I grew up in a small, rural town where the primary occupations were farming and ranching. When I was a teenager I did my share of hauling hay, herding cattle, cleaning horse stables, feeding chickens, and gathering eggs. The most important things I learned while growing up in rural America were hard work, dedication, honesty and integrity. I now live in the city but I will always love the country and wide open spaces where you can clear your mind. It gives energy and substance to your creativity.
I always did well in school in all subjects, especially math and science. But it wasn't until college that I was introduced to computers. I was immediately fascinated. I could have majored in Computer Science but the creative part of me just wouldn't let go. So at the beginning of my junior year I changed my major to Marketing. I had a wonderful advisor named Dub Ashton who was the Dean of the Marketing Department. He told me stories about ad campaigns he had worked on (some of which you would know) and I knew this was the direction I wanted to go.
After graduating from college, I worked briefly in sales and then became the marketing manager for an electrical equipment company. I continued to study marketing and advertising on my own.
I had been playing guitar in a band for a few years and we needed a web site. (Check out my personal music site here.) I didn't know anyone who could build a web site so I just dove into it with both feet. In early 1995 I built my first web site for the band. I thought it was so cool! Now, I would be embarrassed for anyone to see it. Another musician/singer/songwriter I knew in Nashville saw the site and liked it. He asked me if I could build a site for him. As they say, the rest is history.
WebSite Warehouse was officially born in 1997 though I had been creating web sites for two years before that. I love developing web sites. If I didn't, I would be doing something else. I take great pride in my work and I am pretty much a perfectionist with a few OCD tendencies. It is my goal on every web site project to deliver more than the client expects.
I am also what you might call a "superpatriot". I love this country and all that it means to this world. We were the pioneers of true freedom and it is our responsbility to see that our freedom is never lost.
In my limited spare time I like to watch classic movies from the 1920s to the 1950s. Movies had character and substance back then. If the weather is nice my son and I like to go shooting. It is relaxing and exhilarating to work on becoming proficient with firearms.
My wife and I have been happily married since 1990. We live in Fort Smith, Arkansas with our two near-perfect children who are very close to testing their wings. One is in college working toward a master's degree in Occupational Therapy and the other is working toward a Pharmacy degree. My wife is in a doctoral program for Nursing Education. I hope to someday move back to rural America and enjoy nature more. With an occasional cruise or road trip thrown in.
Darren and I have been friends since the early 1990s when both of us were playing guitar in local bands. At that time I don't think either of us had even heard of the Internet. He was always designing print material for his band while I was designing things for mine.
Darren worked for a printing company while designing web sites as a side business. Eventually, he went full-time with his own design business. He constantly amazes me with his ability to jump headfirst into what looks like a mess of programming and figure things out. Technically, Darren is not an employee but we work closely together on many of the web sites we build.
Darren has been a independent graphic artist and web developer since 1998. In 2005 he discovered Drupal, a PHP-based open source content management system, and has been geeking out ever since. He has been using his technical skills as a means to infuse his artwork into functional dynamics through the media of web development. He has worked alongside many companies and ministries to develop web solutions which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional to the end-user, as well as easily editable for the client.
In his free time, Darren is a husband, a father, a writer (check out his blog, Digging with Darren), a musician and has helped lead a Messianic congregation for the last several years. Darren currently lives outside of Little Rock with his beautiful wife and five lovely children, living as simply as possible when away from the computer.
how are we different than other web designers?
- We're not just web designers. We have experience and education in marketing, graphic design, programming and...life. Many web development companies have experience in only one of these areas which can leave you with a poorly built web site.
- We have more than 20 years of experience in web development, marketing, and graphic design. Over the years we have learned what makes a web site work, from the ground up.
- We're dependable. We maintain frequent contact with our clients throughout a project and we are available afterwards for assistance. You won't be left holding the bag mid-project or after.
- We are committed to your web site's success. We will spend a significant amount of time talking with you and planning prior to building your site. This puts everyone on the same page from beginning to end. You will get what you pay for. I guarantee it.
The success of your web site is our #1 priority and that is why so many companies choose WebSite Warehouse as their web development and hosting company. From a basic informational site to a full-featured content management site with e-commerce, we can put your business in front of more customers.
Take your time to browse our site and see for yourself why WebSite Warehouse should be your first choice for design, hosting and marketing. You have my guarantee of satisfaction or we will make it right!
WebSite Warehouse, Owner