Brain Brian

software engineer living in Los Angeles, California.

I’m Brian Behrens, a developer living in Los Angeles, CA. I have been building interactive projects professionally since 2003. The bulk of my career has been centered around websites, social campaigns, and web-based applications. I have focused heavily on interaction design, web standards, usability, animation, video, e-commerce, and application architecture. My passion for technology is ever-evolving and I enjoy new challenges. Behind it all, I’m a problem solver who likes telling stories. In my free time, you’ll find me surfing, taking photos, exploring code, and/or spending time with my wife and dogs.

Experience

  • Staff Software Engineer, Surfline

    Remote (Huntington Beach, CA) | 2021 – Present

    I've joined Surfline as the lead on a newly formed Web Platform squad. Our squad is responsible for building and maintaining our design system, shared packages, shared services, frontend architecture and more.

  • Principal Software Engineer (IV), VideoAmp

    Santa Monica, CA | 2018 – 2021

    Starting at VideoAmp on the DesignOps team, we focused on building our design system. This was built using TypeScript, React, Jest, Cypress, Percy, Codecov, D3 and more. I then transitioned to a principal role, working as a full-stack engineer delivering features and shared code in both our front and backend services using Node.js, TypeScript, React, hapi, Postgres, Snowflake and various AWS services like SQS and SNS. I helped lead guild meetings and mentor other engineers.

  • Software Engineer – Front End, REI

    Kent, WA | 2017 – 2018

    Lead front end software engineer for the Classes/Events and Adventures team. Work in a continuous integrated environment with Docker, Java, Jenkins and more. Spend most of my time updating our front end systems to be written in ES6 linting standards with Vue.js components. Use build tools like webpack and dependency management on the front end is done via our private NPM repository. Unit test our shared modules with Mocha and Chai.

  • Senior Interactive Developer, POP

    Seattle, WA | 2015 – 2017

    Second time working at POP. Previously wrote a large amount of ActionScript 3, building applications and animations for various clients. This time I focused heavily on JavaScript. Used Node.js on almost every project integrating Grunt, Gulp or webpack for build tools. Used frameworks/libraries like React, Angular, GreenSock, jQuery, ScrollMagic and many others. Created animations in both CSS and JavaScript. Led various server integrations, API and database development, Docker configuration and other backend duties. Developed within Node.js, Apache, .NET and AWS environments.

  • Senior Web Developer, Mervin Manufacturing

    Seattle, WA | 2012 – 2015

    Led a team in development efforts and made key decisions in e-commerce infrastructure, hosting architecture and build systems. Developed new applications for users to find and customize products. Developed responsive WordPress templates for all brand sites. Researched new technologies like Angular and implemented them in production builds. Planned marketing and social initiatives. Implemented new management communication and analytic tools for team efficiencies. Set up source control infrastructure. Evaluated analytics and made informed online-business decisions.

  • Senior Interface Developer, Blast Radius

    Seattle, WA | 2011 – 2012

    Managed a team of developers executing marketing initiatives for Starbucks. Brainstormed and planned technical execution on Frappuccino, Pumpkin Spice Latte and Starbucks Holiday. Planned timelines and feature specifications for technical execution. Utilized JIRA for iteration planning. Programmed MVC based Flash experiences for Starbucks Holiday and Frappuccino using ActionScript 3 and PureMVC.

  • Senior Interactive Developer, POP

    Seattle, WA | 2008 – 2011

    Built Flash based experiences for corporate clients such as Target, Nintendo, Amazon, Xbox and more. Led development planning efforts and execution.

  • Multimedia Developer, Marx Creative

    Milwaukee, WI | 2006 – 2008

    = Web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ajax, Flash, XML, PHP and MySQL), DVD production, In-store Media Creation

  • Freelance Web Development

    2006 – Present

    Web-design and Programming (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Flash, XML, PHP and MySQL), Custom CMS Application Development

  • Multimedia Developer, WIN Media Inc.

    Burlington, WI | 2003 – 2006

    Project Management, CD-ROM Development, Web Development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Flash, PHP and MySQL), DVD Production, Live Event Video Production, Commercial Productions

  • Production Assistant, Milwaukee Public Television

    Milwaukee, WI | 2002 – 2003

    Floor Director, Camera, Make-up, TelePrompTer, Switcher, Lighting, Audio

  • Co-Producer, Milwaukee Bucks “Bucks Buddy” Half-time Segment

    Milwaukee, WI | 2003

    I Produced, Shot, and Edited a 30 second half-time segment for the “Bucks Buddy” program with partner, Brad Manderscheid. The segment aired on the WB during a Bucks half-time show.

  • Executive Producer, MPTV’s “Letters to Santa”

    Milwaukee, WI | 2002

    I oversaw all aspects of production in the 7 Part Children’s Series aired on Milwaukee Public Television.

Awards

  • Target – Best of the Bullseye: Collaboration

    Seattle, WA | 2008

    The team at POP on the Target account was awarded a Best of the Bullseye award by Target Corporate for collaboration.

  • Freddie Award

    Milwaukee, WI | 2007

    International Health and Medical Media Awards for Best Web Site
    Working at Marx Creative, I helped produce and maintain chefmd.com. I set up the databases, created/implemented designs, and maintained the site since I started at Marx Creative in 2006.

  • Best Director Award

    Milwaukee, WI | 2003

    Milwaukee Public Television Student Operations
    I was awarded best director for a half hour long feature titled “Let’s Be Frank”. I was the director, producer, cinematographer, and editor for this feature.

Education

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College

    Milwaukee, WI | 2001 – 2003

    Associates Degree in Television & Video Production

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College

    Milwaukee, WI | 2003 – 2005

    Associates Degree in Visual Communications

Skills

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, React, build webpack, Jenkins, Preprocessors, Babel, Vue.js, Angular, PHP, MySQL, NoSQL, Source Control (Git & SVN), WordPress, JSON, XML, Social APIs, JS Libraries (Underscore, GreenSock, Jest, Cypress, jQuery), Agile Methodology, Adobe Creative Cloud, Project Estimation/Planning, Managing Development Teams, Video Production and Photography

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