Recent Interviews

Public Speaking and Publications

  • WP Georgetown Meetup, Custom Metaboxes (June 2018)
  • WP Georgetown Meetup, Introduction to Gutenberg (April 2018)
  • Post Status Publish 2017 “Interview with a Successful Freelance Developer” (August 2017) information
  • WordCamp Miami 2015, “Expectation Management and Retaining Clients” panel (May 2015) video
  • WordCamp Miami 2015, “Scoping, Contracts, Invoicing, Legal OH MY” panel (May 2015) video
  • WordCamp San Diego 2015, “Choosing Clients” (March 2015) presentation
  • Genesis Office Hours, December 2014
  • Authority Intensive 2014, “Web Design Buzzwords: Here’s How They Translate Into Dollars” (May 2014) presentation, notes
  • WordCamp Austin 2014, “Developing an Integrated Events Calendar” (April 2014) presentation
  • WordCamp Austin 2013, “How to Succeed at Freelancing” (May 2013) presentation, notes
  • WordCamp Orange County, “Building a CRM on WordPress” (June 2012) presentation
  • WordCamp Austin, “Managing a Freelance Business” (May 2012) presentation, video, notes
  • WordUp Austin, “Advanced Development Techniques” (Jan 2012) presentation
  • WordPress Austin Meetup, “Managing a Freelance Business” (Sept 2011) notes
  • WordPress Austin Meetup, “Custom Meta Boxes” (April 2011) information
  • WordCamp Austin, “WordPess Beyond Blogging” (Dec 2010) presentation
  • WordCamp Houston, “WordPress Beyond Blogging” (Aug 2010) presentation
  • BBC Radio 5, “BIL Conference” (Feb 2010)
  • CNVE Executive Board Meeting, “Coworking and Entrepreneurship” (May 2009)
  • Innovation Camp, “Alternative Work Environments” (June 2008)
  • Texas A&M Ideas Challenge, Awards Ceremony (May 2008)
  • BIL Conference, “Coworking to Coliving, the Digital Utopia” (March 2008)
  • Interviewed by Young Money Magazine (February 2008)
  • Interviewed by Smart Money Magazine twice (March 2005 and October 2005)

Employment

Erickson Web Consulting

May 2006 – Present

  • I help individuals, businesses, and universities develop beautiful web presences that are easy to manage. I share what I learn with the WordPress community through tutorials and plugins.

Coursevote, Founder

May 2007 – March 2008

  • Developed a facebook application that allows students to choose classes with the help of friends.
  • Won 6th Annual Texas A&M Ideas Challenge.
  • In March, I stopped pursuing this project. It is still available through Facebook, but is not being developed or supported.

Mays Business School, Web Designer and Photographer

May 2006 – July 2008

  • Redeveloped and maintain many of the Mays Business School websites.
  • Add value to Mays Business School by applying my knowledge of new technologies.
  • Provide technical expertise and photography in the Business School.

iPod in Car.net, Founder

July 2004 – March 2007

  • Developed an online resource for those looking to add iPods to their cars, featuring product reviews, step-by-step guides, and photo galleries.
  • Became the top Google search result for iPod in Car, and increased ad revenue ten fold over three months.
  • Sold company to iLounge in March 2007.

Aesthetic Studios (self-employed), Web Designer

August 2003 – August 2006

  • Created successful, functional websites and other promotional material (logos, corporate presentations, print packages…) for clients such as William Pear International, Yours Truly Gifts, and the Conroe Tigers.
  • Starting and running my own business provided me with an invaluable experience that could never be taught in a business class.

Logic Design, Graphic Designer

October 2003 – December 2003

  • Developed the interface and frontend design of an online application on time and addressed the many problems that arose along the way.
  • Logoyes.com has now been featured on Entrepreneur.com as an award-winning application.

Speed Printing, Assistant Graphic Designer

June 2003 – August 2003

  • Designed print work (brochures, business cards, posters…), developed long-term client relationships, and worked in a group environment.

Education

Texas A&M University

2005 – 2009

  • BBA in Finance, 3.5 Grade Point Average
  • Active member of the Business Honors Program
  • One of twelve students in the Titans VII class of the Mays Titans program

Oxford University

Summer 2008

  • Took a course in Moral Philosophy over the summer.

Awards and Honors

  • Judge – Texas A&M University Ideas Challenge (May 2010)
  • Finalist – New Ventures Competition (June 2009)
  • 3rd Place – Texas A&M University Ideas Challenge (May 2009)
  • 1st Place – Texas A&M University Ideas Challenge (May 2007)