Resume

Brandon Rotkel

27181 Huerta, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692 • (949) 861-0947

brotkel@gmail.com • http://finenothings.com

Front-end Web Developer & Graphic Designer

Technical Skills

Skilled in standards-compliant HTML5, CSS 3, and Javascript/Typescript for desktop and mobile browsers.

Experience working with full and headless CMS templating engines, such as Drupal, Wordpress and ContentStack.

Proficient with front-end frameworks and libraries, including React, Angular, Sass, Tailwind and others.

Experience with deploying and monitoring Dockerized bundles on AWS and Azure hosting platforms.

Has set department standards for code workflows using Git, and code reviews with Github and BitBucket.

Background with graphic design tools for raster (Photoshop) and vector (Illustrator) images.

Career Development

Blizzard Entertainment – Senior Engineer I, Irvine, CA 11/2017 – 06/2021

Coding React applications for multiple live service products and managing technical requirements of offsite contract team.

  • Developed features for the first two seasons of the Overwatch League website, to enhance fan engagement and meet sponsorship deals that required tight deadlines. Enhanced existing CMS with Drupal as a secondary headless CMS to enable live creation of content that the legacy CMS wasn't able to provide.
  • Built a from-the-ground-up news experience to feature in the company's Battle.net digital storefront, using Tailwind and NextJS. Architected the schema for structured news content to replace a 10 year old legacy system.
  • Worked as the sole technical contact with a vendor, planning features and managing backlog of necessary deliverables.
  • Made several existing websites compliant with AA accessibility standards and CCPA/GDPR regulations.

 

Hyundai AutoEver America – Senior Front-end Engineer, Irvine, CA 03/2015 – 11/2017

Leading team on redesign of Kia.com and other highly utilized, customer-facing product sites.

  • Set technology direction for front-end and developer tools and helped team members to develop skills with Angular, Sass and Git through training and writing style guides.
  • Evaluated bugs and features for level of effort during sprint planning, communicates with creative and technical team to provide understanding of technical and UX issues.

 

Bariatric Advantage – Front-end Web Developer, Aliso Viejo, CA 03/2011 – 03/2015

Developed e-commerce websites and internal web apps, tracking analytics trends, and designing online marketing materials for a young, online sales-focused company with Agile development schedule.

  • Developed e-commerce sites for brands that doubled online sales.
  • As product owner, leads project planning scrums and QA, communicating issues with designers, engineers and stakeholders.

 

Syneron, Inc. – Webmaster / Developer, Irvine, CA 11/2007 – 03/2011

Front-end developer on all product websites, developed new web apps for internal company use, and provided departments with solutions for technical training, sales and support.

  • In charge of designing and building front-end for 10+ customer-facing and internal websites using Zend framework and Drupal CMS, including launching two online stores.
  • Managed code deployment and performance on multiple LAMP web servers.

 

Software Anywhere – Designer / Junior Developer, San Clemente, CA 3/2005 – 11/2007

Designed original graphical layouts and interfaces for this start-up tech company and clients. Prototyped and assisted in coding features and creating HTML and JSP web apps.

  • Designed and developed prototype front-ends for YouMail and Software Anywhere using JSP and JavaScript during rapid start-up phases.
  • During second phase development, adapted the site front-end with a new look-and-feel in one week with minimal changes to the DOM.

 

Hobbies

In my spare time, I’m usually playing video or board games and I have led a raiding guild in World of Warcraft with over 20 active members. I attend meetups for OC Drupal and volunteer at annual coding camps. I also brew very strong beer.