This is the personal website for Chris Kilbourne of Madison, CT. Here you can find out a little bit about my life, work, and hobbies. For more information about my work projects, you can visit Bicoastal.com.
Bicoastal.com is a limited liability corporation providing Internet and social marketing consulting services, website design and development, search engine optimization, and communications and PR. Representative clients and projects include:
InsideMadison is a hyperlocal, micro-journalism website that I launched in 2009 when newspaper downsizing resulted in decreased coverage of Madison, CT and neighboring towns. My idea in launching InsideMadison was to give residents (and former residents and visitors) one website where they could go to get all kinds of information about the town of Madison — the latest news, a business directory, an events calendar, information about the school system, places of worship, real estate, restaurants, town government, and even local weather and tides.
InsideMadison has been a very rewarding and educational undertaking. One of the side benefits of producing the website is that it keeps me well informed about what is going on in Madison, from town government to book signings to school events to antiques shows. It has also helped me keep and develop my Web development and management “chops,” helping me learn about new blogging features and social media widgets.
Among my goals going forward are to finish populating the Madison, CT business directory, and to increase news coverage about the schools and school sports, possibly by getting student volunteers to help out.
Gene McGetrick is a veteran executive recruiter who specializes in placing highly qualified candidates in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and health care industries in Connecticut and the Northeast. His firm, Gene Ryan Associates, has established a respected track record for seeking out seasoned professionals who have made significant career contributions and are prepared to bring their expertise to his clients’ teams.
One of the key reasons for Gene’s success is his ability to truly listen — both to employers, regarding the specific skills, training, and attributes they are seeking, and to candidates, regarding their career goals, professional aspirations, and even lifestyle. That latter talent became increasingly in demand when the economic downturn put more and more experienced people on the job market and forced them to reevaluate their professional goals. Gene has a talent for helping people define their career goals, and reviewing their education, training, and experience to identify any holes or obstacles that could interfere with those goals. Based on his analysis, Gene creates a detailed plan for how job candidates can fill in any professional or educational gaps, and how to they can best position and present themselves for the positions they are seeking.
Out of that process was born Gene Ryan Career Counseling. When Gene reached out to me to create and promote a website for his new endeavor, we sat down and reviewed a variety of designs, and we discussed what types of content and structure would best meet his needs. Here again, I think the end result conveys Gene’s expertise in an attractive and user-friendly package.
Hugh McIlrevey is a very good and talented friend who was looking for a Web presence for his Profit Trend Partners business. Profit Trend Partners, a division of Veloces Enterprises LLC, is a fee-based certified coaching practice and publishing company serving financial professionals across the nation. Profit Trend Partners has its roots in 25 years of successful financial services marketing, sales, management, and business growth leadership. Profit Trend Partners uses a goals-based model to analyze clients’ business process, their profitability, and their personnel’s effectiveness. Clients participate in a strategic and tactical evaluation of their businesses. Profit Trend Partners helps them craft a plan to achieve both their organizational and personal dreams, and then sticks with them to define responsibilities, uncover leverage, and assure the personal and business growth they seek.
Hugh and I sat down to discuss his business and what we wanted to accomplish with the website. Because Hugh wanted to be able to update the website himself, we decided to build it as a WordPress blog. We then reviewed likely looking designs and decided on one that seemed to fit his needs to a “T.”
I believe the resulting website appropriately conveys Hugh’s strengths, services, and products. Take a look for yourself.