I believe I would make an ideal candidate for your Full Stack Developer position. Not only do I meet all the requirements for the position, but I have over 10 years experience with PHP, Javascript and WordPress. I also have several years experience specifically creating custom WordPress themes and plug-ins and modifying off the shelf plug-ins to suite each website’s needs.

In my 15 year career I have designed and developed hundreds of websites and I have maintained dozens of CMS systems and have installed, updated and maintained their underlying hardware infrastructure. In the case of my role on work for Aston Martin, I co-authored their own custom CMS. I am adept with Google Analytics and their entire software suite, and I currently manage Google Analytics on over 50 websites and regularly mine and prepare reports based on that analytic data. I have been using the entirety of the Adobe Creative Suite since the ’90s, including but not limited to Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Flash.

In my current role as Director of Technology at Harbor House, and throughout my career, I have been responsible for many IT tasks as well. I have updated and maintained their 20 or so Mac and Windows workstations, managed their Exchange Email Server and Ubuntu File Server, managed their intranet network and integrated it with their internet presence, and have even managed their enterprise grade printers.

As for required experience, I exceed every requirement. I have written HTML and CSS for around 20 years. I have wirtten PHP and Javascript and been adept at MySQL for just as long. I have mastery not only of WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and a dozen other third party CMS, but I also have years of experience in building custom CMS. I have dozens of years experience building, updating, and maintaining both Windows and Mac computers (and Linux). I have spent my entire career growing and adapting to the ever-changing environments that web and mobile development demand.

What separates me from the pack? Communication. Every developer or IT tech to apply will likely have mastery of the required skill set. For my part, I’ve been developing in PHP and JS specifically for WordPress for almost a decade and a myriad of other technologies, frameworks, and languages for 20 years. However, the most important lessons I’ve learned in that time have not been technical. They have all been related to better communicating ideas and positions to team members, being a more proficient leader, and learning to better understand and coordinate the needs of the client, the owners, and the development teams. I have used the communication skills at the last 3 jobs I’ve had to rise from developer positions to leadership positions and have spent the last 6-7 years in more of a leadership role. While I still maintain my passion for programming and IT, I have also grown into quite a passion for teaching others to work better.

As a designer, programmer, and IT tech with 15 years of professional experience building software for dozens of platforms, not the least of which include Windows, Mac, Linux, the web, iOS and Android, I believe I could make a valuable contribution to furthering your company’s success and goals. My career includes several years exclusively with WordPress and web publishing websites which have collectively processed millions of visitors and tens of millions of page views.

My career highlights include:

  • Full Stack Developer
  • Lead Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Director of Technology

I have been “around the block” in the Northern Michigan web development scene and often the roles of programmer and IT tech have been merged. I think this makes me an even more ideal candidate considering I have direct experience with combining hardware, network and software to complete almost any project. I think this job would be an ideal fit for me too! While I am not a teacher, I am an education enthusiast and avid reader and would jump at the opportunity to bring my skill set to an education setting. Please feel free to use the website as you will, or more traditionally, you can reach me by email at leifchanson@gmail.com or by phone at (231) 445-0242.

Kind regards,
Leif Hanson

  • Age: 41
  • Residence: Indian River
  • Availability: Yes
  • Address: Indian River, USA
  • Phone: (231) 445-0242
  • E-mail: leifchanson@gmail.com
October 2015 - Present
Director of Technology - Harbor House Publishers, Inc.

As Director of Technology for Harbor House Publishers, my current position, I have to be able to work on a myriad of solutions. I have done everything here from rebuilding their entire web presence including nearly 50 websites, to rebuilding their entire network and file server architecture, to designing and building over 30 iOS apps.

March 2012 - October 2014
Lead Developer / Project Manager - Gaslight Media

With Gaslight Media I was something of a “jack of all trades”. In addition to being a web development studio, Gaslight runs their own ISP, so in this case I did a lot of networking. I hired in as a Front End Developer, then was promoted to Lead Developer, and then to Project Manager. For about 3 years I worked on their website development. I also did a substantial amount of their web designs during this time, though I still consider myself a programmer/IT first and a designer second.

