Parker A. Williams

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." - Albert Einstein


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About

Who

I am Parker Williams. I am a Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Student, Innovator, Ideator, Software Developer, Business News Junky, Undergrad BYU IS, and MIS PhD hopeful at the University of Arizona.

What

I am a student attending Brigham Young University studying Information Systems. I graduate in April. I am always looking for opportunities to make the world a better place through business and technology. I look to get to know new people in every industry and grow my network as much as possible. I am a big believer in "It's who you know, not what you know". However, I am always looking to learn from who and what I can. Currently, I work for Dr. Jeff Jenkins as a Research Assistant. We study mouse cursor movements and what insights can be gained into an individual through how they move their mouse. I personally research how to make web-pages more accessible to individuals who experience hand tremors. I presented research at the Americas Conference on Informaton Systems in 2015 and at the International Conference on Information Systems in 2016. I hope to attend the University of Arizona in August 2017 to pursue a PhD in Management Information Systems. I enjoy learning from all sources. I love spending time with my wife and daughter, swimming, snowboarding, coding, traveling, and wood carving.

Where

Currently, I am living in Provo, UT. I will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in April.

When

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area until I left for college. I started at Brigham Young University in Fall of 2009. From summer 2010 to summer 2012 I served as a missionary, volunteer representative, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colorado and Kansas. The life lessons I learned during this time in my life taught me a lot about perseverance, hard work, selfless service, and leadership. In fall 2012 I started back at BYU and have been diligently working to finish up my education. Since starting back at BYU in 2012 I got married and had my first child.

Why

I am a dreamer and a goal setter. If I put my mind to something, I will not stop until I am done. I believe that experiential learning is far more productive and effective than traditional learning. I am fascinated with startups, entrepreneurship, business, finance, networking, software development, technology, and enjoy reading books about business. I am passionate about my family, my faith, achieving my goals, research, and combining technology with business to solve problems.

Resume

Education

Brigham Young University

Aug 2009 - Present

BS Information Systems
Clubs Association for Information Systems (AIS), BYU Management Society, BYU E-Club, BYU Tech Club
Scholarships BYU Grant (2015), Darwin & Olive Gunnell Scholarship (2016), Ivan & Janet Radman Scholarship (2016)

Experience

Software Engineer

Square Compass, Inc.; Lehi, UT

  • Plan, design, develop, and implemented vital changes to system
  • Migrate system from depreceated framework to industry standard
  • Use best practices in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and the Laravel Framework
Dec 2016 - Present

Research Assistant

Brigham Young University; Provo, UT

  • Handle and protect confidential and sensitve data
  • Manage data collections and assist in experiment design, implementation, and analysis
  • Use Qualtrics to distribute surveys to gather insights and data surrounding various topics
Aug 2014 - Present

Software Engineer

Lingotek; Lehi, UT

  • Designed, built, implemented, and maintained Lingotek's multilingual connector for Marketo marketing platform
  • Planned, demoed, and post edited numerous marketing videos for Lingotek's multilingual connectors
  • Secured outside contacts and established key communication channels with partners and future customers
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016

Teaching Assistant

Brigham Young University; Provo, UT

  • Assisted instructors of Information Systems and Digitial Humanities courses (Managing a Software Startup & Web Publishing)
  • Assisted students by answering questions and demonstrating various ways to accomplish tasks
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Software Engineer

ClosetShop; Springville, UT

  • Planned, designed, developed, and launched company website garnering 200 initial signups in 8 hours
Jan 2016 - Apr 2016

Social Media Specialist

Rex Real Estate Team; Orem, UT

  • Created and curated content for 4 Twitter accounts, 4 Instagram accounts, and 2 Facebook pages
  • Grew social followings and user engagement by 300%
  • Wrote blog posts relating to real estate market, nearby communities, and community events
Apr 2015 - Jul 2015

Social Media Specialist

College Nation Sports; Provo, UT

  • Organized news content for 30 Divison 1 Colligent Athletic Teams
  • Published content to associted Facebook pages and grew Facebook followings for 41 schools by 11,305
  • Analyzed statistics and determined new effective methods to reach fan bases of schools
Nov 2014 - Oct 2015

Software Engineer

Neuro-ID; Tucson, AZ

  • Wrote over 200 statistic computing classes in Java and JavaScript
  • Created and managed web services and user interfaces using JQuery
  • Collaborated with team to ensure project uniformity and user experience
Apr 2014 - Aug 2014

Service

Videographer for AIS Club Value Added Forum

Aug 2016 - Present

  • Procured proper and necessary equipment to record forums
  • Compiled, edited, and published recorded forums

Volunteer Representative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Colorado Springs, CO

Jun 2010 - Jul 2012

  • Held bi-monthly training meetings for 20+ individuals
  • Aided in the increased efficiency, productivity, and results of 20+ individuals
  • Sought out and participated in numerous humanitarian projects

Publications

AMCIS 2015

Jenkins, J. L., Larsen, R., Bodily, R., Sandberg, D., Williams, P., Stokes, S., and Valacich, J. S.

Awards

Best Conference Paper First Runner-Up AMCIS

AMCIS 2015

BYU Office of Research & Creative Activities Research Grant

2015, 2016

Skills

Proficient

Experienced

  • Programming (C++, PHP, Python)
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript & JQuery
  • AJAX
  • REST API's
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Laravel Framework
  • Qualtrics Survey Design & Implementation
  • Programming (Java, Swift3, C#, VBA, SQL)
  • Database Management (Postgres, MYSQL)
  • Data Manipulation & Analysis
  • R
  • Tableau
  • UML
  • Natural Language Processing
  • AWS Cloud Computing
  • Microsoft Azure - Machine Learning

Portfolio

The following are examples of some of my work.

ClosetShop.clothing was created as a landing page for a local Provo, UT startup. The main goal was to share the video and collect emails to gain a potential customer base.

StandardIntelligenceTest.com was created to display test answers for a university standard intelligence test for an experiment.

IQTestAnswers.com was created as a dummy site to display answers for an IQ test. Zach Jones is a fictional individual given credit with building the site.

BlueFlame-Tech.com was created as a splash page for a company. The owners of the company are still determining what to display on the site.

TestSpaceNinja.com was created as a fun little revenue ticker. Using JavaScript, the site shows how much cumulative revenue each company made in 2015 as each second passes by.