2013-14 Technology Leaders Speaker Bios:

John Williams LetsGoLearnJohn Williams, Software Developer and Entrepreneuer

John Williams is a software developer, entrepreneur, and 3rd-generation Ashland resident. Mr. Williams graduated from UC Berkeley in 1988 and founded or co-founded more than half a dozen innovative software and biotech companies in the past 25 years, including Letters & Arts, based in Ashland, LetsGoLearn, an award-winning educational software company in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Presage Biosciences, a cancer research biotech company in Seattle. He stays busy hiking and mountain biking in his free time, and was elected to the Ashland School Board in 2011.


Fire Mountain Gems Panel of Senior Programmer Analysts

Rich Tracy, Senior Programmer Analyst: a software developer with three years of experience developing high-quality software solutions.  His passions lie in solving problems in an elegant fashion and not necessarily coding the most fun solution.  He focuses much of his learning on anticipating changing language trends and riding the leading edge of that change.  His professional technical toolkit focuses primarily on the .NET stack (C#, WPF, WCF, MVC), while his personal toolkit has a different flavor (Lua, Linux admin, Python).

Joseph Hatcher, Senior Programmer Analyst: a senior software developer with 15 years of government contractor experience.  He has recently moved to Southern Oregon to work in the private sector, collaborating with the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads IT Team and business divisions employing Agile methods to solve business and technical challenges. Joseph enjoys all aspects of programming from database to GUI.

Greg Snider, Senior Programmer Analyst: a software developer with 15 years of experience working for Direct Marketing (catalog/internet) companies.  He is a Certified Scrum Master and his passion is agile software development. He has applied continuous learning of new technologies and implementation patterns (Javascript, Perl, Java, .Net, Oracle, SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics AX and ESB, SOA) throughout his career to anticipate and collaboratively solve business problems efficiently. He has also lead software development teams through ERP system integrations and implementations.

Joey Mendoza, Senior Programmer Analyst: a software developer and Grants Pass native with over 11 years of professional software-development experience. With experience in both the public and private sectors, Joey’s career has focused on working closely with business users to design and develop value-centric software solutions.  In addition, he spent several years as an independent contractor analyzing business needs and crafting technical solutions. Joey is also an avid gamer and amateur game developer.

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