SEO Specialist

Technical SEO in Cape Town

About Me

Forer Family Vacation
My Family at a Winery

Personal
I am a father to Derrick, a husband to Kalpana, a son to Roger and Carol and D4 to my close friends. My journey has been a long and fun one, that has made me who I am today. Every person I have come into contact with has helped write this story. I was adopted at an early age and my parents raised me as an independent thinker. The decisions that shaped my life were truly my decisions to make even as a young adult. It was this freedom to make mistakes and learn from them that has served me well over the years. I have learned how to handle the adversity that comes with change and challenge. Equally, this trust and belief in myself has allowed me to become a career changer later in life–not once, not twice, but three times! The people who know me best say I am a dedicated, funny and loyal team member. I always try to bring a creative and positive energy to the workplace. I am a person who values learning and is constantly trying to upgrade my knowledge and skills, be that in cooking, digital marketing, coding or…sports statistics. Complacency is something that is not allowed in my household!

The SEO Life
My Wife and I

Professional
As a young adult, my first two jobs were as a farmer and a cook at McDonald’s. These positions taught me about the value of work ethic, which is a thread throughout my career. I started out in sales early; yet, sales was always a job to me, never a passion or career. Can I sell? Yes! Do I enjoy sales? Sometimes. Does sales define me? Never. From there I sold mortgages for the next 15 years, including managing several mortgage branches that were very successful. When I finally decided to get out of mortgages, I helped run a law office doing debt settlement and bankruptcies. My role was to handle customers and the marketing. While doing this, I realized I had a passion for websites and online marketing, so I started teaching myself what I could. Going forward in other companies, I continued in online marketing but took on operations which included search engine optimization and driving leads. My enjoyment of website development,¬†seo and a passion for learning in this field is what ultimately drove me to study with CoderAcademy¬†and Flat Iron Web Development.

 

15 Random Facts about me:

  1. I dated my partner for 11 years before finally settling down, LOL! (Love you Kalpana)
  2. I was adopted at a young age and have the best parents in the world (Rog & Carol)
  3. My favorite sports team is the Green bay Packers (WI Badgers a close 2nd)
  4. I am a professional chef who has chosen to code
  5. My first cooking job was at a McDonalds
  6. I am a level 1 Sommelier (a wine waiter)
  7. I hate stuffed peppers with tomato sauce (sorry Mom)
  8. I am a Sci Fi nerd who will watch any movie in that genre
  9. My music of choice over a lifetime has been 60s and 70s rock
  10. I once thought politics was a good career choice
  11. I was an officer in the Army
  12. If I could choose any profession, it would be a Pro Basketball Player
  13. My first job was detassling corn on a local farm
  14. My favorite meal is weekend brunch (satisfying and relaxing)
  15. My first car was a 66′ Mustang and I lost my license in 2 months
  16. I once hit a half court shot and won a years worth of Burger King (Hungry Jack) Whoppers