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Over the last 25 years, Jeff has worked with the US Air Force, MasterCard, Elsevier, RGA, Stanford Credit Union, Systems Service Enterprises, Emerson, WebMD, Genelco, Navisys, Monsanto, Maritz, the Todd Group, any many others. He started his own company in 1997 which developed web applications with dynamic personalization. For 8 years, Jeff has worked with RGA as a systems architect designing advanced solutions for their Aura Tele-underwriting web application.
A few years ago, Jeff founded the open source MasterView template engine project, a project that brings WYSIWYG editing to Ruby on Rails while still maintaining full productivity of ERB. Jeff and Deb Lewis are the core MasterView project developers. Jeff was a board member of the St. Louis Web Developer and Designers group for 8 years and is a member of the steering committee for the St. Louis Ruby User Group.
Coming from most recently an enterprise Java industry, Jeff understands the challenges companies deal with when using and adopting new technologies. Companies want to work smarter, faster, and be more productive, but they can't just rewrite their legacy code base overnight. The addition of JRuby as a deployment option for Rails brings a powerful proposal to the table. It allows you to take advantage of the highly productive Rails framework and still leverage your existing Java codebase and infrastructure. After a Gateway JUG meeting where Mike and Jeff got to meet Charles Nutter, the lead developer at Sun for JRuby, they realized that adding JRuby to the Rails mix would open up new possibilities for enterprise shops everywhere.
Jeff is blessed to be happily married to a loving wife, Mary Jo, and with a beautiful daughter, Laura. He enjoys skiing in the Rockies and vacationing in Disney World. In his spare time he volunteers his skills to various ministries like Genesis Ministry, to help them spread the word of God. Jeff is a devout Catholic and member of St. Joseph's parish in Manchester, MO. He donates a portion of all proceeds to Genesis Ministry and other charities.