October 30 2017
At TopSpot, our commitment to our clients starts with our team. We always strive to hire extraordinary people who will bring the passion, confidence, eagerness to learn and positive attitude that is necessary to set us apart from other companies. That being said, we are pretty fond of our team members and rely on their knowledge, growth & passion to help us be an extension of your company. We highlight different TopSpotters each month so you can see why we believe we have the best team out there.
October Team Member Spotlight: Chris Walker, Lead Web Developer
How long have you been working at TopSpot, and what do you do here?
I’ve been working at TopSpot for 5 years now. I started out as a web developer and about a year ago, I was promoted to the Lead Developer role.
How has TopSpot helped you in your career development?
Before I started at TopSpot I didn’t know that much about Magento and eCommerce Development. When I began working at TopSpot, I was given the opportunity to learn more about both, which allowed me to really work on my PHP skills. From there, I began learning everything I could about eCommerce development; from shipping to taxes and payment methods.
In 2014, with the support of TopSpot, I took it upon myself to become a Magento Certified Developer, studying before and after work. During that time is when things really started to click for me when building an eCommerce website using Magento. Being able to study and then put those things into practice really elevated my overall knowledge of the system. I was also one of the first Magento Certified Developers in the state of Texas, which was pretty cool!
What is your favorite part about working for TopSpot?
THE SNACKS! No, I’m only kidding.
My favorite part about working at TopSpot is the willingness and desire that management has to provide ongoing training to our team members.”
If there is a coding language or development skill that someone wants to learn, the opportunity is always there. TopSpot understands that the internet marketing industry is constantly changing, so we need to keep the mindset of learning and growing as a company.
What are some of your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing on your days off?
My hobbies are spending time with my wife and two daughters (shown below), playing video games (when I have time), working out, playing and/or watching basketball and football and fantasy football. Also, believe it or not, I still enjoy learning more about Magento and different tools that can be applied to it that create additional eCommerce functionalities.
Pictured Above: Chris and his wife Karina and their two daughters, Olivia and Emma at the TopSpot Halloween Party.
I have a natural born ability to sing. My brothers called me the human radio growing up. Shout out to each of them for being a great influence on who I am today.
What have you gained from working at TopSpot & what drives you to continue?
I have gained a better understanding of the growth mindset mentality from working at TopSpot. I think I’ve always had that mentality but being here has made me realize how significant it is to always have that mindset and way of thinking, whether at work or in life.
What drives me is the potential of what we can become as a team. While I’m working on projects or conversing with my teammates, I’m always thinking of ways we can improve workflow, collaboration, and communication. I’ve always enjoyed building and fixing things since I was little, so to be a part of a team that gets to do this on a daily basis is all I could ask for.