"Wow (fake surprise), thank you! I am so honored to be winning this prestigious award for something
that I love doing so much!
First, thanks be to God for making me who I am. There is no other reason why I do what I do. Jesus, for
giving me hope to keep going.
I'd have to thank my wife for putting up with the countless hours in front of a computer, learning and
working. For randomly bringing me glasses of water, stuffing snacks in my mouth, shoulder rubs, kisses
on the forehead, and being my personal cheerleader by always telling me "You can do it!"
Thank you to my brother for teaching me to never be afraid, especially with taking risks.
I've had the great fortune of being able to stand on the shoulders of giants, whom have allowed me to
reach such great heights.
To Tony Yzarnotegui, for breaking me
out of AOL very early on and signing me up with an EarthLink account, showing me how to use a browser
and how to view source code. This opened up a whole new world for me. You created a monster
To Jefferey Zeldman, for teaching me HTML the
right way and respecting standards. What I learned from him is so important for what I do today, and
made my journey so much easier.
Eric Meyer, for all things CSS, which has
made the go-to guy for CSS questions on my team.
Douglas Crockford, who's book made me fall in
Nicholas Zakas, you taught me to be an
Steve Souders, holy cow! You taught the world
how to perf.
Shoot, there's the music, I'm almost done…
Derek Featherstone, thank you for teaching me
accessible Ux and how looking through a straw can expose so much.
Heydon Pickering, thanks for making sure
I always look at the simplest solution. You make simple look easy.
Steve Faulkner, the Don, I can't ever
thank you enough for your expertise and help.
Eric Elliot, who keep's me on my toes
and is contstantly challenging me to keep learning more.
Finally, Kyle Simpson, thanks for making me
look at JS in a completely different way.
I am sure I left a lot other people out, so I am sorry for that. I hope I can inspire someone as I have
been inspired. Thank you all!"