I'm Jonathan 'J5' Harris, a web professional living and working in Atlanta, GA. With 6 years of solid agency experience (+10 years of programming experience in open source web technologies) behind me, I am always open to investigate fresh opportunities to work with active, growing and digitally fueled companies in order to strengthen and broaden aspects of their service offerings from a technical perspective. For my previous employer, I worked with corporate clients to formulate and execute (with my own bare hands in the code whenever necessary) multi-channel business marketing initiatives.
Digital brand strategy and execution are my core competencies.
In 2004 I worked as a freelance designer, web application developer and serial entrepreneur. After the implosion of my 8 person startup company, CommercialNet Inc., I entered the world of interactive marketing and advertising by accepting a UI developer position with the Atlanta based agency, Moxie.
In 2007 I helped a talented and diverse team of people at Moxie to start the eCRM department. Lead by Darryl Bolduc, Tina West and Sapana Nanuwa (and with over 50 years of combined email marketing experience), we worked with our clients to design and execute state-of-the-art email marketing programs in support of their global strategic initiatives.
Born on Nov. 10th, 2005, my dog...also nicknamed 'J5'...is part Korean Jindo, German Shepherd and Timber Wolf.
When I worked at agency, J5 accompanied me to the office on occasion as well as to local parks, coffee shops, neighborhood bars and even the occasional house party.
This is an excellent question! You see, back in the days of dial up (late 90's), I was quite new to the world of the interwebs. I didn't even have an email address. Realizing that I needed to get some kind of messaging account called an email address, I went to the folks at Juno. They hooked me up with a free email account and dial-up internet access!
When I was filling out the Juno forms to get an email address, they asked me what I wanted it to be. I had no idea! Well, at that time, I had just finished watching the movie Short Circuit, and so I was like "I'll get the email jony5." (Johnny 5). From that point forward, I was firstname.lastname@example.org. This era of my digital existence was defined by slow loading images and phone calls that broke the internet connection!
The birth of my nickname came about a little while later. In 2000, I had successfully (and satisfactorily) interviewed for a job with the bike shop at the Perimeter REI store. Before completing some introductory job placement materials and being released into the gene pool of REI employees, the manager told me that there were already 3 or 4 "Jonathans" working at the store, and I would have to have a different name. I told her that my email address was email@example.com, and so maybe I could be "jony5".
At that moment, Elizabeth christened me as such, and for the next 4 years, people ONLY knew me as "jony5". In fact, I even had one coworker write a check to me as "Johnny 5." I was like, "dude, that's not my real name!." As I sit here and reminisce, I realize how fortunate I really was to be associated with people of that calibre. I mean, I have always worked with really great people! Like marbling in a premium cut of the choicest beef, the genesis of my nickname jony5 is intertwined with some of the coolest and most down-to-earth people I've been fortunate enough to have been able to know.
In January of 2006, I acquired (for the first time in my life) a little puppy dog! At a loss for what to name him, I decided to go with "J5"...a play off of my nickname "jony5". About a month later, I found myself working with advertising agency, Moxie...and introduced myself to them as "jony5"...the name given to me by coworkers at REI. The office was dog friendly, and so people became accustomed to seeing "J5" and "jony5"...which gradually morphed over time to "the 2 fives", "five squared" or just simply "J5 and J5".
At this point (16 years from the start), many of my friends (including all my Moxie coworkers) and even family members call me "J5", and that is just fine with me.