After graduating from high school I started to take on some freelance projects by finding small businesses that could benefit from a new website or enhancing their current website. This would help me not only continue to sharpen my skills but also help me earn some money while I started community college at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I took courses in Web Design, Web Programming, Graphics Design, Computer Networking, SQL Database. During this time I also joined a video game project team as a Web Developer and Administrator. Working with the Graphics Designer I completely re-wrote the website in PHP, integrating with PHPBB Forum to display latest post titles and other useful information throughout the other pages of the website. I also joined a PHP open source project called QCubed as a Frontend Developer for the marketing and documentation website.
Eventually I would join a new project team that consisted of developers and designers with the intention of building a full prototype website for use with User Experience Testing. This was in preperation for a complete redesign of the website, to which would go on for a few months until we had gathered all the necessary research data.
After the monumental achievement of rebuilding the product browsing pages of Lowes.com we were moved to a new project to do the same for the LowesForPros.com website. Unfortunately our leadership felt this could be achieved in 8 months with the help of a vendor against our best efforts to convince them more time was needed. This would prove to be a highly stressful project, to which would start driving our best developers to leave for new opportunities. Alas, I had reached what I felt was my potential at Lowes, so after a few interviews with various companies I accepted an offer from Bank of America to join a team reponsible for setting the frontend code standards that all teams within the Bankofamerica.com department would follow.