I’m a tech evangelist, new media enthusiast, and longtime Apple fanboy. I’m enthusiastic, resourceful, driven, love a good challenge, and excel at new opportunities. I like to live on the edge, push the envelope and experience it all!
When I was a six-year-old kid growing up in Chicago, I’d play around with DOS and picture programs, and quickly became transfixed by the Apple II and gaming. I started dabbling in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in sixth grade, and
I was the first kid with a digital art display at the school art fair. I remember teaching my junior high school art teacher how to use Photoshop.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and Game Design from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, one of just two
schools in the country at the time to offer this course of study. In college, I worked with game engines, 3D animation, and C++ programming
on different mods.
My first job out of school was with Midway Games in San Diego, where I did QA work for the team creating the hugely popular game Mortal Kombat.
Getting into the video game business you had to be good at showcasing your portfolio online. That's when I realized I was pretty good at web programming… okay,
I loved it… and I started to shift my focus from the game development side to the web programming.
I moved back to Chicago and in 2006, having just learned the brand-new Ruby language, got a job as a Ruby on Rails Software Developer. My work just took off from there.
I loved working with Ruby and the Rails framework. I established my own software company in 2007 BYENNEN LLC, and my skills grew exponentially
when I started doing consulting work for Chicago software firm Obtiva. Obtiva had a couple dozen super brilliant Ruby on Rails developers working there, which
gave me the opportunity to pair program with and learn from some of the most talented software craftsmen and great minds in Agile software development in the
country. I worked on site with Obtiva clients including Sears Holdings and Leapfrog Online, as well as at the Obtiva studio, where I built out the Obtiva.com
website. Groupon acquired Obtiva in 2011.
Check out my resume for the full rundown on my work history.