Awesome Adventure

I’ve been working in the technology sector since 1994, where my first position was in sales and marketing of the first post relational multidimensional database management system called “PICK” which also worked as its own operating system.

WHAT BOX?

Thinking outside the box implies the box exists. What worked yesterday may not be the case today. To successfully target, reach, and engage a market’s omni-connected audience demands creative thinking and collaboration across many different disciplines.

Dynamically Speaking

One framework does not fit all. Approaching a digital challenge with a single framework handcuffs the creative process. A diverse background in web frameworks allows the creative process to be, well …, creative.

Nuts and Bolts

Technology evolves daily. Staying current requires discipline. Building, designing, or marketing digital portals requires knowledge of many different technologies and an understanding how they integrate with each other.

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Drake LaDue Profile



Experienced | Creative | Collaborative
Diverse | Driven | Disciplined

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"Can't"
is a choice


The one thing I know for sure, humans are incredibly ingenious. We’ve stepped foot on the moon, sent a robot to mars, heck we created a robot! So with that said, deciding you “can’t” do something is a choice. You either don’t know how to do the thing you’ve decided you “can’t” do or you need help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s the smart thing to do.

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About Me

Drake LaDue

My technology experience spans 25 years. I started in sales selling database licenses and custom application development and overtime grew into web development and marketing. Business intelligence has always been a passion of mine and finding a more efficient way to accomplish a task or reach an audience is exciting to me. Whether it be through better design, UX(user experience), and/or better process.

1111 Nichols Farm Drive,
Durham, NC 27703
United States

Mobile: +1 (919) 257-3977
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Education

  • Manhattan College – AAS Coursework in Computer Science
  • Mercy – AAS Coursework in Computer Science
  • Westchester Community College – AAS Coursework in Science
  • Durham Tech – AAS Coursework in Computer Science
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Kind Words

Proactive, creative, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and cooperative. Drake brings a unique blend of creativity and technological prowess to his projects. Extraordinary response and turn-around times on projects.

David Luttenberger, CPP

Global Packaging Director, Mintel

I have great respect for Drake, as I have worked with him periodically over the past several years in various capacities, most recently in his role as VP, Sales at Fused180.com. His tireless effort to deliver excellence may only be surpassed by his knowledge and ability to apply it to the task at hand. I gladly support the decision of anyone considering a talented partner in business to hold Drake in high regard.

Doug Markott, MBA

National Accounts Director - Emerging Distribution Platforms and Special Markets at Showtime Networks Inc., Showtime Networks Inc.

Drake has one of the sharpest SoLoMo minds I know! By this I mean he is an expert at helping his clients craft a compelling marketing strategy and message and executing that across digital, social and mobile platforms in creative, interruptive ways. I got to see this first hand at Ocutech, where Brand X was engaged to build your conference exhibition attendance through mobile apps. They did great work also on our website redesign.

Joel Thigpen

Growth Activator, Marketing Strategist

Tech Skill

  • SEO – Structured Data 95% 95%
  • Website (design/build) 98% 98%
  • Mobile (design/build/responsive/PWA) 98% 98%
  • User Experience – Behavior 85% 85%
  • Analysis – Business Intelligence 90% 90%
  • Google Cloud API and Business Console 90% 90%
  • Wordpress 95% 95%

Technology Experience

It has been almost 25 years since I began my career in the tech industry. From 9600 baud dial-up to 100gbts Wi-Fi, 13 channel analog TV to tens of thousands anywhere / anytime / on-demand / live / interactive HD content (amazingly there's still nothing good on TV), stationary rotary phones to hand-held omni-functional mobile devices, and Star Wars fantasy to AI reality - WOW! What an awesome adventure it's been!

Brand X Mobile

Brand X Mobile

Founder

Mobile and Web design, Progressive Web Application Development(PWA), and Multi Channel Marketing Firm. Digital solutions built for the B2B and B2C markets.

