“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” Henry David Thoreau
“And now I have…” Robert W Bigelow
But as far as work goes:
- Website development since 2003 – “Soup to Nuts”.
- WordPress is my current platform of choice but have experience with a vast array of other systems over the years.
- Complete design, coding, implementation, hosting and maintenance of both large & small brochure sites.
- Usually retain clients from 7-10 years.
- Giving clients what they want from a website.
- Work with my clients directly as I do the work.
- No sub-contracting to oversees or other programmers.
- You provide the content and I work with it until it’s perfect.
FreshPeek began in 2003. I have been able to create close personal long-term relationships with most my clients. Preferring to work directly with owners, my goal has always been to see the smile of satisfaction on their faces.
Coming from the Windows desktop and .net environment, I was very pleased to experience PHP and MySQL running on Apache servers to be a more stable environment and loved the Open Source concept with over 60 websites created.
Providing the complete design & development of websites along with back end, server and hosting administration on dedicated servers has enabled me to become familiar with all aspects of serving up websites in the internet.
Began using Content Management Systems such as WordPress & Joomla over 10 years ago because of the large amount of customizable components and plugins already developed by the Open Source community. At this time, I have to chosen to use WordPress as the base platform.
Design, customize, maintain, update and technical support of all my websites. Shopping carts, video/image galleries, forums, social, blogs, email systems, membership systems, events, Facebook, SEO, custom APIs with Infusionsoft and other systems, custom visitor stats, custom sales funnel analysis and a vast array of components and plugins.
Skills, Software & Tools within the website arena
Best skill: great with my clients, love working with them and have a talent for listening then delivering to their specs while providing best practices feedback, helping them make technically intelligent decisions.
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Premier Pro (video), Media Encoder (Audio), Acrobat (pdf).
Graphics: I leave custom graphic creation to the artists, then I can can easily modify toward specific use.
References available upon request
Bigelow Consulting Group
1983 through 2002
Desktop Software Development
Windows, Advanced Revelation using DOS on Novell Networks
Paper Roll Products of Florida, Inc (1992 through 2002)
Order entry, Inventory control, PO, AR, AP. Extremely tailored application in Advanced Revelation on top of a 15 user Novell network. Automated email & faxing of reports, statements by interfacing with custom Visual Basic systems and HTML applications. Too many bells & whistles to list.
J&L International Marketing (1992 through 2000)
Proforma, Worksheets, Order entry, PO, Nota Fiscal (Brazilian Invoicing), Inventory control, AR… Custom application in AREV on top of Novell. Sophisticated custom system to synchronize offices Florida, California and Brazil. Many bells & whistles.
Columbia TriStar Home Video (1989 through 1993)
Analytic system tracking every video rental/sell-through outlet in the US, integrating extensive demographics from 5 different census systems. Custom mapping system plotted 3 mile purchasing radius for each store, accounting for physical & psychological barriers. Evaluated buying patterns then suggested best movie genres and electronics for store’s demographics. 400 Novell user system.
Parkinson, Wolf, Lazar & Leo (1987 through 1990)
Automated legal billing and testimony tracking system for a “Big 8” Insurance Litigator with 400+ attorneys and 200 paralegals on a 600 user Novell network with massive indexing, real-time in-court search algorithms to cross-examine witnesses. Company realized first year net profit increase of $600,000.
First American Title Insurance (1987 through 1989)
Full back office Title Insurance package for home office interfacing with national offices. Automated data collection from remote offices. Large scale system using AREV on Novell.
RGraph & Auto-cad Interface & AREV 3x Beta Tester
Assisted the development of RGraph, graphing software for AREV. Also, assisted in the development of a database system to manipulate .dxf files for Auto-Cad. Tested and reported bugs to RTI.
Visual Basic APIs for DOS and HTML systems
Send purchase orders to vendor via internet with return status, automated faxing interface, automated email system to Outlook Express, automated shipping data to/from FedEx online webpage, Send/Receive data from 3rd party online procurement system.