September 2009 - March 2012
Senior Developer / Project Manager - Engage, Inc.

At Engage I was also able to climb the ladder from Developer, to Lead Developer, to Project Manager even though in this case I was almost 900 miles from their headquarters. Though I was with Engage for almost 3 years, my time was spent almost exclusively on two contracts.

November 2008 - June 2009
Developer - AlpineWEB

My stay at AlpineWEB was unfortunately brief. You will see from the timetable about where we were in the Great Recession. Though I was laid off I left on good terms and have even had a few offers from their owner to return. Unfortunately I have always been in steady employment since leaving AlpineWEB and was never able to go back.

May 2005 - October 2008
Webmaster - Electronics Leader, Inc.

With Electronics Leader, I handled all aspects of their ecommerce electronics website. From server infrastructure and PCI compliance, to DDoS attack mitigation and other custom security features, to daily PPC and organic SEO administration.

September 2004 - August 2006
North Central Michigan College

Associates of Applied Science; Computer Information Systems

March 2006 - October 2006
Americorps, Student Internship

Writing software for the East Jordan Family Health Center. Uses HTML, XML, PHP and MYSQL database to dynamically generate patient prescription aid forms. HPPA compliance in programming practices, for PHP, C languages, and database design.

Network Admin

Implement and maintain IT network systems. Implement firewalls, iptables, and other security, defense, and mitigation measures. Manage, modify and optimize connectivity and speed.

Database Admin

Proficiency with MySQL, MS SQL, Postgres, Access, Mongo and Oracle. Several years direct experience both installing, tweaking and managing databases of all kinds, as well as several years experience programming and mining the data stored therein from dozens of platforms and using dozens of languages.

Server Admin

Building, updating and maintaining servers for personal and business use with 15 years professional experience. Mastery of both hardware and software for Windows, Mac, and Linux for business use. Years working on MS Exchange, Sharepoint, MSSQL, Access, and File Sharing.

Workstation Admin

Building, updating and maintaining workstations for personal, gaming, and business use with 15 years professional experience. Mastery of hardware and software for Windows, Mac and Linux for personal and business use. Years of managing almost any software users might need from MS office to Adobe Creative Suite to dozens of file managers, FTP clients, and other productivity software.

Printer Admin

Maintained and updated everything from personal printers to enterprise grade printers. Years of experience maintaining hardware, and managing firmware, color profiles, and accuracy.

Web Development

15 years professional experience with web design and development using almost every language and framework including HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery, PHP, .NET, ASP, AS3, CF, Ruby, Python, Perl, and Java.

iOS Development

6 years professional iOS development in Objective-C and Swift programming languages with over 40 apps on the Apple App Store.

Android Development

6 years professional iOS development in Java programming language with over 40 apps on the Android Store.

Windows Development

15 years professional Windows development in C, C++, C#, Visual Basic. Decades experience building and maintaining Windows workstations and servers.

Apple Development

15 years professional Apple development in Objective-C and Swift. Decades experience building and maintaining Mac workstations.

Linux Development

5 years professional Linux development in Java, PHP, Pyhton, Ruby, and Perl. Decades experience building and maintaining Linux workstations and servers.

  • Web Development
  • Server Administration
  • Network Administration
  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
Coding Skills
  • WordPress
  • Angular / JavaScript
  • HTML / CSS
  • Perl / Python / Ruby
  • Objective-C / C++ / C#
  • .NET / ASP
IT Skills
  • Network Admin
  • Database Admin
  • Server Admin
  • Workstation Admin
  • Hardware
  • Software

Years of amateur photography and Photoshop.


Enthusiasm for camping, hiking, biking, and environmentalism.


You don’t get into this field without a passion for gaming.