Chris Thompson

  • Englishnative speaker
  • Italianintermediate

  • PHP
    15 years of production-level experience with high-load applications
  • Frameworks/CMS
    extensive Laravel and WordPress experience
  • Databases
    experience working with various databases including MySQL/MariaDB, NoSQL and Oracle
  • Cache Systems
    understanding of both opcache systems and data structure stores; APC, Redis, MemcacheD
  • Search as a Service
    working knowledge of full-text search systems including Xapian, Solr, Elasticsearch, AWS CloudSearch, Lucene and Algolia
  • Laracon 2020Online
  • Laracon 2018Online
  • Laracon 2017New York City
  • Web Summit 2014Dublin
  • AWS Summit 2014Berlin
  • An Event Apart 2008Boston

  • Wilderness First ResponderSOLO

Work Experience

Web Developer

We Forge

March 2020 - current

Responsible for building and maintaining Laravel-based customer relationship management SaaS platforms.

VP of Technology

Wells Media Group

Jan 2019 - Feb 2020

Managing all activities associated with the information technology in support of the company's business and oversees the company's IT team. Responsible for developing, maintaining and executing the strategic technology plan for the company and to drive process improvement and streamline business processes with technology.

Senior Web Developer

Wells Media Group

Jan 2016 - Jan 2019

Lead developer of multiple Laravel-based packages and applications. Driving growth of membership platforms, event scheduling and ticket sales and opt-in newsletter lists.

Senior Front-end Engineer


Oct 2015 - Jan 2016

Developed Ember.js powered front-end tools for the services team. Maintained our corporate web properties powered with Craft CMS.

Web Developer

Wells Media Group

Oct 2008 - Apr 2015

I was responsible for developing a number of Wells Media websites, helping revamp website designs, testing and implementing open source libraries including WordPress and CakePHP, and generally being available to help make Wells Media's digital assets the best they could possibly be.

Web Developer


Jun 2008 - Sep 2008

While I worked at Fluidesign I was responsible for converting marketing and design ideas into web applications. I developed the first iteration of's CMS. We relied heavily on Symfony, CodeIgnitor and Prototype.

Web Developer

Sporting News

Aug 2007 - May 2008

I was hired by Sporting News to help convert their aging code base, built on a custom language, to LAMP. Sporting News, at the time, had a massive user community with millions of page views a day, thousands of user blogs and tens of thousands of fantasy sports leagues.

Web Developer

Red Ventures

Aug 2006 - Aug 2007

While at Red Ventures I developed an application that integrated with the company's outbound call center software. This application included an API which allowed our network of ADT dealers to access information relevant to the customers they were assigned to.

Obtained a certification to operate as an ADT dealer. Helped grow the business from 12 sales a week to over 200 sales a day.


Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group

Dec 2017 - current

Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG) is an all-volunteer, non-profit search and rescue (SAR) team based in Pittsburgh that offers support to government agencies responsible for lost and injured person incidents.

Cittadella della Solidarietà, Caritas

May 2013 - Oct 2015

This Italian organization operates a small supermarket for families in need. I volunteered with Caritas while I was living in Italy, usually 15 hours a week. In 2015, they feed 275 families / 780 people weekly.


Unrestricted Travel

Traveling is my passion, photography is my hobby and doing my part to battle xenophobia is my mission.

Cellular GPS

A tool for SAR personnel to be able request location information from a subject via SMS.