Jason is a native Floridian who started building for the web as a teen in the mid-’90s, so he’s been a web developer for about as long as anybody. Co-founding the Tampa Ruby Brigade in 2006, Suncoast Developers Guild in 2015, Jason takes pride in being a leader in the local tech community. After stints in academia, startups, and as a consulting freelancer, he’s found great joy in mentoring and sharing the knowledge gained along the way. He’s also a game development enthusiast, passionate about cryptocurrency, and loves animation. Jason is a father, a skeptic, entirely too opinionated, and prefers a word count in powers of two. When the world gets heavy you can find him either unbuilding LEGO® sets as catharsis or harnessing his power animal—the panda.
Toni was born in South Carolina, raised in Virginia, and lives in Florida, where she learned to love the southeast, sunny weather, and Chihuahuas. After receiving her MBA at the University of Tampa, she began to share the impact of how technology can help nonprofit organizations touch more people. As former Campus Director of The Iron Yard, she understands the needs for talented developers. Her passion is people and believes technology can help people achieve better results, quicker. She is excited about the warm welcome from St. Petersburg/Tampa and looks forward to collaborating with the community to develop amazing developers who want to make awesome things.
Gavin is a native of Florida and currently resides in St. Petersburg. Fearful he would someday melt under the Florida sun, Gavin took a break from the Sunshine State and studied mathematics and computer science in Rochester, New York and Management Information Systems in Tucson, Arizona. Gavin has been writing software since programs were saved on tape and source code was printed in magazines. When not programming, he can be found wondering if he will ever finish book four of the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series, promoting a future of electric cars, convincing his girlfriend that PopTarts™‚ should go in the shopping cart since they are healthy because they contain seven minerals, and recently trying his hand at improv comedy.
Mark has seen success in both the government and commercial arenas of software engineering. Graduating from University of Pitt at Johnstown with a BS in Computer Science, Mark has fostered a love of being a lifelong learner. Through his journey of building a wide variety of software, Mark has found a passion for revolutionizing industries and a drive to improve people’s lives through new technology and paradigms. When not trying to change the world, Mark can be found outside enjoying the sun in his hammock, learning a new hobby or redesigning a bad user experience. Over the years, Mark has developed a passion for mentoring young and ambitious talent, and wants to bring developer training to the next level.
I came to Tampa to help start a FinTech company that helps ordinary Americans get fair access to small-dollar loans. We sold it to Experian in 2017 and I decided to stay for the hurricanes, termites, humidity, and the awesome Ruby community we discovered in the Suncoast Developers Guild. Let‘s build something new together.
The main reason I wanted to support the Suncoast Developers Guild was because of the sense of community Toni was able to foster amongst the entire Tampa Bay tech scene. There were over forty plus meetup groups at the previous coding bootcamp location and Toni was able to coordinate them all seamlessly. It was important to me that this sense of community shared amongst everyone in the tech industry continued on, hopefully for many more years to come.