My name is Adam Smetana and I'm the newest addition to the Sandstorm dev team! Also, I have a twin sister. Fun fact: that's been my go-to icebreaker for as long as I can remember. (And no, we are not identical.)
I hail from Wisconsin, the land of cheese, kringle, and really, really good beer. As my favorite writer Hunter S. Thompson once said, "Good people drink good beer." My favorite cheese is parmesan, favorite kringle flavor is pecan, and favorite Wisconsin beer is anything from Lakefront Brewery.
My development experience and passion
I've been in the Chicagoland area for about 6 years now, ever since moving down here to go to Lewis University in Romeoville. I graduated with a degree in computer science and the goal of working in web development and web design. I also got minors in social media and theatre because, well, why not? I enjoy being social and still like to act occasionally, whether serving as an extra, performing karaoke, or awkwardly photo-bombing Barack Obama's website.
I started my career as a front-end developer doing various freelance projects. As my experience grew, my interest in learning and absorbing everything I could increased along with it. There really is nothing more rewarding than seeing something you created come to life in a medium that can be viewed anywhere and everywhere in the world.
More fun facts!
Most of my interests outside of work revolve around music. I know how to play 3 instruments (guitar, ukulele, and piano - if you must know), have read every issue of Rolling Stone within 24 hours of it landing in my mailbox, and go to as many concerts as I can. The show I'm most looking forward to this summer is Paul McCartney at Grant Park, which might rival The Replacements as Show of the Year (an award that exists only in my head). My top 3 favorite movies (in no particular order) are Halloween (1978), This is Spinal Tap, and High Fidelity.
I am so excited to be coming on board here at Sandstorm as a Front-End Developer and learning all I can about Drupal. Now – time to start cranking out some mind-blowing sites with this wonderful team. Cheers!