Who is this guy?

Yours truly

Yours truly

I’m Buck Sommerkamp and I enjoy life — and all it has to offer!

I’m a multimedia developer and programmer/analyst with 30 years of experience in radio, television, print, and interactive production. I spent many growing-up years inside a radio studio with a huge microphone hanging in front of me (KCMW-FM, KOKO-AM, then KLSI-FM — now Mix93.3)

A few more years flew by behind big consoles full of knobs and switches as I got to be a TV guy and a police dispatcher and a magazine editor and a manager of information systems for a publishing company…and now I spent lots of time with all sorts of technology in every way possible.

I love to communicate in oh-so-many ways. I earned my Public Relations degree at Central Missouri State University (I know they call it the “University of Central Missouri” now, but to me it will always be CMSU…with apologies to the Board of Somethings Who Find New Names For Perfectly Good Universities).

I currently develop video and interactive web applications for Butler Manufacturing, a division of BlueScope Steel based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As a developer for several web sites within Butler’s Customer Solutions Group, I work with search engine optimization, social media, and the integration of internal and external communications to the 1,500 North American customers who design and erect Butler pre-engineered steel buildings. Our primary application, Butler AdvantageXE, lets builders price and configure their steel buildings; you’ll see my influence throughout that software, from the opening splash screen to the HTML help system that pops up when you press F1…some icons, some installer components, and a few other pieces of goodness.

Once a month (and sometimes more), you’ll find me managing KC DesignCore, a local community of designers and developers who love to use Adobe software and sharpen their skills. We have some serious fun in our group, and there are actually several other Adobe groups in the KC area: KCWebCore, KCDevCore, and KCVideoCore.

I enjoy interacting with colleagues in Toastmasters International and the Social Media Club of Kansas City.

Professionally, I enjoy helping others learn how to maximize online effectiveness and to carefully measure the results.

Personally, I’m an Eagle Scout and the father of two amazing teenage boys, Alex and Andrew. For fun, I enjoy great music…crisp, high-definition anything…being around like-minded friends…and an occasional splurge of Caramel Apple Spice.

If you ask me something about music from the 70s*, I’ll be your friend for life! Actually, that could probably happen anyway — I enjoy meeting new people on the road of life.

*Actually, let’s be clear: some music of the 70s.

At Last Lyrics by Etta JamesAt last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last