Skills:

  • Client and Project Management
  • Design and Development
  • Market/Audience Analysis
  • Campaign Deployment and Management

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Fused180

Fused180
Partner/Director Sales and Technology
A fully integrated branding and digital marketing company. fused180 assists clients in developing relationships with their customers by keeping them connected through the technologies they use every day.
2011 – 2013

Sales and Marketing
Client and Project Management
Design and Development
Market/Audience Analysis
Campaign Deployment and Management

Standing Stone, Inc

Standing Stone, Inc.(Acquired by Alere)
Southeast Account Manager
Clinical Decision Support & EHR
Disease management software with clinical decision support to Hospitals, Cardiology Practices and Multi-specialty Groups. Standing Stone’s applications are used by healthcare professionals to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs associated with chronic health conditions.
2010 – 2011

Sales and Marketing
Account Management
Technology Assessment

TVR Communications

TVR Communications
Southeast Account Manager
Leading providers of hospital patient entertainment and education systems in the U.S. Company has over 400 installations with a high concentration on the east coast.
2008-2010

Sales and Marketing
Staff and Installation Management
Technology Assessment

Telerent

Telerent
Multi Dwelling Units(MDU) Department Head
Design, engineering, integration, implementation and operational services for an extensive range of audiovisual, interactive and network systems.
2006 – 2008

Sales and Marketing
Staff and Installation Management
Technology Assessment

Bulk TV

Bulk TV
National Sales Management
Commercial and residential content delivery systems
2004 – 2006

Sales and Marketing
Staff and Installation Management
Technology Assessment

Dunn Solutions Group

Dunn Solutions Group
Southeast Account Manager
Dunn Solutions is a digital commerce and business transformation consultancy focused on delivering velocity to our clients. Velocity is achieved by the combination of both speed and direction. Dunn Solutions helps our clients achieve speed by automating business processes and direction using advanced analytics. Our teams align with organizations to optimize their unique processes and help them discover the most profitable routes to business success.

2002 – 2004

Sales and Marketing
Client and Project Management

Dynamic Distribution Information System

Dynamic Distribution Information System
National Sales Manager
DDI System equips distributors with leading edge technology and industry-specific performance. Inform ERP keeps you ahead of customer expectations and engages today’s buyers.

1995 – 2001

Sales and Marketing
Staff and Installation Management
Technology Assessment

Intermediate to Advanced WordPress Designer and Developer

  • 6+ years experience with WordPress.
  • Advanced understanding of WP’s design and layout parameters – posts, pages, custom post types, and formats.
  • Advanced understanding of WP’s installation and management process – parent/child themes(function file customization), installations, updating and management.
  • Intermediate working level of WP’s Gutenberg Blocks framework.
  • Intermediate working level of WP’s Codex – functions, methods, hooks, and classes.
  • Intermediate working level of WP’s plugin and theme development.
  • Intermediate to Advanced understanding of third party software and integration process.

Intermediate to Advanced Woocommerce Designer and Developer

  • 6+ years experience with Woo.
  • Advanced understanding of Woo’s design and layout parameters – shop, products, and categories.
  • Advanced understanding of Woo’s installation and management process – customization process(copying Woo templates to a child theme’s file structure), updating and management.
  • Intermediate working level of Woo’s Gutenberg Blocks framework.
  • Intermediate working level of Woo’s Codex – functions, methods, hooks, and classes.
  • Intermediate working level of Woo’s plugin and theme development.
  • Intermediate to Advanced understanding of third party software and integration process.

Advanced Mobile Designer and Developer

“No coding experience necessary, the drop and drag user interface makes it easy for anyone to build a mobile website. mobilution.io is cost effective and flexible. Build, manage and create stunning mobile websites in a fraction of the time it takes to convert a website to a mobile site.”

If you’re wondering, mobilution is a mobile website and progressive web app (PWA) drag and drop builder designed and developed by Brand X Mobile. Mobilution’s core blocks – MVC Framework, PHP, SQL, Javascript, JQuery, HTML/5, and CSS.

Advanced Divi Designer - Developer

The Most Popular Premium WordPress Theme In The World
Divi is our flagship theme and visual page builder, and the most widely-used premium WordPress theme in the world according to stats from BuiltWith.com. Divi is more than just a theme, it’s a website building framework that makes it possible to design beautiful websites without ever touching a single line of code and without installing and configuring dozens of disjointed plugins. We think this is the future of WYSIWYG, and it’s unlike any WordPress theme you have used before.

  • 5+ years experience with Divi
  • Integration into third party systems
  • Create and Integrate with web services

Advanced Elegant Themes Designer - Builder

Provider of an enterprise suite of drop and drag wordpress themes and tools.

