Me in my home office – photo by Bob Leahy
Web Design Experience
I started creating websites as a hobby about ten years ago and began building sites commercially in July of 2006. Two years ago I gave up an 11 year stint in Display Advertising Sales at The Brighton Independent to become a full time Freelance Web Designer. I have now launched more than 100 websites for businesses, organizations and private individuals throughout Northumberland County and beyond.
I came to web design with a solid business foundation having worked for years in photo retail at places such as Toronto Camera and Henry’s. I was also General Manager of a chain of photofinishing outlets called The Photo Shops, the retail arm of Continental Photofinishers and, as mentioned above, worked for one of the last privately owned community newspapers in Ontario. Working at The Independent gave me valuable insight into the daily operations of a large number of small businesses in the immediate area of Trent Hills and Brighton.
Print Ad Experience
As an ad rep for a local newspaper for more than 10 years, I have had the opportunity to design thousands of print ads to fill the needs of hundreds of small businesses and community organizations. Although most of my work now involves websites, I still create a number of ads each year and look forward to new opportunities to create effective print ads.