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Ben Bridges

Ben BridgesNashville, TN

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Ben Bridges

Joined 6 months ago

Ben Bridges

Located in Nashville, TN

Highly-motivated software engineer skilled in problem solving, process design, and development. Thrives in a team environment and enjoys executing architectural and visual design. Keen at identifying needs for and developing processes for managing and deploying web and mobile applications.

Experience

FREELANCE OWNER/DEVELOPER; NASHVILLE, TN — 2009 - PRESENT

Web application development, management, and consulting for small businesses and nonprofits.

  • Claxton Dietetic Solutions - Designed and developed a marketing website and complex web application to improve business efficiency by automating client billing and workforce management.

  • Snider Automotive - Designed and developed a marketing website for automotive mechanic.

PRODUCT SUCCESS ENGINEER, BOS FRAMEWORK; NASHVILLE, TN — MAY 2019 - JUNE 2020

Full-stack engineer on multiple projects covering application development on the front and back ends using C# and .NET Core.

  • Responsible for product market research, target audience outreach, and product support from an Engineering perspective
  • Created a robust documentation site for the BOS Framework product
  • Led off-shore teams on development of multiple client projects/products on the Services team

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, OPTUM; NASHVILLE, TN — MARCH 2018 - MAY 2019

Full-stack engineer on multiple projects covering application development on the front and back ends, application analytics, deployments with continuous integration and ChatOps, and database management.

  • Assigned along with the team to build an Initiative(Campaign) Manager tool
  • Contributed to a Python/Django application with a robust API
  • Responsible for maintaining ReactJS web application
  • Responsible for maintaining a mobile communications application,web application, and API
  • Managed client relations and software support

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, ADVISORY BOARD COMPANY; NASHVILLE, TN — JULY 2015 - MARCH 2018

Full-stack engineer covering application development, application analytics, deployments with continuous integration and ChatOps, and database management.

  • Contributed to web application and API using Ruby on Rails and mobile communications application using React Native
  • Responsible for maintaining ReactNative mobile application
  • Led development of rich analytics using Elasticsearch with visualizations
  • Responsible for maintaining Google and AWS web deployments
  • AWS security and resource management

DEVELOPER, ZEUMO; NASHVILLE, TN — DECEMBER 2012 - JULY 2015

The second developer hired at Zeumo, having contributed to the majority of the application.

  • Developed using Ruby on Rails and a variety of front-end libraries/frameworks
  • Lead developer for analytics platform
  • Responsible for new developer on-boarding

LAB ASSISTANT & MENTOR, NASHVILLE SOFTWARE SCHOOL; NASHVILLE, TN — APRIL 2013 - PRESENT

  • Lab assistant for Cohort 2 - Ruby on Rails course led by Eliza Brock
  • Coached the group and individual projects
  • Mentored students in three cohorts

MANAGER, EARLY CHILDHOOD JEMS; NASHVILLE, TN — APRIL 2005 - DECEMBER 2012

In a family business, we wore many hats. Responsible for accounting and payroll, inside/outside sales, inventory management, customer account management, marketing programs, event management, and web content management. For this business, self-taught, designed, and developed a customer management system which included route management, sales notes, online ordering, rewards program, and a contact database.

BASS PLAYER/MUSICIAN; NASHVILLE, TN — 1997 - PRESENT

Traveled throughout North America as bass player in a touring band. Joined on stage by Steve Cropper, Bonnie Bramlett, Jack Pearson, and Jimmy Hall and many other talented artists and musicians. Opened for a variety of regional and national artists including Charlie Daniels Band.

Technical Skills

Programming Languages & Tools

  • Ruby on Rails
  • Python with Django
  • .C# and .NET Core
  • Javascript
  • ReactJS
  • React Native
  • HTML and CSS
  • SQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • MySQL
  • Elasticsearch

Workflows

  • Test Driven Development with unit testing and a variety of test frameworks
  • Application deployments using CI and ChatOps
  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum
  • Offshore team collaboration and management

Education

  • Nashville Software School – 1st Cohort, September - December 2012
  • Volunteer State Community College - Information Technology, 2009 - 2010

Interests

Before my professional career and my passion for music, I am a husband and father. We enjoy canoeing and kayaking, bike riding, hiking, running, cooking, art, music, and generally creating things together.

I previously experienced and worked in Nashville's creative community pursuing a career in music. I love combining that passion for music with my passion for and skills in software engineering. The most important thing for me is to continue to expand my skills and knowledge of software engineering while delivering high-quality outcomes.