Blake Harvey - Polygot, Full-stack Software Engineer and Project Manager

Chicago, Illinois

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I have experience working in Javascript (Angular, Backbone, Underscore), Ruby (Rails, Sinatra, Padrino), Scala (Play Framework), and Objective-C. I love Agile, TDD, Continuous Integration and Deployment. I also have solid experience in UI and UX design, project management, and as technical project lead. I am currently working at RealPage, a leading provider of comprehensive property management software solutions in the rental housing industries. My current focus includes next-gen Javascript based UI interfaces developed in Angular, Backbone, Node, and Underscore.

Work Experience

Software Engineering Manager

Realpage | May 2013 to Present

  • Manage a team of developers responsible for custom website development on Realpage's websites platform that hosts 10,000 rental property websites
  • Build and support SaaS web application architectures across multiple web properties on .NET, Ruby, Node, and Scala technology stacks
  • Engineering Lead on project to design and develop a new lead generation form for rental properties, a key source of revenue for the site.
  • Front-end Engineering Lead on project to update the site's search architecture
  • Design and build automated deployment pipeline for new B2B marketing and leasing software tools
  • Collaborate with Design team on company wide initiatives to increase adoption of latest UI design and development best practices

Senior Front-end Software Engineer

Sittercity | April 2011 to May 2013

  • Build foundation architecture and website for new mobile product offering in ruby utilizing the Sinatra/Padrino framework. Work with software engineers to integrate a REST API client into the site. Setup build pipelines for automated testing, CDN deployment, and application deployment.
  • Develop cascading view styling framework in Obj-C for new iOS product offering. The styling framework allows software engineers to easily and consistently apply new styles across all interfaces in the iOS App.
  • Work across 3 different teams to develop responsive registration flows for 3 different products and 3 different payment gateways all within a single month.
  • Work closely with marketing and product teams to design and program complex A/B tests for key landing pages and registration flows to increase visitor conversion rates.
  • Lead efforts to create new brand identities for multiple products, develop site style guidelines, and implement the new styles across multiple platforms
  • Collaborate with the product and engineering teams on formulating solid user requirements for sprint planning sessions that deliver business value to the organization and its users.

Senior Front-end Developer, Project Manager

Tecture | April 2010 to April 2011

  • Write proposals and manage projects that include e-commerce site design, medical web form apps, and SEO site enhancements
  • Collaborate with Tecture designers and developers on the redesign of the Smith Optics and Edward Don e-commerce website
  • Mentor and support junior staff, consult with Tecture partners on project strategies, manage client relationships and communications

Art Director, Senior Web Developer

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois | September 2003 to April 2010

  • Work with NCSA Public Affairs to plan and execute web and print projects for NCSA administration and nine research groups
  • Hire, manage, and art direct undergraduate design interns working in-house and design agencies working on outsourced projects
  • Design signage and layout, manage production, and oversee installation of 40' x 40' NCSA trade show booth
  • Design, art direct, and manage production of ACCESS magazine — 32 page triannual publication featuring NCSA science articles
  • Manage NCSA's branding and identity standards internally with NCSA employees and externally with University of Illinois' Public Affairs
  • Managed redesign of NCSA website — information architecture, visual design, and user experience design

Principal, Web Developer, Graphic Designer

Blake Harvey Design | 2001 to 2012

  • Design print collateral, websites, logos, identities, and environmental graphics for business clients in east-central Illinois and Chicago
  • Provide clients with hosting development services for websites, email, and content management systems

Web Developer, Graphic Designer

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois | May 2002 to September 2003

  • Managed the redesign of the Center's website — responsible for project management, visual design, information architecture, and front-end web development
  • Work with copywriters and programmers to design websites, brochures, posters, and flyers for various ISTC departments
  • Developed and designed marketing materials and signage for events, conferences, and workshops


School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design | May 2002

Coursework included visual organization and communication, typography, web/multimedia design and development, and design methodology.

Skills & Expertise

Languages / Tools

  • Javascript
  • Coffeescript
  • Ruby
  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • Scala
  • Git
  • Jenkins
  • Jira

Frameworks / Libraries

  • Rails
  • Sinatra / Padrino
  • Play!
  • Angular
  • Backbone
  • Underscore
  • jQuery


  • TDD
  • Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Agile Methodology


Urasenke Japanese Tea Ceremony Study Group

Member of Chicago chapter | Spring 2010 to Present

Member of University of Illinois chapter | Fall 2005 to Spring 2010

U5-U6 Head Soccer Coach

Park District of Forest Park, Illnois | August 2014 to Present

Mighty-Tees Assistant Tee-ball Coach

Park District of Forest Park, Illnois | April 2014 to Present