I am Neill. By day I am a senior web developer/designer at Element Fusion and all day, everyday, I am a father to two wonderful children (Aiden, 7, and Eily, 4).
My 15 minutes of fame came on my short stint on Season 5: Couples, on NBC's Biggest Loser.
During the 6 months on the show I lost 88 pounds. Since the show, I've become a triathlon junkie. I have participated in over 20 multisport events and am currently training to become an Ironman.
I also try to play video games, card games and board games as much as possible.
The Brewery needed an updated design. They had not taken their photography yet, so I was able to push the envelope with the custom background images. They loved the site and made very few changes based off the initial design.
As a member of TriOKC I was tired of looking at the old 90's style site and offered to rework it. I wanted lots of pictures of TriOKC/Oklahoma triathlons, I even worked in 1 of myself.
I fell in love with the idea behind this site, helping African women with training, money and housing. They make handbags/purses for purchase, and all proceeds go to the women to help them live.
The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments wanted a site that had more depth and information than they had. We worked on this and got the look they were going for.
What I did: Design, Cutup, LightCMS integration.
Status: in progress
The client did not have an idea what they wanted their look to be, except they loved "simple". I love simple and came up with this original concept. They did make some minor changes on this one.
The client said this about launching, "I had 10 people today take a huge step back and their jaws drop then they get a huge grin on their face! This will be the most exciting website launch I've ever done--I sort of feel like the team at Apple announcing a new product!"
Each quarter one of the designers get a crack at designing a company shirt. This was my first time to get to design one, so I figured I'd work into the design how long the company had been around.
Status: sexy, buy one
I got tapped again in the fall to do another shirt. The idea from this one came from a tattoo idea I had wanted for a long time, but progressed to add the clouds. The plane is a P-51 Mustang.
Status: bomb.com, buy one
On a whim, after seeing a call for entries to be part of the NBC’s Biggest Loser, my wife and I decided to send in a submission. With invaluable assistance from my über talented cousin Brent Weber, we had a video created and turned in by the due date. Biggest Loser producers saw something they liked, gave us a call, and a super fast whirlwind later we were on the ranch getting our asses kicked by Jillian Michaels.
I started the show weighing in at 317 hefty pounds and finished weighing in at a trimmer 229 pounds. My weight loss efforts did not stop there, however. I continued to work hard after the show and my weight dropped to just above 200 pounds. What I seem to be most remembered for is falling on the the treadmill during the first episode.
The addiction started in late 2008 when I began looking for things to help keep all the weight off that I lost during Biggest Loser. I had been doing 5k and 10k running only events, but I am not really a huge running fan. I had recently bought a mountain bike and after seeing a sign-up for a duathlon, I decided to give it a shot. My first multisport event was on October 19th, 2008 and since that day I have completed over 25 more.
I have completed: a half ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run), 3 Olympic distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) and the rest being sprints (500 meter swim, 14 mile bike, 5k run).
My plans for 2013 are huge! I plan to complete: a half ironman, 2 century rides, and the big one, a full ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 run).