Eugene Oregon Real Estate Company
About Rod Bender
Rod Bender was born and then did some stuff afterwards.
Rod BenderClient Care1200 Executive Parkway, Suite 400EugeneOR 97401 US
My name is Rod Bender and I'm a native Oregonian. Born and raised in Eugene, I in fact live only 1/4 mile from Real Pro Systems. My parents moved to Oregon in the mid 1960's as my father wanted to work in the then-burgeoning timber industry.
I've always had a love for electronics and computers. I got my hands on my first computer in 1983 in my 4th grade classroom. It was a Commodore Pet Computer. I was absolutely transfixed with it's Chiclet-styled keyboard and cassette tape drive. Programs took 30 minutes to load. Now that was technology!
Over my school years I studied basic computer programming, but more specifically, computer graphics. Color computers were just finding their way into schools at the time, and I couldn't get enough. I worked on the brand new Apple MacIntosh SE computers in my high school computer lab in the late 1980's. Right when I was graduating in 1990, the school got it's very first Windows PC that could edit full-color photographs. To be able to actually edit photographs digitally at the time was an astounding idea to me. This was before Photoshop was part of popular language. But I knew computers would never be the same from that point on, at least from a graphic perspective.
To my sheer delight, my dad bought a 486 PC running Windows 3.1 in 1994. That sucker cost $4000! But I could scan and edit photos on it, and that was just the best thing ever as an amateur photographer. I delved into learning photo editing techniques that would eventually lead to my experience building websites.
I started designing websites around 2000. My first official experience working on websites was when I worked for a call center in Portland called AnswerConnect. I helped them take their one-page site and turn it into a several hundred page site that reached top ranking on Google. I then branched out into creating brand graphics for our sister company, Solestruck.com, which sold shoes online. I also became a Certified Google Adwords expert.
After leaving AnswerConnect, I ran my own private web design practice. I then moved back to Eugene in Dec 2010. I've had the pleasure of working with Real Pro Systems since April 2011.
As far as my personal life, I am a classically trained violinist. As such I enjoy listening to music and producing electronic music. I am also a hard-core Trekker, as any self-respecting geek like me should be. That's how I met my wife. She said something about Star Trek to a mutual friend, and we were married 8 months later. It was a match made in the stars (bad joke alert). I also enjoy a good hike and love the outdoors. That's why I still live in Oregon. And that's why I plan to stay here forever.