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Me & Stacey

Me & my mom

Me at tae kwon do

Me & Stacey

Me & Stacey get married!

Our Shih Tzu Teddy

  • Pre-college activities included a heavy emphasis on sports and education. I participated in football, basketball, and extensively baseball. I also had a very strong desire to create art and was often found drawing, painting, and generally trying to be creative in whatever I pursued.

  • I had the option of going to Lehigh University to enter into the engineering program and play baseball. However, I chose not to continue my pursuit of a baseball career and instead entered into the Rutgers University engineering program.

  • At the start of my sophomore year I transfered to the main campus of Rutgers College and changed my major to computer science.

  • After a semester off at school, I re-entered Rutgers University and changed my major once again, this time to Visual Arts.

  • One of my first classes in the Visual Arts Program was a drawing fundamentals class taught by the former head of the graphic design department for many years, Paul Bruener. I was intrigued one day when he brought in some of his old work and was drawn into the creativity, structure, and problem-solving of graphic design.

  • I chose graphic design as my concentration and finished the program upon graduation in 2001.

  • I started designing websites in approximately 1997 after trading a friend of mine a car CD stand for a book on web design. I designed my first website for my parents' catering/deli business (Lou's Sub Shop/D'Agostino's Catering) using Notepad.

    *The D'Agostino's Catering link provided is the current version, not the original site I designed in Notepad.

  • After I graduated from Rutgers University I took a job with a small marketing firm in central New Jersey. I had been working part-time for the company my last year in college doing web/graphic design and was made an offer to come on full time. During my time with the company I learned invaluable lessons regarding how to run a business, sales, and marketing in general...along with honing my skills as a designer and search engines expert. But, all things must come to an end and I left the company in the fall of 2005.

  • On April 17, 2005 I got married to the beautiful Stacey :) We had been dating for about two-and-a-half years when I proposed (on one knee in front of a crowded restaurant!). We got married at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ and went on our honeymoon to Walt Disney World!

  • I've been studying tae kwon do at USA TKD under Master Vince for the past 5 or 6 (or 7?) years and have earned a second degree black belt. Tae kwon do is an integral part of my life and I encourage everyone to get involved in this fulfilling way of life.

  • Now I work for a company, Icons, Inc., which I ironically worked for part-time my last year at Rutgers. I'm continuing what I do best...graphic design, web design, search engine optimization, online marketing, etc. The best part is that I can walk to work!

  • Recently Stacey and I have welcomed in a new addition to our family: Teddy. Teddy is a brown-and-white shih tzu and is simply a pleasure to be around :)

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