EDUCATION       

MASTERS EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY NEW CASTLE, DE (Est 2022)
Educational technology Master’s program started January 2019

BS MULTIMEDIA DESIGN WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY NEW CASTLE, DE 2016
Transfer student for Media Design-Multimedia program carried a 3.7 GPA full time.

AS LIBERAL ARTS GLOUCESTER COUNTY COLLEGE (RCGC) SEWELL, NJ 2013
Media and Art classes were my core focus and shifter to Liberal Arts for final degree 3.4 GPA.  

CURRENT WORK EXPERIENCE

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR     CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE     BLACKWOOD, NJ                   9-2003 TO PRESENT

I work with students and student groups through 4 levels of game design classes where they conceptualize, design, plan and deliver a product for market including marketing tools, deliverable games & host a sales show where they market to an invited audience. I have been lucky enough to change and grow the curriculum over the past 18+ years and have been the advisor of the Game Design/Esports Club on campus for more than 12 years. When the students move on from our program they leave with a portfolio including 2 complete digital games, 1 analog game with an expansion and plans for their own game and much more work from their support classes. 

VISUAL COMMUNNICATOR (Contract)        BRYN MAWR TRUST
BRYN MAWR, PA (Virtual)            9/2020 TO PRESENT

I am a full time contractor with Bryn Mawr Trust where I am a visual communicator inside their CTO department. I provide anything from artifacts and art assets to slide decks, engineering diagrams and flowcharts to full on dynamic presentations. I have assisted with software rollouts, testing and bug tracking and project management. BRYN MAWR

CO-OWNER/OPERATOR     THE NERD MALL
WOODBURY, NJ         10/2011 to PRESENT
       http://tikitikigames.com   

What started as Tiki Tiki Board Games is a Buy Sell Trade location dealing with vintage and current generation board games, card games and associated materials. I am the operating officer of the retail division of has evolved into The Nerd Mall, a 6000SF space that buys, sells and trades in action figures, toys, board and video games, comic books, records and so much more. 

FOUNDER /OPERATOR     SOUTH JERSEY GEEK FEST     WOODBURY HEIGHTS, NJ     4/2013 to PRESENT
http://sjgeekfest.com   

Geek Fest is a medium convention born and bred in South Jersey. We have had more than 20,000+ attendees, volunteers, vendors and guests in SIX  years with our ten amazing shows. The floor will be divided into vendors and artists/game devs/web folk, cosplayers and some tournaments/open board game play.

LOGISTICS COORDINATOR     BUTTONSHY GAMES
HADDON HTS, NJ                   7/2019 to PRESENT
https://buttonshygames.com/    

Welcome to Button Shy Games! There are a few things that you should know about us before you go any further. WE ARE A SMALL BOARD GAME PUBLISHER. And when I say small, I mean small. It’s just Jason and some family and friends. We work out of our homes and three rooms inside the SOHA Arts space in South Jersey. 

CEO/CO-OWNER     ISLAND OFFICIALS LLC     WOODBURY, NJ 1/2007 to PRESENT                 http://islandofficials.com  

Established in 2007, Island Officials is a game, web & app development studio based in Southern New Jersey. The company is an officially licensed developer with Nintendo, iOS, Android, & Sony – our games are focused on mobile and casual platforms including iOS, Android, Nintendo DS-3DS-Wii U, PC, Mac and Sony. As a specialized developer on multiple platforms Island Officials’ games are built to appeal to casual and core gamers. With a proven ability to deliver software that entertains a wide audience, Island Officials is your perfect source for developing original and licensed titles.

Island Officials offers a cost effective, streamlined and milestone approach to web, game and app design & development.
Our management team offers a pragmatic and no-nonsense approach to game production, and to all of our business relationships.
Our development team members are passionate about what they do and are dedicated to delivering products on time, and on budget.
Our team is experienced – with a history of producing games, websites and applications on multiple platforms we’ve fine-tuned
Our production methodology and are ready to take on the biggest challenges.

Highly analytical thinkers; with the ability to put ideas into tangible form and an eye for detail.
Proactive and resourceful approach to problem-solving; demonstrates initiative and innovation appropriate to the assignment and time-frame.
Ability to remain flexible in a fast-paced and ambiguous environment; and balance competing priorities.
Ability to self-motivate and recognize gaps in project planning or bottlenecks in processes, and propose solutions without direct prompting.
Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
In addition to the day to day operations of the software division of Island Officials we have a retail division, an event division and a monthly mystery box division.

 

FOUNDER /OPERATOR     MONTHLY THROW
WOODBURY, NJ             3/2016 to PRESENT
http://monthlythrow.com    

Each month, The Monthly Throw ships a select Yo-Yo MYSTERY Box of the best quality from the best companies. We emphasize phenomenal support and content, and include throws from some of the most respected skill toy companies in the world

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE

VENCORE INC. (PREVIOUSLY THE SI ORG & LOCKHEED MARTIN)     7/2008-8/2016

6+ years of professional working experience, with a firm understanding of design concepts and firm knowledge of WordPress, HTML, CSS and SASS (or other precompiled CSS)

While working on the OASIS R&D Project I was on the UX design team. On this team I was responsible for taking user and customer input and translating that to engineering outputs.  As part of my tenure on that position we developed the branding & style guide for use on the 4-person UX team and adopted by the engineering team.

While working at the SI Organization, INC I was the lead word press developer for the CIO organization. This entailed performing changes, updates, design, maintenance and manipulation of themes, content and plugins.  I accomplished all internal division based web sites internally and delivered award winning results.

While working on the Serious Games R&D Project I was project lead for the team. On this team I was responsible for taking customer and stakeholder input and translating that to the engineering and design outputs.  As part of my tenure on that position we developed an internal virtual environment platform for streamlining new employees to the company’s capabilities

VARIOUS RETAIL LOCATIONS IN NJ, DE & PA      1/1992 to 7/2008

Gamecrazy (Hollywood Video) West Deptford, NJ 2/2003-7/2008
Store Director/District Manager in training
Ran full operations of a high revenue store video game specialty retailer. 
Full scope of responsibilities including HR, OPS, Inventory, Receiving, Communications, Product placement and sales. Top in Region over past 5 years 2003/2004/2005/2006.  Best in Company/Region 2006-07

Toys R Us Multi-Locations, NJ 11/2001 to 2/2003
Guest Service Manager
Responsible for all OPS, HR , POS, Signage & maintenance in locations

Funcoland/Gamestop Multi-Locations, NJ & DE 5/1998 to 11/2001    
Store Manager
Responsible for all daily OPS, HR, Product & Inventory process and training

Blockbuster Video  Multi-locations NJ, DE, PA   1/1992 to 5/1998 
Store Manager Responsible for all daily OPS, HR, Product & Inventory process and training

 

ACCOLADES
& Professi0nal Achievement

South Jersey Awards for /Island Officials/Tiki Tiki/The Nerd Mall

  • Best of South Jersey 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Best of Gloucester County 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Main Street Woodbury Business of the Year 2013, 2014
  • FAF Game Changer Award 2013
  • Woodbury Community Pride Rainbow Award 2018
  • SJ Magazine Game Night Award 2017

SOFTWARE ENGINEER-FRONT END DEVELOPMENT

  • SRA Award for contribution within CTO/CIO transition 11/2010
  • SPOT Award for team achievement 10/2012
  • SPOT Award for team achievement 10/2013
  • Tech Lead Award for team achievement 11/2014

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

  • Instructor of the year 2011
  • Impact in Education Award winner January 2018

STORE MANAGER/AREA MANAGER

  • Game Changer Award 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Top in Region Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008