The Unicorn + The Soldier

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I get requests from small businesses on a fairly regular basis asking me to recommend someone that can design and develop their website.  My canned response is that what they’re looking for is a unicorn and if they find one they better catch it.

Joshua Hatfield is one of those rare breeds who not only is a developer, but also designer, problem solver, and a proud soldier.  He is a front-end and backend developer who specializes in PHP, JavaScript, mySQL, and Linux environments. Whether he’s building a landing page, e-commerce integration, WordPress plugin, or an intensive data-powered application, his vast set of skills allow these creations to scale with security and speed in mind.

After receiving his associates in marketing and business administration he began working in the health insurance industry, shortly before enlisting in the Ohio Army National Guard.  Upon returning from his initial training and reporting to Kettering’s 637th Chemical Company, he began providing web solutions for small businesses located in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Chicago, as well as web development for several government agencies.

To date, he has worked 500+ businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs around the world while also donating time and services to local non-profits VOBOhio and Vet Town.

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And now…. 19 or so questions with Joshua Hatfield


If you could choose any one person to be your mentor, living or dead, who would you 
chose? Explain your decision.
I’ve always been a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt. Any leader who can literally take a bullet, continue a speech for two hours, and live the rest of his life with it lodged in his ribs is someone worth taking lifelong advice from.

If you could only eat one kind of food for the rest of your life what would you chose? Why?
If it were a choice of geographical dishes, it’d have to be authentic Mexican. I can make ten different tray items with simple ingredients. If it’s up to one meal, it’d have to be lasagna. Here’s to hoping my metabolism keeps up with the carbs in this scenario.

What is the worst question to ask, or answer, in an interview?
“How does starting out at $10 an hour sound?”

How would you live your life if you had a week to live?
I’d probably do all the illegal things that most people joke about doing. “Sorry mom… I can’t stop here. This is Panda country.”

How would you live your life if you were going to live forever?
If I was immortal I’d probably end up becoming a historian and using my powers for good to fight evil. Can anyone say Rambo VI?

Where do you find peace?
There’s nothing greater than the great outdoors in my humble opinion. I find peace while camping and hiking alone. It’s the perfect time to reflect on things.

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Would you rather walk backward for the rest of your life, or stub your toe with every step you took? Explain your choice.
I’d be more okay with stubbing my toe every step.

What is your favorite campaign?
The Oreo campaign has to be my favorite campaign. It’s creative, simple, and delicious!

What superhero would you be and why?
I’d be Zorro, because he’s more than just a superhero. He’s an intellectual and compassionate, but… he’s also a little cocky at times – just like me.

If you were a kitchen appliance what would you be?
A toaster oven without a doubt. Everyone needs a toaster oven.

Tell me in no more than 5 words what you think Lion + Panda does?
Design, marketing, advertising, and awesomeness.

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What did you play with as a child?
A Sega Genesis. At 6 years old Playing Mortal Kombat was more important than learning to ride a bike or playing in the sand.

What is your hidden talent and how did you discover it?
I can do a pretty good grandma impersonation. I don’t remember the details, but I just started using it one night on Xbox Live after a few beers.

What’s your superpower, or what’s your spirit animal?
I prefer to be with the pack unlike most, but I’m a wolf. I’m loyal, family oriented, and full of stamina.

Do you believe in Bigfoot?
I believe there are some very hairy and smelly animals and humans out there comparable to Bigfoot, but not Bigfoot.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
A breakup.

It’s Thursday, you’ve got to be at a project in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?
1. Find a dog sitter.
2. Pack an overnight and undercarriage bag.
3. Remain alert and prior to the flight so I can sleep on the way.
4. Study my notes and prep clothes for the meeting.
5. Lock the doors behind me.

If there was a movie produced about your life, what would it be called? Who would play you, and why?
The movie would be titled “Hatfield” and Tom Hanks would play my role, because he’s Tom Hanks.

How does the Internet work?
Ted Stevens said it best: “It’s is a series of tubes.”

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