My name is Josh Zeigler and I am a Web Applications Developer with specialties and interests in web user interface technologies, SEO, accessibility and cross-browser compatibility. In addition to front-end technologies, I also have extensive experience with server-side languages and databases. This is my personal blog site and digital playground. I use this site to test and learn.
I work full time as a Web UI Consultant for Cardinal Health’s Enterprise Architecture Labs team. My team works on special projects, prototypes and researches new technologies and philosophies for the business. Before Cardinal Health, I spent 5 years as a senior developer and development manager for Resource Interactive, an interactive marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio.
I have been married for 10 years to my wife, Terri. We have one child, Zoe, who is 9 years old and is in the 4th grade. My family also includes Titan (1 year old Jack Russel Terrier), Jackson (3 year old cat), and DA (an 8 year old Tiger Oscar). I have many hobbies and projects that keep me busy. My personal projects include Home Theater, Android mobile and Web User Interface development. I also enjoy going fishing, cooking and gardening.
I grew up in Holland, Ohio, where I graduated in 1999 from Springfield High School. After graduating, I attended Stautzenberger College where I took classes in web development and network infrastructure. While in school, I started ZiggyTech, a technology services company. My early work through ZiggyTech mainly consisted of building custom computers and setting up small office networks. This has since evolved into primary web development work.
To bring in a steady paycheck while in college, I worked as a dispatcher and security officer in the police department at the Medical College of Ohio. While working at MCO (now a part of the University of Toledo), I was asked to administer the department’s records management system (ARMS). After nearly 3 years, I moved on to work at Convergys as a technical support agent for AT&T’s @Home cable internet service.
My career in tech support was short-lived and I found myself looking to Columbus, Ohio for work. I found a job at the Custom Computer Warehouse where I sold computer parts and built custom PC’s. I had a lot of fun working at CCW, but computer sales wasn’t helping much when trying to feed a family.
My Professional Journey
In December of 2002, I landed what I consider my first career job as a web developer with CISP, an internet services company in Toledo, Ohio. CISP’s primary business at the time was providing turnkey solutions for dial-up ISP’s. While working at CISP, my first position was to build custom portal web sites for the many different ISP customers we serviced. This opportunity allowed me to learn and develop with Microsoft technologies such as Classic ASP and ASP.NET. Later, my duties expanded to include building other custom tools including dialer software, creating instant messenger clients, and skinning the SlipStream’s dial-up accelerator. After almost 2 years, I was asked to take over the role of database administrator and began servicing Microsoft SQL 2000 servers. The main task in this position was to maintain billing databases for ISP customers on the Rodopi billing platform. CISP later formed YoColo, hosting dedicated and virtual servers. The creation of YoColo provided the opportunity to build my own custom, self-contained billing platform using SQL 2000 and ASP.NET. After 3 years at CISP, I felt I had learned as much as I could and realized it was time to move on.
After weeks of discussion with my wife, I once again pursued work in Columbus, where I was given an opportunity to do contact web development for Resource Interactive in their retail studio. With a fantastic opportunity thrown in my lap, the family and I packed up and moved to Columbus where we have been living for since June of 2006. After a year of contacting, Resource offered me a full time position which I enthusiastically accepted. Resource Interactive was an incredible place to work. I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. I also had the pleasure to work on many large projects for huge retailers including DSW, Kohler, Kohls, DirectBuy, Walgreen’s, Chico’s, Express, Wendy’s and many others. Agency life was stressful and required a very solid committment in which I found myself needing more time with my family.
In August of 2010, I was presented with an opportunity to work for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 19 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Definitely a change of pace and a new opportunity to learn and grow in a new environment, I accepted the position as Enterprise Architecture Consultant for the newly created Labs team. Our team’s goals are to complete special projects using new technologies and skills, influence change and progression and to educate other teams in the business.