Mario Starks

Online Product Manager & Senior Web Developer

Mario Starks is an online product manager, senior web developer, and digital media consultant based in New York City. He has over 8 years work experience supporting web application development, project management, technical writing, and digital strategy. Mario is currently Design Technologist for Doberman New York.   Read More

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"Specializing in web application development as a full-stack generalist, Mario Starks implements both front-end (HTML/CSS/Javascript) and back-end (PHP/MySQL) best practices, in addition to conceptualizing online user experiences that engage targeted audiences effectively."

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My passion for technology was ignited one Christmas morning a long, memorable time ago in my mid-western home of Omaha, Nebraska. I was 9 years old, and my parents had bought me my first computer (pictured left)—a Packard Bell 886 Desktop PC loaded with DOS Prompt (and later Windows 3.0...).

It was during these early years that my nerd-dom cemented, my curiosity blossomed, and my use of technology to tackle new challenges and solve problems began.

Many years later, and after a short hiatus from technology while being a "normal teenager," I went on to graduate college in Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. I took additional graduate course work in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management with a focus on Project Management.

Since then, I have attained over 8 years of professional work experience in the online media industry and in the markets of Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, and Washington DC supporting truly rewarding projects for exceptional companies, including Lockheed Martin, Tribune Company (Orlando Sentinel, Sun-Sentinel, Baltimore Sun), Carousel30 Interactive (TV ONE, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations), and Washingtonian Magazine.

I am currently the Lead Product Developer for Aquafiyah Labs.

Additionally, I've created a few entrepreneurial ventures along the way—most notably, Skillology LLC, a professional development and consulting firm for aspiring entrepreneurs, musicians, filmmakers, and writers.

Specializing in web application development as a full-stack generalist, I delve into both front-end HTML/CSS/Javascript coding and back-end PHP/MySQL web application development. I am also a business-minded digital strategist perfecting my technical writing craft, product marketing knowledge, and project management abilities.

Technology and creative ambitions aside, I am a huge fan of reggae/world music, travel, banana bread/beer, and the oft-intriguing metaphysical realm of this world . When I'm not working, day dreaming, or executing a new idea, I enjoy connecting with my family, friends, and nature. It is, after all, nice to unplug from time to time.

Feel free to contact me if you'd like to speak more.

I'd love to hear from you.

- Mario Starks

Resume of Mario Starks

My online resume is available as a PDF on Google Drive.

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Online Portfolio of Mario Starks

Here's a small sampling of recent digital media projects I've managed and/or developed. If you're interested in seeing specific types of online projects I've worked on, code samples and/or writing samples, contact me.

SkillzNY.com - Online Short Fiction Series
Skillz in NY
Custom developed Wordpress theme, author of creative short fiction series
Web/Writing
Chesapeake Exploration / NOAA + National Geographic
Chesapeake Exploration
Front-end development support of Drupal site in support of Chesapeake Conservation
Drupal
Military Job Networks - Veteran Hiring Made Easy
Military Job Networks
Lead developer of 1776 start-up incubator company, MilitaryJobNetworks.com; PHP/CSS/JS
Web Startup
Mind Power Tool Kit - Hypnosis Downloads
Mind Power Toolkit
Developed mobile-friendly responsive site for affiliate funnel page of ecommerce site.
Web
MyBankTracker.com - Personal Finance
MyBankTracker.com
Lead product development utilizing CakePHP Framework, JS, and SASS/CSS; supported project management.
Web/Startup
Skillology
Skillology
Founded, designed, and custom developed site using Drupal as a framework.
Web
Best of Washington Package
Best of Washington Package
Editorial project; 62 Reasons to Love Our City article made interactive.
Web/Media
The TOS Network
The TOS Network
Website setup and web project management for new online television network.
Web/Media
Video: Tom's Rum Punch at Hogo
Video: Tom's Rum Punch: Hogo
Video production/editing; interview with Tom Brown of Hogo Bar in Washington DC
Video
Dependable Global Solutions Website Redesign
DGS Website
Website re-design and content management setup (Wordpress) for government contractor.
Web/Government
Great Hikes and Bikes Google Map
Hikes & Bikes Google Map
Integration of Google Map using custom data points and dynamic filtering.
Web/Media
Video Production / Editing: Interview with David James for Skillology
Video: David James Interview
Video production and editing of video for Skillology video series.
Video
Perfect Match: Washingtonian Editorial Project
Perfect Match
Online editorial project for Washingtonian.com
Web/Media
Let's Play Ball Editorial feature for Washingtonian
Let's Play Ball
Print editorial feature repurposed for online interactivity using jQuery.
Web/Media
Doughnut Derby Bracket Challenge
Doughnut Derby Bracket
Interactive online contest in the style of March Madness.
Web/Media

Testimonials

"Mario is an excellent worker that is detailed oriented and always goes above and beyond to get the job accomplished. I've known and worked with Mario for over 5 years and he exhibits excellent professionalism. Mario works effectively in a team environment and gets along well with everyone. I can always depend on Mario to perform with excellence and accomplish tasks on time and within budget. Mario is very creative and is a subject matter expert in many areas. Mario exhibits excellent customer service in ensuring that the customer expectations are met and/or exceeded. Mario has passion for the work that he does and has the experience and knowledge to ensure success."
Worrell Valentine
Sr. Manager, Network & Telecomm. Operations Services at Lockheed Martin
"In addition to being a highly skilled front end developer, Mario has a deep interest and aptitude in the business behind each project. He seeks to understand how the client measures success on the project. This leads him to both make much more strategic choices in his direct work and to offer a wealth of cross departmental suggestions and ideas that improve the success of the overall project. He's a valuable member of any team, development or not, and I expect great success in his future."
"Mario approaches projects in a methodical and professional manner. He always thinks long-term, and finds ways on how to better develop the project in terms of audience growth and promotion. Mario is a multi-talented, hard working person, whose skills branch out beyond the usual coding."

Contact Mario Starks

I'd like to hear from you. Contact me at:

mario.starks@gmail.com

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