Resumé

Matthew T. Hallaron
956 Fieldstone Ct., Schaumburg, IL 60194
(847) 220-0394
matt@hallaron.net

As a web developer and designer I seek a position on an intelligent and creative team where I can continue to utilize and improve my skills.

EMPLOYMENT

Verizon Wireless, Schaumburg, Illinois
Senior Programmer Analyst - IT, 2011 - Present

Sapphire Technologies, Des Plaines, Illinois
Drupal Consultant for Verizon Wireless, 2009 - 2010

Gorilla, Chicago, Illinois
Applications Developer, 2008 - 2009

JEO.NET, Madison, Wisconsin
Vice President, 2007 - 2008
Web Designer and Developer, 1998 - 2008

Independent Contractor, Chicago/Elgin, Illinois
Web Designer and Developer, 2006 - 2009

EXPERIENCE

    Programming and Development:
  • Worked extensively with Drupal CMS including:
    • Building a Views/jQuery/Ajax driven RSS-style newsreader
    • Creating and modifying customized modules, such as modules for JavaScript library management, granular cache clearing, and automatic client detection
    • Thoroughly using the theme layer with override functions, preprocess functions, regions, templates, and custom themes
    • Installing and configuring the software and databases
  • Programmed Web-based applications in PHP including:
    • Custom modules, templates, and development for a Fortune 50 company's Intranet serving over 90,000 employees
    • Realty listing software with an automated IDX/MLS listings import
    • Custom content management systems
    • Extensive custom e-commerce work
    • A PDF form population solution
    • Campaign management software handling millions of voter records managed by hundreds of users
  • Designed, built, and used relational databases in MySQL, MS SQL Server, mSQL, and Microsoft Access
  • Installed open source solutions such as osCommerce and phpBB
  • Created, customized, and installed modules for osCommerce
  • Updated ColdFusion, .NET, and Magento sites
  • Created dynamic Google Maps and implemented Google Analytics
    Client Interaction:
  • Elicited requirements from internal stakeholders and teams
  • Determined external clients' project needs, preferences, and specifications
  • Collected logos, colors, slogans, and design ideas
  • Identified and negotiated project options
  • Wrote proposals estimating project time and price
  • Created and presented design mock-ups for approval
  • Solicited client feedback throughout the design and building process
  • Instructed clients and teammates in new procedures, software, and technologies
  • Set up client email and FTP accounts
  • Solved problems with sites and systems for clients and colleagues

    Site Building:
  • Coded and edited hundreds of Web pages and templates using HTML, JavaScript, and PHP
  • Adopted Cascading Style Sheets for layout construction
  • Tested and ensured multi-platform cross-browser compatibility of styles and functionality
  • Created lightboxes, flyaway menus, rotating images, and other dynamic effects using jQuery and DHTML.
    Design and Layout:
  • Redesigned the look and feel of Intranet site to align with an international company's major re-branding efforts
  • Created clean and functional designs based on client needs, styles, colors, and/or pre-existing design elements
  • Built sites and templates using others' designs
  • Reworked existing designs for new layouts or formats
  • Optimized Web pages to reduce HTTP requests, DOM elements, and page load
  • Conformed to existing designs when adding or updating new sections and content
    Multimedia Creation and Editing:
  • Designed original and modified existing graphic components including logos, icons, backgrounds, and animations
  • Seamlessly merged, edited, and retouched digital photos
  • Optimized images using CSS sprites and color reduction
  • Created banner ads from scratch and adapted designs from print ads
  • Constructed Flash animations timed to music
  • Composed original music for Web sites
    Management and Maintenance:
  • Managed company's daily operations during owner's absences
  • Configured domain names, virtual hosting, .htaccess files, server settings, and email redirects in LAMP environment
  • Created extensive software reference documentation for custom APIs, functions, and modules using Doxygen
  • Trained team members on how to use and develop in Drupal
  • Assisted other designers and developers with their projects
  • Documented comprehensive site details for future management

TECHNICAL SKILLS AND APPLICATIONS

Web Development: Drupal, HTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Ajax, XML, DHTML, ASP, ColdFusion, Eclipse, Firebug

Graphic/Video: Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady, GIMP, Bibble Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, MS Powerpoint, iMovie

Database: MySQL, MS SQL Server, mSQL, MS Access

Office/Publishing: MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google Apps, MS Publisher, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe InDesign, MS Outlook, Eudora

Audio: Sound Forge, Cakewalk Pro Audio, Finale, Audacity, GarageBand, CoolEdit, ProTools, Sound Designer

Server: Apache, Linux, FTP, IIS, Memcache

EDUCATION

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
M.A. in Music Composition, July 1998
G.P.A.: 3.63/4.00
Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI)
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
B.A. in Mathematics and Music, Cum Laude, May 1994
G.P.A.: 3.67/4.00
Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Fraternity
Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Honor Fraternity
Omicron Delta Kappa, Honor Fraternity
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Music Fraternity (Vice-president, 2 years; Member, 4 years)
Augustana Research Foundation's "Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award"

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