E D U C A T I O N A N D E A R L Y C A R E E R
After earning an electrical engineering degree, Brent McKinney began his professional career as a computer technician. He soon began accumulating professional certifications through both universally-respected, neutral trade organizations such as CompTIA, as well as industry-giants like Hewlett-Packard. He's formally trained in a diverse array of technologies, ranging from the prominent Microsoft Active Directory to the more niche Macintosh systems diagnostics.
Initially, Brent lent his expertise to commercial enterprises, including a full-service computer OEM and VAR and a network-cabling service-provider. However, he also boasts a lengthy and distinguished stint as a senior-level microcomputer technician (and part-time database administrator) at Murray State University (MSU). It was at MSU that Brent began expanding his repertoire to include programming skills.
Like most beginnings, this one was modest: He debugged and authored batch files and application scripts in a quest to improve the performance and reliability of thousands of networked campus computers, which included dueling Windows and Mac contingents that often didn't want to work together without some (occasionally heavy-handed) persuasion. Wishing to dive deeper into programming, he taught himself Visual Basic. Before he knew it, he was spending ever-growing chunks of time coding, and ColdFusion became to him a daily-use application. More and more of his focus naturally shifted to the software side of technology.
L A T E R C A R E E R
In 2006, Brent left Murray State for Blade Technologies, where he took up C#, honed his SQL skills, and rapidly made himself a critical contributor. It was around this time that Brent's mind began to form the ideas that would eventually become Trusted Pipeline, a highly-ambitious consumer-shopping web site. Although given near carte blanche to develop these ideas into a viable service, the extensive, sustained resources that were required simply weren't available at the time, and the project was eventually suspended. Still, the effort wasn't without its returns, and hope for its revival remains.
Brent has since made his mark as a premier developer of add-ons for GeoCore classified ads and auctions software. He's created dozens of modules that fill-in feature gaps, alleviate native annoyances, and extend existing functionality. Along the way, he's developed an intimate knowledge of many core and satellite Internet technologies, as well as the more subtle interoperabilty issues that surround them.
As our in-house web-development specialist, Brent continues to lead a never-ending procession of projects centered around web templates, content-management systems, and other Internet frameworks. His PHP and CFML skills, complex-integration experience, and general server-side scripting knowledge has proven invaluable. Our customers are highly fortunate to have such proven expertise available to solve their problems and build their products.