The Team

@themicrotechs

Chris Gilroy

Owner | Chief Designer & Developer | Marketing Consultant

Beginning as a Graphic Designer in 1999, I've been blessed to have a 20 year career doing what I enjoy. I'm a Father of three, avid baseball fan, leader of my local neighborhood watch, Siberian Husky dog-dad, and owner of The Microtechs. Since 2007, I've specialized in online marketing and web design & development. I'm one of the leading experts in the United States for Joomla! and the Open Source Matters community.

As a late Gen-X, or member of the "Oregon Trail Generation", I have both tech-native qualities and the practical paper-and-ink thinking of those who came of age without the internet. I grew up alongside computer and online technology as it happened. In the 80's, while other kids were riding their bikes, I was learning to program games in Atari BASIC. From TOS to DOS, to designing game scenery pixel-by-pixel in 16 colors (and then 256), I learned each new technology as it became available. In the late nineties, I started my career designing print collateral and traditional marketing media, from offset and digitally printed catalogs, postcards and brochures, to insurance proposals and sales sheets.

By 2000, I managed all design for Aetna US HealthCare's 19 offices in the western half of the United States. Over the next decade, I served as a Graphic Designer, Marketing & Sales Manager, and RIP and Offset & Digital Printing Consultant. As the printing industry declined in the mid-2000's, I moved toward online media. In 2007, I began working with Joomla and Wordpress.

I always felt like Web Designers were very frustrating to work with. As a Marketing guy, I would have to hire designers and developers for the companies I worked for. Having to wait days for simple changes, and be nickle-and-dimed for hourly rates, would always leave me feeling like they were padding hours and stringing us along. With Joomla hit the mainstream in 2007, it was the answer I had been looking for. As one-by-one I saw Design Firms and Agencies going out of business, I set out to disrupt the website industry's norms and learn from their mistakes.

The Microtechs was founded on the simple idea that people should be able to edit and manage their own website without being dependent on skilled specialists doing it for them. Instead of trying to hold on to each client and rack up hourly fees, I set out to provide my clients with solutions that didn't need me. Since January 1, 2008, I've served over 350 clients and produced state-of-the-art CMS solutions that their least tech-savvy staff and volunteers are able to manage without hired help. By 2010, The Microtechs was earning nearly $200k a year in revenue with no employees or real overhead. Through the years we've operated as a Co-op of independent professionals and contractors working together, remaining lean with most projects requiring only a single developer or designer. We've produced hundreds of automatically updating, open source content management systems that don't become obsolete. As of March 2018, there are still a half-dozen websites online that were launched ten years ago.

Some of my favorite, most noteworthy companies and organizations I've had the privilege of serving have included Pixar Animation Studios, Leapfrog, The Oakland Athletics and Old Navy. Feel free to browse through my featured clients.

I'm happy to help with all of your Marketing, Development or Design services. Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to being of service!

Chris Gilroy

  • Owner & Chief Developer
The Microtechs, LLC
Memberships
  • Open Source Matters
  • PINC / Visual Media Alliance
  • BMI
Volunteering Work
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa
  • Neighborhood Watch (Leader)
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • East County Little League

Owner & Founder

Chris Gilroy

Senior Developer, Designer & Marketing Consultant
Chief Developer, Designer and founder of The Microtechs, LLC. Chris has been a professional designer for 20 years as of 2018, working for many noteworthy names such as Pixar, The Oakland Athletics and Aetna HealthCare. Board member, member and contributor across several design and tech industry foundations and organizations, involved with Open Source Matters since 2007.

Billing & Operations

Alisa Gilroy

Operations & Billing, Dietitian
Alisa handles billing, invoicing, occasional clerical and logistical needs for The Microtechs, all while earning her degree as a Registered Dietitian and saving the world, one animal at a time.

Marketing, SEO & Design

Tatiana Pasichnyk

Communications Strategist, Co-Founder 3P's Innocence Marketing
Tatiana has many years of professional experience in project management, brand development and consulting within business, governmental and nonprofit environments. Her experience working with multi-national business organizations and for a USAID funded project are valued assets.

Development & IT

Milos Aleksic

Senior Developer & IT, CTO ZooDevs, Co-Founder ZooLanders
Milos is one of the leading experts with Zoo, the powerful CCK and Application Builder for Joomla. He is a Senior Developer, Chief Tech of ZooDevs, and co-founded ZooLanders. Milos is one of the most experienced and skilled plugin, database and system developers we've ever worked with.

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"this is how I always envisioned our website. fantastic job!"

Dave Shapiro, CEO, Cartelligent
Oakland Athletics Logo
Read about the custom system we developed for The Oakland Athletics

CMS Web Design

Custom Joomla & Wordpress
Since 2008
The Microtechs, LLC P.O. Box 13 Antioch, CA 94509
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