Justin Merrill’s Curriculum Vitae

(Work in Progress – updating old info from pre-2015: see Justin Merrill’s Software Engineer LinkedIn profile for most up to date & condensed version)

Mid-to-Senior Level Web Developer (depending on the stack) with experience in server administration, multimedia, & Web design & skilled in assessment of client needs & requirements. A capable creator of viable web-based & brick-and-mortar business solutions from concept to implementation with proficiency in PHP, Perl & JavaScript. Relational database experience with with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server 2K through 2008 & some Oracle & DB/2 experience. Mainly have used Apache or nginx on a Red Hat / CentOS or Ubuntu Linux platform, thought significant Enterprise experience & working knowledge of IIS with open-source technologies as well. Nearly two decades working with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, various modules & caching mechanisms for Apache & nginx web servers. Conceptualized dozens of small to medium sized business web projects. Aspiring to learn more Ember.js, Angular.js, React.js/Vue.js, Dojo, & other JavaScript libraries & Frameworks. Also looking forward to growing my working knowledge of Laravel & Yii 2.x+ (PHP Frameworks) as well as dive deeper into the Java technology (cross platform/mobile development).

My team & management experiences are in the realm of administration & consulting. I desire the opportunity to deliver high quality products in a progressive & goal oriented organization. My team building skills & project management experience shines in an environment of capable of passionate professionals, & my persistence to succeed drives accomplishment & delivers personal satisfaction. I am willing & able to performing duties for a stable & ethical organization with growth potential & continuous technical & professional education anywhere in the United States.

Software Engineer, Web / Application Developer Skillsets

Programming Languages:

Fundamentals: HTML/CSS (18 years); JavaScript (18 years); PHP (12 years);
CGI/Perl (8 years); XML/RSS (7 year);

Working “Academic” Knowledge: Java (1 year); Visual C++ (1 year); Visual Basic (1 year); C# (<1 year); Python (<1 year)

Web Server Experience: Apache 1.3 – 2.x, nginx, lighttpd, hypnotoad (with Perl + Ember.js), IIS v5.0 – v8.5

Relevant Application Knowledge & Experience:

Accounting: QuickBooks/Quicken, Peachtree, MS Money;

Web Design / Graphic Arts Skills: Flash (ActionScript Editor & SwishMax = 3 years), Photoshop / Fireworks (Intermediate = 4 years), Illustrator, Acrobat, & InDesign (Novice)

Task Management Software: Atlassian JIRA (6 years); MS Project (3 years); “Other”/Custom (4 years)

General Computer Skills:

Hardware Guru, Software Configuration Expert, Network Administrator, Database Administration, Management, MS Windows Guru (MS DOS – Win10 x64 build 1709+) & Linux Debian (primarily Ubuntu LTS 12-18.04+; plus Mint & others) & CentOS / Red Hat

Business Development: B2B Marketing/branding/advertising, Business Law, cost-cutting (efficiency), Customer Service, Sales Support, Technical Support (In-Field); Dolibarr CRM (Intermediate = 1 year);

Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher/FrontPage (Expert et al),

Specialty Skills: Electronic Circuit Design, ArcGIS (ESRI), Inventory Management, Project Management, balloon animal making, & just being a super cool guy.


St. Petersburg College
January 2011 – (When I find the time to take classes I’m interested in)
Computer Science (PHP, Java, Perl, Raptor, Flash, Javascript, HTML/CSS) Fine Arts, & Sustainability
Continuing education (Non-Degree Seeking)

• Advanced Web Development
• Multimedia Principles
• Business Management
• Solar Energy in Residential Construction

University of Phoenix
September 2007 – December 2010
Business Administration
Master’s Degree Completed (3.6 GPA)

• Customer Relationship Management (CRM Principles)
• Marketing & Advertising
• Leadership Principles
• Corporate Accounting & Finance
• Project Management
• Business Law
• Organizational Behavior & Initiative Implementation
• Human Resources Development & Management

International Academy of Design
January 2003 – June 2003
Web Design, Graphic Design, Fine Arts
Continuing education (Fine Arts Degree credit awarded; 3.5 GPA)

• Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator / Drawing for Fine Arts

ITT Technical Institute
June 1999 – September 2002
Electronic Circuit Principles, Design, & Application
Bachelor of Science Degree
(Electronics Engineering/Technology) Completed (3.79 GPA)

