About Paul

Hopefully you discover more about me, my background and personality here. (Robin Help with text here)

Here you can see my skills, beliefs and my biography.

skills and talents

Self taught and very experienced with the following:

  • Experienced Web and Graphic Designer
  • Hand code HTML, CSS
  • Emphasis on cross-browser compatibility
  • All code is W3C compliant and validated
  • Utilize XHTML, ASP, Java Scripting
  • Proficient with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, HomeSite, Dreamweaver
  • Experienced with SEO, IT and Project Management

core beliefs

Some of the values I try to live by:

  • The Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated
  • Life isn't fair, it's how we handle the challenges that make the difference
  • Always strive for improvement, but be happy where you are
  • Laugh and smile often!
  • Work hard and enjoy what you do, no matter what you are doing
  • Nobody is perfect, we all fall short, so be humble
  • Luck looks a lot like hard work
  • Success and happiness are usually a result of "Attitude and Gratitude"

biography

Here's a summarize version of my life in the world of technology (Robin Help with text here)

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the 1970´s:
Big Wheels, KISS fan, 7-11 and video games. Life was simple.
1970s
Big Wheel         KISS         711
1980´s:
School, fun and more video games. Some of this era is a little fuzzy. However, one thing that I remember clearly, is that this is when I got my first computer.Video Games It was a Radio Shack TRS-80; later my friends and I got a Commodore 64 and I remember how fun it was to create and use programs with a cassette deck. When I got my first 386 PC (Cyrix® an off-brand IBM clone) my world opened up. I could run DOS, Linux, OS2 and eventually Windows 3.0. Life was sweet!
With my new PC and modem, (I think it was a Smartmodem®), I began playing around with various Bulletin Board System (BBS) software. At first, it was just my friends and I, but later I began using a Windows based GUI BBS called Excalibur®. With that, I could draw, animate and create online animation. Eventually people from all over the country would dial-up and began paying to be members on MY BBS. I bought more modems and began to integrate UseNet into my online community. Life was even sweeter!
1990´s:
Reality hit. I needed to go to school or get a job. Therefore, my computing became just a fun hobby. Somewhere in the early to mid 90's I discovered that the World Wide Web was becoming mainstream. I was working at MotorolaMotorola at the time and began to learn how to create web pages (using Notepad and Paintshop). It wasn't long before I realized that the Web was here to stay and companies would pay to have people like me, help them design web sites. I dove in, graduated from S.M.A.R.T. University (Self taught Man At Right Time). I got my first client and quit my job at Motorola.
With my new PC and modem, (I think it was a Smartmodem®), I began playing around with various Bulletin Board System (BBS) software. At first, it was just my friends and I, but later I began using a Windows based GUI BBS called Excalibur®. With that, I could draw, animate and create online animation. Eventually people from all over the country would dial-up and began paying to be members on MY BBS. I bought more modems and began to integrate UseNet into my online community. Life was even sweeter!
2000´s:
Good Designers aren't always good business people... although I learned much about the Web and more importantly about customers and relationships, I closed up shop on my little Web Design business.
Syntrillium It wasn't all in vain though because a small, but very successful, software company hired me. They allowed me to be creative with design, marketing, promotions and more. I came up with some wacky design ideas, but I also came up with several good (and even great ones). In fact, the company was solely internet based and I, along with a small IT team, revamped the main web site. We branched off to creating other fantastic sites as well, and the company boomed.

We hired more people, sold more products and then one day a BIG software company (Adobe!) made the owners an offer they couldn't refuse. They gave them employees the choice of moving to another state or taking a severance package. With a new family here, the choice was hard, but here I stayed.

Present:
Shortly after the software company was purchased, I went into free lancing. Paul & Robin Before I knew it, somehow we had a baby on the way - huh?! Since we had agreed that when we had kids, one of us would stay at home to raise them, it became the moment of truth. We drew straws. I won! The Boys My wife had a great job at a rocket company - yes, ROCKETS - and her pay was steady, mine was not. Although unorthodox, I became a Stay-At-Home-Dad. I learned to change diapers, feed the rug rats, join Mommies's Groups, etc... thinking that I could do this all and some contract design work on the side.
Then, another baby came along and the contract work was there, but the time was not. My wife now has a business with more flexibility to take care of the kids, and I miss the fun, rewards and joy of designing. I also miss the paycheck, and people who don't drool.
So here I am - looking to see what I can provide for the right company. If you think we're a good match, email me at Paul@HireMe123.com! I'd love to hear from you.
Paul
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