Ian Kerr takes the same approach to coding as he does when stepping onto the mat to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – he assesses the challenge carefully rather than rushing straight in, and he favors technique over mere muscle.
“I’m an attention-to-detail guy, and I like to do things more elegantly than brutishly,” Ian said. “You can slap some ugly code together to get something done quickly, but when time permits I prefer to step back and do it cleanly.”
Ian, who joined ROI Communication in 2015, has been working in web development for nearly 20 years. He began coding while still a student pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry. He soon discovered that while the two endeavors shared many similarities – the precise attention to detail and an iterative approach to problem-solving – he preferred the speed of the web to the slower turnaround time of the lab.
Prior to joining the ROI team, Ian worked as a lead developer and project manager for DevShop, a design and development company assisting clients with challenges in web design, social media, digital security, intranets, database management and reporting.
Earlier, he served for nearly two years as Chief Technology Officer at Exxalt Music, a Boston-area community initiative designed to help musicians build their careers and deliver better experiences for fans. Other roles in which Ian has excelled include his work as a Lead Developer for Fifty Sneakers – a social media-based education platform; as a software consultant for clients including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and as co-founder and Chief of Product Development for Unify Telecom.
Over the course of his career, Ian has developed exceptional technical skills and earned a reputation as a highly effective project manager. “I enjoy translating between non-technical people who articulate their vision and goals, and the technical people who know how to get the job done. In the end, it’s about effective communication,” he said.
Ian, who earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Miami and studied for two years in the graduate program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, loves complex challenges. “I really enjoy tackling something that hasn’t been done before. That’s what keeps things interesting,” he said.
When he’s not working with clients, Ian enjoys hiking, martial arts, photography and traveling with his family to destinations ranging from the Italian Alps to Nova Scotia to Devil’s Tower – an ancient volcanic formation that stands sentinel over northeast Wyoming and is sacred to the Lakota Sioux.