Hi. My name is Tad Ward. I do a lot of the front end code work here at Blue Fish. I’m definitely a code guy, not a wordsmith, so I’ll be as brief as possible.
My love for the Internet began in the mid to late 90's with Geocities and Microsoft Frontpage. Being able to create cheesy web pages was something I found enjoyable. Ultimately it led me to Beckley, WV and the Mountain State University. I graduated from MSU with a Bachelor's in Internet/E-commerce and an Associates degree in Website development. After college, I started my first job as a front-end developer for a small business in the Beckley, WV area. The company didn't last very long so I decided to start my freelance career and TMW Webdesigns.
I continued to do freelance website development off and on for a few years while being a full-time cook in a couple of restaurants. Working as a cook allowed me to develop my enthusiasm and love for all things cooking and food. My passion to become a successful web developer drove me, so I continued to pursue it and in 2009 I was forced to use a little content management system called ExpressionEngine. Being forced to use EE took me down a path that has led me to where I am today. Now, I am proud to I consider myself an ExpressionEngine Pro and a proud member of the EE community.
I have a little bit of wanderlust that has came from my moving around a lot as a kid and adult. I was born in Ohio but have lived in Hawaii, Charleston SC, Northern Virginia, numerous places in West Virginia and Boise, Idaho. Traveling is something I truly enjoy and hope to do a lot more of in the future. In the mean time, I am enjoying being father and loving boyfriend. I have a son who was born 3 years ago, and about a month ago we had a beautiful little girl. We've grown into quite the little family.
Other than being a front-end developer and devoted father; I am a huge history buff. My favorite historical period is Ancient Rome. There is just something about that time period that has caught my attention and kept it. Not sure if it is the crazy emperors such as Caligula, what life was like for the everyday Roman, or the food and drink, I am hooked.
Over the years, I have developed a love for cooking and most definitely grilling, love for craft beer and home brewing. One of these days I hope to start my personal food blog. Prepare your taste buds!
I am an Atlanta Braves fan and I will chop till I die!
I am excited to be a part of the Blue Fish Design Studio team and would love to answer any questions you have about cooking, Ancient Roman History, craft beer, or coding. Follow me on Twitter or shoot me an email.