Hey there! I'm Brandon – a 30-something geek working from home on the west coast of Michigan. I live with my wife and our three awesome kids in our little hometown.
I’m currently working remotely for Microsoft as a Senior Customer Engineer. I’m primarily a C# .NET developer targeting Azure and the cloud, but I’m also a highly-skilled web and UI developer. For more info on my technical skills, feel free to check out my LinkedIn or Careers 2.0 pages.
Today is my last day working at Skyline Technologies. In the past six-and-a-half years I have built amazing relationships, learned valuable new skills, and moved ahead in my career further than I could have imagined. However, there are times when you have to make a crazy leap — and this is one of those times.
My primary employer. I'm a senior customer engineer, working on the FastTrack for Azure team. I help independent software vendors better utilize Azure services and bring their products into the cloud.
My side media consulting business. Specializing in photography, social media management, and small website design and development.
A bi-weekly podcast that I host with my best friend, Kenny.
The biggest tech conference in the Midwest. I'm a core contributor to the conference, focusing on social media, graphic management, and photography.
The local church I attend where I serve in the worship, production, and creative ministries as a volunteer.
May 2020 – Present
I'm a senior customer engineer, working on the FastTrack for Azure team. I help independent software vendors better utilize Azure services and bring their products into the cloud.
September 2017 – Present
A podcast about nothing, but everything at the same time. I'm a co-host with one of my best friends, Kenny, where we talk about whatever is on our minds or going on in the worlds of gaming, media, and even in our personal day-to-day.
We try to publish bi-weekly, though slip on occasion. Check us out on iTunes or subscribe via Facebook or YouTube!
October 2015 – Present
A volunteer member of the Worship Team as a multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist, I have served in both member and leadership capacities on the team. As interim band-director, I was able to improve team communication and management, while also helping the lead pastor organize and maintain a growing repertoire of songs and missional objectives.
In addition to serving in a musical capacity, I've also helped expand and pioneer the areas of audio and sound production with automated lyrical projection, multitrack playback, and other interconnected technologies to help achieve continued outreach goals.
April 2014 – Present
The largest tech and geek conference in the Midwest! I am a volunteer core team member mostly working on social media and external brand management, but also on occasion working with their custom code platforms to help run the conference and pre-conference events throughout the year.
During the conference, I am also the official photographer for the event, working to capture all of the awesome stuff that happens during this multi-day conference.
December 2013 – May 2020
As not just a software engineer, but also as a consultant, I work with clients across various industries to help develop systems to better their day-to-day processes and products. Some of those industries include manufacturing and print, finance, healthcare and insurance, among others.
I specialize in web-based solutions, including both on-premise and cloud (mostly Azure but some AWS and GCP as well), using a wide range of technology stacks such as Microsoft's .NET Core and node.js platforms.
In addition to development, I also help architect and design how these systems will function both internally and integrating with external systems (often against legacy-style services).
June 2012 – November 2013
Helped to develop and maintain an employee-centric web application with a team of three other developers. In addition to helping implement Scrum methodologies, I was able to help rapidly expand the functionality of their web applications, providing valuable information and reporting tools to the company.
I believe in sharing knowledge with fellow team members to help enrich the entire team and adopt new technologies. At Orion, I gave educational presentations which covered topics such as data migration, web-oriented MVVM, and object-oriented CSS.
Additionally, my work was done via telecommuting. Using numerous technologies, such as Microsoft Lync, FogBugz, Trello, and two custom-built, always-on "virtual presence" PCs, I was able to be a valuable team member and perform my tasks equal to or above on-site expectations.
February 2011 – Present
My personal Limited Liability Company for side work, specializing in small websites, photography, and other media services to local community members and businesses.
October 2010 – September 2015
As a multi-instrumentalist on the Worship Team, I played electric and acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. Served in a volunteer role nearly every week during my tenure on the team.
May 2009 – June 2010
Served primarily in two capacities: as the web editor and as a photographer. As web editor, I brought major innovations to the school newspaper's online presence and digital management by migrating the site from a static, manually uploaded website to a CMS-driven dynamic web experience.
May 2009 – June 2012
Lead and participated in the development of automation systems, reporting frameworks, integration services, and other infrastructure to improve company efficiency in its print and production processes.
This was my first full-time remote job during my career. I started as an on-site intern the summer of 2009 as a software developer, quickly becoming part time during my senior year at FSU as a remote employee. Upon graduation, became a full-time remote employee quickly moving from software developer to lead software developer of the Information Systems department.
September 2008 – May 2010
A Registered Student Organization at Ferris State University. I was a member my first year at FSU, then became the Commissioner at Large for my senior year. Primary responsibilities were communications with members and external entities. Helped introduce new technologies for communication across the organization, including revamping their web presence and providing dedicated email accounts to all members.
August 2008 – May 2010
Attended university for my junior and senior years of school, majoring in a print management program. Received a BS degree in New Media Printing and Publishing.
August 2006 – May 2008
Attended community college for my freshman and sophomore years of post-high school educated. I focused and majored in Network Services, receiving an Associates of Applied Science.
June 2006 – July 2008
A local quick printer — I was involved with everything from front desk order entry and client interaction to the shop floor. Specialized in prepress, typesetting, and light graphic design,
May 2002 – February 2011
A small side endeavor of mine specializing in WordPress-based websites, web development and design, computer repair, and photography. Worked with other local companies as a sub-contractor, such as Titanium Interactive.
September 2001 – June 2006
A proud Oriole of LHS. Maintained a consistent 3.4+ GPA while joining organizations like the Business Professionals of America and other extracurriculars.