Ira Siegel

About Me

I've been a web developer for over twenty years and have seen many frameworks, libraries, and automation tools introduced over the years, making things more complex and easier at the same time.

My other passion is music and I'm also a drummer in a band. I enjoy seeing live music, hanging with my family and friends, learning new things, and good craft beers.

My areas of development include the following:

  • JavaScript, including ES2019, jQuery and TypeScript
  • Sass/CSS
  • HTML5
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Sitecore
  • ExpressionEngine

Contact Details

Ira Siegel
Phoenix, AZ USA
ira@imsiegel.com
(480) 694-9564

Education

Clark University

Client/Server Programming and Web Development February 2000

Rutgers University

B.A. Degree in Communications May 1993

Work

Meritage Homes

Scottsdale, AZ

Front End Web Developer April 2018 - Present

  • Work closely with Marketing to develop new features for meritagehomes.com
  • Created offline/online customer registration web application (service workers) for field use, saving money and easing maintainability
  • Optimized corporate website for performance and usability, increasing visitor retention
  • Maintain and optimized homebuyer/agent facing web kiosk

Tallwave

Scottsdale, AZ

Front End Web Developer February 2017 - April 2018

  • Work with clients and Design team to create Single Page Apps (SPAs) with Angular
  • Build/maintain websites using Drupal and WordPress
  • Lead Developer for client SPA project
  • Maintain tallwave.com

Ethology

Scottsdale, AZ

Front End Web Developer August 2015 - February 2017

  • Worked with Design team to build Drupal and WordPress websites
  • Built two new versions of ethology.com
  • Maintenance of ethology.com

McMurry/TMG

Phoenix, AZ

Front End Web Developer February 2013 - July 2015

  • Take design comps and author CSS (using Sass), jQuery and HTML to create client and internal websites with Drupal, WordPress, and .NET.

McMurry

Phoenix, AZ

Front End Web Developer August 2012 - February 2013

  • Streamlined McMurry’s HTML Email program by bringing everything in-house and developed a mobile-friendly/responsive HTML Email program. Used ExactTarget and MailChimp for delivery and reporting tools.
  • Kick-started and developed mobile-friendly email program
  • Front-end development of Drupal, WordPress and brochure-style websites.

Constant Contact

Waltham, MA

Senior Visual UX Developer November 2005 - August 2012

  • Develop product prototypes for usability studies that enhanced new product introduction and improved customer experience and adoption
  • Work with software developers and product owners to design and develop enhancements and usability improvements to existing and new products
  • Participate in the design and development of new features for future products
  • Design and develop XHTML/CSS templates for the Email Marketing, Event Marketing and Social Campaigns products. Increased Email Marketing template selection from 40 to over 450, improving overall customer satisfaction.
  • Publish updated and new Email Marketing/Social Campaigns templates and Event Marketing themes to QA environments and production
  • Develop auto-generated system letters for business partner and customer-facing communications
  • Design, develop and maintain Regional Development Director Email Marketing templates to help drive Constant Contact-sponsored seminar attendance
  • Design and develop mobile email templates for QuickView iPhone App, a major corporate initiative
  • Led the design, development and maintenance of widely-used company intranet from concept to rollout
  • Built and championed the UX pattern library in use across company

Ensim/TeleGea

Waltham, MA

Web Designer March 2000 - July 2005

  • Designed/developed TeleGea.net, a password-protected VoIP software demonstration portal which aided in over twenty TeleGea customer wins
  • Assisted Sales Engineers with sales efforts by customizing and branding TeleGea’s additional VoIP software demonstration portals
  • Designed and developed offline versions of software demonstrations
  • Designed/developed five versions of TeleGea’s corporate website
  • Provided ongoing design, development and content updates to corporate website
  • Facilitated production and implementation of product and demo visual design templates into final HTML and CSS
  • Oversaw design and prototype phase of GUIs to ensure visual direction can be translated effectively into HTML and CSS
  • Maintained standards for coding
  • Distributed and created customer and employee e-mail newsletters and trade show e-mail invites
  • Prepared and distributed weekly NetTracker web statistics reports

