A mechanical engineer by education, I've been programming off and on in various languages since the days of punched cards (that's before PC's or floppy drives existed).
A friend who's a Solution Architect/Consultant introduced me to the platform in the fall of 2012, after which I began writing triggers, controllers, Custom VF pages, PDF Templates, along with other custom code. I've become DEV-401 and Platform Dev I certified as I work towards obtaining my Platform Dev II Certification; focusing all my energy on learning Salesforce.
I'm a member of the Dallas Salesforce Developer's User Group where I'm on the Leadership Team and co-lead a Dev I/II Study Group that's an offshoot. I can be found on Twitter as @cloudmech.
In the mid 1990's I opened a DTP/Graphic Design company and where web design was a large part of what I did. In the late 1990's I was invited to become a Sysop in the Adobe Forum on CompuServe eventually becoming the Manager of WUGNET's Windows NT/2000 Forum until mid 2001. During the same period, I wrote for NT Update and Web Update Journals. Until I began learning Salesforce, I created art and photorealistic animations; regularly working with Maya, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and other computer graphics software.