VOLUNTEER: John Lock

nanpa_bio_photoAfter a successful 28-year career in various technology positions with the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, John Lock launched Relevant Arts Enterprises (RAE) in 1997. He played a critical role in Coca-Cola’s technology planning and direction. Upon starting up RAE, John used his broad experience to bring cost-effective solutions to small businesses and non-profit organizations. John is NANPA’s webmaster. Now entering its twentieth year of operation, RAE (http://relevantarts.com) provides a broad range of services to a diverse client base. John is also a co-founder of the HTML Writers Guild, at one time the largest professional organization of web developers in the world with more than 117,000 members in 150 countries.

Besides technology John enjoys canoeing, hiking, sailing, nature photography, well-made craft beer, visiting Cedar Key, Florida, and he has been known to plunder unsuspecting neighborhoods dressed as a pirate.

Do you have a “day” job?

My day job is technical director for Relevant Arts Enterprises, a web design and development company I co-own and operate with my wife, Cindy Svec. My tasks involve daily maintenance and operations of our web servers as well as providing custom web solutions, software integration, consultation and technical services for our clients.

That fits in nicely with what you do for NANPA. Can you tell us what that is and all the ways you been involved in NANPA?

My company currently hosts the NANPA website and provides technical support and services for its operation. Over the years I have developed several custom software applications (such as the annual Showcase photo competition). And I have upgraded NANPA’s website and member services several times to keep up with changing technology. Much of my work for NANPA is donated.

Are you involved in any NANPA committees?

I have been a longtime member of the Communications Committee and was its chairman/co-chair from 2001 through 2011. I also presented a breakout session on website building at the 2003 Summit in Albuquerque.

Do you feel you have learned something from your volunteering? Explain.

Yes, I have learned a great deal from the time I volunteered for NANPA. Besides having challenging new projects to work on from time to time, I have also been able to broaden my people skills by working with NANPA members and staff almost daily.

How are you involved in photography?

I am an amateur photographer and don’t get to spend as much time on that as I would like. But when I do get out and about I like to concentrate on landscape photography. Being away from technology and out in a natural setting is a good mental break, and I should do it more often!

How long have you been a NANPA member?

I joined NANPA in 1996 and have been working with the website since 1999.

Do you have a goal as it pertains to NANPA?

 Professionally, my long-term goal is to ensure that NANPA is running on a solid technology platform and is able to take advantage of new services and programs as the internet and membership grow. Personally, I plan to take advantage of my NANPA connections to improve my photography and get out in the field more.