Island Def Jam Music Group

New York, NY

Rock Promotion Assistant March 1999 - August 1999

  • Assistant to VP and Director of National Rock Promotion
  • Downloaded all artist airplay and sales data from web-based applications SoundScan, Broadcast Data Systems, and Radio & Records
  • Prepared weekly rock radio report, which was distributed to label staff and independent promoters
  • Created weekly artist sales and air play one sheets for distribution to radio and independent promoters
  • Arranged all travel for VP, Director, and select local promotion managers
  • Tracked and coded all departmental invoices and check payment requests using the JDEdwards mainframe financial system

PolyGram Group Distribution

New York, NY

National Advertising Coordinator May 1997 - February 1999

  • Downloaded all new, changed and canceled co-op advertising commitments to dBASE from mainframe advertising system
  • Distributed advertising commitments and account credits to respective regional advertising coordinators and accounts
  • Liaison for accounts, regional advertising coordinators and advertising auditing bureau to resolve rejected advertising claims
  • Performed all month-end close procedures utilizing mainframe advertising system and dBASE

PolyGram Holding, Inc.

New York, NY

Accounts Payable Clerk November 1994 - May 1997

  • Acted as contact and was responsible for paying all A&M Nashville, Mercury Nashville and PGD regional and sales office expenses/invoices using SAP financial mainframe system

Past Experience

July 1993 - September 1994

  • WAAF: Hillman In The Morning prep
  • Superadio: Office Administrator
  • Data Vault: data warehouse disaster recovery prep and delivery

Associations and Awards

  • Member, Toastmasters (2012 – 2014)
  • Member, National Association of Photoshop Professionals (2007 – 2015)
  • 2008, 2009 and 2010 An Event Apart, Boston
  • 2009 Photoshop World Boston
  • 2009 SimpleBits Handcrafted CSS Workshop w/ Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte
  • 2007 Constant Contact StepUp! Employee Award
  • 2011 Constant Contact Innovation Day Finalist; Created Email Campaign Optimizer UI
  • 2012 Constant Contact WOW Nomination

Skills

Languages / Frameworks / Libraries

I have experience with CMSes such as WordPress, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, and Sitecore. Below is my experience with those and other languages, frameworks and libraries.

  • CSS
  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • WordPress
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Recommendations

Below are some recommendations from some folks I've been fortunate to have worked with!

  • I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside Ira on multiple web development projects at Ethology. Ira is a personable, tech savvy front-end developer who consistently performs at a high-level. From the perspective of a project manager, Ira exemplifies the ideal individual you want on your team.

    Blair P.
  • Over the years, I have worked with and managed many front end developers. Ira is among the best in the business as he has exhibited a level of dedication that I have rarely seen. He is always available and does what it takes to deliver well executed designs within budget and on time. Just as importantly, he is always a joy to work with and fits well into any team.

    He has risen to every challenge that I have put in front of him including the absorption of new systems, new languages and very challenging time sensitive projects. Ira also does a superb job of maintaining composure in challenging situations facing multiple projects at once.

    I would recommend Ira to anyone needing a dedicated, hard working and talented front end developer.

    Brad G.
  • I've worked with Ira for about 2 1/2 years. He has been the front end developer on many of the projects I worked on @ McMurry/TMG. Ira has been a great person to work with. I've been impressed with how well he handles himself under pressure. No matter how much work was on Ira's plate, you would always see him calm. Ira also impressed me with how quick he learned new technology. As we improved processes @ McMurry, we introduced new techonolgy; and Ira was always quick to get up to speed. Whether it was new js libraries, git, sass or any other technology we used; Ira was always okay with doing the research needed to learn and update his skill set.

    Overall I'd say Ira is a great team member, and never shies away from any challenge. His skill set and his attitude towards work makes him a valuable person to any team he works for.

    Jorge M.
  • There are very few people like Ira Siegel. Top notch in web design and UX.

    I had the pleasure of working with him at McMurry/TMG for the last 3 years, during that time I got to know him as a person and became good friend with him. I am still in awe with the work he did building my personal website. It seems to me that he did this very effortlessly, but the design is out of this world. Skill-sets that very many people don't have. Ira's knowledge in HTML is outstanding. Did I mention that he's a great drum player?

    I believe any company will be lucky to have a skillful, trustworthy and loyal employee like Ira. He will shine wherever he goes.

    Kalifa K.
  • Ira is, by far, one of the smartest colleagues I have ever had the privilege of working with. His knowledge-base is vast and his willingness to share his knowledge to help others knows no limit. Any organization will benefit from his experience and any team will welcome his great personality.

    James F.

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