Dave Balzer joins the Software Guild as a Lead .Net Instructor (April 2015).
Prior to coming to the Guild he served as Senior Developer at Paragon Consulting. Dave began his career as a developer much like the apprentices at the Guild. Having been mentored by a close friend, he took his first Jr Developer position in 1998. He has served in a number of roles throughout his career including Sr. Developer, Architect, Manager and Mentor. After seventeen plus years in the industry he is passionate about technology, but his favorite role is that of mentor. His experience has given him experience in multiple industries including automotive, health care, insurance, education, retail, manufacturing, and content management systems.
David has always had a passion for mentoring other developers, so the move to instructor seemed like a natural one. His experiences give him insights into technology stacks and practices needed by those entering the job market today. He is patient and persistent in helping people gain an understanding of development techniques and practices. Dave received his B.A in Ministry from Malone University in Canton, OH.
Dave enjoys teaching technology to kids and volunteers for Code.org to go to local classrooms each year. He grew up on a farm and still lives in rural Ohio on 18 acres of wooded land. He has no neighbors, but good internet access! When he’s not teaching or playing with technology, he enjoys spending time with his family hiking, camping and canoeing. He speaks occasionally at user groups and meet ups. He was the previous organizer of Code Camp Cleveland and is currently working on organizing a group to facilitate volunteer coding for non-profit organizations.