Backbone, Marionette, Bootstrap & jQuery), CSS, Flex & Flash.. with the occasional PHP/Laraval task.
Republic Project was originally a startup bought by DG | MediaMind, which then spun off its digital arm as Sizmek.
Prior to joining the Republic Project team as a full time employee in January 2013, Brian worked with them on a contract basis from August 2012 to December 2012.

Sr. Engineer, Software Design & Development : Phenomblue

Omaha, NE (April 2011 – June 2012)
Brian developed immersive experiences, as well as augmented and fortified client creative for the desktop, mobile, and environmental installations. Brian drew upon an extensive toolset including his experience with client-side technologies such as the Adobe Flash Runtime, frameworks such as Flex, AIR, Away3D, jQuery, Sencha Touch, Appcelerator, and PhoneGap and specifications such as HTML/ JavaScript/CSS-based HTML5. Additionally, he worked with Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) like the Microsoft Kinect.

Flash & Emerging Media Developer : Corporate 3 Design

Omaha, NE (May 2010 – April 2011)
At Corporate 3 Design, Brian developed Flash components that consumed and displayed API data (both open & proprietary), and created Flash applications for playback on kiosks.
Everyday skills used: Flash, Flex, jQuery, ColdFusion.

Flash Development Lead : Agency.com (now Signal to Noise)

San Francisco, CA (September 2006 – April 2010)
As the lead of a small team of Flash developers at Agency.com, (in addition to writing code) Brian’s duties included department resourcing, project experimentation/scoping/discovery, mentoring other members of the creative and development team, communicating with and developing in tandem with other client-side developers, serving as the agency’s Flash-platform liaison to third-party vendors as well as assisting with daily Flash development production duties.
Specialties revolved around dynamic, polymorphic ads which utilize the theory of run-time compositing and harness live API-retrieved data.This approach increased the number of ad permutations possible for use in the wild, decreased Agency.com production time & costs, reduced time to traffic, and most importantly – through user/media targeting & real-time user retargeting – put the right message in front of the right person.
Clients included: Nike, Apple Computer, eBay, Ask.com, Miller Beer, Del Monte.
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Flash Developer : Avenue A | Razorfish

San Francisco, CA (March 2006 – September 2006)
In Brian’s time with the Rich Media/Flash development department of Avenue A | Razorfish’s San Francisco office, he developed multiple standalone Flash components for websites, as well as entire Flash microsites.
Clients included: Breville, Sony HD, Visa, Microsoft, and Merrill Lynch.
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Senior Interactive Developer : TBWA\Chiat\Day and TBWA\TEQUILA

Los Angeles, CA (August 2000 – February 2006)
As a founding member of the interactive production team at Chiat\Day Los Angeles, Brian was directly involved in establishing group culture while delivering award-winning level work and adhering to tight deadlines, as demanded by the agency’s high-profile clients. As the Senior Developer, he supervised members of the production/design team, monitoring work quality along with scheduling and planning resources as necessary. He also consulted with and advised creative, account and research teams on technical and creative possibilities/limitations of the digital medium. He spearheaded TEQUILA\’s Flash baseline tracking initiative, “Agave”. Produced units include sites, microsites, paid media, DVDs, HTML emails, screensavers, and presentation quicktime videos.
Clients included: Sony Playstation, Sony QUALIA, Nissan/Infiniti North America, Adidas, Whiskas, Ballpark Franks, Uncle Ben’s, Earthlink, Pennzoil, Absolut, Indian Motorcycle, Apple Computer, Harman/Kardon, JBL, Ask Jeeves/Ask.com, Kinko’s and Energizer.
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In 2002, Chiat\Day\LA’s interactive department was split off & bundled into the TEQUILA\LA office. Brian stayed in the same building, stayed at the same desk, worked with the same people, just had new business cards.
Served as Senior Interactive developer. Worked on campaigns for Nissan, Infiniti, Harmon/Kardon, Apple, Ask.com, Sony Playstation and Qualia.

Interactive Designer : Bozell Worldwide

Omaha, NE (August 1999 – August 2000)
In the web-development arm of Bozell-Omaha, my responsibilities ran the gamut… including website development for agency clients, paid media, internal presentations and redesigning/developing the office intranet. Clients included: Mutual of Omaha, Kirkpatrick Pettis, MidAmerican Energy, CBS Home, VT Industries, Peter Keiwit Construction.

SKILLSET OVERVIEW:

Programming Languages/Technologies:
  • Expert: Actionscript (AS2 & AS3), HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: PHP, mySQL, XSLT, jQuery, Backbone, Marionette, RequireJS, Greensock, Flex, CreateJS, Apache Server, Git, SenchaTouch/ExtJS, and more.
  • Basic: C++, Pascal, Perl, Java, ColdFusion, ASP, .NET, Python, MSSQL, Microsoft IIS, Google App Engine, Adobe BlazeDS, Objective-C (iOS SDK), openKinect/AS3Kinect

 

Web APIs:

Yahoo Maps, Yahoo Music, Google Maps, Google Local, eBay, Twitter, Jambase, OpenID, Facebook, NPR, Weather Underground

Online Analytics/Media:

Omniture Site Catalyst, Flash Ad Kit, Eyeblaster, Pointroll, DoubleClick, Mediaplex, Google Analytics, Akamai, Tumri

Additional Miscellany:

Have participated in the beta programs for several Macromedia/Adobe products, including: Flash MX, Cold Fusion MX, Flash 8, Flash 9

EDUCATION:

University of Nebraska – Omaha, BS Communication
Major: Advertising
Minor: Computer Programming

AWARDS:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Nike) : Merit Winner – One Show 2009
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Nike) : Short-list – Cannes Cyber-lion 2009
AvenueFighter (personal/team): Best in Show – Adobe FlashCamp, San Francisco 2008
Motors Mashup Unit (eBay) : finalist – Yahoo Purple Chair 2008
Motors Mashup Unit (eBay) : Visionary Award – Emerging Media Awards 2007
BrevilleUSA.com (Breville) : Standard of Excellence – WMA 2006
Xterra – 100 things… (Nissan North America) : One Show 2003 – Merit Award
Future Z microsite (Nissan North America) : Silver Pencil – One Show
Get-Linked.net (Earthlink) : Silver Pencil – One Show, Cool Site of the Day
Safetylink Zone (MidAmerican Energy) : Silver – AIGA Nebraska, Silver – Nebraska Addy’s

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