  • 5+ years experience with Elegant Themes
  • Integration into third party systems
  • Create and Integrate with web services

Bootstrap Design Studio

  • 4+ years experience with Bootstrap
  • Own my own bootstrap design studio drop and drag builder
  • Optimized CSS
  • Integration into third party systems
  • Create and Integrate with web services

Advanced HTML Developer

  • 7+ years experience with HTML/5
  • Strong understanding of embedding and handling multimedia objects
  • Create and Integrate Progressive Web Apps(PWA)
  • Optimization Guru

Intermediate JS Developer

  • 3+ years experience with Javascript
  • 3+ years experience with JQuery
  • 4+ years experience JSON
  • Integration into third party systems
  • Create and Integrate with web services

Advanced CSS Developer

  • 7+ years experience with CSS
  • CSS Animations
  • Optimized CSS
  • Integration into third party systems
  • Create and Integrate with web services

Intermediate PHP Developer

  • 3+ years experience with PHP and MySQL
  • 3+ years experience with back-end systems
  • Strong handling of large XML data
  • Integration into third party systems
  • Create and Integrate with web services
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WOW Brows Threading and Beauty Studio

When we first started together in 2012, WOW Brows had no real website, mobile site, no social identity, and they had a paper check-in process. Their client database total count was 3200 members.

Today their database has more than 21,000 active members, an sms database of more than 12,000 member contact numbers, they have greater than 1500 Facebook friends, and the check-in process is now digital.

Technical and Service Scope:

  • Website – Designed and built using Divi theme builder on top of WordPress
  • Mobile Site – Designed and built using Mobilution.io
  • SEO/SEM – BXM’s FSD a structured data automation tool
  • Google My Business – Manage and setup 7 Google Businesses
  • Google Cloud – Manage, setup, and integrated relevant APIs
  • Digital Marketing – Manage and setup relevant APIs. Designed and deployed Mailchimp email campaigns
  • Social Network – Manage, setup, and integrated relevant APIs for Facebook and Twitter
  • Videos – Designed and built in Adobe After Effects
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LANGGUTH America

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In 2014 Langguth America was looking for someone to redesign and freshen their digital identity. In addition Langguth needed to increase their search exposure, they were seeing about 5200 impressions per month.

After about 6 months they re-launched with new branding, website, mobile site, and social identities. The revamp included a better seo structure which better exposed their content increasing their monthly impressions from 5200 to 320,000.

Technical and Service Scope:

  • Website – Designed and built using Divi theme builder on top of WordPress
  • Mobile Site – Designed and built using Mobilution.io
  • Google My Business – Manage and setup Google Business
  • Google Cloud – Manage, setup, and integrated relevant APIs
  • Digital Marketing – Manage and setup relevant APIs. Designed and deployed Mailchimp email campaigns
  • Social Network – Manage, setup, and integrated relevant APIs for Facebook and Twitter
  • Videos – Designed and built in Adobe After Effects
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Talk of the Town Coupons

Talk of the Town Coupons is a monthly coupon booklet direct mail company. They needed a new site design as well as a way to validate coupons at their clients point of sale registers without a gigantic infrastructure build and an enterprise level deployment at their client level. In conjunction they were looking to increase their search exposure, at that time they were seeing about 2800 page clicks per month.

We decide to build 2 distinct digital portals. One to manage, create, and administer their clients and their coupons and a front end billboard site which would better serve their SEO and front end marketing needs. To address the POS coupon validation issue, each couponer gets their own dynamically unique QR Code per coupon which enables their client to use any smart device to scan the code and enter a validation code. The coupon is then rendered used(for that couponer only) and the entire process is tracked.

The new site now incorporated structured data which increased their monthly clicks from 2800 to an average of 3800 to 5000 depending on the season. Many more features were built in, such as geo located coupons, automated email with users favorite coupon categories, etc..

Technical and Service Scope:

  • Website – Designed and built using Divi theme builder on top of WordPress
  • PWA – Designed and built using a coupon framework on top of Laravel.
    I am not a Laravel dev person, I can maintain and manage to some degree but I do not currently have Laravel writing skills. However, I am working on a course path through Lynda.com to learn Laravel.
  • Mobile Site – Designed and built using Mobilution.io
  • SEO/SEM – Built/integrated dynamic content structured data templates
  • Google My Business – Setup Google Business
  • Google Cloud – Setup and integrated relevant APIs
  • Digital Marketing – Design, setup, and integrated relevant APIs for Mailchimp and Mandrill email templates
  • Social Network – Integrated relevant APIs