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Michael States

Frontend Developer
Over 18 years of experience in producing large-scale digital solutions for several high profile clients. A hands-on creative and strategic problem solver that loves developing technology with a high quality of creative and technical excellence. My skill set leverages a balance of design and development, and all aspects of website creation.
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The Lightstream Group
Full Sail University


JavaScript / ES6 / jQuery
Bootstrap 4
Tailwind CSS
advanced custom fields
MySQL / Mariadb
Drupal CMS
Pattern Lab
Google Analytics
After Effects


Native or Bilingual

Work experiences

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Frontend Developer

The Lightstream Group

Oct 2020 ~ Present
Worked directly with junior developers to ensure best practices and company standards were followed as they learned new technologies. Designed and developed websites, mostly in WordPress CMS, with a focus on meeting WCAG 2.1 AA level standards. Worked closely with designers to ensure mockups sent for client approval could be developed within the project timeline and budget. Coded pixel perfect replications of design mockups for marketing materials, such as landing pages and HTML emails. Technologies utilized were Wordpress, TailwindCSS, Git, Advanced Custom Fields, Gravity Forms

Front-End Developer / Designer


Aug 2006 ~ Present
Over 16 years designing and programming experience with a variety of web and mobile development platforms • Created and deployed complex, fully-featured websites using the Wordpress and Drupal (D7+) Content Management System (CMS), integrating custom programming with existing third-party modules • Developed robust web applications utilizing modern web development tools (SASS or LESS), JavaScript/jQuery, and PHP experience • Designed user-interfaces and prototyped user experiences with Adobe XD and InVisionApp • Extensive experience building multi-platform CMS including Drupal, Wordpress, and Joomla • Specialties: Product design and management, business development, experience strategy, user-centered design, technology strategy and management
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Frontend Drupal Developer

Tower Health

Oct 2019 ~ Mar 2021
1 yr 5 mos
Responsible for implementing the Drupal client-side of the Tower Health website; the visual elements that users see and interact with focusing on a user-friendly web experience • This position required a combination of programming skills, and aesthetics, an understanding of element arrangements on the screen, color theory, mobile-first design, and code/asset optimization • Provided strategic and analytical support to internal hospital board members including the Vice President of Communications, gathered detailed requirements, and presented designs for approvals of the next-level web experience of seven hospitals, 22 urgent care facilities, and a network of over 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers • Ensured all design elements and code standards were ADA compatible resulting in a no barriers experience for clients with disabilities - W3C standards, WCAG 2.0/2.1 AA compliance, Section 508 • Active speaker of multi-week SCRUM meetings with detailed updates on all performed design, development, and accessibility-related topics internally • Technologies utilized were HTML5, CSS3 (SASS), Drupal platform (D8), GIT version control, Siteimprove, Adobe Creative Suite (Expert), Google Analytics, JIRA (Agile workflow), PHP code optimization, InVision prototyping, and Atomic module building via Pattern-Lab and Symfony. towerhealth.org *Reason for leaving was a hospital-wide layoff caused from the pandemic.
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Creative Director | Founder

BoothWise Photo Company

Dec 2012 ~ Aug 2019
6 yrs 8 mos
The operator of a profitable “photography-first” marketing company specializing in creating brand awareness for live events • Pitched over 40 corporate clients with innovative marketing briefs to build brand awareness and social exposure utilizing photo activations • Delivered creative branded content with real-time analytics from multiple social media platforms • Sponsored annually by WMGK for the WMGK Jon DeBella Dog Walk charity event that generates over 2+ million unique social impressions with radio station branded content to support animal welfare • Some of the notable clients are GoggleWorks, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Bear Creek Ski Resort, 102.9 WMGK, 93.3 WMMR, Aetna, Einstein, Accolade Health, ASPCA, Buckman’s Ski Shop, and many more Current website: michaelstates.com (Custom Wordpress build)

Lead Web Designer

Media Fusion Technologies

Feb 2008 ~ Jun 2010
2 yrs 4 mos
Created and maintained websites and applications for large corporations, major universities, public institutions, and private organizations utilizing • Provided recommendations for optimizing their proprietary .NET template engine • Key responsibilities web page design and layout, UX/UI, DNS creation, and performed organic/paid SEO techniques • Performed the role of project lead for multiple marketing campaigns with A/B testing of email campaigns. • Manager of two additional design-related employees • Projects with notable clients including Hatfield Meats, H&K, Buckman's Ski Shop, Philadelphia Phillies, SV Sports, and many more

Web Developer

UniTek USA

Feb 2006 ~ Sep 2008
2 yrs 7 mos
Technical abilities utilized were HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Adobe Creative Suite, GIT workflow, and MySQL database management • Worked directly with the CEO, finance, and human resource department of a multibillion-dollar communications company to provide real-time data and analytics to board members and investor groups • Created several technical user guides for over 15,000 active installers • Worked with additional software developers for the development of the entire company intranet • Completed front-end design, UX/UI, for several risk & safety cloud-based mobile applications to be utilized by over 45,000 national field technicians of DIRECTV. This application was built utilizing the PHP framework called Symfony. Main responsibilities were application layout of all front-end related design aspects • Created web-based calculators using PHP, jQuery, and Ajax to show/ return on investment and savings portals. These calculators included custom graph integration and localization with translations and currency conversions • Additional responsibilities included A/B testing for marketing campaigns


Full Sail University

Associate’s Degree
Computer Animation

2002 - 2004
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