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Meet Jim Connelly

Jim Connelly established Cedarock in 1996. Jim works directly with each client and manages every Cedarock project from start-to-finish. He is happiest when tackling new challenges and he demands high quality results. Prior to Cedarock, Jim worked at an advertising agency, an event marketing firm, and an exhibit production company. He has supported marketing for Fortune 500 firms and hundreds of small- and mid-sized companies.

While working for the ad agency in 1995, Jim was introduced to the "World Wide Web" and was told it might catch on. Jim researched the Web and established the agency's internet division. Soon, Jim made his first website. He has since crafted thousands of web pages on scores of website designs.

Jim earned a bachelor's degree from Bradley University in business management and administration with an emphasis on marketing. But, when it comes to websites, Jim is a self-taught web developer. Over the years he has learned XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, AJAX, XML, Javascript, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Perl, Linux server management, search engine optimization, and more. Everything you see on this site — words, design, graphics, programming, site architecture, optimization — was handcrafted by Jim.

Perhaps Jim's greatest strength is his ability to quickly identify a business's strengths, audience, and marketing opportunities. His deep understanding of sales, business, programming, copywriting, design, and lead generation is a rare combination.

Jim has been married to his best friend for 22 years and is the proud father of two sons (ages 18 and 16). He has volunteered as the President and Vice President of Sequoit Pride (the parent booster club at Antioch Community High School). Business has always been a part of his life. He was raised by self-employed parents and, as young as 10, had a paper route, mowed lawns, was a caddy, stocked grocery shelves, and painted houses.

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A Thousand Words
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"Cedarock not only created us a functional and professional website, but they also helped in every aspect of content, photos, and advice. Jim at Cedarock is very patient and professional. We look forward to the site helping us grow our business and prospects. Thanks Jim!"
Mike DeSerto, Broker
Entre Commercial Realty
Schaumburg, Illinois
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