Brenda Keller — a portrait
What do you do at NetSource Technologies, and how long have you worked here?
I am a programmer and have been with NetSource Technologies for less than a year.
Do you have any nicknames?
None that are currently in use.
When is your birthday?
Hometown / Where have you lived?
My hometown is Budd Lake, NJ. I also lived in St. Louis, MO for a year and the Dallas, TX area for eight years. I’ve lived in Ocala, FL since 2005.
When did you become interested in creating websites?
Back in 1998 I worked on my first project to web-enable some reports which were previously being run manually. The ability to make these reports available on-demand first ignited my desire to create time-saving websites.
What is your favorite part of creating a new website?
When those who have requested the creation of the site see it and the site has met or exceeds their expectations.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Knowing that something I’ve created or helped to create is being used by someone to make their job/life easier.
When did you become interested in computers and technology?
When I was in middle-school, there were only a few books about computers in the school’s library. I took those books out almost every week. Even though I didn’t really understand what I was reading about, I was amazed at what computers could do in our everyday lives. From that point on I always knew I would work with computers in some capacity.
What piece of technology could you not live without?
My phone with data plan.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
Traveling around the area checking out the various natural and man-made attractions in Florida.
Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, and amateur photography.
What are your top three moments in your life so far?
#3 – Becoming a CNE (Certified NetWare Engineer)
#2 – Moving into my home in Ocala, FL
#1 – Becoming a web programmer for NetSource Technologies
(I know this sounds a little corny, but I have been in pursuit of becoming a full-time programmer for a good portion of my adult life)
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food / drink?
Food would be most Italian dishes, drink would be Dr Pepper.
What is your favorite musician or type of music?
I like several different types of music, but lately have been listening to a lot of piano and new age (relaxing music).
What is your favorite sport? Do you have a favorite team?
It’s a toss-up between football and hockey. The teams I root for are the Pittsburgh Steelers (since Super Bowl 10 in 1976) and the New York Rangers (since 1981). I added the years so you know I’m not a band-wagon fan.
What are your favorite TV shows?
Biggest Loser (I love seeing the transformations), Amazing Race, but my all-time favorite show was Lost.
What are your favorite movies?
I’ve watched too many movies to narrow it down.
What are your favorite books / magazines?
I like reading inspirational stories about real people. As far as magazines are concerned, a couple of my favorites are National Geographic and Prevention.
What are your favorite websites or blogs?
I have to say my favorite website (the one I visit the most) would have to be Google. Though for web programming, DevGuru is a close second.
Twitter or Facebook? (and why)
Definitely Facebook. I have not gotten into Twitter. Facebook just seems to be where all of my friends (recent and past) like to get connected.
Tell us about your family!
I have one brother and two sisters who live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My mom and I share our home in Ocala.
Do you have any pets?
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
This is a tough one, since I have a long list of places I would love to visit. If I had to pick just one, I guess I would say Hawaii. I was there once, but look forward to going back.
If you couldn’t be a programmer anymore, what career would you pursue?
I would either like to try my hand as a baker or as a writer.
If you could choose to have any superpower, what would it be?
I actually had to look this one up and thought I had a good one when I was looking at the Superhero Database on the Internet and saw there was one called Web Creation, but it wasn’t what I thought it was. So I guess I would go with telescopic vision since my actual eyesight is not very good.
How do you think technology and/or web design will change in the next 10-20 years?
If it’s possible, I think technology will permeate even more of our daily lives.
What tips would you give to a business that is just starting out with their first website?
Take your time and plan how you want your site organized. Be sure you know the message you want to convey to your audience. And, let NetSource Technologies work their magic to make your dream site come true!