Growing up in the 90s, Andrew was always the “computer kid”, the go-to expert on all things digital and web related for his family and friends. “As the internet was being born, I was making these little crappy websites. They were awesome,” he recalls. “Then I majored in comp sci in college, it was all multi-variable calculus, and I hated it.”
He ended up graduated with a custom degree that combined business, communications and psychology, all while working at his college’s IT department. “I learned a lot about working with people who aren’t experts in a way that makes them feel involved. But server maintenance isn’t the most creative work, so I switched to web development,” he says. “Back to my roots.”
Self-taught as a web developer, Andrew uses a combination of his abilities as a developer, his skill at translating technical ideas into common language, and his creative energy to drive what he does. “I love sitting with and talking through these projects with clients, designers and anyone else who’s involved. I can help them make the right decisions and contribute creatively at the same time.”
This collaborative and open attitude has served him well at Brunch, as has his independent streak. “I’ve been encouraged to develop and use my own processes as well as the team’s,” he says. And even though Andrew works from his home in Colorado most days, he feels like an integral part of the company’s operations. “The strong community at Brunch has been energizing.”
Andrew spends the rest of his time exploring the natural beauty of his environs in Denver, CO, where he lives. “I love connecting with nature; backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding. I try to have a balance between technology and life; stepping away when I can.” When he’s not on the trail or building creative web technologies, he works on the house he bought several years ago.
“I love doing things; I’m a project guy. I’ve remodeled most of my house all by myself.” He explains: “It’s a lot like web development. Creative, technical, and with a beautiful end-product.” It’s better in one way, he admits. “You get to live in it when you’re done.”