My name is Ryan Sechrest — yes, pronounced exactly the same — and I’m a programmer from St. Louis, MO. I specialize in developing efficient and secure Web applications, and in designing beautiful, user-friendly and cross-browser compatible user interfaces that interact with the aforementioned. I primarily use a combination of XHTML, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, JSON, XML, PHP, and MySQL, but I’m eager to learn and expand upon those languages.
I was born and raised in Germany, and after graduating from high school there, I decided to move to the U.S. to improve my English, which is how I’ve come to speak both German and English fluently. I completed my junior and senior year at Parkway South, where I first sparked an interest for the Web — it’s what ultimately lead me into the era of designing and developing websites. I attended the St. Louis Community College to tackle my general requirements and then proceeded on to Webster University to obtain my B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Web Development.
During school I kept myself busy working at Walgreens as a service clerk, then photo technician, SIMS coordinator, and lastly pharmacy technician; accepted an internship at Air, Land & Sea Express as a Web designer and developer; and worked at Webster University’s Help Desk. I’ve also been a volunteer moderator in CNET’s Android, Coding & Scripting, Graphics and Web Design & Hosting forums since 2004. You can find my complete work and volunteer history on LinkedIn.
I graduated from Webster University in May of 2010 with a 4.0 GPA and found a home at SLM Media Group, LLC — publisher of St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis AT HOME, and now STL Family — as a Web developer & coordinator. While there, I relaunched stlmag.com and built multiple Web applications such as a judging system, a survey tool, a XML-based content management system, a daily deal e-commerce system dubbed Hello GoodBuy!, a Drupal-based corporate website, and a custom microsite for SLM’s Food Wine Design event. Check out stlmag.com to see what else they’re doing.
In March of 2012 I moved on to work at FleishmanHillard in the Corporate Communications & Marketing department as a Senior Specialist i.e. Senior Back-End Software Developer. Our team is in charge of supporting our global offices by building, deploying and managing WordPress websites in a multisite network using agile software development methods. As of now, two months into my new job, I’ve spent a lot of time dissecting, documenting and planning for what the future might look like. Once we have a solid foundation in place, we’ll be working on executing the exciting ideas we’ve come up with. I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the upcoming, multifaceted projects.
If you have a project in mind, need a fresh perspective, or just some help meeting deadlines, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me to see how I can help.
—by Ryan Sechrest