I’m Buck Sommerkamp and I enjoy life — and all it has to offer!
I’m a UX designer/developer and programmer/analyst with 35 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 spent a lot of time doing 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 worked 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.
Beginning in 2014, I work in the User Experience (UX) team for a regional financial institution that’s somewhat of a hybrid of government/non-profit, startup/entrepreneurial, and commercial entity. We get to work on some significant financial applications and mobile experiences, and best of all, we learn from each other in the team room. I (seriously) work with some of the best people out there who know their stuff!
I enjoy interacting with colleagues in Toastmasters International and the Social Media Club of Kansas City. I volunteer at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts when I can, along with some other Kansas City organizations that make this a great community to live in, love in, and enjoy.
A tribesman and Eagle Scout, I’m also the father of two amazing sons, 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.