Creativity and self-expression drive me as an individual and professional. I am a writer, artist, graphic designer, web developer, and professional coach. I spend a lot of my time creating and helping others refine their projects. Over the last 15 years, the internet has captivated me and I have spent a lot of time learning how to use it to my advantage, how to design for it, and teaching others how to do it as well.
My name is Adam Mulholland, I am 38 years old and I live in South Korea. I love traveling around the world. My wife is from the Philippines and I have 5 children, whom all enjoy being creative much like myself. I have lived here in South Korea for almost 5 years, and I try to visit Thailand and the Philippines as often as time allows. I spend a large portion of my time learning new technologies, plying my trade, and consulting with businesses looking to catapult their projects on social media or their own hosted solutions.
I want to make sure I am clear though, I am not a programmer. I can’t tell you how to write Python, but I can tell you where your project’s strengths and weaknesses are and how to improve your position in search, or even where your logo or print packaging falls short. I started building my first website in 2001 with Frontpage, and it was a LOT of fun. After 2 years I decided that in order to get to the next level I needed to go to college. I graduated from American Continental University in 2006 with a B.F.A. in Visual Communications with a minor in Digital Design. I earned a C in my web development class using Fireworks and Dreamweaver. That was not good enough and sent me into a personal journey. From that point I dove straight into web development and worked with several global companies and a variety of small businesses.
I am the oldest son of Guy Mulholland and Lynn Clairwood. Born in 1978, I missed the free love but got to live through the era of leg-warmers and Revenge of the Nerds. I have two siblings and grew up in the lower middle-class. I didn’t have anything special but I had family and friends that meant the world to me. I spent my childhood building tree forts in the woods and playing outside. I actually lived during a period in human history that didn’t have the internet.
After junior high school I decided to go to a trade school in Danielson, CT called H.H. Ellis RVTS. I wanted to be a mechanical drafter, but decided later on to study in the Hairdressing, Cosmetology, and Barbering course. I was the first male to graduate the program. It was an honor and I am still licensed in CT.
I grew up in Jewett City, CT. I took private art lessons, pushed into mediums such as acrylics, charcoal, airbrushing and much more. Then after I left home and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1996, I was stationed in North Carolina, where I bought my first computer. I had no idea what to do with it beyond playing Ages of Empires until a friend showed me networking and fixing computers. Eventually, I was brought into the dark world of LAN parties and that’s where I connected with Photoshop for the first time. I spawned my first company shortly thereafter called Anonymous Ink, a regional screenprinting company. It was a great project in 1999 learning how to screenprint on a commercial level.
Eventually, I had to sell it as I reassigned to GA for the next leg of my Air Force career. I began building computers for friends, developing embroidery digitizing services for home-based businesses, and starting on eBay. I had a lot of fun trying new mediums. After all of that I decided that I wanted to get into websites and design work a bit more.
I was reassigned to South Korea and began my schooling at AIU and met some of the very best mentors in the design world. At the time I struggled with two core classes. I did miserable in Flash, and not all that great with Dreamweaver. All of that made me want to learn it even more though. I left with a 3.93 GPA and my head held high.
After college I founded a company called U.S. Challenge Coins, LLC in 2007 which is now defunct, but during my time there I was featured in the Miami Herald, NBC Nightly News with Brain Williams, The Washington Post, and many collector publications for my work. I was the head of a global company doing incredible design work for the White House, U.S. Senate, Department Secretary’s, and many global corporations.
I was at the prime of my career (or so I thought). I left the company to go live back in South Korea in January 2009. I stayed on for a couple years doing consulting and helping with their web development until the company closed in 2012 due to issues within the company itself. That was one of the saddest parts of my career, but one I had to accept. I did everything I possibly could to save something I held so dear and created by myself with a copy of Adobe Illustrator. After the collapse, I endured a mild depression for almost a year.
Turning to a new page in my life, I moved forward working on platforms like Milpages, 2 Kilograms, 3 Kilograms, Jimbo’s Military Surplus, and Millustrator. Those are a few of the newest platforms and some a bit older. At one point I had 850 websites that I developed to include ad networks, communities like Buddypress, Dolphin, and others that have come and gone. I have developed with many CMS’s to include my go-to WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Prestashop, Magento, osCommerce, and other shopping carts such as Zencart, and even static HTML pages with Paypal buttons. I have been around the block, many times.
In 2013, I discovered the power of helping people out by using Concept Feedback to give my opinions and offer solutions to up and coming developers. I enjoyed it so much I decided in 2014 I would offer my services for the first time as a commercial asset. This is now the beginning of what I really want to do for the foreseeable future. I want to help people master social media, web projects, and more by applying my 15 years of experience to their development requirements.
Hoping that gives you some insight on who I am and my credentials to teach, guide, and opine on web development, platforms, and technology as well as eCommerce. I hope you will find my blog insightful and spread my word around to others that will benefit.
This might be the most important section. My goals are what drives me and my decisions. I am at the point in my life that I want to do something positive for the world. Somehow and somewhere I want to make a difference. Money is not my driver but it is a vehicle to make change. I want to make a difference for others and create something that matters. I don’t know what that is yet, but each day I know I am closer to this goal.
I am into green tech, sustainability, equality, and democracy to name a few. I believe everyone is equal and we need to appreciate life. I know this sounds like standard talking points, but I want to be a part of positive change and prove that life isn’t just about money. My impact will be special.
My goal is to build a different kind of media company. One that doesn’t lean one way or the other and gives value. I want to be into text, photography, audio, and video. I want to give people a voice and educate the world’s population. That’s a lofty goal, but even if I don’t make it, I will die trying. I don’t want to just churn through this life by collecting pensions and watching TV. I am not knocking it, but I don’t want to try it. I have so much to give to my loved ones and the world. Sometimes it just takes longer to achieve it when no one knows you.
Hometown: Jewett City, CT
Born: Norwich, CT on May 9, 1978
Hobbies: Art, Comedy, Computers
Current City: Pyongtaek-si, South Korea
High School: H.H. Ellis RVTS
AA: Instructor of Military Science
AA: Electronic Systems of Technology
BFA: American Continental University, Digital Design
MBA: Webster’s University 1/11 Classes Completed
U.S. Air Force, 20 Years (retired)
USAF Master Instructor
Featured in NBC Nightly News
Featured in Washington Post, Miami-Herald, and Other News Sources
Speaker for IDGA’s 4th Annual Social Media for Defense
Anonymous Ink 1999-2001
Video Game Competitions
Military Challenge Coins.net
U.S. Challenge Coins 2007-2009
Adding Social, LLC 2011-2014
Adding Social, LLC 2016-Present
Colorado Springs, CO