Aaron j StanleyMy name is Aaron Stanley and I am a 36 year-old Digital Strategist and Web Developer based in Decatur, Illinois. My passion for web technology started when my parents purchased our first computer during my eighth-grade year of school. A long summer of delivering papers later, I bought my first .com and never looked back.

Most of my skills and knowledge are self-taught and were developed by taking apart websites that caught my eye and figuring out how to put them back together. Over the years, my skillset has grown to not only become proficient with industry-standard software (I spend most daylight hours inside of Adwords, Analytics, WordPress, Photoshop, and my favorite text editor), but to also keep up with current web trends (seriously – how cool is Vue?).

I have had the privilege to work for and collaborate with a number of tremendously talented people in a variety of fields including corporate, medical, agricultural, educational, retail, hospitality, non-profit/faith-based, government, and more. I’m also very passionate about the WordPress community and am a founding member of the Downstate Illinois WordPress meetup and regular attender of WordCamps.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, running, playing guitar, cooking, and watching a good movie. If anyone asks, I’m a White Sox fan, but haven’t watched a game all the way through in a long time. I also finally saw Star Wars for the first time last year.  I’m a big fan of tacos and have been told I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Peach Snapple.

Where I’ve Been

November 2015 – Present
Front End Developer, Web Strategy Specialist
Horace Mann Educators Corporation • Springfield, IL

August 2014 – October 2015
Digital Director
DCC Marketing • Decatur, IL

March 2013 – August 2014
Lead Web Developer
DCC Marketing • Decatur, IL

August 2011 – March 2013
Lead Web Developer
Creative Media Services • Decatur, IL

December 2009 – July 2011
Marketing & Media Development
Midwest Christian Retreats • Carlinville, IL


B.S. Business Administration/Marketing Management
Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT


Web Technologies
HTML, CSS, SCSS, JavaScript, responsive web design, AJAX, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, Git, & Bootstrap

Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro X, Ableton Live

Content Management Systems
WordPress, SiteCore, Drupal, Concrete5, & custom-built implementations


  • Google Adwords Certification
  • Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ)
  • Google Mobile Web Specialist Certification
  • Hubspot Academy Inbound Certified
  • Facebook Blueprint
  • Google Tag Manager Fundamentals
  • SEMrush SEO Toolkit Certiciation