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“Ashley Shades”. My bucket list goal for homeless pets

My dog Ashley (a Yellow Lab) passed three years ago and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. I also briefly lived with a dog whom my girlfriend (at the time) adopted. The dog was adopted as an adult and I guess it had a traumatic past. The dog “Shades” (a dark German Shepard) was a sweet dog but out of the blue was aggressive and attacked my girlfriend, her mother, and myself. We tried to help the dog but in the end there was no help. Both dogs I miss and my heart aches.

I hope to one day build a sanctuary for dogs that have no home and dogs that need help and rehabilitation therapy. There is so much love pets can give and so much is wasted because there are not enough people to can provide for these wonderful animals.

In honor of Ashley and Shades… I’m going to call this pet sanctuary “Ashley Shades.”

I’ve spotted some affordable locations in Harvard, IL which is just outside of Chicago, IL and easily accessible via the Metra train. This will help people come and visit, volunteer, and hopefully adopt.

This is not a nice to have goal. This is something I’ve been actively working on and planning and hopefully will bring to realization sooner then later. Nothing would bring me more joy then to provide for dogs that just need love and attention. That I have to give.

Miva Merchant Developer Conference (2001-2003)

http://miva.com/

  • Planning and organization of Miva’s Developers Conference for the Miva Merchant ecommerce platform.
  • Managed the “Speakers” sessions.
  • Presented several sessions on enterprise ecommerce development.
  • “Product Evangelist” for Miva Merchant.
  • 2001, 2002, 2003 – San Diego, CA.

Surfrider Foundation, 100 Wave Surf-a-thon

Community non-profit organization. Protecting Oceans, Waves and Beaches since 1984.
http://www.surfrider.org/

  • Organized surf-a-thon to raise money for the non-profit organization.
  • Event = surf 100 waves in 1 day and supporters would pledge an amount per way. Donations picked up after completion of 100 surfed waves.
  • Raised money through door-to-door campaigning.
  • Helped with marketing initiatives.
  • 1992 – San Diego, CA.

San Diego Surf Team (Professional Surfer)

Team of professional and amateur surfers competing against other teams across California.

  • Served as Team Captain.
  • Professional surfer, competing in local/national events. Sponsored by Rusty Surfboards & Stussy.
  • Managed surf team operations, team training, event logistics, and competition strategies.
  • During my leadership the team went from being California state ranked #19 to #2.
  • 1994 – 1996 – San Diego, CA.

WordPress, Themes / Plugins (custom)

  • 12+ years experience in WordPress development (16yrs in PHP experience).
  • Created custom themes (70+) and plugins (120+) for corporations, startups, and agencies used for websites, intranets, and secure extranets.
  • Developed several enterprise scale apps on the WordPress framework as a Content Management System (CMS).

SANDIOS – San Diego Online Society

Round-table and networking group for San Diego’s Internet executives, including leaders in software and mobile development.
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=136221

  • Helped organize the group from concept to launch.
  • San Diego, CA.

Socialjax Framework

LAMP stack framework of reusable code for rapid application development on social graph API connections.

  • Developed from scratch on the LAMP stack (PHP).
  • Web service API connections to 27 social networking websites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Yelp, etc…).
  • Enterprise level scalability.
  • 2008-2010 – San Diego, CA.

MassChallenge.org

Startup accelerator connecting high- impact startups with the global resources.
http://masschallenge.org

  • Redesigned the front-end user experience and streamlined the backend architecture.
  • Website and custom web applications built in Drupal.
  • 2011 – Boston, MA.

Wordjax (API plugin)

Proprietary tiered plugin / module with scalable API and template UI hooks.

  • Designed and developed custom framework of resuable code for rapid application development.
  • Developed as a multi-tiered ‘plugin’ for WordPress with custom API hooks into the WordPress theme engine.
  • Developed as a multi-tiered ‘module’ for Drupal.

Miva Merchant (ecommerce platform)

Industry leading ecommere platform with an extendable module API. Over 400,000+ installations.
http://www.mivamerchant.com/

  • Lead Engineer and Product Evangelist.
  • Redesigned and engineered module API architecture (still used today).
  • Managed development of most features (inventory, shipping, products, themes).
  • Product used by eBay, PayPal, Foursquare, Taylor Swift, Nautica, and many more popular ecommerce websites.
  • $100 billion online sales, 400,000+ installations.
  • San Diego, CA.