815-A Brazos #341 Austin, TX 78701
512.552.2687 mobile


To work with talented people on interesting projects.


I solve client problems and I craft user experiences.

As a seasoned web developer and consultant, I bring to the table over 13 years of expertise in web technologies, platforms, and trends. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the top brands in the world and to be able to work alongside some very talented individuals. My understanding of business needs and technology allow me to bridge these worlds and enable brands to engage | monetize | communicate strategically.

Professional Experience

Senior UX Consultant

Optaros, Inc.
February 2010 - Present

At Optaros I work with world-class brands and Fortune 100 retailers to develop content, commerce, and community websites. In order to meet these goals, I get to do the following:

  • Lead requirements gathering and translate those requirements into wireframes
  • Create prototypes to explore design ideas, support user testing, and obtain stakeholder buy-in
  • Write production-ready JavaScript, including creating modularized client-specific frameworks
  • Develop within web application frameworks (e.g., Django, Drupal, Magento)

In addition to the technical stuff, I'm happy to lead innovations efforts within the company and to provide thought leadership around mobile technologies.

Senior Web Developer

Powered, Inc.
May 2007 - February 2010

Created social marketing online communities that help brands, such as Kodak, HP, Sony, Atkins, connect and build relationships with their customers.

  • Worked in a collaborative environment to bring high-visibility websites to market using a JSP/Java platform.
    • Most recent project was the Kodak Tips & Projects Exchange - a full-featured community with Facebook Connect, discussion boards, commenting, and user project creation.
  • Developed many Platform web products and components to be 'skinned' by other developers for client sites
  • Hand-coded and developed dynamic templates for Community Activity and marketing blast HTML emails
  • Led effort to standardize platform components into modules with extensible & predictable markup and styles, including implementing an OO CSS approach using CSS as a model

Owner / Freelancer

January 2000 - Present

Web development, consulting, and social media integration for small businesses such as Realtors®, theatre groups, and university organizations.

  • Recently worked on creating iPhone-optimized website for Do512.com. http://i.do512.com - this included modifying the RoR application MVC to redirect iPhone requests and render the mobile layout.
  • Specialized in WordPress customizations and plugins
  • Guided businesses on how to engage their current and potential clients using Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp

Web Development Specialist

Austin American-Statesman
August 2005 - May 2007

Developed and maintained websites for Statesman.com, including work on Statesman.com & Austin360.com and complete redesigns of every vertical in the web family. Duties also included on-call status and monitoring/maintenance of nightly vendor data feeds.

  • Represented AAS on the CMS Working Group for Cox Enterprises interests; Evaluated customization of the Escenic Content Engine
  • Developed StatesmanJobs.com using JSP/Oracle database
  • Developed StatesmanCars.com using vendor's propietary MTL
  • Developed Statesman Shopping web application using Endeca search application (JSP)
  • Developed Pigskin Pick 'Em game using JSP/Struts
  • Managed all web vendors with branded websites and owned every aspect of the front-end from markup to stylesheets to utility JavaScript.


Coldwell Banker Marshall & Marshall Real Estate, Inc.
January 2004 - June 2005
  • Marketed and sold residential, commercial, and ranch properties
  • Worked closely with the Fannie Mae HomeSteps program.

Lead Web Developer

Prairie View A&M University
August 2000 - August 2001
  • Designed, developed, and maintained university website – http://www.pvamu.edu
  • Designed interface for multiple student web apps and portals
  • Updated various departmental websites; Helped troubleshoot database problems


2001-2003 - Completed 2 years of course work at University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Left to pursue web technologies instead.

Recommendations from LinkedIn

Michael Davis, Web Developer, worked directly with Ryan at Powered, Inc.

Ryan is truly a pro at what he does. He is not only skilled at front-end development using Javascript, XHTML, CSS but he also keeps user interaction and usability strongly in focus. His skills and focus make him a vital contributor to the development team.

Allan Joy, Realtor®, was Ryan's client

Ryan has always demonstrated consistency, knowledge depth and breadth, and professionalism that has gone beyond the call of duty on more than one occasion!

Trish McCoy, Online Real Estate/Auto Product Manager, worked directly with Ryan at Austin American-Statesman

I worked with Ryan on the StatesmanHomes and StatesmanCars websites. He was always responsive on web development projects and issues and worked well with third-party vendors. Ryan is definitely an asset to any organization.

Rachel Goldberger Teichman, Online Shopping Product Manager, worked directly with Ryan at Austin American-Statesman

Ryan is very knowledgable, innovative, efficient and easy to work with. He is good at combining ideas given to him with solutions that he comes up with in order to create a successful product.

Mark Pickell, Artistic Director, was Ryan's client

Ryan did a great job developing, hosting, and maintaining our website. He has always been flexible and attends to any issue that might arise quickly. I would highly recommend him for any business needs.

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