Chris of web development company Business Edge

from Chris - I have a B.S. in Pharmacology and after a brief time in the health sector, decided to pursue a career in information technology. After completing several classes in a computer science masters program an opportunity with a start-up software company put my studies on hold. My first position, in 1998, was with start-up software company, Rush Creek Software Corp. providing web application, Windows application, and Windows Server application services to several fortune 500 companies. In 2002 Rush Creek Software Corp. was acquired by Canadian software company, Xenos Inc. I was promoted to the position of Development Manager over the entire infoWEB product line acquired from Rush Creek. During my time with Rush Creek and Xenos, I enjoyed exposure to several cutting edge technologies and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. In 2007, Xenos completed the transitioning of all U.S. assets to Canada and I was among several U.S. employees terminated in the process. Thankful for the knowledge and experience from Xenos, but looking forward to the next opportunity, it was not long before I was hired by Business Edge and the synergy was incredible. I am thrilled to be working for such a great American company again.

What do you do here?

My primary tasks at Business Edge involve building and maintaining client web projects including e-commerce, social networking, and reporting based solutions. This includes website development, database development and tuning, quality assurance testing, maintenance of source control, as well as input on design and functionality of new projects. Other secondary tasks may include code reviews, interviews of potential new employees, and occasionally performing maintenance on our hosting servers.

What do you do when you’re not here?

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy watching movies, reading books, playing games and working in our vegetable garden. We also enjoy spending time playing on the lake or in the woods hunting and exploring on ATVs. Also, as committed Christians, my family and I really enjoy our Church and we are actively involved there.

What is my favorite movie of all time?

This is a hard question to answer. I consider any movie that I would watch over and over again to the point that I quote lines from them in normal conversation to be in my top list of favorites. The ones that come to mind include: Star Wars (all of them), The Fifth Element, The Shawshank Redemption, Lord of The Rings, The Outlaw Jose Whales, Uncle Buck, Caddie Shack, Finding Nemo.

Where is your favorite place you’ve visited? Where would you like to go that you haven’t yet?

Hawaii is the best place I have ever been. I love the ocean and like to SCUBA and the waters in Hawaii are incredible. The one place that I would absolutely love to see and dive is the Great Barrier Reef.

What video game do you enjoy the most? Do you like to play alone or with friends?

When the first Halo debuted in 2001, my entire gaming experience was brought to a whole new level of awesome. The Halo series is by far my favorite and I would have to say that playing Halo 2 on Legendary mode with a friend is my “piece de resistance”. Legendary mode on Halo 2 is the only one in the series where there can be no cheating. If either you or your buddy dies, you both go back to the last checkpoint (no taking cover while waiting for your buddy to re-spawn here).

Do you play any musical instruments? Have you ever been in a band?

I dabble with the guitar. I would like to be better, but I just don’t have the time to commit to it. Maybe when I retire. I played the trombone in High School band but I didn’t care for it much.

Who is your favorite singer or band? Would you dance in public to their music? If not, how much money would it take for you to dance in public to their music?

I love all kinds of music and have many favorite bands, but one of my favorite songs of all time is “Come Undone” by Duran Duran. I would only dance in public to that song if my wife were dancing with me. Other than that, I’m not sure what amount of money it would take for me to do it solo.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do?

Pay off my debt. Buy at least 25 acres of land. Build a nice house powered by solar on that land. Whatever is left I would invest in commodities, foreign stocks and currencies.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari?

Definitely Firefox as there is no substitute for FireBug. And as a backup, Chrome is growing on me.

What can you do that most other people can’t do?

My family and close friends tell me that I have an uncanny ability to block out everything going on around me when I am focused on something. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. It does frustrate my wife at times.