DAY JOB: In October of 2020, I accepted a contract position at BlueScope Steel North America, where I am working as an IT Business Analyst. My most recent prior full-time position was with Fike Corporation as a Business Systems Analyst Developer where I had been working for the past three years (I was laid off due to Covid-19 cutbacks). My work at Fike entailed the analysis of business systems requirements and development of various web applications, including a product calculator configurator, a new 4000+ user portal and a document management system.
TEACHING: I regularly teach classes part time at Johnson County Community College Continuing Ed (profile) where I just celebrated my 5 year anniversary. I recently took part in collaborating on developing the next generation of Full Stack Web Development Certificate at JCCC. I am very excited to be putting my personal stamp on the education of the next generation of web developers. Here is a full list of the classes I teach, with some outlines and resources.
Thank you for visiting my resume/portfolio site! I am a diverse technology professional with many skills to offer. My work history has primarly included positions as a full-stack web developer, which includes front-end and back-end programming, database, web graphics and design. I also have skills in photography, audio/video editing, social media, work as a business analyst, and I am a technical instructor. I currently teach part time at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). For the past several years I had worked full time as a Business Systems Analyst Developer (programmer/analyst full-stack developer position). I currently work for BlueScope Steel North America as an IT Business Analyst on an Agile Scrum team. I maintain numerous side-projects to continue to strengthen my programming and application knowledge. I enjoy the way my day job and night job have fed each other. I continue to learn and apply knowledge from both positions.
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I would describe myself as technical, passionate and gracious. I always strive to give others the benefit of the doubt and practice a longsuffering attitude. Many tell me I am easy to work with and I feel that I am usually well liked. With respect to work, one of my friends has described me as a technical Swiss Army Knife. I think this is an interesting and adequate description. I am a bit of a tech-multi-tool and enjoy a diversity of technologies. I describe myself as a, "Jack of all trades, master of some." This is often what is referred to as a polymath (see definition). As an analytical-creative, with a unique perspective on the world, I am fortunate to have numerous skills to offer and I love being able to contribute. I am passionate about the web and passionate about people.
polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, "having learned much") is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.
Over the years, I have demonstrated one thing consistently, the ability to teach myself new concepts. Thus, by definition, I am also an autodidact (see definition). I enjoy the challenge and adventure of learning and believe I can learn anything if given adequate context and a chance to layer the knowledge.
autodidact (Greek: αυτοδίδακτος, autodidaktos self-taught, from aut- + didaktos taught, from didaskein to teach) is a person who is self-taught or having the ability to teach themselves.
I never am at a point where I think I have arrived in my knowledge. I am constantly pushing myself to learn and advance. I'm am agreesive in my pursuit of life-long learning.
I will have been married to the love of my life, Barbara, for 22 years as of June 2018. I definitely married up! Barb and I had many friends in common, but had never met until our 20s. I went to Olathe North High School and she went to the rival school, Olathe South. We met at her father's book store and were friends for two years before we began dating. Months thereafter, much to our parents dismay, we eloped! We are very blessed to have three children; Daniel, Nathan and Ashlyn, who never cease to amaze! Ashlyn is a young artist, she and her brother Nathan are quite the gamers. Their older brother, Daniel, is out on his own.
Many of my primary interest and passions are closely related to my work. I enjoy teaching, technology, programming and media (graphics, photography, audio and video). But you also may find me tinkering with technical gadgets like my Intel NUC web server or programming, fun, playing guitar, and following football. I am a huge Chiefs fan, as well as a fan and collector of IRONMAN things. So you can find me on Twitter as @KCIRONFAN which is of course a slight merger of the two interest.
I also have an outdoor side and enjoy spending time at the range. I am a member of the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) and enjoy marksmanship and competitive shooting. When I get the chance, I also enjoy going hiking (see my visual hiking log and nature photos). I really love camp cooking and survival skills.
Lastly, I am also involved in various studies related to the scholar, Dr. Francis Schaeffer, so I am regularly reading both his works and researching various materials. These studies prompted the founding of the research service called Francis Schaeffer Studies. As you might expect, I am quite busy, but I'm doing all the things I truly love.
My Visual Hiking Log:
I can site numerous instances from my work history where I have been able to succeed by learning a diverse set of technical skills. In technical school, I took classes, but within a year I was asked to teach. When I worked in banking, I cross-trained and learned every check item processing position. As a web programmer, I wanted to know how it all worked, from front-end to back-end. Later as an analyst, I loved the diversity of working across multiple teams and with many types of specialist. If you are looking for a generalist, I am most definitely your man. If you are looking for a particular specialist who will be mindful of the big picture do not rule me out. I am adaptive and a hungry learner.
I'm a Diverse Technologist, with Experience as an Analyst, Programmer, Designer & Technical Instructor.
