About Me

Gary Matthew Payne is a California transplant who, from a young age, knew exactly what he wanted to focus on. While many children take their love of video games or music for granted and use their time as a hobby, Gary developed this passion further. He would practice music development, listen to audio and visual recordings, and take a keen interest in both online and offline design. He has worked as a Senior Web Developer for many of the world's leading companies, the chief of which is bringing the NASCAR franchise online through Motorsport Games. He is a senior web development professional with a large portfolio whose job is to help his otherwise successful corporate clients close the technology gap.

His expertise isn't only revered and contracted by the big names, as Gary Matthew Payne frequently works with smaller shops, medium-sized businesses, start-ups, and other privately held corporations. The race to WEB3.0 has given him the power and freedom he needs to choose his clients carefully and make sure they are well taken care of, especially in the fast-paced world of the California tech industry.

Education and Early Life

Gary's journey into the world of technology began at a very young age. For as long as he could remember, he loved video games as well as computers. While many leave it at that and do not pursue it any further, he became fascinated with how it worked, including the visual and audio design. While many play video games to relax and have fun, Gary couldn't help but try and analyze what makes a good game function and how it was created to become an addictive enjoyment to most who are experiencing what is on the screen.

While gaining experience working with his father’s small business as a teenager, Gary spent years running his own small business where he would repair, buy, and sell used computers. This hands-on approach would later be very helpful when working as a manager at a high level in many different fields.

He began self-teaching through videos and books about technology and design in his free time. Like most who take an interest in technology, he did not find many resources at school to develop his passion, hobby, and what would eventually be his career. When he was a teen, he put what he had learned to the test and created a highly successful adaptation of the popular game "Pong" using the C# language. This proved to him that he was on the right path for his life's journey, and he knew he had to go to the best schools to expand his expertise in this field.

Gary would go on to study Graphic Design at the University of Boulder and complete several programs at Harvard University, one of the most prestigious schools and programs. Amongst his long list of certifications and accolades acquired throughout his career, Gary Matthew Payne is most proud of completing the CS50 program at Harvard University. It is a highly sought-after credential that proves he is an expert in many areas, including web development, game development, and even mobile development.

My Career and Accomplishments

After running his own business repairing computers as a teenager, his career started as a graphic designer and WordPress developer. Although he didn't have national recognition yet, Gary knew that eventually he would endeavor to work with some of the most impactful names in the industry. Nonetheless, his career started with a local agency, where he would collaborate with senior designers, developers, and project managers. The main focus of his role was to deliver themes, plug-ins, and websites for the agency's customers. To this day, this is one of the most outsourced jobs, as most companies prefer to contract agencies or freelancers to take care of their "website," which usually means both the visual aspects and the content.

Using the knowledge he had gained both on the job and through his in-depth education (such as computer science and web development from Harvard), Gary Matthew Payne would go on to work with start-ups and prominent names in the industry. He would have had various stints working with Intel, Honda, Artesian Builds, Motorsport Games, NASCAR, and various other accounts that he could not disclose. Throughout his experiences, he felt he had learned the most from bringing the NASCAR, Motorsport Games lineup, and 704 Games online. He has worked on NASCAR Heat 5, rFactor 2, and NASCAR: Ignition, among other games.

In his projects, he delivered everything ahead of schedule and proactively searched for and determined how to reduce the friction between development and launch. Notably, the games were made in a much shorter amount of time. The development time went from 6 weeks to 1 week, but performance, durability, and the user experience were all kept the same.Overall, he has gotten something out of every project he has worked on or led in the business world.

Currently, Gary Matthew Payne has decided to offer his services to all companies, agencies, and clients that require his unique skills. This includes responsive web design, full-stack development, and professional project management. Payne utilizes the agile method both when leading projects and as an individual contributor.

Charity, Community Involvement, and Hobbies

Gary is a huge proponent of giving back to the community that raised him. As a child, his love for the outdoors would get him through rough periods, and the national parks would be a place where he could recharge and reflect on the opportune moments of his life. So, when Gary got rich, he started giving money regularly to organizations across the country that help people who are less fortunate. These include the Trust for Public Land, which works to protect and improve our beautiful park systems, and Code.org, which works to give more public school students the chance to learn computer science.

Making sure his distinctive skill-set is not lost on the world, and with years of experience in project management for the construction industry, Gary actively searched for a way to give back to the world in terms of his expertise. Between 2012 and 2013, Gary would volunteer his time and knowledge to the nonprofit organization YesLiberia, whose compassionate approach touched Gary to his core. The organization needed help researching and designing practical solar lighting that had practical applications to the small villages in Liberia, Africa. After he finished his work, studies showed that villages with good lighting systems would have a lot fewer crimes at night.


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