My name is Tavis Tucker, and tavis.me is my portfolio site.
I attended Western Maryland College and graduated with a Math major and Secondary Education minor, but also studied programming, physics and the required liberal arts subjects too. After college, I taught Math to 7th and 8th graders for two years before deciding to return to school, study web development and start down a new career path.
In 2003, I got started as Junior Web Developer with travel industry startup E-site Marketing which was acquired and is now called Sabre Hospitality Solutions. I eventually grew from Senior Developer to the role of Web Development Manager and was responsible for a team of up to 17 developers, about half of which were home-based. My colleagues and I earned over 100 Internet awards, amassing 50 WebAwards in two years, 11 Gold W3 Awards and 11 (hospitality industry-specific) Adrian Awards in 2012 alone.
After 10 years, I felt that a role change was needed. That brought me, my wife and our furry children to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the Seattle area where I've been serving as Front End Developer for the past year and a half for Apptio, a growing software development company in Bellevue. I have been fortunate enough to work on the company's first SaaS application, and to have participated in the entire lifecycle of the project as a member of the Product Design team under the watchful UX eye of Patrick Neeman, who has been a great teacher to say the least.
Joining the company practically at the project's onset, my involvement began in the design process, prototyping in HTML/CSS/JS and implementing a framework using Zurb Foundation with SCSS and PHP for rapidly iterating on designs. Much of the front end code has eventually turned into production code — I transitioned to work with the engineering team once the design was mostly done to implement the design in the product as it got built.
My time at Apptio has given me invaluable experience working within an Agile/Scrum team building software as well as better UX and interaction design skills, and allowed me to help the company get a well-polished app delivered to market on time. It has been great to be writing code most of the time rather than being in meetings, but I find myself wanting something more fast-paced.
So, I’m ready to move on and find a "better fit" if you like.