I started my career in banking and was noticed for my skills with Excel and was eventually asked to teach "Excel for Banking." Thereafter, I was hired as a technical instructor at the school I was attending. During my early career as a technical instructor, I was exposed to numerous technologies by working side-by-side with other teachers. I had been interested in the web as a hobby since the late 90s and took the opportunity to pick up various web development languages as well as web design and other skills directly from other instructors. For the next 10 years or so, I worked as a Full-Stack PHP Developer, with a short stint as a VBA Application Developer (MS Excel Macro Development). For two years thereafter, I worked as a Business Systems Analyst. In the summer of 2016, I accepted a teaching role as a part-time technical instructor at Johnson County Community College. Here, I have an opportunity to both share my skills and further enhance them. In August of 2017, I accepted a contract role with Fike Corporation as a Business Systems Analyst working and programming in Oracle CPQ/BigMachines and was converted to full time in several months time. Finally, in August of 2018, I accepted a role at Fike as a Business Systems Analyst Developer, doing analysis, creating web applications and product calculators. I love what I do and enjoy the challenge. I am excited to see where the nest position will take me, and how I can further grow in my skills.
Professional Web and Programming Groups You Might Find Me At!
(Note: Some time ago I joined several programming groups, but unfortunately, due to time, I cannot attend many of the meetings for all of these. However, this should give you an idea of my general programming interest.)
Personal & Ministry Related
Member, Teacher, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Overland Park Kansas redeemer-pca.org
Treasurer, International Society of Christian Apologetics isca-apologetics.org
Founder/Developer of Francis Schaeffer Studies francisschaefferstudies.org
Thank you for visiting danguinn.com. This site is regularly being updated with various materials to show my diverse background and experience. The following are positions that generally describe my skillset:
Business Systems Analyst
Media Expert (graphics, photography, video)
The ideal position would be with an organization that appreciates a multifacited technologist as opposed to a narrow specialist.
Please contact me if you feel I would be a good fit for your organization (see my resume for contact information).
My passion for technology has at times crossed over into ministry related areas and allowed me to offer my services to non-profits such as Stonecroft Ministries and the International Society of Christian Apologetics. Likewise, I founded the scholarly research service Francis Schaeffer Studies in 2011 and currently interact with various Schaeffer-related ministries. This has led me to also pursue the ministry related credentials, which are listed below.
Certificate of Apologetics, Biola University
Pursuing - Masters of Arts in Theological Studies at Covenant Theological Seminary (distance education)
I really have a deep love for teaching. There is something about watching the "lights come on" in people's minds. Their faces light up, they get excited about what they are learning and you can feel the electricity when they engage. I got my start as an instructor while working in banking. After being noticed for my skills with Excel, I was asked to teach. A short time later, I was asked to become a technical instructor at the school I was attending. While I was there, I learned to program and began my career in web development. I believe teaching and instruction are an important necessity in one's technical career, especially if you do any work as an analyst. Today, I teach part-time as a technical instuctor at Johnson County Community College where I try to pass on my years of knowledge to hungry minds.
Training is an essential part of work. People need patient and engaging mentors. This is what I bring to the table.
JCCC students can access class information here:
Numerouse Classes Taught at JCCC (2016 to present, primary focus Web Development):
All classes listed here represent curriculum developed for teaching by Dan Guinn, with book materials furnished by JCCC and additional supplemental materials developed by Dan Guinn. See full list here.
Fike Global Technical Exchange XVIII, 2019
"Fike Phoenix - Rising from the Ashes"
Fike Global Technical Exchange XVII, 2018
"Modern Requirements Gathering & Prototyping Strategy that Leverages Team Knowledge & Strengths" - 2018
Masterbrand Web Training Contract (2016, 2017)
Developed general HTML, CSS and Wordpress curriculum for contract training of Masterbrand team.
Intouch Solutions (2015) - Excel Subject Matter Expert - Integrated Continuing Education (ICE):
"Excel Super Powers - Excel for Business Usage"
Subject Matter Expert Technical Lecturer (2011-2015):
Non-Profit Technical Advisory Lectures at the CMTA (2011) "I Clicked on the Internet"
"The Top 5 Things You Need to Go Global"
Subject Matter Expert on Francis Schaeffer (various classes from 2011 to present):
Presented numerous papers at the ISCA on Francis Schaeffer
Lectured at various locations on Francis Schaeffer for francisschaefferstudies.org
Wrote and taught 10 classes and curriculum developed for numerous 12-14 week classes on various works of Francis and Edith Schaeffer
Classes Taught at New Horizons (2002):
MS Excel, Access 2000 Level 1, Access XP (2002) Level 1
Excel 2000 Level 1, Excel 2000 Level 2, Excel 2000 Level 3, Excel XP (2002) Level 1
Word 2000 Level 1, Word 2000 Level 2, Word 2000 Level 3, Word XP (2002) Level 1
PowerPoint 2000 Level 1, PowerPoint XP (2002) Level 1
FrontPage 2000 Level 1, FrontPage XP Level 1
HTML 4 Level 1
Introduction to Networking
Windows 2000 Level 1, Windows 2000 Level 2, Windows XP (2002) Level 1
Bank of Blue Valley (2001):
Excel for Banking 1 & 2