Hello, I’m John Richards, a Developer Advocate here at Pantheon and I live in St. Louis with my wife and a clowder of cats. I enjoy innovating simple solutions for complex challenges which is what led to my love of coding.
I started at an agency building custom PHP websites and applications in 2007. In 2013, I began developing WordPress themes and plugins as I took a job at Washington University in Saint Louis. Once you start doing WordPress, it doesn’t take long to discover the fabulous community around it and soon I began attending WordCamps. When WordCamp US came to Saint Louis last year, I became an organizer and loved it. I really wanted to do more community work, so when I saw Pantheon looking for a Developer Advocate I jumped at the opportunity.
Apart from coding, I enjoy playing board games with friends, trying new food, and spending time reading with a cat curled in my lap. I joined the public speaking club Toastmasters International in 2014 and with it began to cultivate a passion for communicating. I’m always looking for advice and feedback on how to improve my presentations.
I’m a sucker for personality tests even if I question their accuracy at times. I’m a ENTP 7w8 who enjoys learning where others land. I’d be delighted if you shared your result along with a question, but no pressure, if it isn’t your thing.
Ask me anything, or choose from the topics below:
- PHP development
- WordPress development
- Organizer for WCUS
- Board games
- St. Louis
- Trying new types of food
- Toastmasters and public speaking
- Higher Education
- Personality tests: Myers-Briggs / Strengthsfinder / Enneagram / Big 5