• Component Level Electronic Circuit Design & Principles (Hands on)
• Digital Logic & Digital Signal Processing (TTL, Multiplexing, Switching)
• Microprocessor & Programmable Logic Control (PLC) Programming
• Computer Science (A+ Certification, C++/Visual Basic, Machine code)
• Process Controls (industrial processes, sensors, 2&3 phase motor operation)
• Communications (AM, FM, GSM, CDMA, FDMA, Fiber Optics)

Business Executive Experience

Web Developer & IT Consultant at K&S Wholesale Tile
September 2013 – January 2014

Owner / Operator Keith Lisenko contracted me to build with IT Infrastructure & Digital Presence. I single-handedly created to incorporate Google Maps API v3, Flash with HTML5 fallback video playback, HTML5 & CSS3 design implementations, Facebook & Twitter plug-in integration for a booming wholesale & warehousing business in Tampa Bay, Florida. I created a flexible & robust custom Content Management System (CMS) for keeping his website updated with new products, specials & distributors of company merchandise using PHP, MySQL & jQuery. I also manage online marketing, email campaigns & CRM systems. In addition, I built a small network of devices & computers networked together via multiple routers/switches, & a data backup solution to protect his investments & grow his business.

Software Engineer at Empower Network
February 2013 – June 2013

Empower Network ranks among the Top 100 most popular websites on the internet as a rapidly growing online marketing company with an international network. The very “edgy” company contracted me to maintain & enhance the legacy custom WordPress platform known as “ENv1” that was later replaced by a massive overhaul of the system, complete with APIs & automation, aptly named “ENv2”.

Web Developer at Universal Healthcare Group
July 2011 – January 2013

Web Developer & Project Manager at
September 2009 – November 2011 was a start-up & partnership which markets solar energy companies of the United States to potential environmental & cost-conscious business & homeowners. My many roles include: CIO, Project Manager, Server Administrator, Consultant, web design/development, & business development.

• Ground-up development of
• Lead Web Project Manager
• HTML/CSS customization
• Custom JavaScript (functionality & validation)
• Custom PHP coding (Solar Calculator, cost estimator, back-end sales CRM)
• CGI/Perl (Back-end mail functions & custom web server configuration)
• ActionScript (Flash CS4/5.x & SwishMax 3.0)
• Google Map API Integration (with JSON & AJAX for PHP integration)
• Customized CMS (PHP-based with custom CSS framework)
• MySQL v5.0.92, PHP v5.2.11, & Perl v5.8.8 via Apache 2.2.14 on Linux

Web Developer / Project Manager at Knowledge Innovation Design, Inc.
January 2001 – Present

Knowledge Innovation Design, Incorporated is my personal business for various web projects with residual income potential & consulting opportunities. At its peak (2004), received 8,000 unique visits per day from an in-house Apache 2.0 web server running on Windows XP with a custom PHP 4 configuration (php.ini) using RaidenSuite FTP, SMTP, & DNS servers. In 2005, I stepped away from Web Development of the multiple company websites for promotion of tech support & computer hardware sales to focus on consulting contracts & client demand. As of 2011, a few of the company-owned domain & sub-domains are again live & slated for re-development to reflect my new skills & business value-adding services.

• Ground-up development of, & sub-domains
• High levels of success for dated device driver keywords & phrases (SEO)
• Effective CPC & CPM advertising campaigns (Pre-Google AdWords Era)
• Web design & development (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Perl)
• Custom client computer hardware & software designs & configurations
• Customer service / support (on-site, email, phone)
• Database design & maintenance (Mostly MySQL with some MS Access)
• Marketing & Advertising (special events, web, print)
• Logo & banner advertising designs for internet marketing

Business Administration Experience

Director of Operations, Marketing Director at Karakon International
November 1999 – January 2008
Karakon International was an international master distributor of Italian imported professional salon products (Actyva). I worked my way up in the small organization of 8 employees from warehouse shipping & receiving duties, to Director of Operations. I stepped down to part-time in 2004 while I pursued other career opportunities & returned to a full-time role in 2007 to assist with the liquidation upon news of the company CEOs imminent death from terminal cancer. The website was disabled in 2004 at the request of client distributors due to exclusivity agreements; it is now edited for use in my web development portfolio.

