The amazing adventures of Doug Hughes


Hello, My name is Matt and this is my story:

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but spent the majority of my formative years in a city in northern Alabama called Huntsville. Huntsville is the home of the US Space and Rocket Center and Space Camp. I spent the majority of my youth running, thinking about running or selling running shoes.

I went to the University of Richmond in Virginia where I studied Business Administration and Sports Administration. I headed back south for graduate school at the University of Alabama where I earned a Masters and Marketing and was able to finish out my NCAA eligibility.

I started building websites towards the end of graduate school largely revolving around our successful track and field program and other running related news. I quickly became a Macromedia fan boy and relied largely on Dreamweaver Fireworks, and Flash MX.

After a brief stint in Europe, where I started dating my future wife, I landed a job working with the Olympic marathon trials where I was in charge of elite athlete coordination and assigned the task of building the website (Flash/PHP). After the trials I moved north to East Lansing, Michigan where my wife started attending medical school at Michigan State.

I continued to work in web development and gravitated towards application development. I tried hard to use Macromedia Flash as a front end to drive database driven software with varying success. I wrote an inventory management system for a large athletic store that is still in production and eventually took a job with a web development firm named Artemis Solutions.

At Artemis I worked as a project manager, sales consultant and occasionally was given the opportunity to do development work. In 2005 I started dabbling with a Macromedia Flex. I started spending more and more of my free time writing Flex applications and eventually took a job with Cynergy Systems.

At Cynergy I was able to work as a Flex developer on some really large and exciting business applications. We worked with a plethora of back-end service languages and I was exposed to a number of extremely challenging development scenarios.

In the past two years I’ve been playing with Java, Objective C, Ruby on Rails, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time exploring multi-touch application development. I’ve enjoyed messing with the hardware challenges and I’m a regular contributer to the Natural User Interface’s community.

We recently moved to the greater Portland area, where my wife took a job at a local hospital. We’re both enjoying the Pacific Northwest weather and particularly enjoy the large amount of area running trails.

When away from the LCD, I enjoy running with my dog Dorito, rock climbing with my wife and I’ve recently joined a table tennis club, local area running club and the PDXRIA Adobe user group.

I’m excited to be joining the Alagad team. I am impressed with the list of rock star developers that Doug has been putting together and I’m eager to learn from and contribute to this talented team of software engineers.

Comments on: "Introductions" (3)

  1. Rick Mason said:


    Congratulations on your new job! We do miss you in East Lansing.

    Did you know that you’re working for another East Lansing native now ;<)?


    Check out the cool mini-game


  3. Great information I have Tweeted this, I will keep a eye on your other posts. Ohh what do you all think about the about brazil flood?


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