- User focused custom web applications
- Flexible & efficient web sites backed by content management systems
- Enticing eCommerce web sites
- Engaging mobile applications
- Compelling user experiences
- Crushing search engine optimization campaigns
- A world-class hosting infrastructure
You'll find us in the heart of downtown State College. We're in the Allenway building, on the left side of the atrium.
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This is what we love to do and craftsmanship is our calling. Our diverse backgrounds mean that each of us can strive to be an expert in our field, and we can focus our best talents on your project. We're dedicated to creativity, outstanding communication, and customer satisfaction and work together to make sure each project leaves our hands ready to succeed.
Scott founded West Arete in 2005. He’s been programming and writing software for most of his life. His passion is making custom software development predictable and profitable for our clients, while providing an awesome work environment for his team.
Chet focuses on back end development. He has a background in high performance scientific computing. Chet's goal is to write agile, robust code, providing a solid foundation for the apps developed at West Arete.
Eric’s focus is on back end development. He helps to write the behind-the-scenes software that drives the websites and applications that we build. Eric is driven to craft well tested code that can remain flexible throughout its lifespan.
Luke’s specialty is front end development. Turning great designs into awesome websites, Luke crafts the fine details but does not lose sight of the project's big picture. His new focus is streamlining our development operations.
Ryan's focus is on back end development. Ryan has an array of stellar skills in scientific computing and big data and he adds extensive experience in data visualization and interface design. Ryan specializes in solving complex programming questions with innovative—yet solid—code design.
Sally handles the financial and personnel aspects of the business, so the rest of us focus on our clients and software. She has spent several years working in financial administration, accounting, and auditing. Sally helps keep West Arete running smoothly so employees and clients have a great experience.
Eriks manages accounts receivable, and keeps the office running and distraction-free for the development team. With a background in paleontology and the outdoor industry, Eriks brings a unique perspective to finance and daily operations. When not in the office, Eriks can typically be found getting lost deep in the Pennsylvania woods.
Dan's expertise and experience lies in finance. Having spent considerable time managing financials, big data and complex processes Dan brings a keen eye for profitability and growth to the West Arete team. He's most passionate about contributing his efforts and abilities to a growing company which, in turn, gives back to the community.
Christina brings experience as a designer alongside her engineering background. She specializes in front-end development, and is always eager to learn something new. Christina also runs Hacky Hour, and the Summer Founders Program, an accelerator program run in conjunction with Invent Penn State.
West Arete founded and organizes the local Hacky Hour, a fun, informal weekly meetup for all computer programmers near State College and Penn State, from the amateur to the professional.
West Arete and our clients have benefited immensely from the rich, free tools available via open source. Whenever possible, we develop and contribute quality software back to the community. Check out our profile on GitHub.
West Arete has always donated to local environmental groups, and is a proud member of 1% For The Planet.
As a League of American Bicyclists Silver Level Bike Friendly Business, we encourage people to ride more. We believe that it makes for a happier, healthier, and more sustainable community.