My name is Josh Zeigler and I am a family guy, tech geek, sports nut, Disney addict, and amateur triathlete. This is my personal blog site and digital playground. It started as a technical blog (ziggytech.net) and has morphed into a general personal site where I post my resume, speak my mind, brag about my training efforts, and use it a as a technical sandbox to test and keep my web skills sharp.
My wife, Terri, and I have been married since 2002. We both grew up in the Toledo, Ohio area, but now live outside of Columbus in Powell, Ohio. I am very proud of our daughter, Zoe, who is a creative and talented artist, plays in the marching band, and runs track for her school’s team. Our family also includes Titan (Jack Russel Terrier mix), Lilo (Pit Bull) and Jackson (orange tabby cat).
I work for Cardinal Health’s Digital Marketing team as a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Lead. My professional specialties and interests lie in web user experience technologies, mobile, SEO, accessibility and cross-browser compatibility. In addition to front-end technologies, I also have extensive experience with server-side languages and databases. My Team at Cardinal Health works on digital marketing efforts across the enterprise, including our e-commerce solutions. Before Cardinal Health, I spent 5 years as a senior developer and development manager for Resource Interactive (now IBM iX), an interactive marketing agency in Columbus, Ohio.
In my free time, I enjoy watching football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. I am a huge Notre Dame and all-around college sports fan – especially football and also enjoy the basketball tournaments. For the last few years, I have been lucky enough to take in a Notre Dame football home game each season. My wife and I are big Detroit Tiger’s fans and love to attend the Toledo Mud Hens and Columbus Clippers games. Over the last few seasons, I have finally started to admin that I am a Columbus Blue Jackets fan after living in the city for over a decade.
My family and I are very proud Disney Addicts. We take multiple trips a year to the Happiest Place on earth and it never gets old. With each trip to Disney World we always take in new experiences and dine at new restaraunts. From my point of view, it is a very relaxing time – I get to ride roller coasters, eat great food, drink around the world, don’t have to drive anywhere, and act like I am 10 years old for a week at a time.
In the summer of 2012 – after 15+ years of abusing my body with food, smoking, alcohol, and laziness – I decided that I needed to make a change to the way I had been living my life. I started with strength training alone, but quickly found it wasn’t enough to keep me from my demons. I picked up running to supplement my gym time, but now strength training supplements my running. Through the help and encouragement of my wife and some great friends, I have lost over 40 pounds. I am trying to live a more physically fit life to set an example for my family.
Since beginning this journey, I have completed numerous marathons, ultra-marathons, bike tours, and other athletic events. I have even been able to mix my Disney addiction with running by participating in RunDisney events. Over time I also picked up cycling and swimming. Triathlons and cycling events including Pelotonia consume the bulk of my summers. Currently, I’m training for my first full IRONMAN event at Louisville in October. Read about my journey in my post “From The Couch to Outside”.
I grew up in Holland, Ohio, where I graduated in 1999 from Springfield High School. After graduating, I attended Stautzenberger College where I took classes in web development and network infrastructure. While in school, I started ZiggyTech, a technology services company. My early work through ZiggyTech mainly consisted of building custom computers and setting up small office networks. This has since evolved into primary web development work.
To bring in a steady paycheck while in college, I worked as a dispatcher and security officer in the police department at the Medical College of Ohio. While working at MCO (now a part of the University of Toledo), I was asked to administer the department’s records management system (ARMS). After nearly 3 years, I moved on to work at Convergys as a technical support agent for AT&T’s @Home cable internet service.
My career in tech support was short-lived and I found myself looking to Columbus, Ohio for work. I found a job at the Custom Computer Warehouse where I sold computer parts and built custom PC’s. I had a lot of fun working at CCW, but computer sales wasn’t helping much when trying to feed a family.
My Professional Journey
In December of 2002, I landed what I consider my first career job as a web developer with CISP, an internet services company in Toledo, Ohio. CISP’s primary business at the time was providing turnkey solutions for dial-up ISP’s. While working at CISP, my first position was to build custom portal web sites for the many different ISP customers we serviced. This opportunity allowed me to learn and develop with Microsoft technologies such as Classic ASP and ASP.NET. Later, my duties expanded to include building other custom tools including dialer software, creating instant messenger clients, and skinning the SlipStream’s dial-up accelerator. After almost 2 years, I was asked to take over the role of database administrator and began servicing Microsoft SQL 2000 servers. The main task in this position was to maintain billing databases for ISP customers on the Rodopi billing platform. CISP later formed YoColo, hosting dedicated and virtual servers. The creation of YoColo provided the opportunity to build a custom, self-contained billing platform using SQL 2000 and ASP.NET. After 3 years at CISP, I felt I had learned as much as I could and realized it was time to move on.
After weeks of discussion with my wife, I once again pursued work in Columbus, where I was given an opportunity to do contact web development for Resource Interactive in their retail studio. With a fantastic opportunity thrown in my lap, the family and I packed up and moved to Columbus where we have been living for since June of 2006. After a year of contacting, Resource offered me a full time position which I enthusiastically accepted. Resource Interactive was an incredible place to work. I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. I also had the pleasure to work on many large projects for huge retailers including DSW, Kohler, Kohls, DirectBuy, Walgreen’s, Chico’s, Express, Wendy’s and many others. Agency life was stressful and required a very solid commitment in which I found myself needing more time with my family.
In August of 2011, I was presented with an opportunity to work for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 26 company that improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Definitely a change of pace and a opportunity to learn and grow in a new environment, I accepted the position as an Enterprise Architecture Consultant for the newly created Labs team. Since then, I have worked as a Senior Engineer at Fuse, an internal commercial technology organization on the Medication Order Management System project. I am currently working with the Digital Marketing Team as a Solution Architect, overseeing eCommerce and Corporate marketing projects across the enterprise.