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Hi. I'm Dave I design, create, and develop

Who am I?

I’m not your average cubical sitting type of guy. Actually since we’re remote now, I’m not your average button pusher type of guy. I thrive in creative environments where teams communicate and ideas are shared. I want to make trends and push the boundaries instead of doing things because everyone else does. I’m an innovator that wants to improve myself and my team every day. My experience has given me the opportunity to be involved in full life cycle design/development, collaborate with multiple departments from business planning, marketing, designers, developers, and finally the end users. I work as a team instead of siloed approach. If you’re an innovative company that wants to retain the best people, hire the best people, and improve together, then contact me and let’s grow together.

My Portfolio

My Resume

Berkley Fire & Marine.

October 2017 – May 2021

Working as a full stack designer/developer for the WR Berkley team has giving me the ability to use the latest technologies to provide online solutions for customers to purchase insurance policies online. My day-to-day job was to take business requirements, create low-fidelity/high-fidelity prototypes and mockups, then convert them to fully functional features/websites. I’m involved with everything from creating the mockups, developing the frontend code, implementing the backend, and creating the databases. I was part of an Agile team.

Standard Tasks

  • Create low-fidelity/high-fidelity prototypes and mockups
  • Implement A/B testing
  • Perform usability testing
  • Lead a team of designers and developers from prototyping, development, to product launch.
  • Design/Develop/Enhance/Maintain frontend and backend of the responsive website targeting multiple devices such as Desktop, Tablet (iPad, Android), smart phone (iPhone, Android).
  • Design and Develop cross platform apps via Xamarin
  • Work with business stakeholders, designers, developers, and end users to take requirements from concepts to finish products.
  • Design and develop internal responsive design applications targeting multiple devices such as Desktop, Tablet (iPad, Android), smart phone (iPhone, Android).
  • Ensure cross-browser/device compatibility
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.
  • Create/Maintain Google Analytics reporting Technologies Used xHTML/HTML5 CSS3 JavaScript jQuery LESS Bootstrap ASP.NET C# Responsive Design MVC Xamarin

Chamberlain Group, Inc.

September 2014 – October 2017

Working as a frontend and backend designer/developer for the MyQ team is giving me the ability to use the latest technology to provide online tools via the MyQ website for users to control their home automation products. The main focus for the MyQ website is for users to easily control their automated capable devices like Nest Thermostat, Lights, Garage, cameras, etc.

Standard Tasks

  • Create low-fidelity/high-fidelity prototypes and mockups of the website and mobile apps.
  • Design/Develop/Enhance/Maintain frontend and backend of the MyQ home automation responsive website applications targeting multiple devices such as Desktop, Tablet (iPad, Android), smart phone (iPhone, Android).
  • Design and Develop cross platform apps via Xamarin
  • Work with business stakeholders, designers, developers, and end users to take requirements from concepts to finish products.
  • Design and develop internal responsive design applications targeting multiple devices such as Desktop, Tablet (iPad, Android), smart phone (iPhone, Android).
  • Ensure cross-browser/device compatibility
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.
  • Manage internal and external resources for frontend design/development.
  • Verify code quality and that it complies with best practices.

Medline Industries, Inc.

June 2013 – September 2014

Being the only internal frontend website developer asset to Medline, I have the opportunities to not only be a front runner with frontend development on their main website, but also have opportunities to assist in multiple (external/internal) web based products targeting multiple devices such as Desktop, Tablet (iPad, Android), smart phone (iPhone, Android), and RF Scanners.

Standard Tasks

  • Work with business stakeholders, designers, developers, and end users to take frontend requirements from concepts to finish products.
  • Analyze front end business requirements to research, recommend, and implement solutions using best practices.
  • Manage resources when projects require outsourced frontend design and/or development. Verify code quality and that it complies with best practices.
  • Design and develop internal responsive design applications targeting smart phone and tablet devices.
  • Ensure cross-browser/device compatibility
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.

