Abell Smith Resume

Abell Benjamin Smith

149-15111 Edmund Drive, Surrey B.C. V3S 9A5  •  (778) 917-4724
abell@abellsmith.com  •  LinkedIn: abell-smith  •  Portfolio: growyourworldweb.com

10+ years of professional experience, and a passion for perfecting the process of achieving a successful WordPress website project. Canadian Work Permit acquired.


  • Professionalism, thoroughness, and written/oral communication with clients and team members.
  • Expertise in WordPress, including ability to integrate any functionality and create custom coding necessary to meet precise client needs.
  • 15+ years’ experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.
  • 20+ years’ experience with Photoshop.
  • Ability to create custom WordPress widgets and plugins for optimal website functioning.
  • Ability to guide individuals through steps and strategies for best utilization of WordPress by creating custom tutorials and videos, and conducting in-person training.


  • Owner, Grow Your World Web Connections

    January 2007 – March 2012, February 2019 – present
    • Freelance design business includes web development, graphic design, digital marketing consulting and other work for various commercial and nonprofit clients.
    • 2019-20: Worked as subcontractor for Moff Interactive (Kingston, WA), doing WordPress updates and other development work.
  • Communications Coordinator, Washington State University Kitsap Extension

    September 2019 – present (part-time)
    • Created full digital marketing strategy, integrated a number of new social media channels, created a new monthly eNewsletter for all programs, ensured smooth extension functioning online during for all programs during COVID-19.
    • Implemented a number of website improvements unique to WSU extensions.
    • Created full Impact Reports for all programs to WSU specifications.
    • Designed and coordinated printed collateral, such as rack cards and posters.
    • Assisted with IT duties on-site as necessary, including overseeing shifting office over to new phone system.
  • Web Developer, Washington State Golf Association / Pacific Northwest Golf Association / The Home Course

    March 2012 – February 2019
    • Created and oversaw management of 8 new websites using WordPress, including several very large and complex sites (40+ pages). Completed redesign of several sites to make responsive.
    • Worked closely on a constant basis with staff members to customize various sections and pages to meet their exact needs.
    • Wrote custom code to integrate API for business CRM.
    • Participated in rebranding project for 100 year-old association, lending web development and graphic design expertise.
    • Took charge of twice-monthly eNewsletter, a primary marketing tool.
    • Oversaw installation and online integration of webcam at association-owned golf course.
    • Assisted other associations across the Pacific Northwest and the country to optimize their own websites.


  • Seattle Central College, Web Development Program

    Through March 2012
    • HTML, XHTML, CSS, PHP, advanced JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, JSON, WordPress, C#, ASP.Net, MySQL, Databases, UNIX/LINUX, UX Design. Dean’s List and President’s List all 6 quarters.
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA

    Through June 2003
    • Completed one-half of the credits necessary for graduation.
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Through June 1998
    • Bachelors Degree, Political Science and Comparative History of Ideas.


Have practiced Aikido for 20+ years, reaching the level of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) and teaching classes for adults and children. Helped to open new dojo, Tacoma Aikikai, and introduce Aikido to a new area of the region in 2017.
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