• Shipping & Receiving of fully loaded U.S. Customs cleared containers
• International Logistics planning & execution (water, ground, air transport)
• Forklift operation (if it has wheels, I can drive it!)
• Marketing duties for Professional Beauty Industry Expo (Premiere Orlando)
• My first website, built completely from scratch –
• Retail sales up 150% under my management (100% from website)
• JavaScript-based shopping cart with Perl back-end + OpenSSL for security
• Flash animations (Macromedia Flash MX / Swish! 2.0 with ActionScript)
• Audio editing using custom recordings with SoundForge, & Total Recorder
• Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady & Macromedia Fireworks
• Implemented QuickBooks + Peachtree Accounting Software for Inventory Management resulting in overhead cost reduction & +30% net cash flow
• Built a custom VPN (dial-up remote access) across 2 business office locations & 2 home offices (CEO & myself) to monitor & synchronize databases.

Manager & Delivery Driver at PCF Inc./Oney Bayside, LLC (dba Papa John’s Pizza)
March 2004 – April 2010
Oney Bayside LLC purchased the Papa John’s Pizza franchise in Pinellas County Florida in 2006 from PCF, Incorporated. I started out as a part time delivery driver & was promoted to management after my key role in breaking a franchise record for food-labor management (FLM). My General Manager, William Conley, held the #1412 store sales record until January 2009 (Super Bowl month), one year after the stores delivery area was expanded by 40%. I earned $45,000 gross (working in a pizza restaurant!) in 2006 from tips & overtime pay.
• Proper procedures for food handling & preparation
• Pizza dough-slapping expert
• Inventory Management
• Employee scheduling & Marketing duties
• Conflict resolution specialist (customer service & co-worker issues)
• High-stress & face-paced environment specialist
• Killing people with kindness
• GIS Implementation; Highly-effective delivery routing of subordinate drivers
Contracting & Consulting Work Experience

IT Consultant at K&S Wholesale Tile
April 2010 – Present
K&S Wholesale Tile is a commercial & retail wholesaler of fine tile flooring products in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Owner/Operator Keith Lisenko contacted me through my vast social & professional network to get his computer systems operational when he became the majority shareholder of his organization. With his dynamic business model, he requires methods to manage inventory & was pleased with the reduction in overhead after 6 months of implementing the QuickBooks software I configured for his business. In May of 2011, I began work on for marketing & customer retention. The site is slated to have interactivity through a custom CMS & social media integration (Facebook API).

Service Technician (Independent Contractor) at Knight Enterprises
March 2006 – October 2006
Knight Enterprises is a sub-contractor for Bright House Networks (BHN) of Pinellas County, Florida. Duties included performing installation of communications equipment via coaxial & Cat5/6 wiring for cable television, broadband internet, & VoIP telephone services in residential, commercial, & industrial customers of Florida.

• Adherence to tight scheduling in a fast-paced field environment, 6 days a week.
• Climbing & wielding a 24’ extension ladder for “tapping off the pole”
• “Attic crawls” to run coax & Cat5/6 wiring to provide custom installations
• Installation of computer hardware & software for use with broadband modems
• Aerial/underground RG-6, RG-11, Cat5/6 communication wiring expert
• Only recipient of a Customer Service Award in the history of Knight Enterprises for excellent service to an extremely valued customer ($50 bonus from BHN)
• Configuring customer Audio/Video equipment for home entertainment systems
• Mobile work order access to Dispatch via GSM capable mobile phone (Nextel)

GIS Analyst & Consultant at E.V.K. Enterprises, Incorporated
April 2002 – September 2006
EVK Enterprises, now Kalyvas Group LLC (see, was an in-house commercial property management company for the Kalyvas family with nine commercial properties around the Tampa Bay, Florida area. I was consulted to bring multiple offices into the 21st Century by interconnecting critical leasing & financial information across Pinellas & Hillsborough County, Florida & a GIS Project.

• Hand built multi-site computer workstations & office networks (TS, FTP, VPN)
• Ground-up development of former company web site
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis of geocoded data for use in real estate development & site selection using the following software: ArcGIS 9+ (ESRI), XMap (Delorme), MS Access, MS Excel, & basic scripting

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