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Ryan’s passion for IT is as a means to unleash creative endeavors. He is an open source developer, community evangelist and trend spotter who harnesses his experience in project management, web applications, and interactive design to build markets for businesses, and users for web sites. Ryan’s days are spent developing products and designing creative solutions for clients using Drupal, answering questions for Drupal users, building a regional network of creative individuals with practical ambitions, designing web pages and application back-ends, and sharing his knowledge of Drupal as a tool with businesses and individuals.
Ryan has implemented and maintained high-traffic websites such as PopSci.com using Drupal 5 and 6, Wordpress, Zend Framework and Web Services, developed new sites with editorial workflows and user-generated content, consulted on Drupal best practices for custom module development, source control management, eCommerce and website administration. He tutors, consults and runs training programs for Drupal, PHP, Podcasting and Social Media and originally created the DrupalEasy.com blog.
His ability to grok business processes and workflows give him an edge in developing software solutions for users that focus on meeting their expectations and goals. He designs user interface and features for diverse markets and purposes, including pet social networking, national magazines, online communities, and creative networks. His expertise includes customizing and theming in Drupal to specifications (since 4.7), including developing and maintaining custom modules, overseeing security, social media, and search capabilities.
In addition to running a network of podcasts and blogs relating to creative individuals, he also coordinates Florida Creatives, a group that engages artistic innovators to build a foundation of smart, resourceful professionals in Central Florida. He earned his BA in Digital Media: Internet and Interactive Systems for the University of Central Florida.