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. In his over a decade at DesignHammer, Stephen has been involved nearly every aspect of projects from pitching new business and leading client strategy sessions during discovery, through technical analytics implementations and thorough quality assurance testing; all while focusing on keeping projects on time, on budget, and meeting our clients’ expectations. Stephen also provides consulting to clients on accessibility, usability, and search engine optimization.

Professional 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 attended North Carolina State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration in computer programming. Stephen brings over a decade of industry experience to DesignHammer’s projects.

Out of the Office

Stephen’s interests outside of work vary widely from Muay Thai to boardgames 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. Over two decades later, Stephen can be found at the Mid-South Fencers’ Club several days a week. Stephen provides lessons in all three weapons of Olympic fencing and has coached multiple national medalists. Stephen is also the fencing instructor at Meredith College, as well as a referee for USA Fencing and the NCAA. Stephen competes in individual and team competitions representing Mid-South, medaling at the local, regional, and national level. When not traveling, Stephen enjoys spending time at home with his wife and three cats: Hasting, Mycroft, and Phryne.

Speaking Experience

  • BarCamp RDU (Raleigh, NC)
  • Bay Area Drupal Camp (Berkeley, CA)
  • 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.)
  • Florida Drupalcamp (Orlando, FL)
  • php[world] Conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • NCTech4Good Conference (Durham, NC)
  • NTC Drupal Days (Washington, D.C.)

Stephen's Blog Posts

June 30

In honor of DesignHammer’s 20th Anniversary, we thought it would be neat to ask the DesignHammer team what they thought the DesignHammer logo represented.

June 17

Following up on our previous DesignHammer logo interpretation blog post, Part 2 of this mini-series provides an overview of what the word "DesignHammer" means to each of our staff members.

June 3
Now that we're over a year into the Pandemic, we thought it would be interesting to look back at all the ways the emergence of the coronavirus has changed the professional world, both positively and negatively. So we asked the DesignHammer staff to share their experiences about working through the pandemic throughout the past year. 
May 25

Everyone tends to have passions and subjects that they like to 'geek' out about — our team at DesignHammer is no different. In honor of Geek Pride Day, here are some of the things that really send our staff down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Stephen's Projects

Railinc needed a creative web solution to help their newly rebranded commercial arm, "TransmetriQ", effectively convey their unique product value propositions to their target commercial audiences. DesignHammer built Railinc a Drupal 9 website with a custom theme to support TransmetriQ's new brand identity.

Divers Alert Network felt their three outdated web properties lacked a consistent brand identity and weren’t effectively engaging their audiences. See how user engagement increased after DesignHammer consolidated them into a modern, user-friendly WordPress website with a custom design and mobile-responsive theme.

CED partnered with DesignHammer to transition their existing CMS from Drupal 7 to WordPress. The new website was equipped with a new theme and Salesforce integration in order to reinforce their new customer engagement strategy.
Railinc approached DesignHammer after their initial assessment project to develop a new Drupal website that provided a high-level user experience, which included clear calls to action, and consistent taxonomy for products, resources, and blog content to easily expose related content to users.