Independent Freelancer

2007 - present

Contracting has enabled me to have a vast experience in full life cycle design and development. Being involved with multiple projects and clients, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience enabling me to use out of the box planning and execution. Experiencing real world project challenges and successes, I am able to influence projects to end up with a greater success rate. Since no two projects and clients are the same, being able to interact with different people and technology has improved my ability to close the communication gap companies usually face on projects. My clients range from sole proprietorship, start-up, and enterprise businesses.

  • Since there is a wide range of differences in projects and clients when being a contractor, the standard tasks become too numerous to list. A few are listed as a reference.
  • Create low-fidelity/high-fidelity prototypes and mockups of the website and mobile apps.
  • Research, suggest, and implement current and emerging technology to meet a requirement.
  • Work with business stakeholders, designers, developers, and end users to take any requirements from concepts to finish products. This can entail designs for print, web, TV, etc or design and development for desktop, web, mobile media, etc.
  • Manage resources when projects require additional outsourced personal. Verify code quality and that it complies with best practices.
  • Ensure cross-browser/device compatibility
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.

Monotype Imaging

June 2007 – March 2013

Working on fonts.com opened a wide opportunity to design/develop creative and intuitive methods to search and purchase fonts. Since the target audience of the site is creative users, aesthetics was crucial to the success of the site. Creative experimentation was encouraged but keeping in mind the standards of E-Commerce sites.

Standard Tasks

  • Design/Develop/Maintain fonts.com website for new and existing features.
  • Create wireframes, mockups, prototypes for new functionality
  • Participate in usability studies to maximize usefulness to the user.
  • Ensure cross-browser/device compatibility
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.

Synergy

June 2005 – June 2007

Synergy’s SaaS website (SOLVER) is a Human Resource Information System (HRIS). Working on the SaaS was heavily involved with interacting and showing data to the user. Working with large amounts of data and the challenges of making the site usable was an important learning factor. Optimizing and maintaining efficiency of the code was a high priority.

  • Design/Develop/Maintain mySynergy.com website for new and existing features.
  • Developed auto-generated pdf files for dynamic forms.
  • Design and create SQL server table structures, views, and stored procedures
  • Designed and developed content management systems (CMS) for internal employees to maintain the website.
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.
  • Create presentation and training videos for clients to take courses online. Also created DVD courses for clients to order.
  • Design training materials for print.

Hawk Electronics

July 2000 – June 2005

Hawk Electronics was my stepping stone into developing software for the desktop and also web development. Their website was an ecommerce site for clients can search and purchase electrical components online. Desktop applications were used by internal employees to maintain the database for the website. An Additional desktop application which was a Vendor Management System which allowed customers to easily reorder parts by scanning barcodes on products. This software streamlined the ordering process for the customer and kept their stock full. Intranet web applications were also used for internal departments to streamline their processes.

  • Develop/Maintain hawkusa.com website for new and existing features.
  • Develop intranet web based applications for multiple departments. HR (Accounts receivable application for generating past due, 2nd requests, and credit hold lists which would be automatically faxed to the customer using Castelle FaxPress or printed.), Customer service (Return Material Authorization (RMA) program to speed up the return process and streamline methods from customer service to value added departments for inspection.)
  • Design and create SQL server table structures, views, and stored procedures
  • Research, reverse engineer, and fix defects.
  • Design marketing materials for print.

