About Me, Stephen Venters

Stephen Venters


I was born and grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, which is medium sized city along the banks of the Missouri River. I had a typical mid-Missouri childhood; I played in the woods a lot, went to church, spent summers at the pool, and was a Boy Scout, getting my Eagle at fifteen.

My mom's family lived in Jupiter, Florida and my dad's family lived in and Cave Springs, Arkansas, so we would take trips to visit them often. We would also take vacations floating the rivers of southern Missouri or road trips to the national parks out west.

I was fortunate enough to learn the benefits of traveling at a young age and as an adult, that drive to seek out new experiences has allowed me to fill my life with an eclectic collection of hobbies. Over the years, these have included backpacking and camping, traveling, rock climbing, road and mountain biking, swing dancing, singing opera, playing the banjo, Judo, and golf. All the while, I have spent time writing and learning history.

I moved to St. Louis, Missouri after college, and after twelve years there, I moved to Manhattan, where I currently live, to experience New York and all of its culture. I live in a great apartment near Lincoln Center with my loving girlfriend, Rebecca, and my affectionate cat, Kashyyyk.

Computer Science

My original intent for attending the highly regarded engineering school University of Missouri, Rolla was to atain an Aerospace Engineering degree and become an astronaut. But, during my second year, I transfered into the Computer Science department because I as having a much easier time writing computer programs than airfoil formulas. Little did I know during my graduation in December of 1997 that it was the dawn of the internet age and I was one of the first of a new breed of software developers.

I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to start my career, landing my first job at Flight Saftey International writing UNIX C programs to generate 3D CAD files of airports for their simulators. Over the next 12 years, I grew my skills writing web sites, databases, and Windows applications for companies such as US Bank, CPI Corp, Site-C, Ameren UE, and the United States Air Force.

The leadership skills I learned as a Boy Scout displayed themselves as I became a lead developer, then a tecnical lead, and then a development/project manager. Today, I live in Manhattan working as an IT Consultant working with companies such as ASME to solve their software development problems and offer sound advice from my 16 years of experience. Here is my current resume.

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