Stephen Pashby

Account Manager

Background

Born below the Mason-Dixon Line of Midwestern stock, Stephen came to North Carolina by way of Virginia, Ohio, and New Hampshire. Moving to Raleigh with his family in high school, he has become reacquainted with the charms of southern life. Upon getting married, Stephen relocated to Durham and has called the Bull City home ever since.

Stephen began working with computers in the dark ages of the Internet, coding html by hand for the University of New Hampshire as a high school job. He went on to attend North Carolina State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in History, with a side of calculus and computer programming. After graduation, Stephen worked in a variety of customer facing positions for organizations both large and small.

In the office

As Account Manager at DesignHammer, Stephen combines a customer-focused mindset with a broad technical aptitude, serving as a bridge between the many diverse aspects of DesignHammer’s business. On any given day, you might find Stephen digging into SEO or usability analysis, meeting with clients, giving a presentation, or running to the store to help keep the DesignHammer crew well fed and caffeinated. Stephen has earned a Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ) certification.

Out of the office

Stephen’s interests outside of work vary widely from Muay Thai to theology to comics, but his overwhelming passion is fencing. In the summer of 1992, his parents informed Stephen that he was not going to spend his entire vacation in front of the computer playing video games; he was going to take a fencing class. Nineteen years later, Stephen can be found at the Mid-South Fencers’ Club 3–5 days a week. Stephen serves as both the foil coach, and heads up the fitness program at Mid-South. Stephen is also the fencing instructor at Meredith College and Peace College, as well as a nationally certified fencing referee. Stephen competes in individual and team competitions representing Mid-South locally and nationally.

Speaking Experience

  • BarCamp RDU (Raleigh, NC)
  • Capital Camp & Gov Days (Washington, D.C.)
  • Conference for North Carolina’s Nonprofits (Durham, NC)
  • DrupalCamp Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
  • DrupalCamp Asheville (Asheville, NC)
  • DrupalCamp Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
  • Drupal GovCon (Washington, D.C.)
  • php[world] Conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • NCTech4Good Conference (Durham, NC)
  • NTC Drupal Days (Washington, D.C.)

Certifications & Affiliations

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