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Meet James Rutherford

1.  What's your role at Mediacurrent, both internally and client-related?

I am a Lead Drupal Architect here at Mediacurrent. For me, this means working directly with clients to determine the appropriate architecture for their project, selecting the correct mix of contributed modules and planning custom components to match their needs and budget. Internally,I help to mentor team members and work with leadership to identify opportunities and possible issues. It's a couple of different hats to wear, and it keeps things fresh and interesting.

2.  Give us an idea of what professional path brought you here.

I enjoyed working with Drupal so much I started attending conventions and meetups. That led to an opportunity to join Mediacurrent and work with some of the best minds in our industry. It was too good a chance to pass up.

3.  How did you first get involved with Drupal?

While working as the Lead Developer at Georgia Public Broadcasting I lead the transition from a custom, Java based CMS to Drupal 5, then later migrated from 5 to Drupal 6.

4.  Is there a go-to Drupal module that you like to incorporate whenever possible?

Features module. There can be a bit of a learning curve, but when used correctly Features can greatly speed up development when collaborating with a team on any given project.

5.  Do you have any recommended reading or books that you would suggest to others?

The Weekly Drop is a pretty incredible resource for Drupal professionals and enthusiasts.

6.  Any mobile apps that you use regularly?

Feedly for news aggregation and reading, and MLB.tv as I am a diehard bosox fan, and I can stream all the games from anywhere.

7.  What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to play with my two daughters. We go to the park or out to get ice cream.

8.  What do you like about Mediacurrent?

I feel like we are a company that is people-oriented and that the leadership is focused on having really excellent company culture. We strive to be respectful of all of our employees and clients and to constantly evaluate how we can do things better.

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