Caleb Zahnd - Full-Stack Developer

Caleb Zahnd

Full-Stack Developer

About

Caleb Zahnd is a full-stack web developer with over 18 years experience in web design. He is thirty-something years old, a son of the hills of Andrew County, Missouri. Caleb works as the Front End Platform Lead for the world's leading travel-centric ad agency, MMGY Global, managing a team of creatives building beautiful and immersive web experiences and applications He is self-motivated and deeply driven. When he's not pushing code, you can probably find him running. Since 2013, he has completed four ultramarathons and nine road marathons. He is married and has three young children, who are the only people on earth with more hustle than him.

Experience

Front End Platform Lead

MMGY Global April 2014-Present

Manages the Front End Department and Interactive Web Development Team for all MMGY Global web properties.

Leads the development and production of web sites in the travel, hospitality, and entertainment industries that are adaptable for a wide variety of devices using current web technologies, such as HTML5, Sass, JS/jQuery, AngularJS, NPM tools, and a variety of front end architectures, including Susy, Bootstrap, Zurb Foundation, and custom CSS frameworks. These sites are developed using semantic markup, with attention to making them WCAG 2.0 compliant and accessible for those with disabilities, while keeping the experience beautiful and immersive.

Works directly with the template engines of a variety of content management systems on both the .NET and PHP spectrum, including Umbraco, Drupal, WordPress, as well as managing the full stack development of WordPress projects from conception to production deployment.

Responsible for designing and implementing a preprocess build system into our continuous integration systems (Bamboo and Jenkins) to alleviate downtime caused by continual merge conflicts from multiple developers working on separate features.

Responsible for establishing agency-wide code standards and best practices, conducting code reviews, and gauging developer performance. Provides accurate level of effort estimates to project managers for front end related tasks, and provides technical recommendations for new business RFPs.

Experience managing work efforts of teams via Agile workflow using JIRA for feature and bug tracking.

Full-Stack Developer

St.Joe Web July 2013-November 2014

Created engaging and energetic web sites and applications adaptable for a wide variety of devices using current web technologies, such as HTML5, LESS, SASS, GruntJS, Node, media-queries, and a variety of CSS frameworks. Specialized in creating custom boutique WordPress themes specifically designed for the project. Responsibilities included project management, client relations, front and back-end development, server [LEMP Stack] and database management, marketing, and design. Also capable of brewing a mean pot of coffee.

Director of Information Technology

Word of Life Church May 2003-April 2014

Managed a mid-size Windows domain-based network and a wide variety of devices attached to it, including workstations, Windows Servers, Apple devices, printers, point-of-sale systems. Implemented a wireless-mesh network that seamlessly covers a large campus. Responsibilities included hardware and software purchasing and implementation, general tech support for all church personnel, building custom workstations for the various needs of the church, and managing several large databases, including church membership, sermon archival, children's check-in, and others. Other responsibilities included maintaining a point-of-sale system and all of its inventory, designing, building, and deploying multiple web sites for various departments and events, and managing a unix-based mesh of cloud servers to handle a wide variety of IT-related tasks for the church. When the apocalypse comes, I'm not a bad guy to have around.

Skills

Professional Skills

  • Web Design & Development
  • UI & UX Design
  • HTML / CSS / SEO
  • Responsive Design
  • Social Media Management
  • System Administration
  • WordPress
  • Agile Project Management

Design & Development Tools

  • Windows / OSX / Ubuntu
  • LEMP Stack
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • CSS / LESS / SASS
  • Javascript / jQuery
  • Versioning Control (Git)

Education

Abundant Life School of Ministry

Houston, Texas 2001-2003

Theology and Christian doctrinal studies in addition to local church related academic work

The University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas 1999-2001

Completed two years towards an English degree before deciding to pursue theology and church-related ministry studies