Gary Barnett

Website Designer/Developer

I understand why entrepreneurs need to follow their passion. It’s a struggle I experienced first-hand, so I never get tired of lending a hand.

Creativity wasn’t my first job – but it was my first love. For more than a decade, I made a good living as the manager of a concrete manufacturing plant. I enjoyed the stability and learned a lot about business and leadership, but at the end of the day I still felt incomplete.

It was music and art that made me feel like a whole person. After work I’d play my guitar, listen to great bands like Yes and Led Zeppelin, and even write songs of my own. I sketched, designed logos, and visited art galleries.

In my spare time, I opened a recording studio to help local bands find their voice. When the Internet came along in the mid-1990s, I also helped those bands find their “look” by creating custom websites at a time when many people were just starting to venture online.

Music, graphics, animation, design – for me, websites represented the whole package. I had found what I was meant to do.

After 11 years of part-time satisfaction, I took the full-time plunge into doing what I loved. I launched my own design firm in 2002, followed by a Web hosting company six years later.

Of course, passion alone isn’t enough to build a successful career. In the early days of the Web, we learned by doing, but I also studied Graphic Design & Advertising at Conestoga College, so I’ve got the book knowledge to back up my instincts and experience.

Four years ago, I needed more technical expertise to complement my creative portfolio. That meant heading back to school for additional coursework in arcane areas like PHP programming and Search Engine Optimization.

Does that make me a creative geek or a geeky creator? You be the judge. At the end of the day, I just want to be a partner in your growth and success.

I’ve found incredible satisfaction and reward in doing what I love. My goal is to help you do the same.