[Meet the Team] Our software developers

Our small but mighty team boasts 7 software developers. In addition to the three already mentioned — our founder, our VP Software Development, , and our intern turned new hire (YAY!), we have 4 more folks. 

Meet Don 

Don started with us about four years ago, after many years at well-regarded design agencies. He’s the lone grad from that other Carolina — University of South Carolina 🙂 He was active in the founding of a nonprofit called Art for Art’s Sake. He likes collecting retro Nintendo games & consoles, contributing to open source software, and recently built a house. 

Meet Ike

Ike joined Xtern Software this past spring and also teaches for the UNCG Department of Computer Science. He returned to school to receive his MS in Computer Science after working for about a decade. Ike is a parent to two human children, two cats, and a dog. He likes playing strategy board games, reading books about Arctic exploration, and creative writing. 

Meet Brandon

Brandon started at Xtern Software two years ago, first as a summer intern, and then transitioning to a full-time employee. He is a double graduate of UNCG, where he received his BS and MS in Computer Science. Brandon is very involved in 4H and has been appointed to the 4H Honor Board. He also plays soccer with the NC Fusion Adult Soccer league. 

Meet Chris 

Chris joined us about five years ago. He is a double grad of NC A&T. He received both his BS and MS in Computer Science there. Chris likes to play jazz & soul music on guitar and saxophone with friends. He also likes practicing gymnastics. Chris started his journey with Xtern in a very serendipitous way — he was delivering sandwiches as a delivery man to our office! Once he realized we were a software company, he dropped off his resume and the rest is history. 

[HarmonyB2B] We are live with Jetta!

HarmonyB2B is a Content Management System (CMS). It is supported by CruxDB, a cloud-based database. The two parts work together from the start. This eliminates the need for additional plug-ins or programs. HarmonyB2B engages consumers, distributors, salespeople, and employees.

The creative & technical sides of a business partner in HarmonyB2B. Harmony B2B creates solidly architected websites that work, all the time, while granting content owners sufficient creative control. 

Jetta is the newest customer to go live on HarmonyB2B. They are a manufacturer of premium baths. Jetta is based out of Edmond, Oklahoma. The company is nearly 40 years old. They create innovative bathtubs and hydrotherapy options.

The company sells a wide variety of products. Therefore, they needed a website able to handle endless product configurations. They also needed to build a user experience that shows their passion for providing exceptional customer service. 

Jetta chose Xtern because we understood the complexity of their business. We created a website that is very inviting and easy to navigate. It is also underpinned by an extremely powerful foundation.

This type of project is the type of challenge we seek. We aim to deeply understand the customer’s end goal. That way, we can create a product that is exactly what the customer needs to run their business successfully. 

[Xtern Software] All in the family

We were so pleased to be honored as a 2020 Family Business Awards Recipient this past week. The Triad Business Journal runs the awards, and the winners were a mix of large and small business of all industry types.

The start

Keir Davis founded Xtern in 2002. Working out of his townhouse in NW Greensboro (North Carolina), Davis soon found a demand for custom software in the Triad and beyond. The company grew consistently each year, ultimately bringing on additional staff to support the growth of the business. Five years ago, Keir’s wife, Jennifer, joined as VP of Sales & Marketing. 

Keir grew up in Greensboro. He stresses the importance of community stewardship. Xtern built a database for a local housing nonprofit to track work orders, and improved the vendor data for a local legal aid nonprofit. Keir is an active member of Summit Rotary (Greensboro). He also serves on the UNCG Computer Science Industry Advisory Board. 

Jennifer joins the team 

Jennifer “officially”  joined the business five years ago. She was quite involved previously, as the person Keir would bounce ideas off of, vent frustrations to, etc. She understood the business and easily made the transition from caring for their daughter to working for Xtern. 

Jennifer’s family has lived in NC since the 1700s (possibly the 1600s). From their daughter’s 4th grade NC history  project, they learned that she is a 10th generation North Carolinian. Jennifer is an active volunteer for local food aid nonprofits. She also enjoys gardening and buying plants and produce from the local farmers market. 

Jennifer and Keir work hard to keep work and home life separate. They don’t talk after dinner about work related things, and they even commute to the office separately! 

Running a family business presents many challenges, but also many opportunities. We are excited for continued success for Xtern this year and in the years to come!