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Dave Balzer joined The Software Guild in April 2015. Prior to coming to the Guild, he served as senior developer at Paragon Consulting. Dave began his career as a developer much like the apprentices at the Guild. Having been mentored by a close friend, he took his first junior developer position in 1998. He has served in a number of roles throughout his career including senior developer, architect, manager and mentor. He has experience in multiple industries including automotive, health care, insurance, education, retail, manufacturing and content management systems.
Dave has always had a passion for mentoring other developers, so the move to instructor seemed like a natural one. His experiences give him insights into technology stacks and practices needed by those entering the job market today. He is patient and persistent in helping people gain an understanding of development techniques and practices.
Dave enjoys teaching technology to kids and volunteers for Code.org to go to local classrooms each year. He speaks occasionally at user groups and meet-ups. He was the previous organizer of Code Camp Cleveland and is currently working on organizing a group to facilitate volunteer coding for nonprofit organizations
Dave received his Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Malone University in Canton, OH.