Education

The Illinois Institute of Art

2002 - 2005

Bachelors of Fine Arts – Graduated with Honors

Major: Animation & Media Arts

Oakton Community College

1998 - 2002

Course Work: Computer/Web programming & graphic design

Skills

Development Languages & Concepts

  • ASP.NET Core
  • ASP.NET
  • Angular
  • C#
  • CSS/LESS/SASS
  • Entity Framework
  • HTML/XHTML/HTML5/XAML
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • Linq
  • KnockoutJs
  • MVC
  • Razor
  • React
  • SQL
  • SignalR
  • MVVM
  • WebApi
  • Xamarin
  • Boostrap
  • Axure
  • Agile
  • Scrum
  • BitBucket
  • Jira
  • Git
  • TFS

Adobe

  • Acrobat After Effects
  • Audition
  • Animate
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Premier
  • XD

Microsoft

  • Office Suite
  • Visual Studio
  • SharePoint
  • SQL Server

Autodesk

  • 3D Studio Max

Normal Questions I get asked in interviews that are real answers that are not pre-canned or googled for the best response. You’re trying to find the best candidate; I’m trying to find the best company to work for.

Are you Authorized to work in the US?

Yes, that’s why I applied

Do you require Sponsorship to work in the US?

• No

What are your strengths?

• Being someone that pushes the boundaries and that can be a leader and not a follower. I’m good at what I do and if I don’t know something, I can find the solutions to do it. I admit when I don’t know something, bounce ideas off of my co-workers and/or search online for the best practices. I don’t know everything because I’m constantly learning and growing. I’m passionate in what I do and I want to improve myself every day. I’m not a thesaurus so I won’t give you all the answers right away. If I don’t know it, I can do my job to research it and learn it.

• Being someone that is outspoken to improve solutions instead of just sitting back and being a keyboard button pusher. This will probably disqualify me because like I said in my summary, I’m not your average guy. I know what needs to be done to help not only the employees grow, but for the company to grow. A company needs innovators instead of those that sit back and just do the same thing every day.

• Being a team player. Working to grow together instead of being heads down person. I will get my job done but as a team, not a one man show. We either succeed together or fail together. We will learn from our failures and grow from it, apply the solutions to the next project.

What are your weaknesses?

• Everything because I don’t know everything. I’m constantly improving myself and there is so much to learn and every day is a day to improve myself.

• Dealing with office politics. Working under managers instead of leaders.

• Having to do cognitive and coding tests. I suck at taking tests and I’m not a robot, I don’t have all the answers. Some tests are timed and I’m coming up with a solution and testing my solution just to find out the question expired. So more than likely I’ll fail these tests. Cognitive tests are the worst. I’ll give you 12 minutes to answer 50 dumb questions that are not related to the job. Yeah, I’m an idiot but I’m good at what I do. You wouldn’t be interviewing me if you don’t see a fit.

• Live coding interviews. Seriously! The candidate is under enough pressure to impress everyone and get the job, having to be a thesaurus is ridicules. You say code this, then trying to do it with someone watching is stressful. I don’t know everything. Some people are not in their game when someone is watching them come up with the solutions. It’s like someone breathing down your neck while you work. Real world is code for a solution, test the solution, then deploy the solution.

• Take home tests. People have work, families, and real-world stuff going on that spending 8 hours to do a test isn’t possible. I’m fine with investing time to show my skills but honestly to do all this work and to find out you didn’t get the job is a waste of time.

• Oh, and I can’t spell, autocorrect is my life.

• Realizing that I have a lot of weaknesses which won’t get me the job. But I want to show I’m a real person that wants a job to grow in, collaborate with everyone, grow personally and career wise. Most likely I’m in some database that won’t get pulled up because of resume keywords. Most likely no one would read this because everything is automated. But if you read this, then you actually are looking for a candidate that cares instead of just being another resume in a database. I get contacted by a lot of resume writers to add all the keywords and garbage to show up in some huge database. I want companies that invests the time to actually read each resume to find a match.

• Realizing I didn’t get the job, and being told you’re in the database and will be considered for future positions. No, I won’t. It’s all about new applicants applying to new positions instead of trying to search the database of thousands of applicants that applied.

• Being a real person, with real feelings, struggles with everyday work life of the same old companies, hoping to find a company that is innovative instead of set in its old ways.

• So if you’re that company that wants to retain the best people, hire the best people, and improve together, then contact me and lets grow together.

Created By
Dave Koppe
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