Chris has spent over 20 years in the software industry as a developer, tester, product manager, architect, project manager, and consultant. He has worked for Fortune 1000 companies including Ford, ADP, and International Game Technology, among others.
He founded Code Munkeez because he believes coding is one of the basic skills necessary to become successful in the 21st century. In fact, Chris didn’t set out to become a software engineer. He went to college to become a lawyer, and fell into the software industry by accident.
At first, he was pretty limited in what he could do programming-wise, but over time and with a great deal of effort, practice, and training, he has become a widely respected expert. He serves as a living example of what he preaches, that “Anyone can code.”
I wasn’t especially gifted as a young person, when it came to technology. My father kept stressing the importance of math and science when I was a kid, and I tended to be more interested in sports, history, and business. It wasn’t until after college, when I got a job with Ford Dealer Consulting Services that I first became interested in computers and what they could do.
I was especially cognizant of the fact that software engineers were making a lot more money than other employees, and that appealed to me. After I left Ford, and went to work for a technology start-up I got my first real exposure to software engineering. I had some great mentors there, and I learned a lot about database programming, web application development, and software architecture. From there I continued to hone my skills and expand my knowledge, and the benefits of doing so have been many. I’ve been able to achieve a level of income, and quality of life for myself and my family that I did not think was possible before I began learning to code.”
At first I was intimidated and frustrated, but over time I began to have more confidence in my abilities and pretty soon I was getting paid twice as much to do something I didn’t think was even possible for me to be doing just a few months prior.”
It’s for this reason, my own experience, that I know anyone can code. I was never an exceptional student; I didn’t excel at math or science in school. When I realized that coding wasn’t that difficult, and that I could improve my income and job performance by learning how to do it, that’s when it made a real difference in my life. I want other people to benefit from my experience and enjoy the same benefits I have. That’s why Code Munkeez was created.
He is a father to two energetic boys and enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, and attending sporting events when he isn’t coding or meeting with students.