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Director Of Digital Development

Frank Durante

When not sea kayaking at his favorite spot in Maine, Frank (no relation to Jimmy) leads Austin Williams’ digital development team in making seemingly “impossible” projects come to life.

 

Any bucket list items?

Many. Parachuting, pilot a solo plane, circumnavigate the USA by kayak.

 

Any hidden talents?

I love woodworking. After a day of heavy use of the left side of my brain, I end the evening using nothing but the right side as I build a new piece of furniture or art. I have all of the powered machines a devoted woodworker would need, but nothing beats a simple sharp chisel and wooden mallet in my hands.

 

If you had to switch AW teams for one week, which department would you work in?

The Creative Team… hands down. It must be so rewarding to get an instant emotional reaction the moment your work is shared. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely feels deeply rewarding when a website comes to life through the efforts of my team (dev), but sometimes the creative team gets to pull tears out of the eyes of the public. That’s astounding!

 

Rename Austin Williams with two other “AW” words.

Always Winning

 

What real or fictional person would you go on a road trip with?

Les Stroud of the show Survivorman. To spend a week truly elbow deep as a hunter/gatherer would be just the thing to reset our modern lifestyle mindset once in a while.

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