Barnyard BBS

…it seems to real, it's truth to me

Quick rundown of recent years:

  • 1993-1997:

    • I attended the Hill School in Pottstown, PA.  I also created the original Barnyard during this time.

  • 1998-2000:

    • I left Hill to study computer engineering at RIT.  I ran a locksmith shop on the side to help with my college bills.  During this time, I realized that college was cramping my style, and I needed to get on with real life.  Although RIT was an excellent school, I saw that college study is not as applicable to the real world as one would hope.

  • 2000-2001:  

    • I accepted a job in engineering for W-Lok corp.  I designed stainless steel locking systems.  This was a pretty interesting job, because it allowed me to try different prototypes and concepts to see what worked best.  Alas, it was not to last.  I did learn something terribly important from W-Lok though....Market is everything.  It doesn't matter if you can build an "everything resistant, bullet stopping, stainless padlock".  No one is going to pay over $100 for a padlock.

    • During this time, I went to Grand Valley State.  It was a pretty good school.  I spent my third year of college here.  Some of the topics that we covered were Database Theory, Advanced Architecture, Advanced Networking, and Compilers.

  • 2001-2004:

    • I moved back into my home area to develop a medical software package known as MediGraph.  It took a long time to launch it, but it finally caught on.  MediGraph is a medical documentation product built to support reimbursement for the providers.  In a nutshell, it makes it harder for insurance companies to deny payment to a medical office.  Should you ever be in a physical therapy office, ask if they use it...

    • I finally got around to finishing college also.  After bouncing around so many schools, I eventually graduated from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.  Thomas Edison was a great fit for me, as it was targeted at working adults, and had an exceptional credit transfer arrangement.  Not many schools are interested in taking three years worth of credits in transfer; most want to get at least two years worth of your money.  Thomas Edison was most accommodating, and allowed me to graduate in early 2003.

  • 2004-2007:  

    • Although I am still involved with MediGraph, I am working with both Military Financial and Magnum Cash Advance.  What do I do exactly?  I make the trains run on time.  Both businesses are highly automated lending companies.  Luckily for me, highly automated lending companies need someone who can build wonderful toys.  That's where I come in.  I design and manage all the infrastructure here.  The systems that I build keep us efficient, accurate, and in compliance with the lending laws that govern us.  Lending really is an interesting business, because there is always an aspect that you can further automate.

    • I bought my first home in January, 2004.  I now live in the southern suburbs of Wilmington, DE.  Should you wish to drop by for a beer, drop me a line and I will give you directions.

    • In December, 2004, I proposed to Jessawick.   We were married at the Hill School, on July 16th, 2005.  I posted lots of photos in the album.

    • In May, 2006 we added another member to the family.  Faraday the dachshund.
    • In late 2006, Military Financial and Magnum Cash Advance were purchased by an international investor. Although my role remained similar, my new employer is a domestic call center representing them locally.

  • 2007-Current:  

    • In early 2007, we deployed the new Lending Management System that we developed. Since it's for internal use only, the only name given for it is "Blue". Blue has a lot of capabilities far beyond what we've been using in previous years.

    • We started Barnyard Photography in the middle of 2007.

    • With a child on the way, and the demands of the business; we moved into a larger home in 2008.

    • Our daughter, Sophia, was born on 05/06/2009; after years of trying.

    • We started construction on the Crayon Project in 2010. It's intended to be an entirely web-based replacement for our existing MediGraph product.

    • Our business, Barnyard Photography, won both industry awards in 2010 for the first time.

    • Our son, Wesley, was born on 03/30/2011. This one was easier, as we figured out most of the difficulties previously.

    • In June 2012, we debuted StrataEMR (formerly, the Crayon Project) at the Tampa APTA convention. It's really an amazing product. The narrative engine is something that people just haven't seen before.

    • Our pekingese, Pica, died in the fall of 2013. She was 24 years old.

    • Our pekingese, Ion, died in the winter of 2013. He was only 10 years old.