Chris is the President of Oomph, a Providence-based web technology studio, where he has led strategy and business development efforts since founding the company in 2005. Chris brings 12 years of software, information technology, and consulting experience to the firm and its clients. As a strong believer in open source software, his company focuses on web site and web application projects built upon open source web frameworks - primarily Drupal and WordPress. Chris and his team are active in local and national open source communities by contributing plugins, writing articles, and organizing and speaking at events.
Prior to starting Oomph (formerly known as C. Murray Consulting), Chris was a member of the management team at CitySoft, a Boston-based web development firm where he worked with clients such as Polaroid, Reebok, and Stonyfield Farm on their web strategies and content management system deployments. While at CitySoft he was instrumental in shaping the company’s Community Enterprise product, an all-in-one web-based content management and constituent relationship management system designed for associations and non-profit organizations.
A graduate of Boston College, Chris lives on the south coast of Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters. In his spare time can be found sailing or windsurfing on Buzzards Bay.
Jason’s background on the web spans over 15 years, having begun a career of blending design and technology crafting sites in the first days of the web. Starting from an education in graphic design and adding a range of technical experience he has held a variety of design and development roles combining keen insights in business processes, usability and technology integration. Beginning his career chest-deep in pixels and plumbing, Jason has held positions such as Creative Director for some of the biggest sites in sports, Web Services Director for North Sails and lead on sites for multiple Fortune 100 clients. Between stints with IMG’s TWIinteractive, North Sails and (add)ventures, Jason ran his own company for several years providing print, web and application architecture, design and development. Since departing (add)ventures in 2009 he has launched a web strategy, design and technology consultancy to solve tough problems, design great solutions and change the world. You can learn more about Jason, read his blog and view some of his work at http://thinkinginpencil.com.
John Picozzi is Oomph Inc.’s resident Drupal enthusiast, a co-podcaster, and adjunct professor in his spare time. John has done impressive work for CVS Caremark, Leica, BlueCross, and Marriott International. He not only understands client-side development—He teaches it. After receiving his B.A Cum Laude in Web Development and Internet Commerce from Johnson & Wales University, he was invited back to mold young minds in the “Graphic Design & Digital Media” department. He is an active Drupal community member, as one of the first co-founders of both the Providence Drupal Meetup group, and New England Drupal Camp. He can be heard weekly on the Talking Drupal podcast, a digital discussion on platform news, tips, and industry basics.
Stephen co-founded Parallax, as web development agency, in 1996 and has over 23 years of industry experience. He created his first paid software system in the mid-80’s for a bankruptcy attorney in Boston using Clipper (“compiled” xBase). Today, he’s involved in all front end aspects of website development; requirements gathering, UX, design, HTML/CSS. Parallax’s clients include Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. Stephen’s team has introduced responsive design to many of their customers, including the first responsive site American Express Publishing. Stephen spends his non-office hours researching and learning new ‘web stuff’. His awesome and patient wife Erica keeps their two teenage daughters in-line while he’s tinkering.