Jay Epstein: Drupal Developer, Data Architect and Site Builder

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My career in Information Technology spans over 20 years where I have enjoyed the opportunity of providing proven results across many different I.T. areas. With an original focus on mainframes and programming the green screen and code concept gave way to a more creative and visual focus for me. While the web fledged beyond its infancy I set out into multimedia (Macromedia Director then Adobe Flash) on both the code and animation side of things. Due to work necessities I soon branched out into PC's, Microsoft servers, Unix, networking and IT management. This became the on ramp to a career as an Information Technology Director in Aerospace electronics that lasted over 13 years. While I never expected it, becoming proficient with Adobe applications such as Photoshop and Premiere, print ad work, graphic design, animation and user interface design found their ways into the daily workload. 

Over the past 7 years, I found that content management systems, data architecture and multi-dimensional data were my real forte. Once I found Drupal, I knew I was at home and have settled into a great career as a Drupal site builder and have pioneered the Relativity Data model for Drupal.

 

Giving Back

Professionals that are part of the Drupal Community understand the importance of giving back. The first motto learned is: Come for the software, stay for the community. I believe in this 100%. Some contribute through writing modules, providing documentation, patching core and many other avenues. Personally, I found a great way to give back is through mentoring, teaching and providing thought leadership into new ways of back end data systems development. Here's just a few points on how I contribute:

  • Broward Drupal Users Group: Co-Organizer, Speaker
    • 2011 - Present: Monthly Drupal meetup for all skill levels
  • Drupal Career Starter Program: Mentor
    • 2013 - Present: Provide real-world on-boarding by teaching strategy, concepts, implementation and self governance.
  • DrupalCamp Speaker:
    • 2012 - Present: Provide in-depth training sessions on data architecture, data modeling and implementation in Drupal.
    • DrupalCamp Florida, South Florida, Atlanta and Austin.
  • DrupalCamp Site Builder:
    • 2015, 2016, 2017: Drupal 7 single event management site built on The Relativity Data Model for Drupal.
    • This system has been used by many DrupalCamps throughout the country.
  • DrupalCamp Site Builder: 
    • 2017: Drupal 8 single event management site built on the Relativity Data Model for Drupal.